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In a bizarre tweet, Cotterill posted a picture of him alongside Van Gaal soon after he had spoken to the Dutchman following his appointment as United boss in 2014. 'A Dutch manager's reaction to being asked a question in the street by sky reporter AFTER getting the Manchester United job. But BEFORE taking up the role,' Cotterill wrote. 'No not ten Hag. This was May 2014. Look and learn.'


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Antonio Conte has received backing for a summer spending spree after Tottenham Hotspur's owners ENIC pumped £150million of capital into the club. Spurs qualified for next season's Champions League on Sunday by finishing the Premier League season in fourth place, bumping north London rivals Arsenal into the Europa League. Conte, players and fans alike have urged the club's hierarchy to release funds for summer spending so they can kick on and challenge for trophies next season.

Aurelien Tchouameni is set to join Real Madrid over Liverpool this summer for a fee of around £68million, according to reports. The 22-year-old Frenchman is a highly-rated young midfielder.

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Grealish lands in Ibiza to keep City's title party going
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Jarrod Bowen and Justin James have been handed their first England call-ups but there is no room for in-form Leicester attacker James Maddison. Fikayo Tomori has also been handed a recall.

The former super light-weight world champion, 43, will return to the ring on July 2 to face Marco Antonio Barrera and has started shedding the pounds ahead of his fight.

The massive trilogy between Canlo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will take place on September 17, it has been confirmed.  The Mexican superstar is to lock horns with his old rival for the belts.

Chelsea's sale is inching ever closer to being ratified, and now Downing Street chiefs are understood to be liaising with Portuguese counterparts and the European Union.

City announced two weeks ago that the Norway international will join Pep Guardiola's squad for next season after beating Real Madrid to his signature. The 21-year-old landed in Manchester on Tuesday afternoon on a flight from Barcelona where he underwent medical checks; he will meet with City executives this evening. It is expected the Norwegian will then visit City's training ground tomorrow, pose for pictures and undergo an interview at the City Football Academy, though this is not expected to be released until next week.

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City retained the English top-flight title on Sunday in a dramatic final day - coming from two-nil down against Aston Villa to win 3-2 to pip title rivals Liverpool by a point. The 26-year-old was at the centre of attention in City's title parade and is showing no signs of slowing down his wild celebrations as he was pictured on a private jet heading to Ibiza. Wayne Lineker, owner of O Beach Club in Ibiza, has also seen posted on Instagram alongside Grealish with the caption of 'here he is'. His trip to Ibiza will see him continue on from a few days of heavy drinking, which started in the streets of Manchester as Grealish led the celebrations after the final day of the season on Sunday.

Man United have endured their worst season in their Premier League history, finishing sixth and only just clinching Europa League football for next term amid rumours of tensions in the squad.

Casemiro brushed off the idea that Real Madrid have 'extra motivation' going into Saturday's Champions League final because Liverpool star Mohamed Salah wants to get 'revenge'.  

The £4.25billion sale of Chelsea to a US consortium led by tycoon Boehly is expected to be approved by the UK Government in the next 24 hours. The Blues are planning to move quickly in the transfer window once the club to given the green light to resume business, with Jules Kounde and Josko Gvardiol both near the top of their list of defensive targets. Boss Thomas Tuchel has his work cut out for him this summer as he needs to replace Antonio Rudiger, who is heading to Real Madrid, Andreas Christensen who is joining Barcelona as well as the potential exits of both Cesar Azpilcueta and Marcos Alonso.

In 2017, Clarke used the messaging app to engage in discussions of a degrading game of sexual conquests alongside then-Worcestershire team-mates Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Hepburn.

The ex-England captain will line up alongside fellow first Test squad member Harry Brook, established T20 internationals Adil Rashid and Dawid Malan plus Pakistan's Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf.

Liverpool revealed some of their fans have been caught out by fake tickets for the clash with Real Madrid in Paris on Saturday and warned those who attempt to resell their seats to others online - most likely at a huge markup on the face value price - could face lifetime bans. Liverpool and Real fans are scrambling for last minute seats for the match at Stade de France, for which they were each only given a miserly allocation of 19,618 tickets in a venue that has a capacity of more than 81,000. The lack of tickets available through official routes has led to fans seeking seats on resale websites where prices are starting at around £1,700.

A dramatic Premier League season reached its conclusion on Sunday with Manchester City just pipping Liverpool to the title, Tottenham snatching fourth spot and Burnley consigned to relegation as Leeds survived. Now that the dust has settled, Sportsmail assesses all 20 teams on their performances this season and what needs to be improved ahead of the next campaign. Part One of our end-of-term report card runs from Arsenal through to Leicester City. 

Gravel-voiced Jack Grealish insults Newcastle star Miguel Almiron, joking that Riyad Mahrez 'had to be taken off' for playing LIKE HIM, after downing beers and vodka-cokes on Man City's victory parade

Jack Grealish encapsulated the joyous scenes of Manchester City's Premier League title parade on Monday, although Newcastle forward Miguel Almiron may not think that after being caught in his crosshairs during a joke. City retained the English top-flight title on Sunday in a dramatic final day - coming from two-nil down against Aston Villa to win 3-2 to pip title rivals Liverpool by a point. And the hysteria of that victory at the Etihad Stadium carried over into the streets of Manchester as Grealish led the celebrations.

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Paris Saint-Germain's star forward, 23, was expected to join Los Blancos this summer on a free transfer when his contract in the French capital expired, but agreed a new three-year deal at PSG.

John McEnroe and Tim Henman clash in an awkward live TV debate over Wimbledon's ban on Russian players, with the three-time champion calling for a BOYCOTT if Novak Djokovic and Co believe the decision is a 'mistake' 

Former tennis stars John McEnroe and Tim Henman clashed in an awkward live TV debate over Wimbledon's decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from their tournament this summer - after the ATP and WTA stripped it of its ranking points following the controversial move. Wimbledon will now effectively be an exhibition and there has been a suggestion that players could skip the competition entirely. The All-England club have stood with the UK Government to condemn Russia for their invasion of Ukraine and said they have 'carefully considered the situation in the context of our duties to the players, to our community and to the broader UK public as a British sporting institution'. 

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Stunning aerial footage reveals the latest update to Everton's brand new £500m, 53,000-seater stadium at Bramley-Moore dock - with construction expected to be finished in time for the 2024-25 season

The 53,000-seater ground on the banks of the River Mersey (left) will replace Goodison Park as the club's home after more than 130 years at the historic stadium, with work expected to be completed ahead of the 2024-25 season. And eye-catching aerial footage (pictured) shows the latest major developments, with steelwork arriving on site this week as construction continues. The video is captioned: 'Taking to the skies for your latest aerial update of the progress at our new stadium site!' with a flying and heart-eyes emoji. The footage, presumably from a drone, shows staircases installed on the north-eastern corner, new offices being installed to prepare for the increased workforce and prep work continuing across the development site.

Some of the Premier League's most recognisable stars wasted no time in heading for sunnier shores following the end of the season. Sunday's dramatic final day saw the title race, top four and relegation all decided in what was a thrilling conclusion to the 2021-22 campaign. This has been an exhausting season for players and many were keen to quickly jet off to start their relaxation time on holiday.

BBC News ticker goes rogue: Viewers are told that 'Manchester United are rubbish' and 'weather rain everywhere' before red-faced presenter apologises and blames it on a trainee 

People watching the BBC News channel at around 9.35am could be forgiven for thinking they were misreading the scrolling news banner at the bottom of the screen. But two hours later a red-faced presenter (bottom right) was forced to apologise and blamed the words on a trainee who was being taught how to use the ticker. Despite the potential for causing upset, delighted social media users praised the BBC for being 'fair and accurate' in its representation of Manchester United. The words appeared on the screen at 9.35am while during this morning's sports bulletin. While reports from the tennis action at the French Open were being shown on the screen, the words 'Manchester United are rubbish' (left) appeared at the bottom of the screen. This was quickly followed by the phrase 'Weather rain everywhere' (top right), leading to confusion among keen-eyed viewers.

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The France international, 23, rejected Real Madrid to sign a new three-year contract at the Parc des Princes worth £650,000 per week along with more control in terms of the on goings at the club.

The 26-year-old won his first major honour with City but revealed his dad had to come up with a quick-witted way of avoiding interest from rivals United when he was signed to Aston Villa's U10s.

That's one way to deal with the pitch invader problem! AC Milan's hardcore 'Ultras' slap down their fellow fans who ran on to the pitch after their title win in Italy, because they were delaying the trophy presentation

A double from striker Olivier Giroud and one from Franck Kessie helped seal the Scudetto ahead of city rivals Inter Milan in style with a 3-0 victory against Sassuolo on Sunday. A horde of happy supporters invaded the pitch at full-time to spark jubilant celebrations at the Mapei Stadium for the Italian giants. But video footage has now emerged of the club's hardcore fans slapping down their fellow supporters as they returned to their seats around the stadium. And it is believed the reason they resorted to such actions was as a punishment for delaying the trophy presentation for Stefano Pioli's men.

Liverpool and Real Madrid face off in the European showpiece at the Stade de France, Paris on Saturday night. And on Tuesday, the German sportswear company unveiled the official match ball (pictured), which is not available to buy but will be auctioned off, with proceeds from the sale going to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. The agency has the aim of helping people 'forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution'. In another reference to the ongoing war in Ukraine after Russia's invasion of the country, the ball is inscribed with the word 'peace' in both English and using the letters of the Cyrillic alphabet, used for the Ukrainian language.

Pep Guardiola puffs on a cigar as his Man City stars celebrate winning their fourth Premier League title in five years, with thousands of fans taking to the streets to revel in their open-top bus parade 

Manchester City players celebrated their dramatic Premier League title success with an open-top bus parade. Thousands of fans gathered through the streets of Manchester to welcome their heroes, following their stunning 3-2 comeback victory over Aston Villa on Sunday. Manager Pep Guardiola was seen enjoying customary cigar after winning his tenth league championship during his managerial career, while players were seen enjoying themselves with drinks and taking in the incredible atmosphere during the parade.  

Mbappe revealed at a press conference yesterday that he had spoken to Real to inform them that he was turning down the chance to join them this summer.

It's been a busy few days for Paris Saint-Germain and the French giants are remaining active with their transfer activity with the club reportedly keen on signing Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong.

World football giants FC Barcelona flew into Sydney on Tuesday morning ahead of their friendly versus the A-League All Stars - and were mobbed by scores of excited fans at the airport. Manager Xavi Hernandez (pictured left) was elated to return to the Harbour City after he was last here with the Spanish national team who finished with the silver medal at the 2000 Olympics. 'Xavi' has pledged his Barca team will entertain come kick-off on Wednesday night at 8pm.

Stan Wawrinka is no stranger to a temper tantrum on court. But he took it to new levels at the French Open where he belly-ached about cold water before being knocked out by a wildcard

F1 star Daniel Ricciardo is at a career crossroads and the writing could be on the wall after McLaren boss Zak Jones slammed his recent form. It could be the catalyst for Ricciardo to join V8 Supercars

The World Cup in Qatar is progressing ever closer, with with best players across the globe set to congregate to compete for the most prestigious prize in football in just a matter of months. The first-ever winter edition of the tournament - moved to compensate for the searing Qatar heat - gets underway on November 21 and runs through to December 18, interrupting the domestic campaign mid-season.  The draw has taken place and the groups are cemented, but just 29 of the 32 nations are as of yet confirmed, with two to join from the inter-confederation play-off, and one of Wales, Scotland and Ukraine to book a spot from Europe. While qualification still partially remains up in the air, what we do know is that a number of world class players will be absent from the tournament, particularly after Italy failed to qualify after losing to North Macedonia in the play-off semi-final. There were also high-profile disappointments for the likes of Mohamed Salah's Egypt (right) and Luis Diaz's Colombia, while Manchester City signing Erling Haaland (left) will also be absent this winter.

For fans of the global showpiece, there will be plenty to tuck in to in the group stage, which gets underway on November 21. Four matches are due to be played each day - at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm.

The World Cup in Qatar gets underway on November 21 and runs until December 18 in what will be the first-ever winter edition of the tournament. Sportsmail takes you through the details.

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar suffered a taste of his own medicine after he was nutmegged by both the World Panna King and Queen.  The Brazilian is known for his flair on the pitch and just last month nutmegged Lorient midfielder Fabien Lemoine before scoring his second goal during PSG's 5-1 rout over the Ligue 1 side.  But the forward found himself on the receiving end after being shown up by two of Panna's finest stars.  The 30-year-old joined his PSG team-mates as they took a trip to Doha in Qatar last week ahead of their final Ligue 1 game of the season, in which they thrashed Metz 5-0. While in the Gulf nation, Neymar put his skills to the test in one-v-ones against 2020 Super Ball World Championship winner Jack Downer and 2014 World Panna Female Champion Lisa Zimouche.

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