Ilkay Gundogan close to Manchester City return


Romelu Lukaku is a very good signing and Nemanja Matic is a brilliant pick-up from Chelsea.

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- number of teams to have won the Premier League - Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Blackburn and Leicester.

"There are not many, there are just a couple".

"I like to think I understand the offside rule well enough".

City's Arab billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour has invested more than 200 million pounds in new players during the close-season adding to their already impressive attacking options and upgrading their identified "weak spots" at full-back and goalkeeper.

Jose Mourinho has explained why Victor Lindelof will be an important asset at Manchester United, noting that the Swede can feature at right back and central midfield as well as centre back.

Former Hull City boss, Marco Silva, also returns to the Premier League with Watford.

'When I got a call that Matic wants to play for me, I thought he was the flawless player for me. The one in front of the camera and another Mourinho in the dressing room.

He may need time, but make no mistake: writing off such a special talent now would be foolish. He's not a young guy who comes from another country.

Chris Hughton was not too downhearted with Brighton and Hove Albion's Premier League debut, despite suffering a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.

Mourinho predicts seven-way fight for Premier League title
But for the beginning of the season, we lost some important ones too: Rojo, Young, Shaw, Zlatan, players with injuries. But we are involved in four competitions.

Long linked with a move to the Premier League, Arsenal finally took the plunge on 26-year-old Lacazette after he scored 37 goals in all competitions last term.

'Matic is one of those players where there are no question marks with him.

Hailed as the Brazilian prodigy most likely to hit the heights reached by his compatriot Neymar, the driven Jesus says: "I'm always training, playing or even playing video games, something connected with football".

But beneath the unsmiling eyes shone an optimism about the season which was hard to hide from the questioning media.

"It was an wonderful feeling to score against Manchester City".

Mourinho later explained his decision to give away the medal, claiming it meant more to the child than to him.

"It is not because I have always done it [won the league title in his second season] that I am going to do it again", Mourinho said.

'We are much better organised at every level.

I'll just go with everything I have to try to win every match we play.

After only finishing sixth past year, England's most decorated football club will be looking to get back into the top four, and mount a serious title charge for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club.

"The league is special because it is such a tough division to win", Carrick - the last remaining member of 2008 continental champions - said.