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Southampton plan to keep Van Dijk


Valencia name Jose Ramon Alesanco as sporting director

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Valencia have named a new sporting director with the goal of giving the club more structure.

Valencia have confirmed Jose Ramon Alesanco is the La Liga club's full-time sporting director.

Alesanco had taken on the role on an interim basis after Jesus Garcia Pitarch resigned from the post in January.

A club statement said: "Valencia CF have reached an agreement with Jose Ramon Alesanco, making him the club's new Sporting Director as of today. He will head a structure in which Vicente Rodriguez will be the new Technical Secretary.

"As a player, Alesanco won 17 trophies with FC Barcelona,...

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Seattle Sounders' Brad Evans to miss 5-7 weeks with calf muscle strain

Herculez Gomez evaluates the MLS rankings ahead of the new season, deciding who was properly rated and who was snubbed.

Seattle Sounders defender Brad Evans will miss the start of the Major League Soccer season after the club announced he will be rested for five to seven weeks due to a calf muscle strain.

Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer told The Seattle Times that he will rest Evans now with the goal of having him return to full fitness this summer.

"We're going to shut him down to make sure he's 100 percent and see if we can't get him for the rest of the season," Schmetzer said.

Evans, 31, began suffering leg...

Jeje hat-trick takes Mohun Bagan to AFC Cup group stage, will face Bengaluru FC next

Jeje hat-trick was the first ever by an Indian in an AFC Club competition.

Mohun Bagan rode on a Jeje Lalpekhlua hat-trick, the first ever by an Indian in an AFC Cup, to beat Club Valencia of Maldives 4-1 in the second leg of their AFC Cup playoff at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday.

This gave Bagan a 5-2 win on aggregate and took them through to Group E of the AFC Cup main draw. The will now face Bengaluru FC in the first match of the group stages.

Bagan were given the perfect start thanks to a handball inside the Valencia penalty box from the first...

Southampton committed to keeping Virgil Van Dijk amid Man City links

Claude Puel shares his disappointment and thoughts on video technology after Southampton's 3-2 loss in the EFL Cup final.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic rose to the occasion with a dramatic game-winner to seal the League Cup title for Man United.
Paul Mariner and Sebastian Salazar discuss Man United's capture of the EFL Cup trophy, and if Southampton deserved more.

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk will not be sold in the summer, according to the club's chairman Ralph Krueger.

The Netherlands international has been linked with moves to Manchester City and Liverpool after impressing since his switch to the Premier League from Celtic in 2015.

Van Dijk was linked with a move to the Etihad in the January transfer window and there has been speculation that City could try to complete a deal at the end of the season.

However, Krueger has said the 25-year-old,...

Atletico Madrid's Lucas Hernandez given community service sentence

ESPN FC's Herculez Gomez and Mark Donaldson look ahead to a full card of midweek fixtures in La Liga.
Lionel Messi's 20th La Liga goal of the season earned Barcelona a late win over Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona pick up an important win over Atletico as they look to keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Barcelona pick up an important win over Atletico as they look to keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi go head to head in their crucial La Liga encounter on Sunday.

Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez has been given 31 days of community service after being found guilty of a domestic violence offence -- with his former partner also given the same sentence for her role in the incident.

Lucas, 20, was arrested when police were called to his home at 2 a.m. on Feb. 3, and prosecutors asked the judge hearing the case to give him a seven-month jail sentence for assaulting his ex-partner Amelia de la Ossa Lorente. They also called for Lorente to be given a six-month...

Dele Alli: Don't get on the wrong side of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino is proud of how Dele Alli responded with a strong game following his red card in the Europa League.

Dele Alli has said he has Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino to thank for his career at the club, but he told FourFourTwo: "You don't want to get on the wrong side of him."

Under Pochettino's management, Alli, 20, has established himself as one of the finest young players in the world since joining Tottenham from MK Dons in summer 2015, scoring 10 Premier League goals before being named PFA Young Player of the Year last season.

This term, he has been even better and his goal in the 4-0...