Thiago Alcantara

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The midfielder scored a hat-trick in the European Under-21 Championship final against Italy

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Chelsea target £10m France midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia

Jose Mourinho makes Seville defensive midfielder a key target and warns against over-spending

Simon Mignolet could be about to move to Liverpool with deal thought to be 'close' to complete

Liverpool 'close' to signing Sunderland's Simon Mignolet casting Pepe Reina's future into doubt

Liverpool could complete the £10m deal this week which could see Reina leave the club, while Luis Suarez continues to push for an exit of his own

Manuel Pellegrini waves to the Malaga fans

Factfile: Manuel Pellegrini confirmed as Manchester City manager

The Chilean will take up the role later this month

Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid in desperate bid to keep Monaco target Cristiano Ronaldo

The French team are ready to make the Portugal international the best paid player in the world

Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho: 'The problem with Cristiano Ronaldo is he thinks he knows everything'

The Chelsea manager takes a parting swipe at his former player

The 'Special One' is officially back at Stamford Bridge on four-year deal

'I am not the Special One any more, I am one of you': Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea and vows to stay for the long-term

Mourinho returns to Chelsea on four-year deal declaring he's 'more mature' and ready to stay for a 'long time'

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho

Sam Wallace on Jose Mourinho: Return to Chelsea will end in tears

Chelsea cannot believe this will go beyond the short term. The question is: what do they do when he walks out? asks Sam Wallace

Daniel Sturridge is treated by physio Gary Lewin at Wembley

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge facing four months on sidelines and could miss start of season

Ankle problem could leave Liverpool short of strikers with Luis Suarez future still in doubt

Jose Mourinho has omitted Iker Casillas from his final Real Madrid team, while Cristiano Ronaldo is also missing

Final parting shot at Iker Casillas from jilted Jose Mourinho before Real Madrid exit

Coach picks third-choice Antonio Adan and fourth-choice Jesus Fernandez in squad instead of Spain captain

Victor Valdes

Victor Valdes offers 'explanation' for Barcelona exit plans

Goalkeeper will not renew his contract which expires next summer

Tito Vilanova (L) and Eric Abidal life the league trophy during a ceremony at the Camp Nou

Barcelona choose not to extend contract of Eric Abidal

French defender disappointed to be leaving the club

Gareth Bale 'born' to play for Real Madrid says club's president Florentino Perez

The Tottenham forward has been linked with a switch to the Bernabeu

PABLO ZABALETA (7): Worked characteristically hard up and down the right and made important interventions in his own box

Pablo Zabaleta says the Manuel Pellegrini style of football is 'great'

The Chilean is expected to replace Roberto Mancini

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