Archive | August 18, 2016

Kelechi Iheanacho extends Man City deal….

Kelechi Iheanacho

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has signed a two-year contract extension with the club. The 19-year-old scored 14 times last season even though 25 of his 36 appearances were as a substitute. New manager Pep Guardiola has rewarded him with a long-term deal on much improved terms. “Kelechi is a natural goalscorer. I knew about him before, but I’ve been really impressed with him since I arrived,” Guardiola said. “I like his personality, his attitude, his ability – we hope to help him reach the highest level and to realise his full potential.” Iheanacho was City’s third-highest scorer in all competitions, behind Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne. The Nigerian was a late substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Sunderland.

Crystal Palace reach agreement with Liverpool for Benteke….

Crystal Palace have reached an agreement with Liverpool to sign Belgium striker Christian Benteke. The clubs have agreed a fee of £27m plus add-ons that could see the deal rise to above £30m. The 25-year-old is travelling to London to have a medical and finalise personal terms. Benteke, who joined the Reds for £32.5m in July 2015 under former boss Brendan Rodgers, will become Palace’s all-time record signing by some distance. Palace had an offer worth £23m up front, plus £7m add ons, rejected on Tuesday.

Barcelona wins Spanish Cup….

Arda Turan

Arda Turan scored twice and Lionel Messi once as Barcelona earned a 3-0 second-leg victory over Sevilla to win the Spanish Super Cup 5-0 on aggregate. Turkey midfielder Turan slotted in the first goal at the Nou Camp from Messi’s through pass in the 10th minute. Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo then saved Vicente Iborra’s penalty after Samuel Umtiti handled. Turan chipped in his second shortly after the break, with Messi guiding in a sublime header for the third. It is the first time Barcelona have won the Spanish Super Cup since 2013. The two-legged match usually pitches the league champions against the Copa del Rey winners. However, as Luis Enrique’s team won both trophies last season, Sevilla took part as Copa del Rey runners-up. Both sides begin their La Liga season on Saturday, with champions Barcelona at home to Real Betis, while Sevilla, who finished seventh last May, host Espanyol.

Mahrez signs new four-year deal with Leicester City….

Riyad Mahrez

Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez has signed a new four-year contract with the Premier League champions. The Algeria international, 25, had been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal this summer. He scored 17 goals and added 11 assists last season and was voted the Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year. Mahrez joins team-mates Wes Morgan, Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel and Andy King in signing new contracts. Manager Claudio Ranieri has also signed a new four-year deal and, after losing midfielder N’Golo Kante to Chelsea, has repeatedly reiterated his desire to keep hold of the club’s top players. Mahrez joined the Foxes from French second-tier side Le Havre in January 2014.