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    Tottenham ace Serge Aurier’s brother shot dead at 5am on French highway with killer still on the run

    SERGE AURIER’S brother Christopher has been shot dead.
    The 26-year-old’s killer is still on the run after the incident which took place at 5am in Toulouse, France, according to local media.


    Christopher Aurier was found with a gunshot wound in his abdomen
    Europe 1 claim local residents called the police after finding the 26-year-old on the ground.
    He was allegedly shot in the stomach before the killer fled the scene.
    The incident is believed to have happened outside a nightclub in the early hours of the morning.
    Christopher was then pronounced dead at Toulouse University hospital.

    Spurs have paid tribute to Christopher with a post shared to their Twitter page.
    Alongside a picture of Serge’s shirt, it read: “The Club is deeply saddened to confirm media reports that Serge Aurier’s brother passed away in the early hours of the morning.
    “Everybody at the club sends their sincerest condolences to Serge and his family.
    “Our thoughts are with them all.”

    Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe posted: “I am with you… @Serge_Aurier.”
    Wilfried Bony shared a picture to his Instagram page alongside the caption: “Courage my brother. Love and condolences to your family. RIP to your brother.”
    Christopher, brother of 62-cap Ivory Coast international Serge, played football at an amateur level.
    Like Serge, Christopher progressed through the ranks at RC Lens in the early stages of his career.
    He had a trial with Brentford back in 2011, but failed to make the cut with the Championship side.
    Speaking in 2017, he explained of his failed trial: “Brentford were in League One at the time. Everything went well with my trial, but I could not speak English at the time.
    “The coach [Uwe Rosler] told me: ‘It’s a shame you can’t understand my instructions. I’d have signed you otherwise.’

    The Club is deeply saddened to confirm media reports that Serge Aurier’s brother passed away in the early hours of this morning.Everybody at the Club sends their sincerest condolences to Serge and his family. Our thoughts are with them all.
    — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 13, 2020

    “I had a trial at Stalybridge, but I did not like it as it was too far away. So I left them – only to spend seven months with a club in Qatar.”
    Most recently the 26-year-old was on the books for fifth division side Toulouse Rodeo.
    Brother Serge was in action yesterday for Tottenham as they beat Arsenal 2-1 in the North London derby.


    Serge Aurier joined Spurs from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017Credit: AP:Associated Press

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    Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko eyed by Bayern Munich in shock transfer with German giants also keen on Tanguy Ndombele

    BAYERN MUNICH are eyeing up shock moves for Premier League midfield duo Tiemoue Bakayoko and Tanguy Ndombele, according to reports.
    The Bundesliga champions are believed to be readying themselves for the imminent departures of Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez.


    Tiemoue Bakayoko featured for the Blues in pre-seasonCredit: Reuters


    Tanguy Ndombele has featured for just 64 minutes since the Premier League’s restartCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    And with Corentin Tolisso also potentially nearing the Allianz Arena exit, boss Hansi Flick is seeking summer reinforcements.
    Le10 Sport claim that the Bavarians are looking to out-of-favour Premier League stars to fill the impending gap in their illustrious team.
    While Bakayoko, 25, featured in pre-season for Frank Lampard last year – he hasn’t seen competitive action in a Blues shirt since the 2018 FA Cup Final.
    The one-cap French international has spent the last two years on loan at AC Milan and AS Monaco.

    Despite this, however, Chelsea are still believed to be hoping to secure around £31.5million for his signature.
    Paris Saint-Germain and Milan are also believed to be interested.
    As for Ndombele, a deal may be less straightforward.
    There was much initial excitement surrounding the 23-year-old’s move to Spurs last summer, as the North Londoners smashed their transfer record to sign him from Lyon.


    Spurs shattered their record transfer fee to sign Ndombele for £65m last summerCredit: Getty – Contributor

    But having fallen out-of-favour following Tottenham’s mid-season managerial change – the six-cap Frenchman could be set for a swift exit.
    Given the club’s financial difficulties following Covid-19, Spurs would hope to recoup much of the £65m fee shelled out for him last summer.
    With Bayern unlikely to match this figure, a compromise in the form of a loan move could be reached – as the German giants managed in securing previous deals for James Rodriguez and Philippe Coutinho.

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    Sadio Mane urges Liverpool to make transfer for ‘world class’ Kalidou Koulibaly and says ‘no club could refuse’ defender

    SADIO MANE has urged Liverpool to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly – his national team-mate at Senegal.
    Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of the £90million-rated star, who helped his club win the Coppa Italia last month.


    Sadio Mane has urged Liverpool to sign Napoli star Kalidou KoulibalyCredit: Getty


    Mane is an international team-mate of Koulibaly and the pair played at Metz together in 2012Credit: Rex Features
    Koulibaly is also wanted by Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea – as well as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
    But Mane believes the 29-year-old superstar would be a huge hit for the newly-crowned Premier League champions.
    The duo were clubmates at Metz in 2011-12, and have played together many times for Senegal’s Teranga Lions.
    Mane, 28, said: “Kalidou Koulibaly is an excellent defender, and one of the world’s best in his position.

    “I would be very happy to play alongside him at club level, as I have known him for years.”
    The winger continued: “We first got to know one another at Metz before meeting up once more in the Senegal national team.
    “No club could refuse the chance to have Koulibaly in their squad.

    “In any event, it would be a pleasure for me to play for Liverpool together with him.
    “He would be more than welcome here.”

    Klopp is on the lookout for a new centre-back to partner Virgil van Dijk.
    Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are currently on the books but Dejan Lovren is nearing a possible move to Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.
    And Klopp will likely heed Mane’s thoughts, with the frontman’s 20 goals in 44 games this term playing a big part in Liverpool’s first league title for 30 years. 

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    Arsenal mocked and forced to change Twitter background after having Tottenham’s new stadium on it after derby defeat

    FUMING fans have forced Arsenal into changing their Twitter background picture after it featured an image of them losing at Spurs’ stadium yesterday.
    The Gunners updated the image used as their background last night, leaving fans baffled.


    Arsenal were mocked for having a picture of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as their background picture
    Having just lost 2-1 to North London rivals Tottenham, Arsenal changed their picture to one of their own team losing at the home of their fierce rivals.
    The picture stayed there for hours before they finally caved into fan pressure.
    One Spurs supporter tweeted: “Nice background… too late to change it now.”
    Another said: “Arsenal’s Twitter background, am I missing something?

    “Or are they wishing NL was red?”
    A third posted a theory, which read: “Arsenal admin probably lost a bet with a Spurs mate of his or something.”
    One Tottenham follower joked: “Rent free forever in their head…”

    Arsenal eventually cottoned on to the abuse and changed their background picture to one of the inside of the Emirates.


    Arsenal eventually changed the background to a picture of the Emirates


    Arsenal threw away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at Tottenham, thanks to a defensive howler and another set-piece goal.
    The Gunners now lead the league in percentage of goals conceded from corners, free-kicks and penalties at 46 per cent.
    Mikel Arteta later apologised to fans for the defeat and for the abject defensive performance.

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    Barcelona confirm Messi contract talks with president confident legend will sign new deal at club despite exit links

    LIONEL MESSI is in talks with Barcelona over a new contract.
    The Argentine superstar has been linked with a move away from the Catalan giants but club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident the club icon will stay.


    Lionel Messi has entered contract talks with BarcelonaCredit: Getty Images – Getty


    Messi signed his last contract in 2017 alongside Josep Maria Bartomeu who is confident the Argentine will sign againCredit: AFP or licensors
    That will come as a blow to the likes of Juventus and Manchester City, who have been linked with a sensational move for one of football’s greatest ever players.
    The 33-year-old, who signed his last contract in 2017, has become more outspoken against the club’s hierarchy in the last year.
    But Bartomeu is relaxed about the situation and believes Barca’s star man will stay at the Nou Camp.
    He said: “With Messi we talk, we have talked and we will talk.

    “He is the best player in football history, he has years of football ahead and he is in top form.
    “I do not have any doubt that he will continue at Barça, his future is here in football and after football.”
    Spanish radio station Cadena Ser recently reported Messi is unhappy with how the club is being run and wants to leave in 2021.
    There have also been rumours of a fall-out with manager Quique Setien and team-mate Antoine Griezmann.

    Despite rumours of a Barca exit, fans of the Catalan giants will hope club legend Xavi’s recent comments prove to be true.
    Xavi said: “Leo can play, if he wants, until he is 39.”
    Pep Guardiola also pleaded with Messi to settle his Barca feud and sign a new deal.

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    Klopp has had a sensational season at Liverpool but Sheff Utd boss Chris Wilder is my Premier League Manager of the Year

    PLENTY of plaudits have been going Chris Wilder’s way again after his Sheffield United side humbled Chelsea.
    And for me, Wilder is the Premier League Manager of the Year.


    Chris Wilder has been superb at Sheffield United this seasonCredit: The Mega Agency
    Jurgen Klopp has had a sensational season and Liverpool have won the league at a canter.
    But you have to look at where the respective teams have come from.
    And let’s not forget Liverpool were second in the Premier League last season — only beaten to the title by a brilliant team in Manchester City — and won the Champions League.
    Whereas Sheffield United came up from  the  Championship and find themselves just five points off fourth place.

    At the end of last season, you would have said for sure that Liverpool would be going for the title.
    You wouldn’t have said that the Blades would be looking at finishing among the first five and securing a possible Champions League place.
    I remember covering them in League One and very little has changed.
    The only thing they do sometimes now is play 3-5-2 instead of 3-4-1-2, which gives them that extra man in midfield who drops a bit.

    No matter who they face they want to stamp their authority — and it is a joy to watch.
    As I’ve said before, the way they play is organised chaos — it shouldn’t work, but it does!
    For example, they commit their two outside centre-backs forward, yet only two teams have conceded fewer than them.
    They have kept defensively strong while maintaining their attacking emphasis.
    A number of teams who have tackled the Blades this season have matched them up system-wise and that is a massive compliment to a newly-promoted team.
    Collectively, they are an outstanding team.
    Yes, they have highly talented individuals but the dressing room is phenomenal.
    The team that beat Chelsea on Saturday featured only three players in the starting XI who weren’t in the Championship last season.
    If John Fleck was not injured, it probably would have been just two.


    Sheffield United have looked impressive all season, none more so than in the 3-0 win over ChelseaCredit: EPA
    Every single player in that team is a better player since joining — and Wilder deserves huge credit for that.
    As he does for not ripping up the team that earned promotion into the Premier League — and we have seen clubs do that on numerous occasions.
    I love the way Sheffield United play.
    Whether they are home or away, they take the game to the opposition. They’ve been absolutely phenomenal.

    As for Chelsea, their issue at the moment is conceding goals.
    Despite that, I believe Frank Lampard has done unbelievably well this season considering they lost Eden Hazard and had that transfer ban.
    Just like Sheffield United, I don’t think many people gave them a chance of finishing in the top four or five.

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    Diego Maradona planning to sue Netflix over upcoming ‘Hand of God’ doc on his life by Oscar-winning director

    DIEGO Maradona is planning to sue Netflix over a film from an Oscar-winning director which is set to be released on the streaming platform this year.
    Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla announced that the footballing icon is set to take on the streaming giant in the Italian courts.


    Diego Maradona doesn’t want to be known as a ‘cheat’Credit: Hulton Archive – Getty
    Maradona, 59, says he did not give Netflix permission to use his image for their upcoming film “The Hand of God”, directed by Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino.
    Morla said in a statement he posted to Twitter: “Diego Maradona did not authorise the use of his image for this film.
    “With our colleagues in Italy we are now drawing up the legal strategy to file a formal complaint with the justice system for the improper use of a registered brand.”
    The project’s director, who won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2013 for “La Grande Bellezza” [The Great Beauty], was born and raised in Naples, where Maradona shone for seven years as a Napoli player.

    Set in Sorrentino’s home city, the film is supposed to be a look at 1980s Naples – in which the acclaimed director drew up.
    But with Maradona having galvanised the city and its football team, inspiring them to their only Serie A championships in 1987 and 1990 – the stories appear intrinsically linked.

    Aside from all the things I’ve said before about Maradona, he involuntarily saved my life.
    Paolo Sorrentino

    Sorrentino’s relationship with the Argentine superstar appears to be a deep, complex one – having credited the twinkle-toed No10 for unknowingly saving his life.
    He told Variety in 2015: “Aside from all the things I’ve said before about Maradona, he involuntarily saved my life.

    “I lost my parents when I was 16 in an accident with the heating system in a house in the mountains where I always used to go to with them.
    “That weekend, I didn’t go because I wanted to go watch Maradona and S.S.C Napoli play a match in Empoli, and that saved me.”


    Oscar-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino credits Maradona for ‘involuntarily saving’ his lifeCredit: Netflix

    Maradona previously sued Japanese video game producers Konami for including him in their game PES 2017 without his permission.
    Local media outlet Infobae report the two parties reached an agreement in May this year, with the company paying an unspecified sum to be used to build football pitches for children in Argentina.
    The superstar ex-footballer also expressed his anger last year at the film Diego Maradona: Rebel, Cheat, Hero, God from British director Asif Kapadia, telling his fans to avoid watching it as he was annoyed to have been depicted as a “cheat”.


    Maradona inspired Napoli to their two Serie triumphs in 1987 and 1990Credit: �2019 Scudetto Pictures Limited. All Rights Reserved.

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    Jurgen Klopp reveals he plans to quit Liverpool and return to Germany… but only when his contract ends in 2024

    JURGEN KLOPP plans to quit Liverpool and return to Germany – but only when his contract ends in 2024.
    The Kop boss, 53, led the Reds to their first league title in 30 years, etching his name in Anfield folklore forever.


    Klopp plans to return to Germany at the end of his Liverpool contractCredit: AP:Associated Press
    And while Klopp has no intention of leaving any time soon, he already has on eye on the future.
    When asked if he’d ever return to Germany, Klopp told SWR Sport: “Definitely to live, after my career.
    “Most likely even to Mainz.”
    But Klopp went on to say he will see out the final four years of his contract on Merseyside.

    He even suggested he would take a year off, much like Pep Guardiola did between stints at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
    Klopp continued: “Four more years at Liverpool, then do nothing for a year.
    “[After that] maybe a club, a national team or nothing at all.

    “[I will definitely do] what I want…. what I want to do.
    “In five years the world can look very different again.”


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    The Liverpool boss’ agent once even revealed Klopp’s intention to lead Germany to glory one day.
    Klopp only signed his latest contract in December, extending his stay until at least the end of the 2023-24 season.

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