Diego Costa Demands Chelsea Let Him Go, Return to Atletico Madrid

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa gave a very revealing and extremely inflammatory interview to the Daily Mail over the weekend. In the Q&A session, he unloaded on Blues Manager Antonio Conte and how the club is currently treating him. He also explained his view of the current situation that he finds himself in; one that is messy and contentious to say the least.

That’s only the beginning of what was in that article, and you can check out some of the highlights over at this link. Today, Diego Costa released a statement in which he made clear his intentions about his future.

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Africa’s Richest Man Wants to Buy Arsenal, Sack Arsene Wenger

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Let’s say that you’re a disgruntled Arsenal FC supporter who’s also a member of the #WengerOut crowd. You want Manager Arsene Wenger sacked, a lot, but surely not enough as Aliko Dangote, the richest man in all of Africa. Forbes estimates that Dangote has a net worth of nearly $13 billion, not far from double that of current Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, who checks in at $7.5 billion.

Dangote has been a club supporter who has coveted a purchase of the team since the 1980s, despite Kroenke’s stance that the club is not for sale.

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2017 Northwestern Football Season Preview and Predictions

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As we told the “bread and butter” of Northwestern football, running back Justin Jackson, the 2016 season was “the best of times” and “the worst of times,” offensively. Jackson responded by referencing Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities instantaneously. It was refreshing respite from all the “we just got to get better everyday” and “I just want to do what’s best for the team” that you hear ad nauseam at Media Days.

Yes, often times a Northwestern football player interview is more compelling that the audio you get from most other teams.

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Man United Injury Updates: Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young

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Manchester United have three players recovering from long term injuries- defender Luke Shaw, defender/midfielder Ashley Young and defender Marcos Rojo. All three joined the squad for the preseason exhibition tour of the United States, but they were not available for selection in the Super Cup loss to Real Madrid, nor the Premier League season opening win over West Ham United at home on August 13.

Today Rojo gave the world an insight into his recovery and rehabilitation at United’s Carrington training complex. The Argentine posted a video of his knee being assessed with the caption, when translated into English:

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Romelu Lukaku Tops NBC Premier League Player Power Rankings

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Holding midfielder Nemanja Matic took home the Man of the Match award in Manchester United’s 4-0 dominance of West Ham in the season opener, but striker Romelu Lukaku achieved another honor. The big Belgian was deemed the best performer in the entire Premier League for week one by NBC Sports.

There were numerous heroes for United this week, as they opened their Premier League season with a performance that was as complete as we’ve seen since the Sir Alex Ferguson era ended.

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Jose Mourinho Reportedly Done With Summer Transfer Window Business

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Manchester United have made themselves a summer transfer window only kind of club, as they acquired zero players in the last two January windows. According to a report by ESPN FC today that could change in 2018. The Bristol based publication claims that United Manager Jose Mourinho is not interested in doing any more summer shopping right now, with a little over two weeks until the window closes.

ESPN writes that Mourinho has decided: “against funding a move for a fourth summer signing by offloading his fringe players.”

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2017 NIU Football Season Preview and Predictions

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NIU football, until the last year, was the MAC standard. The Huskies took home the conference championship in 2011, 2012 and 2014. From 2010-2015, they won the MAC West Division title. That’s a bit of a mini-dynasty there. However, last year saw the Huskies get off to a brutal 1-6 start, and by the time they recovered it was far too late.

It was a rare losing season, 5-7 for 2016 NIU football, and the main culprit lies at the quarterback position. Injuries have completely ravaged the group, with four different starting signal callers last year, and five over the span of the past two years.

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Mkhitaryan Happily Surprised United Got Nemanja Matic From Chelsea

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Despite a brace from Romelu Lukaku, stat sheet stuffing from Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, not to mention a clean sheet from David de Gea, the man of the match in Sunday’s Manchester United 4-0 win over West Ham was Nemanja Matic.

Most pundits described him as the best player on the pitch, and one tv talking head called him “the baby-sitter,” because he makes sure everything is in place to prevent problems and open up the opportunities for everyone to play and get their treats.

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Paul Pogba: “I have come back as a man” to United

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Paul Pogba says he’s gone from a boy to a man in the time he was away from Manchester United. Pogba moved from United to Juventus on a free in 2012, and the club accomplished #Pogback by breaking the world transfer fee record last summer to the tune of £89.3 million.

This summer the record was absolutely shattered by Neymar’s moving to Paris Saint-Germain for £200m. Now the Pogba price point pressure is off, and it’s all about getting it done on the pitch. Paul Pogba, with his added maturity, can focus on the game now.

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Jurgen Klopp Asked About His “First Time,” Gives Hilarious Response

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Liverpool won the first and away leg of their Champions League playoff round tie with Hoffenheim 2-1 today, but the real victory occurred before a ball was kicked. The Jurgen Klopp pregame press conference had unexpectedly sexy results, as one reporter asked the German if he remembered his “first time,” and just left it there.

She was obviously asking the German about his first time competing in the UEFA Champions League, and not the moment he lost his virginity.

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As Bakayoko and Hazard Heal, Chelsea Look to Add More Players

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The first chapter in the book of the Chelsea Premie League title defense was a horror story. The opening fixture went about as disastrous as possible, and it’s clear that manager Antonio Conte needs to make some changes, otherwise he could be facing the sack down the line. Stamford Bridge is a big money club, and they can still splash the cash between now and the 16 days left before the transfer window closes.

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Roberto Firmino Says it Would Be Awful if Philippe Coutinho Left

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Roberto Firmino said it would be “awful” if his teammate for both club and country, Philippe Coutinho, were to leave Liverpool and join Barcelona. As of now, Coutinho has officially submitted the formal transfer request, Barcelona are very keen to spend big bucks on him, but Liverpool leadership maintains that he’s not for sale.

It’s a stalemate of stalemates, and it’s resulting in the player himself not being mentally fit to play, because the distraction of his very transfer saga hangs in the balance and overshadows everything else. It’s very much like David de Gea two summer ago, in the Manchester United-Real Madrid transfer tug-of-war.

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