Arsenal has signed Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla from Malaga on a long-term contract for a €21 million fee.
The Spain international has been linked with the Gunners in the past, and says when they made their move this time around he jumped at the chance.
“I am very happy to be here – it is a huge club,” Cazorla said on the Gunners website.
“It is a great step forward in my career and I hope it will be a very good experience. I hope to win trophies here – that is what I want of course.”
Fabrice Muamba announced his retirement from football, after suffering a heart attack during a match last season.
The 24-year-old collapsed during an FA Cup tie away to Tottenham Hotspur in March and his heart then stopped beating for 78 minutes.
He was discharged from hospital in April and recently played football on holiday with friends, but said doctors had advised him to quit the sport.
“Since suffering my heart attack and being discharged from hospital, I have remained utterly positive in the belief I could one day resume my playing career and play for Bolton Wanderers once again,” he said.
“But the news I received was obviously not what I had hoped it would be and it means I am now announcing my retirement from professional football.
Congolese-born Muamba has played for England at every youth level. He joined Bolton from Birmingham in 2008 and has made 148 appearances for the club.
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The Belgian Pro League will have more foreign players than Belgians for the first time in their history when they kick off tomorrow, the daily Het Nieuwsblad reported.
The newspaper said 217 foreigners and 216 Belgians will be playing for the Pro League’s 16 teams this season as Anderlecht seek to defend the title they won for a 31st time last season.
The number of foreign players is up 4.5 per cent from last season despite the league’s efforts to keep more Belgian nationals on the rosters. The league requires that eight of every 25 players on contract be homegrown.
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Former Arsenal and Barcelona player Alexander Hleb has returned to the Belarusian club where he made his professional debut, the team, BATE Borisov.
The 31-year-old midfielder said he was especially motivated to revive his career at the club where he made his professional debut.
“I’m glad to return to BATE. Here I made my first steps, I left for Europe from here. I want to thank my home club, to do everything possible to fulfill their desired goals.” Hleb said on the club’s website Thursday.
Hleb won the Belarusian title with BATE in his first season in 2000, and later played in the Bundesliga for spending three years at Arsenal from 2005 to 2008.
This was followed by four seasons at Barcelona, where he spent much time on loan and made just 19 appearances in four years.
Since then, a spell in the Russian league this spring with Krylya Sovetov yielded few first-team appearances and did not lead to a permanent deal.
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Former Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has said he will do all he can to save the embattled club from going out of business.
Redknapp plans to speak to Nwankwo Kanu, who has lodged a claim for £3million in pay, to see if he can convince the former Arsenal striker to work something out with the club.
“I will be ringing Kanu today to see if there is anything I can do,” he said.
Center-back Tal Ben Haim is also owed a similar amount in wages and Redknapp added: “In the case of Tal Ben Haim, if players have a contract and are owed money, you can see why they think they should get it. But if the club closes down they won’t get a penny. They need to think hard about that.”
Redknapp spent five seasons at Fratton Park between 2002 and 2008, guiding the club to a momentous FA Cup win in 2008.
Former England coach Fabio Capello has signed for Russia, he said Thursday.
Local media has reported that Capello, who has won league titles in Spain and Italy, will earn up to €10million per year.
“It’s a great honor for me to be at the helm of the Russian national team,” the Italian said, adding that this is a team with “huge potential”.
Thorgan Hazard will join his older brother Eden at Stamford Bridge next season after Chelsea confirmed his transfer from Ligue 2 side Lens.
The 19-year-old had only played 11 times for the Ligue 2 club but the Blues clearly see potential in midfielder Hazard, who could be immediately loaned to another club.
His brother signed for Chelsea from Ligue 1 club Lille in June for £32 million.
Thorgan Hazard in action
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Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has completed his move to Paris Saint-Germain. His transfer takes PSG’s spending this summer to over €100 million.
The 30-year-old – who has previously played for among others Barcelona and Inter- will be paid a reported €15 million a year, making him the highest-paid player in Ligue 1.
Ibrahimovic’s arrival along with AC Milan team-mate Thiago Silva – who signed last week – comes at an estimated cost of between €70 and €80 million.
The Brazilian completed his €42 million euros move to Paris on Saturday in the second most expensive transfer for a defender in the history of football after Rio Ferdinand`s switch from Leeds to Manchester United in 2002.
“I’m very happy that Thiago Silva has signed,” PSG’s coach, Carlo Ancelotti, said. “He is a fantastic player. Everyone knows that he is one of the best players in the world.”
Capped 28 times by Brazil, he will be reunited at PSG with the French side’s sporting director Leonardo, his coach at San Siro in 2009/10.
PSG finished second in Ligue 1 under another former Rossoneri coach, Carlo Ancelotti, last term and will contest the UEFA Champions League group stage this season.
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