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Transfer: Barcelona in Talks with Man United over Defender deal

Manchester United have been offered Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann in exchange for Victor Lindelöf. Barca are looking to take advantage of Raphael Varane's move to Old Trafford, which has seen Lindelöf drop down the pecking order.

Villarreal beat Arsenal to keep final hopes alive

  Nicolas Pepe scored a precious away goal at Villarreal to keep their hopes of reaching the Europa League final alive despite defeat in Spain. They had never previously lost to the ‘Yellow Submarine’ in Europe before, but our hopes were quickly submerged within five minutes of kick off as the hosts took the lead. Samuel Chukwueze attacked makeshift left back Granit Xhaka in the box, and tried to squeeze past the Swiss international, only for the ball to break kindly for Manu Trigueros, who blasted the ball past Bernd Leno and in. It was a real hammer blow, and just as we were slowly starting to work our way back into the game, Villarreal doubled their advantage as Raul Albiol volleyed in from close range after a corner. Now they were right up against it, but we thought we had our way back into the tie when we were awarded a penalty when Nicolas Pepe was hauled down in the area – only for VAR to overturn it for a handball by the Ivorian in the build up. The hosts were causing

Granada Stun Barcelona

The Andalusians have pulled off a famous smash-and-grab thanks to those second-half goals by Darwin Machís and Jorge Molina, and have not only prevented Barça from leapfrogging Atlético at the top of LaLiga, but have also furthered their ambitions of qualifying for Europe for a second straight year. Diego Martínez's men are now just four points off Villarreal in seventh, the final European spot. As for Barcelona, they end the night down in third, two points behind Atleti, who they host in two weeks' time. What a title race this is proving to be!

UEL: Manchester United Ease Past Roma at Old Trafford

Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani scored two each as Manchester United took a giant step towards the Europa League final with a 6-2 drubbing of AS Roma in their semi-final first leg at Old Trafford on Thursday. Fernandes put United ahead in the ninth minute after being set up by Cavani but Roma cancelled that opener out six minutes later with a Lorenzo Pellegrini penalty after a handball by Paul Pogba. Former Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko put the Italian side ahead but Roma were forced into making three injury substitutions in the opening half and struggled without fresh legs after the break. Cavani scored in the 48th minute to get United back on level terms and the Uruguayan striker struck again before a Fernandes penalty, Pogba header and Mason Greenwood goal completed an impressive turnaround for the Premier League side.

Shaw, Rashford others Return vs Roma, Ole Reveals Team News for Europa League Semi-final Clash

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the latest on his squad ahead of Thursday's Europa League semi-final first leg with Roma. The Italians are at Old Trafford for the 20:00 BST kick-off with a prize in the final in Poland awaiting the victors over the two ties. After a battle with Leeds United at the weekend, the good news is there are no fresh injuries to report for the Reds. “There are so many games!” Ole said that  at the Aon Training Complex, ahead of his press conference. “They’re all fit and available, we didn’t lose anyone from the last game, which was good. It was a hard-fought game of course against Leeds, high intensity. We’re ready and we’ve had good preparation for the rest of the season. Eric Bailly and Marcus Rashford are in contention to feature, erasing any concerns over their fitness, with the latter carrying a foot problem. "Both of them are available,“ explained the manager. ”That’s good.“ “We have managed Marcus and we have had to do it

Europa League : Ex Manchester United Players ready to face their old Club as Roma Announces Travelling Squad

Roma have named a 21-man squad for Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Most notably, former United players Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have both been included in the group bound for Manchester. It will be Smalling’s first visit back to M16 since his permanent move to Roma in the summer, having also spent the previous season on loan with the Serie A side. The defender has overcome a recent thigh problem and has been passed fit to travel with the team. Mkhitaryan also spent last season on loan at the Stadio Olimpico before completing a transfer from Arsenal in the summer, a club he has previously faced United with at Old Trafford, during our 2-2 draw with the Gunners in the Premier League, back in December 2018. The Giallorossi’s travelling party also includes former Manchester City forward Edin Džeko and ex-Newcastle United full-back Davide Santon, along with French midfielder Jordan Veretout who has previously played for As

UCL: PSG Humbled in Paris, Man City Puts one leg into the Final

Trailing at the break to a first-half Marquinhos header, Pep Guardiola’s side staged a stunning turnaround after the break at the Parc des Princes. Having first drawn level through skipper De Bruyne’s 64th minute cross-cum shot, City then took an all-important lead thanks to Mahrez’s 71st minute free-kick. On a night of high drama the hosts were then reduced to 10 men when Idrissa Guye was sent off for a blatant foul on Ilkay Gundogan. And City deservedly held firm to seal a famous and crucial victory - one of the finest in our European history. Of course, it's still only half-time in the tie - but tonight's result will put us in great heart ahead of next Tuesday’s decisive second leg. The mutual respect between the sides that was evident in the build-up was mirrored in an absorbing encounter featuring football of the highest quality. It was PSG offered an early sign of their potent threat on the counter when City lost possession and a quicksilver attack ended with

Guardiola Praises Sterling after Cup final win

The winger, who has been in and out of the starting XI in recent weeks, was one of City’s most impressive performers as Aymeric Laporte scored the only goal of the game to seal a fourth consecutive League Cup triumph at Wembley Stadium. Ahead of the game, Guardiola had backed Sterling to deliver as he reiterated his faith in the 26-year-old, and the boss certainly felt he delivered as one of the driving forces of City's victory.  “Amazing [performance],” Guardiola said at his post-match press conference. “He showed the opponent we came here to win the game in the first actions. He was incredibly aggressive.“ “[Serge] Aurier is a fast defender and they are incredibly good at defending the shot and the blocks. [Hugo] Lloris made some incredible saves but he was brilliant. “We have no doubts of that, the mentality is great, he trained well and he made an incredible performance. “He deserves it, he created a lot of chances and made a couple of assists for Ilkay [Gundogan]. “All the pla

Ole Solksjaer disappointed with a draw, gives verdict on game played against Leeds

Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw by Leeds after a tumultuous week for the club off the pitch was followed by a frustrating day on it. United were the dominant force for long periods at Elland Road but were unable to take advantage and had to settle for a goalless draw, in a game that was in contrast to how they had hammered Marcelo Bielsa's side 6-2 earlier in the season. Since United's last encounter, the 3-1 victory over Burnley last Sunday, plans for a proposed European Super League have surfaced and then swiftly been ditched after an enormous pushback from supporters. Many United fans have continued their protests, directing anger at the Glazer family owners by gathering outside Old Trafford yesterday (Saturday). — and a banner was flown over Elland Road before kick off. The past week also saw Ed Woodward's resignation as executive vice-chairman. This is what United boss Solskjaer said after the game: "There's no guarantees in football that's for s

Tuchel praises match winner Werner after a solitary goal

Timo Werner scored the only goal shortly before half-time and his coach is quick to acknowledge his performance describing it "a good performance from him". Tuchel stressed the need for his striker to keep scoring to catch the moment and enjoying the moment. He also said that despite his goal drought before today, he is involved in many goals chipped in by other players and he couldn't doubt his abilities. ‘He needs to keep on scoring and catch the moment. He is quite often involved in our goals, even in the last weeks with fouls in the penalty area, or assists like against Man City. Nothing helps more than scoring goals. ‘I felt him very strong today from the start. He was very good at distributing the ball, dropping from the number nine position and keeping the ball for us, and he had good timings in the deep runs behind the line. He was involved in many chances and half-chances. ‘It was very nice he could score. He could have had a second one for sure, and after that h

Transfer News: Celtic eyes Mourinho

Celtic have approached José Mourinho immediately after his sacking from Tottenham.  According to daily  record Mourinho is also wanted by both Serie A giants Roma and Spanish side Valencia.

Watford Promoted back to EPL

Ismaila Sarr's penalty early in the first half proved to be just enough to earn Watford a 1-0 victory over Millwall and confirm an instant return to the Premier League. Brentford's win at Bournemouth earlier in the day meant that only three points would be good enough for Xisco Munoz's Hornets to be promoted alongside Norwich, who came down with them last season. Millwall came close on a number of occasions to delaying a promotion party that traditionally sees Hornets fans jump in a town-centre pond, but Watford hung on. Xisco made a single change to the side that had won at already-promoted Norwich on Tuesday, with Kiko Femenia returning from a ban at right-back to oust Craig Cathcart. Millwall made three changes to the line-up that lost 4-1 at home to Bournemouth the day after. Jed Wallace forced Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann into a routine save in the opening exchanges that were brought to life by a penalty 

Arteta Backs Leno on goalkeeping error says 'We all make errors, it's part of football'

Mikel Arteta immediately offered his backing to Bernd Leno after the goalkeeper’s own goal in our defeat against Everton on Friday night. We conceded the only goal of the game when Richarlison’s cross went through our goalkeeper’s clutches and deflected into the net, but our manager had a clear message for him. “[I will tell him] that we all make errors, it's part of football and you have to be prepared to lift yourself up and focus on the next challenge,” Arteta told Arsenal Media. “I think we didn’t deserve to lose the match at the end. There are some things that we can do better and we can control and unfortunately, there are others that we can't and [they] really affect the game. “We didn't have the clarity and the quality to resolve some situations. I think we created some chances, certainly more than them and we had much more control of the game.  “But then as well we scored an own goal and when we needed the decisions, that we earned, those were taken away [by VAR].”

Thiago criticizes Klopp, doubt Champions League spot after draw vs Newcastle

Thiago Alcantara agreed with Jurgen Klopp that Liverpool must prove they deserve to be in the Champions League next season. The Reds' top-four hopes suffered a blow on Saturday as Newcastle midfielder Joe Willock snatched a 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield with a goal in injury time. Mohamed Salah gave the Reds the lead in the third minute and the hosts were on top throughout the clash but they were ultimately punished for not taking their chances. An extra minute was added for a VAR decision which had ruled out a Callum Wilson goal in stoppage time and on-loan Arsenal man Willock took full advantage. The unconvincing performance did little for Reds boss Klopp's hopes of restoring the club's battered reputation in the wake of the Super League controversy and even less for their top-four aspirations.

UCL: Real Madrid squad revealed vs Chelsea

Eden Hazard is back in the squad for Real Madrid's game vs. Real Betis. He is expected to be in contention in their champions League against Chelsea in the coming weeks. It looks like his dreams of facing Chelsea in the UCL are coming true. Eden Hazard left Chelsea but as since been on and off since his arrival to Santiago Bernabéu.

Pogba, Cavani, Telles ,Others Set for Man United's exit

According to the latest report Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba and Alex Telles could leave Manchester United this summer. That is according to new reports emerging that suggest they have all decided to leave Old Trafford. Cavani arrived on a free transfer from PSG last year, and the 34-year-old has emphatically squashed any doubts over his ability to still play at the highest level, scoring eight goals in the Premier League from 20 appearances. That return is even more impressive when it's noted the Uruguay star has received limited minutes, often omitted from starting XI and forced to play a key role from off the bench - just like against Burnley on Sunday when his goal ensured the three points. Argentinian outlet Depo claim Cavani has let United know he intends to leave at the end of the season to be closer to his family, and that's not the first time such reports have surfaced this term, but his potential departure would surely be a blow to the Reds. Similarly, Calciomercato repo

Florentino Pérez: "Cristiano Ronaldo won't return to Real Madrid"

  Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid, was on Spanish TV show El Chiringuito to speak for the first time after the announcement of a breakaway European Super League. The new chairman of the Super League also discussed the current ongoing at Real Madrid. On signing Kylian Mbappé : We are here to talk about the Super League. In eight years' time, I'll be talking about something else. Look, I'm wearing a mask and I hear "sign Mbappé". What do I say? Don't worry... The truth is that he is a very good player. Madrid need a change. I'm not talking about Mbappé. But we have won many things, many things have happened. I have not spoken to him... At least today. It was a joke. I can assure you that I haven't spoken to him for years. I only know what I read in the newspapers. Signings at Real Madrid: I'm doing everything I can so that Madrid doesn't lose its rightful place. The madridistas know that. But the truth is that we had to bring in €9

Breaking: Ed Woodward Resigns as Man United's Chairman

Ed Woodward has resigned as chairman of Manchester United. Woodward’s decision comes after the backlash over the European Super League. Details later...

Jose Mourinho set for Madrid Return

  José Mourinho is on the lookout for another club after being sacked by Tottenham Hotspur on Monday and has fond memories of his time at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013.   In his first season in charge at the Bernabéu, Mourinho delivered the Copa del Rey, a trophy that Real Madrid had not won since 1993. A day after he departed the Premier League club, Mourinho posted a picture on Instagram of Madrid’s players holding him aloft after the victory over Barcelona, a 1-0 win courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo goal in extra time. Tuesday was the 10th anniversary of that Madrid triumph and Mourinho took the opportunity to remind observers of his previous successes after Florentino Pérez had lavished praise on the Portuguese a day earlier. Speaking on Spanish television, the Real Madrid president said of his former manager: “He raised the level of competitiveness in the three years that he was here. And since 2011 we have reached nine of 11 Champions League semi-finals. I will always

Aftermath José Mourinho's sacking, main reason surfaces

Tottenham sacked Jose Mourinho after an explosive morning where he refused to take the squad onto the training ground over the club’s proposed European Super League admission.  Mourinho was sacked before midday today and this has generated much hullabaloo among the football enthusiasts.

Jose Mourinho sacked again

Tottenham have sacked Jose Mourinho. After some Months of speculations about his future at the club, Daniel Lewy, Tottenham's Chairman got him sacked. The Club today announce that Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra have been relieved of their duties with immediate effect. Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager in November 2019 and guided the club to sixth in the Premier League last season.  Ryan Mason will take Spurs first team training today. 

Arteta Praises Lacazette for his team spirit , says 'he really glues our team together'

  It has been some response from Alex Lacazette since missing a big chance to score in the first leg of our Europa League clash against Slavia Prague. The striker was understandably disappointed to have passed up that opportunity, but has since scored four times in the resulting two games. Mikel Arteta believes it speaks volumes about the player. "It shows the personality that Laca has," our manager said. "He missed two big chances in the home game and then you have to see a reaction. "That reaction could be with some fear, some doubt or feeling a little bit guilty. Or the other one is to have a strong personality and to react, to say, 'Now I'm going to put them in the back of the net'. "He's done that in two games consecutively, being really, really efficient. Then his momentum continues, the form that he's in continues and it's really important for the team." Lacazette has proved throughout his time at the club that he

Pogba: It's an honour to captain United

  Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba captained the Reds in the Europa League quarter-final victory over Granada on Thursday evening. With Harry Maguire absent due to suspension, Pogba was picked as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's skipper for the returnl leg. It ended up being an eventful evening's work for the Frenchman, albeit it only lasted 45 minutes for the midfield man. Following a dominant first-half display against the Spanish outfit, which included a clever headed assist for Edinson Cavani’s opener, our manager opted to substitute our no. 6 at the interval. After an unfortunate booking for a situation where Pogba, on the ball, was trying to get away from his marker, the boss made the decision to withdraw him at half-time. Speaking to BT Sport, Pogba said that Ole made the right choice to bring him off for Donny van de Beek. “There were some tackles, yellow cards,” Thursday’s skipper summarised in a post-match interview. “It was a bit of everything. We got a goal

We're Ready for Roma says Matic, Sets eye on Trophy

  Nemanja Matic says Manchester United are ready to reach our first major final since 2018 after the Reds beat Granada to book a place in the UEFA Europa League last four. United will face Roma in the next round, in our fifth semi-final under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Serbian midfielder Matic was a key performer in the 2-0 second-leg victory over the Andalusians that sealed our spot in the semis, and the 32-year-old says the squad are desperate to go one better this time and reach the competition’s final in Gdansk, Poland. “I think it's time to get to the final and win this trophy,” stresses Matic, “but it's going to be hard. We respect Roma, we know that they are a good squad with a good coach and a big club. “It's going to be interesting, but we have to believe in our qualities. We want to play in that big final and bring trophies to Old Trafford because this club deserves the best.” The Giallorossi lie seventh in Serie A, but boast top players like former R

Modric Commits to Real Madrid, agrees new deal

  Real Madrid and Luka Modric have agreed on a new one-year deal that will see the 35-year-old stay in the Spanish capital until 2022. The fine performances of the midfield maestro this season have convinced the club to add a further year to his current deal. Madrid has spent several months working on sealing the contract extension. Modric, on the other hand, always wanted to continue playing for Zidane's team and has accepted a salary reduction proposed by the club to help ease some of the economic problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. When the deal is made official, Modric will prepare to enter his tenth season at Madrid. He will remain at the Spanish champions until he is 36 years old. Since his arrival in 2012 from Tottenham for €35 million, he has become a fan favourite with delightful exhibitions of midfield play. In total he has played 383 games in the famous white shirt, scoring 26 goals and providing 61 assists. He has won four Champions Leagues, two leagu

Pogba unable to explain 'strange' relationship with Mourinho

  Paul Pogba cannot explain why his relationship with Jose Mourinho turned sour at Manchester United, but claims to have a much different bond with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Pogba was United's marquee signing for 2016-17 – Mourinho's first season in charge at the club – and helped the Red Devils to a Europa League title that campaign. Yet Mourinho's second term failed to live up to expectations and, after a difficult start to the 2018-19 season, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager was dismissed, with Solskjaer replacing him, initially on an interim basis before taking up the role full time. Mourinho's relationship with members of United's squad was said to have deteriorated, with an apparent training ground argument with Pogba coming after the France star was stripped of a vice-captaincy role in September 2018. Though Mourinho has since left United, Pogba's future remains unclear. His agent, Mino Raiola, has made several claims that the 28-year-old wi

Aftermath Champions League exit, Liverpool can Qualify for Champions League Next Season , Klopp Boast

  Jurgen Klopp remains confident Liverpool can qualify for next season's Champions League, though he acknowledges the stuttering Premier League holders have a fight on their hands to crack the top four. Liverpool failed to take their chances in Wednesday's second-leg goalless draw as the Reds crashed out 3-1 on aggregate at the hands of Real Madrid. Klopp's Liverpool attempted 13 shots from inside the penalty area but could not find a way to score against visiting LaLiga champions Madrid on Merseyside midweek – the club's most without scoring since March 2006 against Benfica. With Liverpool's Champions League and Premier League hopes over, the Reds will turn their attention to breaking into the top four –   Klopp's men are sixth in the table and three points adrift of West Ham heading into the final seven rounds. "That has nothing to do with confidence, I would say I am naturally confident, but that doesn't mean we will end up there," manag

"We've not won anything yet, but we're alive in Europe and the LaLiga." - Zidane

  Zinedine Zidane said Real Madrid always want more after reaching the Champions League semi-finals as they also fight to retain their LaLiga crown. Madrid booked a semi-final berth for the first time since 2018 after Wednesday's 0-0 draw away to Liverpool secured a 3-1 aggregate victory. Los Blancos, who are only a point adrift of city rivals Atletico Madrid with eight games remaining in LaLiga, have qualified for the semi-finals of the European Cup/Champions League for the 30th time – at least 10 more than any other team as Chelsea await in the final four. Zidane: "We've not won anything yet" Zidane led Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles between 2015 and 2018, and after eliminating Premier League holders Liverpool, the Frenchman said: "We're all pulling together and this side always does that and it always wants more. "We've not won anything yet, but we're alive in Europe and the LaLiga." Without the likes of c

Real Madrid: Zidane reacts to reaching Champions League semi-finals

  Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane praised his players’ character after Los Blancos sealed their place in the Champions League semi-finals at Liverpool’s expense on Wednesday. Zidane also lauded the "phenomenal" form of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who produced several saves at Anfield as a 0-0 draw saw Madrid earn a 3-1 aggregate victory. Speaking on the Analysis of the goalless draw against Liverpool: “We dug in and I think we deserve to go through. We showed real togetherness and I’m delighted for the boys. It was a really important game.” Talking about LaLiga-Champions League double talk: “We’re happy to be through. Now we have to rest and recuperate; we haven’t won anything yet. We just want to enjoy this moment.” Speaking on Out-of-position Fede Valverde preferred at right-back to specialist Álvaro Odriozola: “That’s what we opted to go with and I think he played well. It’s not a position where he plays a lot, but I think he did very well. The guys up front also

Klopp apologises for remarks about Real Madrid's training ground

  Jürgen Klopp explained what he meant to say when he expressed his surprise at the venue where Liverpool played the first leg of their Champions League quarter final against Real Madrid. With the Santiago Bernabéu undergoing renovation work until next year, the game was played at the Alfredo Di Stéfano - the stadium within Real Madrid's training complex in Valdebebas on the outskirts of the capital. Real Madrid's reserve team Castilla usually play they their home games at the Di Stéfano but the senior side have also been using it for their home games in LaLiga and the Champions League since competition resumed during the pandemic in June last year. "This is a training ground. It's as if we visited Manchester United and played at their training ground," Klopp was heard to say before the first leg in Madrid. And after the game, he referred to the Di Stefano again: "Anfield is at least a proper stadium and it will be good for us". Those comments

Mount: We’re Ready for anyone in Semis

  Mason Mount says Chelsea are up for the fight against any opponent in the Champions League semi-finals and the rest of the massive run of games we have in every competition between now and the end of the season. We booked our place in the last four of the Champions League with a 2-1 aggregate win over Portuguese champions Porto following last night’s second leg in Seville, and will now meet the winner of Liverpool’s tie with Real Madrid, as the two sides meet at Anfield tonight with the Spaniards 3-1 up from the first leg. Mount admits he and the rest of the players will be watching that match with interest, but insists they are ready to take on either side in the next round. ‘We’ll be watching and we’ll take anyone,’ he said. ‘We’re ready for the battle. It’s the semi-finals of the Champions League so any team you come up against is going to be a tough game.   ‘We’re ready for the fight, we’re ready for the battle. Now we get to sit down and watch it and really analyse it an

No excuse for Neymar and Mbappe to leave PSG says PSG President

  Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have "no excuses to leave" as the French giants mount another Champions League challenge this season. PSG reached their second successive semi-final after eliminating holders Bayern Munich on away goals on Tuesday after the tie ended 3-3. Bayern won the second leg 1-0 in Paris, but PSG exacted some revenge after moving through to the final four, having lost last season's final to the Bundesliga champions. Neymar – named man of the match – has been linked with a return to Barcelona following his world-record €222million exit in 2017, while star team-mate Mbappe has long been tipped to join Real Madrid. Al-Khelaifi was asked about the future of the duo amid ongoing contract negotiations as PSG look ahead to a semi-final showdown with either Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund. "We have invested a lot in this club to win the Champions League and all the trophies at stake,"

"PSG are a great team, we showed it against Bayern" - Neymar

  Neymar felt Paris Saint-Germain's team spirit and willingness to work for one another was key to their Champions League quarter-final triumph over holders Bayern Munich. Former PSG forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored the only goal of the thrilling contest at Parc des Princes, but a 1-0 win on the night for Bayern saw them go out 3-3 on away goals. Neymar was named man of the match after he had more shots (six), more shots on target (three) and made more key passes (three) than any other PSG player, hitting the crossbar and then the post during the first half. "I am very happy, despite the defeat. We faced a great team. We are also a great team and we showed it," Neymar told RMC Sport after a moment of sweet revenge for last season's final defeat at the hands of Bayern. "We eliminated the European champion.   Now we are in the semi-finals and we still have to work more, improve and we hope to have a good half. We are really a team, we talk to each

Florentino Pérez Hopeful on Mbappé, Haaland signings to boost election bid

  It was unlikely to ever be anything different, as we all knew, and on Monday night, as the deadline for other candidates for the presidency of Real Madrid closed at midnight, it was made official. Florentino Pérez, having put himself forward for this new electoral cycle (2021-2025) was to remain in charge.   And following his previous spells - 2000 until 2006 and 2009 until now - there is little to suggest that the challenges for his successful presidency will be any smaller despite the strong showing for his current teams. With the new stadium expected to be visited not only by fans of Los Blancos by around 80% of tourists to the popular Spanish capital city, Pérez has his sights set on ensuring some global superstars are connected with it. The signings of Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland are his main objectives. Both Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vázquez have an uncertain future at Madrid, with their contracts edging closer to an end. The club offered them to renew for the sam

"Mbappé is our golden boy", he's going nowhere - Neymar

  Although there are rumours suggesting a return to Barcelona, Neymar's future is in Paris. In tomorrow's France Football magazine, the Brazilian and his entourage assure that the player's hope is to continue in the French capital. "Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is in the process of growing. He likes the project. He posts less things on social media because he wants less controversy and attention on him. His main objective is to win the Champions League. He doesn't think about anything other than that. He wants to show that Paris is a great team," the player's entourage tells France Football. According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the agreement between PSG and Neymar for his renewal is done. Neymar, in tomorrow's edition of France Football, also had words for team-mate Mbappé, whom he considers a fundamental part of his spell in Paris: "I owe a large part of my happiness at PSG to Mbappé. He made me learn about the

No Odegaard, Aubameyang, Arsenal walk in Sheffield with a crack Ceballos

  Arsenal , which did not have the injured Norwegian Martin Odegaard, but did have a great Dani Ceballos, took advantage of the collapse of the bottom, Sheffield United (0-3), to find themselves with the victory, in the duel played in Bramall Lane . The set of Mikel Arteta had two games without a win . Anchored in the equator of the table, far from European positions, he concentrates his efforts on the Europa League. On Thursday the pass to the semifinals is played in Prague against Slavia. The first leg played in London ended with a 1-1 draw. The Spanish coach could not count on Odegaard , injured in his right ankle and dispensed with Gabonese Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. It was the Frenchman Alexander Lacazette who assumed the scoring responsibility of his team. He signed a double. He opened the scoring at half an hour when he took advantage of a spectacular pass from Dani Ceballos to beat Aarib Ramsdale and put the London team ahead. The Arsenal sentenced the match in the seco

UCL Early Team News: Lucas Vazquez,Toni Kroos Others Absent for Liverpool clash

  Real Madrid are facing the trip to Liverpool without three important starters, Toni Kroos, Fede Valverde and Lucas Vazquez. Lucas had to be replaced before half time during the Clásico after he took a serious knock to his left knee, while both Kroos and Fede Valverde were also suffering from discomfort when they came off the field in the second half. Los Blancos have recorded important victories against Liverpool and Barcelona during a tough week that has taken its toll physically. “We are at the limit, I don't know how we are going to end up,” warned Zinedine Zidane after the Clásico. Following tests carried out by Madrid's medical team on Sunday, it was confirmed that Lucas has suffered a cruciate ligament sprain in his left knee. This type of injury usually requires around six weeks of recovery, meaning the Spanish midfielder will likely miss the rest of the season. Lucas's injury is fortunately not serious enough to require an operation. But since it is a spra

Mbappe will stay at PSG, As Pochettino calms speculations

  PSG manager Maurico Pochhettino spoke about the ongoing speculation linking the in-form striker with a move away from the Ligue 1 side: It's something we are used to," Pochettino said of the speculation regarding Mbappe's future.   "When we talk about top clubs and top players like Kylian Mbappe who is at international level, there will always be rumours. "The most important thing is that Kylian is quiet. He is quiet and focused on the team and helping them achieve their goals. Kylian is very mature despite his age. "Both club and player are trying to come to an agreement that will see Kylian stay with us for a long time. It's the desire of the club and we are working on everything. "You cannot control what happens outside. Does it have any effect on the players' performance or the atmosphere of the team? Zero, no consequences."

'Sonny 's father is a better person than Ole' - Mourinho reacts to Solskjaer jibe

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La Liga: Match Officials for Saturday's El Clasico Confirmed

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Mbappé sure of leaving PSG, eyes summer Real Madrid switch

  Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappé has informed Paris Saint-Germain that he won’t be renewing his deal with the Ligue 1 giants, according to reports. Mbappé is out of contract in June 2022 and has stalled on signing an extension at the Parc des Princes, despite repeated attempts by PSG sporting director Leonardo to tie him down to fresh terms. And Spanish broadcasters Cuatro and Cadena SER both now report that the 22-year-old, who starred in PSG’s Champions League win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday, has told the club that he intends to leave. If Mbappé won't sign a new contract, PSG must decide whether to cash in on the star at the end of the season, or hold him to the final year of his deal and let him depart for free in 2022. However, Cuatro and SER say the France international is determined to swap PSG for Real Madrid this summer. Although other clubs are interested in the World Cup winner, Mbappé has set his heart on playing for Los Blancos, who have made him a corne

Bayern Munich vs PSG: times, TV & how to watch online

 Bayern Munich and PSG clash at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday in one of the most intriguing and anticipated encounters of the Champions League quarter-finals 2020/21. It will be a repeat of last season’s final, whiich ended with the German powerhouse lifting the trophy after beating the Parisian outfit 1-0. This match seems to come at the right time for the Bavarian side, as they beat RB Leipzig last weekend and took another step towards the Bundesliga title, while PSG's hopes of clinching another Ligue 1 trophy diminished after losing to Lille. Bayern easily booked their ticket to the quarter-finals with a 6-2 aggregate victory against Lazio. The reigning champions have only failed to advance past this stage twice in the past nine seasons. With 18 victories from their last 19 matches in the European competition, Hansi Flick’s men could become the second team in history with a 20-match unbeaten run in the tournament after Manchester United did so between 2007 and 2009. T