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Nathaniel Clyne joins old club Crystal Palace on free transfer on short-term deal after leaving Liverpool

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NATHANIEL CLYNE has joined former club Crystal Palace on a short-term deal.

The England right-back was a free agent after his contract at Liverpool came to an end in the summer.

Nathaniel Clyne has joined Crystal Palace on a short-term deal

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Nathaniel Clyne has joined Crystal Palace on a short-term dealCredit: https://www.instagram.com/cpfc/
The right-back returns to his former club where he began his career

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The right-back returns to his former club where he began his careerCredit: Instagram / @cpfc

And Palace boss Roy Hodgson has snapped him up on a deal to bolster his defence until January.

He has been training with the Palace squad over the past month and Hodgson has been impressed with what he’s seen.

Clyne began his career at Palace in 2008 and made 137 appearances before leaving for Southampton in 2012.

Reported by Palace’s official site, Clyne said of his move: “I’m a London boy, this is where I grew up.

“I’m back home and all my family and friends are here. It’s surreal being back, enjoying it and hopefully I can just crack on and enjoy my football again.”

Chairman Steve Parish added: “Nathaniel is a fantastic character to have around this squad and we are delighted to secure his services for the upcoming period.

“He is a first-rate professional, just as he was when I first met him more than a decade ago. His presence and experience will be invaluable.”

Clyne and Hodgson have a strong relationship with the defender making all but one of his 14 appearances for England when he was manager of the national team.

Clyne has been been looking for a new club after being released from Liverpool in the summer.

He arrived at Anfield in 2015 where he quickly became a first-team regular.

But a series of injuries hampered his Kop career and he was loaned to Bournemouth for the 2017/18 season.

The emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold saw Clyne fall even further down the pecking order.

Last season he failed to play a single game for the Reds after he suffered cruciate knee ligament damage in a pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund.

Over the period of his Anfield career, he featured in a total of 77 games.

Liverpool confirm 8 players including Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are leaving the club

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Rhys Williams learned his trade at Kidderminster Harriers but stepped up to fill Fabinho’s boots

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What a difference a week makes. In Amsterdam seven days ago, Jurgen Klopp stood with arm around Rhys Williams and smiled as he imparted some final wisdom.

Liverpool’s manager knew the size of the moment for a 19-year-old making his first steps at the highest level. Here was Williams, in one of the sport’s cathedrals, being given the responsibility to help his team protect a slender 1-0 lead through injury time.

‘I saw in his eyes he was pretty impressed by the occasion,’ Klopp reflected.

Rhys Williams came off the bench to replace Fabinho who came off due to an injury

Rhys Williams came off the bench to replace Fabinho who came off due to an injury

Rhys Williams came off the bench to replace Fabinho who came off due to an injury

Williams had every reason to be impressed. His first action after being introduced against Ajax was to win a towering header. They think an awful lot of Williams at Liverpool and the fact Klopp was prepared to put him into a pressure situation spoke volumes.

Here, though, the body language was different. Klopp could not have envisaged having to ask Williams to get stripped and ready for action so soon into Liverpool’s second Group D fixture against Midtyjlland but circumstances left him with no option.

There was Fabinho, the man who had been ushered into central defensive duty following the catastrophic injury to Virgil van Dijk, lying with his leg out stretched. He was wincing in the way players do when they have felt something tweak, tear or pop.

Fabinho - who is standing in for Virgil van Dijk - was taken off around the half-hour mark

Fabinho - who is standing in for Virgil van Dijk - was taken off around the half-hour mark

Fabinho – who is standing in for Virgil van Dijk – was taken off around the half-hour mark

Williams impressed during the game - catching the eye with an interception in the 57th minute

Williams impressed during the game - catching the eye with an interception in the 57th minute

Williams impressed during the game – catching the eye with an interception in the 57th minute

The severity of his hamstring damage will be determined on Wednesday after a scan.

So Klopp pointed to Williams and asked him to help Liverpool through a problematic assignment in the midst of what is now a defensive crisis.

This time last year, he was on loan at Kidderminster Harriers and playing in games against Farsley Celtic and Darlington. He had been part of Liverpool’s FA Youth Cup winning team in 2019 but the club decided that his education would be best served by a spell playing man’s football.

The move was the idea of Academy Director Alex Ingelthopre and Julian Ward, Liverpool’s loan and pathways manager, after they had been approached by then Kidderminster manager John Pemberton. They wanted Williams to have a different football experience in his education.

Ward watched Williams regularly at Aggborough Stadium and he showed such an appetite to learn under Pemberton and his successor Russ Penn that the experiment was deemed a resounding success. Williams was rewarded with a new five-year deal at Anfield this summer.

Jurgen Klopp has turned to Williams, the 19-year-old, during their current injury crisis

Jurgen Klopp has turned to Williams, the 19-year-old, during their current injury crisis

Jurgen Klopp has turned to Williams, the 19-year-old, during their current injury crisis 

Klopp gave him his first senior action in a 7-2 Carabao Cup win at Lincoln last month. He was with the Under-23s last week, when he scored a towering header in a 3-1 win over Chelsea, but this weekend he is likely to be asked to shackle West Ham’s Michail Antonio.

‘He did really well and the only problem we have now is that there are four days to the West Ham game and there will be a story every day about him,’ said Klopp. ‘He has to prove he can deal with that as well. Everything was calm around him and we try to keep it that way.’

If his moment comes to it (Klopp is unsure when Joel Matip will be fit) Williams will not be flustered. He reads the game well – one interception in the 57th minute caught the eye – and makes sensible passes and he will also benefit from having the imperious goalkeeper Alisson Becker behind him.

Fate has put Williams in this position but his talent for this unexpected opportunity should not be doubted.

‘We have three very young central defenders but they are all alternatives,’ said Klopp. ‘At this moment, it looks like we have to choose one of them. I don’t know yet but to be really clear and positive, Rhys was not in one situation that was a problem. He played a really good game.’ 

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Salary cap may dent new £40million deal for Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton is suddenly facing a race against the clock to sign his proposed £40million-a-year deal with Mercedes after revolutionary plans to cap driver salaries were approved unanimously by the teams.

Sportsmail understands a proposal to limit the pay packets of the sport’s biggest stars to £22m — or $30m as the new regulation will be written — was even backed by Hamilton’s team principal Toto Wolff. The cost-saving measure will start in 2023.

Hamilton, 35, is out of contract at the end of this season and was expected to commit to three more years, from 2021 to 2023. 

Lewis Hamilton is facing a race against time to sign a new £40million deal with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton is facing a race against time to sign a new £40million deal with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton is facing a race against time to sign a new £40million deal with Mercedes

All of the registered teams agreed to limit the salary of F1's big stars to £22million from 2023

All of the registered teams agreed to limit the salary of F1's big stars to £22million from 2023

All of the registered teams agreed to limit the salary of F1’s big stars to £22million from 2023

But if the new rule is ratified before Hamilton signs, he cannot earn £40m beyond the next two years and his earnings would be markedly restricted.  

So the six-time world champion must act fast to ensure he continues to add as extravagantly as he wishes to his £250m fortune.

He currently earns £35m a year, about the same as fellow top-earner Sebastian Vettel.

If he signs terms prior to the rule being officially adopted, it is likely he would still be paid at the agreed level.

Hamilton (above) currently earns £35m a year, the joint-highest salary out of the F1 drivers

Hamilton (above) currently earns £35m a year, the joint-highest salary out of the F1 drivers

Hamilton (above) currently earns £35m a year, the joint-highest salary out of the F1 drivers

Although the exact details of the cap are yet to be finalised, a source has stated that employment law would likely obligate teams to continue to pay at the wage set before the rule’s introduction.

Hamilton may also consider whether to commit to Mercedes for a longer stretch than he originally intended, in order to ensure the highest possible grade of remuneration to the end of his career.

This move is an extension of the budget caps due to be imposed from 2022 on team spending — which is effectively car development — that were given fresh impetus by the coronavirus upheaval. 

Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher's record of 91 Formula One race wins over the weekend

Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher's record of 91 Formula One race wins over the weekend

Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 Formula One race wins over the weekend

They are intended to address imbalances between the bigger and smaller teams.

The driver salary cap was the highlight of the F1 Commission video call on Monday at which a provisional calendar of 23 races was presented for next season. The championship will start in Australia with the penultimate race due to be held in Saudi Arabia.

Both the calendar and the driver salary cap await approval by the FIA.

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Mark Schwarzer claims Petr Cech is better in Chelsea training than Kepa and Willy Caballero

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Mark Schwarzer has shockingly claimed that Petr Cech was the best goalkeeper training at Chelsea this season before Edouard Mendy arrived at the club. 

The Blues signed £20million goalkeeper Mendy this summer to provide extra competition for Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero who had shared the first-choice goalkeeper spot due to inconsistencies from the pair.

But ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Schwarzer has heard that Cech, who was named in the west Londoners’ 25-man Premier League squad despite retiring in 2019, was performing better in training sessions that Kepa and Caballero. 

Mark Schwarzer (right) claims Petr Cech (left) is the second-best keeper at Chelsea right now

Mark Schwarzer (right) claims Petr Cech (left) is the second-best keeper at Chelsea right now

Mark Schwarzer (right) claims Petr Cech (left) is the second-best keeper at Chelsea right now

Schwarzer says the retired goalkeeper is better than Kepa (left) and Willy Caballero (right)

Schwarzer says the retired goalkeeper is better than Kepa (left) and Willy Caballero (right)

Schwarzer says the retired goalkeeper is better than Kepa (left) and Willy Caballero (right)

The Australian told Optus Sports: ‘From my understanding, he was better than the Chelsea keepers. But this was before Mendy arrived at the club. 

‘He was performing and training better than the Chelsea keepers. He just was saying he felt so good.’

Cech is one of the most successful goalkeepers in Chelsea’s history, having won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and both the Champions League and the Europa League competitions during his 11-year stay at Stamford Bridge. 

Chelsea signed £20million goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (above) this summer as a first-choice

Chelsea signed £20million goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (above) this summer as a first-choice

Chelsea signed £20million goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (above) this summer as a first-choice

Cech (above) retired in 2019 and the 38-year-old is now Chelsea's technical director

Cech (above) retired in 2019 and the 38-year-old is now Chelsea's technical director

Cech (above) retired in 2019 and the 38-year-old is now Chelsea’s technical director

The Czech Republic goalkeeper then left the Blues after falling behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order, joining Arsenal in 2015 where he spent four more years as a professional.

Upon retiring, the former goalkeeper was immediately hired by the Blues as a technical director at the start of the 2019-20 season when Frank Lampard was hired as head coach. 

And Schwarzer, who competed alongside Cech for the goalkeeper spot at Chelsea between 2013 and 2015, believes the 38-year-old’s current training performances at Stamford Bridge are making him regret retiring so soon. 

Schwarzer (above) knows Cech well after spending two years with the Czech at Chelsea

Schwarzer (above) knows Cech well after spending two years with the Czech at Chelsea

Schwarzer (above) knows Cech well after spending two years with the Czech at Chelsea 

Schwarzer added: ‘He said had he known that after having time off he would have felt so good, he would have only had six months off and wouldn’t have retired.

“He actually believes he’s fit enough and strong enough and good enough still to play in the Premier League. I know he’s kicking the ball further than he did towards the end of his career.

‘The injuries he had, the problems he had with his ankle, his calf, they were hindering his kicking game. So apparently he has no problems with that at all any more. He’s kicking the ball as far as he [ever] did.’

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