Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has signed a new five-year deal to keep him at the club until 2023. The France international, 27, has scored three goals in 81 Premier League appearances for the Blues after joining from Leicester City in 2016. Chelsea won the league title in Kante’s first season at Stamford Bridge and he was named the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year. “It has been two beautiful years and I wish for more to come,” he said.
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has confirmed his retirement from playing, ending “an amazing 20 years”. The Ivory Coast striker, 40, had two spells at Chelsea, scoring 164 goals in 381 games and winning four Premier Leagues and the 2012 Champions League. He spent the last 18 months of his career with US side Phoenix Rising, the club he co-owns. “After 20 years, I have decided to put an end to my playing career,” he told BBC World Service’s Sportshour.
Australia bid farewell to an emotional Tim Cahill as he made his 108th and final appearance in 3-0 win against Lebanon at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Cahill, 38, came on in the 82nd minute, after two goals from Martin Boyle and a Mathew Leckie strike had all but sealed the win for the hosts. Despite failing to score on the night he finishes his international career as Australia’s record goalscorer with 50.
Kylian Mbappe injured a shoulder as world champions France beat Uruguay in a friendly in Paris. Paris St-Germain forward Mbappe was unable to continue after landing awkwardly after a challenge from Uruguay goalkeeper Martin Campana. Earlier in the first half, Mbappe had missed a clear-cut chance, clipping wide when through on goal.
Paris St-Germain forward Neymar played for only six minutes as Brazil edged out Cameroon in Milton Keynes. Neymar suffered an adductor muscle injury while taking a shot and was replaced by Everton’s Richarlison. And the Toffees forward proved to be the match-winner, powering home a header on the stroke of half-time.