Sport Jermaine Pennant has left Stoke with immediate effect, the club have confirmed

The Potters chose not to activate a clause in his contract that would have seen him stay until the end of the season

De Gea undergoing Manchester United medical

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is set to push his summer spending close to £50 million later this week when he completes the signing of goalkeeper David de Gea.

Welbeck keeps England on track after Spain get a helping hand

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Zaragoza apply for voluntary administration

Real Zaragoza have applied to the courts to go into voluntary administration in a bid to sort out their finances, the Spanish club said on Wednesday.

Paul Lambert aiming for more Norwich signings

Paul Lambert intends to continue his summer recruitment drive as he looks to give Norwich a foothold in the Barclays Premier League next season.

Real Madrid delay coronation of Barcelona as La Liga champions

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a 4-0 home win over Getafe last night, denying leaders Barcelona the chance to win the La Liga title without kicking a ball.

Martinez: We will pass our way out of trouble

Wigan manager, who is using lessons learnt when he beat relegation with Swansea, is refusing to change his football philosophy to avoid the drop, he tells Ian Herbert

Blame me, says Mourinho as 10-man Real get whistled off...

Real Madrid 2 Real Zaragoza 3: Another home defeat and red card, but the controversial coach plays a different tune

Mourinho refuses to back down over criticism of Barcelona

Hostilities between Real Madrid and Barcelona show no signs of abating as the two sides prepare for their first league matches since both reported the other to European football's governing body Uefa.

Mourinho puts party on hold as derby looms

Real Madrid, having broken one hoodoo, will hope to extend another this weekend as they face their city neighbours Atletico tomorrow.

Irish FA open to Pennant's bid for senior cap with Trapattoni

Republic of Ireland chiefs would consider Jermaine Pennant's desire to play international football if he made contact.

Republic of Ireland will consider Jermaine Pennant

Republic of Ireland chiefs would consider Jermaine Pennant's desire to play international football if he made contact.

Javier Mascherano: 'We're never satisfied, we don't settle for 1-0 wins'

Javier Mascherano has struggled to fit in at Barcelona, but tonight he will get his chance against old foes Arsenal. Pete Jenson hears how he has embraced the Catalans' ethos

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol set to be fit for Arsenal visit

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is back in training ahead of tomorrow's Primera Division match at home to Zaragoza and looks set to be fit to face Arsenal in the teams' Champions League last 16 second leg on Tuesday night.

Mourinho rails at 'hypocrites' over fixture bias for Barça

Jose Mourinho, the Real Madrid coach, has lashed out at what he called the "hypocrites" who did not agree with his complaints that the La Liga calendar was unfair on his side and favoured Barcelona over other clubs.

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