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Nicolas Otamendi: Manchester City made Premier League dream happen

ESPN FC's Dan Thomas and Alejandro Moreno examine Manchester City's newest signing Nicolas Otamendi and what he will bring to the Etihad this season.
The ESPN FC crew discusses the short-comings of Manchester United's defense as it appears that centre-back Nicolas Otamendi won't be going to Manchester United, but rather Manchester City.

Nicolas Otamendi has told ESPN FC Radio that he moved to Manchester City to realise his "boyhood dream" of playing in the Premier League.

Otamendi, 27, was linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid but chose to move to City from Valencia for a fee that sources told ESPN FC was £31.5 million.

The Argentina international said he had been convinced to make the move by City boss Manuel Pellegrini and his countryman Sergio Aguero.

And he explained: "Since the time I spoke with Aguero during...

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo reveals fear of dying young

Lionel Messi edged out Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo to be named the UEFA Best Player in Europe for the 2014-15 season.
Lionel Messi collects the UEFA Best Player in Europe award as Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is forced to look on.
For the first time since 2013, both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi failed to find the net in their respective season openers.

Cristiano Ronaldo has told Spain's Libero magazine that his greatest fear is dying at a young age.

Ronaldo, 30, said he wanted to live into his 80s or 90s and explained that his inspiration in life came from the people around him.

"My greatest fear is dying young," he said in quotes reported by Marca. "I don't want to die young. I want to die an old man, at 80 or 90 years old.

"The people around me always spur me on. They are a source of good vibes and positive energy, and that's the most important...

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Rafa Benitez agreed West Ham job before going to Real Madrid - Sullivan

Rafa Benitez says James Rodriguez is currently behind his teammates after not playing for Real Madrid in recent matches.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was asked about Diafra Sakho's mental state after the striker was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and witness intimidation this week.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop discusses the end-to-end Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth, where it was the Cherries who took all three points via a Callum Wilson hat trick.

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has told the London Evening Standard that Rafa Benitez was "within three hours" of becoming the new manager at Upton Park before taking charge of Real Madrid instead.

West Ham parted company with Sam Allardyce at the end of last season and had hoped to bring in Benitez as his replacement after the Spaniard decided to leave Napoli.

However, the former Valencia, Liverpool and Chelsea manager then took the job at the Bernabeu and the Hammers appointed former Croatia...

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Barcelona's Denis Suarez to end Sevilla loan and join Villarreal

Denis Suarez appeared in 31 matches for Sevilla in 2014-15.
Denis Suarez is set to seal a permanent switch to Villarreal.

Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez is expected to end his loan spell at Sevilla and join Villarreal on a permanent deal.

Former Manchester City youth player Suarez, 21, joined Barca in 2013 and agreed a two-year loan switch to Sevilla in 2014.

Although Sevilla boss Unai Emery would like to retain the Spain youth international, Villarreal are set to pay them €4 million to end the loan agreement, according to Sport, with Suarez then due to move to El Madrigal on a free transfer from Barca.


 By PA Sport

Dick Advocaat has no plans to quit Sunderland

Sunderland coach Dick Advocaat speaks ahead of his side's clash with Aston Villa.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat insists he has no plans to walk away from the club and intends to once again ensure they preserve their Premier League status.

Advocaat replaced Gus Poyet as Sunderland boss in March on a short-term deal and steered them to safety last season before signing a one-year contract to lead the club during the 2015-16 campaign.

The Dutchman is the bookmakers' favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post and recently criticised the transfer activity...