Eagles Striker, Ighalo, Wants Watford Stay

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo has said he will be happy to stay put at English Premier League side Watford next season.

The 26-year-old striker scored 16 goals in all competitions this season and speculations have been rife he could quit Vicarage Road.

The striker himself said he turned down a huge offer to move to China in January and there are likely to be other offers for him this summer.

But the striker, who is on 30,000 pounds-a-week, has maintained he will happy to stay at Watford.

“My agent will sit down with Watford and I will be happy if they want me to stay at Watford,” Ighalo told Sky Sports.

In September, Ighalo signed a new deal at Watford that will keep him at the club till 2020.

Middlesbrough Win Promotion To Premier League

Middlesbrough will play in the Premier League next season, after a 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion confirmed their return to the top flight.

Boro began the game in second place on 88 points, level with Brighton and with a better goal difference. Aitor Karanka’s men only needed one point from the match at the Riverside, to take the second automatic place alongside Burnley.

Cristian Stuani opened the scoring in the 19th minute, but Brighton equalized in the 55th minute through Dale Stephens.

Four minutes after his goal however, Stephens was sent off for a reckless challenge on Gaston Ramirez.

Middlesbrough return to the Premier League, seven years after they suffered relegation.

Leicester To Offer Mahrez New And Improved Deal

Leicester City are set to offer Riyad Mahrez a new and improved deal in an attempt to keep him at the club.

According to Telegraph Sport, Mahrez is ready to commit his future to the club with the Foxes ensured of UEFA Champions League football next season.

Mahrez has been integral to the clubs success this season with Leicester on the brink of winning their first Premier League title.

The 25-year-old, who was named the PFA Player of the Year, has scored 17 goals – assisting a further 11 in 35 league games this season.

Telegraph Sport report that the club are prepared to off the Algeria international around £75,000 a week, a salary that will make him one of the top earners at the club alongside Jamie Vardy.

Negotiations with the players agent is set to start in the next few weeks, with Leicester confident they can keep their star player at the King Power Stadium.

Mahrez has attracted interest from Arsenal, Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain among others.

Dele Alli Accepts FA Violent Conduct Charge

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Dele Alli, has accepted a charge of violent conduct from the Football Association (FA), according to Sky sources.

The player had until 6pm on Wednesday, to respond to the charge, which could see him miss the final three games of the Premier League season.

Alli appeared to punch West Brom’s Claudio Yacob, in the first half of their 1-1 draw on Monday at White Hart Lane.

The 20-year-old who was named PFA Player of the Year on Sunday, will now wait on the FA’s Independent Commission, which is expected to meet on Thursday or Friday, to determine Alli’s fate.

Spurs last three games are against Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle.

Vardy To Miss Manchester United Game

Leicester City will be without star striker, Jamie Vardy, for Sunday’s crunch clash at Manchester United, after he was handed an additional one-game suspension.

The England international, was sent off against West Ham last week and a regulatory commission met on Monday and decided to extend his ban.

Following his red card for an alleged dive, Vardy pointed a finger at referee Jonathan Moss and swore at the official. The panel ruled his aggression warranted a further one-match ban.

Vardy has already missed Leicester’s 4-0 thumping of Swansea on Sunday and will now sit out the tie at Old Trafford, where a win could see them crowned Premier League champions.

Riyad Mahrez Becomes First African Player To Win PFA Player Of The Year Award

Riyad Mahrez was on Sunday named the Professional Footballer Association (PFA) Player of the Year for an outstanding breakthrough season with Leicester City.

The 25-year-old scored 17 goals – assisting a further 11 – as the Foxes close in on an historic Barclays Premier League title.

Mahrez is the first African footballer to win the award. Past winners include Eden Hazard, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry among others.

The Algeria international, who is also the first player from Leicester City to scoop the accolade, believes his teammates deserve all the plaudits:

“All the credit is for them, seriously,” Mahrez said. “And my manager and the staff. Without them I wouldn’t receive this award and I wouldn’t score. It’s the team spirit. I want to dedicate it to them.

“I’m very grateful to receive this award, it’s a pleasure. It’s extra special because, if the players vote for me, it’s because they’ve seen I’ve been great this year so I’m happy.”

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli was named the PFA Young Player of the Year.

The England international ,of Nigerian descent, has scored 10 goals for Spurs this season.

Alli and Mahrez were joined by N’Golo Kante in the PFA Team of the Year with eight of the 11 plying their trade for either Tottenham or Leicester.

Team of the Year: De Gea; Rose, Alderweireld, Morgan, Bellerin – Payet, Kante, Alli, Mahrez – Kane, Vardy

EPL Round-Up

Manchester United claimed a 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday, to send the Midland club into the Championship.

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the match – his seventh in 12 games – to keep the Red Devils in contention for a Champions League spot.

Manchester City moved ahead of Arsenal into third place, with a comprehensive 3-0 drubbing of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with Sergio Aguero scoring all three goals.

Tyneside teams Sunderland and Newcastle, boosted their survival hopes with 3-0 victories over Norwich City and Swansea City respectively.

Heurelho Gomes saved two spot kicks from Saido Berahino, to help Watford beat West Brom 1-0.

Everton drew 1-1 with Southampton

Manchester City Offer Iheanacho New Deal – Report

Manchester City have begun talks over a new, improved contract for Nigeria starlet Kelechi Iheanacho despite a row by agents over who should represent him, AfricanFootball.com has been specially told.

“Manchester City have offered Kelechi a new contract and now discussions are going on in this respect,” a top source told only AfricanFootball.com

The source further maintained that the contract talks have not been held back by a row about who his agents are.

“It’s not true that these talks were held up by the issue who should now represent him. That matter is before the FA and it will soon be resolved,” he further informed.

US-based First Eleven and Stellar Group are contesting ownership of the player.

Nineteen-year-old Iheanacho has impressed in his debut season at The Etihad after coming through the club’s academy.

He has made a total of 26 appearances in all competitions mostly as a substitute, but he has scored nine goals including a hat-trick in the FA Cup against Aston Villa.

He has also now been capped at full international level by Nigeria after he represented the country at U17 and U20 levels.

(African Football)

Yaya Toure Will “Definitely” Leave Manchester City

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure will “definitely” leave the club this summer, according to his agent Dimitri Seluk.

The Ivory Coast international’s current deal expires at the end of next season and he has yet to agree a new contract at the Etihad Stadium.

Toure’s agent says he has already received plenty of interest in the 32-year-old and has confirmed he will be leaving the club he joined in 2010.

“He’ll definitely leave Manchester City, I can calmly confirm that,” Seluk told FC Inter News.

“Various offers have arrived for Yaya and we’re evaluating them, but no decision has been taken yet for next season.”

Seluk also insisted that Toure’s next move would not be motivated purely by money and hinted at a move to Inter to be reunited with former City coach Roberto Mancini.

“Will the economic aspect make the difference?” he added. “Absolutely not. We don’t put money before everything, but the project the club presents us. The best will convince us.

“Inter? We’re definitely talking about a great club and everyone knows about the relationship between Yaya and Mancini, but like I’ve already said, we haven’t made any decision yet.

“But I’ll add that the Nerazzurri’s project is great and Inter is a fantastic club. So it’s normal that they want a player of this level.”

Chelsea Confirm Conte As New Manager

Chelsea have announced that Antonio Conte, will take charge of the team after Euro 2016 tournament.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC), last month confirmed that Conte will be leaving his post as Azzuri coach when his contract expires in July.

Conte has now signed a three-year deal, to become the Blues’ new permanent boss, after Guus Hiddink leaves at the end of the season.

“I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club. I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that,” Conte told Chelsea’s official website.

“I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League. Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.

“I am happy we have made the announcement now so everything is clear and we can end the speculation. I will continue to focus on my job with the Italian national team and will reserve speaking about Chelsea again until after the Euros.”

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck added: “Antonio Conte has a record of consistent success in his career as a manager and as a player. We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge and are confident he will find all he needs to maintain that high standard of achievement.”

Massimiliano Allegri, Diego Simeone, Jorge Sampaoli and Mauricio Pochettino were the other candidates in the race to coach the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Kane Rescues Spurs At Anfield, Arsenal, City, Chelsea All Stroll To Victories

Harry Kane was on target again to earn Tottenham Hotspur a 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Saturday but the stalemate opens a path for Leicester City to forge seven points clear in the title race this weekend.

While Arsenal crushed Watford 4-0 and Manchester City hammered Bournemouth by the same score to breathe fresh life into their faint hopes, Leicester’s closest pursuers moved to within four points thanks to Kane’s predatory instincts.

After Philippe Coutinho had put Liverpool ahead soon after halftime in a vibrant contest, Kane conjured a brilliant strike out of very little to become the first Spurs player in the Premier League era to score 22 league goals in a season.

Leicester, who have played one game fewer, now have the chance to open a huge gap over Mauricio Pochettino’s side with just six matches left if they can beat Southampton at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Kane, who felt “very proud of a great achievement” after becoming Spurs’ highest scorer in any league season since Gary Lineker in 1991-92, said his team were “a tad disappointed” with the result.

“We will watch the Leicester game tomorrow and hope Southampton can get a result and do us a favour,” he told Sky Sports.

In the battle for Champions League football next season, not even another free kick masterpiece from Dimitri Payet could inspire fifth-placed West Ham United as they had Cheikhou Kouyate sent off in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

At the other end of the table, Aston Villa’s disillusioned fans made a long, loud protest as their side were humiliated 4-0 at home to Chelsea and now stand on the verge of relegation.

Newcastle United are hot favourites to join Villa in the Championship next season after going down 3-2 in a dramatic clash at fellow strugglers Norwich City who celebrated a 93rd-minute winner from Martin Olsson.

United’s north-east rivals Sunderland are also in deep trouble, four points adrift of safety after a goalless home draw with West Bromwich Albion.