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Alejandro Balde renews Barcelona contract until 2028

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Barcelona have confirmed that Alejandro Balde has extended his contract with the club until 2028.

The renewal has been in the works for some time but is finally official which will be another huge boost to the Catalan giants.

Here’s Barca’s official statement.

“FC Barcelona and the player Alejandro Balde have reached an agreement for a new contract which will take the player through to 30 June 2028.

“The buy out clause is set at 1bn euros.”

Balde will officially put pen to paper on his contract on Thursday at a special ceremony where he’ll also speak to the press.

The left-back has become a key player for Barcelona since breaking into the first team last season under Xavi.

Balde has gone on to make the position his own, despite competition for places, and has gone to make 55 first-team appearances.

Manchester City have been interested in trying to lure Balde away from Camp Nou, but the defender has now committed his future to the Catalan giants. Barcelona are also expected to announce new contracts for Lamine Yamal and Xavi shortly.

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EPL: 11 Chelsea players miss training ahead of Everton clash

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EPL: 11 Chelsea players miss training ahead of Everton clash

At least 11 Chelsea players were absent in training ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash against Everton.

According to Standard Sport, Axel Disasi and Enzo Fernandez have joined the injury list.

Raheem Sterling and Robert Sanchez are listed as ill.

Already unavailable are Levi Colwill, Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Romeo Lavia, Christopher Nkunku and Lesley Ugochukwu all on the club’s injury report.

But there is a positive update for Chelsea with defender Ben Chilwell returning to partial training.

The Blues go into the game sitting in 9th place with 44 points.

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EPL: Man City cannot drop points – Guardiola

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EPL: Man City cannot drop points – Guardiola

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has admitted his team cannot afford to drop more points in the Premier League title race.

The champions are looking to win the trophy for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season.

However, they are currently in third place, behind rivals Arsenal and Liverpool on the table.

City will play Luton Town first, before Liverpool host Crystal Palace and Aston Villa travel to Arsenal on Sunday.

“The Premier League is so important. I expect a game similar to the Premier League when we won 2-1 at the end of the FA Cup. We have to be ready.

“We’re fighting for the title, we cannot drop points,” Guardiola told reporters today.

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Fenerbahce fined over Turkish Super Cup walk-out

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Fenerbahce fined over Turkish Super Cup walk-out

Fenerbahce were fined 115,000 euros ($123,175) on Thursday over their Turkish Super Cup protest at the weekend.

Fenerbahce walked off the field in the opening minutes of the fixture against Galatasaray on Sunday as a protest against alleged unfair treatment.

Fenerbahce fielded an Under-19 team for the game against their Istanbul rivals. Galatasaray went ahead after three minutes with Fenerbahce then walking off in a pre-planned protest.

The Turkish Football Federation awarded Galatasaray a 3-0 win and issued Fenerbahce with the six-figure fine.

“It’s time for Turkish football to be reset,” Fenerbahce president Ali Koc had told a press conference before the match.

Fenerbahce are chasing their first Turkish title since 2014 and are two points behind champions Galatasaray with seven rounds to go. Fenerbahce claim they are being picked on.

They had asked for the Super Cup to be postponed ahead of their Europa League quarter-final against Olympiakos on Thursday.

And the club had also demanded that a foreign referee take charge of the Super Cup, citing unfavourable treatment from Turkish referees.

Both demands were denied by the Turkish federation.

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