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Manchester City have announced that veteran right-back Pablo Zabaleta will leave the English football giants at the end of his contract this summer, ending a nine-year association with the club.

"The 58-times capped Argentina international has informed the club he will move to pastures new, but leave behind many happy memories," City said in a statement on Saturday.

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Two of the continent's most historic football clubs, Manchester United and AFC Ajax laboured past Celta Vigo and Lyon, respectively, to enter the final of the UEFA Europa League.

Ajax resisted Ligue 1 side Lyon's 3-1 home win to bag an aggregate score at 5-4 on Thursday in France, while United built on their one-goal advantage in the first leg for a 2-1 aggregate against Celta Vigo in Manchester.

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Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud scored to lead Arsenal to a 2-0 victory over Southampton in the English Premier League (EPL) that puts the Gunners within three points of fourth-place Manchester City and within sniffing distance of Liverpool.

After a dull first half at St. Mary's Stadium on Wednesday, Sanchez received the ball in the area from Mesut Özil and blasted the ball past Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster to put Arsenal 1-0 up in the 55th minute. The Chilean international became the first Arsenal player to score 20 EPL goals in one season since Robin van Persië posted 30 goals in 2011-12.

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Defender Theo Hernandez, currently on loan at Alaves from Atletico Madrid, passed a medical with record European football champions Real Madrid, according to Spanish media reports on Monday. The 19-year-old left-back passed the checkup successfully without any problems.

According to reports, the Marseille-born defender will move to Real Madrid this summer. He has a 24 million euros ($26.2 million) clause which Real Madrid are set to pay to Atletico at the end of the season, making him the first signing of the 2017-18 season.

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After Manchester United's top-four hopes were damaged by a 0-2 defeat against Arsenal in English Premier League, United's head coach Jose Mourinho said his side have to chase the Champions League by winning the Europa League now. Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck scored in a 2-0 win for Arsenal on Sunday to leave United four points off the Champions League places.

This was Arsene Wenger's first competitive win over Mourinho.

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Record European football champions Real Madrid are closing in on a deal to sign highly rated Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior, according to media reports in Brazil.

The Spanish giants have offered Vinicius Junior's club Flamengo 45 million euros ($49.4 million) to bring the striker to Europe this summer, according to Globo Esporte. The report added that both clubs have agreed in principle to the move.

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Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho is set to rest a few first team footballers for Sunday's English Premier League game as the Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo is on the horizon.

United, who edged past Celta Vigo by a solitary Marcus Rashford goal in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday, are a place and five points ahead of Arsenal who have a game in hand.

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