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Spurs stun European champions at the Lane

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Internazionale's Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder has ended speculation about his future by putting pen to paper on a contract extension to keep him at the San Siro until the summer of 2015.

Moratti stunned by Ballon d'Or snub for Milito

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Inter Milan expect Sneijder to sign new deal

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Ten-man Spurs lose in Milan

Inter Milan 4 Tottenham 3

Van der Vaart says Arsenal move would have been 'fantastic'

Tottenham Hotspur ace Rafael van der Vaart has suggested that he could have stayed at Real Madrid rather than leaving for first-team football in England.

Brazil star Melo came close to quitting football

Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo has revealed that he was ready to quit football following Brazil's disappointing 2-1 World Cup quarter-final loss to Netherlands in South Africa this summer.

Sneijder dismisses Real Madrid return

Netherlands international Wesley Sneijder has dismissed talk of a possible return to Real Madrid.

Inter's champions beat all-comers at Uefa club awards

Internazionale's triumph in last season's Champions League has resulted in the Italian club sweeping the board at the Uefa club awards held in Monaco last night.

Webb admits he made errors in World Cup final

Six weeks since he 'lost control' on the biggest night of his career, England's top referee has finally answered his critics
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