Ex-Australia boss Ange Postecoglou doubtful on Usain Bolt’s football hopes

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Ex-Australia boss Ange Postecoglou doubtful on Usain Bolt’s football hopes
Ex-Australia boss Ange Postecoglou doubtful on Usain Bolt’s football hopes

Ballon d'Or: Who is the third-best player in the world?

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Ballon d'Or: Who is the third-best player in the world?
Ballon d'Or: Who is the third-best player in the world?
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have won the past 10 men's Ballon d'Or awards - but who did you decide is the third-best player in the world?

Real Madrid will ‘offer Gareth Bale plus cash to Chelsea to sign Eden Hazard’ in January

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Real Madrid will ‘offer Gareth Bale plus cash to Chelsea to sign Eden Hazard’ in January

REAL MADRID are set to offer Gareth Bale AND cash to Chelsea in their latest desperate bid to sign Eden Hazard in January, according to reports in Spain.

Los Blancos are said to be willing to pull out all the stops in a bid to land their No1 target, but the Blues still don’t want to sell their prized asset.

Real Madrid are willing to offer cash and Gareth Bale for Eden Hazard in JanuaryReal Madrid are set to ‘offer cash and Gareth Bale for Eden Hazard’ in JanuaryGetty

The La Liga giants have been pursuing Hazard for months now – with the Belgian even claiming he “dreams” of playing for the Galacticos.

However, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has now revealed the club are set to offer Hazard, 27, a bumper new contract in order to tempt into staying at Stamford Bridge.

Buck said: “Every Chelsea fan in London and around the world loves Eden Hazard, and he’s not only a great footballer but I think he’s a wonderful lad.

“We want him to stay and we will do what we have to do to entice him to stay. Let’s see how it goes between now and the end of the season.”

Real Madrid are set to tempt Chelsea with the offer of Gareth BaleReal Madrid are set to tempt Chelsea with the offer of Gareth BaleGetty

Hazard himself has chimed in, calling a January transfer to the Bernabeu “impossible”.

The in-form Chelsea star claimed: “Chelsea were clear with me [in the summer]. I couldn’t leave the club. I accepted it.

“Anyway… leaving or staying, I was going to be happy. I do not regret this decision at all.

“When decisions are made [that you may not like] you can sulk and often you get the last word.

Real Madrid have been targeting Belgium star Eden Hazard for monthsReal Madrid have been targeting Belgium star Eden Hazard for monthsAP:Associated Press

“But I will never look to clash with the club. Chelsea have given me a lot.

“I left Lille on good terms and I want to do the same thing here.

“A transfer in January? It’s not possible.”

Meanwhile, Bale is set to snub Chelsea in a desperate bid to prove his worth in Spain.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola to step up £80m pursuit of Ajax star Frenkie De Jong but face battle with Barcelona and PSG

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola to step up £80m pursuit of Ajax star Frenkie De Jong but face battle with Barcelona and PSG

MANCHESTER CITY boss Pep Guardiola is ready to step up his pursuit of £80m Ajax star Frenkie De Jong.

The 21-year-old has become one of the most highly-regarded youngsters in Europe, with Barcelona and PSG also interested.

Frenkie De Jong has been a star for both Ajax and Holland this season and is wanted around EuropeGetty

The Etihad club have sent scouts to watch him on a number of occasions so far this season, and have been impressed.

And City are looking to launch bid for the Dutch midfielder in January, and could let him stay at Ajax for the rest of the season.

The Eredivisie side are reluctant to sell one of their star assets, but may be interested if the right offer comes onto the table.

They are huge admirers of Ilkay Gundogan and are keen to land the 27-year-old German midfielder as part of any deal.

Pep Guardiola is a big fan of De Jong and has sent City scouts to watch him this campaignGetty

An Etihad source said: “Ajax do not want to sell him but the club think that if the right off was proposed they could be persuaded.

“There have been talks already between the two at a high level. They want Ilkay but there’s little possibility that will be allowed to happen.”

De Jong has made 30 appearances for Ajax and scored one goal after breaking into the first-team back in 2016.

Sarri in awe of Chelsea support: I'm living a dream

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Sarri in awe of Chelsea support: I'm living a dream
Sarri in awe of Chelsea support: I'm living a dream

Maurizio Sarri says he is living a dream as the manager of Chelsea.

The Italian replaced Antonio Conte in the summer and has become an instant favourite with the club's supporters.

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Milenkovic? SMS? Why Man Utd boss Mourinho determined to be seen in Podgorica

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Milenkovic? SMS? Why Man Utd boss Mourinho determined to be seen in Podgorica
Milenkovic? SMS? Why Man Utd boss Mourinho determined to be seen in Podgorica

COMMENT: So the bid is in, right? All 60m's worth. For Nikola Milenkovic, yeah? Well, not quite. But one thing's for sure. Jose Mourinho wasn't at the Podgorica City stadium on a jolly.

The last time the Manchester United manager made such a conspicuous trip to Eastern Europe was 18 months ago, leading up to the 2017 summer transfer window. There he was, Mourinho, being snapped with Pedja Mijatovic, the former Real Madrid sports director and striker. That meeting led to United's very public - and forlorn - pursuit of Ivan Perisic, the Inter Milan attacker. A chase that ran for the entire length of the summer market, but fell over due to a difference of three million quid.

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India’s defence, Gurpreet Sandhu stand tall in 0-0 draw against China

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India’s defence, Gurpreet Sandhu stand tall in 0-0 draw against China
India’s defence, Gurpreet Sandhu stand tall in 0-0 draw against China