Jesus will be ready for Carabao Cup final, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has no doubt he could throw Gabriel Jesus straight back into action in the Carabao Cup final if fit. Manchester City’s Brazilian striker is in contention for Sunday’s showpiece against…

Magpies have to wise up – and fast, admits boss Benitez

Rafael Benitez believes Newcastle need to quickly become more streetwise after a late collapse saw them squander a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Bournemouth. Dwight Gayle’s first-half double had the Magpies…

Ronaldo’s selfless penalty gesture pleases Real coach Zidane

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane lauded Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘incredible’ gesture after he surrendered the chance for a hat-trick against Alaves by letting under-fire team-mate Karim Benzema take over penalty duties. Having continued…

Real Madrid 4 v Alaves 0 – Story of the match

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were on the scoresheet as a Real Madrid side shorn of several stars continued their impressive form with a 4-0 victory over Alaves. Ronaldo took…

Liverpool 4 v West Ham 1 – story of the match

Liverpool took their goal tally for the season to 103 as they moved into second place in the Premier League with a comfortable 4-1 win over West Ham. Mohamed Salah, with his…

Barcelona 6 v Girona 1 – story of the match

Luis Suarez fired a hat-trick and Lionel Messi a brace as Barcelona ran riot in a 6-1 win against Girona to stay on course for their 25th LaLiga title. Suarez and Messi…

Manchester United v Chelsea – talking points

Manchester United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday. Here, FP takes a look at five talking points ahead of the match. Mourinho v Conte Manchester United manager…

Record-chasing Barcelona not in a slump – Valverde

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insists his LaLiga leaders are not in a slump. The Catalans hold a seven-point lead over Atletico Madrid and will break a club-record 31-game unbeaten LaLiga run –…

Jose Mourinho impressed by ‘professional’ Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba’s professional response to being dropped has impressed Jose Mourinho, who has underlined the need for Manchester United’s stars to earn his trust. Eyebrows were raised in Spain on Wednesday evening when…

Bayern face Hertha without Rodriguez and Boateng

James Rodriguez and Jerome Boateng will both miss out on Saturday against Hertha Berlin when Bayern Munich bid for their 15th straight win. Jupp Heynckes’ side will continue their Bundesliga title procession…

On-loan striker Slimani suffers injury setback

Islam Slimani could have just seven games in which to make an impression at Newcastle after suffering an injury setback as he fought to prove his fitness. The 29-year-old Leicester striker, who…

Premier League talking points

The Premier League returns this weekend with some pivotal matches for sides in the bottom half of the division. Here, FP details five talking points prior to the latest slate of top-flight…

West Ham sell Fonte to Chinese club Dalian Yifeng

West Ham have cut their losses on defender Jose Fonte by selling him to Chinese club Dalian Yifeng. The 34-year-old Portuguese defender has not played for the Hammers since October due to an…

Arsenal face AC Milan test in Europa League last 16

Arsenal have been handed a tough Europa League last-16 tie against Italian giants AC Milan. Ostersund won at the Emirates but Arsenal advanced on aggregate (Nigel French/Empics) The Gunners made it into…

Football rumours from the media – 23rd February, 2018

What the papers say Raheem Sterling’s long-term future at Manchester City has become the subject of renewed speculation after it was reported by several newspapers talks on a new deal are yet…