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Here are the latest stories from Thursday.
- Former England captain David Beckham has hailed Dele Alli as fearless and says the Tottenham youngster can unite the country ahead of Euro 2016.
EVERTON: Everton have confirmed the departure of manager Roberto Martinez. Martinez, who took charge in 2013 following David Moyes' exit, has been under heavy pressure for several weeks after a disappointing run of form and leaves the club 12th in the Premier League.
PREMIER LEAGUE: Jose Mourinho is certain he will be back in management before the start of next season but says a delayed appointment will compromise his preseason preparations.
Mourinho has been strongly linked with taking over Manchester United ever since leaving Chelsea in December -- with sources telling ESPN FC last month that the Portuguese was still confident of going to Old Trafford despite Louis van Gaal currently being in charge.
REAL MADRID: Real Madrid have remained the most valuable football team in the world for a fourth year in a row, according to US business magazine Forbes. Madrid lead the way from rivals Barcelona, with Manchester United sitting in third place.
- Cristiano Ronaldo was the world's highest-paid footballer -- and highest-paid team athlete -- last year.
- Real Madrid's James Rodriguez said he is open to playing for Colombia at both Copa America and the Olympics.
- Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber has resumed running training three months after fracturing his ankle, the club have announced.
- Switzerland international midfielder Granit Xhaka, heavily linked with the Gunners, says he wants his future decided before the Euros: "It's always bitter when you have to think about such things during the Euros."
- KV Oostende left-back Jordan Lukaku has spoken of his fondness for Arsenal and believes he is suited to a Premier League move.
After securing his club's safety, Allardyce released his emotion with the home crowd.
- Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley has apologised to the club's fans after the Magpies were relegated from the Premier League for the second time in seven years. Derby rivals Sunderland's 3-0 home victory over Everton on Wednesday evening once again consigned their neighbours to the Championship.
- Ashley will not rush into any decisions as he deals with the fallout of the club's relegation to the Championship.
NORWICH: Norwich boss Alex Neil was non-committal over his future after presiding over the club's relegation from the Premier League. Nathan Redmond inspired a 4-2 win over Watford at Carrow Road, but it was too little, too late for the Canaries, who returned to the Sky Bet Championship 12 months after coming up through the play-offs.
LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp said that Liverpool "lost patience" in their football against Chelsea after Christian Benteke's injury-time header spared the home side's blushes and secured a 1-1 draw at Anfield.
- Liverpool's Divock Origi and Christian Benteke have been included in Belgium's 24-man squad for a training camp ahead of Euro 2016.
- Eden Hazard admitted that he knows Chelsea supporters have been waiting all season to see him rediscover his best form after producing a man of the match performance in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.
- Chelsea captain John Terry will receive confirmation from club officials of whether he has played his final match for his one and only club before the Blues' final match of the season.
LEICESTER: Danny Simpson will miss part of Leicester's Premier League title-winning celebrations and end-of-season bash after a judge ordered he must serve a curfew immediately for throttling his ex-girlfriend.
- N'Golo Kante has hinted he is planning to stay at Leicester, by plotting their Champions League assault. The midfielder has been linked with a move away this summer after playing a starring role in their shock Premier League title win.
BARCELONA: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has cited former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and ex-manager Kenny Dalglish as having played key roles in his development.
- Barcelona will not be given an easy ride when they attempt to retain the Primera Division title at Granada this weekend, according to opposition goalkeeper Andres Fernandez.
- Borussia Dortmund have told Manchester City target Ilkay Gundogan to either sign a long-term contract at the Westfalenstadion or seek a transfer.
- Spain and Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez praised the growth and development of soccer in the United States, but thinks the country needs to produce some true idols to make the final leap as a football nation.
LIGA MX: Commissioner Don Garber said that Major League Soccer is still intent on becoming one of the best leagues in the world, but he acknowledged it still has a ways to go to catch up to Mexican counterpart Liga MX.
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