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Wednesday 13 December 2017

In brief: Villa rubbishes talk of Barca departure

Barcelona striker David Villa has dismissed reports linking him with a possible move away from the European champions, insisting he would like to finish his career at the Nou Camp.

The Spain international joined Barca from Valencia last summer for €40m and netted 23 goals in all competitions as the Catalan giants won both the Primera Division and Champions League titles last term.

Since the end of the campaign there has been transfer speculation about Villa's future at Barca, with Chelsea and Manchester City touted as possible destinations.

Blatter unhappy at bribes scandal

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has expressed his unhappiness at events in the CONCACAF federation, which is at the centre of a bribery scandal.

Jack Warner resigned as president of the confederation earlier this week and FIFA dropped their investigation into allegations he was "an accessory to corruption" following payments of $40,000 made to the Caribbean associations last month. He and Mohamed bin Hammam had been provisionally suspended pending the FIFA ethics committee inquiry.

"I am very unhappy with what has happened here in this region, in the CONCACAF," said Blatter. "Here we are again in another case, it has not yet been settled, it is still pending.

"One of the suspended people from the CONCACAF, he has withdrawn from all activities, so he is not any longer under the jurisdiction of FIFA, but the case itself is not finished so let the ethics committee make their job finally and I'm sure in the next 20 days this case will definitely be assessed and the decisions will be taken."

Inter appoint fourth manager in a year

Former Genoa manager Gian Piero Gasperini was named as Inter Milan's fourth coach in just over a year yesterday following Leonardo's decision to step down.

Gasperini, sacked by mid-table Genoa in November after a shaky start to the season, was not Inter's first choice after a number of names including former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa turned them down.

They were interested in new Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, but baulked at the price of his Porto release clause.

Sunderland to sign Korean star

South Korean international Ji Dong-Won is due to complete a £2m move from Chunnam Dragons to Sunderland this weekend.

Sunderland are also confident of completing deals for Manchester United trio of Wes Brown, John O'Shea and Darron Gibson.

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