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Stuart Dallas signs new deal with ‘incredible club’ Leeds United

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Stuart Dallas signs new deal with ‘incredible club’ Leeds United

Stuart Dallas has extended his contract with Leeds United, committing to the club until 2024.

Dallas impressed in a number of roles during Leeds’ first season back in the Premier League, winning the Player of the Year award. He mostly played in the midfield, although he also covered both full-back positions. He didn’t miss a single league game along the way, and he was instrumental in his team finishing in the top half.

Dallas is a popular player at Elland Road, having won their Goal of the Season award for a goal against Manchester City. He will stay at the club for another three years.

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The Northern Ireland international has been at Elland Road since 2015, bringing his total commitment to the club to over a decade.

He shows no signs of slowing down at the age of 30. This new contract ensures that he will spend the rest of his prime years in West Yorkshire.

“I’ve always said it’s where I want to be. This is home for me,” he told LUTV.

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“When I first came to the club, the fans took me in as one of their own and I felt that really special connection with them. That’s grown stronger within the last few years, so hopefully it can get even stronger as the years go on.”

“When you come in, you know this place is special,” he continued. “From the outside looking in, you know how big the club is. But when you’re inside it, you know it’s an incredible club.

“My six years here has been a journey, a lot of ups and downs throughout that. More ups in the last couple of years than downs, so it’s been a rollercoaster of a journey and I’ve loved every minute of it. Hopefully there’s more to come.

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“I think last season was a benchmark for us and hopefully we can progress this year.”

“We know that expectations now are going to rise. Pressure is going to rise. There’s going to be more microscope on us because of how we did last season.

“People will be looking at us, wanting us to fall, wanting us to fail, because that’s the way the football world works – and especially at a club like this. Not everybody likes us, but we like that and that gives us pressure. But it’s one that we’ve got to embrace and look forward to it.

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“Of course, we’ve got to be realistic, but it’s important that we aim high.”

Dallas has scored 27 goals in 227 appearances for Leeds, including eight in the Premier League last season.

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Rangers fear major exit for ‘key’ player wanted by clubs abroad

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Scott Arfield has been a vital part of the Rangers team since joining in 2018, and his current form, especially after van Bronckhorst took charge, is nothing short of exemplary.

The 33-year old Scottish-Canadian’s display is on a high now, and he recently helped his side’s win against Livingston with his “unbelievable” (according to Richard Foster) 75th minute goal.

He is a must-keep, but according to transfermarkt, the reigning Scottish champions risk losing him and other senior team members, including Steven Davis and Allan McGregor, in the summer following contract expiry.

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The Mirror’s print edition reported that the Gers fear letting their No. 37 go in exchange for nothing, given that USA clubs have their sights set on the midfielder, and his contract is only months away from expiry.

Money included or not, Scott’s departure could be a big blow come next season since he now practically determines Rangers’ performance (the one time he didn’t play after Gerrard’s exit is the only time Rangers dropped points.)

Hopefully, Rangers will consider holding talks to fight for the former Huddersfield Town’s contract extension, and he (Scott) is willing to stay in Scotland and at Ibrox, otherwise the double loss in terms of money and talent could hugely affect the Gers next season.

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Liverpool win race for £50m Porto star

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Liverpool are preparing a late £45 million bid for Porto striker Luis Diaz, who is also being pursued by Tottenham.

The Colombian winger was Jurgen Klopp’s first option for the summer transfer window, but due to Spurs’ significant interest, Liverpool have hastened their preparations.

Liverpool is thought to be proposing an initial £37 million, plus bonuses, which will only be activated if Diaz is a major success at Anfield.

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Tottenham has been in discussions with Porto over Diaz, reportedly willing to spend up to £46 million for the player.

Spurs are reportedly willing to pay £37.6 million upfront for Diaz, with an extra £8.4 million in performance-related add-ons, according to reports in Portugal.

Spurs have already appeared to miss out on Wolves attacker Adama Traore, who appears poised to return to Barca on loan, and missing out on Luiz would be another major blow this month.

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It is unclear whether Diaz will move to Anfield this month or wait till the end of the season. In 18 outings for his current club this season, he has managed to score 14 goals.

Sky Sports reporter Vinny O’Connor:

“Obviously, it’s far from done and could easily come to nothing.

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“However, Liverpool view this as an excellent deal if it gets completed – very much close to a Diogo Jota-type fee. Also, it is far better value than the original €60m asking price.

“Diaz was Jurgen Klopp’s first choice for the summer, but they have brought those plans forward because it was clear if Liverpool didn’t act this window, the player would move on.

“This isn’t done and could yet collapse – the player is in Argentina with his national team, so it will be far from straightforward to complete the deal.

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“However, if it does get done, it’s a big coup for Julian Ward, who is to succeed sporting director Michael Edwards in the summer. It was a deal in which Ward lead for the first time, but it is fair to say he’s been supported strongly by Edwards who put together the strategy to secure the player this month.”

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Two Everton midfielders out for minimum of four weeks

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After suffering injuries in the last week, Everton midfielders Abdoulaye Doucoure and Fabian Delph will both be out for at least four weeks.

The injury to Doucoure occurred in the second half of Everton’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday, while the injury to Delph occurred in training.

Duncan Ferguson, the interim manager, suddenly has a scarcity of fit midfield players, with Tom Davies also sidelined for a prolonged period.

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Allan, Andre Gomes, and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, as well as Tyler Onyango, are available.

An Everton statement read: “Everton midfielders Abdoulaye Doucoure and Fabian Delph are expected to be out for a minimum of four weeks after sustaining injuries.

“Frenchman Doucoure was forced off in the 65th minute of Saturday’s Premier League match against Aston Villa at Goodison Park due to a groin problem.

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“Subsequent tests have revealed the 29-year-old requires a period of rehabilitation under the care of Everton’s medical staff at USM Finch Farm.

“Meanwhile, Delph sustained a thigh injury during a training session this week and is now undergoing treatment with the club’s medical team.”

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