Chelsea lodge appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against FIFA transfer ban

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Chelsea have lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the transfer ban issued by FIFA.

The game’s global governing body issued the sanction in February as punishment for Chelsea’s transfer of young foreign players.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Chelsea Football Club Ltd (CFC) against the Federation Internationale de football Association (FIFA),” read a statement.

The ban prohibits Chelsea from signing players during the 2019 summer and January 2020 transfer windows.

The Europa League champions have taken their case to CAS after FIFA rejected their appeal.

“The appeal is directed against the FIFA Appeal Committee decision dated 11 April 2019 in which CFC was declared liable for violations of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players and banned from registering new players, nationally and internationally, for two entire and consecutive registration periods,” the CAS statement read.

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Arsenal could be landing spot for released Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno

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Alberto Moreno

Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno will leave Liverpool before the start of next season, the European champions announced Tuesday.

The 26-year-old left-back made just four appearances in all competitions last season, starting just two games in the Premier League.

The Spaniard’s departure was confirmed alongside Daniel Sturridge and the pair will have no shortage of suitors.

Moreno arrived at Anfield from Sevilla in August 2014, playing 141 games for the club.

“They were here when I arrived as manager and during that period they – as much as anyone – helped to establish us as a team that would be heading in the right direction,” Klopp added.

“Without them we wouldn’t be the team and club we are in this moment.”

The Reds boss described Moreno as “an unbelievable character” and “world class”, adding the Spaniard “kept the entire group on their toes” with his approach to training.

Klopp added: “I wish both players nothing but success and joy wherever their journey takes them next.

“Whoever has them next will be so lucky to have these outstanding personalities in their ranks.

“We will miss them of course, but we can say farewell with the best words possible: Guys, you leave as European champions.”

One of the potential landing spots for Moreno is Arsenal. Back in October The Mirror reported initial interest in the defender and a pursuit could now be ramped up after his exit was confirmed on Tuesday.

Arsenal boss Unai Emer is an admirer of Moreno having worked closely with him previously at Sevilla, and with the Gunners boss searching for replacements in the full-back slots, and cash strapped after missing out on the Champions League, it’s a move which may make sense for the London side.

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Ben Chilwell focused on Leicester amidst links with Manchester City

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Ben Chilwell of Leicester.

Ben Chilwell insists his focus remains on Leicester despite being linked with a big-money move to Manchester City.

The England left-back is preparing for Thursday’s Nations League semi-final with Holland in Portugal.

He has been touted with a switch to the champions and City boss Pep Guardiola was filmed speaking to the 22-year-old on the pitch after Leicester lost 1-0 at the Etihad in May.

But Chilwell has shrugged off the link and said he is only thinking about Leicester.

“It was nice for such a successful manager to say I’m a good player,” he said about the meeting with Guardiola.

“I’m at Leicester and with Brendan (Rodgers) coming in we’re all loving him being there and that’s obviously where my head’s at.

“He (Guardiola) just said he thought I was a really talented player and he wanted me to keep playing well, getting up and down the pitch and never going away from it.

“That was it and then he walked off to the next person he wanted to speak to.”

The speculation comes after Chilwell’s impressive season with the Foxes and international breakthrough, having made his Three Lions debut in September.

He has six caps for Gareth Southgate’s side after stepping up from the under-21s and has moved ahead of Manchester United’s Luke Shaw in the pecking order.

“Obviously there’s a lot that comes with playing for England,” said Chilwell. “There’s a lot of pressure we put on ourselves because we want to do well for ourselves and obviously do well for your country.

“The only pressure at the moment is the pressure we put on ourselves to do well because we know how good the squad is.

“Personally I feel like the boys are very comfortable with each other, we know the talent in the dressing room.”

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