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Sterling signs new Man City deal worth up to £300,000 a week

Sterling alongside Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain after signing his new deal

Raheem Sterling has signed a three-year contract extension at Manchester City, committing him to the club until 2023 in a deal worth up to £300,000 a week.

The 23-year-old England forward's previous deal at Etihad Stadium was due to expire at the end of next season.

It is understood the new contract will make Sterling one of the best-paid English players in the Premier League.

"I'm delighted to sign. My development here has been incredible," said Sterling.

"I felt from the minute I got here it was the right choice for me. It's paid off and I'm really grateful."

Sterling, who has scored seven goals for the club this season, joined City from Liverpool in a £49m deal in 2015.

He scored 23 goals last season as the Blues won the Premier League and Carabao Cup.

Capped 46 times by England, he scored twice against Spain last month - his first international goals for three years.

City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: "This is a significant moment for the club. Raheem has improved dramatically in the past two seasons and is now one of the Premier League's best attacking players. His statistics tell their own story.

"He's quick, strong and excellent in front of goal - everything a modern-day forward needs to excel."

The new deal comes in the week that German news magazine Der Spiegel alleged City overvalued sponsorship deals to help meet Uefa's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

City said they will not be commenting on the claims and that the attempt to damage their reputation had been "organised and clear".

Sterling joined Manchester City for £49m from Liverpool in 2015

Sterling on scoring, team-mates on the future

In an interview with the club's City TV, Sterling talked about aspects of his game.

Scoring: "With time and watching myself over on clips, I started to realise what I was doing in front of goal. I stopped rushing, took my time and started being more ruthless and not thinking about it too much and do what you do every day on the training pitch."

Team-mates: "It's a club where you are expected to challenge on all fronts, you know you are expected to win stuff. You enjoy that but at the same time it is a bit of pressure. Players like David [Silva] and Sergio [Aguero] have done it year in year out, not just for their club but for their countries."

Life at City: "It's massive, that's one of the reasons I came here - seeing the vision. Playing against City in the past the way they moved the ball then was scary. The vision the club gave me sold me straight away. How we've developed with Pep with and without the ball, it's always nice for attacking players to have as much possession as possible, It's been a real joy."

The future: "There's definitely a lot more (to come), there's stuff I'm still working on, there's never a time where I feel this is where it stops, I always want to get better and get my numbers up, score more goals and get more assists. If I'm producing and other players are producing that will only help the team."


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McClean disciplined over Instagram post

Last Updated: 09/11/18 5:16pm

McClean was verbally abused by for his refusal to wear a poppy during last weekend's game against Middlesbrough

McClean was verbally abused by for his refusal to wear a poppy during last weekend's game against Middlesbrough

James McClean has been disciplined by Stoke after he called a section of the club's fans "uneducated cavemen".

McClean's post on Instagram came after he was verbally abused by some home supporters during the Championship clash with Middlesbrough last weekend over his refusal to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt.

A statement on the Stoke website read: "Stoke City's investigation into James McClean's social media post following last Saturday's game against Middlesbrough has concluded and the player has been dealt with under the terms of the club's disciplinary procedure."

In a statement of his own to Stoke supporters, McClean, an Irish Catholic who has faced persistent abuse for his poppy stance, gave a qualified apology.

4:04 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke and Middlesbrough.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke and Middlesbrough.

He said: "At last Saturday's game a section of our supporters threatened and abused me because of my religious beliefs and upbringing.

"I am certain that no fair-minded person would regard that as acceptable but I recognise that as a professional footballer, and therefore a role model, I'm expected to tolerate it.

"Whilst I do not believe it is appropriate for me to apologise to those fans who abused me, I do want to whole-heartedly apologise to the vast majority of Stoke City fans who, although they may have different views to myself, are decent and respectful.

"I sincerely apologise for any offence that I caused them with my comments and posting on Instagram."

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett says he does not condone McClean's comment

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett says he does not condone McClean's comment

Speaking about McClean's comments at a press conference on Thursday, Stoke boss Gary Rowett told reporters: "I spoke to James about it. I think his reaction was out of frustration but criticising the minority of our fans isn't the way to go and we can't condone that.

"But when you understand the background to his beliefs and you see that his family have been sent death threats, his wife and kids have had abuse constantly and you see he's been sent things in the post, you can understand why he reacts; he's only human."

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McClean disciplined over Instagram post

Last Updated: 09/11/18 5:16pm

McClean was verbally abused by for his refusal to wear a poppy during last weekend's game against Middlesbrough

McClean was verbally abused by for his refusal to wear a poppy during last weekend's game against Middlesbrough

James McClean has been disciplined by Stoke after he called a section of the club's fans "uneducated cavemen".

McClean's post on Instagram came after he was verbally abused by some home supporters during the Championship clash with Middlesbrough last weekend over his refusal to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt.

A statement on the Stoke website read: "Stoke City's investigation into James McClean's social media post following last Saturday's game against Middlesbrough has concluded and the player has been dealt with under the terms of the club's disciplinary procedure."

In a statement of his own to Stoke supporters, McClean, an Irish Catholic who has faced persistent abuse for his poppy stance, gave a qualified apology.

4:04 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke and Middlesbrough.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke and Middlesbrough.

He said: "At last Saturday's game a section of our supporters threatened and abused me because of my religious beliefs and upbringing.

"I am certain that no fair-minded person would regard that as acceptable but I recognise that as a professional footballer, and therefore a role model, I'm expected to tolerate it.

"Whilst I do not believe it is appropriate for me to apologise to those fans who abused me, I do want to whole-heartedly apologise to the vast majority of Stoke City fans who, although they may have different views to myself, are decent and respectful.

"I sincerely apologise for any offence that I caused them with my comments and posting on Instagram."

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett says he does not condone McClean's comment

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett says he does not condone McClean's comment

Speaking about McClean's comments at a press conference on Thursday, Stoke boss Gary Rowett told reporters: "I spoke to James about it. I think his reaction was out of frustration but criticising the minority of our fans isn't the way to go and we can't condone that.

"But when you understand the background to his beliefs and you see that his family have been sent death threats, his wife and kids have had abuse constantly and you see he's been sent things in the post, you can understand why he reacts; he's only human."

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Arsenal Remembers

Our Premier League match against Wolves takes place on Remembrance Sunday in the year that marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. 

As a mark of respect, our home shirt for this game will carry The Royal British Legion’s poppy embroidered on to the chest. These match-worn shirts will be auctioned in aid of the charity once players have signed them.
 
Before kick-off, two soldiers from the Royal Artillery (a supporter of each club) will carry a poppy wreath and place it in the centre circle as the teams assemble to observe a period of silence. They will also be joined by 100 ex-servicemen and veterans pitchside ahead of The Last Post sounding.
 
During The Great War, Arsenal lost eight players; Spencer Bassett, Albert Beney, John Flanagan, James Maxwell, Charles Randall, Robert Houston, Joseph Dines and Dick Roose and over the last few weeks the club has remembered these brave men along with all the other men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in armed conflict. 

We have supported ‘There But Not There’ – a national charity campaign to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. The campaign sees six-foot ‘Tommy’ statues, silhouettes of fallen heroes which are displayed at Emirates Stadium and have been at our training ground this week. The Tommies are part of a nationwide art installation set up by the charity Remembered, which will ensure that the incredible sacrifices made by so many 100 years ago are not forgotten. The purchase of these statues sees proceeds going to The Royal Foundation, Walking With The Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes, Project Equinox: Housing Veterans and Medical Students and Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.
 
In support of the national ‘Football Remembers’ campaign, we have also planted six trees at our training ground in partnership with the Woodland Trust to show Arsenal’s legacy to football and the First World War. The trees have been donated by the Woodland Trust, which is working in partnership with the National Football Museum's 'For Club and Country' project, The Premier League, English Football League, Professional Footballers’ Association and Football Association to encourage clubs around the country to plant trees to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
 
Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick said: “It’s an honour for the club to be part of remembering those who have sacrificed so much for us. It’s extremely important that we create legacies to remember those eight players who paid the ultimate sacrifice and show our respect for them and the many other servicemen and women who continue to serve.”

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Arsenal striker Welbeck has ‘significant’ ankle injury

Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan checks on Danny Welbeck following the striker's awkward landing

Danny Welbeck sustained a "significant" right ankle injury during Thursday's Europa League game against Sporting Lisbon, his club Arsenal have said.

The 27-year-old England international was carried off on a stretcher during the goalless draw at Emirates Stadium.

Welbeck, who was injured when he jumped for a header and landed badly on his right ankle, remains in hospital and will continue to be assessed.

"A further update will be issued over the next 72 hours," said the club.

Several of Welbeck's team-mates appeared distressed as he received lengthy treatment and needed an oxygen mask.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery said: "He was working well and he was having a good match. He had some chances too. His injury was with the mentality of the players."

Welbeck, who has scored 16 times in 42 international appearances, was named in the latest England squad for the upcoming games against the United States and Croatia.

He has five goals from 14 matches for the Gunners this season.


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