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Rio Ferdinand speaks on Aubameyang leaving Arsenal after FA Cup final win over Chelsea

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Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand believes Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already decided to leave the club, despite winning the FA Cup final following his side’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Saturday.

Aubameyang scored two goals as Mikel Arteta’s side came from a goal down to beat Chelsea at Wembley after Christian Pulisic had opened the scoring for the Blues.

The former Borussia Dortmund star has entered the final year of his contract with the Gunners and negotiations over a new deal have failed to progress leaving Arsenal exposed to the possibility of losing their star player for nothing in under 12 months.

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The Gabonese striker refused to elaborate on his future following his Arsenal’s FA Cup victory against Chelsea.

But Ferdinand believes Aubameyang has already made up his mind to depart the North London club.

Responding to Aubameyang’s post-match interview, Ferdinand told BT Sport:

“That to me says he is gone.

“I just feel like either there has been no negotiation up until now which I don’t believe.

“I feel there have definitely been negotiations or he’s already decided I’m going to go.

“I am going to enjoy this moment with my team-mates, and I don’t want to talk about my future.

“From my own perspective if I am committed to the club and I know I am staying this is a moment for me to say I am going to sort it out. It’s not done yet, but I will try and get it sorted out here guys.

“That just sounds like someone who is looking to go elsewhere. Arsenal needs to do all they can to get this guy to stay.”

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Mikel Obi eyes return to England

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Former Super Eagles’ captain John Mikel Obi has left the door open to a return to English football.

The 33-year-old, who won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012, is currently without a club having left Turkish side Trabzonspor by mutual consent in March.

“Yes, there are interested clubs and England is a strong possibility and why not,” Mikel told BBC Sport Africa. “We are currently in talks with clubs and there is absolutely no hurry. I can only wait to see what happens.”

He refused to confirm or deny media reports in England linking him with newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion and Championship side Stoke City.

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Mikel, who captained his country to a third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, has previously played in Norway and China, but achieved success in England with Chelsea.

The midfielder made 249 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in an 11-year spell, which ended when he left Stamford Bridge in 2017.

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He also won two league titles, three FA Cups and the Europa League in 2013.

Before a stint with Chinese side, Tianjin TEDA and brief spell at Middlesbrough followed in the Championship during the 2018/19 campaign, featuring 19 times, scoring once.

Mikel won a total of 89 caps for Nigeria, playing for them in the past two World Cups and helping the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, before announcing his retirement from international football last summer. He was also one of Nigeria’s three over-age players as the African side won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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Champions Leagues: Neymar warns Bayern, Barcelona, Man City after Atalanta win

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Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has warned their Champions League rivals, that they will be difficult to beat.

The Ligue 1 giants qualified for the semi-final on Wednesday, thanks to a last-gasp 2-1 win over Atalanta.

Mario Pasalic’s goal put the Serie A side in front and they led for most of the game.

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However, Marquinhos netted a late equalizer, before Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting tapped in the winner in stoppage time.

PSG will now face either RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid in the last four on August 18.

“It’s a great night. We knew they were aggressive, they had chances, they played a good game. We have a great game too.

“We are now going to rest because it is a game that has fatigued a lot mentally.

“We never thought about going home. From start to finish, as soon as we warmed up, we thought about qualifying in the semi-final and no one will take my mind off that we want to be in the final. The first step is over.”

PSG are on course to face any of Manchester City, Barcelona or Bayern Munich in the final.

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Transfer: Blaise Matuidi leaves Juventus

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Juventus have announced the departure of France International, Blaise Matuidi.

Matuidi, who joined the club in August 2017, is parting with the Old Lady by mutual consent after three years.

The 33-year-old joined the Turin giants from Paris Saint-Germain and is now set for the United States to join David Beckham’s MLS side Inter Miami.

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The club’s statement said,

“Blaise Matuidi and Juventus say goodbye with the consensual termination of the player’s contract.

“With our colours on his back, he fought and played his heart out in every single game; placing constant pressure on the opponents, tearing apart the run of play and ever so eloquently relaunching the ball into action.”

While in Turin, the box-box midfielder played 33 games in all competitions, winning three Serie A titles, one Italian Cup and the Italian Super Cup.

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Confirming his departure, Matuidi wrote on Instagram, “To have been a member of the Juventus family is a dream come true, an honour.

“I will always remain your number 1 fan, or rather number 14. Thank you Juventus, a very real thank you.”

Matuidi was a member of the French team that won the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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