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Premier League/England

Cardiff ordered to pay Nantes €6m over Emiliano Sala transfer | Football | The Guardian
Cardiff have been ordered to pay French club Nantes €6m (£5.3m) in relation to the signing of Emiliano Sala in January.

We must seduce Manchester City fans in Champions League, says Guardiola | Football | The Guardian
Pep Guardiola has insisted he will not “kill himself” if Manchester City do not win the Champions League under his management.

Lukasz Fabianski: West Ham goalkeeper out for two months with hip injury - BBC Sport
The keeper is ruled out for at least two months with a torn hip muscle.

Steve Bruce cancels training in wake of Newcastle defeat at Leicester | The Guardian
Newcastle United’s manager has called off a scheduled training session as emotions reached boiling point after their 5-0 thrashing by Leicester.

‘Ambitious’ Jan Vertonghen wants to extend his time at Tottenham | The Guardian
The defender has been in talks with the club over a new deal.

The Premier League’s ‘second-class’ citizens are on the rise - Football365
Sam Allardyce was hindering rather than helping his English coaching brethren. Thankfully, times have changed.

Europe

Eden Hazard: Real Madrid forward ‘does not feel like a Galactico yet’ - BBC Sport
Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard says he does not feel like a ‘Galactico’ yet following his summer move from Chelsea.

AC Milan: Mafia spoiled my spell at Serie A club, says Taribo West | football
Former defender Taribo West has told Score Nigeria that Italian mobsters are to blame for the failure of his 1999 move to AC Milan.

MLS/Americas

RSL’s Nick Rimando is retiring after this season - The Salt Lake Tribune
Rimando — who will play his final regular season home game Sunday against Houston — is Real Salt Lake’s most iconic player, the holder of virtually every goalkeeping record in MLS.

Carlos Vela ties Josef Martinez’s MLS single-season goals record of 31 | MLSsoccer.com
The LAFC superstar has tied Major League Soccer’s record for most goals in a season.

FC Cincinnati sets record for goals conceded in a single MLS season | MLSsoccer.com
Meanwhile, on the other side of the ledger...

USA’s Sydney Leroux plays for Orlando Pride three months after giving birth - BBC Sport
The USA and Orlando Pride striker makes her competitive comeback only three months after giving birth to her second child.

Copa Libertadores: Boca Juniors & River Plate to do battle again - BBC Sport
Argentine rivals will meet in Wednesday’s Copa Libertadores semi-final, nine months after their controversial 2018 final.