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    Roberto Mancini reveals all behind training ground bust-up with Mario Balotelli and the striker's exit from Manchester City

    Roberto Mancini has broken his silence on the reasons behind his infamous training ground bust up with Mario Balotelli at Manchester City in 2013.Mancini was caught on camera squaring up to the Italian forward and grabbing him by the collar.And now the former City boss has explained what got him so annoyed with Balotelli and why he eventually left the club that summer. The dramatic pictures show Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli squaring up in 2013 Mancini says he was angry with Balotelli for going in for a hard tackle on Gael Clichy Mancini told his players to go easy ...

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    Cristiano Ronaldo praises 'calm' Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid star picks up Champions League best player award

    Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo picked up an award for being the best player in the Champions League last season, as voted by Spanish and Italian sports papers MARCA and Gazzetta Dello Sport. The Portuguese scored 16 goals (and 51 in all competitions) to help Real claim an 11th European Cup/Champions League title, which together with his country's triumph at Euro 2016 also makes him favourite to reclaim the Ballon d'Or.Speaking to MARCA, the 31 year-old committed his allegiance to the Bernabeu for 'many years to come' while also praising his coach Zinedine Zidane. Cristiano Ronaldo poses on the front ...

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    Jamie Vardy signs copies of his autobiography as Leicester star meets adoring fans

    Jamie Vardy signed hundreds of copies of his autobiography, 'From Nowhere: My Story' to a queue of adoring fans on Thursday night.The England star did the book signing at Fosse Park, a shopping centre in the midlands, where a queue of 600 Leicester fans were waiting.According to the Leicester Mercury he emerged to cheers from fans before signing all 600 books in just 90 minutes. Jamie Vardy attended a book signing of his autobiography, 'From Nowehere: My Story' The Leicester striker signed 600 books at shopping centre Fosse Park in the midlandsThe 29-year-old returns to action this weekend when Leicester ...

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    Louis van Gaal pushed Gerard Pique to the floor and told him he was not 'strong enough' to play for Barcelona

    Barcelona centre back Gerard Pique revealed he was once told by Louis van Gaal that he was not strong enough to play for the Catalan giants.Pique was part of Barcelona s youth team when Van Gaal was first team manager and the Dutchman pushed him to the floor and told him he would never make the grade at the club.Pique left Barcelona in 2004 and joined Manchester United where he stayed for four years before returning to Spain. Gerard Pique has told of how Louis van Gaal said he was not strong enough to play for Barca Pique, top second ...

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    The 100 best players in the world... Sportsmail counts down the greatest footballers on the planet: Nos 20-1

    It is the conversation that dominates pubs, internet forums and the office space. Who is the greatest footballer on the planet?This week Sportsmail has been counting down the top 100 players in world football.From Nos 20-1, La Liga is well represented and there is space for three Manchester United players, but who comes out on top between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo? MISSED PLAYERS 100-21? - Click HERE to see Nos 100-81, including Jamie Vardy, Xabi Alonso and Marcus Rashford...Read our previous countdowns,- Then click HERE to see Nos 80-61 to find out where Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli and Anthony ...

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    Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama refusing to get carried away by flying start insisting: 'It's still early season'

    Victor Wanyama is refusing to get carried away by Tottenham's impressive haul of points at the start of the Premier League season, stressing the side are taking one game at a time.Spurs recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Manchester City at White Hart Lane before the international break to remain the only top flight side unbeaten this season.Mauricio Pochettino's side have collected 17 points from seven games, but despite marking the club's best start to a league campaign in over 50 years, Wanyama says Tottenham have achieved nothing yet. Victor Wanyama is keeping his feet on the ground despite Tottenham's ...

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    Gabby Agbonlahor offered chance to save Aston Villa career by new boss Steve Bruce

    New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce is ready to hand outcast Gabby Agbonlahor a career lifeline.The 55-year-old will wipe the slate clean for the former club captain who has been banished from the first-team squad this season.Agbonlahor had been training on his own after being left in the cold by former boss Roberto Di Matteo, who was sacked after 12 games last week, and has not played for the club since March. Former club captain Gabby Agbonlahor has not played for Aston Villa since MarchEx-England international Agbonlahor, who turned 30 on Thursday, was also dropped from the squad at the ...

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    Marcus Rashford reveals burning desire to win Champions League with Manchester United

    Marcus Rashford was put on the spot with questions about his past, present and future. The promising striker was asked on the Manchester United website what his biggest ambition in football is, to which he replied: 'Win the Champions League with United, that would be mint.'Rashford noted the effect that Europe's top club competition made on him as a youngster as he attended his first game. Marcus Rashford's ambition in football is to win the Champions League at Manchester United The promising England forward answered questions about his career and time in football His brother took him along to see ...

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    Red Bull Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl baffled by Oliver Burke's Scottish snub as he claims young striker would have been better off staying in Germany

    Red Bull Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl admits he s completely baffled as to why his 15million man Oliver Burke was ditched by Scotland this week.And he claims the 19-year-old would have been better off spending his time training in Germany instead.The most expensive player in Scottish history started the dismal 1-1 draw against Lithuania at Hampden before being substituted. Red Bull Leipzig are baffled by Scotland's treatment of their young striker Oliver Burke Burke started Scotland's draw with Lithuania before being substituted in the 1-1 draw Scotland boss Gordon Strachan then left Burke out altogether as his team lost 3-0 ...

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    Paul Pogba relaxes with game of bowling ahead of Manchester United's clash with Liverpool at Anfield

    Fresh from scoring the winner for France against Holland, Paul Pogba took to the lanes, relaxing with a game of bowling ahead of his trip to Anfield. The Manchester United midfielder shared a picture on Instagram of himself lining up to bowl, adding the caption: 'Guess what I've just lost.'The world's most expensive footballer will be targeting a different result in the altogether more important business of his side's clash with rivals Liverpool. Paul Pogba enjoyed a spot of bowling as he relaxed after his exertions with the French team Pogba is likely to take his place in the starting line-up ...

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    Gareth Southgate is the favourite to be England's next permanent boss, but his coronation shouldn't be so straight forward... he's the Hillary Clinton to Sam Allardyce's Donald Trump

    When Gary Neville said it the first reaction was that he was speaking in jest. It turned out he was serious, which was an even bigger joke.Gareth Southgate, opined Neville, should be installed as England's permanent manager forthwith because he has proved he can win an international tournament.The triumph in question came in nothing less than wait for it the old Under-21 tourney in Toulon. Lord help us. Gareth Southgate is the favourite to become England's next permanent manager Southgate is currently interim boss and popular with many to take on the job full time Oh what memories we have of ...

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    Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce targeting move for Manchester United keeper Sam Johnstone

    Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is a January target for new Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce.Bruce has Pierluigi Gollini, Jed Steer and Mark Bunn on his books but they have struggled to convince in a shaky start to the season.Bruce knows a strong defence is key to Villa's resurgence and wants a settled presence behind his team. Johnstone comes highly recommended and is well regarded in the game. Steve Bruce is targeting Manchester United's Sam Johnstone, who is rated by Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho rates the 23-year-old also but United's manager wants Johnstone to gain greater experience on loan so that ...

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    Rangers are better off without Joey Barton, says Ibrox legend Ian Durrant

    Ibrox legend Ian Durrant insists the Rangers team are better off without Joey Barton, and have a more balanced midfield with Andy Halliday taking his place.Barton is currently serving a suspension following a bust-up with Halliday and boss Mark Warburton in the wake of the 5-1 defeat to Celtic.Former player and coach Durrant, regarded by many as the best midfielder ever to wear the Rangers jersey, says his old club haven t missed the Englishman as a character or as a footballer. Rangers are better off without controversial midfielder Joey Barton according to Ian Durrant The Ibrox legend believes his ...

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    Slaven Bilic believes fuss surrounding West Ham's new stadium will die down once they start winning matches

    Slaven Bilic believes all the fuss over West Ham s new stadium will vanish as soon as they start winning matches and climb the Premier League table.The Hammers find themselves in the relegation zone ahead of Saturday's visit to Crystal Palace, having taken just four points from their opening seven matches.The poor form comes against a background of off-field issues at their new London Stadium home, with crowd trouble both inside and outside the arena marring their first few league games there. Slaven Bilic believes the fuss over West Ham's stadium will vanish if they improve on the pitch The ...

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    Brendan Rodgers insists he will take a hands-on role in development of 13-year-old Karamoko Dembele after he was selected for U20s without Celtic manager's approval

    Brendan Rodgers is taking a hands-on role in the the development of 13-year-old prospect Karamoko Dembele after the youngster was thrown into the Celtic Under 20s without the manager being consulted.Dembele's debut for the development squad in a competition where over-age players are allowed prompted an outbreak of viral videos and grabbed the attention of some of the biggest names in world football.Rodgers said fears over the safety of Dembele had persuaded him to take charge of key decisions on player who has already trained with the first team. 'I didn' t know he was playing,' said Rodgers, who had ...

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