Gomes holds fire on retirement

Heurelho Gomes remains undecided about his future plans and will take time to consider his position after Saturday's FA Cup mauling by Manchester City.

Watford's hopes of a first major trophy went up in smoke at Wembley, where an encouraging start tailed off as Pep Guardiola's men secured an historic domestic treble in style, thrashing Javi Gracia's side 6-0.

Gomes played his part in keep further goals from going in and, while he previously suggested he'll retire this summer, it now appears he has some thinking still to do.

Asked if he had made a final decision, Gomes said: "No, not yet.

"I have got to speak to the club and the club want to speak with me, so I will listen to them and see what is going to happen.

"If I am still able to do something for this club I will do it. But we need to speak, calm down and sit next week and see what the decision is."

The 38-year-old shot stopper admitted it was a painful loss on a big occasion for everyone involved with Watford.

"Yeah I feel disappointed with everybody else, but I feel proud of everyone at the club. We have come so far," he added.

"Of course the result is hard to take but we lost to the best team in the league and probably the best in the world, so I am so proud of these players, so proud of this club and the supporters.

"You could see that they are proud of us as well, they sing until the last minute. We need to keep going and yeah, we go again."

Gomes' former side Spurs are 14/5 to win the Champions League final against Liverpool on 1st June. The Reds are 19/20 while the draw is 5/2.

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Bale ‘doesn’t fit’ in Real team

Zinedine Zidane has suggested Gareth Bale simply isn't part of his plan at Real Madrid.

Bale was left on the bench for the duration of Real's final-day defeat to Real Betis in La Liga at the Bernabeu.

The home side were booed off the field at full-time, Loren Moron and Jese having scored second half goals in a 2-0 win for the visitors.

Marco Asensio, Isco and Lucas Vasquez were all sent in off the bench in the second half, while Bale stayed seated. Tellingly, Zidane suggested afterwards that he wouldn't have called on the Welsh ace even if he had a fourth change given to him.

The 29-year-old has struggled to hold down a starting place in the Real side since Zidane returned in March and the manager has consistently refused to offer assurances over his future, though it now seems clearer than ever that Bale's future may be away from the Spanish capital.

When asked about Bale leaving the Bernabeu after the defeat to Betis, Zidane said: "I don't know if it's the last game or not. I don't know what's going to happen.

"I'm sorry he didn't get to play, but no-one knows what will happen. If I think a player doesn't fit in the team I have to do what I think works best.

"No-one can change what Bale has done for the team, but as a coach I have to live in the present. I have counted on other players more in recent weeks, and if I had a fourth substitute today I would not have brought him on.

"I make these decisions when it is right to do so, and I must act in the best interests of the team at all times."

Bale has won four Champions Leagues, La Liga and the Copa del Rey during his six years at Real. His former side Spurs are 14/5 to win the Champions League final against Liverpool on 1st June. The Reds are 19/20 while the draw is 5/2.

Clarke hints at Killie farewell

Steve Clarke appeared to say goodbye to Kilmarnock fans following their final day victory over Rangers at Rugby Park.

Clarke has been heavily touted as the man to replace Alex McLeish as Scotland manager and he looks set to depart his role at the Scottish Premiership side now.

Killie's 2-1 win over Rangers guaranteed them a Europa League spot next season, but their 55-year-old boss dropped a heavy hint he might not be in the dugout when they return to European competition for the first time in 18 years.

"The most important thing in any football club anywhere in the world is the supporters, and when I came here we didn't have so many," Clarke said.

"We had a disconnect between the support, the board, the players. There was nothing, no togetherness, I said this when I came in: together we are stronger.

"In my time at Kilmarnock Football Club, I'm sorry I didn't win you a trophy."

Clarke has won the Scottish Premiership's Manager of the Season award as well as PFA Scotland and Scottish Football Writers' Manager of the Season awards having guided his club to third place behind champions Celtic and Rangers.

He says supporters of the Ayrshire club should be proud of what they now have.

"This is Kilmarnock, this belongs to you. And the most important thing, I said no trophy – for me, I take this. This is my trophy, thank you," said Clarke, pointing at the cheering supporters.

Celtic meanwhile are 4/11 to win Saturday's Scottish Cup final against Hearts. The Jambos are 15/2 while the draw is 15/4 for their Hampden Park showdown.

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Hertha set to sign Boyata

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata will join Hertha Berlin this summer, the Bundesliga side have confirmed.

The Belgian centre back's contract expires at the end of the season, with Boyata having been out of action since an injury sustained in an Old Firm win over Rangers in March.

Boyata – who was part of Belgium's World Cup squad last summer – moved to Glasgow from Manchester City in 2015 during Ronny Deila's tenure and has made 125 appearances for Celtic.

"We've had Dedryck in our sights for some time and are fully convinced of his qualities," said Hertha general manager Michael Preetz.

"We are confident that he is a real reinforcement for our defence."

Celtic's interim manager Neil Lennon said last month he was hoping a new deal would be agreed.

Hertha finished 11th in the Bundesliga this season and the defender says the club did a good job on selling a move to him.

"The club is ambitious and has goals that I stand by and I was very impressed by how Michael Preetz tried to talk to me and showed me a clear plan," said the 28-year-old.

Celtic are also face losing another centre-back, Filip Benkovic, this summer when the 21-year-old's loan deal from Leicester City ends, though the Bhoys will hope they can convince former manager Brendan Rodgers that another season-long loan in Scotland will serve him best.

Celtic meanwhile are 4/11 to win Saturday's Scottish Cup final against Hearts. The Jambos are 15/2 while the draw is 15/4 for their Hampden Park showdown.

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Union tied for first in the East

A drab 0-0 tie against the Seattle Sounders was enough to return the Philadelphia Union to the top of the Eastern Conference, level on points with DC United.

The point Philadelphia gained left the Union and DC United tied on 24 points, but Philadelphia has the better goal difference.

The draw snapped a three-game winning streak for the Union who had got the better of FC Cincinnati, the New England Revolutions and Toronto FC.

In turn DC United were falling to the Houston Dynamo, 2-1 at the BBVA Compass Stadium.

Wayne Rooney gave the visitors the lead just after the half time break only to see Memo Rodriguez and Thomas McNamara score a minute apart later in the half.

Rooney had the easiest of chances when he opened the scoring, turning in a Ulises Segura cross at the far post.

Rodriguez equalized with a shot that it appeared goalie Bill Hamid in the DC United net should have saved although there was little the United keeper could do with the second as McNamara arrive to bundle home a bouncing cross from Adam Lundqvist.

Next Saturday the Union will return to action when they host the Portland Timbers at the Talen Energy Stadium.

That's also the venue the following Wednesday when the Western Conference cellar dwellers, the Colorado Rapids, arrive in town.

Meanwhile DC United travel to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro to face the New England Revolution, and new manager Bruce Arena, also on Saturday and then host the Chicago Fire four days later.

Seattle are 12/1 to win the MLS Cup this season, with Los Angeles FC 3/1 and DC United 10/1.

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Marcelino eyes a great prize

Valencia boss Marcelino hopes to see his side cap an 'outstanding' season by winning the Copa del Rey for the eighth time in their history.

Los Che finished their league campaign by winning 2-0 at Real Valladolid to secure fourth place in La Liga, earning themselves a place in the Champions League group stage for next season.

However, their season is not yet over, with a Copa del Rey final clash with Barcelona coming up in Seville next Saturday.

And Marcelino is hoping to see his team maintain the momentum which they built up during the second half of the campaign as they rose up the standings to clinch fourth place.

Marcelino told his club's official website: "We had a lot of problems this season, but this group have turned around the situation and earned fourth place when three places were already decided – having ended the first half of the campaign ten points off the Champions League spots.

"We always gave priority to La Liga. Valencia have to get into the Champions League repeatedly in order to grow and become one of the best teams in Europe, but that isn't easy.

"I would undoubtedly say that this has been an outstanding season.

"Qualifying for the Champions League is a very important morale-booster ahead of the Copa del Rey final and winning that would be a great prize."

Valencia are 11/4 to lift the Copa del Rey, while they are 11/2 to win the final in normal time.

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Icardi pledges future to Inter

Argentinian striker Mauro Icardi has vowed to remain with Inter Milan next season, having been heavily linked with a summer departure from the San Siro.

The 26-year-old joined the Nerazzurri in the summer of 2013 and has since scored 123 goals in 211 appearances in all competitions, with Icardi finishing as joint top scorer in Serie A both last season and during the 2014/15 season.

However, having lost the Inter captaincy during the current campaign, there had been plenty of speculation that Icardi could move on, with Real Madrid reported to have shown a strong interest in the South American.

Icardi responded to such suggestions by posting on social media: "In response to incorrect media reports linking me with an exit from Inter Milan, this does not reflect my thoughts.

"I have repeatedly told the club that I want to stay and I want fans to know that. I hope this will end any more misunderstandings, I have told Inter my feelings – Inter Milan are my family."

Meanwhile, Inter are reported to be interested in adding to their strike options by tempting veteran Bosnia international Edin Dzeko away from Serie A rivals Roma.

The 33-year-old has netted 87 times during his four seasons in the Italian capital, being crowned Capocannoniere in 2016/17 as he scored 29 times in Serie A.

The Nerazzurri face a tough trip to Napoli on Sunday evening, with Inter battling to ensure a top-four finish and a place in the Champions league next season.

Inter are 15/8 to win the game in Naples, with the draw available at 5/2.

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Favre content despite falling short

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre believes his side have enjoyed a fine season, despite the disappointment of having just missed out on the Bundesliga title.

BVB ended their domestic campaign by winning 2-0 at Borussia Monchengladbach, with Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus their goalscorers.

However, Bayern Munich swept to a 5-1 home victory against Eintracht Frankfurt to secure a seventh straight league crown, finishing two points ahead of Die Schwarzgelben.

And, while admitting to a tinge of disappointment at missing out, Favre was also full of praise for the way his side performed over the campaign as a whole.

He told reporters: "In the end it is clear that we are a little disappointed by the result of the championship, but we won our game.

"There was a little missing to the title, but we are still very happy with our season. Nobody would have thought that we would get 76 points.

"It was tight this season. We haven't missed much, overall you can say that we conceded unnecessary goals.

"But we must not forget that we had good luck in the first half of the season. We turned around some games at the very end. That's why I always said that we still have much to do.

"Of course we always want to have another good season like this – 76 points is not easy to reach, that is clear."

Meanwhile, Bayern are 2/7 to defeat RB Leipzig in the final of the DFB-Pokal, with Die Roten Bullen priced at 5/2 to lift the trophy for the first time in their history.

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Kompany confirms City departure

Veteran defender Vincent Kompany has played his last game for Manchester City, having skippered them to a unique domestic treble this season.

The 33-year-old Belgium international centre-back bows out in style, having featured in the 6-0 FA Cup final victory over Watford at Wembley on Saturday.

Kompany joined the Citizens in the summer of 2008 from Hamburg and has gone on to score 20 goals in 360 appearances in all competitions, having battled against a number of serious injuries during his time in Manchester.

During his 11-year stay at the Etihad Stadium, City have secured the Premier League title four times, as well as lifting the FA Cup on two occasions and winning the League Cup four times.

Kompany told his club's official website: "As overwhelming as it is, the time has come for me to go and what a season to bow out.

"I feel nothing but gratefulness. I am grateful to all those who supported me on a special journey at a very special club.

"I will never forget how all Man City supporters remained loyal to me in good times and especially bad times. Against the odds you have always backed me and inspired me to never give up."

This season Kompany was restricted to 16 appearances in the Premier League this season, but he contributed a vital winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Leicester City in the penultimate game of the campaign.

Meanwhile, City are priced at 8/11 to win the Premier League title again next season, with Liverpool priced at 11/4 and Manchester United 16/1.

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Kelly welcomes Cherries chance

England Under-21 international Lloyd Kelly is relishing the challenge of establishing himself in the Premier League, having left Bristol City to join Bournemouth.

The versatile 20-year-old defender has signed a long-term contract at Dean Court, having scored twice in 43 first-team appearances for the Robins, who finished just outside the Championship play-off places this season.

And Kelly is pleased to have be given the opportunity to test himself in the top-flight and is determined to make the most of the chance on offer.

He told his new club's official website: "It's a fantastic club. The move has come around quite quickly, but I'm happy to be here and can't wait to start playing.

"Premier League football is what I've always wanted to achieve. I want to play as many games as possible and I feel like this is the right place for me to try and do that."

Meanwhile, Cherries head coach Eddie Howe added: "Lloyd is an exciting talent and a player of real potential, while at the same time already possessing good experience for someone so young.

"He is athletic, versatile, physically excellent and has a very bright future ahead of him. I'm delighted that we have been able to strike so early in the summer."

Bournemouth are 7/2 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table next season, while they are 7/2 to be relegated.

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