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    Jack Grealish donates £2,000 to former Aston Villa team-mate Lewis Kinsella after pal suffered serious injury

    JACK GREALISH donated £2,000 to his former Aston Villa team-mate Lewis Kinsella after he suffered a serious injury.
    Kinsella, 26, played with Grealish, 25, in the Villa academy after arriving as a youngster from Arsenal.

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    Jack Grealish dipped into his pocket to help out an old team-mateCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Aldershot Town’s Lewis Kinsella is crowdfunding money to pay his club backCredit: PA:Empics Sport

    And earlier this month he ruptured his MCL playing for National League side Aldershot Town – who signed former Villa flop Ross McCormack this week.
    His side will stump up the cash for an operation after Kinsella was injured against Ebbsfleet United.
    And in order to pay his non-league team back for surgery and rehab costs, with finances tough amid the coronavirus pandemic, Kinsella started a GoFundMe page.

    He is aiming to crowdfund £10,000 and old pal Grealish donated a fifth of the target in one lump sum.
    At the time of writing the campaign had raised over £4,300.
    In a message on his page, Kinsella wrote: “It has been a horrendous time for non league clubs and I would like to do as much as I can to help the club financially as they have done for me over the last 3 years!
    “The donations would make a huge difference not only to the clubs finances but allowing me to see the best people to get this knee fixed once and for all.”

    The reoccurrence of an MCL injury is set to keep Kinsella out for ‘another six months’ and extend his time on the sideline to a full year.

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    England international Grealish showed his charitable side with the gesture after fulfilling his dream of becoming a Three Lion earlier this month.
    Dean Smith’s skipper came off the bench against Denmark having previously represented the Republic of Ireland up until Under-21 level.
    He put to bed rumours of a move to Manchester United last week by signing a bumper new five-year deal to remain at his boyhood club.

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    Liverpool and Real Madrid ‘in regular contact with Kylian Mbappe’ over a transfer next summer

    LIVERPOOL and Real Madrid are reportedly in regular contact with Kylian Mbappe over a stunning Paris Saint-Germain exit next summer.
    L’Equipe claims the striker, 21, is unsure if his future remains in France after entering the final two years of his £19.5million-a-season contract.

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    Liverpool and Real Madrid are preparing to sign Kylian Mbappe next summerCredit: AFP or licensors

    Mbappe has just embarked on his fourth season in the capital.
    And after winning three Ligue 1 titles while scoring 91 goals in 125 games, he is considering a change of scenery.
    PSG have so far failed to coax Mbappe into fresh contract talks.

    And they are beginning to sweat over the long-term future of their star man.
    It’s believed Liverpool tried signing Mbappe twice, once in 2016 when he was at Monaco and again the following year when he opted to join PSG.
    And L’Equipe claim they have remained in contact with Mbappe’s representatives ever since.
    He is said to be a big fan of Jurgen Klopp and is tempted by the prospect of leading the line at Anfield.

    However, Mbappe’s head has also been turned by Real Madrid and their boss, France legend Zinedine Zidane.

    It’s reckoned he wanted to sign Mbappe THIS summer, as well as Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Stade Rennais’ Eduardo Camavinga.
    But the coronavirus pandemic wrecked Real’s finances and forced them to put their transfer plans on pause.
    But Zidane now reckons the situation has turned in Real’s favour as they will be able to take advantage of Mbappe’s contract situation and negotiate a lower price with PSG next year.
    Another boost for Real is that Mbappe has no desire to join Barcelona, as he feels moving to the Nou Camp would end any chance of a preferred switch to the Spanish capital.

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    PSG will not do business with Man City while Mbappe has no interest in Barcelona or JuventusCredit: Reuters
    It’s added there is no chance Mbappe would be sold to Manchester City either, as PSG’s Qatari owners will reportedly not entertain talks with a club owned by a group from the United Arab Emirates.
    The two countries severed relations after a diplomatic dispute three years ago and an Etihad move is definitely off the cards even though Mbappe is open to working with Pep Guardiola.
    L’Equipe’s report adds that Mbappe is not interested in a move to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus.
    And Bayern Munich are not interested as they are apparently refusing to do deals in the nine-figure region out of principle.
    That leaves Liverpool and Real Madrid as the two frontrunners, but PSG remain hopeful they will eventually convince Mbappe to commit his future at the Parc des Princes.

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    Tottenham’s Carabao Cup game with Leyton Orient set to be called off after 18 positive Covid-19 tests decimate O’s squad

    TOTTENHAM’S Carabao Cup clash looks set to be called OFF after virtually all of Leyton Orient’s squad tested positive for Covid-19.
    SunSport understands up to 18 players and staff at League Two O’s recorded positive tests ahead of the Tuesday evening game.

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    Tottenham and Leyton Orient are expected to discover what will happen regarding their Carabao Cup clash in the morningCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    If the third-round tie is cancelled in the morning, Spurs will receive a bye and Orient will miss out on a £100,000 windfall with the game due to be televised on Sky Sports.
    With the O’s first team in self-isolation, they even suggested fielding their youth outfit against Jose Mourinho’s side because the kids have not been in contact with the first team.
    It is believed Spurs are not happy with that prospect amid fears of the risk of infection just days ahead of a Europa League tie.
    SunSport approached Orient for comment tonight but the final decision rests with Public Health England.

    Health specialists, worried by the coronavirus spike in the UK, have to determine if the outbreak is serious enough to order Orient’s Breyer Group Stadium and training ground to be deep cleaned and order all staff into quarantine.
    The EFL have been working with the clubs to find a resolution, with Spurs showing their support for their neighbours.
    But with zero space left in a congested fixture programme there are no possible dates for the game to be rescheduled.
    The news vindicated Tottenham’s decision to stump up £5,000 for the O’s squad to undergo tests at the weekend.

    EFL rules have been relaxed this season which mean clubs only had to test on their return to pre-season training and again halfway through the campaign — the Prem test twice a week.
    Plymouth and Mansfield played Orient over the last week and ordered their squads and staff to undergo tests.
    Should the game be called off it would be the first match to fall victim to Covid-19 since lockdown.
    Meanwhile, Gareth Bale’s desire to make his second return at Tottenham could accelerate his injury comeback.
    The Welsh star, 31, who sustained a knee injury against Bulgaria earlier this month, is not due to be fit until after the October internationals.
    But boss Mourinho said: “The motivation is high. And when a player has this motivation you can shorten the period of recovering and period of getting fit.”

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    Alex Morgan refuses to rule out permanent Tottenham transfer after pregnancy as she hails ‘incredible’ club

    ALEX MORGAN hasn’t ruled out staying at Tottenham on a permanent basis, despite only penning a short term deal until January 2021.
    The USA World Cup winner, 31, admits she is desperate for regular game time having not played a competitive game of football in over a year due to her pregnancy.

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    USA World Cup winner Alex Morgan signed for Tottenham Women on a short-term deal

    The coronavirus has heavily disrupted America’s National Women’s Soccer League, but provided an opportunity for England’s top-flight.
    The WSL is now the destination for many elite American players in search of regular minutes in a bid to win a place in the US squad for the delayed Tokyo Olympics.

    Morgan makes her return to playing, in the Women’s Super League only months after giving birth to her first child.

    The Orlando Pride superstar told Tottenham’s official website: “Everything happened really fast,
    “Obviously, I had to take into account my family, my daughter, who is four months old, and my husband who plays football in the US.
    “I also had to look at how I can get back after not playing for a good amount of time due to injury, also pregnancy and the pandemic,
    “So there’s a lot of things that played into this decision. Just to be a part of this organisation is pretty incredible,

    “You know, the rich history and the fact that the women’s team have continued to improve year after year, I’m really happy to take this next step in my career.”

    Orlando boss Marc Skinner reportedly hopes Morgan will return from her contract in England in time to join the Pride next spring for preseason ahead of the 2021 NWSL season.
    The American ace is one of the most high-profile names in world football, a two-time World Cup winner and 2012 Olympic gold medalist.
    She added: “I can’t think too much in the future without really sitting down for a long period of time,
    “And I didn’t have that time to make a drastic decision for my family so whether I’m here for three months, six months or even further, I’ll take it one step at a time right now.”
    The striker will join the familiar faces of her Orlando Pride team-mates Shelina Zadorsky and Alanna Kennedy who are also on loan deals with the club.
    As well as FOUR fellow USA World Cup winners in the league who have decided to cross the pond as the country continues to struggle with the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle signed for Manchester City, while Christen Press and Tobin Heath recently headed for rivals Manchester United.
    Morgan is well-known for trolling the entire English nation after she celebrated by “sipping on tea” in their World Cup semi-final clash when she scored the winner.

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    Man City transfer blow as Sevilla confirm snubbed bid for Kalidou Koulibaly alternative Jules Kounde

    SEVILLA have confirmed they turned down a bid for Manchester City target Jules Kounde.
    Manager Pep Guardiola sees the French defender as an alternative after talks over signing Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly hit a brick wall.

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    Manchester City saw their bid for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde rejected by the Spanish outfitCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    But Kounde, 21, has a release clause of around £68million in his contract and Sevilla are so far playing hardball.
    That means City will have to pay somewhere close to that figure if they want to land him in the current window.
    Sevilla sporting director Monchi said: “It’s true that in the last days we have received interest from a club for Kounde.

    “And that club has transmitted an offer to us, which has been valued by the management committee and rejected.”
    Reports in Spain say City have already agreed personal terms with Kounde, who only joined Sevilla from Bordeaux in July 2019.
    Monchi said: “If they’re going to make another bid, then we’ll listen and answer again.
    “But I doubt he has agreed personal terms as he has a contract.”

    Koulibaly was City’s first choice but Napoli are holding out for around £80m for the Senegal skipper.

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    The 21-year-old Frenchman joined from Bordeaux last year and helped Sevilla reach the Europa League finalCredit: AFP

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    And the Etihad club will not pay that for a 29-year-old.
    Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez, 25, is another they have looked at — but City refuse to be held to ransom over a fee.

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    Everton wanted £80m for Man Utd target Dominic Calvert-Lewin BEFORE his hat-trick heroics

    EVERTON slapped an £80million price tag on Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
    And that was BEFORE he became the youngest English ace to score a hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win over West Brom.

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    Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagged a hat-trick against West BromCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    It is also why Manchester United backed off in their pursuit of the striker, 23.
    SunSport revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer targeted Calvert-Lewin in this summer’s window.
    But when United made an inquiry about the player, who cost only £1.5m from Sheffield United four years ago, they were stunned by the Goodison valuation.
    It will also make Chelsea and Manchester City think twice about swooping.

    Calvert-Lewin is tipped to be included in England boss Gareth Southgate’s squad for next month’s triple-header with Wales, Belgium and Denmark.
    The first treble of his career means he has scored 12 goals in the 23 games since Carlo Ancelotti took over Everton last December.
    After the game, delighted Calvert-Lewis said: “The manager is on me every day about one-touch finishes and being in the box – being in the right areas to put the ball in the back of the net.
    “It’s nice to know what I’m working on in training is coming off on the pitch.

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    Carlo Ancelotti backed Calvert-Lewin to reach the topCredit: EPA

    “That’s the biggest reward – my first hat-trick in professional football and in the end a good team performance.”
    At the time Ancelotti said: “I think he is going to be at the top in England and in Europe.”
    Calvert-Lewin was given a new five-year deal in March.

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    Kepa looking to emulate Man Utd rival David de Gea and bounce back from rocky start as Chelsea look for alternative

    KEPA ARRIZABALAGA is taking a leaf out of David De Gea’s book as he tries to come to terms with the Premier League.
    The Chelsea keeper, 25, dropped his latest clanger in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool — but was backed publicly by boss Frank Lampard.

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    Kepa Arrizabalaga is hoping to emulate David De Gea and bounce back from his rocky start to Premier League lifeCredit: EPA

    And £71.6million Kepa is determined to fight on, having seen how fellow Spanish stopper De Gea, who Manchester United signed from Atletico Madrid for £17.8m in 2011, took more than a year to settle in.
    A source told SunSport: “Remember De Gea? It took him a while to settle in and to adapt to English football.
    “Look at him now. Let’s be patient. Everyone is focusing on Kepa and he is eager to do well.
    “He wants to prove to everybody why Chelsea paid so much for him.

    “The summer was difficult because of rumours, but he has Lampard’s backing and this has meant a lot.”
    Chelsea are poised to complete a deal for Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy, 28, to crank up the pressure on Kepa — but for now Lampard is behind his man.
    Kepa’s sloppy clearance fell straight to Sadio Mane on Sunday, gifting the Liverpool forward a second goal.
    Lampard said: “It was a mistake but it’s my job to give him confidence.”

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    Arrizabalaga gifted Sadio Mane his second goal of the game at Stamford Bridge on SundayCredit: AFP or llicensors AFP or Licensors

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    Kepa — now in his third season at Chelsea — is the world’s costliest keeper, while De Gea, 29, has become one of the best despite errors early on at United.
    De Gea made another blunder in the FA Cup semi-final in July, which helped Chelsea to victory.
    The source added: “Kepa knows he made a mistake and is sorry about it. His confidence levels are not at their best but he is determined to improve.
    “But this is one of the first times the boss has backed him and it really helps.”

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    Wolves 1 Man City 3: Phil Foden scores to put England shame behind him as Pep Guardiola’s men start season with a win

    WHO needs Lionel Messi?
    Manchester City shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on the Barcelona superstar by making a blistering start to the season.

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    Phil Foden put his England shame behind him with a goal in Man City’s 3-1 win at WolvesCredit: Reuters

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    Kevin De Bruyne set City on their way with an early penaltyCredit: AP:Associated Press

    And leading the charge was Phil Foden – who could easily have found himself back on the bench if the Argentine had arrived.
    The 20-year-old put his England shame behind him to grab the second goal here – after Kevin de Bruyne had earlier scored from the spot.
    They had to withstand a stirring second half fight-back from Wolves with Raul Jiminez pulling one back with a header.
    But Gabriel Jesus added a stoppage time third and this was just what Pep Guardiola would have wanted as his team blew off the cobwebs of last season in some style.

    And if they can reproduce that sizzling opening 45 minutes on a regular basis then Liverpool will not have it all their own way this season.
    City were looking to win their opening game of the season for a 10th successive year – equalling a record held by Aston Villa since 1900.
    But its fair to assume there have not been many tougher assignments than this among them – as Wolves have had their number in recent seasons.
    They did the double over the then champions last season – and in fact City had won only one of their last five meetings going into this.

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    Raul Jimenez pulled Wolves back into the game late onCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Gabriel Jesus made sure of the result with the game’s last kickCredit: Reuters

    In addition Guardiola was without seven first teamers – due to illness and injuries.
    Inside the first couple of minutes, Sterling went over under a challenge from his new England team-mate Connor Coady in the box.
    The VAR had a look and showed the defender had pulled out of the challenge just in time so the ref Andre Marriner was right not to give a penalty.
    Should Sterling have been booked for diving? Maybe – but the official chose not issue a card.
    Wolves Brazilian new boy Marcal was part of the Lyon team who sent City tumbling out of Europe just over five weeks ago.
    His home debut for his new club was only memorable for the wrong reasons as he limped off after just seven minutes and was replaced by Ruben Vinagre.

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    Pep Guardiola was delighted to pick up his win on City’s opening dayCredit: PA:Press Association

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    Wolves were left to regret a number of missed chancesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Despite their late start to the campaign and a relatively short pre-season, Guardiola’s men were quickly into their stride.
    Last term’s PFA Player of the Year de Bruyne had already stung the finger-tips of Rui Patricio when he won a penalty for his team.
    He went down under a sliding challenge from Romain Saiss and this time both the ref and the VAR agreed it was a pen.
    De Bruyne is now City’s undisputed penalty king after scoring four at the end of last season – and number five fizzed past Patricio in a flash here.
    It was no surprise that KdB was also heavily involved in the second goal just after the half hour.
    It was his through ball that set Sterling away down the left and he pulled back for Foden to have a simple task of rolling the ball home.
    The season did not get off to a great start for Foden – but there is still time for him to make it one to remember.

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    De Bruyne was his typically cool self from the penalty spotCredit: Reuters

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    Foden netted a delighted left-footed shot after being teed up by Raheem SterlingCredit: PA:Press Association
    He has been directly involved in 22 goals in 33 starts for City now – and at only 20 there is so much more to come from him.
    Wolves had been comfortably second best but had a rare chance when Raul Jimenez headed over a cross by Adama Traore.
    But City almost wrapped up the points on the stroke of half-time as Sterling and Gabriel Jesus sent De Bruyne racing clear but Patricio made a superb save to deny him.
    Nuno Espirito Santo’s men came from two goals down to topple City in one of the games of the season last Christmas.
    That night though, they were playing against 10 men and Molineux was absolutely bouncing. This one had a very different feel to it with City in such irresistible form.
    It was a similar story after the break with de Bruyne threading a ball through to Jesus but the forward fired his shot straight at Patricio.

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    Jimenez towered over his opponents to blast a header beyond EdersonCredit: Reuters

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    Jesus pounced with a slick finish at the deathCredit: Reuters
    Traore tormented City twice last season and the home side had to get him in the game more to have any chance.
    His cross was turned found Daniel Podence whose shot on the turn whistled past the upright.
    Another cross from the Spaniard was turned past the far post by Jiminez while Ruben Neves saw a shot cleared off the line by Kyle Walker.
    City had looked imperious in the first half but were wobbling a bit now as Podence ran clear but chipped his effort onto the roof of the net.
    Ederson’s goal had led a charmed life and it was no surprise when the home side got one back as Podence nutmegged de Bruyne.
    His cross was perfect for Jiminez whose powerful header beat the City goalkeeper to set up a thrilling finish.
    But Jesus found space in the box to grab a deflected third in stoppage time and end any doubts.

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