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Gonzalo Higuain: On-loan Chelsea striker intends to be at Stamford Bridge next season

Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain says it is his "intention" to be at Stamford Bridge next season. The Argentina international, 31, joined the Blues on loan until the end of the season from Italian giants Juventus in January. Last week, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said Higuain - who has scored three goals in eight Premier League appearances - needs "time to improve". "I want to do as well as I can so I can be here for next season," Higuain said. "I came here and I wanted to stay. It's a good city, you live well and you can be relaxed but also enjoy yourself - so my intention is to stay here." 'If Eden wants another experience it's very difficult to keep him' - Sarri on Hazard future Higuain scored twice on his home debut against Huddersfield in February, but has not netted since the Blues' 2-1 win over Fulham in March. Chelsea have the option to buy him for 36m euros (

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2019-04-09 02:00:00

Eden Hazard scored one of the goals of the Premier League season as Chelsea beat West Ham

Eden Hazard scored one of the goals of the Premier League season as Chelsea beat West Ham to climb above Tottenham and Arsenal into third spot in the race for a Champions League place. Hazard, who has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, evaded five players during a stunning run, before the Belgium forward calmly beat keeper Lukasz Fabianski. He added a late second goal to cap a magnificent individual performance in an entertaining game at Stamford Bridge. Gonzalo Higuain hit a post, while Hazard was denied a penalty after what looked like a foul by Marko Arnautovic, with Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini going closest for West Ham with a shot which was beaten away by Kepa Arrizabalaga. Chelsea, who can still qualify for next season's Champions League by winning the Europa League, are three points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal - who have a game in hand - after a third successive league win. The Hammers remain 11th after a third defeat in four league games.

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2019-04-09 02:00:00

Virgil van Dijk votes for rival Raheem Sterling as PFA player of the year

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has voted for Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling as his PFA player of the year, and said title rivals City had several candidates for his vote. Van Dijk has been a key part of a Liverpool side boasting the division's best defensive record this season. Meanwhile, 24-year-old ex-Reds forward Sterling has scored 15 times for City. "I did what I thought and I thought he deserves it," said Van Dijk, with players unable to vote for team-mates. "He's had a fantastic season. I could have voted for Bernardo Silva as well, and another couple of players from City. "But I am just being honest. I think he has improved a lot as a player. We will see if he wins it." Liverpool currently sit two points above Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, having played one game more, as Jurgen Klopp's side aim for the club's first league title since 1990. "I think all of the teams of the league would love to be in our position right now. We are in a great situation," added Dutch international Van Dijk, who joined the Anfield club for

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2019-04-09 02:00:00

Eden Hazard: Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea must respect decision if forward wants to leave

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said he must "respect Eden Hazard's decision" if the forward wants to leave Stamford Bridge this summer. Reports on Monday suggested Real Madrid are eager to secure a

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2019-04-09 02:00:00

Everton boss Marco Silva said his side's improved form is down to confidence following their impressive victory over Arsenal at Goodison Park.

Phil Jagielka, who was called into the starting XI as a replacement for Michael Keane shortly before kick-off, poked home the only goal of the game following Dominic Calvert-Lewin's header from Lucas Digne's early long throw. "I'm really, really happy. We deserved the three points," Silva told BBC Sport. "The chances we created, we should score more goals. It is a fantastic win and one more clean sheet. That's the spirit I like - the desire to win every challenge. "[Earlier in the season] we lost some confidence, we had a break and after we worked really well. It's the same team with more confidence." Arsenal were poor in the first half and, while they did improve in the second, they never seriously tested Jordan Pickford in the Toffees goal. Everton, meanwhile, had plenty of chances to double their lead in the second half as Bernard, Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson all spurned chances. Victory for Everton means they leapfrog Watford into ninth while Arsenal remain in fourth.

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2019-01-01 02:00:00

EFL Awards: Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki named Championship Player of the Season

Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki took the top honour of Championship Player of the Season at the EFL Awards. The Finland international claimed the award ahead of Sheffield United's Billy Sharp and Birmingham City's Che Adams. Pukki, 29, has scored 26 goals and provided nine assists to help the Canaries to the brink of promotion. Luton Town striker James Collins won the League One Player of the Season award while Tranmere Rovers' James Norwood took the honour in League Two. It was an evening of double celebration for Norwich as full-back Max Aarons was named Young Player of the Season. Aarons, 19, has scored three times in 35 Championship appearances in his first season at senior level and was nominated alongside Derby County's Harry Wilson and Luton's James Justin. While Sheffield United striker Sharp just have missed out on the top gong, he was recognised with the Moment of the Season award at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Sharp, 33, became the leading goalscorer in the EFL this century in January when he surpassed Rickie Lambert with his 220th career strike. The former Doncaster and Nottingham Forest player has stretched that tally to 227 goals since as the Blades sit second in the Championship, a point ahead of third-placed Leeds United with six games to play. "This is absolutely fantastic, it's a really proud moment," he said. "Personal accolades are brilliant, and it's great to receive this - I'll reflect on tonight as a proud one. "Of course, my focus now is firmly on putting a P for promotion beside our name come the end of the season." Sharp was also named in the EFL Team of the Season, made up of players from across all three divisions and managed by his Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder. Goal of the Year went to Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves for his stunning strike against Derby County in April 2018.

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2019-01-01 02:00:00

Manchester City: Pep Guardiola says quadruple will be almost impossible

It will be "almost impossible" for Manchester City to win the quadruple this season, Pep Guardiola has said. His City side beat Brighton 1-0 on Saturday to reach the FA Cup final. They have already won the Carabao Cup, are in the Champions League quarter-finals and are currently second in the Premier League as they attempt to become the first English club to win all four trophies in one campaign. "Surviving is a miracle. It's nice to be there," the City manager said. "Nobody has done it [won the quadruple], so why can we do it? It is almost impossible to achieve everything - that is the truth." City were below their best against Brighton, but Gabriel Jesus' early goal saw them reach the FA Cup final for the first time during Guardiola's reign.

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2019-01-01 02:00:00

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck says racism can be tackled with education not stadium bans

Chelsea "have a problem" with racist and anti-Semitic fan behaviour but believe education rather than bans will better help tackle the problem, says chairman Bruce Buck. Raheem Sterling was allegedly racially abused by Chelsea fans in December and Blues fans were accused of anti-Semitic chanting during a Europa League game. "We've changed our approach," Buck told BBC Radio 4's Beyond Today podcast. "We believe with certain activity the best way to deal with it is education." Listen to full interview with Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck He added: "We believe if someone does something wrong and we ban them from the stadium for three years, they are not going to change their behaviour. "They will become more racist or more anti-Semitic. "Historically over the last 10 or 15 years, since Mr Abramovich [Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich] owned the football club, if there has been racist behaviour or anti-Semitic behaviour, we have dealt with it with a stadium ban. "But as part of this project, talking about it over the last two years, we have changed our approach." Buck said the education programme is only available following some offences and the offender must admit the transgression before continuing. "Our approach on all of those is to write to the alleged offender and ask them to comment," Buck said. "Once we get the comments back, we consider it and take all of the factors into consideration and decide whether it is appropriate to resolve it through education."

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2019-04-05 02:00:00

Phil Foden: Man City youngster will be 'important player for decade'

Phil Foden "will be an important player" for Manchester City "for the next decade", says boss Pep Guardiola. The 18-year-old midfielder made his first Premier League start in a 2-0 win over Cardiff on Wednesday as City went back to the top of the table. Foden has played 24 times this season, a mix of cup games and substitute appearances in the league. "Even though he is a young player he is able to do everything. Every game he creates chances," said Guardiola. Foden has started games in the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup - scoring six goals - as well as coming on 10 times in the league. He made another 10 appearances last season, having made his debut in the Champions League in November 2017. "He has played a lot of minutes [966 this season]," said Guardiola. "This was not his first official game with us. He is part of the group - last season he trained with us, played sometimes, but this season, every training day, every single day he is in the locker room so he is part of the group and everything and he feels that." Foden - at 18 years and 310 days - is the youngest English player to start a league game for City since Daniel Sturridge in January 2008. "He is an exceptional player but at the same time it is not easy for him, playing in David Silva's position, Kevin de Bruyne's position, with Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva," said Guardiola. "But he has passion and he wants to be here. We are delighted he is here. I assure you next season he is going to play more minutes than he has this season, and that is the process - you know, calm, and [nearly] 19 years old."

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2019-04-05 02:00:00

Raul Jimenez: Wolves sign Benfica striker for club record

Wolves have confirmed the club record signing of striker Raul Jimenez from Benfica for

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2019-04-05 02:00:00
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