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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Filipe Luis left off Atletico Madrid team for Asia tour

Brazil left-back Filipe Luís talks about his return to Atlético Madrid after a season at Chelsea, and says the Premier League is much 'better organised' with more 'attractive' matches.

Filipe Luis, as well as other Atletico players that competed at the recent Copa America, has not been included in the 22-man squad selected by coach Diego Simeone for the club's upcoming tour of Asia.

Instead, they will remain in Madrid and train there.

"I'm really happy to have returned home," Filipe Luis said. "If I hadn't joined Atletico, I would have remained at Chelsea because I was under contract there.

"Mourinho and Simeone are very different in almost everything but they share the mad ambition...

 By Mike Whalley

Chelsea John Stones bid of £26 million rejected by Everton, say sources

With aging defenders and money to spend, Chelsea have their eye on John Stones, and ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti says it's a necessary investment.
ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson ponders if Everton should take the money and run regarding starlet John Stones or hold out for an even larger transfer fee once the new TV deal comes into play.

Everton have rejected a second Chelsea bid of £26 million for John Stones as they battle to keep the England defender.

The Premier League champions made the offer on Tuesday, sources have told ESPN FC.

It came after an initial offer of £20 million was turned down by the Toffees on July 17.

Neither Everton nor Chelsea have made any comment on the latest offer.

But Roberto Martinez said after the first bid was rejected that the 21-year-old centre-back was not for sale.

Martinez sees Stones,...

 By PA Sport

Michel Platini gets backing of English FA in bid to become FIFA president

Michel Platini will stand as a candidate to replace Sepp Blatter as the next president of FIFA, world football's governing body.
Get up to speed with FIFA presidental candidate Michel Platini's amazing record as a player

Michel Platini has been given the firm backing of the English Football Association after formally declaring he is to run for the FIFA presidency -- despite his public backing for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup.

The 60-year-old UEFA president said he wants to restore the world governing body's dignity after the corruption crisis which engulfed the organisation and led to Sepp Blatter announcing he will quit the role.

FA chairman Greg Dyke has thrown his weight behind the Frenchman but warned it...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Jonas Gutierrez says Newcastle 'weren't very honest' with him

Former Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has pointed out his dissatisfaction with the Magpies' handling of his ouster.

Former Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is unhappy with the way his exit from the Northeast club was handled, and claims his former team lacked honestly in their dealings.

Ex-Magpies defender Ryan Taylor revealed last month that he and Gutierrez both discovered that they were to be released by Newcastle via the same phone call.

Gutierrez, who battled back from testicular cancer to score the goal that helped keep Newcastle from relegation last season, was unimpressed with episode at the time....

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Cesc Fabregas says his love for Arsenal will never change

In an exclusive chat with ESPNFC's Shaka Hislop, Jose Mourinho says the wealth of the Premier League makes it the top competition in the world.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says his affection for Arsenal will never change, despite the prospect of a hostile reception at Wembley this weekend.

Chelsea, Fabregas' current team, will face Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday. And Fabregas, who spent eight years with Arsene Wenger before moving to Barcelona in 2011, has promised his fond memories of being a Gunner won't be soured by anything that takes place in London over the weekend.

"Whatever it is, it is. The love I have for that...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein says Michel Platini 'not good for FIFA'

Get up to speed with FIFA presidental candidate Michel Platini's amazing record as a player
Michel Platini will stand as a candidate to replace Sepp Blatter as the next president of FIFA, world football's governing body.
French World Cup winners Didier Deschamps and Robert Pires have backed their countryman Michel Platini, who is expected to annouce he is running for FIFA President
The ESPN FC panel discusses the FIFA presidency candidates and their thoughts on the favourites to win the spot, specifically Michele Platini.
Liberian FIFA Presidential hopeful Musa Bility says Michel Platini is more of the same and thinks he can be a fresh voice to lead football forward.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down who are the biggest candidates to take Sepp Blatter's position as the next FIFA president.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop believes UEFA president Michel Platini is the favorite to become the next president of FIFA.
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein reacts to his FIFA election defeat at the hands of Sepp Blatter.
Newly elected president Sepp Blatter speaks after Prince Ali withdraws from the second ballot.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein said on Wednesday that Michel Platini's candidacy to lead football's governing body is 'not good for FIFA' and that 'football's fans and players deserve better.'

Prince Ali, who lost out in the previous FIFA presidential vote in May to current president Sepp Blatter and has not yet announced whether he will run for the top spot in elections slated for Feb. 26, 2016, criticised the UEFA chief's candidacy as more of the same. 

"FIFA is engulfed in scandal,'' the...