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Man United star Juan Mata and family close down Tapeo and Wine restaurant

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Juan Mata’s family has been forced to close their tapas restaurant in Manchester after racking up hundreds of thousands of pounds in debt.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the hospitality sector means Tapeo and Wine will be closing its doors just four years after Manchester United‘s Spanish midfielder opened it.

Despite positive reviews online, accounts filed to Companies House earlier this year showed it had total debts of £772,086 for 2018, up from £593,548 in 2017.

A Manchester tapas restaurant invested in by United star Juan Mata has closed

A Manchester tapas restaurant invested in by United star Juan Mata has closed 

Mata pictured at Tapeo and Wine on Deansgate in Manchester, which was run by his father

Mata pictured at Tapeo and Wine on Deansgate in Manchester, which was run by his father

And the enforced closure of the Deansgate restaurant during the coronavirus crisis appears to have finished the business off.

A statement posted online on Tuesday read: ‘Adios y gracias!

‘Unfortunately, and after five years of trying our best to bring Spain to you, through our food, drinks and service, our restaurant Tapeo and Wine will not be opening its doors anymore.

‘We had to take this decision as a result of a number of factors and we thank every single one of you who over the years came and enjoyed with us!

A statement on the restaurant's Instagram account confirmed it will not be opening again

A statement on the restaurant’s Instagram account confirmed it will not be opening again

The eatery racked up positive reviews for its food but has been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis

The eatery racked up positive reviews for its food but has been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis

Some of the charcuterie on the menu at Tapeo and Wine, which opened its doors in 2016

Some of the charcuterie on the menu at Tapeo and Wine, which opened its doors in 2016

‘It’s been a great ride and we will always be grateful for your love and support!’

The restaurant had operated a takeaway delivery and collection service during lockdown but had not re-opened to diners.

Mata, 32, invested in the restaurant, which was established in 2016 by husband and wife team Natalia Esquerdo and Nacho Perez with backing from Mata’s dad Juan Manuel Mata Rodriguez.

The couple left Tapeo and Wine later that year and left the running to Mata Snr and his business partner Jose Manuel Martinez Garcia.

United’s Spanish contingent Ander Herrera and David de Gea joined Mata at a star-studded launch party in 2016 and they even hosted Manchester City’s Christmas party that year.

The tapas restaurant had re-opened for takeaways only post-lockdown but has now closed

The tapas restaurant had re-opened for takeaways only post-lockdown but has now closed

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Brendan Rodgers believes Harvey Barnes will be ‘knocking on the door’ for an England call up

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Brendan Rodgers has backed Harvey Barnes to force his way into the England squad for next summer’s European Championships.

The 22-year-old started the season in blistering fashion with a superb performance in Leicester’s 3-0 win at West Brom last weekend, after registering six goals and eight assists in the league last term.

Competition for wide places is fierce in Gareth Southgate‘s squad but Foxes boss Rodgers insists Barnes has a chance, especially if he can improve his finishing.

Harvey Barnes is hoping to impress Gareth Southgate to earn an international call-up

Harvey Barnes is hoping to impress Gareth Southgate to earn an international call-up

Brendan Rodgers feels Barnes could contend for a spot at the European Championships

Brendan Rodgers feels Barnes could contend for a spot at the European Championships

Rodgers said: ‘For all English players that will be the aim and for Harvey it’s a realistic aim. The boys who are ahead of him are really talented players but Harvey has this incredible power he can sustain over a long distance.

‘For him it’s about increasing his numbers, if he can get into double figures this year and makes a number of assists then he can be knocking on the door. He is a really gifted player.

‘Now it’s the case of improving and my job to challenge him even more. He is a great boy. 

Barnes got off to an electric start during Leicester's opening day victory against West Brom

Barnes got off to an electric start during Leicester’s opening day victory against West Brom

‘He trains virtually every day, puts so much into the games, then there is his running ability. 

‘We’re trying to improve his running off the ball and getting him into more scoring opportunities.

 ‘At times last season he was electric.’ Leicester were on Friday closing in on the loan signing of Roma winger Cengiz Under, who would play off the right with Barnes off the left.

That would leave little room in Rodgers’ plans for Demarai Gray. The winger has only one year remaining on his contract and Rodgers acknowledged: ‘It’s whether he wants to continue in the role he’s played here, or whether he sees himself going out and being a starter.’

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Boxing legend Mike Tyson, 54, ditches vegan diet and is scoffing meat ahead of ring return

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BOXING’S Mike Tyson has ditched his vegan diet and is scoffing bison and elk meat to prepare for a ring return.

The ex-world heavyweight champ, 54, hopes red meat will restore his stunning punching power.

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Mike Tyson looking super lean in an Instagram post from AugustCredit: Instagram / @miketyson

Protein-packed steaks are making him strong again for his comeback against Roy Jones Jr, 51, in Carson, California, on November 28.

Tyson said of his vegan diet: “I stopped because of the training and because of what I wanted my body to look like and the strength that I wanted to poses.

“I only eat elk and bison — wild stuff — and I’m starting to feel fit.

“I realised the stuff that’s good for other people — like kale, vegetables and blueberries — for me is really poisonous.”

The 54-year-old has ditched his vegan diet for elk and bison meat

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The 54-year-old has ditched his vegan diet for elk and bison meatCredit: Instagram
Tyson hopes red meat will restore his stunning punching power

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Tyson hopes red meat will restore his stunning punching powerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The ex-world heavyweight champ is returning to the ring

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The ex-world heavyweight champ is returning to the ringCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Tyson was speaking on the podcast of American comedian Joe Rogan, an amateur hunter.

Rogan told Tyson: “I want to give you some of my elk.

“I’ve got three commercial freezers full. You can have as much as you want.”

Mike Tyson almost knocks out his own trainer as 54-year-old shows off brutal power and speed in training

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Bruce admits coronavirus concern ahead of Newcastle’s Carabao Cup trip to Morecambe

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Steve Bruce says it is a concern that Football League clubs are no longer being tested for Covid-19 on a weekly basis with Newcastle set to travel to Morecambe on Wednesday.

Sportsmail revealed this week that the EFL has removed the mandatory protocol for weekly tests.

That has led to several top-flights clubs paying for their lower-league opponents to be screened ahead of Carabao Cup fixtures.

Newcastle are set to travel to League Two side Morecambe for cup tie on Wednesday

Newcastle are set to travel to League Two side Morecambe for cup tie on Wednesday

And Bruce said: ‘Of course it is a concern. When it comes down to our own individual bubble, I think we are the fortunate ones. We’re tested twice a week, but further down the pyramid, it’s not the case – and we travel to Morecambe next week with that possibility.

‘There are tough weeks ahead for everybody concerned, so we will have to make sure we observe the rules and try to get back on track again.

‘The football, if that gives people a bit of relief then all well and good. Yes, it is a concern when you play the lower league, but we’d rather be playing football than not.’

Bruce says Newcastle are yet to discuss paying for League Two Morecambe to be tested but, as we reported on Friday, the likes of Liverpool and West Ham will carry the cost of their EFL opponents being screened in the coming days. 

Liverpool will be among clubs to offer to pay for their EFL Cup opponent's Covid-19 tests

Liverpool will be among clubs to offer to pay for their EFL Cup opponent’s Covid-19 tests

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