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Conor McGregor told by UFC rival Khabib Nurmagomedov he has to beat Dustin Poirier in order to earn rematch

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KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV has told Conor McGregor to beat Dustin Poirier again in order to earn a rematch.

McGregor, 32, was submitted by bitter rival Nurmagomedov, 31, in 2018 with a post-fight brawl fuelling demand for a rematch.

Khabib told Conor McGregor to beat Dustin Poirier again in order to earn a rematch

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Khabib told Conor McGregor to beat Dustin Poirier again in order to earn a rematch
Poirier was beaten by McGregor in 2014 but has eyed a rematch

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Poirier was beaten by McGregor in 2014 but has eyed a rematch

UFC boss Dana White had promised the Irishman a crack at redemption after unbeaten Khabib faces Justin Gaethje, 31, in October.

But after watching Gaethje clinch the interim title while locked down amid the coronavirus pandemic, McGregor announced a sudden retirement.

Nurmagomedov urged his rival to make a fourth comeback, opening the door to a lucrative rematch – as long as he beats Poirier.

Khabib said: “Let him come back (and) defeat Dustin Poirier, then we will fight with him – no problem.”

McGregor knocked out Poirier at featherweight in 2014, but the 31-year-old American has since won ten of his last 12 fights.

And he earned a shot at Nurmagomedov’s lightweight belt after winning the interim strap in 2019, but went on to lose in round three.

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Khabib opened up about another fight with McGregor during a press conference in Russia, his first public event since the death of his father and coach Abdulmanap.

He died aged 57 in July from Covid-19, with The Notorious sending a classy message to the Nurmagomedov family.

And despite the animosity shared with McGregor, the UFC champion will not stop it from getting in the way of facing him for a second time.

He even suggests McGregor’s condolences helped put to bed their bitter rivalry.

Nurmagomedov explained: “Aside from sports, there are also human relations. I’m OK with [Conor]. It’s behind us.

“To live in the past and hold grudges – it’s not me. Father wasn’t like that, and I don’t think I’ve strayed too far from him.

“I don’t condone personal attacks. But who wouldn’t like it if somebody wished their father well.

“After Gaethje, I would be ready to face any opponent who gets a win over Poirier. Tony [Ferguson] or McGregor, it makes no difference.”

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David de Gea will start the season as Manchester United’s No 1

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David De Gea is set to start the season in goal for Manchester United with a warning from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that his place is under threat from Dean Henderson.

It’s understood that De Gea will get the nod against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday evening but his status as United’s undisputed No.1 is in serious jeopardy for the first time in 10 years at United.

Henderson has made it clear that he will not be happy sitting on the bench after returning from a loan spell at Sheffield United and signing a new contract. The 23-year-old wants first-team football to push his claims to be England’s No.1 at the European Championships next summer.

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David De Ges will start season in goal for Manchester United but warned place is under threat

Dean Henderson is pushing to replace the Spaniard as No 1 for first time in 10 years at United

Dean Henderson is pushing to replace the Spaniard as No 1 for first time in 10 years at United

Ahead of United’s first game of the season against Palace, Solskjaer insisted the best man will play and keep the shirt on merit.

‘Yeah, you keep your place in the team or you play when you play well, it doesn’t matter if you’re a keeper or a striker or full-back,’ said the United manager.

‘Of course, keeper is a different position on the pitch. There are less physical demands compared to an outfield player that you will rotate more maybe.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned the best performer will take and keep the shirt

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned the best performer will take and keep the shirt

‘But you need competition, and you need to get that competition to push each other so we can get the best possible performance out of one of them. Hopefully the two of them will always be performing when they play.’

Solskjaer stood by De Gea during another sticky spell at the end of last season, playing the Spaniard in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Europa League even though Sergio Romero had done well in most of the earlier rounds.

Romero is now looking to leave United and has stayed at home in Argentina while his next move is sorted out.

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Tottenham finally unveil their superstar new signing… but it’s not Gareth Bale!

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United States forward Alex Morgan has been unveiled at Tottenham Hotspur.

Whilst the men’s team wait for their own superstar Gareth Bale to sign, the women’s team have released images of their new star signing.

Morgan has joined the club for the upcoming 2020-21 season from Orlando Pride.

United States forward Alex Morgan has been unveiled at Tottenham Hotspur on Friday

United States forward Alex Morgan has been unveiled at Tottenham Hotspur on Friday

Morgan has joined the London club for the upcoming 2020-21 season from Orlando Pride

Morgan has joined the London club for the upcoming 2020-21 season from Orlando Pride

The two-time World Cup winner tweeted: 2020 is the year of the unexpected, but next up — the first stamp on Charlie’s passport. #COYS @SpursWomen’

Morgan has scored 107 goals in 169 appearances for her country and was part of the World Cup wins of 2015 and 2019. 

She netted a header in the semi-finals against England at last year’s tournament, memorably making a tea-drinking gesture as she celebrated. 

Alex Morgan memorably made a tea-drinking gesture after scoring against England

Alex Morgan memorably made a tea-drinking gesture after scoring against England

Morgan – who gave birth to her daughter Charlie in May – has become another among a number of high-profile names to have moved to the Women’s Super League since the end of the 2019-20 season.

That has included four other United States internationals, with Manchester City having signed Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle and Manchester United earlier this week recruiting Tobin Heath and Christen Press.

Bale and Sergio Reguilon are both expected to sign from Real Madrid for the Tottenham men’s side on Saturday after passing medicals. 

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AC Milan ’emerge as favourites to sign Memphis Depay ahead of Barcelona’

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AC Milan are believed to have overtaken Barcelona as favourites to land Lyon winger Memphis Depay.

Ronald Koeman has been heavily linked with a move to bring the Depay, who he knows from his days as the Dutch national coach, to the Nou Camp this summer.

But Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas claimed that his opposite number Josep Bartomeu, told him the La Liga club cannot afford to buy the 26-year-old who is valued at £28m.

Memphis Depay has entered the final year of his contract at Lyon and could be set to move

Memphis Depay has entered the final year of his contract at Lyon and could be set to move

Stefano Pioli's AC Milan now look like favourites to sign the Dutchman this summer

Stefano Pioli’s AC Milan now look like favourites to sign the Dutchman this summer

Now Diario AS have reported that the Serie A giants have overtaken Barcelona in the race for the Dutch winger.

Stefano Pioli’s side are interested in bringing Depay, who is in the last year of his deal, to the club in exchange for Lucas Paqueta. 

Depay has no intent on extending his current deal which expires in July 2021, while Paqueta is currently under control until 2023.

However, the Brazilian international has struggled to command a first team spot in Milan, with just 24 league starts and one goal during his two seasons in Italy.

Koeman himself reportedly admitted that he struggles to believe Depay would join the club.

‘For Depay to arrive, you must first sell,’ the Barca boss told Fox Sports Netherlands.

‘We’re working towards the new season and I think we will go into it with the same group of players that we have now for pre-season.’

Barca’s finances have taken a severe hit following the coronavirus outbreak, with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas claiming that has damaged Barca’s chances of completing a move for Depay, who has played under Koeman with the Dutch national team.

Depay was believed to be seen as a replacement for Luis Suarez who traveled to Italy to undergo a citizenship test, ahead of a proposed move to Juventus.

Ronald Koeman would like Depay at the Nou Camp but believes that the move is unlikely

Ronald Koeman would like Depay at the Nou Camp but believes that the move is unlikely

A move to Barcelona would see him reunited with Koeman, and play alongside Lionel Messi who made a U-turn on his initial decision to leave the Nou Camp. 

Depay scored 11 goals across his last 18 matches for the Dutch national side and has also developed into the star attacking player at Lyon – netting 53 goals in 136 appearances. 

Having recovered from a serious knee injury earlier in the season, Memphis helped lead Lyon to the semi-finals of last season’s Champions League.

Depay made a fantastic start to the new season for Lyon scoring a hat-trick in their opening day 4-1 victory over Dijon.

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