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 Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday approved the much anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
The boxing match slated for August 26, 2017, will be staged at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be contested at 154 pounds, UFC president Dana White, says.
Billed as The Money Fight, the match will be a standard, 12-round boxing match with 10-ounce gloves, White added, and will see each man earn in excess of $100 million.
The Commission approved the request from Mayweather Promotions, who will be the lead promoter for the game.
The bout will be distributed via Showtime pay-per-view and will be an entirely boxing card.
Mayweather was ranked by ESPN as the greatest boxer, pound for pound, of the last 25 years. He was retired after compiling a 49-0 pro record from 1996 through 2015. The fight with McGregor, will give him the opportunity to improve to 50-0.
McGregor is a professional mixed martial artist who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, and former UFC Featherweight Champion.
The 28-year-old Irish boxer, who is one of the elite mixed martial arts fighters in the world, but has never boxed before, either amateur or pro.
McGregor has already applied for a boxing license in Nevada.
He won the UFC’s featherweight title in a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo on December 12, 2015.
Mayweather retired undefeated in 49 professional fights, is a huge favourite: early Las Vegas odds had him at 1-10 to win the fight with McGregor 7-1.
The Mayweather Promotions CEO added that the financial details including the purse split will not be disclosed and are protected under a confidentiality agreement.
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
The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their second NBA championship in three seasons.
The Warriors secured a 129-120 victory on Monday to cap a near-perfect run for the champions through the playoffs.
The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them last year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 15-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship.
The signing of Kevin Durant payed off for Steve Kerr’s men as the former Oklahoma City small forward was named the Most Valuable Player of the Finals, leading the way for the Warriors with 39 points.
Durant became the first player with five consecutive 30-point performances in the NBA Finals since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000.
He also added 8.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists a game.
But it took a team effort for the Warriors to overcome a determined Cavaliers’ squad, including contributions from 33-year-old veteran Andre Iguodala and 21-year-old Patrick McCaw.
"I couldn't sleep for two days," Durant said. "I was anxious, I was jittery.
"I just wanted to lay it all out there. I put in work, I just had to trust in it. We were really good tonight."
LeBron James, last year's Finals MVP, led the Cavaliers with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists but it was not enough as the home team came out on top.
James has now lost five Finals in eight appearances - only the fourth player to come up short in five NBA Finals.
"I left everything on the floor every game, all five games," he said. "I have no reason to put my head down."
"I played against some really, really good teams that were assembled perfectly, and they're right up there."
The Warriors also won titles in 1947 and 1956, when the team was based in Philadelphia, and took the crown in 1975 and 2015 after moving to the San Francisco Bay area.
Current French Open champion, Rafael Nadal, has moved up to number 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since October 2014.
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.