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Championship – teamtalk.com 24 May 11:00

Villa to insert Chelsea clause into new John Terry contract

John Terry has reportedly told Aston Villa he will sign a new deal with them – but wants a clause inserted allowing him to miss games against Chelsea should they win promotion to the Premier League.

Villa are one match away from a return to the top table and face Fulham in the Championship play-off final on Saturday.

As part of his existing deal at Villa, promotion back to the Premier League will also earn Terry a £2million bonus.

And the former England captain will also have the option of extending his contract for another season if Villa make it back into the top flight.

But Terry’s reluctance to face Chelsea was evident when he dropped down a division after moving on from Stamford Bridge last summer.

Now the Daily Telegraph and The Guardian say that Villa would be ‘prepared’ to allow Terry to miss games against his former club if he extends his deal.

Discussing the prospect of keeping the 37-year-old at Villa Park next season, manager Steve Bruce said: “I genuinely hope he triggers it. All those phone calls to him last summer, he hasn’t been disappointed with it. From the training ground, to the stadium, to the support, it has all the makings of a big club.

“He has been one of the great defenders of our country. He is a great leader of men, which we don’t produce many of any more. In a quiet way, he is not a ranter and a raver, he is not one who puts heads through doors. He hasn’t exceeded expectations, I just knew what he would give.

“I’m sure he will give it a good go if we get promoted and enjoy the challenge of it. We’ll not pick him against Chelsea if that’s he wants.”


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Championship – teamtalk.com 24 May 10:21

Leeds to spend after announcing San Francisco 49ers partnership

San Francisco 49ers’ owners have bought a minority stake in Leeds United after the two clubs announced “a strategic partnership”.

49ers Enterprises are reported to have bought 10% of the club after talks with owner Andrea Radrizzani, who will continue in his current role as chairman.

The unique collaboration is designed to see the Championship side benefit from the experience and collective network of the two entities in the sports and business worlds.

“This strategic partnership enables Leeds United to align with and gain invaluable expertise from the owners of one of the biggest global sports entities,” Radrizzani told Leeds’ official website. “The 49ers are an innovative, successful organisation and we are delighted to have access to such a rich source of business and sporting expertise.

“This exciting partnership builds on the foundations we have laid down at the Club in the last 12 months and we can assure supporters that the funds invested will go towards improving results on the pitch.”

As part of the partnership Paraag Marathe, President of 49ers Enterprises and Executive Vice President of Football Operations, has assumed a seat on the Leeds United board of directors.

“I am particularly pleased to welcome Paraag to the Leeds United board,” Radrizzani added. “Paraag comes with a wealth of experience. We look forward to working with him and learning from his deep understanding of a sporting giant.”

Leeds United insist that the money gained from the investment will be used to help invest in the first-team squad.


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Championship – teamtalk.com 24 May 09:23

Paper Talk: Spurs demand 75m for Man Utd target; Arsenal eye Nice raid

Tottenham have reportedly upped the price for Toby Alderweireld as Man Utd open talks for the defender, while Arsenal are looking to land a midfielder snubbed by France, according to Thursday’s papers.



Tottenham have reportedly opened negotiations with Manchester United for Toby Alderweireld, but Spurs supremo Daniel Levy is playing hardball again.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the Belgian international and is looking to take advantage of the 28-year-old’s contract impasse with the north London outfit.

Alderweireld is out of contract in 2020 and has so far failed to reach an agreement over a new deal, leading to strong speculation that he will be sold for a fee in the region of £55million.

However, the Daily Mirror claims that Spurs now want £75m for the former Southampton star – a fee closer to the one which Liverpool paid to land Virgil van Dijk in January.

Alderweireld cost Tottenham just £11.5m when he arrived from Atletico Madrid in 2015 and formed an outstanding partnership with international team-mate Jan Vertonghen at the heart of Mauricio Pochettino’s defence.

However, injury and issues over his new contract have seen Alderweireld play second fiddle to the club’s record signing Davinson Sanchez this season, leading to talk that Spurs are prepared to let him leave.

The Belgian is expected to be one a of a number of Tottenham players to move on this summer, with the likes of Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose, Fernando Llorente and Moussa Sissoko also set to leave.


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Arsenal are ready to swoop for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrian Rabiot following his World Cup 2018 snub (Daily Mirror)

Willian is open to a Manchester United move as his exit from Chelsea looks increasingly likely (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal’s three decision-makers staged a secret envelope vote over the new boss – and all went for Unai Emery (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are fast becoming AC Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s best option for a summer transfer (Daily Mirror)

Manuel Pellegrini is keen on highly-rated Reims goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to kick off his reign as West Ham boss (Daily Mirror)

Senior Everton stars are ready to quit the club over a deep division in the dressing room involving Tom Davies and Oumar Niasse (The Sun)

Manchester City target Jorginho will hold crunch talks with Napoli next week (The Sun)

Arsenal are ready to launch a raid for Nice star Jean-Michael Seri this summer (The Sun)

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini wants to make Chelsea star Willy Caballero his first summer signing (The Sun)

The Hammers have also made a £1.2m bid for Derby’s Luke Thomas as Pellegrini looks to the future (The Sun)

Manchester United are close to signing Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, 25, and hope to complete a deal for the Brazil international next week (MEN)

Graham Potter has dismissed talks that he will become the new Swansea manager (Daily Express)

Man City will have to pay £60m to sign Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez, who they tried to sign in the January transfer window (Guardian)

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah will not eat in the hours before Saturday’s Champions League final as he maintains his Ramadan fast (Daily Express)

Southampton will not receive any bonus payments should any of their former players help Liverpool win the Champions League (The Times)

Maurizio Sarri has snubbed a £5.2m-a-year chance to manage Zenit St Petersburg as he wants the Chelsea job (Daily Star)

Massimiliano Allegri could have been appointed Arsenal manager if Arsene Wenger has stood down a year earlier (Daily Star)

Incoming Everton boss Marco Silva is due to meet with freshly-appointed director of football Marcel Brands this week (Daily Star)

John Terry is poised to sign a new 12-month deal if Aston Villa are promoted, the terms of which could include him missing games against his former club, Chelsea (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham co-owner David Gold has confirmed the club will back new manager Manuel Pellegrini and spend record funds on transfers this summer (Daily Mail)

England’s relegated stars are under pressure to find new clubs to ensure they stay in Gareth Southgate’s plans (Daily Mail)

Paul Robinson believes Joe Hart is capable of rediscovering the form that earned him 75 England caps, and therefore regaining his place as the national team’s goalkeeper (Daily Mail)

Tottenham have joined the race to sign West Brom’s Egyptian centre-back Ahmed Hegazi (ESPN)

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack could return to Stamford Bridge to become the club’s new director of football (Evening Standard)

Everton left-back Leighton Baines, 33, has no intention of leaving the club despite being linked with a move to Major League Soccer in the United States (Liverpool Echo)

Rangers’ move for Fenerbahce’s Martin Skrtel has hit a hitch with the defender’s agent confirming the clubs are “terribly far apart” from a deal (Scottish Sun)

Nottingham Forest legend Kenny Burns wants the club to give Scotland striker Jason Cummings a second chance (Scottish Sun)

Neil Lennon has revealed Dylan McGeouch could yet sign a new deal at Hibernian (Scottish Sun)

Jim McIntyre is the frontrunner to replace Jack Ross as St Mirren boss (Scottish Sun)


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Championship – teamtalk.com 23 May 17:02

Villa handed big fitness boost ahead of play-off final

Aston Villa defender Ahmed Elmohamady is making good progress in his recovery from injury and stands a good chance of playing in the Championship play-off final.

Villa stand on the brink of a return to the Premier League as they face Fulham at Wembley on Saturday and the 30-year-old is a player boss Steve Bruce would dearly like available.

Elmohamady was absent for the second leg of the semi-final at home to Middlesbrough last week after suffering a hamstring injury in the first game at the Riverside and there were fears he could also miss the showpiece at the national stadium for Aston Villa.

However, things are looking much more positive after the Egyptian resumed training.

“He trained today and yesterday and we will see how he is tomorrow and then we will give him every chance,” said Bruce on Wednesday afternoon.

“We will give him another thorough work out on Friday because one thing going into a play-off final, or any game at Wembley, if you’re not 100 per cent then it’s a big, sapping pitch. He has trained the last two days so he has got a chance.”

Elmohamady has been in fine form this season and so it will be a blow if he is forced to miss out, leaving Bruce needing to shuffle the pack.

If he does not make it then James Bree is likely to fill in, as he did against Middlesbrough for the goalless second leg at Villa Park which clinched Villa’s passage to the final.


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Bruce, who has no other injury problems ahead of the game, thinks the game at Wembley is too close to call.

Fulham finished a place and five points above Villa in the final Championship table, with both teams managing a win apiece in their meetings during the regular season.

“How can you call it?” said Bruce. “Fulham are favourites? They’re always wrong the bookies! It will be close. We are all looking forward to it.”


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Championship – teamtalk.com 22 May 22:16

Stoke announce Gary Rowett as new boss on 3-year deal

Stoke have appointed Gary Rowett as their new manager on a three-year deal, the club have announced.

Rowett leaves beaten play-off semi-finalists Derby, where he had signed a new long-term contract in January of this year.

The 44-year-old will be charged with getting Stoke back into the Premier League at the first attempt following their relegation after a decade-long stay.

Stoke’s owners Peter and John Coates said in a statement announcing Rowett’s arrival: “We are delighted to be able to move so quickly to secure Gary’s services and we are now looking forward to working with him towards our objective of returning to the Premier League as soon as possible.”

The Potters agreed a compensation package with their Sky Bet Championship rivals to secure Rowett’s release.

Rowett started his managerial career at Burton before moving on to Birmingham in October 2014.

He left Blues following a change of ownership in December 2016 and took over at Pride Park in March of last year.

A Derby statement read: “We wish to place on record our thanks to Gary for his contribution during his time as manager.

@The process for recruiting a new manager is under way and the club will make further comment as and when it is appropriate to do so.”


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