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Ramires in talks over new deal - sources


Sergio Aguero supports boss Manuel Pellegrini amid Pep Guardiola rumours

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Sergio Aguero could be considered the third-best player in the world following his five-goal match against Newcastle over the weekend.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been backed by striker Sergio Aguero after Pep Guardiola was again linked with the manager's job at the club.

Bayern Munich manager Guardiola has been tipped to replace Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium next summer, but the Chilean recently signed a new deal that keeps him under contract until 2017.

Aguero helped Pellegrini, who won the Premier League title in 2014, return to the top of the table by scoring five goals in Saturday's 6-1 win over Newcastle.


Chelsea in advanced talks with Ramires over new contract - sources

The ESPN FC crew explain how Jose Mourinho and Chelsea can reverse their poor start to the Premier League season.
The ESPN FC panel discuss Radamel Falcao's woeful time in England and can't help but feeling that his career is beyond saving.

Chelsea are in advanced talks with midfielder Ramires over a new deal at Stamford Bridge, sources have told ESPN FC.

Ramires' current deal expires in 2017 and Chelsea are in talks to hand him a new four-year contract to keep him at the club until 2019.

The 28-year-old was strongly linked with a move away from Chelsea in the summer, with Italian champions Juventus credited with lining up the Brazilian after losing key midfielders Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal in the summer transfer window.


 By Kelvin Leong

Baihakki: Afghanistan surprised lucky Singapore in AFC World Cup qualifier

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson review Singapore's narrow 1-0 win over Afghanistan courtesy of a late goal from Khairul Amri.

Had Baihakki Khaizan not put his knee in the way deep into injury time, Singapore might have been held to a draw instead beating Afghanistan in their AFC World Cup Group E qualifier on Thursday night.

The Johor Darul Ta'zim II centre-back managed to repel Zubayr Amiri's 93rd minute header on the line and the Lions escaped with a lucky 1-0 win at Singapore's National Stadium.

"I saw Madhu [Mohana] and Izwan [Mahbud] going for the ball," he told ESPN FC.

"Somehow, the Afghanistan player (Amiri) got...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic sidelined by hamstring injury

Croatia will be without Mario Mandzukic this week as they try to qualify for Euro 2016.

A hamstring injury will prevent striker Mario Mandzukic from playing in Croatia's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Malta.

Croatia host Bulgaria on Saturday and then travel to Malta for their final Group H match on Tuesday, but they will have to do so without their first-choice striker.

"Unfortunately, Mandzukic cannot play due to a hamstring injury," Croatia national team doctor Boris Nemec told the Croatian federation's website.

"He has been examined on Wednesday and concluded that he...

 By PA Sport

Football Association prepared to drop support of Michel Platini - Greg Dyke

Take a look at the rise and fall of UEFA President Michel Platini following his recent suspension for 90 days from football.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has said for the first time that the governing body will drop its backing for Michel Platini if FIFA's ethics committee finds he behaved improperly.

UEFA president Platini and FIFA president Sepp Blatter have been handed 90-day provisional bans by the committee while investigations take place into a £1.35 million payment to the Frenchman.

The action leaves Platini's hopes of running to succeed Blatter in tatters and Dyke said the FA was waiting for the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Chelsea, Arsenal fined over players' conduct around Gabriel-Costa clash

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque denies Diego Costa was omitted from his La Roja's latest squad for his actions in Chelsea's Premier League clash against Arsenal, but condemned the striker's behaviour.
Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas say's he understands teammate Diego Costa's frustration having being suspended after his alteration with Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista
Chelsea's Diego Costa has been charged by the FA with violent conduct following his on-field antics in the match against Arsenal. The ESPN FC crew discuss the penalty and whether his behavior is acceptable.
Although ESPN FC TV'S Paul Mariner says he wouldn't have given Diego Costa a red card for his antics against Arsenal this weekend, former EPL referee Peter Walton disagrees.

Premier League champions Chelsea and their London rivals Arsenal have been fined £40,000 and £30,000 respectively and warned as to their future conduct after failing to control their players during their derby clash on Sept. 19.

Arsenal defender Gabriel was sent off in the 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge for his angry reaction toward Diego Costa following the Chelsea striker's clash with Gunners centre-back Laurent Koscielny.

Gabriel had the red card overturned on appeal, but Costa was retrospectively...