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Real Madrid aim to prise Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea

Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois warms up before the match

Real Madrid intend to make a summer move for Eden Hazard as they seek the latest galáctico at the Santiago Bernabéu. They are also considering a bid for his Chelsea and Belgium team-mate Thibaut Courtois and believe the goalkeeper would be open to the move even though he has publicly stated he does not see himself leaving London.

Chris Coleman wants no tension from his Wales team in Dublin derby

Wales manager Chris Coleman during training

As Chris Coleman contemplated the challenge posed by a Republic of Ireland side enjoying the view from the top of Group D the Wales manager cast his mind back to that chastening defeat against England at Euro 2016 and the moment when he broke an alcohol curfew as he tried to come to terms with a game where his players were so wrapped up in the occasion that they ended up “wishing their lives away”.

Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon prepares for 1,000th game

Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon

A small but significant piece of football history should unfold at the Stadio Renzo Barbera on Friday night. Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Albania in Palermo provides the stage for Gianluigi Buffon to play the 1,000th senior match of a career spanning more than two decades and promises to be another step on the road towards the Azzurri and Juventus captain’s sixth World Cup.

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Two former associates of billionaire shipping and rig tycoon John Fredriksen are delivering out-sized returns by snapping up distressed and shunned oil-related assets. And they say it’s a bet that has plenty of room to run.

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Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon

Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon prepares for 1,000th game

A small but significant piece of football history should unfold at the Stadio Renzo Barbera on Friday night. Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Albania in Palermo provides the stage for Gianluigi Buffon to play the 1,000th senior match of a career spanning more than two decades and promises to be another step on the road towards the Azzurri and Juventus captain’s sixth World Cup.