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Football news updates - Sterling hails Madrid as "fantastic" but says he's happy at City

Football news updates - Sterling hails Madrid as "fantastic" but says he's happy at City
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18.15 - Zidane happy for Ramos to play in Olympics

Ramas, 34, was picked in the preliminary squad and Zidane said it is a competition "no-one could say no to."

And that will do it for today's football updates. Be sure to follow us over the weekend for all the news as it happens.

16.34 - Smith joins Black Cats until end of season

Sunderland will complete the signing of New Zealand international Tommy Smith until the end of the season if he receives international clearance.

The former Ipswich Town defender played for MLS outfit Colarado Rapids last year but is now a free agent after rejecting a new contract.

15:50 - Mou: Top-four finish with Spurs would be my greatest achievement

Jose Mourinho says Tottenham Hotspur finishing in the top-four this season given their injury crisis would be his greatest ever achieveement.

The Portuguese has won pretty much everything you can win in the game but thinks getting a Champions League spot without players such as Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son would be his best effort.

But when asked whether a top-four finish would better that, Mourinho said. "In these circumstances, yes."

15:10 - Solskjaer: Talented pair's futures uncertain

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted the futures of young duo Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes are uncertain after being linked with,moves away from the club.

The talented pair have made just three appearances each in the Europa League this season, with Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan among clubs believed to be interested.

14:50 - Guardiola: Ban doesn't change our achievements

Pep Guardiola says his achievements at Manchester City have not been undermined by the club's breach of financial fair play rules.

City have been banned from European competition for two years after being found guilty of the breaches.

" Everything we have won these seasons, nobody helped us. We did an incredible job day by day, game by game and nothing is going to change [that]."

14:10 - Kante to also miss three weeks

Not long after Liverpool announced they would be without their midfielder, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed his influential middle man Ngolo Kante will also be out for three weeks with an abductor injury.

The Frenchman suffered the injury during the London club's 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Monday.

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13:25 - Henderson out for three weeks

Liverpool have confirmed captain Jordan Henderson will be out for three weeks with a hamstring injury.

The influential midfielder sustained the issue in the latter stages of Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16.

He will be out, I think, for three weeks or so, which is not cool. But how we see it, we were still lucky. That’s it", said manager Jurgen Klopp.

12:30 - Neymar open to extending PSG deal

The 28-year-old has been linked with a return back to Barcelona or a move to rivals Real Madrid for some time but reports now suggest the Brazilian could yet opt to stay at the Parc de Princes.

11:45 - Bruce: Joelinton needs to be more selfish

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has told misfiring striker Joelinton he needs to be more selfish in his came in order to add more goals to his game.

The £40million summer-signing from Hoffenheim has only scored three goals this season and Bruce says they are doing all they can in training to develop a ruthless streak to his game

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11:15 - Sterling: Real Madrid 'fantastic' club but happy at City

Raheem Sterling says Real Madrid are a "fantastic" club but insisted he is "really happy" at Manchester City. Sterling has been linked with a move away from the Etihad following the news of City's two-year ban from European competition last week.

" Right now I'm at City and I'm really happy. But I say Real Madrid are a fantastic club."

10:30 - Rangers hero Hagi reveals delight at scoring in front of dad Gheorge

Ianis Hagi revealed his delight after his two goals inspired Rangers to a 3-2 comeback win over Braga in front his father, Romanian legend Gheorge.

" My whole family were here so it's amazing. It's the first time they have come here and I'm really proud they were in the stand to watch me."

9:45 - FA contact United over Rashford fears

The FA will contact Manchester United to request medical records for striker Marcus Rashford, following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revelation that the 22-year-old forward might not be fit in time for the Euro 2020 tournament.

Meanwhile, United were in Europa League round of 32 action action as they drew 1-1 away at Club Brugge, whilst Arsenal beat Olympiakos 1-0 away thanks to an Alexandre Lacazette goal and Diogo Jota scored a hattrick as Wolves beat Espanyol.

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18:00 - United kick off in the Europa League

17:00 - United lineup against Brugge

Manchester United have announced their lineup against Club Brugge in the Europa League tonight. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer makes a whopping six changes.

16:30 - Ndidi won't be rushed back, says Rogers

Leicester City will not rush Wilfred Ndidi back from a knee injury until he is completely fit, manager Brendan Rodgers has said, despite a shortfall in defensive options.

He said: "We just want to make sure he's right because he's such an important player for us. It's about the long term too. There's no timeline on it. We'll see how he progresses."

14:00 - Allegri learning English ahead of return to management

Massimiliano Allegri has been linked with a possible move to Manchester United and the former Juventus boss is learning English as he prepares to return to management next season.

The 52-year-old is in the process of taking in a year-long break from coaching, having walked away from the reigning Serie A champions in the summer of 2019.

13:00 - Koulibaly out of Barcelona game for Napoli

Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso has revealed that Kalidou Koulibaly will play no part in next Tuesday's meeting with Barcelona in the Champions League.

Koulibaly sustained a hamstring injury during a 2-1 home defeat to Parma on December 14, which has kept him on the sidelines for the last two months.

12:00 - Blades boss speaks on Champions League prospects

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has spoken about his team's chances of qualifying for the Champions League following Manchester City's exclusion from the tournament for next season.

Wilder, whose side resume after their winter break at home to Brighton on Saturday and are a point behind Spurs, said: "Nothing changes in regards to the Champions League. It (the Premier League) is an extremely competitive league.

"We are proud of our position and we’ve worked hard to get there. We need a bounce of the ball, but we have got a focused group who have belief in themselves and are looking forward to the next game.

"That’s the approach all season and assessments will be made at the end. We are in a great position and are looking for the next win with no foot off the gas."

11:00 - PSG chief charged with criminal offences

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been charged in Switzerland for criminal offences around the awarding of media rights for various World Cups and Confederations Cups.

Former FIFA secretary general Jerôme Valcke has been charged by the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) with accepting bribes, several counts of aggravated criminal mismanagement and falsifying documents, while Al-Khelaifi has been charged with inciting Valcke to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement.

10:00 - Rashford could miss Euro 2020

Marcus Rashford’s Euro 2020 dreams could be over after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed the Manchester United star will be out for at least “another few months” with a back injury.

The manager initially expected Rashford to miss six weeks with the double stress fracture to his back sustained in last month’s FA Cup replay against Wolves, but now it looks as though his absence could extend as far as the summer.

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