Sheffield Wednesday report Newcastle to Premier League over Steve Bruce deal


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• Steve Bruce appointed Newcastle manager last week
• Wednesday insist some legal issues were still outstandingSheffield Wednesday have reported Newcastle to the Premier League for their conduct during the appointment of Steve Bruce as their new manager.

Bruce was announced as the Magpies’ new boss last Wednesday, 48 hours after he resigned from his position at the Owls, along with coaches Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence.

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New signing Rodri aims to add physical edge to free-flowing Manchester City


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• Blues spent record £62.8m to sign Atlético Madrid midfielder
• Guardiola sees Rodri as long-term replacement for Fernandinho

Rodri believes he will add physical presence and attacking threat to the Manchester City team. Despite winning a domestic treble last season, City still felt the need to recruit over the summer, spending a club record £62.8million to sign the Spain midfielder from Atlético Madrid.

Identified primarily for his defensive qualities, Rodri was seen by manager Pep Guardiola as the ideal cover, and long-term replacement, for midfield anchor Fernandinho and, at 6ft 3in, he also brings something different.

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De Gea keen on Manchester United captaincy as he closes on new deal


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Liverpool wait on Yasser Larouci tests after bruising Fenway Park friendly


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  • Liverpool lose 2-1 to 10-man Sevilla in Boston
  • Larouci stretchered off after horror tackle

Yasser Larouci was stretchered off the pitch following a nasty challenge as Liverpool fell 2-1 to Sevilla during their pre-season friendly in Boston.

Jürgen Klopp later said it appeared Larouci had been “lucky” not to have suffered a more serious injury after he was forced off the field in the 80th minute.

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Harry Kane says winner from halfway line against Juventus ‘one of my best’


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  • Spurs forward’s long-range goal in stoppage time earns win
  • Tanguy Ndombele makes his Tottenham debut in friendly

Harry Kane has labelled his outrageous goal from the halfway line against Juventus in Singapore as “one of the best of my career”.

The Tottenham forward struck in stoppage time to claim a 3-2 win in the pre-season friendly. Lucas Moura’s interception fell into Kane’s path and he unleashed a first-time rocket that flew over Wojciech Szczesny in the Juve goal.

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Sheffield United sign Lys Mousset for club-record £10m from Bournemouth


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Zinedine Zidane says Gareth Bale could leave Real Madrid in matter of days


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• Real are ‘working on his departure’ with unnamed club
• Bale has been linked with Manchester United and SpursGareth Bale appears to be edging closet to leaving Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane revealed the Spanish club are in talks with an unnamed club about a transfer.

Zidane confirmed the Wales international was left out of Real’s matchday squad to face Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup in Houston on Saturday night because “the club is working on his departure”. The Frenchman also said he hopes a deal for Bale can be struck soon “for everyone’s sake”.

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Liverpool go down 3-2 to Dortmund in pre-season friendly


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  • Alcacer, Delaney and Bruun Larsen score for Dortmund
  • Klopp: ‘Organisation will be better later in pre-season’

Liverpool were beaten 3-2 by Borussia Dortmund in their first match of a pre-season tour to the US.

In stifling conditions at the Notre Dame stadium in Indiana, the European champions faced the Bundesliga runners-up in what Jürgen Klopp had called “the first proper test” of his side’s pre-season.

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Pep Guardiola happy to start season with only three centre-backs


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• Manchester City manager ‘so happy’ with the squad he has
• Guardiola wants Leroy Sané to stay despite Bayern interestPep Guardiola has said it is not vital Manchester City sign a new centre-back before the start of their Premier League title defence.

Related: Kompany quits Manchester City to become Anderlecht’s player-manager

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Pulisic happy with Chelsea tune-up despite defeat by Kawasaki Frontale


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  • Frank Lampard’s side beaten by late Damiao header
  • ‘I’m happy. They were a very good opponent,’ says Pulisic

Brazilian striker Damiao consigned Chelsea to a 1-0 defeat in Japan as J-League side Kawasaki Frontale claimed a famous pre-season scalp. The substitute’s late effort in Yokohama settled a game into which Frank Lampard’s men had gradually grown, but the Premier League side, who brought Christian Pulisic on as a second-half substitute, could not make the breakthrough.

A Chelsea starting lineup which included Willy Caballero, Mason Mount, Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi, struggled to break the hosts down with Pedro forcing an early save and sending another shot just over the bar before Kenedy blasted just wide from distance.

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Salomón Rondón leaves West Brom to rejoin Rafael Benítez at Dalian Yifang


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• Striker moves to Chinese club for undisclosed fee
• Rondón was with Benítez at Newcastle last seasonSalomón Rondón has linked up again with Rafael Benítez after joining Dalian Yifang from West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee.

Related: Steve Bruce pledges to ‘prove the doubters wrong’ at Newcastle

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Kilmarnock dumped out of Europa League by Connah’s Quay Nomads


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  • Welsh side win 2-0 at Rugby Park to seal 3-2 aggregate win
  • Crusaders will face Wolves in second qualifying round

Angelo Alessio endured a nightmare home debut as Kilmarnock manager, as the hosts crashed out of the Europa League qualifiers with a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Rugby Park was hosting its first European tie in 18 years, with Kilmarnock looking to build on their 2-1 first-leg lead and secure an intriguing tie against Partizan Belgrade in the second qualifying round.

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EFL confirms Bury will start League One season with 12-point deduction


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• Club enters company voluntary arrangement to secure future
• Winding-up petition over unpaid debts adjourned last month

Bury will start the League One season with a 12-point deduction after entering a company voluntary arrangement, the EFL has announced.

The club, promoted last season, had a winding-up petition over unpaid debts adjourned at the high court last month and have secured their future with the CVA.

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Steve Bruce pledges to ‘prove the doubters wrong’ at Newcastle


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Arsenal beat Bayern Munich after Eddie Nketiah pops up with late winner


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  • Bayern Munich 1-2 Arsenal
  • Lewandowski 71; Poznanski 49og, Nketiah 88

Eddie Nketiah proved to be the match-winner as Arsenal made it two wins from two on their pre-season tour of the United States with a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich.

After a goalless first half, Emery’s side took the lead four minutes after the restart when Louis Poznanski diverted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross into his own goal before Robert Lewandowski equalised with a fine header.

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Neil Lennon tips Leigh Griffiths to make major Celtic impact after personal issues


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• Griffiths makes competitive return in 2-1 win over Sarajevo
• Celtic next face Estonia’s Nomme Kalju in Champions LeagueNeil Lennon senses Leigh Griffiths will make a major contribution for Celtic after the striker completed his comeback against Sarajevo.

The Scotland international came on for the last 12 minutes as Celtic won 2-1 to secure a 5-2 aggregate victory in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.

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Bolton players under ‘severe stress’ after not being paid for 20 weeks


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• Club’s friendly match at Chester on Friday cancelled
• Players and coaching staff of League One club issue statementBolton’s friendly at Chester on Friday has been called off after the players issued a statement claiming they have been put under “severe mental and emotional stress”.

Members of the squad say they and the coaching staff have not been paid for 20 weeks. The League One club are in administration as prospective buyers attempt to complete a takeover.

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West Ham break club record with £45m purchase of Sébastien Haller


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• French striker joins from Eintracht Frankfurt
• Haller signs five-year contract with West HamWest Ham have announced the signing of striker Sébastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt for a club-record fee that it is understood could rise to €50m (£45m).

The 25-year-old scored 20 goals in 41 appearances last season and now becomes the most expensive player in West Ham’s history, eclipsing the fee the Hammers paid to land Felipe Anderson last year.

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Unai Emery confident Arsenal will soon have ‘three or four’ new players


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  • ‘I can say that we are going to have a very good team’
  • Emery not drawn on possible loan for Dani Ceballos

Unai Emery insists Arsenal are working to bring in “three or four” players before the start of the new season.

So far this summer the club have signed only the 18-year-old forward Gabriel Martinelli despite being linked with a host of names. Arsenal have a smaller budget than the majority of their closest Premier League rivals but have still continued to show reported interest in some key targets.

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Fleetwood manager Joey Barton charged with actual bodily harm


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Ex-England international to appear at magistrates court over incident at Barnsley

Joey Barton, the manager of Fleetwood Town, has been charged with causing actual bodily harm after his Barnsley counterpart, Daniel Stendel, was left with facial injuries following a fracas in the South Yorkshire football club’s tunnel, police said.

South Yorkshire police said the 36-year-old one-time England international had been charged, following the incident at Oakwell stadium on 13 April.

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