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Gianluigi Buffon anoints Donnarumma as Italy's 'chosen one'

Italy's Gianluigi Buffon claims he wants to continue playing at the highest level for another two years.

Gianluigi Buffon has earmarked AC Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma as "the chosen one" ahead of Italy's World Cup qualification campaign.

Buffon, 38, is the most capped player in Azzurri history with 161 appearances for the national side, and has set his sights on Russia 2018 as the swansong to his storied career.

The Juve keeper, however, is aware of the challenge posed by 17-year-old Donnarumma for his position in the Italy side, and says that he's relishing the competition.

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Schweinsteiger 'hopes to get the chance' to play for Man United again

Joachim Low says Germany's success the last 12 years would not have been possible without Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Bastian Schweinsteiger played his final game for Germany on Wednesday night, making a tearful farewell in his testimonial -- a 2-0 win over Finland.

He insists he has not played the last game of his career at the highest level, though, despite a difficult situation at Manchester United which he is intent on resolving positively before thinking of the next step, which could be a move to Major League Soccer.

"New York is a great city, but I have a contract with United until 2018 and you know what the...

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Morocco international Younes Belhanda joins Nice on loan

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Younes Belhanda spent last season on loan at Schalke, where he made 15 appearances.

Nice have followed up the signing of Mario Balotelli by bringing in Younes Belhanda on loan from Dynamo Kiev.

The Europa League hopefuls made a major splash by landing Balotelli on a free transfer from Liverpool, and continued the overhaul of their attacking options with the signing of Belhanda on a 12-month deal with an option to buy.

The Morocco international was a member of the Montpellier side that won the Ligue 1 title in 2012, but left for Dynamo in 2013, also having a loan spell with Schalke.


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Barcelona haven't asked us to sit Lionel Messi against Vanezuela - Bauza

Javier Mascherano says Lionel Messi's return to the national side is a great day for Argentina.
Argentina's Javier Mascherano tried to put a positive spin on Argentina's recent high-profile failures in recent tournaments.
Lionel Messi missed Argentina training through injury and is questionable for their upcoming WCQ's.

Barcelona have not asked Lionel Messi to skip Argentina's World Cup qualifier at Venezuela, according to Albiceleste manager Edgardo Bauza, as concerns about the Blaugrana star's health persist.

Messi underwent tests at Barca's training ground on Monday after he ended Sunday's 1-0 La Liga win against Athletic Bilbao in discomfort. 

The club later confirmed the 29-year-old had a sore left hamstring, but allowed Messi to travel to Argentina and join the national team for World Cup qualifiers...

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Roma midfielder William Vainqueur joins Marseille on season-long loan

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William Vainqueur was Marseille's third signing on deadline day.

Marseille have made Roma midfielder William Vainqueur the third signing of a busy deadline day.

The 27-year-old Vainqueur has joined on a season-long loan as he returns to Ligue 1 for the first time since departing Nantes in 2011.

Vainqueur followed Rod Fanni and Clinton Njie to the Velodrome, with the latter arriving as part of the deal which saw Georges-Kevin Nkoudou head to Tottenham.

Fanni, capped five times by France, returns to Marseille only 12 months after ending a five-year spell at the...

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Watford winger Ikechi Anya moves to Derby County

Ikechi Anya made 138 appearances for Watford.

Watford have sold winger Ikechi Anya to Championship side Derby County for an undisclosed fee, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old made 138 appearances for the club since joining from Spanish side Granada in the summer of 2012.

Anya helped Watford achieve promotion to the Premier League in the 2014-15 campaign,...