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How China is changing the face of football

The European transfer window is not so European any more, with Chinese clubs outspending even the continent’s richest clubs in January to prove that the country is now a genuine power in attracting the world’s best players.

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Ander Herrera: Pep Guardiola will face huge pressure in Premier League

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has welcomed the impending arrival of Pep Guardiola to the Premier League but believes the pressure on his fellow Spaniard to be a success at Manchester City will be huge.

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Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill bowled over by NFL

We knew about the Nottingham Forest, Celtic, and Sunderland connection but, now, on Super Bowl weekend, comes confirmation that Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill have something else in common — a passion for gridiron.

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Guus Hiddink turned down China offer

Guus Hiddink has revealed he has been approached to manage in the Chinese Super League.

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Arsene Wenge offers Gary Neville some advice

Arsene Wenger insists beleaguered Valencia head coach Gary Neville has to keep faith in his methods to survive.

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Boys in Green choose Cork's Fota as base pre-Euro 2016 training

Martin O’Neill has said that Fota Island Resort in Cork has “everything we need right here on our doorstep” as it was announced as the location for Ireland’s pre-Euro 2016 training camp.

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Louis van Gaal: Man United can still win the Premier League

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal feels his side can still win the title this season. 

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Match against Leicester will not decide Premier League, says Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has tried to play down the significance of this weekend’s top-of-the-table clash with Leicester but has warned the Foxes are capable of going all the way to the title.

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Liverpool chief Ian Ayre cautions fans on ticket protest

Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has defended the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group ahead of a proposed ticket price protest by suggesting fans should “be careful what they wish for”.

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Mauricio Pochettino: Splashing cash won’t win titles for Tottenham

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he does not have to fork out the cash to bring success to White Hart Lane.

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Dundalk allay fears over Oriel Park

Dundalk have sought to address what they term the “distress” being experienced by of supporters, players and sponsors following a report that, owing to a dispute with the club’s former owner, the league champions and cup holders might have to play their home games away from Oriel Park this season.

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Pochettino: Harry Kane as good as Aguero

Mauricio Pochettino believes striker Harry Kane is now playing at the same level as Sergio Aguero. Kane scored twice in Tuesday’s win at Norwich to take his tally to 15 goals in the Barclays Premier League this season.

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McGeady: O’Neill told me I need to be playing

Aiden McGeady has revealed Martin O’Neill left him in no doubt if he hoped to resurrect his game — and make Ireland’s European Championships squad — he needed to bring an end to his Goodison Park limbo.

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Chelsea can’t afford any let-ups, admits Courtois

Thibaut Courtois knows Chelsea can’t afford any more dropped points if they are to keep their hopes of making the top four alive.

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Claudio Ranieri keeps pressure off Jamie Vardy ahead of crunch clash

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri thinks comparisons between Jamie Vardy and Sergio Aguero are unfair as the two strikers go head-to-head in the top-of-table clash at Manchester City.

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Troy Deeney blasts ‘pathetic’ Paredes play-act

Troy Deeney will speak to team-mate Juan Carlos Paredes after what the Watford captain described as a “pathetic” incident in his side’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea at Vicarage Road.

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