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Manchester United manager José Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors, while he managed Real Madrid.

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, has ruled out a move away from Stamford Bridge, describing the West London club as “family”.

The 26-year-old scored 17 goals and provided five assists to help Chelsea win the Premier League title and reach the FA Cup final last season.

The Belgian was named Chelsea’s Player of the Year for the third time in five years at the club.

There have been reports linking the playmaker away from Stamford Bridge, with Spanish champions Real Madrid, hoping to land the Belgian.

However, speaking to Chelsea TV, Hazard who joined the Blues in 2012, said he is happy at Stamford Bridge.

“I like this club because it’s a family,” he said.

“I have a lot of friends and we all talk to each other. I’ve been here five years now and I’m so happy.

“I’m at one of the best clubs in the world, so I’m very happy to play for such a big club as this.”

“Hopefully next year it is the same, we win the league and then I win Player of the Year,” Hazard said.

“Obviously winning the league is what we want most, and this award is just a bonus.”

Antonio Conte’s side host Burnley in their first match of the 2017/2018 league campaign as they begin the defence of their title, before a trip to Wembley to face last year’s runners-up Tottenham Hotspur, a week later.

The English Football Association, FA, on Wednesday released fixtures for the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Champions Chelsea will begin their title defence at home to Burnley, Manchester United host West Ham, while City travel to newcomers Brighton, when the new season kicks off on the August 12.

Antonio Conte's side will follow up the game against the Clarets by facing last season's runners-up Tottenham at Wembley in a mouth-watering repeat of last season's FA Cup semi-final.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal face Leicester, Liverpool will travel to Watford, as Spurs head for St James' Park to play newly promoted Newcastle.

Southampton take on Swansea City at St Mary's while West Bromwich Albion welcome Bournemouth to The Hawthorns as the season gets underway.

Everton, who seem to have the most difficult set of early fixtures, begin the campaign at home to Stoke City.

Liverpool travel to Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in week two, before hosting Arsenal a week later.

Europa League winners Manchester United travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on October 14, and will host their Manchester rivals at Old Trafford on December 9.

The first of the north London derbies will be staged at the Emirates on November 18 before the return trip at Wembley on Feburary 10.

The league is set to finish on Sunday 13 May 2018, a week earlier than last season, with the World Cup finals in Russia starting on 14 June.

Opening day fixtures

12/08/2017    15:00    Arsenal v Leicester City

12/08/2017    15:00    Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City

12/08/2017    15:00    Chelsea v Burnley

12/08/2017    15:00    Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town

12/08/2017    15:00    Everton v Stoke City

12/08/2017    15:00    Manchester United v West Ham United

12/08/2017    15:00    Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur

12/08/2017    15:00    Southampton v Swansea City
12/08/2017    15:00    Watford v Liverpool
12/08/2017    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Bournemouth

All players of the Super Eagles team that was invited for last year’s 2018 World Cup qualifying game in Zambia, have been paid a win bonus of $5,000 per-person, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick has said.

The diplomatic crisis sweeping the Gulf could invigorate a campaign by critics of Qatar to strip Doha of the 2022 World Cup, experts say.

Former Newcastle United and Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote has died at the age of 30.

Real Madrid defeated Juventus 4-1 to claim a record 13 UEFA Champions League title at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.

History is at stake in the sold out Cardiff Principality Stadium tonight as Real Madrid and Juventus file out to battle for Europe’s greatest trophy, the UEFA Champions League cup.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have moved up two places to 38th position, in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking released by the world football governing body on Thursday.

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