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Published: Saturday | December 21, 2013 Comments 0

  • Suarez signs new contract

The 26-year-old complained in August that Liverpool had broken an agreement allowing him to leave after the club failed to qualify for the Champions League. His complaint came shortly after Liverpool had rejected a transfer bid from Arsenal for the striker.

The Uruguay forward is the top scorer in the Premier League this season with 17 league goals in 11 starts, including a quadruple against Norwich and a hat-trick against West Brom.

  • Messi slams Barcelona official

Javier Faus, the vice-president in charge of Barcelona's finances, said two weeks ago he didn't see a reason to further extend Messi's contract. Last year, the club extended the 26-year-old Messi's contract through 2018.

"I remind him that neither I nor any of my representatives have asked for a contract extension at any moment, and he knows that very well."

Messi rarely speaks about the business side of his career. This is the first time he has openly criticised an important board member of the club he joined when he was 13 years old.

  • Dempsey set for a return to Fulham on loan


Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen said United States striker Clint Dempsey has undergone a medical test and is set to return to the club on loan.

The 30-year-old Dempsey could play for two months from January because the MLS season does not resume until the second week in March.

  • Club World Cup final today

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP):

After sweeping aside Ronaldinho and Atletico Mineiro, Moroccan club Raja Casablanca are now trying to figure out how they can stop Bayern Munich in today's Club World Cup final.

"We will need the best of us to (win)," Raja coach Faouzi Benzarti said through a translator. "We know the character of the German teams. We should not let them attack us all the time."

While the host club is certainly in good form after beating Brazilian club Atletico in the semi-finals, Bayern are looking to finish off 2013 with a record-breaking fifth trophy.

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