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    Watch Jude Bellingham smash in his first Bundesliga goal as Dortmund down Stuttgart to keep Champions League hopes alive

    JUDE BELLINGHAM lasered another remarkable milestone with his first Bundesliga goal.The England midfielder, 17, lashed home from the edge of the area as Borussia Dortmund kept alive their slim hopes of a top-four finish with a 3-2 comeback win at Stuttgart.

    Jude Bellingham, 17, cracks his first Bundesliga goal as Dortmund won 3-2Credit: Reuters
    Jude Bellingham celebrates Marco Reus putting Dortmund 2-1 up, having merely dashed to get the ball back after netting a leveller five minutes earlierCredit: Reuters
    Euro 2020 hopeful Bellingham showed again he has it all with an instinctive low drive to make it 1-1 70 seconds after the interval.
    The former Birmingham City prodigy had already netted on his Dortmund debut, a 5-0 German Cup win over Duisburg on September 14.
    And he was controversially denied what might have been a crucial Champions League strike in last Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester City.
    Bellingham nipped the ball off Etihad keeper Ederson and slotted into the net but was penalised for a foul, sparking huge protests and earning himelf a yellow card.
    This time, though, he was far less animated – despite the goal standing.
    He was too anxious to get the ball back rather than celebrate, knowing that Dortmund were well adrift of the top four and needed to push on for victory.
    Yet the fact Edin Terzić’s men did snatch all three points was, in the end, down to another teenager bagging his first-ever goal for Dortmund.
    In just his third Bundesliga match, 19-year-old sub Ansgar Knauff fired an 80th-minute winner.
    The German youth international winger picked the ball up on the fringe of the area and threaded a clever shot past two defenders and Stuttgart keeper Gregor Kobel.
    Bellingham’s own moment to remember had earlier cancelled out a 17th-minute looping header from Sasa Kalajdzic.
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    Marco Reus soon followed up Bellingham’s leveller by putting Dortmund in front.
    And just two minutes after Daniel Didavi thought he had rescued a point for mid-table Stuttgart, Terzik struck in style.
    But triumphant Dortmund are still six points off fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt and 19 behind leaders Bayern Munich.
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    West Ham fighting Dortmund for Jordan Larsson – son of Celtic hero Henrik – as 23-year-old impresses at Spartak Moscow

    WEST HAM and Borussia Dortmund are both reportedly keen on signing Spartak Moscow star Jordan Larsson – son of Celtic legend Henrik.The striker, 23, has been in excellent form in the Russian Premier League this season and has attracted attention from across Europe.
    West Ham and Borussia Dortmund could go head to head for Jordan LarssonCredit: Getty
    Henrik Larsson and son Jordan at his testimonial match between Celtic and Sevilla in 2004Credit: PA:Press Association
    West Ham are in desperate need of striker with injury prone Michail Antonio their only recognised front man on the books.
    And with Erling Haaland heavily linked with a move away from Dortmund at the end of this season, the Bundesliga side are in the market for a replacement.
    Larsson is on the radar of both teams, according to Goal.
    Spartak signed Larsson from Swedish side Norrkoping for £3.5million in August 2019.
    The Sweden international has bagged 12 goals for Spartak in 23 Russian Prem matches so far this season.
    He was also voted the club’s player of the month for March
    Jordan grew up in football circles with dad Henrik playing for Celtic, Barcelona and Manchester United since he was born in 1997.
    And in December, he revealed he would love to follow in his dad’s footsteps and play for the Bhoys in Green.
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    He said: “For me Celtic will always have a special place in my heart.
    “Not that I’ve played there in that sense, but it was the first place where I saw football as a young kid going with my mother to see games when my father was playing.
    “That’s where I have the biggest memories in my head.
    “‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ you have all the scarves before the games and everything so of course it will always have a special place in my heart.
    “But at the same time since my father is who he is at the club I think for me personally if I would ever have the chance to play there then I would like to establish myself even more, make my own name before I would play there if that chance would ever come up but of course it’s tempting.
    “Not that they are interested in that sense but If I think about it to be able to play there would be a dream in that sense.
    “For me my whole life has been about proving I’m a good player, that I’m my own person you know.”
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    Scholes believes Man Utd WILL splash out £150m on Erling Haaland transfer and only Chelsea can afford to rival them

    PAUL SCHOLES has backed Manchester United to sign Erling Haaland this summer.Borussia Dortmund have put a £150million price tag on the strike sensation, leading Scholes to believe that only United or Chelsea can afford him.

    Paul Scholes believes only Manchester United or Chelsea can afford Erling HaalandCredit: Rex
    Barcelona and Real Madrid have already held talks with the 20-year-old’s entourage, while Manchester City have also been linked.
    But Scholes, 46, does not believe the LaLiga giants have the finances to pull off the deal.
    And he also doubted Pep Guardiola’s desire to spend big on a striker.
    Asked about a United bid on BT Sport, the former midfielder explained: “I think they probably would, why not?
    “I think it’s about the club who can pay for him. I don’t think there’s too many of them.
    “You think of Real Madrid and Barcelona, all the noises you hear.
    “They probably couldn’t pay that type of money.
    “Man City look like they don’t want to pay that type of money.
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    “To be fair, they very rarely play with a No9 anyway. Even with [Sergio] Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, he’s hardly played them.
    “So is that the type of player that Guardiola wants? I’m not sure it is.
    “It’s a player United will be desperate for, Chelsea will be desperate for.
    “They’re probably the two clubs who I think could probably afford it this summer.”
    However, fellow former Premier League player Jamie O’Hara has told United they will struggle to sign the Norwegian.
    Paul Pogba’s situation was used by the ex-Tottenham star to outline how Haaland may be nervy about joining a team short on trophies.

    He told talkSPORT: “Look at Pogba. They paid £100million for him and he’s gone they’re thinking we’re going to the next level.
    “And it hasn’t worked. He’s been almost trophyless.
    “Haaland’s not going to Manchester United where it will be, ‘We might win something, we might not’.
    “He’s going somewhere where he is winning everything.”
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    Borussia Dortmund already looking at Erling Haaland transfer replacements and keen on Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic

    BORUSSIA DORTMUND are reportedly weighing up a move for Sasa Kalajdzic as a replacement for Erling Haaland.The Stuttgart striker, 23, has been in fine form this season with 13 goals in 26 games in the Bundesliga.
    Borussia Dortmund have set their sights on 13-goal Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic
    Erling Haaland is perhaps the most wanted player in Europe right now
    According to German football magazine Kicker, Kalajdzic has attracted interest from Dortmund, who are reportedly keeping tabs on the Austria international.
    BVB view him as a replacement for Haaland, who is arguably Europe’s most wanted player.
    Per Bild, Kalajdzic would also consider a move to Liverpool, who are interested in signing him along with West Ham.
    And according to the German newspaper, Kalajdzic could be available for £21million this summer.
    At 6ft 5in, the Austrian could potentially replace Haaland’s physicality for Dortmund.
    However, his track record for goalscoring falls some way short of the Norwegian’s stunning record – Kalajdzic has scored 27 goals in 70 career games.
    He describes himself as somewhere between a No 9 and a No 10, having previously operated as a midfielder in his youth.
    He would have an incredibly difficult task to replace Haaland – as would any new signing.
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    Haaland displayed another strong area of his game when he assisted Marco Reus’ goal against Manchester City on Tuesday.
    And footage of the striker chatting and joking with Phil Foden sparked rumours he could be heading to the Etihad.
    Agent Mino Raiola may be keener for his client to move to Spain, however, having spoken to both Barcelona and Real Madrid about a potential move last week.
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    Chelsea ‘one of only two or three clubs’ financially stable with Marina Granovskaia ‘doing good job’, says Rummenigge

    CHELSEA are ‘one of only two or three clubs’ who are financially stable, according to Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.And the German heaped praise on Marina Granovskaia for her financial handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Chelsea are one of very few clubs who are financially stableCredit: Rex
    And the German heaped praise on Marina Granovskaia for her handling of the Covid-19 pandemicCredit: Getty – Contributor
    The Blues announced a £32.5million profit in their latest set of accounts up to June 30, 2020.
    Covid-19 hit last March, with fans banned from attending matches, but Chelsea’s robust finances managed to cope.
    Rummenigge said his Champions League winners Bayern have been losing £3.5m to £4.3m in revenue each ‘fanless’ game.
    And he highlighted Chelsea as one of few clubs doing well to keep their balance sheets in order.
    He told the Athletic: “There are maybe two or three clubs who are able to buck the trend.
    “Chelsea’s numbers, for example, look very positive. Marina has done a very good job.
    “But we won’t see any all-time high [profit] records tumble this summer, that’s for sure.
    “Everyone I talk to wants to reduce their payroll. That also applies to Bayern. Transfer fees went down by 50 per cent last season, which was good, but the wages haven’t adjusted downwards accordingly.
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    “We find that players and their agents are not happy to renew under existing circumstances but want more.
    “It’ll be an interesting transfer market. It’ll be instructive to see whether the best players will have the upper hand in that regard.
    “We need to rely on players and agents understanding the situation. The whole football industry, the whole world has been damaged by Covid-19.
    “I’m curious to see if there will be one club in Europe that can break even this season. It’ll be challenging, even for us.
    “After more than one year without fans, the income loss has been much greater for the big clubs.”
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    Chelsea ‘prepared to launch £86m Romelu Lukaku transfer offer’ if they fail to land £154m Erling Haaland from Dortmund

    CHELSEA are reportedly prepared to offer £86MILLION for Romelu Lukaku if they can’t sign Erling Haaland.The Blues are said to be looking at another striker with Timo Werner struggling to adapt to the Premier League.
    Chelsea are willing to offer £86m for Inter Milan striker Romelu LukakuCredit: Getty
    But only if they fail to land No 1 target Erling HaalandCredit: Getty
    Borussia Dortmund star Haaland is said to be top of their wishlist.
    But the 20-year-old is one of Europe’s hottest properties and competition for the £154m valued star is set to be fierce.
    As a result, the West Londoners are planning an £86m bid for Inter Milan striker Lukaku as Plan B, according to Calciomercato.
    The Belgian had an unsuccessful spell at Stamford Bridge between 2011 and 2014 – where he failed to score a goal – but the Blues are not deterred.
    Earlier this week, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel refused to rule out a move for Haaland.
    Haaland’s dad Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola – who could bag up to £25m from any deal – have held discussions with Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain before heading to England to meet with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.
    But Tuchel did not give anything away when quizzed on any potential meeting between Haaland’s representatives and the Blues.
    The German said: “I will not answer that, out of respect for the player and for Borussia Dortmund.
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    “He’s a Borussia Dortmund player, and of course there’s big news around him and his agent. And it seems like they are creating a race for the player.
    “But still everybody needs to accept, and I will fully accept, that he is a Borussia Dortmund player, a very promising player of course.
    “But with respect to the situation, he’s not in our squad, he’s not in our club so there’s no comment on anything else regarding him.”
    Chelsea have also been heavily linked with a move for Man City legend Sergio Aguero on a free transfer.
    The Argentine will leave City at the end of the season when his contract expires after a ten-year stay at the Etihad.
    A vast array of clubs are linked with an offer, including Prem rivals Arsenal.
    Despite turning 33 in the coming summer, and enduring a disappointing season in terms of fitness and form, Aguero is said to want a move to a top club.
    Stamford Bridge is described as a ‘tempting’ destination, along with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
    Any club bidding for his services would not have to pay a transfer fee, leading to a sizeable wage demand – around £250k-a-week.
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    Jerome Boateng available on FREE transfer in summer as Bayern will not renew deal with ‘several English clubs’ keen

    PREMIER LEAGUE clubs have been alerted to Jerome Boateng’s availability after Bayern Munich decided to let the defender go.Out of contract in the summer, the defender will follow David Alaba in departing as a free agent.
    Jerome Boateng is set to become a free agent at the end of the seasonCredit: AP
    The 32-year-old has made over 350 appearances for Bayern, winning the treble twice, since a 2011 move ended a flop spell at Manchester City.
    But, according to German publication Kicker, Boateng’s exit has been rubber-stamped by Munich bosses.
    And his entourage have already been informed of the decision to move him on.
    A departure from Allianz Arena has been rumoured for some time and the interest of some clubs was piqued when Bayern secured the signing of Dayot Upamecano for next season.
    Bild report on ‘several’ English clubs monitoring his situation with a move to MLS not out of the question.
    The German has previously featured in links to Arsenal and Chelsea.
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    Mikel Arteta is in the midst of a huge squad rebuild at Emirates Stadium while a new centre-back is thought to be on Thomas Tuchel’s long list of targets in the next window.
    Boateng missed Saturday’s 1-0 win over RB Leipzig due to suspension but has otherwise remained a first-choice for the Bundesliga giants.
    Coach Hansi Flick recently defended his player after Bayern advisor Uli Hoeness criticised calls for his return to the German national team.
    The World Cup winner was one of the veteran players discarded by Joachim Low two years ago, a decision called into question after the recent defeat to North Macedonia.
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    Gary Neville names four clubs he would have played for if Man Utd sold him including Arsenal and Bayern Munich

    GARY NEVILLE admitted he would have played for arch-rivals Arsenal if Manchester United decided to sell him.The former defender, 46, spent his entire career at Old Trafford, coming through the academy as part of the Class of ’92 before making 602 first-team appearances.
    Gary Neville would have been open to the idea of joining Arsenal if he was let go by Manchester United earlier in his careerCredit: Eddie Keogh
    He won 16 major trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson’s guidance in a career that spanned 19 years and saw him earn 85 England caps.
    But speaking to Sky Sports’ Off Script last year, the pundit revealed there were four teams he willingly could have joined should he have been let go – and three he would never, ever  have signed for.
    The Manchester United legend said: “For myself, leaving never once entered my head. My longest contract negotiation was three meetings; they were normally done inside one or two meetings, and they were always long contracts.
    “I’d made the decision quite early in my 30s that if Sir Alex had come and told me my time was up, I wouldn’t have played for anyone else. I was fortunate in that sense.
    “However, if he’d come to me at say the age of 28, and told me my time was up, of course I would have played for another Premier League club.
    “Who would I have played for? You can rule out three: I’d have never have played for City, Liverpool or Leeds. Not in a million years.
    “I don’t feel anything bad towards the players who did that, but me personally, I couldn’t have done it. The rivalry is just too much.
    “If you’d said to me, in a perfect world, in my years of playing, which clubs in the Premier League have the tradition, a proper club? Arsenal would be No 1.

    “The tradition of Highbury, I felt they did things the right way. Also in the Premier League, I like Aston Villa and Newcastle.
    “In Europe I admired Juventus and Bayern Munich. I respected them as football clubs. Bayern were meticulous in their preparation, so internationally, it would be them.”
    Neville played a huge role in the rivalry at the turn of the century with Arsenal, along with Roy Keane as a key protagonist.
    His first clash with the Gunners came way back in November 1994 with a 0-0 draw at Highbury.
    Across the 30 matches, Neville’s United won ten – including the Battle of the Buffet clash in 2004 to end Arsenal’s 49-match unbeaten run – drew eight and lost 12.
    Against Bayern Munich, meanwhile, the right-back managed just one win in eight matches.

    However, crucially, that one win was the 1999 Champions League final, arguably the greatest night in Manchester United’s history, as subs Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored in injury time to complete a stunning turnaround and seal the Treble.
    After hanging up his boots in 2011, Neville went into coaching as Roy Hodgson’s assistant for England before an ill-fated spell at Valencia.
    Since then, he has switched to focussing on his media work with Sky and various business ventures with his Class of ’92 team-mates – including joint-ownership of Salford City and two hotels in Manchester.
    Neville liked the way Bayern Munich ran their operations and were his overseas pickCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
    The right-back, pictured with his brother Phil, celebrate the Treble in 1999 after the turnaround against the GermansCredit: EPA
    Neville came through the academy as part of the Class of 92 which also included Ryan Giggs and David BeckhamCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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