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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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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Guardiola ready to push again

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola says there will be no let-up from his side, despite them completing a unique domestic treble by lifting the FA Cup at Wembley.

The Citizens had already won both the Carabao Cup and the Premier League this season and showed little mercy on Saturday as they thumped Watford 6-0 to become the first side to claim all three major domestic trophies in the same season.

However, having been pushed all the way in the league by Liverpool, Guardiola says his side cannot afford to stand still as they will be under increased pressure next term.

He told reporters: "The players have to feel that they play good, or they don't play.

"Football is what it is – win again and again and again and the players have to feel that. What we have done is incredible, but from the first day of next season we start from zero.

"We have to see what we have seen for the past two, even three seasons, especially in terms of results for the past two seasons.

"I am pretty sure Liverpool will be stronger and more hungry to do it, that is why we have to stay there. If we don't, we are not going to win.

"We will have to get more than 90-plus points to be champions next season. That is the level we have to maintain – the same level as these last two seasons."

City only missed out on the Champions League this season, losing out on away goals to Tottenham Hotspur at the quarter-final stage.

The Citizens are 8/11 to win the Premier League title again next season, with Liverpool 11/4 and Spurs 12/1.

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Parker prunes his squad

Fulham have released nine players, including former Liverpool stars Ryan Babel and Lazar Markovic, after being relegated from the Premier League.

Babel scored five goals in 16 Premier League appearances for the club after moving to Craven Cottage from Besiktas in January.

The 32-year-old played for Liverpool between 2007 and 2011 before signing for Ajax.

Markovic also signed for the Cottagers in January but only made one substitute appearance for the club.

The 25-year-old joined Liverpool for £20million five years ago but failed to establish himself at Anfield and was loaned out to Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon. Hull City and Anderlecht before his short-lived spell with Fulham.

The other players that Scott Parker has decided will leave the Cottagers this summer following the expiry of their contracts are Elijah Adebayo, Robert Atkinson, Aron Davies, Jose Garrido, Christopher Kelly, Scott Armsworth and Showkat Tahir.

In addition, Calum Chambers, Sergio Rico, Andre Schurrle, Havard Nordtveit, Luciano Vietto, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who were on loan at Fulham this season, will return to their parent clubs.

Floyd Ayite, Stefan Johansen, Neeskens Kebano, Denis Odoi, Magnus Norman, Mattias Kait, Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson and Jerome Opokuh have had options activated in their contracts which keep them at the club until the end of next season.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa and Derby will meet in the Championship play-off final on Monday 27th May. The Villans are 8/13 to secure promotion, with the Rams available at 13/10.

Dyche: It’s Burnley not Barca

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has indicated that he will aim to strengthen his squad this summer after confirming that three players have left Turf Moor.

The Clarets flirted with relegation at times after starting the campaign very poorly, but will once again be a Premier League side when the 2019/20 season gets underway in August.

Dyche has confirmed that defender Stephen Ward and goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard have not had their contracts renewed, while striker Jon Walters is retiring from football due to injury.

Meanwhile, Peter Crouch is also out of contract, having moved to Turf Moor on a short-term deal in January, and Dyche is set to hold talks with the much-travelled veteran striker shortly.

Aaron Lennon and Phil Bardsley have both had options in their existing contracts activated so they will be at the club next season while Belgium international Steven Defour also remains under contract.

Dyche said: "This club is going to have to fight all the time to be at the top level of football, but we've shown we can do it. The thing is with life at Burnley, it's stop, stand still and then restart.

"It's Burnley, not Barcelona and we have to find ways of getting points on the board. The next one is never guaranteed from the last one and we are always looking to layer up strength, but it's difficult.

"The planning never stops because we obviously don't have the finances that others have, so we constantly have to keep our ear to the ground and an eye on the market. But you want competitiveness freshness and that often comes from players coming in."

Burnley are 7/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League next season and 1/2 not to be relegated.

Jose: United’s problems ‘still there’

Jose Mourinho says the problems at Manchester United haven't gone away since he was sacked, insisting the club's troubles are rooted in the 'players, organisation and ambition'.

Mourinho was dismissed in December having shepherded the Red Devils to their worst start to a season in 28 years.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought in as interim replacement and the Norwegian oversaw an immediate turnaround in fortune as United went on an extended winning run.

It reached a summit when they turned around a first-leg deficit with a 3-1 Champions League last-16 success that stunned Paris St-Germain in March.

That was enough to get Solskjaer a permanent job, but United's season fizzled out thereafter. They finished tamely in the league and won't have Champions League football next season with their sixth-place finish.

Mourinho, having finished second last year, says the problems still exist at United, but he denies that Paul Pogba was the reason he lost his job.

The French World Cup winner was stripped of the vice-captaincy before an animated disagreement between the pair at the club's training ground, but that is not the reason he failed, says the Portuguese.

Asked if he was a victim of Pogba, Mourinho told French newspaper L'Equipe: "No, no. The problems are there, you can imagine that the problems are the players, the organisation and the ambition.

"I will only say that I cannot say 'yes' when you ask if Paul was the only one responsible."

Man United are 4/6 to finish in the top four next season but Mourinho feels they have plenty problems to overcome as he appeared to defend his record.

"On Manchester United, I only want to say two things. One is that time has spoken. Two, it's the problems are still there," he added.

The Red Devils are 5/2 to win a major trophy in the 2019/20 season.

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Trophy matters for Wijnaldum

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has challenged his side to make their season complete by beating Tottenham in the Champions League final.

The Reds narrowly missed out on the Premier League title at the weekend, as they were pipped at the post by Manchester City, despite the Reds losing just one game in the league all season.

However, they can make up for that failure in 1st June in Madrid, when they play out an all-Premier League final against Spurs.

And, with Liverpool having lost out to Real Madrid in the Champions League final 12 months ago, there is added motivation in play for Wijnaldum and his colleagues.

The Dutchman told his club's official website: "Overall I think we had a good season and now is the challenge to finish with a title to make the season complete.

"It would be really sad if we finish the season without a title. I think this season deserves one.

"The last couple of games were basically games where we could only win and look at what Man City were doing. They won also, so fair enough that they are champions.

"But now we have a game that we can control, so we have to bring that to a good end. It would be really special."

Liverpool claimed 2-1 victories in both league meetings with Spurs this season, with Wijnaldum on the scoresheet in the success at Wembley back in September.

The Reds are 15/2 to secure a 2-1 victory in normal time in Madrid and are 1/2 to lift the trophy, with the Merseysiders 19/20 to triumph in 90 minutes.

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Mee proud of Clarets finish

Ben Mee says that Burnley can feel proud of finishing the season 15th in the Premier League after a difficult start.

The Clarets finished seventh in the league a year ago, ensuring qualification for the Europa League but the campaign, just finished, proved a different matter.

Sean Dyche's side looked destined for a season-long relegation fight and were three points from safety after defeat to Everton on Boxing Day.

However their form improved sharply after that, embarking on an eight-match unbeaten run including five wins to steer them clear of trouble.

Three more successive wins at the end of March and into April secured their top-flight status for at least another season and Mee feels they can look back with satisfaction at the way they climbed away from trouble.

Mee, who played every minute in the Premier League last season, one of only three players to do so, told the Lancashire Telegraph: "It's a really successful season for the club, and it gives us chance to rebuild and get even stronger next year.

"From where we were at halfway to where we are now, it's been a brilliant turnaround, and with the summer now, the club will get the chance to get that extra bit of money coming in and hopefully we can make the club even stronger than we are now."

Though well clear of relegation trouble Burnley did end the season on a three-game losing streak, their campaign coming to an end with a home defeat to Arsenal at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Burnley are 7/1 to finish next season in the top half of the Premier League while the Clarets are 13/8 to be relegated with Sheffield United 4/6 to spend just one season back in the top flight.

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Hasenhuttl seeks more quality

Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to add some quality to his squad this summer and is keen to ensure Southampton are not involved in another relegation battle.

The former RB Leipzig boss says he has "a very clear picture" of what Saints, who drew 1-1 with Huddersfield Town on the final day of the Premier League campaign, need.

Southampton flirted with relegation for the second season in a row and, although they eventually finished 16th, five points clear of the bottom three, Hasenhuttl is desperate to make sure they are not involved in another struggle to avoid the drop in 2019/20.

The Austrian said: "It is a very clear picture for me now what we are still missing in our game. Maybe we know that we only win games when we have the perfect commitment and shape and work perfect together.

"If there are a few guys not 100 per cent in the right direction then we are struggling always.

"That means we need more quality next season. It will be a difficult summer for sure because we have our limits with transfer fees and things like that but we must be clear that we have to make a few new players in the team.

"We need to create a new spirit and new mentality because we must give a different picture from the first game day. That's the goal and a clear message for the summer and we will work on this."

Southampton are 1/7 not to be relegated next season while Sheffield United can be backed at 6/5.