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gareth-baleThe Sunday Express in reporting that Wales and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has given the green light to a blockbuster return to the Premier League with Manchester United in the summer.

The newspaper is reporting that the club’s owners the Glazers want to copy the the Galacticos approach of Real Madrid as they feel that this will be the quickest way to increase United’s value to over £3 billion, an valuation that would result in them selling the club and walking away with a where a £2 billion profit. Yes, £2 Billion with a B.

BR-ShanksA defiant Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool have shown the “quality, desire and confidence” to still finish in the top-four this season.

The Reds produced a display of attacking brilliance against Arsenal but needed a goal from Martin Skrtel seven minutes into added time to salvage a point.

Liverpool will enter the Christmas holiday in 10th place nine points off a Champions League place having endured their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign.

No team has ever finished higher than sixth with the same points haul after 17 games, but Rodgers is convinced his side can make up the gap, with injured striker Daniel Sturridge set to return in the New Year.

Arsene WengerArsene Wenger believes some of his players suffered from the humiliating 5-1 defeat to Liverpool last season, after Arsenal conceded deep into stoppage-time during their 2-2 draw against the Reds at Anfield on Sunday.

The Gunners were 4-0 behind after just 20 minutes of the same fixture in February, and Wenger claimed the psychological effect it had on his team took its toll in a laboured display against the Merseysiders.

“We had problems today getting our flow going, we didn’t have enough possession in the game,” the Frenchman said.

“In the first half it [Arsenal’s performance] was down to tactical reasons and some psychological reasons.

lvgAccording to a report in the Telegraph, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been assured that “substantial funds” are available for him to spend in the January transfer window.

Despite spending £150 million during the summer, van Gaal and United did not buy a world class center half, and now it looks like they will address their biggest need next month.

iker-casillasWhen Real Madrid beat San Lorenzo 2-0 on Saturday to become Club World Cup champions, skipper Iker Casillas made history as he became the first captain to win eight major trophies, the Club World Cup, La Liga, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup, Champions League, World Cup and the European Championships.

The 33-year-old can now also claim to have won every competition he has ever played in after goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale secured victory in Marrakesh.

Real Madrid Are World Club Champions

real-world-championsReal Madrid are FIFA Club World Cup champions after easily beating San Lorenzo 2-0 in the final in Morocco.

The Champions League winners scored on either side of the half thanks to goals from defender Sergio Ramos and winger Gareth Bale. The two wins in Morocco, means that Carlo Ancelotti’s side have won their last 22 consecutive matches in all competitive matches. An incredible record.

This was no more than a practice game for Real as San Lorenzo rarely threatened Iker Casillas’s goal.

White Hart LanePremier League side Tottenham Hotspur could be the next club that is taken over by the deep pockets of the Qatari Government

Qatar sports minister Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali has told The Associated Press that the Gulf state is keen to purchase a Premier League club, although I am not sure how Uefa will handle that as they already own Paris Saint-Germain.

Al-Ali said the Qatari government has been approached about investment in the English top flight and added:

“Some of the opportunities are really good.”

Falcao: I really want to stay at Man United

Falcao-scoresRadamel Falcao says that he would love to stay at Manchester United, but admits that a permanent move to Old Trafford will depend on how much he plays from now until the end of the season.

United made a big splash by signing the Colombian striker from Monaco in deadline day, but Falcao was obviously not fully recovered from his knee surgery early in the year and as a result he has struggled to find form and has scored just once in 11 appearances.

capitalonecupPremier League leaders Chelsea have been drawn against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semi-final, while Tottenham Hotspur will take on League One side Sheffield United.

Brendan Rodgers’ side beat Bournemouth 3-1 in the quarter-finals while Chelsea beat Derby by the same scoreline. The first leg of the semi-final will be played at Anfield the week commencing January 19, with the second leg taking place the following week.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho won his first trophy in England by beating Liverpool to the League Cup in 2005, and his side will be away in the first leg.

13 Cities Announced For 2015 Gold Cup

The US national team will begin the defense of their CONCACAF Gold Cup title in July in Dallas, one of 13 North American host cities for the event unveiled by CONCACAF.

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Toronto’s BMO Field will also host a game for the first time in the tournament’s history, marking the mark the first time the Gold Cup has been played in Canada.

The other host cities announced on Tuesday are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Phoenix. The tournament runs July 7-26, and the host city for the championship game will be announced early next year.