Manchester United is the most valuable football club in Europe, being worth about 3bn euros (£2.6bn), according to business services group KPMG. The Europa League winners top KPMG’s analysis of top sides’ “enterprise value”, putting it ahead of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. The study analysed broadcasting rights, profitability, popularity, sporting potential and stadium ownership. In the study of 32 teams, English clubs dominate, filling six top 10 places. Continue to see the top ten clubs…
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi, 33, has signed a new two-year deal at Roma. The 33-year-old, a product of the club’s youth academy, has made a total of 561 appearances for the first team, scoring 59 goals. He has also won over 100 caps for Italy, winning the World Cup in 2006.
Twenty-eight Russian athletes have had their requests to compete as neutrals rejected by world athletics’ governing body, which has approved three others. The IAAF doping review board accepted the appeals of 400m runner Kseniya Aksyonova, javelin thrower Vera Rebrik and 400m hurdler Vera Rudakova. A further 27 cases are under review as Russia’s athletics federation remains banned from international competition.
Olympique Lyonnais and Norway striker Ada Hegerberg has been crowned BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2017. Thousands of fans from across the world cast their votes as the 21-year-old beat second-placed Brazil forward Marta and third-placed Canada captain Christine Sinclair. The other nominees on the five-player shortlist for the BBC World Service award were Sweden keeper Hedvig Lindahl and Germany’s Melanie Behringer. “Wow, it’s a surprise,” said Hegerberg. “It’s a huge honour to win, with such big-name footballers nominated,” added the striker, whose club will seek to retain their Champions League title – to complete back-to-back trebles – when they face Paris St-Germain in Thursday’s all-French final in Cardiff.
Nigeria and Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho will reject offers to leave the Premier League, despite interest from the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, Naijasportscrib understands. Iheanacho, 20, is expected to leave City this summer in search of more playing time after falling down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola, but the player prefers to stay in England. “He has been in England for the last three years and is two years away from getting his UK citizenship,” the source said. “There is no point in moving outside England right now.”
Manchester City’s chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak has said that he wants Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure to stay at the club. He said the midfielder had been an instrumental player and that team manager Pep Guardiola had confidence in Toure: Yaya is one of the players that over the last six years has been instrumental to the success of this club. This year has been another year in which he has shown us on the pitch the type of player he is, the type of personality he is, and how he continues to be a player who can give to the team and to our organization. Pep [Guardiola], as you have seen obviously this year, has a lot of trust and confidence in him. So Yaya I hope will be with us and continue his journey with us.”
Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez has announced he wants to leave Leicester City. The 26-year-old, who joined from French club Le Havre for a reported £400,000 ($500,000) in 2014, said he had agreed “to stay for another season” following “a good discussion with the chairman” after the Foxes won the Premier League last year. But he added he was “fiercely ambitious” and had “informed the club I feel now is the time to move on.”
Arsene Wenger has agreed a new two-year deal at Arsenal. The agreement was reached after Wenger met with majority shareholder Stan Kroenke on Monday. The news that Wenger will stay ends a whole year of uncertainty that by the manager’s own admission has damaged the team this season. After the Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League, their worst finish for 21 years, Wenger conceded that they had played in an “absolutely horrendous” psychological environment.