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BREAKING NEWS: Bernardo Silva pens long-term Manchester City extension

By Sports Desk March 13, 2019

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has agreed a new contract running until 2025, the Premier League champions have announced.

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    Arsene Wenger is eager to return to football, but the former Arsenal boss is unsure if his comeback will be in management.

    Wenger, 69, ended a 22-year stay with the Premier League side at the end of last season before stepping away from management for this campaign.

    The Frenchman, who has reportedly turned down numerous opportunities, said he would return, although he is unsure in just what role.

    "I will go back into football, for sure," Wenger told The Guardian.

    "In what position I don't know, whether that is as a manager or not. The appetite, the desire, is still there."

    Wenger, who led Arsenal to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, said he would quickly decide what kind of position he wanted.

    "Originally I said I want to manage straight away again. After that I thought maybe I take a little distance," he said.

    "I came to the conclusion that I want to share what I learned in my life. Because life is only useful if at some stage you share what you know. In what way will it be, will it be just winning football games or in another way? That's what I have to decide. That decision will come very quickly.

    "Football is still my passion. That's the only thing I have a little bit of a feeling I know a little bit about."

  • With him, we managed to win – Pjanic congratulates departing Allegri With him, we managed to win – Pjanic congratulates departing Allegri

    Miralem Pjanic has praised Massimiliano Allegri for "making everything work in the best way" during his time in charge at Juventus.

    Allegri will take charge of Juve for the final time on Sunday when the Serie A champions travel to Sampdoria, bringing the curtain down on his hugely successful tenure in Turin.

    The former AC Milan boss has won the league five times and also the Coppa Italia on four occasions since taking over in 2014.

    Pjanic arrived from Roma two years into Allegri's reign but has been impressed by the way the Italian has continually pushed a star-studded squad to get better.

    "We are a fantastic group and I have to congratulate our coach, who has always managed to make everything work in the best way," he said at a club event on Thursday at the Allianz Stadium.

    "With him, we managed to win. In football you always have to work to improve, I have always had this mentality."

    Allegri departs after Juve once again failed to crack the Champions League, losing at the quarter-final stage to Ajax despite the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo.

    On the Portuguese superstar, Pjanic added: "His concentration levels have always been out of the ordinary, both when things are going well and also when that's not the case."

    The Bosnia-Herzegovina international – who has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain – also revealed he turned down the chance to represent France, having moved to the country as a teenager to join Metz.

    "I left my country, Bosnia, very young because of the coming war. I lived in Luxembourg, a very small country, then I moved by myself to France, still young, to follow the dream of football," Pjanic explained.

    "I am happy to have chosen to play for Bosnia even if I could have played for France instead. I was only 18 at the time and [France coach] Raymond Domenech called me to see what my plans were.

    "I went to see a Bosnia-Denmark game when I was 13 and from that moment on, I knew I wanted to represent Bosnia."

  • Union Berlin hold Stuttgart in relegation play-off first leg Union Berlin hold Stuttgart in relegation play-off first leg

    Union Berlin twice pegged back Stuttgart in an absorbing 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Bundesliga relegation play-off.

    Having missed out on automatic promotion to Paderborn on the final day of the 2. Bundesliga season, Union grabbed two away goals at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Thursday to seize the initiative. 

    Christian Gentner opened the scoring in the 42nd minute for Stuttgart, but Suleiman Abdullahi controlled a flick-on from a long ball to beat goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler and level before the interval.

    Marvin Friedrich's unfortunate deflection on Mario Gomez's shot edged Stuttgart back ahead in the second half, only for the defender to make amends by powering home a header from a 68th-minute corner.

    Zieler spared the hosts from defeat with a fine save to tip over Sebastian Andersson's dipping effort in the closing stages, though Stuttgart – led by interim head coach Nico Willig – have work to do in the return fixture if they are to retain their top-flight status.

    A late booking for Union substitute Felix Kroos means the midfielder will be suspended for the second meeting in Berlin, which takes place next Monday.

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