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Former Man City defender, Omar Elabdellaoui returns to football more than a year after being left clinically blind in one eye

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Former Manchester City and Hull City defender, Omar Elabdellaoui has made a sensational return back to football as he played all 90 minutes of Galatasaray’s Super Lig win this week.

The 30-year-old defender was left clinically blind in one eye when a firework exploded in his face during a New Years Eve party back in 2020.

Over a year and 11 surgeries later, the Norwegian full-back completed a remarkable recovery and returned to footballing action on Monday evening.

Former Man City defender, Omar Elabdellaoui returns to football more than a year after being left clinically blind in one eye

Elabdellaoui told beIN SPORTS after the game: ‘I went through a difficult process. It was a difficult injury. I struggled a lot.

‘I’m back on the field and doing what I love most. It’s my dream come true for the second time. It felt like I started football for the second time.’

In a previous interview with the Guardian, Elabdellaoui opened up on the struggles he faced when the incident first occurred.

‘I just thought I had something in my eye and had to clear it out but then I felt my face totally burning and everything was black.

‘Because of all the gunpowder, my face was burned. I think it was difficult for them to say how bad it was straight away. In one moment I grabbed the doctor to say: ‘Just tell me the truth, tell me how bad it is.’

The Norwegian defender spent a large amount of his recovery time in America, where doctors told him he had a 5-10% chance of regaining his sight – let alone returning to a football pitch.

The 30-year-old defied belief by making his comeback this week as Galatasaray picked up their first win of 2022 away to Goztepe.

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Kylian Mbappe snubs Real Madrid transfer to sign new PSG mega 3 year deal of £1m per week salary

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World Cup winner and Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Kylian Mbappe has confirmed he will be signing a new contract at Parc des Princes just days after it seemed he will be joining Real Madrid.

Mbappe addressed the entirety of the Parc des Princes crowd before Paris Saint-Germain’s final home game of the Ligue 1 season against Metz on Saturday night, May 21.


The 23-year-old was handed the microphone to announce he has penned a new three-year deal with the French giants – putting an end to a move to Real Madrid. 

Real Madrid were extremely confident that they would boast the superstar within their ranks from this summer onwards once Mbappe’s original deal with PSG had expired. 

But a new bumper contract of about £1m weekly has seen the 23-year-old commit his future to the Parisians.

Addressing the crowd, Mbappe explained: “I am very happy to stay at PSG in France. I always said Paris is my home, I hope we continue to play football and win trophies together. Thanks for everything. I hope that I will continue to do what I prefer to with you all… and win titles together! Thanks a lot.”


PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi broke the news before introducing Mbappe to the crowd by declaring: “I’m proud to give you a beautiful news: Kylian Mbappé has signed until June 2025 with Paris Saint-Germain.”


Mbappe has enjoyed a stunning season individually, helping fire the club to a tenth Ligue 1 title with his phenomenal for in front of goal. The World Cup winner has the most goals and most assists of any player in the league with 25 and 17 to his name respectively in the division alone.

With his new contract, he now surpasses team mates Neymar and Lionel Messi as the highest earner in the club.

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Juventus give Arsenal three players in exchange deal for Giorgio Chiellini’s replacement

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Juventus are so desperate to land defender, Gabriel Magalhaes this summer and will offer Arsenal three players, according to Corriere dello Sport.

The Old Lady have identified Gabriel as a possible successor to Giorgio Chiellini, who will leave Turin this summer, and are keen to reach a quick agreement with Arsenal.

It is understood that the three players Juventus will offer Arsenal to force the deal for their 24-year-old centre-back are Arthur Melo, Weston McKennie and Moise Kean.

The report added that Juventus sporting director Federico Cherubini has travelled to London for talks with Arsenal over a deal for Gabriel.

Juventus are in the market to replace Chiellini, who is leaving the Serie A giants this summer after 17 years.

However, it’s claimed that Arsenal are demanding at least £42.4million for Gabriel.

Gabriel joined the Gunners from Lille in a £27million deal in 2020.

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EPL: Man Utd warn Barcelona over De Jong transfer

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Manchester United have made it clear to Barcelona, they will not meet their £70 million asking price for Frenkie De Jong, according to Daily Mail.

The Premier League side are keen on signing De Jong, as Paul Pogba is set to leave on a free transfer this summer.

The Barca midfielder has already been identified by incoming manager, Erik Ten Hag, as a potential option having already managed him at Ajax.

Barcelona are open to a deal, as they are also seeking funds to put together a deal for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

However, United have informed the LaLiga club that they do not want to spend a significant part of their summer budget on signing De Jong.

Barca are looking to recoup the £65 million they spent on signing the 25-year-old from Ajax in 2019.

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