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Manchester United favourites to sign Cesc Fabregas | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Manchester United favourites to sign Cesc Fabregas

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 18, 2014

Fabregas

Manchester United appear to be favourites to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, at least with the bookmakers anyway.

According to the latest transfer odds from SkyBet, the Red Devils are now listed as evens to sign the Spaniard before the summer transfer deadline, with Arsenal Fabregas former club having drifted out to 12/1.

Manchester City are also at 12/1, with Chelseas chances of completing a deal obviously considered slightly more unlikely at 16/1.

Next on the list of possible destinations is Liverpool at 20/1, while the quartet of Tottenham, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus are all priced at 25/1.

Fabregas future at Barcelona appears to have been subject to considerable doubt for some time now, with rumours suggesting that the Catalan giants were prepared to listen to offers for his services this summer.

Although he is yet to be formally appointed as Manchester Uniteds new permanent manager, Louis van Gaal is widely expected to take the reins at OldTrafford this week and you have to assume that the Dutchmans impressive track record and considerable reputation in the game will make it far easier for the club to attract a higher-caliber oftransfer target.

Central midfield is also a particular area of the current Manchester United squad that will require immediate attention from Van Gaal, with the likes of Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick having performed poorly throughout a turbulent 2013/14 campaign under David Moyes.

Fabregas who is rated at around the £45 million mark would be an expensive purchase, but one thatwould surely help elevate Manchester United back into title contention(GMS)

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David de Gea to be offered new Manchester United contract | INFORMATION NIGERIA

David de Gea to be offered new Manchester United contract

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 19, 2014

De Gea

Manchester United are set to offer De Gea an improved contract to keep him at the club, InformationNg understands

After a somewhat disastrous campaign for the Manchester Club, De Gea been one of the few positives and rightly deserves the player of the year for the club.

If the deal is completed, De Gea would see his weekly wages rise from £52,000 to £85,000.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have continued to monitor his developments.

Barcelona though are front runners to lure him to Spain, after Valdez decided to leave the club, and Pinto struggling.

But with this new bumper deal, De Gea is likely to sign and stay at Old trafford.

Phil Jones: England can win the World Cup | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Phil Jones: England can win the World Cup

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 19, 2014

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England defender Phil Jones has insisted Roy Hodgsons side are good enough to win the World Cup.

The 22-year-old continues to make good progress in his recovery from a shoulder injury and joined up with other members of the squad for the England Footballers Foundation charity dinner on Sunday night Roy Hodgsons squad fly out to Portugal on Monday for a five-day training camp ahead of a pre-World Cupfriendly with Peru on May 30 and Jones is adamant that confidence within the squad is high.

There is a real buzz about what is going to be a fantastic tournament and all the lads are excited about it, Jones told Sky Sports News.

Well go in there with a great belief and confidence about ourselves. We know that if we play at our best then on any day we can beat any team.

Theres no point getting on the plane unless we think we are going to go far and who knows maybe we can win the tournament.

But were all confident and looking forward to the tournament.

Leighton Baines is expected to start at left-back in Englands World Cup opener against Italy next month, but says nobody has a guaranteed place in the side.

At this level, in the company you are in, in terms of the players, I think it would be foolish for anyone to think that theyre guaranteed to start a game, he said.

I think all the players will want to beright at it and fight for the place from the get-go.

The managers recent comments that we are not among the favourites to win the competition were right. Were not, but were excited by some of theplayers that have been included in the squad.

That has got a lot of people in the nation a bit more excited about our possibilities, so well go out there with that and hopefully we can do well.

England captain Steven Gerrard has also insisted there is real belief in the squad that they can do well in Brazil.

Gerrard said: I think (low expectations) can help but theres no harm in dreaming. Us players dream as well,you always say to yourself what if, what if it does happen and you prove all the doubters wrong and you go on to have a successful World Cup?

So theres no harm in dreaming but the reality is that there are a lot of top teams going to this World Cup. Itsa very difficult competition but theres excitement and belief in the squad they we can do well.

Its for real now. Its not far away and the preparations start (Monday) when we get over to Portugal and do our first training session. Theres certainly a lot ofexcitement and belief in the squad.(SKY)

IK Uche Scores as Villareal Clinches Europa League Spot | INFORMATION NIGERIA

IK Uche Scores as Villareal Clinches Europa League Spot

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014

Ikechukwu Uche scored Villareals second goal in Sundays 2-1 win over rivals Real Sociedad.

The Super Eagles striker converted a close range effort on 70 minutes from a Giovani Dos Santos assist, after the World Cup-bound Mexican had gifted the Yellow Sub-marine the opener on 26 minutes.

Uche, who was not named in Nigeria 30-man provisional World Cup squad, scored 14 league goals in the 2013/14 La Liga season.

Ikechukwu Uche Celebrates Villareals Passage Into the Qualification Round of the Europa League.

The victory helped Villareal clinch the final Europa League spot in La Liga.

Coach Marcelino Garcia Torals side went into the final game of the season three points behind Sociedad, but succeeded in edging their opponents to a sixth-place finish courtesy of a better head-to-head record.

Carlos Vela scored Sociedads consolation deep into the regulation time.

Victorious Eaglets Await Fulfilment of House Pledge | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Victorious Eaglets Await Fulfilment of House Pledge

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014

Two players from the Nigeria squad that won the 2013 Fifa U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), Musa Muhammed and Zaharadeen Bello, have sounded a reminder to the Kano State Government on the promise of a house gift made to them.

The duo were promised a house each by Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso for featuring for the victorious Golden Eaglets, who clinched a record fourth Fifa world title for Nigeria six months ago.

We are still waiting for our houses many months after the Governor promised us, said Mohammed, who is now the Flying Eagles skipper.

Golden Eaglets Players Celebrates During the 2013 Fifa World Cup in the UAE.

We received the papers for the house and even keys but since that presentation, we have not been contacted by any official as regards what next.

Zaharadeen added: We are most grateful to the Governor for this gift, but to be honest the waiting is really killing. We are very anxious and so too our families.

We therefore appeal to the government to please see to it that we can move into the houses soon.

BREAKING: Sagna travels to Manchester for transfer talks | INFORMATION NIGERIA

BREAKING: Sagna travels to Manchester for transfer talks

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 19, 2014

Arsenals defender Bacary Sagna has traveled to Manchester with his agent to open transfer talks with reigning Champions Manchester City, Informationng understands.

The right back who has had a good spell under Arsene Wenger, that saw him lift an Fa Cup trophy on saturday, is set to leave the club after failing to agree to the new contract terms Arsenal tabled.

The player wants £100-000-per-week while Arsenal are offering £80-000.

Losing Sagna would definitely create a ditch for the NorthLondon club, as his versatility has made him an outstanding player.

Sagna, who turned 31 in February, can play as a Central defender or Right back.

Though, the Gunners are already resorting to signing Toulouses Serge Aurier to replace him.

United Name Van Gaal New Boss, to Be Assisted By Giggs | INFORMATION NIGERIA

United Name Van Gaal New Boss, to Be Assisted By Giggs

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014

Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal has been named David Moyes successor at Manchester United following weeks of speculations.

The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has signed a three-year contract with the 20-time Premier League winners.

He will join the club after the World Cup and will be assisted by Uniteds longest-serving ex-Welsh player, Ryan Giggs.

It was always a wish for me to work in the Premier League. To worl as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud, Van Gaal told the club website on his appointment on Monday.

Louis van Gaal Becomes Manchester Uniteds Second Coach Post-Ferguson Era.

I have managed in games at Old Trafford before and know what an incredible arena Old Trafford is and how passionate and knowledgeable the fans are. This club has big ambitions; I too have big ambitions. Together Im sure we will make history.

The club also announced Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout join as assistant coaches. Hoek is the Netherlands goalkeeping coach while Bout will specialise in opposition scouting, having previously worked for Bayern Munich, telstar, Az Alkamaar, FC Volendam and Feyenoord.

Announcing the appointments, Ed Woodward said: In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today. He has achieved many things in his career to date and Old Trafford provides him with a fitting stage on which to write new chapters in the Manchester United story.

Giggs, who took charge of the side on interim capacity for the last four games of the season following Moyes dismissal, said: I am thrilled to have the chance to serve as assistant manager. Louis van Gaal is a world-class coach and I know I will learn a lot about coaching from being able to observe and contribute at such close quarters.

Scotsman Moyes lost his job just ten month after been chosen to replace Sir Alex Ferguson last month.

CONFIRMED: Louis van Gaal will become #mufc manager after the World Cup. More: http://t.co/YBjnDdcRQI #vangaalmufc pic.twitter.com/RNjAbbvwVx

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2014

Van Gaal has won league championships at every club he has managed, including Barcelona, AZ and Bayern Munich, since beginning his managerial career at Ajax in 1991. In total, he has won 19 trophies at club level.

He won three league titles with the Dutch champions, as well as the European Champions League in 1995.

He will be in charge of the Netherlands at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, after finishing the qualification campaign with a very strong record- nine wins out of ten matches.

Table Tennis: Lagos to Host ITTF World Cup Qualifiers | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Table Tennis: Lagos to Host ITTF World Cup Qualifiers

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has approved the maiden Africa Top 16 Cup holding in Lagos, as the continental qualifiers for this years Men and Women World Cups.

The tournament holds on June 27 to 28 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium with the top rated African players competing for the sole spot in the men and women qualifiers.

Also, most of the players taking part in the Africa Top 16 Cup will join their counterparts across the globe to be part of the ITTF Lagos World Tour tagged Nigeria Open holding on June 23 to 26 at same venue. The ATTF has sent invitations to the top 16 men and top 16 women on the ATTFs ranking lists for May 2014.

Source: Daily Independent

Azarenka Pulls Out of French Open | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Azarenka Pulls Out of French Open

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014

Victoria Azarenka has ruled herself out of the 2014 French Open because of a foot injury.

The world number five twitted: Hi guys- unfortunately I will not be able to compete in Roland Garros this year.

Working hard on my recovery and getting back on the court.

The Belarussian has played just one match in the past two months due to the injury.

Victoria Azarenka Will Not Play in the 2014 French Open.

He lost to American Lauren Davis at Idian Wells in early March, after losing his Australian Open title defence in January, where she was knocked out in the quarter-finals by Polands Agnieszka Radwanska.

The two-time Australian Open champion will now target a return to full fitness ahead of Wimbledon, which starts on 30 June.

The Roland Garros- the second Grand Slam of the year- begins on 26 May.

Patrice Evra nearing Old Trafford exit after Juventus medical | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Patrice Evra nearing Old Trafford exit after Juventus medical

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 19, 2014

Evra in action

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is nearing an exit from Old Trafford, after undergoing a medical at Juventus on Friday ahead of a move to the Serie A champions according to reports in Italy.

The 33-year-old was reportedly in Turin two days ago, discussing details of his contract and also underwent a medical with the Italian giants, ahead of theproposed move.

The Frenchman is out of contract this summer, and is free to talk to other teams with his departure from Manchester United appearing imminent.Evra looks set to follow Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand in leaving the Red Devils, bringing and end to a fantastic few years as part of a successful Man United defence.

In signing for Juventus, the left-back would dismiss the option of following Vidic to Milan and join him at Inter, however it is believed Evra may be waiting to sign any contract until United appoint a their new manager, and could even be persuaded to stay.

Louis Van Gaal is favourite to land the vacant spot at Old Trafford, and its thought Evra has no place in the Dutchmans plans with England youngster Luke Shaw tipped to be his successor.(GMS)