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Barcelona could be nearing end of the Luis Enrique era says Guillem Balague in his latest column

Guillem Balague says Barcelona could be nearing the end of the Luis Enrique era and reflects on the growing strength of Real Madrid in his latest column.   Man City will not be launching a bid to sign Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic, according to Sky sources. Guillem reflects on the latest developments in Spain and answers your questions in his column… ... Read More »

Peter Crouch signs new Stoke City contract

Stoke City forward Peter Crouch has signed a new one-year contract with the club to remain at the bet365 Stadium until 2018. Crouch, 35, joined Stoke in 2011 for a then club-record fee of £10m and was due to be out of contract at the end of the season. Crouch has made 186 appearances for the Potters and netted 49 goals ... Read More »

Coventry youngster Cian Harries impresses during trial match for Liverpool’s U23s

Coventry City youngster Cian Harries played the full 90 minutes in a 6-0 win for Liverpool U23s against Bangor City on Wednesday. The teenager has a reputation for being a left-footed ball-playing centre-back and joined Liverpool on trial on Tuesday. Coventry academy graduate Harries, 19, is a Wales youth international, who penned his first professional contract with the Sky Blues ... Read More »

Bristol City v Fleetwood preview

Bristol City are waiting on international clearance to hand debuts to Jens Hegeler and Milan Djuric against Fleetwood in the FA Cup. German midfielder Hegeler and Bosnian striker Djuric signed two-and-a-half-year deals on Wednesday and could see immediate action at Ashton Gate. City are seeking a lift after losing eight of their last nine games, and Robins boss Lee Johnson ... Read More »

Swindon v Shrewsbury preview

Swindon’s Jordan Stewart is pushing for a start as they welcome Shrewsbury in Sky Bet League One on Saturday. The striker has been out of the side since September due to a serious knee injury but was an unused substitute in the 0-0 draw with Southend on Monday. Nathan Thompson is expected to be available, but will face a late ... Read More »

Koeman to stick with experience until youngsters step up

Everton manager Ronald Koeman will continue to stick with his veteran first-team players because the club’s academy graduates are not ready to make the step up into the Premier League. For last weekend’s loss at Southampton, Koeman selected five players over 30 and only striker Romelu Lukaku and midfielder Ross Barkley were under 27. “We have young players but when ... Read More »

Hamilton not surprised by Rosberg retirement

Lewis Hamilton will miss Nico Rosberg next season but he was also one of the few people unsurprised on Friday by his Mercedes team mate’s decision to retire only days after winning the Formula One championship. “This is the first time he’s won (a title) in 18 years, hence why it was not a surprise that he decided to stop,” ... Read More »

Rosberg stuns F1 with retirement bombshell

Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One on Friday with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after achieving a lifetime ambition by winning his first world championship with Mercedes. “From the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I ... Read More »

England and Scotland XIs rated by Matt Le Tissier and Charlie Nicholas

Matt Le Tissier and Charlie Nicholas provide their ratings of what they perceive to be England and Scotland’s best XIs ahead of Friday’s showdown. The great rivals will meet at Wembley in the fourth round of World Cup European qualifying fixtures, with Gareth Southgate’s men red-hot favourites to secure victory. Unsurprisingly, former England midfielder Le Tiss gives England’s players predominantly higher ratings ... Read More »

Joe Ledley: Wales have adapted from double loss to Serbia in 2014 World Cup Qualifiers

Joe Ledley has been part of a Wales squad which is yet to lose in the current World Cup qualifying campaign Joe Ledley is confident Wales have “adapted” from the side beaten twice by Serbia in their previous World Cup qualifying campaign. Serbia thrashed Wales 6-1 in September 2012 and completed the double over them a year later with a 3-0 ... Read More »