Antonio Conte reacted to Diego Costa's claims that he 'feels like a criminal' by hysterically laughing. The Chelsea boss was confronted by his wantaway striker's quote during a press conference and surprisingly reacted with unbridled laughter. Conte said: 'I prefer to laugh, it's great, it's great. I can tell you everyone who works in Chelsea knows what happened last season in Chelsea. It's funny this interview.'
Barcelona make new €125m bid for Coutinho... but third offer is rejected as Klopp bids to keep star at Liverpool
Barcelona have submitted a new bid of €125million (£114million) for Philippe Coutinho - but it has already been rejected by Liverpool. The La Liga giants are desperate to land the Brazilian after selling Neymar to PSG and could be willing to go as high as €130m to bring Coutinho to the Nou Camp.
The Brazilian joined Arsenal from Villarreal for £15m in 2015 but has failed to hold down a regular place for the Premier League outfit. Gabriel made only 15 Premier League starts last season as Wenger's side won the FA Cup but missed out on the top four.
Hazard egdes closer to return as Chelsea star builds up sharpness with team-mates ahead of clash with Tottenham at Wembley
Belgian winger Eden Hazard appeared to be in the thick of the action at training on Friday as Chelsea prepared for Sunday's match with London rivals Chelsea at Wembley. And Hazard was in high spirits as he bids to build up his fitness levels after he broke his ankle on international duty with Belgium back in June.
Lampard has signed up as a pundit for the new season to provide insight into the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League matches. In a mock up BT office tour where Jake Humphrey guides Lampard around, the Chelsea legend proves to be a popular member of staff as he shows off a number of personalised handshakes, much to the football host's chagrin.
France midfielder Blaise Matuidi completed his move from Paris Saint-Germain to Juventus on Friday. Matuidi arrived in Turin for a medical on Wednesday but the move finally went through Friday, PSG said in a statement. No financial details were given, but Juventus will reportedly pay PSG €20million (£18m) plus bonuses for the player, who had a year left on his contract. PSG did not say how long Matuidi's contract is with the Italian champion.
Jack Wilshere appeared to be well over his latest injury setback as he put on an energetic performance during Arsenal training on Friday. The Gunners midfielder fractured his left fibula in April while on loan at Bournemouth, but recently returned to full training. He didn't seem at all phased by his leg as he threw himself into multiple slide tackles and ran at full pelt during sprint drills.
Morata jokes around with wife Alice after Conte urges Chelsea striker to 'work and improve' following £70.6m arrival
Alvaro Morata made time to relax with his wife Alice Campello on Friday after enduring a difficult start to life as Chelsea's most expensive player ever. The 24-year-old missed a penalty on his debut in the Community Shield against Arsenal and then suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to Burnley as Chelsea were beaten on his Premier League bow. Morata, who cost £70.6million when he arrived from Real Madrid this summer, scored against Burnley, despite starting on the bench.
A prayer for the victims: Barcelona stars stand still in training after terror attack shocks city with Messi posting tribute
Barcelona's players and coaching staff held a minute's silence before training today (main picture) in tribute to the victims of the terror attack in the city. At least 13 people died and dozens were injured on Thursday night when a van ploughed into pedestrians in Barcelona's busy tourist area of Las Ramblas. Barca had already confirmed that players of all their teams would wear black armbands during games this weekend - the senior side begin their La Liga campaign against Real Betis at the Nou Camp on Sunday - while a minute's silence will be held at matches across Spain. Real Madrid (top left) also held a minute's silence at their training session today.
Barcelona stars to wear special shirts with 'Barcelona' on the back in tribute to terror attack victims
NEW Barcelona players will kick-off their La Liga campaign this weekend by paying tribute to the victims of a terror attack in the Catalan city on Thursday. At least 13 people died and dozens were injured when a van ploughed into pedestrians in the busy tourist area of Las Ramblas. After holding a minute's silence before training on Friday, Barca will continue their tributes going into the start of the league season against Real Betis.
All Blacks train ahead of clash against Australia amid backdrop of bugging allegations and sex scandal
Australia host Rugby Championship holders New Zealand, with the world champions hoping to return to winning ways following their engrossing Test series with the British and Irish Lions. The Kiwis have travelled to Sydney for the opening game of this year's competition on Saturday, and coach Steve Hansen has made six changes to the side that drew the third Test against the Lions in July.
Boateng completes Eintracht Frankfurt switch on a three-year deal after shock Las Palmas exit to be near his family
Boateng mutually agreed to terminate his contract with La Liga club on Wednesday, planning to 'continue his career where he can be close to his family.' The club confirmed his 'unexpected departure was due to personal reasons of a serious nature.'
Neymar trains before home debut for PSG as he looks to build on scoring start since £198m move from Barcelona
Neymar was all smiles as he limbered up for his Paris Saint-Germain home debut against Toulouse following his £198million world-record move from Barcelona. The Brazil forward was made to wait for his first appearance in a PSG shirt due to a delay in his paperwork, with the Spanish federation holding onto his international transfer certificate. Neymar missed the Ligue 1 opening-day victory over Amiens, but the 25-year-old was cleared to make his debut last Sunday in the 3-0 victory over Guingamp, and he lived up to his huge billing.
Everton's new record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson says he will not be affected by the £45million fee paid to Swansea for his signature, believing the price tag will only serve to spur him on. The Toffees took their summer spending to £144m when they finally landed the Icelandic midfielder this week, with the player paraded on the pitch prior to the club's Europa League clash with Hajduk Split.
Rob, Olly and Elliot introduce the fami-Lee! A look into the lives of footballing father and brothers after great start to the new season
INTERVIEW - MICHAEL WALKER: On the opening day of the Football League season Luton Town stuck eight past Yeovil. It was the result of the weekend. The first of Luton's eight was scored by Olly Lee, the last by his younger brother Elliot Lee, from a cross by Olly. Watching in the stands at Kenilworth Road was their father Rob Lee — 21 England caps — and Rob's father Reg, who manned the turnstiles at Charlton Athletic for many years. The Lee boys' other grandad, Colin, was there too and when that evening the whole clan reconvened at home in Essex, it suddenly struck Olly what this scene meant.
Is that really who Floyd needs in his corner? James Corden enters his bid to become Mayweather's next hype man
Corden, looking to follow up music artists Lil Wayne, 50 Cent and Justin Bieber, met Mayweather in a hilarious video as part of the ‘Late Late Show’ on Wednesday night but Unfortunately for James, he struggles to grasp the right vibe. The chat-show host begins his pitch confidently, saying: ‘This is the biggest fight ever, you’re going to need the biggest hype man ever.’
'He got an a** whipping and he went sprinting': McGregor could face Malignaggi but tells former sparring partner to 'join the queue' for post-Mayweather bout
Conor McGregor has opened the door to a grudge fight with former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi. But the Irish fighter insisted that Malignaggi would have to 'join the queue if he wanted to take on the UFC star in a fight following McGregor's scheduled bout with Floyd Mayweather.
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Bonucci reveals his pride after delivering fiery teamtalk to AC Milan team-mates to inspire debut win in Europa League
Leonardo Bonucci has spoken of his pride after making his AC Milan debut on Thursday in the 6-0 win over Shkendija in Europa League qualifying. Andre Silva and Riccardo Montolivo both netted twice while Andre Silva and Fabio Borini were also scorers in an emphatic victory for the Italian side. Bonucci, who took the captain's armband for his Milan bow, joined in July in a £35million transfer from Juventus.
Ferguson and Rodgers were joined by the likes of comedian and Liverpool fan John Bishop, Sir Tom Hunter and Greg McHugh for the Street Soccer Scotland fundraising event in Glasgow. And on Thursday, Ferguson was quick to praise the Scottish football charity for its work on mental and physical health.
Chaos at Everton as Hajduk Split fans go on rampage by charging at home end with heroic steward rescuing ball-boy
The Europa League tie between Everton and Hajduk Split was halted by crowd trouble. A group of fans in the away section kicked down advertising hoardings and threw seats towards Everton fans in the Park End. A ball boy was rescued from the melee by a quick-thinking steward as fans attacked security staff during the first-half at Goodison.
Paulinho has been unveiled as Barcelona's latest new signing at the Nou Camp following a £36.5m move from Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande. The Brazilian underwent a medical with club doctors before putting pen-to-paper on a long-term agreement. He was then presented with the club's No 15 shirt before being paraded in front of the media and fans. Barcelona posted a picture of the former Tottenham midfielder arriving at the Catalan arena along with the caption: '@paulinhop8 [Paulinho] has been taking medical tests at Barcelona Hospital and the Ciutat Esportiva.'
Joshua pays tribute to his mother with heartfelt post as champion kicks back with friends and family in Marbella
Anthony Joshua offered a touching tribute to his mother with an Instagram post on holiday. The heavyweight champion was joined by two friends and their mothers for a poolside picture. He added the caption: 'Let's make a toast... To the struggle they went through to raise us to be men.' Joshua has always spoken about his mother, Yeta Odusanya, with reverence and hailed her huge influence on his life and career.
Jo Konta battled her way into the quarter-finals of the Western & Southern Open with victory over Dominika Cibulkova on Thursday night. The seventh-seeded Konta won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, but did not have it all her own way in a tough battle which took over an hour and a half. Eleventh seed Cibulkova broke Konta twice and forced three further break points before Konta eventually advanced.
Floyd Mayweather proved he lives by his mantra 'hard work and determination' by putting in a gym session at 4am as he moves into the final stages of his preparations ahead of the Conor McGregor fight. The 49-0 fighter will put his unbeaten record on the line against the UFC megastar in Las Vegas on August 26 and, despite being the heavy favourite, is leaving nothing to chance. He rose early on Wednesday morning to work the bag, the speed ball and completed a serious of sit-ups and chin-ups to make sure he is in perfect condition for what will be his first fight since since September 2015.
Joshua sets his sights on Cardiff as venue to host title defence against Pulev ahead of Vegas following Klitschko's retirement
Anthony Joshua wants his next fight to be staged at Cardiff's Principality Stadium despite the prospect of facing Kubrat Pulev in Las Vegas. The WBA and IBF heavyweight champion's next title defence is to be announced imminently, with only the location and date to be decided between Cardiff on October 28 - the favourite - or Vegas' T-Mobile Arena on November 11. His team remain hopeful Luis Ortiz, the mandatory challenger to his WBA title, and the governing body will remain patient so that he can honour a prior agreement with the IBF and Bulgaria's Pulev without being stripped.