Ending weeks of speculation about his future, Cristiano Ronaldo has told a Spanish newspaper he is staying put at Real Madrid to plunder more silverware.”To win important trophies with my club and the personal honours last season was brilliant, to do it again would be nice,” Ronaldo told the sports daily Marca on Tuesday in an interview from Shanghai.Ronaldo’s declaration of intent to remain at the Bernabeu for the upcoming season comes despite rumours of his departure which surfaced last month in Portuguese newspaper O Globo.
Chelsea have sent Kenedy home from their pre-season tour following the Brazilian’s social media comments before a match in China.The club had “solemnly and sincerely” apologised after fans accused the 21-year-old of xenophobia and racism.He made the comments in Instagram posts before a 3-0 pre-season win over Arsenal, during which fans booed him. Kenedy later apologised but will now play no further part in the tour and has returned to the UK.
Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku does not consider himself a complete striker but is optimistic of creating his “own history” at Old Trafford. The Belgium international arrived at Old Trafford for a reported fee of 75 million pounds ($97.74 million) earlier this month after netting 25 league goals for Everton last season.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud wants to stay at the club and fight for his place despite the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, manager Arsene Wenger has said.
A bumpy pitch and hot weather took the shine off Inter Milan’s 1-0 victory over Lyon on Monday in a pre-season friendly held in China.
The match at Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre – home of Chinese Super League’s Jiangsu Suning – saw both sides struggle with the poor surface and humidity.
Chelsea’s record signing Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi will need to make an immediate impact in the upcoming season to fill the void left by striker Diego Costa, midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said.
England completed a stunning fightback to beat India by nine runs and win the Women’s World Cup at an ecstatic Lord’s.Chasing 229, India looked set for victory at 191-3, but Anya Shrubsole pinned Punam Raut lbw for 86 to spark a collapse of seven wickets for 28 runs.
Manchester United beat Real Madrid on penalties after their pre-season game finished 1-1 in Santa Clara.Anthony Martial created Jesse Lingard’s first-half opener for United with a brilliant piece of skill on the left.Casemiro levelled for Real from the penalty spot after United’s new £31m defender Victor Lindelof brought down Theo Hernandez with a rash challenge.
Odion Ighalo scored twice for Changchun Yatai in a Chinese Super League game in their 2-3 defeat tp Shandong Luneng at the Jinan Olympic Sports Centre Stadium on Saturday.
Serbian international defender Aleksandar Kolarov became the fourth full-back to leave Manchester City this summer when he completed a permanent switch to AS Roma in Italy on Saturday.