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Villarreal agree a deal with Corinthians for Alexandre Pato - reports

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Alexandre Pato spent two years on loan at Sao Paulo.

Villarreal have reached an agreement with Brazilian side Corinthians for Alexandre Pato, according to reports.

The La Liga side will pay Corinthians in the area of €3 million for 60 percent of the former Selecao man's rights.

The move puts a somewhat happy end to a disastrous signing for Corinthians, who spent €15m to bring Pato from AC Milan in the winter of 2013, only to loan him out soon after to rivals Sao Paulo and then to Chelsea last winter.

The 26-year-old's contract with Corinthians...

 By PA Sport

FA chief Martin Glenn denies England are a 'basket case'

Sam Allardyce says he was never given the chance to win trophies at a big club, but defends his managerial achievements.
Sam Allardyce says he is the right fit for the England job because of his experience and man management skills.

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has denied England are a "basket case."

The CEO was speaking after new boss Sam Allardyce was unveiled at St George's Park following England's disastrous Euro 2016 campaign.

Former manager Roy Hodgson quit following a last-16 defeat to Iceland as England's trophy drought extended to 50 years.

Allardyce has signed a two-year deal to lead the Three Lions into their World Cup qualifying campaign which starts in Slovakia in September.

And Glenn insists...

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Wayne Rooney's England future depends on Jose Mourinho - Allardyce

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop wonders who will lead England should Sam Allardyce not choose Wayne Rooney as captain.
The ESPN FC crew discuss what Wayne Rooney's role at Manchester United should be next season.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Jose Mourinho's suspected formation for Manchester United and how Wayne Rooney will figure in.

Sam Allardyce has offered Wayne Rooney no assurances over his role in the new England setup, admitting Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could hold the key to his future.

Rooney has captained his country for the past two years, is the record scorer with 53 goals and most experienced campaigner with 115 caps.

He has vowed to continue his Three Lions career under Allardyce, who was officially presented as Roy Hodgson's successor at St George's Park on Monday, but serious question marks exist...

Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen almost quit football three years ago

Vincent Janssen is set to complete a move to Tottenham from AZ Alkmaar after a medical on Monday.
A brief profile of the rumoured Tottenham target, AZ Alkmaar forward Vincent Janssen.

MELBOURNE, Australia - Tottenham Hotspur new boy Vincent Janssen has revealed he nearly quit football after failing to make the grade at Feyenoord.

Janssen spent three years with the Dutch giants but was released in 2013, aged 19, and dropped down to the Dutch second tier with minnows Almere City FC.

After two seasons at Almere, he returned to the Eredivisie and finished top scorer in the division in his only season with AZ Alkmaar, bagging 27 goals in 34 appearances last term to earn a £17...

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Wolves' Kenny Jackett to keep job after Chinese takeover - Fosun rep

Kenny Jackett Wolves
Kenny Jackett will stay on as Wolves manager, says a Fosun international rep.

Fosun International representative Jeff Shi insists Wolves manager Kenny Jackett will keep his job following the Chinese group's £45 million takeover.

The investment group, which has links with Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes, was reportedly in talks with newly appointed Spain boss Julen Lopetegui as a potential replacement for Jackett.

But Shi is keen to support the former Millwall boss as he bids to improve on Wolves' 14th-placed finish in the Championship last season.


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David Moyes wins first friendly in charge of Sunderland

David Moyes won his first game in charge of Sunderland as the Black Cats won 2-0 over Stade Nyonnais in France on Monday.

Duncan Watmore scored a pair of penalties in the first half to guide Sunderland, who hired former Everton and Manchester United manager Moyes last week to replace new England boss Sam Allardyce.

Watmore earned the first penalty when he was fouled in the box in the 38th minute, and George Honeyman drew the second just before the break.

Jordon Mutch scored to give Crystal Palace...