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10 Top Players Changing Clubs Ahead Of Next Season

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The football league season across Europe ends in this month of May, and as the tradition is, players who are out of contract and have refused to renew, either their decision or that of the club, will seek football action somewhere else.

Vanguard takes a look at 10 top players who will be heading to a new club and where their destination would likely be.

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Erling Haaland

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Haaland will join Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund ahead of the 2022/2023. The Norweigean bade farewell to Dortmund’s supporters over the weekend and is set for the new challenge with Pep Guardiola’s side.

The 21-year-old forward shot in prominence when he scored nine times for Norway in their 2019 Under-20s World Cup campaign.

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Luiz Suarez

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Suarez announced his exit from Atletico Madrid yesterday after a 1-1 draw with Sevilla to end his two years stay at the club.

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He posted an emotional Instagram reel after the game on the Wanda Metropolitano pitch with his family and wrote: “Eternally grateful to one by one of the fans for the affection, one by one of the workers of the @atleticodemadrid for the affection of the day to day and my family that always accompanied me!

Paul Pogba

Pogba will leave Manchester United for the second time with Juventus most likely his destination. The Frenchman has had one of his most difficult seasons, managing to find the back of the net just once. He refused to sign a contract extension that will keep him at the club after his 2022 contract expiration date.

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Toni Rudiger

Thomas Tuchel confirmed that Rudiger will leave Chelsea at the end of the season. The Germany defender will join up with Real Madrid after failing to agree a new deal. Rudiger, 29, was offered a new contract worth more than £200,000 a week, which would have made him the best-paid defender in the club’s history.

Lorenzo Insigne

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A tearful Insigne said his goodbyes on Saturday in his final match in a Napoli jersey at the Stadio Maradona. His teammates fanned out to give him a guard of honour before he delivered his emotional farewell speech. He is headed for the MLS where he will join Toronto FC.

Giorgio Chiellini

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Chiellini confirmed he will leave Juventus at the end of the season.

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The 37-year-old, who is third on Juventus’ all-time appearances list behind Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluigi Buffon, made the announcement after his side lost 4-2 to Inter Milan in Wednesday’s Coppa Italia final.

Chiellini inspired the Italian national team to their first continental title in over five decades. He is yet to reveal his next club.

Reports suggest that Chiellini will join Los Angeles FC as both parties are close to reaching an agreement, with the player eager to enjoy an experience in Major League Soccer before hanging his boots.

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Andreas Christensen

Chelsea defender is set for a move to Barcelona at the end of the season. The Dane according to reports, stood himself down from selection for Chelsea’s FA Cup final despite not being injured.

Christensen, 26, has been at the club since 2013 and even went on loan to Borussia Mönchengladbach between 2015-2017.

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Ben Foster

Foster confirmed he will leave Watford at the end of the season after the club was relegated from the Premier League – the second time in three seasons.

Foster who has played in several Premier League teams joined Watford in 2018.

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Ivan Perisic

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The Croat will leave Inter Milan at the end of the Serie A season and has agreed a deal to move to Chelsea according to reports.

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Perisic’s who is 33 has been a regular in the Inter side – scoring seven goals and getting six assists to keep his side in title contention.

Paulo Dybala

Dybala confirmed he will leave Juventus at the end of the season with a farewell message. The Argentine in the message said Juve’s game against Lazio on Monday will be his last for the club.

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Why I Joined Nottingham Forest – Taiwo Awoniyi

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Super Eagles forward, Taiwo Awoniyi, has revealed why he joined Nottingham Forest in the English Premier League.

The striker recently completed a £17.5m move to The Reds ahead of the 2022/2023 premier league season.

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Speaking with the Nottingham Forest press on his transfer, the forward explained that his decision was influenced by the team’s coach, Steven Cooper.

“What stood out about Forest were the meetings with the Head Coach and the discussions we had. I can see how ambitious and dedicated he is to his job,” the striker said.

On how he feels about joining the newly promoted premier league side, “I feel great,” Awoniyi said. “I feel very happy to be here. Looking at the project, it’s something I’m really looking forward to.

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“What stood out about Forest were the meetings with the Head Coach and the discussions we had. I can see how ambitious and dedicated he is to his job.

“My dream is to always keep working and I see him as a person who I can develop under.

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“For me, it’s always about hard work, dedication and believing in God. When I look back at the games with Union Berlin, it was always about the team for me.

“When I look at Forest and look at the history of the club, it’s even more about the team. This is the kind of place I love to belong to and I am ready for it.

“Every striker wants to score goals, but I’m ready to work for the team, to fight for every ball, to win every challenge, that’s my style and that’s what I’m here for.”

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JUST IN: Nigeria Beat Burkina Faso 2-1 To Win WAFU B U-17 Championship

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Few weeks after claiming the WAFU B U-20 Championship, Nigeria again won the U-17 title in the region, as five-time world champions Golden Eaglets edged the Young Stallions of Burkina Faso 2-1 in Saturday’s final at the Cape Coast Stadium in Ghana.

Forward Abubakar Abdullahi had threatened the Burkinabe rear as early as the 8th minute when his low drive streamed away from goal, but in the 22nd minute, he rose highest in the box to powerfully nod Emmanuel Michael’s perfect delivery into the net for Nigeria’s first goal.

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In the 34th minute, Abdullahi missed a golden opportunity to make it two for himself and for Nigeria, but he flulled his lines, allowing the Stallions a respite.

The miss would knock hard seven minutes later, when Abdulramane Ouedraogo, also with a header, equalized for Burkina Faso.

Two minutes into the second half, Abdullahi got his second and Nigeria’s second, taking the Golden Eaglets to a 2-1 lead. However, 12 minutes later, he should have made it a hat-trick and Nigeria’s third but he lost the opportunity.

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That loss could once more have proved costly, as the Stallions broke forward, only to see Nigeria goalkeeper Richard Odoh come up with a magnificent save.

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In the 67th minute, Ebube Okeke rocked the crossbar from 25 yards, but there were to be no more goals and Nigeria collected a second regional diadem at youth level five weeks after the U20 boys defeated neighbours Benin Republic in the final to win the WAFU B competition in Niger Republic.

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Nigeria goalkeeper Richard Odoh was selected the Man-of-the-Match. His compatriot Emmanuel Michael won the prize in all three previous matches against Ghana, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire.

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Rooney Quits As Derby Manager

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Former Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney has resigned as manager of troubled Derby as the club prepare for their first season in the third tier for 36 years.

Rooney was unable to keep Derby in the Championship last season after the crisis-torn club were hit by a 21-point deduction as punishment for financial issues.

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In his first managerial role, Rooney impressively kept Derby in contention to avoid relegation into the final weeks of the season.

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That valiant effort had suggested the 36-year-old would be able to lead Derby to promotion from League One next season.

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But with Derby remaining in administration throughout a turbulent close-season, Rooney has opted to quit the Rams with the new campaign starting on July 30.

Wayne Rooney has today informed Derby County Football Club that he wishes to be relieved of his duties as first team manager with immediate effect,” a club statement said.

Rooney, Manchester United and England’s all-time leading scorer, took charge at Derby in 2020 and had a year to run on his contract.

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The former England captain was linked with an emotional return to Everton as manager last season after earning widespread praise for his work at Derby.

“Over the course of the summer I have been closely following developments regarding the ownership of Derby County,” he said.

“Today I met with the administrators to inform them of my decision that it was time for me to leave the club. In fairness to them, they tried tremendously hard to change my decision but my mind was made up.

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“My time at the club has been a rollercoaster of emotions, both highs and lows, but I have to say that I have enjoyed the challenge.”

Fears over Derby’s future increased last week when American businessman Chris Kirchner withdrew his offer to buy the club.

But the sale of Pride Park to a local property developer David Clowes, who hopes to complete a takeover, has eased concerns that the club could go bust.

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Regardless of the potential for new ownership, Rooney felt Derby would benefit from the new energy of a manager not worn down by the relentless negativity surrounding the club.

“Personally, I feel the club now needs to be led by someone with fresh energy and not affected by the events that have happened over the last 18 months,” he said.

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“I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and affection and would like to thank all my staff, players and of course the fans for their incredible support.

“I will never forget you and hope to see you all again in the near future and in happier times.”

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