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    Gary Lineker says ‘I’ve heard a little rumour’ about Jurgen Klopp’s next job despite ex-Liverpool boss’ retirement hint

    GARY LINEKER “heard a little rumour” that Jurgen Klopp could become president of Borussia Dortmund after leaving Liverpool.Klopp, 56, rolled credits on a glittering nine-year stint with the Reds that saw him winning all major honours, including a first league title in 30 years.Gary Lineker heard a wild rumour about Jurgen Klopp’s next job after leaving LiverpoolCredit: GettyLiverpool legend Klopp could become president of Borussia Dortmund, claims LinekerCredit: RexThe German tactician led the Merseysiders to a 2-0 victory over Wolves during his last ever match in charge of the Premier League giants at Anfield on Sunday.The Liverpool legend announced his departure in January as he revealed he is running out of energy and cannot continue in the job year after year.Lineker expects Klopp to take some time off but is confident “there will be a battle” between the world’s biggest clubs to sign him in “a year or so’s time”.But the Match of the Day host also revealed there’s been speculation about him returning to Dortmund in a different capacity that would see him taking charge of the entire club.Read More on FootballKlopp burst onto the scene back in 2008 when he was appointed to the Bundesliga giants’ dugout and led them to two consecutive league titles as well as the 2013 Champions League final.Lineker told the Rest is Football podcast: “I will be interested to see what Jurgen Klopp does next. “I think he will definitely take some time out because I think he’s genuine when he says he has run out of energy.“You can see why that job is so demanding. There will be a battle for him in a year’s time. Or they’ll be lining up for a year or so’s time.Most read in FootballBEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERS”I heard a little rumour that he might end up being president of Borussia Dortmund, which would be amazing.”Klopp appeared to have hinted towards managerial retirement after leaving Liverpool.Moment Pep Guardiola is brought to tears and struggles to speak as he pays respects to Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool exitHowever, the ex-Dortmund boss set the record straight after the victory over Wolves and insisted he is not done just yet.Klopp said: “I will work. I have just finished this job. I don’t know exactly why nobody believes I will probably not be a manager again, but I understand because obviously it seems to be a drug.”It looks like that as everybody comes back and everybody works until they are 70-something. I have always had the idea I won’t do that. “Other people are smarter and do it in different ways, but I have to be all-in. I have to be the spark, I have to be the energiser, I have to be all these kind of things. And I am empty. That’s it.”My biggest worry today was that [goalkeeping coach] John Achterberg was coughing all the time next to me, and I thought I’d wake up tomorrow and I’ll be ill because he’s coughing in my direction! I have to start with the rest now and then we will see.”It’s not that I’m looking outside for the next opportunity and which clubs are available and stuff like this. There will be opportunities but I’m not thinking, ‘Maybe in a year’s time I’ll take that’. In this moment, see you later.”I have no clue [what I will do tomorrow]. Packing probably. I have enough things to do, private life must be planned as well but I’ve been here doing things and probably Ulla [Klopp’s wife] will update me where we go. I have no clue what’s coming up. We have a party tonight.”Klopp has botched his Liverpool exit… and it’s cost him his legacy, says Dave KiddBy Dave Kidd
    NOW we know Jurgen Klopp’s final major trophy haul at Liverpool — one Champions League, one Premier League, one FA Cup, two League Cups and (if you must) a World Club Cup.
    But where does his reign stand among the greatest of the Premier League era?
    In black-and-white terms, Klopp is way behind Sir Alex Ferguson and Pep Guardiola, the only two men to have won multiple Premier Leagues and a Champions League at the same club.
    Those two sit alongside Brian Clough, Bob Paisley and Sir Matt Busby as the undoubted all-time managerial greats of the English game.
    But Klopp ranks in the next tier down — with Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho (the Chelsea version), Bill Shankly and Don Revie.
    These were all men with the strength of character to transform their clubs in their own image and enjoy success but who did not win as much as they might have done.
    Had Klopp managed to keep his intentions under wraps and ended up with another title, perhaps even a treble or quadruple, he’d have edged himself up into that highest echelon with Ferguson, Guardiola, Clough, Paisley and Busby.
    But deciding the timing and the manner of your exit is one of the toughest calls for any manager or sportsman.
    Klopp got it wrong.
    Read Dave Kidd’s take on Klopp’s demise in full here.
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    Relegated former Chelsea star Ross Barkley ‘set for immediate return to Premier League with Champions League side keen’

    ROSS BARKLEY is tipped to rejoin Aston Villa – despite Manchester United also showing interest in Luton’s star man.After qualifying for the Champions League, Villa are reportedly in “advanced talks” over recruiting the 30-year-old ex-Chelsea midfielder.Aston Villa have reportedly made the first move for Ross BarkleyCredit: GettyBarkley’s inspirational season failed to keep the Hatters up but led to calls for a place at Euro 2024, five years after the last of his 33 England caps.The Merseysider has arguably produced his finest football since 2018 – when Chelsea paid Everton £15milion for the then-prodigy.Barkley’s four years at Stamford Bridge proved to be a massive frustration, with poor form and then limited opportunities.He spent 2020-21 on loan at Villa before departing Chelsea permanently a year later to spend a single campaign with Ligue 1 club Nice.READ MORE TOP STORIESLuton pounced for him in August 2023 after squeezing back into the Premier League via the play-offs.Now The Guardian reckon negotiations on a switch to Unai Emery’s Villa are already at a serious stage – with Barkley keen on the move.United have also been linked to the all-round ace, not least as he impressed Red Devils’ minority owner Sim Jim Ratcliffe while at Ineos-owned Nice.Barkley said last month: “I want to play in the Premier League. I want to play in Europe again.Most read in FootballCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERS”I feel like for the next three years maybe I’ll still be in my prime years.”Villa are thought to be in the market for two midfielders in all, plus a full-back and a forward.Aston Villa stars and wags go wild as Emi Martinez soaks team in champagne after Haaland goal secures Champions LeagueChelsea’s England workhorse Conor Gallagher is a known target for Emery.It’s understood Villa might be willing to include Jhon Duran in a swap deal.Mauricio Pochettino’s Blues have long admired the 20-year-old Colombian. More

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    Premier League flop who NEVER scored league goal after £13m transfer is one game away from LaLiga golden boot

    CRYSTAL PALACE flop Alexander Sorloth is one game away from taking the LaLiga golden boot.The Norwegian, 28, bolstered his remarkable goalscoring tally on Sunday as he scored FOUR goals in 17 minutes against Real Madrid.Sorloth is LaLiga’s top scorerCredit: RexHe failed to score a Premier League goal during an unhappy spell at PalaceCredit: GettyHis goal contributions saw Villarreal come back from 4-1 down to draw with the LaLiga champions 4-4.The 6ft 5in striker was unlucky not to have five, after having a long-shot tipped onto the post by Andriy Lunin early on.The forward is now on 23 goals for the season, is two ahead of second placed Artem Dovbyk and four ahead of England superstar Jude Bellingham.Sorloth is known for a miserable spell in England at Palace.MORE ON FOOTBALLThe Eagles paid £9million to sign the striker from Danish side FC Midtjylland in 2018 and handed him the number nine shirt.He scored just one goal in 20 appearances for Palace, with that coming in the EFL Cup.He failed to ever score in the Premier League in his 16 appearances for The Eagles.He was then loaned to Gent and Trabzonspor before joining RB Leipzig on a permanent deal in 2020.Most read in FootballCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSHe again struggled to settle there, and was loaned to Real Sociedad before joining Villarreal permanently last summer.He’s gone from strength to strength at the Yellow Submarine and looks set to take the league’s golden boot.Crystal Palace boss Oliver Glasner reveals secret SHOWER chat led to Michael Olise’s stunning double vs Man UtdHis final game of the season comes against Osasuna as he looks to extend his lead at the top of the golden boot charts. More

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    Meet the FA Cup final partners of Man Utd and Man City, from ‘Premier League’s hottest Wag’ to a swimwear designer

    MANCHESTER will take over London on Saturday when its two football giants head down for the FA Cup final.United face City at Wembley, with Pep Guardiola’s side desperate to win the double after their Premier League triumph.Maja Lindelof has been called the Premier League’s hottest WagStunning Maja is a blogger, podcast host and UNICEF ambassadorLindelof and Maja cut a glam pairing together on the red carpetStanding in their way are their illustrious rivals, who have had a shocker of a season – but could go some way for making up for an eighth-placed finish by triumphing against their noisy neighbours.Joining both sides on their quest will be their Wags, although United’s star’s families will have to reportedly foot the bill for their trip to the capital.Still, that shouldn’t deter their partners, including the “Premier League’s hottest Wag”, in supporting their other halves.Maja LindelofIf anyone is able to convince United’s big wigs to pay out, surely it’s the “Premier League’s hottest Wag”, Maja?Read more football news The Swedish stunner was given that moniker following a survey last year by Betting, and it’s hard to argue with.Aside from being absolutely beautiful, she is a marketing expert, blogger, writer and podcast host.In 2020, Maja became a UNICEF ambassador and uses her influence to raise money for charity.Her husband is centre half Victor Lindelof.Most read in FootballInes TomazInes is now part and parcel of Man City’s celebrations – appearing on the pitch at the Etihad to toast partner Bernardo Silva’s success.They met in 2020, when they were introduced by pals in their native Portugal, getting engaged just two years later.Man Utd Wags to pay for their trip to FA Cup final The pair walked down the aisle in 2023 in front of team-mates including Ruben Dias and Kyle Walker.And in the same year they welcomed their first child together.Unsurprisingly, Ines is a model signed to Portuguese agency NXT Management.Ines Tomaz is the amazing Portuguese-born wife of City ace Bernardo SilvaStunning Ines met model Silva in 2020 and they married three years laterThe Silva family celebrate winning the Premier League with their first childCam ReadingGorgeous Cam began dating Scott McTominay in about 2022.She regularly shares their glamorous life together on Instagram, including stunning holidays in Dubai.There, the blonde dazzler shows off her amazing bikini body to her 27,000 Instagram followers.According to reports, she is an investment management director.However, she also appears to be a model too.Cam Reading will be cheering on Man Utd in the FA Cup finalGlam Cam often shares snaps of her amazing bikini body on social mediaScott McTominay and model and investment banker Cam began dating in 2022Kaylee AkeBack in 2022, Kaylee and Nathan Ake finally said their ‘I do’s’ in a romantic ceremony in Majorca.The pair are believed to be childhood sweethearts after meeting as teenagers in their native Netherlands.The same year they walked down the aisle, they also welcomed a daughter together.Brunette beauty Kaylee has own swimwear brand called Jua June, which makes bikinis from recycled plastics.Brunette beauty Kaylee Aké runs her own bikini brandCredit: INSTAGRAM @kayleerm_Kaylee Aké and Kaylee said their ‘I do’s’ in Majorca in 2022Credit: INSTAGRAM @kayleerm_Erica CorreaStunning Colombian beauty Erica moved to Liverpool when she was five.By the age of 13 she was scouted by a modelling agency, and has since travelled to India, Greece, Milan and Los Angeles for glam photoshoots.The gorgeous South American has appeared in magazines including GQ, Grazia, Harper’s Bazaar and Women’s Health.While in 2018, she appeared in Tom Grennan’s music video for Sober as his love interest.She was seen by onlookers getting close to Marcus Rashford in a Manchester nightclub.Colombian beauty Erica Correa was spotted getting cosy with Marcus Rashford recentlyModel Erica moved to Liverpool from South America when she was a kidIn 2018, Erica appeared in Tom Grennan’s music video for Sober as his love interestSasha AttwoodSasha’s stock rose when partner Grealish signed for Man City for £100million.She is a model and influencer, who has starred in huge ad campaigns for the likes of Boohoo and Pretty Little Thing.She has signed with Elite Model Management and has built up a huge online social media following.An incredible 264,000 followers on Instagram make her an attractive proposition for brands.Skincare is a huge market for her, with L’Oreal featuring in paid partnerships online and make-up tutorial videos she posts.Wag Sasha Attwood is a model and influencer who has starred in huge fashion campaignsLeggy beauty Sasha has modelled for fashion outlets Boohoo and Pretty Little ThingWhen she’s not modelling, Sasha spends time with boyfriend Jack Grealishread more sport featuresEva GarciaEva is Alejandro Garnacho’s on/off baby mama.The pair appeared to split briefly, when she unfollowed him on social media.However, they were then seen enjoying a holiday in Tenerife with their new arrival, a son called Enzo.Garnacho and Eva have been publicly dating since 2021.Eva Garcia is the baby mama of Man Utd starlet Alejandro GarnachoCredit: Instagram @eevichuuGarnacho and Eva appeared to briefly split after she unfollowed him on InstagramCredit: Instagram @eevichuuMichele De BruyneMichelle got together with the Man City ace in 2014, after his ex-girlfriend allegedly had a secret fling with Belgium team-mate Thibaut Courtois.The stunner, who is from Genk, studied at the University of Hasselt in Belgium.READ MORE SUN STORIESThey tied the knot in 2017, and have three children together.She now has her own podcast, Secret Society, which discusses lifestyle, travel, fashion and dating.Michele De Bruyne is from Genk and studied at the University of HasseltCredit: instagram @lacroixmichelePretty Michele got together with Kevin De Bruyne in 2014 and they soon set up familyCredit: instagram @lacroixmicheleDe Bruyne and Michelle celebrate City’s Premier League win with their three childrenCredit: PA More

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    When is England’s Euro 2024 squad announced?

    IT’S decision time for England gaffer Gareth Southgate as he names his squad for Euro 2024 TOMORROW.The Uefa international tournament takes place in Germany this summer, with the Three Lions aiming to go one further than in 2021.Gareth Southgate will be deciding who to take on the plane to Germany this summerCredit: PAEngland missed out on lifting the trophy at Wembley after a heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the final.Since then, Southgate has experimented with his team with the World Cup in Qatar as new players rise to prominence.The manager only has two more friendlies to assess players before the tournament kicks off on June 16.The Three Lions face Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 3 and Iceland on June 7 in their final warm-up games before the competition. Read more on Euro 2024When is the Euro 2024 squad announcement?Southgate will name a preliminary England squad for Euro 2024 from 1pm BST on TUESDAY, MAY 21 – two days after the Premier League season ends.Southgate will be able to name up to 26 players for the Euros after Uefa confirmed the squad list increase from 23 in May.The deadline for the final squad is FRIDAY, JUNE 7.BEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERSWho will England play?England enter the group stages and will have fixtures against Serbia on June 16, Denmark on June 20 and Slovenia on June 25.Most read in Euro 2024Should they make it through the group as winners they could have clashes against the Czech Republic, Italy, France on their course to the final.However, should they finish as runners-up, then England could face Germany, Spain and Portugal before the final.Who is most likely to be picked?Southgate will be keen to pick his best players which will likely include captain Harry Kane.The striker has been in immense form since his move to Bayern Munich last season.Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice will be certain picks after impressing at Real Madrid and Arsenal respectively.Jordan Pickford has been England’s undisputed No.1 under Southgate and will surely be between the sticks in Germany.However, before the end of the season, players such as Manchester United’s Kobbie Mainoo and West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen could also get the call.Crystal Palace midfielder Adam Wharton has certainly caught the eye since his January arrival from Blackburn Rovers and played a huge part in the Eagles’ superb end to the season.Who could miss out?There could be some notable names missing from England’s squad for Euro 2024.Jordan Henderson has been a mainstay in the camp for Southgate but his poor showing at Ajax and stint at Al-Eittifaq could see him lose his spot.READ MORE SUN STORIESKalvin Phillips is another name that could miss out on the plane following his so far disastrous loan move to West Ham.Full-backs Luke Shaw and Reece James have both proven to be injury-prone this season, which could see Southgate opt for more reliable options. More

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    What happened to the Premier League Player of the Year winners including flop managers and legendary BBC pundit

    PHIL FODEN has been named the winner of the 2023/24 Premier League Player of the Year.The Manchester City midfielder has enjoyed his best-ever campaign with 19 goals and eight assists.Phil Foden is the 2023/24 Premier League Player of the YearCredit: ReutersHis tally includes hat-tricks against Brentford and Aston Villa, with Erling Haaland the only City player to score more league goals this term.And, of course, he crucially scored the first two in the 3-1 win over West Ham at the weekend that clinched City’s fourth consecutive title.Foden – who also won the Football writers’ award – becomes the 26th different player to win the Premier League Player of the Year since it was first presented in the 1994/95 season.Previous winners have gone on to find varying success both as managers and pundits.READ MORE IN FOOTBALLHere is what happened to the other winners of the Premier League Player of the Year award.Alan ShearerThe first winner, Alan Shearer’s 34 goals had powered Blackburn to the title in 1994/95.He retired in 2006 after scoring a record 260 Premier League goals and has since become a beloved Match of the Day pundit, alongside a brief stint as Newcastle caretaker manager in 2009.Peter SchmeichelAnother title winner, Peter Schmeichel remains the only goalkeeper to win the award.Most read in FootballThe legendary Manchester United keeper won two more titles and the Champions League before leaving the club in 1999.CASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSFollowing spells with Sporting, Villa and City, he retired in 2003.JuninhoJuninho claimed the Player of the Year award despite Middlesbrough’s relegation in 1997 and was subsequently sold to Atletico Madrid.Three reasons why Phil Foden is world-classHe returned for two more spells at the club before retiring in 2010 aged 37 and most recently worked as a coach for the Brazilian national team.Michael OwenMichael Owen won his only award in 1998 aged just 18 after claiming the golden boot, which he secured again the following season before winning the Ballon d’Or in 2001.The former England international went on to play for Real Madrid, Newcastle, United and Stoke prior to becoming a pundit after retiring in 2013.Dwight YorkeUnited’s treble-winning campaign included Dwight Yorke claiming the Premier League Player of the Year after scoring 18 league goals.Yorke has had just one managerial role since retiring in 2009, though, spending eight months in charge of Australian side Macarthur.Dwight Yorke won the award in 1999 as Manchester United completed the trebleCredit: GettyKevin PhillipsSunderland striker Kevin Phillips scored 30 goals for the promoted side in 1999/2000 to pick up the award.As well as winning eight England caps, he also represented Southampton, Birmingham, Villa and Crystal Palace in the Premier League before retiring in 2014 aged 40.Now 50, Phillips left his role as Hartlepool manager last weekend after his contract with the National League side expired.Former winner Kevin Phillips recently left his role as Hartlepool managerCredit: GettyPatrick VieiraLike Phillips, former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has yet to match his playing success in the manager’s dugout.The Frenchman is currently in charge of Ligue 1 side Strasbourg after spells with New York City, Nice and Palace.Patrick Vieira is currently managing Strasbourg following his Crystal Palace exitCredit: AFPFreddie LjungbergFreddie Ljungberg was rewarded in 2002 for his role in Arsenal’s title triumph.He has also gone into coaching since retiring in 2015, with spells as assistant and caretaker manager at the Gunners in the past.Ruud van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy spent a further three years at United after winning the award in 2003.He went on to play for Real Madrid, Hamburg and Malaga before embarking on a managerial career.Van Nistelrooy won the Dutch Cup with PSV last season but has been out of work since his departure in the summer.Thierry HenryOne of four players to win the award twice, Thierry Henry was honoured in 2003/04 and 2005/06.A member of Arsenal’s Invincibles, Henry has balanced coaching and punditry since his retirement in 2015.Following spells in charge of Monaco and Montreal, he has been France under-21 boss since August last year.Frank LampardFrank Lampard won the first of his three league titles as he picked up the award in 2005.He later made a strong start to his managerial career with Derby but has since been sacked by both Chelsea and Everton before returning to Stamford Bridge as caretaker boss last season.Frank Lampard has struggled as a manager after a glittering playing careerCredit: GettyCristiano RonaldoA two-time winner alongside Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo won back-to-back awards in 2007 and 2008.Still playing aged 39 with Al-Nassr, Ronaldo is a five-time Ballon d’Or winner after a glittering nine-year spell with Real Madrid and even returned to United in 2021.Cristiano Ronaldo is one of four players to twice be named Player of the YearCredit: GettyNemanja VidicUnited’s dominance of the award continued with Nemanja Vidic as he claimed the title in 2009 and 2011.The Serbian defender left the club in 2014 after winning five Premier League titles. He retired two years later aged 34.Wayne RooneyWayne Rooney won his only award in between Vidic’s double as United players claimed the honour five years in a row.The forward retired in 2021 as United and England’s record goalscorer, although Harry Kane has since overtaken him for the Three Lions.Alongside appearing as a pundit, Rooney has also managed Derby, DC United and Birmingham, who sacked him in January after just three months.Vincent KompanyCity’s title-winning captain in 2012, Vincent Kompany won the league three more times in his 11 years at the Etihad Stadium.Since retiring, Kompany managed Anderlecht before switching to Burnley in 2022 and winning promotion to the Premier League last season. He will be looking to bounceback next season after getting relegated.Gareth BaleGareth Bale earned a move to Real Madrid off the back of his stunning 2012/13 season with Tottenham.The Welsh talisman won 16 trophies in Spain, including five Champions Leagues, but retired last year aged 33 after years of injury woes.Dave Kidd: Why I’ve voted for Cole Palmer to be Footballer of the Year despite Chelsea woesBy Dave Kidd
    THE voting for the Footballer of the Year award closes on Tuesday and, unlike many, I’ve gone for Cole Palmer.
    Most Football Writers’ Association members vote by starting with the likely Prem champs and work backwards. So the winner will be Phil Foden, Rodri, Declan Rice or Martin Odegaard.
    There is dissent if a player from a less successful team wins, like David Ginola from mid-table Spurs in Manchester United’s ’99 Treble- winning year.
    But enjoying a superb individual season in a poor team is a greater achievement.
    And for Palmer — just 21 and in his first season as a regular starter — to have chalked up 23 goals and 13 assists in such a basket-case team as Chelsea, makes him this season’s outstanding player.
    Read Dave Kidd’s full column here
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    Luis SuarezLuis Suarez also left the Premier League after winning the award as he swapped Liverpool for Barcelona in 2014.He formed a formidable attack with Lionel Messi and Neymar at the Nou Camp and reunited with the former at Inter Miami in January.Eden HazardChelsea’s 2014/15 title win owed much to Eden Hazard’s performances, with the Belgian becoming a beloved figure by fans across seven years in West London.Hazard joined Real Madrid in 2019 but was hampered by injuries across his four years in Spain and retired in October aged just 32.Jamie VardyJamie Vardy and Leicester shocked the Premier League by winning the title in 2016.The former non-league striker is celebrating again this season after helping the club secure an immediate return to the top-flight in his 12th season with the Foxes.N’Golo KanteN’Golo Kante was also a part of Leicester’s title-winning squad before lifting the trophy again with Chelsea the following season.The midfielder later won the Champions League with the Blues and the World Cup with France.Kante is now playing in Saudi Arabia after joining Al-Ittihad last summer.N’Golo Kante was honoured after helping Chelsea win the title in 2017Credit: PA:Press AssociationMohamed SalahMohamed Salah won the first of his three golden boots in 2018/19 alongside the Player of the Year trophy.He has not won the award since but finished as Premier League top scorer again in both 2018/19 and 2021/22.Virgil van DijkDespite narrowly missing out on the title, a Liverpool player won the award again in 2019 as Virgil van Dijk starred in defence.The Dutchman remains at Anfield and is the current club captain, having won both the league and Champions League during his six-year stay.Kevin De BruyneLiverpool’s run of winners ended in 2019/20 despite their title triumph, with Kevin De Bruyne winning his first of two awards.The City star repeated the feat in 2022 and, despite missing four months injured, ended with four goals and ten assists in the league this term.Ruben DiasCity players have now claimed the last five awards thanks to Foden’s win, with Ruben Dias the recipient in 2020/21.His successful debut season in England has been followed by six more trophies, including last year’s historic treble and this year’s title.READ MORE SUN STORIESErling HaalandFoden follows directly in the footsteps of Haaland, who broke multiple records with his 36 league goals after signing for City from Borussia Dortmund in 2022.Despite not reaching the same heights this season, the Norwegian still plundered 27 goals. In doing so, he made history as the first player to win back-to-back Golden Boots in his first two Premier League seasons.Foden succeeds his Manchester City team-mate Erling Haaland by winning the awardCredit: AFP More

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    Erling Haaland recalls moment he knew Man City had beaten Arsenal to title as dressing room message revealed

    ERLING HAALAND has revealed the first time Manchester City players knew they were going win the Premier League title.City lifted a record fourth English title in a row thanks to a 3-1 over West Ham on the final day which ensured they remained two points clear of Arsenal.Erling Haaland has revealed the moment Man City believed they would win the titleCredit: RexA motivational message for the team has also been revealedCredit: InstagramYet the run-in for the title was not without pressure.Arsenal sat one point ahead of City in the closing weeks of the season, with Pep Guardiola’s side having a game in hand.They knew they would need to win every game in their run in to land the club’s 10th league title.City had managed this until their penultimate game of the season which came away at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, where Guardiola had previously never seen his team win.READ MORE IN FOOTBALLHowever, City banished their Spurs demons thanks to a brace from Haaland.And the golden boot winner, 23, has now revealed winning the match gave City certainty they would go on to finish the job against West Ham.Speaking to Sky Sports following the Hammers match, Haaland said: “I think after we won at Spurs, we kinda knew we were going to do it.”Being in the Premier League has been harder than expected. The way every game is like – it’s not a final, but it’s not far away.Most read in FootballCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERS”You can’t relax after 45 minutes. Every game is so intense and tough. “Pep demands a lot every day and if you don’t live up to what he expects you’re in big trouble. I love him to bits.”Man City’s six key moments this season UPDATEDHaaland’s revelation is far more placid than team-mate Rodri, who questioned whether Arsenal had the mentality to win the league and accused them of playing to not lose at the Etihad.A message was also plastered on to the wall of City’s dressing room as extra motivation.City showed a message on their Instagram page of Haaland sitting down with a message behind him. It read: “No team has ever won four consecutive Premier League titles… yet.”Here’s how Haaland has performed this seasonCity, who were also the first club to score 100 points in England’s top flight, are now in their own company in terms of their unprecedented period of dominance. Bernardo Silva, who got two assists on the final day, was also proud of the achievement, adding: “The margins are so small. Liverpool in two seasons, we beat them by one points, now Arsenal by just two points.”The achievement is unbelievable. Four in a row, we are so, so proud and so, so happy.”READ MORE SUN STORIESThe City team attended the Fenix bar in Manchester to celebrate their achievement.The likes of Jack Grealish appeared to have had a night to remember as they were pictured leaving the bar at 5am.Man City’s five key moments this seasonA look at the five key moments in Man City’s title winning campaign…

    Luton 1 – 2 Man City: City bounce back from a run of four games without a win to kick-start their unbeaten run.
    Newcastle 2 – 3 Man City: Kevin De Bruyne returns from injury to come off the bench and inspire a late turnaround against the Magpies.
    Man City 3 – 1 Man Utd: Phil Foden puts on a masterclass as City lay down a marker on their title ambitions and breeze past their local rivals in the process.
    Man City 0 – 0 Arsenal: A goalless draw that, although disappointing, meant City were still keeping pace with the teams around them and could maintain their spot in the title race. A loss could have put Arsenal out of sight of the Cityzens.
    Man City 4 – 1 Aston Villa: Following consecutive draws against title rivals Arsenal and Liverpool, City bounce back with a thumping of Unai Emery’s high-flying Villa to keep the pressure on the Gunners. More

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    Rio Ferdinand reckons Man Utd WILL sack Erik ten Hag even if he wins FA Cup as ‘performances have been so bad’

    RIO FERDINAND believes Erik ten Hag will be sacked by Manchester United even if he guides the club to FA Cup glory.The Red Devils face local rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup final this weekend.Rio Ferdinand is convinced that Erik ten Hag will be sackedCredit: GettyFerdinand believes he will leave even if Man Utd win the FA CupCredit: AlamyHaving ended the season eighth in the Premier League, United’s lowest-ever position in the top flight, Ten Hag and his players are eager to take some silverware from Wembley.Should Man Utd win, they will also secure a spot in next season’s Europa League.However, club legend Ferdinand is not convinced that would be enough for under-fire Ten Hag to keep his job.Speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: “The more and more I think about it, win or lose, I don’t think Ten Hag will be there come next season.Read More on Football”I’m not saying that’s what I want, I’m just saying what I believe is going to happen, and I believe that the club are going to look elsewhere I think.”I don’t think [winning the FA Cup] changes anything in the eyes of INEOS. I’ve not spoken to anyone there, this is just an assumption, this is what I think.”Discussing Man Utd’s season overall, he continued: “Put injuries aside, the performances of the team have been so bad. Most teams have had injuries, maybe not to the same extent as Man United.”I keep saying this, I sound like a broken record: performance level can drop but your style of football should be there to identify. It’s not.Most read in FootballCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERS”I don’t know what we are. I don’t know who we are. Who are we as a team? What are we?”New Man Utd co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is yet to publicly back Ten Hag, casting doubt on the Dutchman’s future. Andre Onana offers to ‘take bullets’ as he names himself among four Man Utd stars who should face criticismFormer Chelsea managers Graham Potter and Thomas Tuchel have both been linked with a move to Old Trafford.England boss Gareth Southgate is also understood to be on the shortlist of potential successors. More