Sport Jose Bosingwa says he will not play for Portugal again while Paulo Bento is in charge

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.

United keep up record with solid defeat of Spurs

Manchester Utd 3 Tottenham Hotspur 0

Talks continue over Spanish player strike

Spanish league players remain on strike after league officials and the players' union failed to reach an agreement to end the current work stoppage.

Ferguson will keep faith with De Gea

New No 1 has gone straight into the first team but early blunders have meant the gloves are off already

Aguero's off to a flyer but best is yet to come

Pablo Zabaleta tells Tim Rich that his fellow countryman will only improve at City if given time to settle

Chelsea swoop for £26m Mata as accent on youth continues

Chelsea were last night on the brink of sealing a £26m deal for Juan Mata, the 23-year-old Valencia winger who has previously been a long-term target for Arsenal this season.

Atletico sign Porto's £35m Falcao to plug Aguero gap

Atletico Madrid have agreed to sign striker Radamel Falcao from Porto for £35m. The deal, subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms, could rise to £40m.

Chelsea lose Cech but may still get Modric

Successful management is about getting the big decisions right and Andre Villas-Boas is facing two critical ones this weekend. The easier may well be choosing which of his unheralded back-up goalkeepers will deputise for Petr Cech, who will be out for a month after sustaining medial ligament damage in training. The other judgement call is how strongly to push his boss, club owner Roman Abramovich, in the pursuit of Luka Modric.

Chelsea blow as Petr Cech ruled out for a month

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been ruled out for three to four weeks after suffering a knee injury in training.

Better than Tevez... and without the baggage

Sergio Aguero is another free spirit – but thanks to a stable family and strong wife he plays the game with a smile on his face

Kevin de Bruyne claims Chelsea move is near

Genk midfielder Kevin de Bruyne hopes he can secure a move to Chelsea by the end of the month after claiming negotiations have begun over a possible transfer to Stamford Bridge.

Sergio Aguero enjoys 'nice' Manchester City debut

Sergio Aguero is determined to build on his sensational start as a Manchester City player.

Aguero's stunning entrance leaves Mancini wanting more

'He's not yet 100 per cent,' says City manager after £38m striker scores twice as new boys Swansea are overwhelmed 4-0

Electric Aguero lights up City as Swansea debut ends on dim note

Manchester City 4 Swansea City 0

Ferguson criticises 'slack' De Gea while Ferdinand misses six weeks

Injuries and errors blight United's first match but they still win 2-1 at West Bromwich

'Dodgy keeper' De Gea is the only chink in United's armour

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