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Man City manager Guardiola launches strong defence of Claudio Bravo

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, relegated to the bench in the last three games, asserting that the Chilean is "one of the best in the world."

Bravo, who arrived at Manchester City from FC Barcelona last summer, has been harshly criticised by the British media for his performance in the first half of the season.

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Sao Paulo sign Argentine striker Lucas Pratto

Brazilian football club Sao Paulo has signed Argentina striker Lucas Pratto from Atletico Mineiro in a four-year deal. The 28-year-old will be officially presented to the club's fans on Sunday after Sao Paulo on Friday agreed to pay Mineiro an undisclosed transfer fee.

"We now have one of the best forwards on the continent, an Argentina international and possibly an important player in the next World Cup," Sao Paulo president Carlos Silva said.

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Ligue 1: PSG rout Bordeaux 3-0 to go level with Monaco

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) boosted their confidence ahead of a crucial clash against Barcelona in the UEFA Chamipions League last 16 as they crushed Bordeaux 3-0, provisionally going level with Ligue 1 leaders Monaco, albeit having played a game more.

PSG on Friday needed just six minutes to open their scoring account, as the league's top scorer Edinson Cavani diverted Marquinhos' long ball into the net.

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Swansea's Paul Clement wins Manager of the Month for January

Swansea City head coach Paul Clement was named on Friday as the English Premier League's (EPL) coach of the month for January.

Clement, who joined the football club on January 3 as a replacement for American Bob Bradley, led the Swans to three wins in four league games, which meant the team has now left the relegation zone.

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Hebei China Fortune sign Juventus veteran Hernanes

Italian football champions Juventus have confirmed Brazilian midfielder Hernanes' move to Hebei China Fortune FC for a fee of eight million euro ($8.5 million).

"Hernanes arrived as valuable cover for the Bianconeri's central midfield in August 2015 and departed as a domestic-double winner, having picked up his second Coppa Italia crown and first ever Serie A title in the just concluded season," Juventus said on their website on Thursday.

Juventus also said that the selling price may increase by two million euro ($2.1 million) on achieving given conditions over the course of the contract.

USA names 20-Player Roster for 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named the 20-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which doubles as the team's 2017 World Cup qualifying tournament, running Feb. 17-March 5 in Costa Rica.

The USA has been drawn into Group B along with Panama, Haiti and Saint Kitts and Nevis. The U.S. opens against Panama at 4 p.m. ET on Feb. 18, followed by Haiti at 5:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 21 and Saint Kitts and Nevis at 5:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 24. All three of the USA's matches will be broadcast in the United States on Univision networks.

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Real Madrid refuse to host Copa del Rey Final

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has said the Spanish footbtall club's home ground, the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, would not be available for the King's Cup final. The final will be played between FC Barcelona and Deportivo Alaves on May 27.

Perez said on Thursday the final could not be played in Real Madrid's ground, which is the largest neutral ground available for the game "because there's work going on ... there's no other issue".

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