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Real Madrid make u-turn over Dani Ceballos stay at Arsenal

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Real Madrid have made a u-turn over midfielder, Dani Ceballos’s stay at Arsenal.

Zinedine Zidane’s side initially wanted Ceballos to extend his loan at Arsenal, but Real Madrid’s hierarchy now wants to keep the Spaniard for their pre-season campaign instead of loaning him out again to the Gunners.

Ceballos impressed in his final few months under Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta and ended his season-long loan by helping Arsenal beat Chelsea at Wembley to win the FA Cup on August 1.

Arteta has made it clear that he is keen for the 24-year-old to remain at Emirates for another season after he formed a solid midfield partnership with Granit Xhaka during the Premier League restart.

However, according to Spain newspaper, AS, the La Liga champions have now reconsidered Ceballos’ future following his impressive performances for Arteta’s side.

Madrid’s chiefs are convinced that Ceballos can become a first-team regular under Zidane at Santiago Bernabeu.

Meanwhile, Ceballos has since informed Real Madrid that he will not stay at Bernabeu and accept a bit-part role under Zidane.

 

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Chelsea confirm deal for 20-year-old striker

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Chelsea have confirmed a new long-term deal for 20-year-old striker, Armando Broja.

The new deal will see Broja remain at Chelsea until 2026.

Chelsea disclosed this in a statement via their website on Sunday.

The statement read, “Armando Broja has signed a new long-term contract at Chelsea FC that commits him to Stamford Bridge until at least the summer of 2026.

“The young striker, who will turn 20 in September, spent last season on loan in the Eredivisie with Vitesse Arnhem, where he made 34 appearances.”

Reacting, Broja said: “I’m really excited to be signing a new contract with Chelsea.

“Having come through the Academy here it was a special moment for me to make my first-team debut last year, before gaining further experience on loan at Vitesse last season.

“I want to build on these foundations and I’m really looking forward to progressing and making an impact.”

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Saliba breaks silence after leaving Arsenal on loan to Marseille

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William Saliba has said he is joining “one of the great French clubs” in Marseille after sealing his latest loan spell away from Arsenal.

The 20-year-old was signed by the Gunners for £27m in 2019.

But Saliba is yet to make a single appearance for the Premier League club and is now beginning his third loan move away from north London.

He was immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne after signing for Arsenal, before spending the second half of last season at Nice.

Saliba has now signed up for the 2021/2022 campaign with Marseille.

“I am very proud to join one of the best French clubs.

“I cannot wait to be on the Orange Vélodrome pitch. Where I am from, in Paris, lots of those close to me are for Marseille, I am proud to wear this shirt,” Saliba told Marseille’s official website.

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England vs Italy: UEFA receives petitions to replay Euro 2020 final

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Some England fans have started a petition, asking that UEFA order a replay of the Euro 2020 final.

They feel the defeat to Italy on penalties was “unfair”, according to the Daily Mail.

Italy have been accused of playing “dirty”, after their captain Giorgio Chiellini pulled on Bukayo Saka’s collar, dragging him onto the pitch in the latter stages of the game.

While some fans have taken to social media to insist he deserved a red card for the move, he eventually got away with a yellow.

The refereeing decisions have been widely disputed since and a number of England fans have taken it upon themselves to start up petitions.

One petition, in its description, outlines: “Bukayo Saka was mistreated during the match between England and Italy as he was dragged down by his shirt by Giorgio Cheiellini and given a yellow card when it CLEARLY should’ve been a red card. I do strongly believe that the referee was biased and in favour of Italy.”

Another argues Chiellini should have been given a red card, and that a rematch should take place with a “non-biased referee”.

Currently, there are several petitions that exist, but they are struggling to gain any substantial traction.

Of the five petitions so far, one is approaching 1,500 signatures, while the others have meagre numbers.

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