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Tottenham Hotspur announce the £20m signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton in a five-year deal (photos)



Tottenham Hotspur have announced the signing of midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton.

The 25-year-old Denmark international who underwent his medical at the club’s training ground on Monday August 10, penned a five-year deal with Jose Mourinho’s side for a fee of £20million.

Hojbjerg will wear the No 5 shirt vacated by Jan Vertonghen who left the club at the end of the season.

After completing his move, Hojbjerg told Tottenham’s official website: ‘What was very important to me is I wanted to play in a club where I could see myself for many years. Tottenham was the one. I’m very proud, very happy, excited.

‘I think there’s a fantastic future ahead for the Club and I wanted so much to be a part of that.’

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Messi slams Barcelona over Suarez exit



Lionel Messi was emotionally unstable over the sale of his mate. The Barcelona captain bid an emotional farewell on Friday to Luis Suarez.

“Today I went into the dressing room and the awful truth hit me,” Messi posted on Instagram, before renewing his criticism of club management.

“You deserved to be sent off as what you are: one of the most important players in the history of the club,” Messi wrote. “And not to be fired in the way they did it.”

“The truth is that at this point nothing surprises me anymore.”

Messi has a long-running feud with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu which intensified after Barcelona were humiliated 8-2 by Bayern in a Champions League quarter-final in August.

Messi tried to force his exit from Barcelona but finally accepted that he would have to see out the final year of his contract. Meanwhile, two of his closest friends on the team, Suarez and the Chilean Arturo Vidal have left.

The 33-year-old Suarez moves to Atletico on a two-year contract on a free transfer, although, if he does well, Barcelona could receive some money.

Suarez, who hit 198 goals for Barca, becoming the third-highest goalscorer in the history of the club, cried as he bid an impromptu farewell to the club on Thursday.

“I’m going to keep playing, with fresh motivation, with the objective to show I can continue competing,” Suarez said.

“Everyone knows the relationship we have, Leo and me. I’ve already played against him in the Uruguay-Argentina matches, playing against each other is not going to change the feelings we have for each other,” Suarez said.

Messi and Suarez were neighbours in the beachside suburb of Castelldefels and would arrive at training together.

“How difficult it is going to be not to continue to share the days with you, both on the pitch and off it” wrote Messi in a post accompanied by seven pictures of the two men together, sometimes with their families. “We are going to miss you very much. It’s been many years, many cups of mate, lunches, dinners…Many things that I will never forget.”

“It’s going to be weird to see you with another shirt and much more to face you,” wrote Messi. “But I wish you all the best in this new challenge. I love you very much, I love you very much. See you soon, my friend.”

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NFF ignores Finidi, appoints Amoo as Eaglets coach



The Nigeria Football Federation has snubbed Finidi George for the coaching role of the national U-17 and appointed Fatai Amoo instead as the national U-17 coach, Updatebaze reports.

Finidi, who won the UEFA Champions League with Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam in 1995, had applied for the U-17 coaching job and was tipped to take over from Manu Garba, who was formerly in charge of the Golden Eaglets.

According to a statement by NFF’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, on Friday, Ladan Bosso, returns for a second stint as U-20 coach, after he led the Flying Eagles to Canada 2007 U20 World Cup.

He will be assisted by former Flying Eagles defender Oladuni Oyekale, Jolomi Alli (second assistant), Samaila Keshi (assistant coach/scout) and Suleiman Akanmu (goalkeeper coach).

Amoo will be assisted by Ahmed Dankoli, Nnamdi Onuigbo (second assistant),, Hassan Abdallah (assistant coach/scout), and Danlami Kwasau (goalkeeper coach).

Also, Christopher Danjuma retains his job as the Falconets coach and will be assisted by Moses Aduku, Bilkisu Tijani (second assistant), Charity Nwere Nnedinma (assistant coach/scout) and Audu Yahaya (goalkeeper coach).

The U-17 girls’ crew will be headed by Bankole Olowookere, with Queen Okpa (first assistant coach), Adanna Nwaneri (second assistant), Moroof Nojimu (assistant coach/scout), and Mohammed Abubakar Ndanusa (goalkeeper coach) as assistants.

The U-15 boys’ crew would be led by Haruna Ilerika, who has Bassey Patrick (first assistant), Olubunmi Haruna (second assistant), Mohammed Kachalla (assistant coach/scout), and Baruwa Olatunji (goalkeeper coach) as assistants.

Abdullahi Umar heads the crew for the U-13 boys, with Salisu Ibrahim (first assistant), Bamai Bukar (second assistant coach), Mohammed Kwairanga (third assistant), Ifeanyi Uba (assistant coach/scout) and Abubakar Abdullahi (goalkeeper coach) as assistants.

Meanwhile, the senior women’s team Super Falcon are still without a coach following the departure of Swede Thomas Dennerby last October.

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Luis Suarez joins Atletico Madrid in €6 million transfer



Barcelona has confirmed that star player Luis Suarez, has joined Atletico Madrid after seasons in Camp Nou, which he scored 198 goals in 283 games for the club.

Atletico Madrid confirmed they will pay Barca €6 million (£5.5m/$7m) to sign the Uruguayan.

Suarez was linked with Juventus but abandoned the transfer after he was forced to go through a lengthy process of acquiring Italian citizenship.

While at Barca he won 13 trophies to become the club’s third-highest all-time goalscorer, only topped by Cesar and Leo Messi.

“FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Luis Suarez. The Madrid club will pay FC Barcelona €6 million in variables,” the Catalan club announced.

“FC Barcelona would like to publicly express their gratitude to Luis Suarez for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the best for the future.”

Suarez joined Barcelona in 2014, where he went on to earn the Golden Shoe as Europe’s top scorer after scoring 59 total goals in 2015-16.

After arriving in August, new Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman told Suarez he would not be in his plans for the upcoming season.

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