Ex-Chelsea playmaker Kakuta rejoins boyhood club Lens

Former Chelsea attacking midfielder Gael
Kakuta has agreed to join his former club Lens, the newly-promoted Ligue
1 side announced on Thursday.

DR Congo international Kakuta, 29,
who came through the Lens academy before joining the Blues as a
teenager, will join his new outfit on loan for the season from Amiens.

“Here’s where it all started. I always wanted to play for Lens’ first team. It was my childhood dream,” Kakuta said in a club statement.

He failed to help his parent side avoid the drop to Ligue 2 despite scoring two goals and making five assists last term.

His deal at the four-time French champions includes an option to buy.

Lens return to the top-flight next term after relegation in 2015.

Dortmund reveal plan to replace Man Utd target Sancho

Borussia Dortmund
would turn to the transfer market should they lose England winger Jadon
Sancho to Manchester United next month, the Bundesliga runners-up have

“If Jadon were to leave, we would once again be active
in strengthening our attack,” sports director Michael Zorc told magazine
Kicker on Thursday.

“There are certainly one or two players we have our sights on.”

Mahrez hails Man City goalscoring power

Riyad Mahrez hailed
Manchester City’s goalscoring power after the dethroned Premier League
champions swept Newcastle aside 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Algeria international found the net along with Gabriel Jesus, David
Silva and Raheem Sterling, while City benefited from a Federico
Fernandez own goal in the victory.

The rout took City’s goal tally
in the Premier League this season to 86 from 34 games – 11 more than
champions Liverpool, who they hammered 4-0 last week.

Pogba lauds Man Utd’s ‘beautiful’ attack

Paul Pogba has applauded Manchester United’s
“beautiful” attack, relishing his role in the team’s push for a
Champions League spot after a season ravaged by injury.

The French
World Cup winner’s return to fitness has been a key factor in United’s
run of four wins and a draw in five games since the restart.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, who play Aston Villa on Thursday, are fifth in the Premier League, four points behind Leicester with a game in hand, and on a 16-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Man Utd boss Solskjaer wary of Grealish threat

Manchester United
must be wary of the threat posed by Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish in
Thursday’s Premier League clash at Villa Park, manager Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer said on Wednesday.

Grealish, 24, scored a sensational
goal in the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in December and British media have
strongly linked the English midfielder with a move to Old Trafford.

Barca aim to keep up with Real as they tackle Espanyol

Wednesday’s Catalan capital derby should be
among the most momentous in this LaLiga fixture’s long and colourful
history, as hosts FC Barcelona need three points to keep up with Real
Madrid in the title race, while visitors RCD Espanyol are desperate for a
victory due to their increasingly serious battle against relegation.

Watch FC Barcelona vs RCD Espanyol live on SuperSport 7 at 22:00 CAT.

Barça have yet to hit their stride since coming back from the COVID-19 enforced break, with Lionel Messi and company dropping important points in key moments such as last week’s 2-2 draw at home to Atletico de Madrid.

Leicester’s Maddison, Chilwell doubts for Arsenal clash

Leicester City playmaker James Maddison and full-back Ben Chilwell
are injury doubts for Tuesday’s Premier League clash at Arsenal, manager
Brendan Rodgers said on Monday.

The pair are among the top
chance creators in Rodgers’ side this season as the Foxes look to
retain their top-four spot and qualify for the Champions League for the
first time since 2016.

“We’ve got doubts over James
Maddison and Ben Chilwell. They could be the two who could struggle,”
Rodgers told reporters in a virtual news conference.

Messi will finish career at Barca says club president

Barcelona president
Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that captain Lionel Messi will end his
career at the Catalan club, dismissing a report saying the Argentine no
longer wishes to renew his current contract when it expires next year.

has said he will end his working and footballing life at Barca,”
Bartomeu told Spanish network Movistar after his side beat Villarreal
4-1 away on Sunday in LaLiga.

“I’m not going to explain the
details because we are focused on the competition and we are negotiating
with many players but Messi has explained to us that he wants to stay
and so we’re going to enjoy him for much longer.”

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Klopp targets strong finish after Man City thumping

Jurgen Klopp was
adamant results remain important to him in Liverpool’s closing games
after the newly crowned Premier League champions were humbled 4-0 by
Manchester City.

The Reds came down to earth with a bump at the Etihad on Thursday in their first match since securing the title last week.

side still have a 20-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s second-placed team
but with six games remaining but the German boss still wants to finish