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Chelsea scored the game's only goal in added time, when a free kick landed in front of Tim Howard and the US international deflected it in, slapping him with an own goal in a tough 1-0 defeat for Everton.

A very bitter ending to an otherwise fantastic performance from Howard. The goal came from a Frank Lampard free kick that was sent into the box, when it appeared to the naked eye that John Terry slid in between defenders to get the scoring touch, but upon review, Terry never contacted the ball, and it actually got a piece of Howard before trickling in. Everton were expecting to see Lacina Traore start, but he came up limp in the warm-ups and was a late scratch. The Toffee defense looked solid despite the loss, and Howard's unfortunate scoreline today should at least see his price in fantasy dip to a very attractive figure.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 10:04:00 AM

There were a few notable omissions from Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of their international double header in June.

Captain Wayne Rooney has been left out for the upcoming games against Scotland and France because of the "good form" of other players, while contract rebel Ross Barkley, is apparently nursing a minor injury which he picked up on the final day at the Emirates. Burnley centre-back Michael Keane has not recovered from the calf strain which has kept him sidelined since the end of April, however, teammate Tom Heaton retains his place. Surprisingly, Jermain Defoe is one of four named strikers - Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford – join the Bournemouth bound 34-year-old. Southampton duo Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse, who earned their first senior caps in March, have been selected for the Under-21s ahead of the European Championships in June.
Source: The Mirror
May 26 - 4:38 AM

Danny Welbeck admits an ongoing foot problem has limited his game-time during the season the run-in.

Although his injury is not considered serious, the Arsenal forward revealed the niggling complaint makes it difficult to play matches in quick succession: "It's just a bruise on the bottom of my foot. So, any time I'm running on it, then I'm just repeatedly banging on the bruise," he said. The England international was reflecting on another injury hampered campaign, after knee surgery last year meant Welbeck had to wait until January before making his first Premier League appearance. He was restricted to just 8 league starts, the first of which didn’t come until March. "You do get your little niggles here and there, and it's something that you've got to cope with. But I feel like I've been handling it pretty well, and I've had no major reactions with my knees." Welbeck will compete with Olivier Giroud for a place in Saturdays FA Cup final side.
May 26 - 5:03 AM

Crystal Palace concluded a major piece of business by signing winger Wilfried Zaha to a contract extension.

Signing Zaha to a new deal was one of the club's highest priorities, which now includes finding a new manager following Sam Allardyce's abrupt resignation. But at least Steve Parish and company know that the 24-year-old is committed for the next five years through the 2022 season amid rumors he could leave for Spurs this summer. Said Zaha about the new deal: "Palace is in my heart and I don't think the story is over. I spoke with Steve and I think I still have more to give this Club. The supporters have been amazing and I want us to do more than just stay in the League next year. I would like to thank the Chairman for being a big part of my journey and his fellow owners for backing me and rewarding my progression. Let's do this!"
May 26 - 6:35 AM

Daley Blind will face an anxious summer ahead, but insisted that it is desire to remain at the club.

The Dutch international lined up against his old club Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday, and rumors have swirled that Ajax are looking to bring him back to the club with just one year left on his current contract. But after making 23 appearances for United under Jose Mourinho, Blind hopes he has done enough to stay: "I don’t really know anything yet about my future. I haven’t really thought about it either. But which player wouldn’t want to stay at Manchester United? That’s the only thing I can say about it."
Source: The Mirror
May 26 - 6:40 AM

Geoff Cameron secured his future at Stoke City by signing a new two-year contract extension today.

Despite making just 19 appearances this season due to a series of injuries and setbacks, Cameron has added two years to a contract that was set to expire next summer, keeping him in the Potteries until 2020. In four years since arriving from Houston Dynamo, Cameron has made more than 160 appearances for the Potters, becoming a first-team favorite under manager Mark Hughes.
May 26 - 6:44 AM

Manchester City officially confirmed that winger Jesus Navas will leave the club this summer.

Navas joined the club in 2013 from Sevilla and went on to make more than 100 appearances in four years. The Spaniard made 24 appearances in the Premier League this season, mostly from the bench, and found a niche as a right-back. The 31-year-old has been linked with a return to Sevilla as well as a move to AS Roma. Said director of football Txiki Begiristain: "Working with Jesus has been a pleasure. His hard work, dedication, professionalism and desire to win have been apparent every single day. He showed his versatility numerous times this season, operating at full-back and doing so with distinction. I wish him all the very best with his next move."
May 25 - 4:12 PM

Gael Clichy's Manchester City contract has expired will not be renewed according to an announcement from the club.

Clichy's move from the Emirates to the Etihad was one of the early moves that City made as they started to build a squad that could contend for Premier League and Champions League honors. While he spent most of his City tenure battling Aleksandar Kolarov for the starting left back spot, he did manage to collect two Premier League winners medals and feature in 138 matches for the club. He could still catch on elsewhere in the Premier League, perhaps a little farther down the table and be a productive player. He will be available on a free transfer this summer.
Source: espnfc.com
May 25 - 4:15 PM

Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero was among the latest casualties as the club cleans house this summer.

The Spaniard originally entered the season looking like the No. 3 keeper, but Joe Hart went on loan to Torino while Claudio Bravo disappointed early on, leading to Caballero earning the starting role. Despite making 27 appearances this season, the club decided it would not offer the 35-year-old a new deal with his contract set to expire this summer. "It’s been a privilege to play for Manchester City," Caballero said. "From the first day I arrived, everyone at the Club has made me feel welcome and I will always be grateful to them. To win the League Cup in such dramatic circumstances was special and it’s a day I will never forget."
May 25 - 4:15 PM

Manchester City will be busy in the transfer market this summer following a series of cuts in defense.

The club announced on Thursday that Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy would join Pablo Zabaleta, Jesus Navas and Willy Caballero as expiring contracts who will not be re-signed. Clichy announced his departure earlier in the week, while Sagna's exit leaves the club with only four senior defenders. Said Sagna: "It has been a privilege to play for this football club. I have enjoyed every moment of my City career and will look back on my time at City fondly. I would like to thank the staff, players and fans for making my three years so memorable."
May 25 - 4:19 PM

Bacary Sagna will be joining Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas, and Willy Caballero as out of contract players not returning to the Etihad next season.

Following his former Arsenal teammate Gael Clichy from the Emirates to the Etihad three seasons later, Bacary Sagna wasn't as fortunate as his fellow former Gunner. Sagna appeared 53 times for City but he joined following their most recent Premier League title. Unlike Clichy who won the league twice at City, Sagna's quest to add a title after Arsenal frustration went unfulfilled. He is now a free agent able to sign with any club although the market for 34-year-old outside backs is probably not a massive one, at least not if Sagna is looking for a starting role.
Source: espnfc.com
May 25 - 4:20 PM

Despite starting down the stretch for the 3rd place finishers, Willy Caballero will not be returning to the Etihad next season after his contract expires over the summer.

The club is clearly looking to clear salary and older players from the squad as they continue to remake the team to suit Pep Guardiola's preferred style of play. With Joe Hart still under club control, Claudio Bravo signing a significant deal last summer, and Pep seeming discontent with all of his goalkeepers, the writing was on the wall as Caballero's contract expired. There have been few, if any, rumors about whether he is likely to land in the Premier League or elsewhere for next season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 25 - 4:23 PM




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