Aston Villa re-sign Ciaran Clark, Lambert’s youth movement continues

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You’ve got to hand it to Paul Lambert, the man has a plan and he’s sticking to it.

The plan is simple, secure as much youth talent as possible, whether it be through the transfer market or by re-signing players.

Today, the Villa manager added to his impressive list of deals this summer by re-signing 23 year old defender, Ciaran Clark.

In addition to Clark, here’s a list of deals that Lambert has penned so far this summer:

  • Antonio Luna: 22 year old Spanish left-back signed from Sevilla
  • Aleksandar Tonev: 22 year old Bulgarian winger signed from Lech Poznan
  • Jores Okore: 20 year old Ivorian center-back signed from FC Nordsjaelland
  • Leandro Bacuna: 21 year old Dutch midfielder signed from FC Groningen
  • Nicklas Helenius: 22 year old striker signed from Danish League side Aalborg BK
  • Jed Steer: 20 year old goal-keeper signed from Norwich City
  • Nathan Baker: 22 year old defender re-signed this summer
  • Andreas Weimann: 21 year old winger re-signed this summer

Clark’s deal is a three year contract that will see the 6’2″ center-back at Villa Park through 2016. The Republic of Ireland international, who made 29 Premier League appearances for the Villains last season scoring one goal, is thrilled with the new deal.

“From a personal point of view, I really couldn’t be more delighted or more proud,” Clark said to “It’s what every young lad dreams about, to be able to play for a club like Aston Villa.”


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Football leaks: French police raid PSG HQ, 3 players’ homes

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PARIS (AP) A French official says police investigating suspected tax fraud linked to the soccer industry have raided the headquarters of Paris Saint-Germain and the homes of three Argentine players in France.

The official said anti-corruption police units searched the homes of PSG players Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, and that of Nantes forward Emiliano Sala on Tuesday.

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Police also raided the head offices of PSG at Parc des Princes and other offices in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside the French capital, the official said.

The official, familiar with the case, declined to be identified because the investigation is ongoing.

The national financial prosecutor’s office opened an investigation in December after so-called “football leaks” reports allegedly detailed tax arrangements by top players, coaches and clubs.

Real Madrid signs most expensive Brazilian since Neymar

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Real Madrid didn’t wait long after learning Vinicius Junior was healthy.

The 16-year-old Flamengo star is committed to the Bernabeu after passing a physical, and Real Madrid announced Tuesday that they’ll have their new player no later than July 2019.

The reported fee is $50 million, which would be the most money spent on a Brazilian player since Barcelona landed Neymar for about $64 million in 2013.

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The forward has made two appearances for Flamengo, and turns 17 on July 12. He has 19 goals in 22 appearances for Brazil’s U-17 side.

Here’s Real’s announcement:

Real Madrid C. F. and Clube de Regatas do Flamengo have reached an agreement regarding the transfer of the federative rights of the player Vinicius Junior from July 2018. The player will remain at his current club until July 2019, although he will be able to play for Real Madrid before then if both clubs agree to it.

VOTE: 2016-17 Premier League Goal of the Season

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Okay, so you have 1064 to choose from, so choose wisely…

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The 2016-17 Premier League season is over but you can vote for your favorite goal of the campaign up until June 1.

Simply click on the video above to watch the contenders compiled by Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe, and then you can vote by clicking here.


Ex-Barcelona president Rosell held in money laundering probe

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MADRID (AP) Spanish authorities say former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and his wife have been detained in a probe over his businesses in Brazil.

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The detentions early Tuesday are part of a money laundering investigation related to buying television rights for past matches of Brazil’s national team.

Three other people have been detained, but their identities were not immediately released by authorities.

Police raided offices, homes, and businesses in Barcelona and other locations in Spain as part of “Operation Rimet,” in reference to former FIFA President Jules Rimet.

Authorities said the operation used information from the FBI following the U.S. case against high-level FIFA officials in 2015.

Rosell is already standing trial for fraud and corruption charges involving the 2013 transfer of Brazilian striker Neymar.