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Bale: Real Madrid blocks my attempts to move

Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA |   Real Madrid’s Welsh international forward Gareth Bale says he would be open to returning to the Premier League but insists that so far Real Madrid have blocked his attempts to leave. Speaking to Sky Sports while on international duty with Wales, Bale was asked about …

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US Open: Djokovic advances, Pliskova eliminated

Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA |   Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia survived a first set scare to beat Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the US Open, while women’s top seed Karolina Pliskova suffered an early exit on Wednesday. World number one …

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Ex-Chelsea Kalou set for Botafogo debu

Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA |   Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou could make his debut for Botafogo on Wednesday, 15 days after officially joining the Brazilian Serie A club. The 35-year-old has not played since last November but has trained impressively since committing to an 18-month contract with the Rio de …

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Ivan Rakitic leaves Barca to return to Sevilla

Madrid, Spain | XINHUA | This season’s Europa League winners Sevilla on Tuesday confirmed the return of midfielder Ivan Rakitic from FC Barcelona on a four-year deal that expires at the end of June 2024. The 32-year-old Croatian international, who is one of the players reportedly told by new Barca …

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Ibrahimovic extends contract with AC Milan until 2021

Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA |   Zlatan Ibrahimovic has ended speculation around his future by signing a one-year extension with AC Milan, the Serie A side confirmed on Monday. Having returned to AC Milan in January, the 38-year-old Swede scored 11 goals in 20 outings, and has now made over 100 …

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Marseille sign Japanese defender Nagatomo

Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA |   Marseille on Monday announced the signing of Japanese left-back Yuto Nagatomo on a free transfer from Galatasaray. The 33-year-old penned on a one-year contract with the French side, and joins Pape Gueye and Leonardo Balerdi to become the third addition to Andre Villas-Boas’ side this …

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Rashford out of England team with ankle injury

Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA |   Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has withdrawn injured from the England side preparing for two UEFA Nations League matches, confirmed the Premier League club on Monday. The Three Lions will travel to Iceland to face their first opponent in Group A2 of the Nations League …

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No Messi as Barca return to training

Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA |   Lionel Messi was missing on Monday as FC Barcelona held their first training session under new coach Ronald Koeman. As expected, the Argentinian did not return along with the rest of his teammates for the start of pre-season training, after he refused to take a …

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Cannavaro concerned about his team’s mental state

Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA |   Fabio Cannavaro has expressed concern over the agitation his Guangzhou Evergrande team showed under mounting psychological pressure more than a month into the modified Chinese Super League (CSL) season. The Italian said he was aware that agitation had crept into his side after they spent …

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