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Mason Mount says Raheem Sterling is fitting in perfectly at Chelsea.
The Blues snapped up the Manchester City star for £47.5million earlier this month after boss Thomas Tuchel identified him as one of his top targets.
And Mount, 23, has been impressed with how his England team-mate has hit the ground running.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: "He’s a winner, I’ve said that before.
"Every time you train with him that will to win — if you play a little game of five-a-side or it’s a 10 vs 10 — he’s there and he wants to score. That’s just who he is. He’s fitted in so perfectly with the group.
"I know him so well so I knew he’d buy in straight away and he’s done that. He’s looked very good and it’s obviously exciting for us to have him here and see what we can achieve in the future.
"For both parties I think it’s going to work brilliantly. It’s on the right foot straight away. We are very excited for him to be here.
"There’s a good mix of us here, so I feel we are on the right track."
Pep Guardiola has refused to comment on reports linking Manchester City with Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella.
Spanish defender Cucurella, 24, has been the subject of intense speculation throughout the summer and it has now been suggested he has handed in a transfer request.
But Guardiola, speaking at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s Community Shield clash with Liverpool, said: "He’s a Brighton player, I cannot say anything else."
The City boss also confirmed central defender Aymeric Laporte will miss the start of the season after knee surgery.
He said: "Laporte is injured. He had knee surgery after last season and playing the last two or three games with an important injury. He made an incredible effort.
"So far he is doing really well but you have to be careful with a knee. I think August will be out, September I think maybe he will start to be with us."
Shift in approach
Swansea players will no longer take a knee before matches this season.
A statement from the Championship club said: "Following discussions as a group, we have collectively decided to no longer take the knee prior to fixtures during the 2022-23 season.
"We have taken the knee before every game since football resumed in June 2020, following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
"This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and in no way reflects any diminishing of our belief that discrimination of any nature is abhorrent and has no place in football or society.
"We remain firmly in support of what taking the knee stands for and represents.
"Taking the knee has undoubtedly helped to raise awareness and encourage conversations about how to remove racism from the game we all love.
"Should any opposition side take the knee before a game this season, we will line-up and applaud them, because we absolutely support the sentiment behind it.
"But we feel we want to take responsibility as a group and find alternative ways to show our commitment to inclusion and diversity. We want to work to be a force for positive, substantive change."
Tavernier on the move
Chris Wilder has confirmed Middlesbrough have accepted an for Marcus Tavernier from a Premier League club.
The midfielder, 23, has been heavily linked with a switch to promoted Bournemouth and appears to have resisted moves to tie him down to an extended stay on Teesside.
Wilder said: "We have to get on with it. The club did everything to try and keep Marcus.
"When you get down to the nitty-gritty of the move and him wanting to move, I think it just became a case of negotiating the transfer fee, which is above me.
"But as I say, the club tried everything they could to keep Tav and now we have to look forward."
Academy graduate Tavernier, whose senior debut for Boro came in a League Cup tie against Scunthorpe in August 2017, has made 155 appearances for the club and scored 18 goals.
The woman with the whistle
Ukrainian Kateryna Monzul will referee Sunday's Women's Euro 2022 final between England and Germany at Wembley.
Monzul, 41, became the first woman to take charge of an England men’s game in October 2021 for their World Cup qualifier against Andorra.
She will be the first from her country to officiate a Women’s Euros final, having already made history as the first female to oversee matches in the Ukraine men’s Premier League in 2016.
WSL to capitalise on feelgood factor
With Euro 2022 capturing the nation's attention, Women's Super League champs Chelsea will kick off their season at Stamford Bridge on September 11.
Emma Hayes’ Blues are set to collide with London rivals West Ham as they begin their chase for a record fourth consecutive league title.
Liverpool, meanwhile, will celebrate their promotion to the top flight with a return of the Merseyside derby to Anfield on September 25.
The clash will mark the first time since November 2019 that the Reds have played a WSL contest there after attracting more than 23,000 for their last outing, when Lucy Graham netted the winner in Everton’s 1-0 win.
Reds skipper Niamh Fahey, who played in that match, said: "It’s a special thing to play at Anfield. Not everyone gets to do that.
"That buzz from the crowd was unbelievable, that roar trying to get us over the line. It’s going to be epic!
"Hopefully I get the chance to lead the team out. It’s the pinnacle isn’t it? Leading your team out at Anfield for a Merseyside derby — it doesn’t get better than that!"
Everton striker Ellis Simms has joined Championship side Sunderland on a season-long loan.
Simms, 21, spent the second half of last season in Scotland with Hearts.
Ange Postecoglou has confirmed Carl Starfelt will miss Celtic’s Scottish Premiership opener at home to Aberdeen on Sunday.
The Swedish defender, 27, has returned to training after a recent hamstring problem but is short of fitness.
Bhoys boss Postecoglou said: "He’s got through all the different phases to fully integrate but it’s just about getting him some training time."