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Manchester City defender Eric Garcia’s £13.6m move to Barcelona is OFF

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Barcelona have failed to sign Manchester City defender Eric Garcia despite their late-night negotiations with the Premier League club on Monday.

The two sides were unable to agree terms as the Catalans failed to match City’s valuation of the 19-year-old.

The LaLiga side had hoped their final offer, that included midfielder Rafinha Alcantara, would have been accepted after their initial £13.6million bid had been rejected. 

Barcelona have failed to sign Eric Garcia despite their late-night negotiations on Monday

Barcelona have failed to sign Eric Garcia despite their late-night negotiations on Monday

Barcelona have failed to sign Eric Garcia despite their late-night negotiations on Monday 

Barca boss Ronald Koeman was hopeful of bringing Garcia back to the Nou Camp before Monday’s transfer deadline day.  

Garcia was part of the La Masia academy between 2008 and 2017, before heading to the Premier League under Pep Guardiola.

The Spanish international made his first top-flight appearance last season and would go on to feature 13 times throughout the campaign. 

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman was hopeful of bringing Garcia back to the Nou Camp

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman was hopeful of bringing Garcia back to the Nou Camp

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman was hopeful of bringing Garcia back to the Nou Camp 

Ramon Planes, who has taken over from Eric Abidal as the Sport Director at the club, is said to have led the negations for the youngster but was unable to attain his signature.

Planes hopes that Garcia will follow in Gerard Pique’s footsteps by leaving La Masia’s youth academy to later rejoin Barca in a professional capacity and go onto have an impressive career at the club. 

The door could, however, remain open for Barca as Garcia has made it clear that he does not intend to renew his contract with City – which could see him leave as a free agent next year.  

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Eden Hazard recovers from muscle injury in boost for Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid   

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Real Madrid have been boosted by the return to fitness of Eden Hazard as they take on Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League.

The Belgian travelled to Germany with his team-mates for Tuesday night’s Group B fixture and is available having shaken off a muscle injury in his right leg.

Hazard, 29, hasn’t played a single minute of football so far this season and hasn’t featured at all since Real’s Champions League exit to Manchester City on August 7 – 81 days ago.

Eden Hazard could make his first appearance of the season for Real Madrid on Tuesday

Eden Hazard could make his first appearance of the season for Real Madrid on Tuesday

Eden Hazard could make his first appearance of the season for Real Madrid on Tuesday 

Real coach Zinedine Zidane keeps a close eye on Hazard and team-mates as they trained at Borussia Monchengladbach on Monday night

Real coach Zinedine Zidane keeps a close eye on Hazard and team-mates as they trained at Borussia Monchengladbach on Monday night

Real coach Zinedine Zidane keeps a close eye on Hazard and team-mates as they trained at Borussia Monchengladbach on Monday night

It comes as a boost to manager Zinedine Zidane as Real aim to kick-start their Champions League campaign having surprisingly lost 3-2 to Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday one last week.

Following the short turnaround between seasons, Hazard reported for pre-season training lacking in match fitness and then suffered the muscle problem on September 30.

It followed a hugely frustrating first season at the Bernabeu following his move from Chelsea in the summer of 2019 for an initial £104million fee that could rise to £150m.

Hazard suffered hamstring, ankle, foot and shin injuries that restricted him to just 22 appearances during his debut campaign with Real.

Hazard has been forced to watch the early season action from the stands after another injury

Hazard has been forced to watch the early season action from the stands after another injury

Hazard has been forced to watch the early season action from the stands after another injury

'With Hazard, without respite' ran the headline on Tuesday's edition of AS in Spain

'With Hazard, without respite' ran the headline on Tuesday's edition of AS in Spain

‘With Hazard, without respite’ ran the headline on Tuesday’s edition of AS in Spain 

Zidane was pleased with the news that Hazard is back to full fitness amid a tight schedule

Zidane was pleased with the news that Hazard is back to full fitness amid a tight schedule

Zidane was pleased with the news that Hazard is back to full fitness amid a tight schedule

Zidane said on Monday: ‘If Hazard is with us it is because he is well and that is good news. We are all happy to see him with us.

‘Tomorrow we will see how we are going to use him. It is very positive news for us.

‘We know that the season is long and we are going to need everyone. It is true, I have always said it, because they are players who always play.

‘It is true that we have had problems on the wing but there are other players who can replace them and it will not give us problems.’

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Khabib Nurmagomedov shares picture of broken foot taken before win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254

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Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed the extent of the damage to his broken foot just 16 days out from his win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. 

The undefeated Russian showed no ill effects during his second-round submission victory, after which he stunned the MMA world by retiring having promised his mother it would be the last fight without late father Abdulmanap there. 

Khabib has now shared pictures on his Instagram page, one of an X-ray of a broken toe and another snap of his swollen left foot. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov posted a photo of his broken foot from before his UFC 254 win

Khabib Nurmagomedov posted a photo of his broken foot from before his UFC 254 win

Khabib Nurmagomedov posted a photo of his broken foot from before his UFC 254 win 

The lightweight champion defended his belt in style in spite of the broken toe

The lightweight champion defended his belt in style in spite of the broken toe

The lightweight champion defended his belt in style in spite of the broken toe 

Khabib retired undefeated and it was only subsequently revealed that he had been injured

Khabib retired undefeated and it was only subsequently revealed that he had been injured

Khabib retired undefeated and it was only subsequently revealed that he had been injured

Both pictures have the dates written on by Khabib, one on October 7 and the other October 8. 

It is yet to be revealed how much the injury hindered his training in the run-up to his lightweight title defence against Gaethje but the performance itself was typically dominant. 

UFC president Dana White was the first man to reveal the news in his post-fight press conference. 

He said: ‘What this guy’s been through, we’re all lucky that we got to see him fight tonight.

‘And I’m hearing rumours of other things that I didn’t know about that you guys will hear about when he comes out later. Apparently, he was in the hospital. He broke his foot. Three weeks ago.

Khabib sunk in a triangle chock to put Gaethje away in the second round of their title fight

Khabib sunk in a triangle chock to put Gaethje away in the second round of their title fight

Khabib sunk in a triangle chock to put Gaethje away in the second round of their title fight 

‘He has two broken toes and a bone in his foot that’s broken, or something like that. That’s what his corner was telling me. 

‘He is one of the toughest human beings on the planet and he’s the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.’ 

Khabib absorbed some heavy leg kicks from Gaethje in the fight but his injured foot appeared to hold up well. Perhaps if the fight had moved into the championship rounds there would have been more of an issue.

In any event, the champion took Gaethje down in the second round and swiftly locked up a triangle choke, opting against an arm-bar as he did not want to inflict unnecessary pain on Gaethje in front of his watching parents, according to Daniel Cormier. 

The champion overcame so many obstacles prior to the contest and was emotional afterwards

The champion overcame so many obstacles prior to the contest and was emotional afterwards

The champion overcame so many obstacles prior to the contest and was emotional afterwards

Khabib was clearly overcome with emotion in the immediate aftermath, thinking about his late father Abdulmanap who also trained him from the age of three. 

He regathered his composure to announce his retirement during his interview in the octagon and even those closest to him, including head coach Javier Mendez, had no idea. 

Khabib departs the sport at the top of his game and even if he never returns, will be remembered as one of the greats. 

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Jeremy Stephens injured and OUT of UFC Vegas 13 clash with Brit Arnold Allen on November 7 with new opponent in works

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JEREMY STEPHENS has reportedly been forced out of the UFC Vegas 13 event next month.

The 34-year-old featherweight was due to compete against English prodigy Arnold ‘Almighty’ Allen.

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Jeremy Stephens has been forced out of UFC Vegas 13 with an unknown injuryCredit: Getty
English featherweight prodigy Arnold Allen is now looking for a new opponent next month

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English featherweight prodigy Arnold Allen is now looking for a new opponent next monthCredit: Getty

Now MMA Junkie states he has been pulled from the card on November 7 due to an unknown injury.

Ipswich-born Allen is still expected to fight in Sin City.

UFC officials are believed to be searching for a replacement for him to face.

The rising star (16-1-0) already has a number of impressive victories on his CV.

He has won seven already under UFC’s banner with wins coming over Makwan Amirkhani, Mads Burnell, Gilbert Melendez and Nik Lentz. 

Allen goes into the event in fine form after embarking on a nine fight winning streak.

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He has not been beaten in over six years.

Allen is currently ranked ninth in the featherweight division.

He has competed 17 times as a professional MMA fighter, with eight of those going the distance.

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