Yokohama Rubber CEO Mr Katsuragawa and Chairman Mr Nagumo with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Bruce Buck during the annoucement of Chelsea’s new shirt sponsorship deal at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Darren Walsh/PA

The Japanese tyre firm Yokohama Rubber is to become Chelsea’s new shirt sponsor in a deal believed to be worth €275 million, making it the second mos(...)

Louis van Gaal: a developmental technocrat whose proudest boast has always been that he knows how to get the best out of young players. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

After Louis van Gaal’s appointment as the successor to David Moyes at Manchester United was greeted with an almost unanimous chorus of approval, it wa(...)

Chelsea’s Diego Costa: “My only goal is to score, and to play as well as I can for my team. All I can do is try and be in the best possible shape.”  Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images

Early afternoon at a photographic studio tucked away in sleepy suburban Surrey, a stone’s throw from the Thames, and Diego Costa is intent upon keepi(...)

Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo held his birthday party after 4-0 loss against Atletico Madrid during their Spanish Primera Division league soccer match. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent has defended the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner after he was criticised for throwing a lavish 30th birthday party on Saturday hours(...)

 Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao has scored three goals in 13 appearances for the club. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Louis van Gaal has ordered Radamel Falcao to show him why he deserves a future at Manchester United. United were hailed as the big winners on deadline(...)

Robin Van Persie will miss Manchester United’s trip to QPR after picking up an injury in the 1-0 home defeat to Southampton. (Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

Robin van Persie is expected to miss Manchester United’s trip to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday due an ankle problem.The club hopes this will be the (...)

  Louis van Gaal said   the decision not to include Radamel Falcao in his squad was a tactical one as Manchester United drew a blank against Southampton. Photograph:  Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Radamel Falcao’s agent Jorge Mendes has said the Colombia striker might not be at Manchester United next season but he believes he will be at one of (...)

Portugal’s Raphael Guerreiro stoops to head in his side’s late winner against Argentina at Old Trafford

Portugal 1 Argentina 0There was scant sign of the apparent animus between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo before the start of this friendly encount(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Athletic Bilbao at Santiago Bernabeu stadium last week. Photograph: Juanjo Martin / EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has revealed the lengths to which potential suitors for the Portuguese would have to go to sign him from Real (...)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has no intention of returning to Manchester United and will see out the rest of his playing career at the Spanish club, according to his agent Jorge Mendes. Photograph: Mario Cruz/EPA

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has no intention of returning to Manchester United and will see out the rest of his playing career at the Spani(...)