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The Belgium international is keen on a move to the Premier League

Chris Samba has previously played in the Premier League for Blackburn Rovers
Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho turned down Real Madrid job while at Chelsea

Former Porto boss also turned down chance to manage England

Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher, with Steven Gerrard in the background, after winning the Uefa Cup in 2001

Travel Challenge: A Brazilian break during Rio Carnival

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: Brazil for Rio Carnival. Prices are per person, based on two sharing, and include 10 nights' B&B, flights from Heathrow to Rio in February 2013, transfers and a one-day Sambadrome ticket.

A Casa do Conto bedroom

B&B and Beyond: Casa do Conto, Porto, Portugal

When a fire destroyed this B&B just before it was to open, its owner swapped concrete for wood. Mick Webb took a look

Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates with teammate Jermain Defoe after scoring a goal against Panathinaikos

Tottenham strikers among the best in the Premier League says Brad Friedel

Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor impressed last night

Andre Villas-Boas reacts after seeing Spurs take the lead

Chelsea do not deserve place in Europa League says former manager Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham have also qualified for the last-32

ndre Villas-Boas congratulates Jermain Defoe on his second goa

Andre Villas-Boas refuses to play Scrooge as Tottenham's festive spirit grows

Manager approves 'two or three' Christmas parties for players after climb into the top four

Ronaldo set Real Madrid on their way to a 4-1 win over Ajax with a close-range finish

Champions League round-up: Ajax felled by Christiano Ronaldo and Kaka but Roberto Mancini's side cannot take advantage

In Manchester City’s group, as expected Ajax went down to defeat at Real Madrid but the English champions could not take advantage and clinch a place in the Europa League.

Jose Mourinho celebrates Real Madrid's winner

Jose Mourinho capable of managing Manchester United says Alex Ferguson

Ferguson has no plans to retire

Jermain Defoe of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring their third goal

Proposed transfer of Jermain Defoe from Tottenham to QPR is 'absolutely impossible' says Andre Villas-Boas

Redknapp has worked with England striker at three different clubs

Andre Villas-Boas: Faces his former team, Chelsea, tomorrow

Andre Villas-Boas wants revenge for Tottenham against Chelsea, not himself

Andre Villas-Boas insisted yesterday that his club have more reason to relish tomorrow's game with Chelsea than he does. The Tottenham Hotspur manager, who was dismissed by Chelsea in March, pointed to the rivalry between the clubs last season as being more relevant than his own story.

Manchester United winger Luis Nani

Juventus and AC Milan linked with Manchester United winger Luis Nani

The future of Manchester United winger Luis Nani continues to come under speculation with the latest rumours suggesting Juventus and AC Milan will battle it out for his services.

Northern Ireland claimed a famous draw in Portugal

Niall McGinn 'over the moon' after scoring for Northern Ireland in Portugal draw

Northern Ireland goalscorer Niall McGinn finds it hard to believe he was able to play a key part in thwarting the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani last night.

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo to reach 100 caps for Portugal against Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland would already have been fearful ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Portugal, but will be even more nervous knowing Cristiano Ronaldo has something to celebrate in Porto.

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Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

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The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

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