David Luiz could be forced out by Chelsea’s over-30s contract policy

• Club only offers one-year contract extensions to over-30s
• David Luiz can negotiate with foreign clubs from January

David Luiz’s future at Chelsea beyond the summer has been cast into considerable doubt after the club’s hierarchy made it clear they are reluctant to change their policy of offering only one-year contract extensions to players in their 30s.

The club are seeking to prolong the stays of some key personnel, not least because they are one of a number of English sides under investigation by Fifa over possible violations of rules on the signing of foreign players under the age of 18 and could be the subject of lengthy transfer embargoes if found guilty by the world governing body’s disciplinary committee. Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kanté and César Azpilicueta have all agreed new terms recently, and are likely to be followed in the near future by Antonio Rüdiger.

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via Football | The Guardian

Buenos Aires becomes ghost town as fans follow delayed final

• River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 to lift Copa Libertadores
• Second leg of tie moved to Madrid because of crowd trouble

River Plate fans thronged on to the streets of Buenos Aires when their team scored the decisive goal, yelling “Dale campeón! Dale Campeón!” (“Come on champion, come on champion!”)

Despite heavy rainfall, groups of fans headed for the Buenos Aires obelisk on the wide downtown 9 de Julio avenue, the traditional scene of football celebrations, to watch River beat Boca Juniors 3-1 in the much-delayed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final in Madrid.

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via Football | The Guardian