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Restless French International Youri Djorkaeff, lately active for Kaiserslautern and

Bolton, has put off retirement to spend a further year in the Major League Soccer. The “moody genius”, who has been capped by his country on 82 occasions, has signed for the New York Metro Stars, heirs to the once great New York Cosmos, where the likes of Pele and Franz Bechenbauer ended their careers.


Manchester United and Arsenal are competing for the services of three million euro-rated Belgium ‘keeper, Silvio Proto, to establish some sort of stability in goal. The 21-year-old La Louviere player has only recently broken into his country’s national side.

Top strike

Barcelona’s Cameroon international, Samuel Eto’o, has been voted ‘African Player of the Year’ for the second successive year. Chelsea’s Drogba and Bolton’s Okocha came second and third respectively.

Close shave

England captain, David Beckham, will remove his facial hair exclusively with Gillette products over the next three years, something that will ensure him a 50 million euro cut of the American Company’s profits over that time. A sportsman justified the contract by saying that “Golden Balls” represents an image “all men aspire to”.

Rich list

Latest figures show that Manchester United still head the Deloitte Football Money League with earnings in excess of 248.2 million euros, making the “Reds” the richest club in the world. But Chelsea are closing rapidly, in fourth on 207.9 million euros a leap of six places on last year’s performance. Real Madrid, AC Milan and Juventus are second, third and fifth in the rankings.