Sport Patrice Evra, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United pose with the Carling Cup trophy in the dressing room after their 2006 win

The United captain gave the 2006 medal to former team-mate Giuseppe Rossi

Ferdinand to miss start of season with knee injury

Rio Ferdinand will miss Manchester United's first three Premier League games, as well as England's European Championship qualifiers with Bulgaria and Switzerland in September, due to the knee problem that kept him out of the World Cup.

Transfer Talk: Guardiola plays down move for Fabregas

Pep Guardiola, the Barcelona coach, has added to the recent pessimistic statements coming from the Nou Camp over the club's attempt to sign Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal this summer.

Tottenham admit Pletikosa interest

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has revealed he could be set to sign Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa.

Transfer Talk: Yaya Touré joins brother at Eastlands

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Barcelona midfielder Yaya Touré has joined his brother, Kolo, at Eastlands after completing a £28m move from Nou Camp. The Ivorian, 27, is City's third signing of the summer, following David Silva and Jerome Boateng.

Vidic dismisses Manchester United transfer talk

Nemanja Vidic has once again rejected talk of a possible move away from Manchester United this summer.

Benitez fires warning to Aquilani

Liverpool manager says his injured Italian midfielder 'cannot manage his pain'

Russian praises Spurs 'family'

Pavlyuchenko is relishing being back in favour again at White Hart Lane

Riera transfer from Liverpool in doubt

Liverpool winger Albert Riera has back-tracked on his "sinking ship" comments about the club after admitting his plans for a move to Spartak Moscow have ground to a halt.

Football in brief: Gosling ruled out for rest of the year with ruptured knee ligament

Everton: Midfielder Dan Gosling will be out for nine months after rupturing his cruciate knee ligament during last Saturday's goalless draw at Wolves.

Riera set for Liverpool exit

Liverpool have agreed to sell outspoken winger Albert Riera to CSKA Moscow according to reports today.

Mascherano moves closer to Liverpool deal

Contract talks with Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano are edging closer to a resolution but manager Rafael Benitez accepts there is still a little more work to do.

Grant insists Pompey will keep the faith

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Grant grins as fortune smiles on Portsmouth

Southampton 1 Portsmouth 4: Inspired switch pays off as Owusu-Abeyie gets troubled club going at expense of Southampton

Grant hits out at owner's false promises

Pompey manager angry after Al-Faraj goes back on his word to buy four players

Portsmouth sign Owusu-Abeyie on loan

Portsmouth have signed Spartak Moscow striker Quincy Owusu-Abeyie on loan, subject to international clearance.

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