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Tuesday 20 February 2018

In brief: Torres exit 'lifted a cloud' at Anfield

Fernando Torres' £50m departure to Chelsea served to "lift a cloud" which had lingered over Liverpool and enabled the club to build its future under a "bright new sky," according to Damien Comolli, who was yesterday promoted to the position of director of football at Anfield.

"When you have someone who doesn't want to be here and you swap him for people who want to be here, the atmosphere changes," said the Frenchman. "It's like there is a bright new sky with no cloud over our head."

Alves pens new Barca deal

Dani Alves has signed a new contract with Barcelona, committing his future to the club until 2015.

After months of uncertainty over the former Sevilla full-back's future, he has signed a four-year deal which includes a €150m buyout clause, which will go down in value by €25m per season and will eventually be worth €50m in the final year of the deal.

Ronaldo to face Spurs

Cristiano Ronaldo should be fit to play a part in the first leg of Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final against Tottenham, according to coach Jose Mourinho.

The nine-times European champions could also have striker Gonzalo Higuain back in their ranks when Spurs come calling on April 5. The Argentinian has been out since having surgery on his back in January.

Rivals in fixture reshuffle

Both Manchester clubs have had league fixtures rearranged following their pairing in the FA Cup semi-final.

United's visit to Newcastle will take place on April 19 in a key week in the title race -- a day later Arsenal play Tottenham and Chelsea meet Birmingham. City will host Spurs on May 10.

Irish Independent

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