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PSG boss Pochettino open to Premier League return

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Mauricio Pochettino remains open to returning to the Premier League after he leaves current club Paris Saint-Germain.

The 49-year-old has one full season remaining on his contract in the French capital but has long been linked with a return to England, namely with former club Tottenham and Manchester United.

A return to north London is now off the table following Antonio Conte’s appointment as Spurs’ new head coach but there’s every chance that Pochettino could be in contention to take over at United in the future.

Current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains under huge pressure following humiliating defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks and his immediate future at the club is uncertain – United’s hierarchy have been taking on feedback from a number of senior figures while they decide whether or not they need to make a change.

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Pochettino is viewed by many United fans as the perfect successor to Solskjaer and the Telegraph state that he’d consider returning to England, where his stock remains high after a successful five-and-a-half year stint at Spurs. He was also revered for his 18 months at Southampton before.

The issue is that appointing him now would be difficult, if not impossible.

Not only would hefty compensation need to be paid to PSG, Pochettino would also have to be lured away from a near-certain Ligue 1 title win, as well as the chance to lead Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar to Champions League glory.

Title success is something that has eluded Pochettino during his coaching career so far and it’s unlikely that he’d up sticks in the middle of a season to take over at United. He is, after all, young enough for the position to come around again in the future should Solskjaer be given the boot.

The only other scenario that could see Pochettino land in Manchester sooner than the expiry of his contract is if the bizarre pressure that he’s been under leads to a surprise sacking.

PSG are 10 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 but his unwillingness to build everything around Messi has caused consternation among the club’s supporters and, allegedly, members of the board. The Argentine himself has also looked miffed when he’s been substituted by Pochettino, something that’s never really happened to him before unless he’s been struggling with an injury.

Pochettino has defended his decisions and the team have continued to be successful on the field – whether or not he remains in Paris until the summer of 2023 is another story.

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Tyson Fury ordered to defend heavyweight world title against Dillian Whyte

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Tyson Fury has been ordered to defend his WBC heavyweight title against British rival Dillian Whyte.

The Body Snatcher has been named the Gypsy King’s mandatory challenger by the sanctioning body.

Whyte pulled out of an October bout with Otto Wallin but a potential clash with Fury has been simmering for several months.

A war of words between the former sparring partners has been growing since Fury’s knock-out defence of his title against Deontay Wilder.

The 33-year-old champ stopped his American rival in the 11th round of their Las Vegas trilogy fight.

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Fury then had a window of 30 days to set up a blockbuster undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk.

The Ukrainian snatched Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight titles back in September and is set to face a rematch with the Brit early next year.

There had been talk of AJ stepping aside to allow the two champions to meet in the ring.

But the WBC decision now sets up a mouthwatering all-British superfight, likely to be held in March.

Cardiff and Manchester have been mooted as potential locations, with promoter Frank Warren eager to hold a ‘homecoming’ fight in Britain.

Fury has been typically vocal about the prospect of facing former pal Whyte.

Earlier he vowed to ‘smash the c***’s face in’ and ‘butcher him, no problem’ if the Brixton bruiser was named his mandatory.

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Pele back in hospital to undergo treatment for colon tumour

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Football legend, Pele, is back in the hospital and being treated for a colon tumour.

The Brazilian legend was hospitalised for nearly a month earlier this year after having a colon tumour removed.

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Pele, 81, has now been readmitted for further treatment.

The three-time world champion was admitted to Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo ‘for follow-up treatment of the colon tumour identified in September this year,’ his medical team said in a statement.

They added: “The patient is stable, and is expected to be released in the coming days.”

He revealed back in September that he would need to keep undergoing chemotherapy sessions, according to The Sun report.

The tumour was found during routine checks in August.

Pele was previously discharged on September 30.

He wrote on Instagram at the time: “When the path is difficult, celebrate each step of the journey.

“Focus on your happiness. It’s true that I can’t jump anymore, but these past few days, I’ve been punching the air more times than usual.

“I am so happy to be back at home. I want to thank the entire Albert Einstein Hospital team, who made my stay a pleasant one, with a humane and very affectionate welcome.

“Thanks also to all of you, who from afar, make my life complete with so many messages of love.”

Pele had originally left intensive care on September 14, but was readmitted three days later after suffering an acid reflux.

Pele is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers in history, helping Santos win six Brazilian titles and the Copa Libertadores twice – in addition to his World Cup triumphs with the Selecao.

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Germany legend Matthaus defends Dortmund midfielder Bellingham

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Germany World Cup winner Lothar Matthaus has defended Jude Bellingham.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has been fined by the German Federation after referencing ref Felix Zwayer’s past match fixing ban following defeat to Bayern Munich last weekend.

Matthaus said: “His words were inappropriate and he would probably never say them again today, but I can understand his frustration and anger after the game ends.

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“Something similar happened to me in Karlsruhe too.

“The adrenaline and the emotions you feel after losing such an important match due to a controversial decision are difficult to control, even if you don’t have to overdo it.”

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