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Roman's Chelsea plan: A secret transfer hitlist, youngsters and matching Man Utd

MIKE KEEGAN: When he arrived in 2003, nobody could come close to matching Roman Abramovich’s millions. Now, such sprees are a thing of the past thanks to Financial Fair Play, and he is seeking an alternative route back to the very top of the pile.

Joe Hart was rejected by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, but Torino have him taken in

SHERIDAN BIRD: 40 days in Turin. It could be the charming new George Clooney romcom. This, however, is a football tale about a tall man from Shrewsbury seeking affection in Piedmont, northern Italy. And make no mistake, love is in the air. Joe Hart was the most high-profile victim of the Pep Guardiola revolution at Manchester City but he's landed on his feet at a club with fans who adore him, and want him to stay permanently.

Alex Iwobi has shared a terrifying experience in which he was followed by an Arsenal fan on his way home from a game. The pacy winger spoke about the incident to Arsenal's weekly podcast.

Former Manchester United starlet Mads Timm knows exactly what it's like to receive the hairdryer treatment from legendary Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson called him a 'f****** idiot'.

Spanish sport newspaper AS and TV broadcaster Fox Sports Mexico report that the Spanish club's chairman Peter Lim has put Chicharito at the centre of his plans to strengthen the squad.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is facing the prospect of being without two of his successful midfield trio for Monday's visit of Manchester United.

SAMI MOKBEL IN LJUBLJANA: Wayne Rooney vowed to fight for his England future after he was sensationally axed by Gareth Southgate. He said: ‘I believe I can come back from this.'

Jordan Henderson was about to board the plane that was going to carry England to Ljubljana when Gareth Southgate suddenly called him aside. Here was the latest big moment in his career.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was left frustrated by the showboating antics of his Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard during their recent World Cup qualifying win over Gibraltar.

The best 100 footballers in the world: Nos 80-61 

ADAM SHERGOLD is counting down the top 100 players in world football. From Nos 80-61, there are 11 players who ply their trade in the Premier League, and a certain Wayne Rooney takes his place in the list...

Ched Evans arrives at court for a second day of cross-examination

The 27-year-old, who currently plays for Chesterfield, told the court yesterday he got ‘caught up in the moment’ and forgot about his girlfriend when he started having sex with the teenage waitress who accuses him of rape.

This time last year, Rashford was unknown to the majority of football fans before bursting onto the scene with a debut goal against Midtjylland in the Europa League. Now he is a marked man.

Arsene Wenger says his successor will inherit Arsenal in a far better state than he did because of the work he has done over the past 20 years. Wenger oversaw the move from Highbury to The Emirates.

JEFF POWELL: The enigma that was the late Sonny Liston lives on, all these years after his death. Did he quit on his stool in one of the biggest upsets of all time because of an injured shoulder?

Luis Suarez dons goalkeeper gloves in training with Uruguay... but pays the price as he

Luis Suarez is never one to hold back when on the field, but the Barcelona forward has paid the price for his latest bout of enthusiasm. The Uruguay striker, who is preparing for his team's World Cup qualifier with Colombia on Tuesday, took the surprise decision to don some goalkeeper gloves in training with Oscar Tabarez's side.

Joey Barton takes the high road from Rangers as banned midfielder climbs Ben Lomond

The 34-year-old midfielder has been told to stay away for at least another week. So he decided to get away from Glasgow by going up one of the most popular destinations in Scotland with his dog.

WORLD OF GOLF - DEREK LAWRENSON: Have we ever seen a more shocking example of sporting stage fright? Woods withdrew on Monday night from this week's Safeway Open.

MATT LAWTON: Sir Bradley Wiggins has come under fire from another Team Sky cyclist, who described riders who seek permission to use banned drugs in competition as ‘ethically wrong’.

Tyson Fury is expected to relinquish his remaining heavyweight world titles on Tuesday as he undergoes treatment for depression. The WBA and WBO were expected to strip Fury of his belts.

Mauro Icardi hits back at Diego Maradona for calling him a 'traitor' for relationship with

Inter Milan and Argentina striker Mauro Icardi has hit back fellow countryman Diego Maradona after he criticised him for his affair with former team-mate Maxi Lopez’s wife. Back in 2013, Icardi had a relationship with Wanda Nara – who was married to his then Sampdoria team-mate Lopez – and then later went on to have a child together and get married.

Cristiano Ronaldo finds time for a selfie as fan invades pitch

The Real Madrid star is used to being stopped for selfies on the street but on the pitch he probably assumed he could escape enthusiastic supporters and their phones. Not in the Faroe Islands it seems. The 31-year-old was lining up for kick-off in the second half of Portugal's routine World Cup qualifying win against the international minnows when he was approached by a pitch-invading fan brandishing a smart phone.

Paul Pogba refused to accept the plaudits after his stunning 30-yard strike gave France a 1-0 victory in their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Holland on Monday.

MIKE KEEGAN: Jose Mourinho was offered the chance to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager during a clandestine meeting in the back of a people carrier.

England's controversial high-intensity training camp was exactly what the team needed to cope with test match rugby claims vice-captain Mike Brown despite several players being injured during it.

Fists before Risk! Joshua goes from speed ball to board games as he waits to discover if he will face Klitschko in heavyweight bout

Anthony Joshua might be in limbo as he waits for a potential super fight with Wladimir Klitschko, but the British heavyweight is still keeping himself busy. Joshua has an unbeaten record and following the collapse of Klitschko's meeting with Tyson Fury, could be in line to take on the giant Ukrainian in a bout which would be sure to get boxing fans salivating.

Wayne Rooney showed dignity in his darkest hour after being axed by England for the first

MATT LAWTON IN LJUBLJANA: When Glenn Hoddle broke the news to Paul Gascoigne that he was not going to the 1998 World Cup, the midfielder kicked a chair, punched a lamp and gave the then England manager the distinct impression that he was about to belt him, too. Gareth Southgate was a member of that squad in La Manga 18 years ago but it’s fair to say the encounter he had on Sunday with the finest England player since Gazza was rather less dramatic. Southgate said Wayne Rooney responded to being dropped for a competitive game for the first time in 13 years of international football with great professionalism, and the performance he gave here underlined that.

Sportsmail experts JAMIE CARRAGHER, JAMIE REDKNAPP, MARTIN KEOWN and CHRIS SUTTON have their say on Wayne Rooney's international career.

Wayne Rooney will not start for England against Slovenia after Gareth Southgate took the decision to drop his captain. We asked our reporters whether it was the right decision?

Coleen Rooney launched a passionate defence of her husband, England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, on Twitter after hearing criticism of him on the radio on Monday.

There wasn’t a lot between the sides when England won 3-2 there in 2015 with two Jack Wilshere (right) wonder goals, and Slovenia will be in high spirits after beating Slovakia 1-0 on Saturday.

It was November 2014 and Gareth Southgate was preparing England’s Under 21s for two important games when he received a phone call from Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier.

John Terry has offered his full support to dropped England captain Wayne Rooney. Terry posted a message on Instagram calling for respect and labelling Rooney as a 'great player and man'.

The interim manager wants Rooney to remain captain despite dropping him for Tuesday's game in Slovenia, but it is Henderson who will lead the side out for the first time in Ljubljana.

Maria Sharapova makes her return to the tennis court for first time since positive drug

Maria Sharapova set foot on a tennis court for the first time since her positive drug test at the Australian Open on Monday, smiling throughout an appearance in the World Team Tennis Smash Hits charity event in Las Vegas. The Russian star, who last week earned a reduction in her drug ban that will allow her to return to tennis in April, played in two light-hearted doubles matches in the event at Caesar's Palace to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Haseeb Hameed delays England's high-security departure for training in Bangladesh after

England headed out for a training session on the eve of their decisive One-Day International against Bangladesh surrounded by armed guards at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdury Stadium in Chittagong. Jos Buttler and his team take on Bangladesh on Wednesday with their three-match ODI series tied 1-1 after two games. After England secured a 21-run victory in the opening encounter, Bangladesh pulled level with a 34-run victory on Sunday in Dhaka.

Chelsea will consider a safe standing area at a rebuilt Stamford Bridge – but only if the government change the laws. Planning proposals have been submitted for a £500m project.

Stephen Hunt accused the club of refusing to provide funding for the team, who play in the Women's Premier League Southern Division, and even forcing players to pick up their own medical bills.

Conor McGregor has been punished for throwing bottles of water at Nate Diaz at his pre-fight UFC 202 press conference. The Irishman has to do 50 hours of community service and pay £121,000.



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Cristiano Ronaldo mocks former Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand

Ferdinand, 37, still looks trim during his punditry appearances and let fans in on the fitness regime he uses to stay in shape with a clip on Intstagram. In the short video the BT Sport pundit can be seen crawling across his garden whilst pushing weights in each hand. It looks like a tiring drill as the former United centre half brings the corresponding foot up to each weight before pushing off again.

Angel di Maria taken for spin by rally legend Federico Villagra ahead of Argentina clash

Angel di Maria has been living life in the fast lane as Argentina prepare for their World Cup qualifier against Paraguay on Wednesday. The PSG winger took time out from training with the national side to hang out with rally legend Federico Villagra who took him for a spin. Di Maria could barely contain his excitement in the passenger seat as he gave the thumbs up alongside Villagra before the champion driver sped off and produced a number of turns and spins in the Ford Fiesta. 

Holland 0-1 France: Paul Pogba thunderbolt fires Didier Deschamps' side to narrow win in

HOLLAND 0-1 FRANCE: Paul Pogba's venomous 30-yard strike was enough for France to record a slender victory over Holland in Amsterdam. Pogba (left) lashed France in front, with the Manchester United midfielder picking the ball up from Dimitri Payet before unleashing a swerving shot from 30 yards which Maarten Stekelenburg couldn't keep out. He later commiserated with his United team-mate Memphis Depay (right) at the full-time whistle.

United remain neutral on the issue but are open to introducing an area similar to that installed by the Scottish club, with a capacity of close to 3,000 should it be deemed legal and feasible.

Aidy Boothroyd has urged under-fire England Under 21 midfielder Jack Grealish not to wallow in his recent problems and enjoy his football again - starting with Tuesday's match against Bosnia.

Liverpool face an anxious wait to discover the extent of the injury suffered by Holland midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum during the 1-0 defeat by France on Monday night.

Islam Feruz would never dream of offering himself up to Karamoko Dembele as a role model. But he’s been in the same position in which the 13-year-old Celtic sensation now finds himself.

York City's state of disarray continues after Jackie McNamara was sacked as manager, but asked to continue in charge of the Vanarama National League club until they find a replacement.

Chelsea have no plans to sell defender Andreas Christensen. The Danish centre-back is impressing on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach where he has attracted attention from the likes of Barcelona

Gibraltar 0-6 Belgium: Christian Benteke scores after SEVEN seconds on his way to

Christian Benteke scored the fastest ever goal in World Cup history when he put Belgium ahead after seven seconds of their Group H game against Gibraltar on Monday night. The Crystal Palace striker slotted home as Belgium broke away from the kick off to beat the previous record of eight seconds held by San Marino's Davide Gualtieri who scored against England in 1993.

Jose Mourinho plays Guess the Player with his Manchester United stars

Jose Mourinho looks like the most relaxed man in the world as he lounges back on his chair, his legs crossed and his hand on his knee. The Manchester United manager is about be given an intense grilling as he attempts to identify members of his squad... from pictures of them as children, before giving his first impressions of his players. um.

Joachim Low's Germany in mood to improve despite only ever tasting defeat twice in World

Germany are constantly seeking improvements as Joachim Low looks to keep his side's record of only losing two World Cup qualifiers. The German juggernaut rolls on against Northern Ireland next in the Group C clash on Wednesday. Low said he doesn't pay any attention to statistics but is looking for the team to complete qualification with 'full concentration'.

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING ROUND-UP: Sweden swept to a 3-0 win over brittle Bulgaria thanks to goals from Ola Toivonen, Oscar Hiljemark and Victor Lindeloef.

The Manchester City defender pulled his hamstring during France's 4-1 victory against Bulgaria last week and is expected to be out of action until November at the earliest.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who has a buyout clause set at £3.6million, made his debut in December last year under the stewardship of Gary Neville.

Barcelona will be without Jasper Cillessen for three weeks after he sustained an ankle injury in training on international duty with Holland, while Jordi Alba is also set to miss the game against Deportivo.

CHARLES SALE: FA chairman Greg Clarke is going to face questions on Wednesday about the £1million payout to former England manager Sam Allardyce, who resigned after only 67 days.

Darren Fletcher thinks the Scotland team owe their boss a performance against Slovakia. The midfielder appreciated his manager's willingness to stick up for the players after the Lithuania draw.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are both out of the world's top four for the first time in

The last time Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were both outside the world’s top four, Andre Agassi was No 1 and Roman Abramovich was about to purchase Chelsea FC for £150million. That was back in June 2003 and on Monday — more than 13 years later — was the first time since then that neither the great Swiss or his Spanish rival were among the leading quartet. Perhaps it will go down as the day that the era of the Big Four was officially over, as Japan’s Kei Nishikori overtook Nadal to take up fourth position in the rankings. 

Heather Watson sets up clash with Caroline Wozniacki in Hong Kong Open after beating

Heather Watson is into the Hong Kong Open second round after the No 2 defeated qualifier Marina Erakovic on Tuesday. Watson, the world No 75, beat her 119th-ranked opponent from New Zealand 7-5 7-6 (11/9) in just over two hours. She showed no sign of the illness which forced her to retire from the Wuhan Open in late September, after having dizzy spells.

Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown forced to change Muhammad Ali boots by NFL officials

Antonio Brown's special boots adorned with the face of Muhammad Ali did not sit well with the NFL. Officials threatened to eject the Pittsburgh Steelers star from his side's game against the New York Jets on Sunday as his cleats were found to be in breach of league rules. Brown, who has already fallen foul of the NFL this season, started the clash at Heinz Field with the boots that paid tribute to the legendary boxer but was forced to change to a more conventional pair early on.

The British boxing scene is presently thriving and in recent years London has held Golovkin-Brook, Anthony Joshua's IBF heavyweight title fights and rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves.

Andy Murray has urged his British compatriot Kyle Edmund to do things his own way after the 21-year-old broke into the top 50. Edmund has been Murray's training partner during the off-season.

Aussie Nick Kyrgios has credited former Watford fitness coach Martin Skinner for his recent run of form. Kyrios beat Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday.

Lewis Hamilton will not be able to stop Nico Rosberg from winning the championship unless the German hits trouble in the next four races, according to Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda.

NIK SIMON: Saracens are lining up South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth to supercharge their European and Premiership title push with a two-month deal after the autumn Tests.

STUART FRASER IN SHANGHAI: Murray’s management team have complained to the ATP tour after his tactical notes were shown on television during Sunday’s China Open final in Beijing.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow gives his hottest selections ahead of Tuesday's meetings at Leicester, Mussleburgh, Wolverhampton and Huntingdon.

Two more winners at Windsor on Monday on Broadhaven Honey and Eljeemi put the 38-year-old on 142 for the title race, 17 clear of reigning champion Silvestre de Sousa.

Salford City are owned by Manchester United legends and hated by most in non-League

JACK GAUGHAN: Edgeley Park on Saturday afternoon. Almost four thousand are on the gate with Salford City in town. Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, too. But for one Stockport County supporter, his focus is on a technical area 10 yards to the right. More bothered about goading a manager on his haunches than Stockport turning this feisty National League North clash on its head, spluttering spleen and jabbing a finger towards Anthony Johnson, one half of Salford's absorbing management duo.

We saw a new side to Jos Buttler —and it could do both him and this England team the world of good. Players shouldn’t lose their rag with each other. But let’s give them slack.

PETER JACKSON: On a wintry Saturday at Old Deer Park more than half a century ago, Dickie Jeeps made a point of introducing himself to a Welsh schoolboy.

After his latest controversy, Sleevegate, Sportsmail looks at the love-hate relationship between fans of the Spanish national side and their World and European champion defender, Gerard Pique.