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Man Utd’s Maguire pleads not guilty in Greece over aggravated assault allegations

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The England international walked free from court without speaking to reporters on Saturday ahead of a hearing later in August
Manchester United ‘s Harry Maguire has been released from custody in Greece after pleading not guilty in court over aggravated assault charges.
The 27-year-old was alleged to have been involved in a fight outside a bar on Thursday night while on holiday on the Greek island of Mykonos with family and friends, and was detained along with two other men aged 28 and 29.
Maguire was in court on the nearby island of Syros to face public prosecutors on Saturday after spending two nights in custody following his arrest.He did not answer questions from the media as he left the courthouse following the hearing, but his lawyer confirmed that he is free for the time being.
Asked by Sky News if the United centre-back was a free man, Konstantinos Darivas responded: “Right now, yes.”
Maguire, who moved to Old Trafford last summer in a deal worth £80 million ($105m), has been cleared to fly home and will return to England immediately, while his next hearing is set to take place on August 25.
Police spokesman Petros Vassilakis claimed on Friday that members of Maguire’s group, including the England international himself, “threw down at least two policemen, hit them with their fists and kicked them”.
A statement shared by police with Goal added that “one of the detainees then tried to offer money so that the trial against them would not be completed”.
Having confirmed on Friday that Maguire “is fully cooperating with the Greek authorities”, Manchester United issued a fresh statement on Saturday.
“Following the appearance in court today we note the adjournment of the case to allow the legal team to consider the case file,” the club said.
“Harry has pleaded not guilty to the charges. It would be inappropriate for the player or club to comment further while the legal process takes its course.”
After being given two weeks off after the season’s conclusion, United players are expected to return to the team’s training ground at the start of next month to begin preparations for 2020-21.
Their Premier League season was originally scheduled to kick off with a match against Burnley but their involvement in the Europa League saw that tie postponed and they will now start with a home game against Crystal Palace on September 19.
Maguire played 55 times for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team as he captained them to a third-place finish in the English top flight and the semi-finals of the Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup .

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Reguilon & Bale Join Tottenham, Confirmed By Fabrizio Romano

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Reguilon & Bale join Tottenham, confirmed by Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano said: ‘Reguilon is 100% a new Tottenham player as said yesterday morning. Also paperworks have been signed and Sergio tomorrow will be in London, it was an ‘here we go’ and it’s confirmed, also about the clauses OK.’
‘Real and Tottenham working to complete final details then Bale will be back to Tottenham.’
‘Gareth Bale to Tottenham, last details to be sorted about salary shared with Real Madrid] and Gareth will fly tomorrow to London. He’ll complete medicals and join Tottenham for one year loan. Mourinho approved the deal. Reguilon expected for tomorrow too’

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Messi Celebrates 20 Years In Barcelona

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On the September 17, 2000, Lionel Messi arrived in Barcelona.
Accompanied by his father, the young Argentine’s dream was to sign for Barcelona.
It wasn’t an easy process, but eventually the two sides came to an agreement and Messi joined the club’s junior ranks.
From there he became the best player in the world and arguably one of the greatest to have ever played the game.
In those 20 years, he has won everything with Barcelona, on a collective as well as an individual level.
Messi has been a great champion and far exceeded the dreams he had when flying over from Rosario that day.
And there have been some incredible moments that no one will forget.
Messi’s debut for the club came under Frank Rijkaard in 2004 at just 17, with his first goal coming against Albacete the following year – a beautiful lob after a pass from his idol, Ronaldinho.
And it didn’t take long for Messi to take off, with his 2007 Maradona-esque goal against Getafe perhaps doing the most to announce himself to the world.
After the introduction came the trophies, particularly after Pep Guardiola took charge at the Camp Nou in 2008.
In 2009, Barcelona won six trophies, with Messi adding his first Ballon d’Or to that haul.
And his display as a ‘false 9’ in Barcelona’s 6-2 hammering of Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu elevated his status to a new level altogether.
And that level barely dipped over the following years, with Messi reaching his zenith in 2012 with an incredible 91 goals in the calendar year.
Two more Champions League titles came in 2011 and 2015, before the Blaugrana became domestic kings, winning LaLiga Santander five times in six seasons between 2015 and 2019.
But now, disillusioned with the club’s progress, Messi appears to be on the way out.
Nonetheless, we take this moment to remember his amazing feats and celebrate the presence in Spain – for so many years – of the world’s most special player.

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Liverpool Agree £25m Thiago Alcantara Deal

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Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich for at least £20m, plus £5m in add-ons, on a four-year contract.
Thiago, 29, joined the German giants from Barcelona in 2013 and played in last season’s Champions League final victory over Paris St-Germain.
He is set to wear the number six shirt at Anfield.
Thiago would be the Premier League champions’ second summer signing, after
Greece left-back Kostas Tsimikas.
The £20m will be paid over the length of Thiago’s contract and the extra £5m will depend on the Reds winning the Premier League and Champions League success.
When asked about a potential move for the Spaniard last week, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: “I cannot end speculation as long as the transfer window is open.
“It is nice that we are linked with him but that is pretty much it really. It is because he is a good player and Liverpool is a big club, so that is nice.”
Thiago started his career at Barcelona and was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United when David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, but the move did not transpire and he went to Germany instead.
As well as the Champions League, he has won seven consecutive Bundesliga titles, four German Cups and the Club World Cup with Bayern.

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