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Kaka remains committed to Real Madrid

Real Madrid superstar Kaka remains determined to show his undoubted class in Spain, following recent rumours of a move back to Italy.

Essien injury hits Chelsea sales plans

Blues may be forced to look for new midfielder to cover Ghanaian's absence

African Nations: Essien injured as Ghana prepare for Burkina Faso

Chelsea appeared to cope pretty well without him on Saturday but manager Carlo Ancelotti will nonetheless hope the knee injury suffered by Michael Essien yesterday is not serious. The 27-year-old picked up the injury during training with Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations and misses tomorrow's match with Burkina Faso, with his participation in the remainder of the tournament under threat.

Laws senses debut upset as Coyle has fresh start

New Burnley manager is upbeat ahead of Old Trafford trip while Bolton face Arsenal

City wages bill to equal Chelsea's

Figures reveal massive hike even before addition of host of big earners last year

James Lawton: Liverpool must dither no longer – it's time to send for Hiddink or Mourinho

Maybe it was an act of cynical cruelty by Guus Hiddink to suggest he might be available for the Liverpool job – and an additional twist of the knife for the club's ravaged sense of itself that if it was to happen he would first seek a dispensation from his football godfather Roman Abramovich.

Allardyce draws on past cup heroics to end slump

O'Neill backs Blackburn adversary to turn Rovers round as pressure mounts

Africa Cup of Nations guide

The 2010 Africa Cup of Nations gets underway in Angola this Sunday.

Chelsea join West Ham in race for Toni

Chelsea could hijack West Ham's attempts to lure Luca Toni to the Premier League it was reported today.

Chelsea want Aguero and Dzeko in January

Chelsea are lining up two strikers in the January transfer window according to reports today.

Real target Carvalho in Van Nistelrooy swap deal

Real Madrid are preparing to launch a January transfer bid for Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho.

Chelsea join Arsenal in Balotelli transfer hunt

Chelsea are set to compete with Arsenal for the signature of £18m-rated Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli according to reports.

Chelsea target Aguero hints at possible move

Chelsea transfer target Sergio Aguero has said he is prepared to leave Atletico Madrid.

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