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Cannon Fodder News and Links: Breathing into a bag

Footballing news, Wednesday May 18, 2016.

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In praise of the Europa League, the undercard of tournaments
The Europa League final is certainly going to attract attention, but truth is, you should've been watching the tournament long before its conclusion.

Arsenal Profile: Who is Granit Xhaka? -
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RUMOURS: Real Madrid want Payet to replace unhappy James -
Zinedine Zidane's side expect the Colombia international to end a miserable spell at the Bernabeu this summer and view the Frenchman as the perfect replacement

Leicester City sign Fleetwood striker Jamie Vardy - BBC Sport

18 May 2012 - Leicester City have completed the signing of Fleetwood striker Jamie Vardy for an undisclosed fee, thought to be at least £1m. - My how time flies!

Chelsea News: Terry signs new one-year Chelsea deal -

Wait wait wait hold on just a moment. So, in the last year you've watched your team completely fall apart after putting together a pretty dominant league title in 2014-15, and much of it was down to the fact that the locker room went into open revolt towards a manager who your fanbase absolutely adores, despite what a complete pile of utter human garbage he is. Your captain and club icon is a guy who is older than dirt and is presumably a big locker room leader - which (also presumably) means he had a hand in torpedoing the career of said beloved manager. And you want to sign him to another contract? Hahahahahahahahahahahaha, okay. Sounds good.

Manchester City's Martin Demichelis fined for betting misconduct by FA - ESPN FC
I sincerely hope he was betting against himself, because Martin Demichelis is awful.

'I cannot participate this time' - Dos Santos declines to play for Mexico at Copa America -
Giovani dos Santos refused to answer questions about Mexico after it was claimed the LA Galaxy forward declined to play at the Copa America Centenario.