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No plans for Premier League matches abroad

There are no plans to extend the Premier League season to 39 games and play matches abroad, Sky Sports News has been told.

Clubs are, however, discussing the possibility of more competitive pre-season matches being staged internationally.

In 2008, proposals were put in place for a 39th game – an extra Premier League match that would be included in the overall league table, but would be staged abroad.

Despite a number of top clubs voicing support for the idea, with the potential to open up new marketing and broadcast revenues internationally, there was widespread condemnation of the idea by FIFA, supporter groups, and most managers.

There could be more tournaments like the Premier League Asia Trophy - the last of which took place in 2019
There could be scope for more pre-season tournaments like the Premier League Asia Trophy – the last of which took place in 2019

Some newspaper reports on Monday suggested the proposal of the 39th game is now back on the agenda.

But Sky Sports News has been told that the proposals (which were discussed in last week’s Premier League shareholders meeting, but which are still at a very early stage) are focused on trying to make pre-season matches more competitive, whilst also potentially opening up lucrative new international markets.

Club executives are looking at pre-season competitions such as the existing Asia Trophy, to see whether there is scope for similar tournaments elsewhere, involving more Premier League clubs.

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Premier Inn customer enraged after booking room boasting sea views- ‘Very misleading!’

A furious dad has slammed Premier Inn after an advert led him to believe he was checking into a room with sea views. Roger Luke, 69, and his partner Irene Blower, 62, arrived at the hotel in Swansea last month after the website claimed guests would enjoy a “sailor’s life” as the hotel is “slap bang on the marina with views of the sea and surrounding hills”.

It also noted that those staying would be able to “enjoy the spectacular scenery”.

When the couple arrived on June 13 for a post-lockdown trip, they were shocked to find the entire building wrapped in white sheets, looking like a “construction site with no views”.

When the couple checked into the £35 room, they were gutted to look out the window and see the famed “sea views” obscured by poles and opaque netting- leaving the room “very dark”.

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Despite a note on the Premier Inn website saying that there are “restricted views”, Mr Luke argues he is the victim of “false advertising” as there are “no views whatsoever”.

Mr Luke told the Mirror: “We’ve stayed in this hotel several times and when we got there I said to my partner ‘we’re in the wrong place, this is a construction site here by the look of it’.

“We rang [Premier Inn] from the carpark to see if they’d purchased another hotel or if this hotel was closed, but they said they were round the front.

A Premier Inn spokesperson said: “Our Swansea Waterfront hotel is undergoing essential refurbishment as our booking journey makes clear. So, guests are aware works are taking place on their planned stay date before they make the decision to book.”

Premier Inn confirmed they have since updated their website to make it “even clearer” that there were no views – now stating rooms will have “obscured views from the windows as there is scaffolding to the exterior of the building”.

Additional reporting by Helen Le Caplain.

Premier League done deals: Every confirmed transfer in the top flight so far this summer

Premier League: How did the season unfold?

The summer transfer window will open this week, on Wednesday June 9. The window will run for a full 12 weeks, before closing on August 31. Express Sport takes you through every done deal in the Premier League this summer, as the transfer merry-go-round begins.



Konstantinos Mavropanos – Stuttgart – End of loan

Matteo Guendouzi – Hertha Berlin – End of loan

Lucas Torreira – Atletico Madrid – End of loan

Sead Kolasinac – FC Schalke – End of loan

William Saliba – Nice – End of loan

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – West Bromwich Albion – End of loan


David Luiz – Contract expired

Dani Ceballos – Real Madrid – End of loan

Mathew Ryan – Brighton and Hove Albion – End of loan

Martin Odegaard – Real Madrid – End of loan

Aston Villa


Lovre Kalinic – Hajduk Split – End of loan

Frederic Guilbert – Strasbourg – End of loan


Mbwana Samatta – Fenerbahce – £5.2m

Ahmed Elmohamady – Contract expired

Neil Taylor – Contract expired

Tom Heaton – Contract expired



Julian Jeanvier – Kasimpasa – End of loan

Joel Valencia – Legia Warszawa – End of loan

Patrik Gunnarsson – Silkeborg IF – End of loan

Halil Dervisoglu – Galatasary – End of loan


Henrik Dalsgaard – FC Midtjylland – Free transfer

Brighton and Hove Albion


Billy Acre – LDU Quito – End of loan

Jurgen Locadia – Cincinnati – End of loan

Jan Mlakar – NK Maribor – End of loan

Jan Paul van Hecke – End of loan

Tudor Baluta – Dynamo Kyiv – End of loan

Bernardo – RB Salzburg – End of loan

Mathew Ryan – Arsenal – End of loan


Christian Walton – Contract expired

Jose Izquierdo – Contract expired

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Premier League done dealsPremier League done deals: Every confirmed transfer in the top flight so far this summer (Image: GETTY Images)



Lukas Jensen – Kordrengir – End of loan


Ben Gibson – Norwich City – £8.8m

Robbie Brady – Contract expired



Danilo Pantic – Cukaricki – End of loan

Ike Ugbo – Cercle Brugge – End of loan

Kenedy – Granada CF – End of loan

Lewis Baker – Trabzonspor – End of loan

Davide Zappacosta – Genoa – End of loan

Matt Miazga – RSC Anderlecht – End of loan

Tiemoue Bakayoko – Napoli – End of loan

Malang Sarr – FC Porto – End of loan

Marco van Ginkel – PSV Eindhoven – End of loan

Victor Moses – Spartak Moscow – End of loan

Danny Drinkwater – Kasimpasa – End of loan

Fikayo Tomori – AC Milan – End of loan

Abdul Rahman Baba – PAOK Salonika – End of loan


Victor Moses – Spartak Moscow – £4.3m

Marco van Ginkel – Contract expired

Willy Caballero – Contract expired

Jamal Blackman – Contract expired

Danilo Pantic – Contract expired

Izzy Brown – Contract expired

Crystal Palace


Jacob Montes – Georgetown – Undisclosed fee

Jaroslaw Jach – Rakow – End of loan


Stephen Henderson – Contract expired

James McCarthy – Contract expired

Wayne Hennessey – Contract expired

Nathaniel Clyne – Contract expired

Gary Cahill – Contract expired

Scott Dann – Contract expired

Andros Townsend – Contract expired

Joel Ward – Contract expired

Patrick van Aanholt – Contract expired

Mamadou Sakho – Contract expired

Connor Wickham – Contract expired

Sam Woods – Contract expired



Moise Kean – Paris Saint-Germain – End of loan

Cenk Tosun – Besiktas – End of loan

Jonjoe Kenny – Celtic – End of loan


Theo Walcott – Southampton – Free transfer

Matthew Pennington – Shrewsbury Town – Free transfer

Muhamed Besic – Contract expired

Yannick Bolasie – Contract expired

Robin Olsen – AS Roma – End of loan

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Leeds United


Laurens De Bock – Zulte Waregem – End of loan

Mateusz Bogusz – UD Logrones – End of loan


Ouasim Bouy – Contract expired

Gaetano Berardi – Contract expired

Pablo Hernandez – Contract expired

Eunan O’Kane – Contract expired

Barry Douglas – Contract expired

Leicester City


Rachid Ghezzal – Besiktas – End of loan

Filip Benkovic – OH Leuven – End of loan


Christian Fuchs – Contract expired

Wes Morgan – Retired

Matty James – Contract expired

Cengiz Under – AS Roma – End of loan



Ibrahima Konate – RB Leipzig – £34m

Taiwo Awoniyi – Union Berlin – End of loan

Loris Karius – Union Berline – End of loan

Kamil Grabara – Aarhus GF – End of loan

Marko Grujic – FC Porto – End of loan

Sepp van den Berg – Preston North End – End of loan

Takumi Minamino – Southampton – End of loan


Georginio Wijnaldum – Contract expired

Ozan Kabak – FC Schalke – End of loan

Manchester City


Kayky – Fluminense – £8.6m

Metinho – Fluminense – £4.3m

Ko Itakura – FC Groningen – End of loan

Daniel Arzani – Aarhus GF – End of loan

Nahuel Bustos – Girona – End of loan

Luka Ilic – FC Twente – End of loan

Marlos Moreno – Lommel SK – End of loan

Yan Couto – Girona – End of loan

Pablo Moreno – Girona – End of loan

Aro Muric – Willem II – End of loan

Ryotaro Meshino – Rio Ave FC – End of loan

Yangel Herrera – Granada CF – End of loan

Issa Kabore – KV Mechelen – End of loan


Angelino – RB Leipzig – £15.5m

Sergio Aguero – Barcelona – Free transfer

Eric Garcia – Barcelona – Free transfer

Fernandinho – Contract expired

Premier League done deals: Manchester City won

Premier League done deals: Manchester City won last season’s Premier League title (Image: GETTY Images)

Manchester United


Andreas Pereira – Lazio – End of loan

Diogo Dalot – AC Milan – End of loan

Tahith Chong – Club Brugge – End of loan

Facundo Pellistri – Alaves – End of loan


Sergio Romero – Contract expired

Joel Pereira – Contract expired

Lee Grant – Contract expired

Newcastle United


Florian Lejeune – Alaves – End of loan

Yoshinori Muto – SD Eibar – End of loan


Andy Carroll – Contract expired

Henri Saivet – Contract expired

Christian Atsu – Contract expired

Norwich City


Ben Gibson – Burnley – £8.3m

Dimitrios Giannoulis – PAOK Salonika – £6.5m

Philip Heise – Karlsruher SC – End of loan

Daniel Adshead – Telstar – End of loan

Daniel Sinani – Waasl.-Beveren – End of loan

Time Klose – FC Basel – End of loan

Rocky Bushiri – KAS Eupen – End of loan

Josip Drmic – HNK Rijeka – End of loan


Mario Vrancic – Contract expired

Orjan Nyland – Contract expired

Xavi Quintilla – Villarreal – End of loan

Dimitrios Giannoulis – PAOK Salonika – End of loan



Theo Walcott – Everton – Free transfer

Shane Long – Bournemouth – End of loan

Mohamed Elyounoussi – Celtic – End of loan

Wesley Hoedt – Lazio – End of loan


Ryan Bertrand – Contract expired

Jake Hesketh – Contract expired

Josh Sims – Contract expired

Takumi Minamino – End of loan



Juan Foyth – Villarreal – End of loan

Ryan Sessegnon – TSG Hoffenheim – End of loan

Paulo Gazzaniga – Elche CF – End of loan


Danny Rose – Contract expired

Paulo Gazzaniga – Contract expired

Gareth Bale – Real Madrid – End of loan

Carlos Vinicius – Benfica – End of loan



Imran Louza – FC Nantes – £8.6m

Mattie Pollock – £258,000

Kwadwo Baah – Rochdale – Undisclosed fee

Pontus Dahlberg – Hacken – End of loan

Kwasi Sibo – UD Ibiza – End of loan

Cucho Hernandez – Getafe – End of loan

Jorge Segura – Atletico Nacional – End of loan

Ignacio Pussetto – Udinese Calcio – End of loan

Adalberto Penaranda – CSKA Sofia – End of loan

Jerome Sinclair – CSKA Sofia – End of loan

Domingos Quina – Granada CF – End of loan


Craig Dawson – West Ham United – £2m

Achraf Lazaar – Contract expired

Carlos Sanchez – Contract expired

Jerome Sinclair – Contract expired

West Ham United


Craig Dawson – Watford – £2m

Xande Silva – Aris Salonika – End of loan

Felipe Anderson – FC Porto – End of loan


Fabian Balbuena – Contract expired



Toti Gomes – Grasshoppers – End of loan

Rafa Mir – SD Huesca – End of loan

Connor Ronan – Grasshoppers – End of loan

Bruno Jordao – Famalicao – End of loan

Leonardo Campana – Famalicao – End of loan

Ruben Vinagre – Famalicao – End of loan

Patrick Cutrone – Valencia – End of loan


Vitinha – FC Porto – End of loan

Rayan Ait Nouri – SCO Angers – End of loan

Willian Jose – Real Sociedad – End of loan

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FIFA 21 Premier League Player of the Season nominees REVEALED: POTS voting open now

Dias signed for Manchester City from Benfica last summer, and has been an instrumental player for the Citizens.

The 24-year-old Portuguese player has been the backbone of City’s backline which has registered the best defence in the league this season.

Dias along with De Bruyne were critical to Pep Guardiola’s side claiming a domestic double this season.

Unfortunately for City fans, the prize they’ve been clamouring for for so long – the Champions League – evaded them once again this season.

Over the weekend City lost 1-0 to Chelsea, with Thomas Tuchel’s side earning their third win against the Premier League champs in a row.

Kai Havertz scored the crucial goal for the Blues, after an assist from Mason Mount – who is also nominated for the FIFA 21 Premier League POTS award.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

Premier League talking points: Alisson's Liverpool moment, Dele Alli is back, West Ham


What was this? Tottenham one goal to the good and still banging shots against the woodwork and eventually adding a second.

By BASKing in the glory of the Fantasy Formation of Bale, Alli, Son and Kane, Ryan Mason has given Spurs fans a taste of what they are dreaming of. And with speculation surrounding Kane, it might be last fleeting glimpse of a line-up for the ages.

If it was still the 2013 Gareth Bale and Dele Alli from 2017, Spurs’ season would have been very different indeed.

But at least these last more cossetted games of the season, away from Jose Mourinho’s abrasive abuse, have given both players a chance to rebuild some confidence.

Sadly for Bale it is unlikely to be enough to earn him a final-year Real Madrid swansong, so his summer looks uncertain.

But Alli is still just 25.

As he showed four seasons ago, he has the potential to be among the very best. And with his pace over five yards, his energy and, yes, that ‘devilment’ Mauricio Pochettino kept going on about, he offers something different.

Gareth Southgate has three places extra in his Euro 2020 squad that he was not expecting. Is it time to hold out the olive branch to Alli and see what he can do?

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

Manchester City champions: 5 matches that won the Premier League crown

Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Tuesday after nearest rivals Manchester United fell to a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City. It was their third league title in the past four seasons with Pep Guardiola’s men being deserved champions.
It has been an utterly dominant season from City as they reclaim their crown from Liverpool.

Express Sport takes a look back on the five matches that has seen them be named as champions.

Manchester City 2-5 Leicester City

It seems somewhat bizarre to at first pick out a defeat and a heavy one at that but this thumping at the hands of Brendan Rodgers’ men gave City the lessons that they needed.

Defensively, the Citizens looked vulnerable throughout as Jamie Vardy bagged a hat-trick, with James Maddison and Youri Tielemans also getting on the scoresheet.

That reverse convinced the club to turn to the transfer market and bring in Ruben Dias from Benfica – a move that has been inspired.

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Liverpool 1-4 Manchester City

Speaking of title rivals, Liverpool were then the next to be put to the sword in early February.

It was a statement victory from the visitors at Anfield as they displayed their resilience and quality to reduce the considerable gap to the Reds that was on display throughout 2019/20.

Gundogan scored twice on the day, with Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden also netting for City’s first Premier League victory at Anfield since 2003.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City

As it happened, the last win before they were crowned as champions.

Sergio Aguero and Torres netted two quickfire goals at Selhurst Park to secure three points.

It was also City’s 20th victory in their previous 22 league games – a run of form that has seen them canter to a fifth Premier League crown.

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Man City's Pep Guardiola hailed as Premier League's 'best ever' boss after title triumph

Pep Guardiola was praised to the heavens after Manchester City were confirmed as 2020/21 Premier League champions. Guardiola’s City side recovered from a stuttering start to the season to eventually claim the title with three games of the season still to play.
City’s Premier League title was confirmed at the final whistle at Old Trafford, where City’s cross-town rivals Manchester United fell to a 2-1 home defeat by third-placed Leicester City.

And after the match, BT Sport pundit Robbie Savage was gushing with praise for Guardiola’s stewardship of the newly-crowned champions.

“Especially to think when they lost at Spurs, they were 14th in the table,” Savage recalled. 

“He then evolved the side, put Cancelo into the team, brought him into a midfield position – a free role – amazing performances. 

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“Pep improves players and that side is incredible. 

“For me, the best manager I’ve witnessed in the Premier League.”

Savage’s fulsome praise was shot down somewhat by former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand.

“Just like Chris Sutton said, you should go and get your coat,” he said.

But Savage laughed off the good-natured jibe, and continued his argument for Guardiola being the best Premier League manager ever, ahead of Ferdinand’s former boss at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Listen, the reason I’m saying this: Sir Alex, the record he has, but overall, at Bayern, Barcelona and Manchester City – the way teams from the Premier League down to grassroots play like Manchester City. I’ve never seen anything like it,” he offered.

“Listen, he’s won trophies with teams he should win trophies with. 

“If he wins the Champions League with Man City, for me, the best ever.”

Guardiola will get the chance to do just that when City take on Chelsea in the Champions League final on May 29.

That match, which was originally set to take place in Istanbul, could be set for a change of location, with Lisbon in Portugal and London’s Wembley Stadium both thought to be in the running as potential replacement hosts.

While Ferdinand was sure to check Savage’s view, the United legend also paid tribute to Guardiola for leading City to the title this season.

“You’ve got to give credit where it’s due,” he said. 

“Pep Guardiola’s men have bounced back, I thought Liverpool were fantastic the season before this and everyone thought: ‘Who are going to catch them?’.

“Pep went back to the drawing board, fixed things up at Man City and they came back flying, took the league by storm and deserved champions, definitely.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed