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    Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling, 20, has prompted new concerns over his future at the club after photos emerged of him holding a shisha pipe next to his teammate, Jordan Ibe.

    Sterling, who is considering his future at the Reds, has been embroiled in a contract stand-off with the club.

    However, most football insiders feel that Sterling’s ‘recreational activities’ will not affect his future at the club.

    “I don’t think this incident should affect Raheem’s existing contract at all,” said John Viola, a renowned Premiership agent. 

    “Raheem is a quality player and an all-rounder which is the most important thing to remember. The club will fight to keep him at the end of the season.”

    The 19-year-old Ibe is also considered one of the brightest young stars to emerge at the club as they battle to stay among the Barclays Premier League pacesetters.

    The controversial pictures were believed to have been taken in a London bar earlier this season, showing the young stars enjoying their day off

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  • Life of a football agent part 1: Of football crooks and scam artists

    After Raheem Sterling’s recent contract controversy at Liverpool, the spotlight is on the influence of agents over their players. Ash Hashim, A FIFA Players’ Agent who writes for the Futbolita blog shares her experience in this world.

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    These are the “money guys”, as they are called, “the big guns of the business” – admired, revered and most of all, more powerful than the football superstars they represent. 

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s “super agent”, Jorge Mendes, has been credited for his meteoric rise to success at Man United and now, Real Madrid

    Similarly, Cesc Fabregas’ faith in his agent Darren Dein saw him masterminding a move from Arsenal to Barcelona.

    In reality, although the perks of being a football agent can be highly rewarding, it is not an industry for the gullible or faint of heart. 

    I chose to go down this path because I wanted to do more for football. I took the agent exams after years of profiling the football industry as a sports journalist, despite knowing that there was

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    Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, 25, enjoyed a vacation in Portugal recently and posted a photo at the dinner table with his family and friends.

    Rojo went away during his club’s week off and shared a private jet with teammate Angel di Maria as their families headed for a short break after United’s 3-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.

    This comes three days after an alleged affair with a fitness instructor was exposed, with the woman claiming she was blackmailed. 

    The fitness instructor and her friends were drinking cocktails in bar in Manchester when they were approached by a bouncer and invited to join Man United’s private Christmas party upstairs.

    The venue was packed with pretty young girls who were hand-picked by minders and told to leave their mobile phones in a bucket to prevent them from taking any embarrassing pictures.

    Sarah Watson, 34, the woman at the centre of the blackmail claims said Rojo offered her money to spend the night with him after the party, which she

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    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is set to move into a luxurious £16.8m (S$34 million) mansion with an ocean view when he joins MLS side LA Galaxy in the summer.

    The enormous pad has been offered to the 34-year-old midfielder by his new football club, who will foot the weekly £13,516 ($27,400) rent.

    With six bedrooms and nine bathrooms, the swanky property also boasts sweeping mountain and Pacific Ocean views.

    Located in the stunning area of Carbon Canyon in Malibu, and 15 minutes away from Santa Monica beach, the Gerrard family will undoubtedly settle well into their new home.

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    There is a sizable barbecue area and a garage big enough for three cars, housed in a private orchard of citrus and avocado trees.

    The amenities also include separate exercise, massage and sauna areas inside, and a magnificent infinity pool outside.

    The stylish home also includes a screening room to show movies and a classic ‘sports room’, with a full-sized billiards table and bar.

    A senior LA Galaxy official

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    Wayne Rooney’s goal celebration in Man United’s 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur last night went viral after the striker amused fans with a flurry of fake punches and fell on his back.

    It was a stab at a video last month which showed Rooney boxing with Stoke defender Phil Bardsley in an impromptu sparring session in his kitchen.

    The striker, 29, was said to be unhappy that the private video of him had gone rival, especially as it depicted him landing flat on his back, seemingly unconscious.

    “That’s the world we live in today. It was a few mates in a private house which has somehow managed to get on the front page of a national newspaper. I have to accept that. It was me and a few friends joking around,” Rooney said.

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    Meanwhile, his wife Coleen Rooney, 28, had plenty to celebrate on Sunday as it was Mother’s Day in the UK. 

    She reacted to her husband’s ‘boxing’ banter of a celebration with that of amusement, posting laughing emojis on her Twitter page after he scored the goal.

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    Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge took advantage of his day off on Monday by partying at a club in central London.

    And the England international was joined by a few of his friends in the music world, including a member of British boyband One Direction.

    After posting the picture with Louis Tomlinson, Sturridge was teased by fans of the Reds, who warned him he had lost “serious street credibility” by hanging out with a member of the pop band. 

    The striker, 25, is one of the more colourful figures in Brendan Rodgers’ team, and is a big fan of hip-hop music.

    So Sturridge’s decision to hang out at the swanky Libertine club, a hotspot for celebrities and footballers in England, with a ‘One Directioner’ prompted jeers from fans.

    The player was letting his hair down following a 0-0 draw with Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, which sets them up for a replay on 8 April.

    Tomlinson, who had a brief spell with Doncaster Rovers as a player, also attempted to buy over the club

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    It’s no secret that Man United players Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini are the best of friends, and they were spotted partying together earlier this week.

    The Belgian duo posted photos of themselves at a restaurant, and later in what appears to be on a dance floor with a few of their friends.

    Amused fans compared the photo to that of being in a ‘Jackson 5’ theme party, especially with Felliaini’s signature hairstyle stealing all the attention in the photo.

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    Unfortunately for Januzaj, the 20-year-old failed to get the ‘dress up’ memo as he posed awkwardly with his senior in the Belgian national side and his relatives.

    And with a gruelling schedule and race to secure a Champions League spot, the players may have been looking at hitting the clubs in Manchester as another form of release.

    United haven’t had too much to celebrate this season, as they lie fourth on the Premiership table and ten points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

     

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    Despite struggling for playing time with Liverpool this

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    Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is used to Champions League football, but with Louis van Gaal’s side outside of Europe this season, the England star enjoyed some time off with his sons.

    Rooney posted a picture on his Instagram page with one of his sons at the cinema yesterday.

    "Good to have my little mates back from holiday. Trip to the cinema to see Peppa Pig!" he captioned, referring to the newly-released children’s animated film.

    Both his sons, Kai and Klay, were recently on a holiday with their mum, Coleen, to Barbados. 

    The 29-year-old was relaxing away from Manchester United’s Premier League campaign before they face Sunderland on Saturday.

    Van Gaal’s side are currently fourth in the Premier League, despite inconsistent form, after a damaging 2-1 defeat at Swansea last weekend.

    Rooney has been deployed in central midfield regularly by van Gaal in recent months but has returned to the United attack.

    The England captain will hope to add to his nine goal tally this season. 

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  • Tottenham starlet Harry Kane celebrates Valentine's Day in Marbella

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    Tottenham starlet Harry Kane has been stealing the headlines for his goals in the Premier league, but he proved he was just a normal bloke when he took his childhood sweetheart out for Valentine’s Day.

    Kane, 21, who has scored 23 goals so far this season, surprised Katie Goodland with a trip to the Spanish island of Marbella.

    He was allowed time off as Mauricio Pochettino’s side were not involved in the FA Cup last weekend.

    The pair dined at Marbella’s La Sala restaurant, which is also part-owned by former Spurs team-mate and good friend David Bentley.

    The couple stayed at the 5-star Puente Romano hotel for two nights over the weekend, where Kane enjoyed some time away from the gruelling Premier League campaign.

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    "He is an amazing guy and an all-round professional. He doesn’t drink, but he knows how to have a good time," Bentley, a former Tottenham, Blackburn and Arsenal player said.

    "I sorted him and his girlfriend out with a place to stay for two nights and played golf with him

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