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Manchester City rule out move for Chelsea legend Drogba

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba

Manchester City won’t compete with Chelsea for free agent.

Ivorian defender is out of contract after leaving Galatasaray last season.

The 36-year-old is reportedly in talks with Chelsea over a return to Stamford Bridge. City have also been linked with Drogba after Alvaro Negredo’s metatarsal injury.

However, the Daily Express says a move for Drogba is NOT being considered.

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Ivory Coast, Toulouse fullback Serge Aurier awaits PSG agreement

Toulouse defender Serge Aurier

Toulouse defender Serge Aurier

Ivorian defender Serge Aurier is patiently waiting for his move from Toulouse  to PSG to be finalised.

The Ligue one giants are willing to land the Ivoirian full-back as well as Real Madrid’s Argentine winger Angel Di Maria this summer, after already signing Chelsea’s Brazilian defender David Luiz for € 50 million ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

PSG are now moving cautiously as they need to comply with the UEFA financial fair-play regulations.

However, Aurier returned to training at Toulouse and says that he is ready to take on the Parisian challenge.

“There are some contacts. Discussions are currently ongoing but I cannot say any more about it. There is something to be done in Paris, if I move there of course,” Aurier told France Football.

“The team has great individuals as well as a strong collective. And on the European stage, they have achieved some good results since the Qataris took over the club.

“It is a great challenge for their players. They need to perform at each game, and there is a lot of competition.

“When I arrived in Toulouse, I had to fight to secure my place. In Paris or somewhere else, I will always enter the pitch with the same envy and the same enthusiasm. I like competition.

“If PSG recruit me, it will be the same thing. I will move forward and give my best.”

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Kolo Toure transfer talks for Qatar deal breaks down

Ivorian defender Yaya Toure

Ivorian defender Yaya Toure

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has seen a move to Qatar’s Al Gharafa fall through.

The Daily Express says a deal has broken down over personal terms.

The 33-year-old defender, who has one year left on his current deal, has an agreement with Liverpool that he can leave for nothing if he finds a suitable club.

But it appears that this particular avenue into the Middle East has now closed off.

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Kenya coach Adel Amrouche suspended for spitting at referee

Kenya coach Adel Amrouche

Kenya coach Adel Amrouche

Kenya`s head coach Adel Amrouche has received a one-year suspension for his undisciplined behaviour against a match official.

In a letter to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Monday, the continental football governing body Secretary General Hicham El Amrani said Amrouche was suspended after being found guilty of spitting at a match official.

Amrouche is accused of spitting at the fourth official during Kenya`s match against Comoros last month, an offence that saw him sent off.

CAF will, however, not fine the Belgian coach.

“The suspension is effective from Sunday,” El Amrani’s letter has said.

Amrouche is still away in Maseru where Kenya played Lesotho in the Africa Nations Cup qualifier match. Kenya lost the match 0-1 and will host the southern Africa side in Nairobi in a fortnight.

The coach was earlier slapped with a two-match suspension pending the submission of the matter to the CAF Disciplinary Board.

The board, chaired by Raymond Hack from South Africa, held its sitting Thursday at CAF headquarters in Cairo.

In its ruling, the board found Amrouche guilty of breaching Article 129 (c) of its rules, which provides for a 12-match ban to anyone spitting at a match official.

The decision, the letter says, will be communicated to the world governing body FIFA, which may extend the sanction internationally.

“The decision can be contested before CAF appeal board. The party intending to appeal shall announce this intention in writing within three days of notification of the decision,” said the letter from CAF.

However, FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya said he is not aware of the suspension.

“It is true we had appealed against the two-match suspension slapped on Amrouche because we felt it was unfair. We are still waiting for an answer from CAF on the matter,” said Nyamweya.

Amrouche, who was hired last year in February, took over from Frenchman Henri Michel, who quit after seven months in office.

 

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Egyptian prime minister steps in excuse Chelsea midfielder Salah from military service

Chelsea midfielder Mohamed Salah

Chelsea midfielder Mohamed Salah

Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah has been excused from returning to Egypt to do military service.

Earlier this week reports in Egypt had suggested that Salah would be forced to go back to his homeland to serve in the armed forces after his place in an education program was rescinded, meaning he could not travel abroad.

However kingfut.com reported that the country’s prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab then intervened personally in the matter, holding a meeting with his minister for higher education and national team coach Shawky Gharib in which he described the ruling as “threatening” the future of Egyptian football.

And Goal understands that Salah has now been given confirmation that he is no longer obligated to return to his homeland to do military service, which traditionally ranges from 12 months to three years.

On Monday Salah travelled with the rest of the Chelsea squad to a pre-season training camp in Austria, and the club considers the matter settled.

Salah moved to Stamford Bridge from Basel for £11 million in January and scored two goals in 10 Premier League appearances for the Blues, netting in home wins against Arsenal and Stoke City.

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Chelsea to offload Nigerian midfielder Mikel Obi

Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi

Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi

In his eight years at Stamford Bridge, John Obi Mikel has seen Chelsea change like those of leaves changing colour in autumn.

His stay though could come to an end as it has been reported that the Blues are looking to offload the 27 year old Nigeria international for £6 million.

Obi Mikel joined Chelsea alongside Ashley Cole in 2006, and like his counterpart, he could be on his way out of Chelsea to Italy. Mikel, who started all of Nigeria’s four World Cup matches, has recently been the subject of reports of a move to Italy with a host of Serie A clubs looking for his signature.

With the £30 million signing of Cesc Fabregas and links to Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira, Mikel’s midfield position looks in serious doubt. The 27 year old played a low-key role for Chelsea last season with only eleven Premier League starts.

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Nigerian forward Ideye Brown joins EPL side West Bromwich Albion

Ideye Brown joins West Bromwich

Ideye Brown joins West Bromwich

Nigerian striker Ideye Brown has completed a record £10m move to West Bromwich Albion from Dynamo Kiev.

The Nigeria international has put pen to paper on a three-year contract, plus a further year’s option, after agreeing personal terms and passing medicals on Friday.

Ideye has netted 34 goals in 74 matches for Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev and scored 5 times in 24 appearances for his country.

The former Sochaux and Neuchatel Xamax forward helped Nigeria clinch their third Africa Cup of Nations title in 2013, but was overlooked by Stephen Keshi for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

The 25-year-old forward will meet his new team-mates when they return from the club’s pre-season training camp in Sacramento, California.

“Brown is a quality striker and I’m looking forward to working with him,” WBA coach Alan Irvine told club’s official site.

“He’s a strong, quick, powerful player who likes to get in behind defences and has plenty of Champions League and international experience.”

Technical director Terry Burton added: “When I arrived at Albion the recruitment department flagged Brown up as the man at the top of their wish list.

“It is a fantastic signing because of the quality and the potential of the player.

“I can see that he really wants to be here and that he really wants to be playing in the Premier League.

“He’s a dynamic player who likes to get in behind defenders and he has the pace to do so.

“He gets himself into good scoring positions in the box and if there are opportunities then he will get on the end of them.

“We’re looking forward to seeing him play for the club and scoring goals.”

Albion previously broke their transfer fee record when they splashed out £6m on Stephane Sessegnon last September.

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Diouf happy to be working with Stoke City boss Mark Hughes

Stoke City forward Biram Diouf

Stoke City forward Biram Diouf

Stoke signing Mame Biram Diouf says he is to be working with Stoke City boss Mark Hughes.

Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke the ex-Manchester United forward Diouf claimed it was a major factor in his decision to join the club.

“Of course, that’s why I’m here,” he said.

“It’s always good to have a manager who knows all about football – about movement – so it’s good for me.

“I’m just going to listen and learn and try and put it into the games”, he added.

Diouf previously had a spell in England, joining Manchester United in 2009 and playing for Blackburn in the 2010/2011 Premier League season. The Senegal striker thinks he has developed his game further since then.

“Of course I am better, I have a lot more maturity and games in my legs,” Diouf said.

“I’ve got more confidence in myself and I just want to score goals.”

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FIFA lifts Nigeria ban after reinstatement of NFF officials

Super Eagles

Super Eagles

Fifa has announced an end to  Nigeria’s suspension following Thursday’s court ruling to allow the reinstatement of the country’s Football Federation board.

The ban which has been in place since July 9  had threatened Nigeria’s participation in the Women’s Under-20 World Cup in Canada.

Fifa punished Nigeria for government interference when a sole administrator replaced the NFF board last week.

On Thursday a court order quashed that ruling and a lawsuit was withdrawn.

Fifa had given Nigeria until 17 July to reinstate the board – extended from 15 July because of a judiciary workers’ strike in the country – in order for the Women’s Under-20 side to play at the World Cup.

The governing body confirmed on Friday it had reinstated Nigeria’s rights to play internationals.

A statement read: “Fifa has lifted the suspension that was imposed on the Nigeria Football Federation on account of interference.

“Fifa has noted that the court proceedings and order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF Executive Committee members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football that prompted the suspension have been withdrawn.”

It means the Super Eagles will be able to defend their Africa Cup of Nations title when qualifying matches start in September. The tournament kicks off next January in Morocco.

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Cameroonian striker Moukandjo joins French Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims

Cameroon striker Moukandjo

Cameroon striker Moukandjo

Cameroonian striker Benjamin Moukandjo has signed a two-year contract with Ligue 1 outfit Stade de Reims , the club has confirmed.

The  25-year old was a free agent after the expiry of his contract with AS Nancy-Lorraine, in the French top flight after a season in Ligue 2 that saw him score 9 goals in 27 appearances.

Moukandjo is joining the ‘Champenois’ as a replacement for Togolese Floyd Ayité who sealed a move to Sporting Club Bastia.

The former Nimes player has earned 20 international caps with the Indomitable Lions since 2011, taking part in the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.

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