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Jose Bosingwa, the Chelsea defender, has said he will not play international football again while Paulo Bento remains Portugal manager. The 29-year-old had been pre-selected to join his national side for the Euro 2012 play-off games with Bosnia but was left out of Bento's final 25-man squad.

Courtois expects to replace Cech... sooner rather than later

Chelsea are already planning for a future without goalkeeper Petr Cech, according to the 19-year-old Belgian keeper who believes he can one day replace him.

Rodgers: I told Chelsea to sign Torres for £20m back in 2006

For the Chelsea fans out there who suspect Fernando Torres was overpriced at £50m then yesterday's revelation from Brendan Rodgers, their former reserve manager, will not go down well. He urged Chelsea to sign the striker more than five years ago when his price tag was some £30m less.

Celtic reinstated to Europa League

Celtic were today reinstated in to the Europa League, subject to appeal, after Uefa upheld the club's complaint relating to the matches against Sion, the Parkhead club have revealed.

Forlan moves to Inter, but rest of Europe quiet on transfer D-day

The madness of the transfer window appears not to afflict continental Europe quite as virulently as England and there were few major deals concluded this week. Diego Forlan's €5m (£4.43m) switch from Atletico Madrid to Internazionale was the most eye-catching, with Inter also taking former Birmingham striker Mauro Zarate from Lazio on loan.

Football in Brief: Holden 'buzzin' about return at Bolton; Forlan joins Internazionale; Zico appointed to revive Iraq team

Bolton Wanderers' American midfielder Stuart Holden is set to play his first match tonight after almost six months out with a knee injury.

Ronaldo's hat-trick helps Real hit six

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid raced to a convincing 6-0 win at Real Zaragoza in their opening La Liga fixture yesterday, as the Spanish league started a week later than planned after the players ended their strike. Marcelo, Xabi Alonso and Kaka were also on target for Jose Mourinho's side in the rout.

Transfer window closes: Look before you leap on to the merry-go-round

The window of opportunity will slam shut at 11pm on Wednesday evening, and there's plenty more business still to be conducted. But £318 million has already been spent on Premier League recruitment and that figure looks set to dwarf last summer's final total of £330.1m. So what major deals could still go through?

My Life In Travel: Tim Lovejoy, television presenter

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Spurs closing in on deal to lure Parker away from West Ham

Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham were close last night to a deal for Scott Parker with negotiations over the fee the final point of contention: the Championship club want £5m while Spurs would prefer to pay £1m less with add-ons.

Spurs bring Irish delight as Pulis gets his map out

Something of a nuisance, or a fairytale come true?

Tottenham, Fulham, Stoke and Birmingham learn Europa League fate

Tottenham will face Irish giantkillers Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League group stage.

Liverpool open academy in Delhi

Liverpool launched their first football academy in India yesterday.

Italy's players poised to follow Spain and start season on strike

Italy's Serie A moved closer to a strike yesterday after the top-flight clubs voted 18-2 against adopting a collective contract signed by the players, increasing the possibility that Saturday's planned start of the season will be delayed.

Atletico Madrid given Diego Forlan permission to discuss transfer

Atletico Madrid have given Uruguay striker Diego Forlan permission to negotiate a possible transfer, the Spanish club said today.

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