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Cesc Fábregas tells Spain team-mates he is leaving Barcelona | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Cesc Fábregas tells Spain team-mates he is leaving Barcelona

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 5, 2014

Fabregas and Pique

Gerard Piqué has been caught on camera apparently telling Spain coach Vicente del Bosque that Barcelona team-mate Cesc Fábregas is poised to leave the side.

Fábregas returned to boyhood club Barca in 2011 after an eight-year stint at Arsenal and he has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, withChelsea reportedly keen to sign the 27-year-old midfielder.

Appearing together at a promotional event in Washington, where Spain are preparing the defence of their World Cup crown, Piqué and Del Bosque were recorded apparently discussing Fábregas and a move away from Barca for a fee of €33m (£27m).

“He [Fábregas] told me that it is already done,” Piqué says. “He is leaving already, €33m he said,” adds the centre back, who came through the youth ranks with Fabregas and is a close personal friend of his.

Fábregas returned to Barca just as Pep Guardiola’s stunningly successful side was starting to lose its lustre and he has never fully won over the demanding Nou Camp fans despite scoring and creating plenty of goals.

The Catalan club are trying to rebuild after they ended the 2013-14 season without major silverware and coach Gerardo Martino quit and was replaced by former Barça and Spain midfielder Luis Enrique.{Guardian}

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Glo Premier League: Sharks Trounce Leaders Sharks | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Glo Premier League: Sharks Trounce Leaders Sharks

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 5, 2014

Adamu Hassan scored a brace as Glo Premier champions Kano Pillars thrashed leaders Sharks FC 4-1 in the Pyramid City on Wednesday.Azeez Shobowale opened scoring for the Sai Masugida in the fifth minute, before Nigeria team B midfielder Rabiu Ali doubled the lead on 26 minutes.

Hassan came up with Pillars third and fourth goals via superb headers in the 52nd and 68th minutes respectively.

Kano Pillars Fans Awaits Team Arrival at the Club Ground.

The win, which is the hosts biggest in the current campaign, projected them to second position with 28 points, two points shy of Sharks, who have played one match more.

Sharks consolation goal was scored by Christian Pyagbara from the penalty spot on 73 minutes.

Enugu Rangers beat visiting Lobi Stars 3-1. Emeka Eze placed Rangers in the ascendancy in first-half stoppage time and Christian Obiozor came up with a second-half brace in the 55th and 66th minutes.

Barnabas Imenger (Jn) pulled a goal back for Lobi six minutes to the dead.

Nasarawa United claimed a point after playing out a goalless draw at Nembe City.

Heartland held host Sunshine Stars to a 2-2 draw in Akure. Okouka Happy opened scoring for the vistors on 29 minutes before super-sub Muyiwa Lawal drew the Akure Gunners level in first-half regulation time.

Muyiwa was however the architect of the hosts second goal two minutes after the restart, when his shot was converted by Doumbia Zoumana for an own-goal.

Okouka leveled for the Naze Millionaires with his brace to help visitors etch out a point.

Sunshine Stars are 8th on the league standings with 26 points, while Heartland have 24 points after 18 matches.

There were also big wins for El-Kanemi Warriors and Abia Warriors.

El-Kanemi dumped Kaduna United 4-0 and Abia Warriors were routed Akwa United 4-1.

Match Day 18 Results

El-Kanemi 4-0 Kaduna United

Kano Pillars 4-1 Sharks

Sunshine Stars 2-2 Heartland

Abia Warriors 4-1 Akwa United

Dolphins 2-0 FC Taraba

Rangers 3-1 Lobi Stars

Giwa FC 2-0 Crown FC

Enyimba 2-0 Gombe United

Nembe City 0-0 Nasarawa United

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Barcelona know Koke will stay at Atletico’ – Cerezo | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Barcelona know Koke will stay at Atletico Cerezo

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 5, 2014

Koke

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo insists Barcelona are wasting their time with efforts to sign midfield star Koke.

The 22-year-old has emerged as one of Barcas primary transfer targets this summer following an exemplary season with Diego Simeones title-winning side.

Koke himself admitted he was proud to hear of interest from Camp Nou, though he was keen to stress he is happy at the Vicente Calderon, and Cerezo has now made it clear that the club have no plans to sell the Spain international.

He is our player and he will continue with us. They know that very well, he told Foro Nuevo Murcia.

We are not a selling club. We are a stable club. And I insist: Koke wants to play for Atletico, he is our franchise player and will continue a Rojiblanco. Theres nothing else to add.

Barca have also been linked with a move for central defender Miranda, who was another key performer in Atleticos march to the Spanish title and Champions League final, but Cerezo is confident both the Brazilian and centre-back partner Diego Godin will also stay.

Its very hard today to find a defensive pairing like Miranda and Godin, almost impossible. I believe that, as with Koke, they will continue here, he said.

However, Cerezo did indicate that full-back Filipe Luis who has been linked with Chelsea could be allowed to move should he tell the club he wishes to leave and an offer is made which matches his release clause.

Atletico are reported to have agreed a €10 million fee with Granada for Guilherme Siqueira, who spent last season on loan at Portuguese treble-winners Benfica, a player Cerezo admits he admires.

If you have to leave and you want to go, I refer you to the clause, he added.

Siqueira has been spoken about as a possible substitute. Siqueira is a good player. If someone goes we will try to bring in someone better.{GOAL}

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Ibrahimovic: No one will ever be better than Ronaldo | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Ibrahimovic: No one will ever be better than Ronaldo

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 5, 2014

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Paris Saint-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes football will never see a better player than former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo.

Ronaldo dubbed El Fenomeno during his glittering playing career won 13 titles at club level as well as two World Cups with Brazil in 1994 and 1998.

Ibrahimovic has faced the likes of namesake Cristiano Ronaldo during his own stellar career to date, but he insists the World Cups record goalscorer remains the greatest he ever played against.

The best opponent of my career? Ive played against many, many good players, so I dont know who to keep. But I would say Ronaldo, El Fenomeno. Why? Because he was my idol and because, as a football player, he was complete, he told Sports Illustrated.

There will never, in my view, be a better player than him.

Ronaldo, who scored more than 350 goals in just over 500 club games during a career badly affected by injury problems, retired from football in 2011. {GOAL}

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Update: Arsenal not interested in Fabregas | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Update: Arsenal not interested in Fabregas

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 5, 2014

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Arsenal have told FC Barcelona they are not interested in Cesc Fabregas, Information Nigeria.

The playmaker informed team mate Pique of his imminent departure, and since then a host of English Premier Clubs have expressed their interest.

Now According to the ever reliable BBC Journalist @bbcsport_david, the London club have informed Barcelona they are not interested in Cesc.

He tweeted: Arsenal have informed Barcelona they wont be exercising buy-back option on Fabregas. He was keen but #afc not seeking a creative midfielder

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Argentina ‘ strong and unified ‘ – Messi | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Argentina strong and unified Messi

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 5, 2014

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Argentina star Lionel Messi says his side are strong and unified ahead of the World Cup.Only hosts Brazil are more favoured to win the tournament and Messi feels his teams serious approach to warm-up matches can hold them in good stead.

Argentina play a final friendly against Slovenia on Saturday before opening their World Cup campaign with a Group F clash against Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 15.

Yes, it is just a friendly and we are very close to our trip [to Brazil] but we are going to play with all we have, said the 26-year-old.

No one wants any [injury to] occur, we are all being very careful of that, but we still all want to win, do our best, play seriously and I believe we have done that.

I believe we have a very strong team, very unified and more than that we also have really great players.

Meanwhile, Messis Barcelona and Argentina team-mate Javier Mascherano echoed his thoughts and said that coach Alejandro Sabella had drummed into the squad the importance of gaining pre-tournament rhythm.

Our minds are on the World Cup, but you have to keep playing, he said.

The team has to function well together… if not we will play poorly in our first game.{GOAL}

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David Moyes turns down two job offers after sacking | INFORMATION NIGERIA

David Moyes turns down two job offers after sacking

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 5, 2014

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Manchester United ex manager David Moyes has reportedly turned down two offers from undisclosed clubs. Information Nigeria understands.

The Scot also revealed hes planning on working outside England in his next managerial adventure.

“I have had a couple of opportunities to go back in and chosen not to do anything just now,” Moyes said in Florida.

“I am going to look for what I feel is the right opportunity. I would like to think I proved myself over the 11-year periodat Everton and what I am capable of, and the level at which I want to manage.”

The former Everton boss also informed a Uefa Champions League qualified club is ultimately his next goal.

“I got my real first taste of the Champions League this year and I thought I showed I can manage at thatlevel,” he added.

“I would like somewhere that would give me a chance of being in the Champions League or a club that has ambitions of being in the Champions League.

“It could be at home or abroad. I have always liked the thought of broadening my horizons and learning a bit more and at the moment I am quite comfortablewatching and learning. I will go away and learn and look again to see what is happening.

“I will use United as an importantexperience in my managerial career. I feel I needed more time but I will use it to benefit me and help me in the coming jobs.”

Moyes was chosen by Alex Ferguson to continue the customary winners mentality in Manchester United last season, but the Scot was unable to deviver; United finished 7th, also without a trophy.

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