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Reece James, Chilwell, Sterling to return from injury; Ziyech available as well

Chelsea made nine signings in the January transfer window, and now, two days into February, we’re also looking to get some players back who might feel like new signings themselves. First and foremost among them are our Champions League final-starting full backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell, who have been out since before the World …

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Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior wears ‘blackout’ boots after ending Nike partnership

Vinicius Junior is wearing a pair of plain black boots during Real Madrid’s La Liga match against Valencia on Thursday after he ended his commercial partnership with Nike. Vinicius, 22, is the latest high-profile player to leave Nike’s stable, after the likes of Neymar (Puma), Raheem Sterling (New Balance) and Sergio Ramos (Mizuno) also left …

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Spanish La Liga Real Madrid vs. Valencia odds, picks, predictions: Best bets for Thursday’s match from proven soccer expert

Real Madrid attempt to remain unbeaten at home when they host Valencia in a Spanish La Liga matchup on Thursday. Los Blancos (13-3-2) have yet to lose on their own pitch this season, posting five victories and a pair of draws. Real Madrid also are looking to keep alive their chances of repeating as league …

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Mason Greenwood: Criminal proceedings against Manchester United player dropped

Charges including attempted rape and assault against Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood have been discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Greater Manchester Police said. The CPS said there was “no longer a realistic prospect of conviction” after key witnesses withdrew their cooperation from the investigation. Greenwood was arrested on January 31 2022 on suspicion …

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Explained: Chelsea’s structure and the roles of Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart

Even as Chelsea have brought in 12 first-team signings across the first two transfer windows of Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital’s ownership for an initial commitment in transfer fees in excess of £500million ($615m), the division of responsibilities within their extremely active recruitment operation has remained difficult to decipher for the rest of the football …

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France’s Raphael Varane retires from international football

Raphael Varane won the 2018 World Cup with France. Photo by ANP via Getty Images Raphael Varane has announced his retirement from international football after France’s failure to retain the World Cup in Qatar. Varane, who made 93 appearances for France, was part of the side that won the tournament in 2018 but was unable …

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Enzo already has one thing in common with Chelsea legend Papy Djilobodji

Enzo Fernández has been with us for barely 48 hours, and he already has one thing in common with a Chelsea legend, namely Papy Djilobodji! I know! What? You don’t remember Papy? I guess we never got around to building that statue for the man with the immaculate, flawless, spotless Chelsea career. A perfect one …

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