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Pedro winner nets Chelsea FA Cup semi-final against Southampton

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Pedro’s winner in the first half of extra time against Leicester City has set Chelsea up with a semi-final tie against Southampton.

Capitalising on an error from Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel, Pedro’s goal was enough to see off a battling Leicester side when it had seemed that the tie was destined for penalties.

Chelsea will meet Southampton, who beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 earlier in the day, at Wembley Stadium on the weekend of 21-22 April.

In the other semi final, Manchester United will face Tottenham Hotspur. United were drawn as the ‘home’ team so will have the home dressing room at Wembley, leaving Spurs – currently playing at Wembley as they await the completion of their new stadium – as the ‘away’ side.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick confirms he will retire at the end of the season

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Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has confirmed that this season will be his last as a player and he will retire in May.

Carrick, 36, hasn’t played regularly for United this season, having had treatment for a heart complaint in November 2017.

It has long been thought likely that this would be his last season – manager Jose Mourinho has hinted at it – but now the player has confirmed it.

He has been offered a place on the United coaching staff once he has called time on his playing career.

Carrick started out at West Ham United – and had brief loan spells at Swindon Town and Birmingham City while there – before transferring to Tottenham Hotspur for £3.5 million in the summer of 2004.

Two years later, Carrick joined Manchester United in an £18 million deal. While at United he has made 463 appearances in all competitions, scoring 24 goals and has won every domestic trophy in the game, including 5 Premier League titles, 3 League Cups, the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and World Club Cup.

Overall, he has made 705 first-team appearances in his career, scoring 34 goals. He also won 34 caps for England, although he wasn’t a regular starter for the national side.

“There comes a time when, as much as you like or don’t like it, your body tells you it’s time to stop playing football,” Carrick said at a press conference ahead of United’s Champions League clash with Sevilla this week. “That’s pretty much where I’m at, which is fine. It’s something you have to accept. That’s where I’m at.”

When asked whether he would be joining United’s backroom team, he said: “Yes. It’s kind of been sorted out. We’re still talking about it, to be honest, so there’s nothing totally confirmed as yet. But it’s looking likely, yes.”

Get the factz on AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur, including which TV channel its on

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The second match in the Premier League today sees AFC Bournemouth take on Tottenham Hotspur at the Vitality Stadium. The match kicks off at 4pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* A Christian Eriksen goal was enough for Spurs to beat Bournemouth back in October.
* Tottenham are unbeaten in 11 in the PL with 8 wins in that run.
* The Cherries are also in form – just 1 defeat in the last 10 PL matches and 4 wins.
* Harry Kane has scored in each of his last 6 away matches and has scored 13 goals away from home this season.
* Bournemouth have scored in 10 consecutive matches – but they have also kept just 1 clean sheet in their last 16.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham in race to sign Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure

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Premier League title contenders Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, and other clubs, such as Arsenal, are all considering making a bid for Watford midfielders Abdoulaye Doucoure this summer.

The 25-year-old Frenchman has been a standout performer for the inconsistent Hornets this season, and is currently their top scorer, with 7 goals in 28 appearances.

Manchester United are known to be in the market for central midfielder, with Michael Carrick set to retire at the end of the season, and it appearing likely that Marouane Fellaini will leave when his contract ends in the summer. Doucoure would be an effective replacement for either.

Likewise, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal are all looking to strengthen in the summer, and Doucoure’s pace, strengthen and technical ability would fit well in any of those sides.

But, at 25, Doucoure is entering the best years of his career, and Watford will want top dollar for a star player who has two years left on his contact. In today’s inflated market, Doucoure could easily cost upwards of £30 million.

Doucoure himself has done little to quell speculation. He was asked about his future plans recently and said: “We’ll see what the state of play is in the summer and then we can ask questions,” according to The Mirror.

Should one of the big clubs – or Arsenal – come in for him, you would think Doucoure would jump at the chance to make the step up and Watford would struggle to resist him. However, the Hornets could use the money to reinvest in the side as they seek to establish the club as a regular in the top 10 in the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur line up bid for Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon

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Tottenham Hotspur are said to be lining up £35 million summer bid for Fulham’s teenage star Ryan Sessegnon.

Sessegnon, 17, has caught the eye this season with his performances for Fulham, who currently sit in the Championship play-off places. He has scored 8 goals so far this year – only Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has scored more since January 1 in the top 4 divisions of English football – and 13 in all this season.

However, Fulham are believed to be unwilling to sell their England U-19 star, especially if they get promoted to the Premier League. Should their promotion bid fail, it is thought they may look to sell, but, if so, the club also values Sessegnon at closer to £50 million.

Spurs are also likely to face competition for Sessegnon’s signature, with Manchester United also having shown an interest. Other clubs will also be no doubt monitoring the player, who has played left back, left wing and as part of a front three for Fulham this season.

However, Spurs may be able to convince Sessegnon to join, given manager Mauricio Pochettino’s record in bringing on young English talent in recent seasons such as Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Harry Winks and others.