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Real Madrid players call Man Utd keeper 'Karius' in jibe at troubled Liverpool keeper

David De Gea will be pleased to be back in a Manchester United shirt after a difficult summer for Spain.
The 27-year-old is widely regarded as one of the top three goalkeepers in the world, but did not cover himself in glory at the World Cup, with a high-profile mistake against Portugal attracting plenty of criticism in his home country.
And prior to the pre-season friendly between United and Real Madrid, Spanish team-mate Marco Asensio was quick to poke fun at De Gea after his summer mishap.

Man Utd 2-1 Real Madrid: Jose Mourinho unsure when Anthony Martial will return

By BBC

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said he "doesn't know" when forward Anthony Martial will link up with the squad after his side beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the International Champions Cup.

Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera earned United a first 90-minute win of their United States trip, but they had to do without Martial in Miami after he left the tour last week to be at the birth of his daughter.

  Mourinho questioned why the France international did not return for Saturday's 4-1 defeat by Liverpool.

World Cup players’ health at risk

 Global footballers' union, FIFPro, says that at least 15 World Cup players have taken part in UEFA club competitions less than four weeks after returning from Russia, giving them an insufficient close season break.

  The union reiterated its call for a mandatory rest period of at least four weeks between the final game of one season and the start of pre-season training for the next.

  "Players are coming under too much pressure, caught between the needs of their clubs and their own personal well-being," said the union in a statement.

Chelsea offer new contract, club record wages to N’Golo Kanté — report

Chelsea have offered a contract extension worth “nearly” £290,000 a week to N’Golo Kanté, according to Gary Jacob in an exclusive for The Times.
The new contract, which would tie Kanté to Chelsea for another five years, would more than double his current wages and make him the highest paid player in club history.
Nothing less would be deserved.

Jose Mourinho frustrated by Manchester United injuries, lack of signings

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho revealed his frustration at a lack of new signings and a lengthening injury list after a heavy 4-1 defeat to Liverpool in Michigan.

  Mourinho questioned why he is still waiting for a new arrival -- sources have told ESPN FC that it is a centre-back -- despite handing in a list of five targets "a few months ago."

  He said Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw have been added to his injury list while revealing that Nemanja Matic has undergone surgery for a mystery problem and could miss the start of the season.

Mourinho shoots down Manchester United title questions

Jose Mourinho has suggested Manchester United do not have the squad to win the Premier League title by refusing to answer questions about his team's chances.

Manchester United is considering paying €50m for a player it could have bought for €1.8m

Premier League club Manchester United had been linked with a €50 million ($58.5 million) bid for Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Ante Rebić.

  Had United acted eight weeks ago, it could have bought the player cheaper — for €1.8 million, to be exact.

But Rebić enjoyed a good World Cup alongside his Croatia teammates, and his transfer value has skyrocketed as a result.

Dangote, Africa's richest man, targets 2020 Arsenal takeover

Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man, has put a 2020 timeline on his goal of buying Arsenal, following a report that Alisher Usmanov is exploring a sale of his 30 percent stake.

Manchester United may miss out on transfer targets

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he may not get the players he wants in this transfer window as he looks to close the gap with Manchester City.

Mourinho watched his team draw 0-0 with San Jose Earthquakes in Santa Clara on Sunday and afterwards appeared downbeat about his prospects of welcoming more new players before the deadline on August 9.

Ozil's resignation sparks Germany racism storm as Ankara cheers

Mesut Ozil's decision to quit playing for Germany unleashed a racism storm in Berlin on Monday, but earned the applause of Ankara with a Turkish minister hailing "a goal against the virus of fascism".

After months of silence over a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May, which sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany, Ozil erupted on Sunday.

The Arsenal midfielder posted a stinging four-page statement taking aim at German Football Association (DFB) bosses, sponsors and the media.

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