MANCHESTER, England (AP) Danilo will be fulfilling his ambition to play under Pep Guardiola after signing for Manchester City from Real Madrid on Sunday. “There has been strong interest from other clubs, but it has always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola,” Danilo said. Kyle Walker, who joined from Tottenham, was the only other full back available to City manager Pep Guardiola before the signing of Danilo.
Former Germany and Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has been voted the country's top player for the first time in his final season before retiring. The 33-year-old Lahm, who ended his playing career in May, topped the poll of sports journalists by Kicker magazine. Lahm was honored for helping Bayern to a fifth successive Bundesliga success, giving the defender eight titles overall. In an illustrious career, Lahm also won the Champions League once, the German Cup six times and led Germany to World Cup glory in 2014. Kicker says Lahm received 242 votes, 50 more than Toni Kroos, who helped Real Madrid to the Champions League and Spanish league double. Julian Nagelsmann, who turned 30 on Sunday,
As he heads towards the twilight years of his career, Jermain Defoe is targeting a return to the World Cup stage with England. Having joined Bournemouth from Sunderland on a free transfer following the Black Cats' relegation from the Premier League, Defoe is focusing on a place in Gareth Southgate's squad for Russia. "It's only normal to have one eye on the World Cup," Defoe said.