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PSG boss Leonardo responds to Neymar’s Messi plea
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PSG boss Leonardo responds to Neymar’s Messi plea

The Brazilian has made his desire for a reunion clear, but it seems the Ligue 1 giants are not pursuing a deal for now Sporting director Leonardo has played down speculation linking Paris Saint-Germain with a sensational move for Lionel Messi. The 32-year-old’s future is the subject of intense scrutiny as it looks increasingly likely he will move on from Barcelona in the summer. Messi is into the final year of his contract at Camp Nou and, having expressed his desire to leave earlier this year, it seems a new deal is unlikely, meaning he would be able to leave on a free transfer.
‘Fred would never play for me again!’ – Solskjaer urged to axe ‘pathetic’ Man Utd midfielder after PSG defeat
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‘Fred would never play for me again!’ – Solskjaer urged to axe ‘pathetic’ Man Utd midfielder after PSG defeat

A former Red Devil has slammed the Brazilian for needlessly putting his team at risk, while also criticising his manager for failing to bring him off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been urged to axe "pathetic" Fred after Manchester United's defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, with Michael Owen claiming the midfielder "would never play for me again". United missed the chance to book their place in the Champions League knockout stages after suffering a 3-1 defeat to PSG at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. Neymar volleyed the visitors into a sixth-minute lead in Manchester, and they almost added to their tally moments later when Alessandro Florenzi's fierce shot was parried away by David de Gea.
‘Herrera died in the dressing room’ – PSG boss Tuchel singles out midfielder for praise after Rennes win
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‘Herrera died in the dressing room’ – PSG boss Tuchel singles out midfielder for praise after Rennes win

The former Borussia Dortmund boss hailed the efforts of the Spaniard while he also picked out Angel Di Maria for his ability to respond to adversity Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel has given special praise to midfielder Ander Herrera after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Rennes. The Ligue 1 champions were depleted for their match against the side that lay third in the league, with Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Marco Verratti just some of the players out due to injury. Herrera, though, stepped forward and created a goal for Angel Di Maria, who was widely hailed as the man of the match after finding the net twice. For Tuchel, however, the former Manchester United central midfielder merited singling out.
Istanbul Basaksehir bench Ba and Ponck for PSG clash
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Istanbul Basaksehir bench Ba and Ponck for PSG clash

The Africans did not make the Turkish outfit’s starting XI for Wednesday’s Champions League game against the Parisians Istanbul Basaksehir take on Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Senegal’s Demba Ba and Cape Verde’s Carlos Ponck excluded from the starting XI. The reigning Turkish Super Lig kings would be hoping to make a winning home debut in the competition against the French team who finished as 2019-20 runners-up. To achieve this, manager Okan Buruk has decided to start the duo as a substitute, while Nigeria’s Okechukwu Azubuike is ruled out due to injury.
Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Dijon: Kean off the mark with first-half double
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Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Dijon: Kean off the mark with first-half double

PSG were not always convincing against Dijon but coasted to victory with braces from Moise Kean and substitute Kylian Mbappe. Moise Kean scored his first Paris Saint-Germain goals as the Ligue 1 champions bounced back from their Champions League disappointment by beating lowly Dijon 4-0 at the Parc des Princes. PSG, finalists in Europe last season, started the new continental campaign with a surprise home defeat to Manchester United on Tuesday. Perhaps with one eye on their next Champions League assignment at Istanbul Basaksehir, Thomas Tuchel started with Kylian Mbappe on the bench against Dijon but there was never any serious prospect of a second straight loss on Saturday.
Tuanzebe may be the centre-back Man Utd needed & Solskjaer deserves credit for PSG tactics, says Berbatov
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Tuanzebe may be the centre-back Man Utd needed & Solskjaer deserves credit for PSG tactics, says Berbatov

An ex-Old Trafford favourite was impressed by the returning defender's display in Europe and delighted to see the Red Devils boss outfox Thomas Tuchel Axel Tuanzebe may be the centre-back Manchester United needed and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves credit for his tactics against Paris Saint-Germain, says Dimitar Berbatov. United built on a confidence-boosting 4-1 victory against Newcastle in the Premier League last weekend by beating PSG at Parc des Princes in the Champions League. Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford saw the Red Devils get off to the best possible start in Group H, with Solskjaer opting to start with a back three in the absence of club captain Harry Maguire.
Liverpool and Manchester United trying to blackmail Bayern Munich over Thiago, claims Hoeness
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Liverpool and Manchester United trying to blackmail Bayern Munich over Thiago, claims Hoeness

The veteran director has suggested that there is increasingly a pattern of underhand dealing in the transfer market Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has hit out at Liverpool and Manchester United, claiming that they are trying to “blackmail” the German side into selling midfielder Thiago Alcantara. The former Barcelona player has been a cornerstone of Bayern’s success in recent years, which culminated in August as they won the Champions League with a 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon. The 29-year-old Spain international has been closely linked with a switch to Liverpool in recent weeks, but Hoeness has suggested that there has been some foul play at work.
Fulham sign Areola on loan from PSG after Real Madrid spell
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Fulham sign Areola on loan from PSG after Real Madrid spell

The 27-year-old made nine total appearances while serving as the back-up to Thibaut Courtois last term Fulham have announced the signing of France goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on loan from Paris Saint-Germain. The 27-year-old will spend the 2020-21 season with the newly promoted side, who will hold an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season. Areola joins the Cottagers after spending last season on loan with Real Madrid, where he made nine total appearances while serving as the back-up to Thibaut Courtois.
Man City boss Guardiola ‘likes’ Lyon star Aouar, claims Juninho
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Man City boss Guardiola ‘likes’ Lyon star Aouar, claims Juninho

The Brazilian was asked about the Ligue 1 team's star midfielder and claimed the Spanish coach was interested Lyon sporting director Juninho said Pep Guardiola "likes" Houssem Aouar amid links to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. Aouar has reportedly emerged as a target for Guardiola's Premier League giants City and Ligue 1 champions PSG following his exploits for Lyon. The 22-year-old French midfielder – also linked to the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Arsenal – played a key role in Lyon's memorable run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019-20.  
Chelsea defender Tomori considering Everton move as Toffees eye season-long loan
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Chelsea defender Tomori considering Everton move as Toffees eye season-long loan

The defender started the last season well but his progress ground to a halt later in the year, leading to a possible loan move away Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is considering a move to Everton, who are looking at a season-long loan deal for the 22-year-old. The centre-back has further dropped down the pecking order at Chelsea following the signing of Thiago Silva from Paris Saint-Germain. Tomori had a breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge last season under Frank Lampard, but ultimately lost his place towards the end of the campaign and did not play in a competitive match after February.
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Mbappe: PSG have to buy players to fulfil Champions League ambition

The 21-year-old is determined to seal the European title with the club but says they need to sign the right players to make it happen Kylian Mbappe says Paris Saint-Germain must make smart decisions in the transfer market if they are to achieve their dream of winning the Champions League. After sealing a treble of trophies in France, Thomas Tuchel's men reached the Champions League final for the first time last season, but were bested by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, with PSG youth academy product Kingsley Coman netting the decisive goal. The Ligue 1 champions have seen the likes of Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, Eric Choupo-Moting and Thomas Meunier leave this summer, while their only signings have been striker Mauro Icardi and goalkeeper Sergio Rico, who joined on permanent...
PSG Want Ligue 1 Match Postponed For Second Time
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PSG Want Ligue 1 Match Postponed For Second Time

Paris Saint Germain have asked the French League to once more postpone what would be their first match of the French season, a source told AFP on Monday. Ligue 1 started last Friday, but PSG’s opening game against Metz was postponed because the French champions were in Lisbon where they played their first Champions League final on Sunday. They lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich and flew back to Paris on Monday. They have also reportedly asked for their next game, at promoted Lens on Saturday, to be postponed. If it is, PSG would not play their first league game of the season until September 13, after the two-week international break. They would then face Metz on September 16 and visit Metz on September 19.
Neymar Mistakenly Congratulates Bayer Leverkusen As Champions League Winners
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Neymar Mistakenly Congratulates Bayer Leverkusen As Champions League Winners

It's no longer news that Bayern Munich have won the Champions League after seeing off Paris Saint Germain (PSG). Even though Neymar was in tears, the Brazilian insists losing is part of the game. In fact, he wanted to congratulate the German side after their victory but made a huge error in doing so as he left out the "n". This means he hailed Bayer Leverkusen instead. In a Tweet which was in Portuguese, the Brazilian explained, “Losing is part of the sport, we try everything, we fight until the end. Thank you for the support and affection of each one of you and CONGRATULATIONS to BAYER.” However, Leverkusen responded to the tweet on time via their official Twitter account, which reads: "Obrigado @neymarjr. I’m not sure why you congratulate me if I'm on vacation playing FIFA,&nb...
Atletico Madrid launching bid for Everton target Allan
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Atletico Madrid launching bid for Everton target Allan

Atletico Madrid are launching a bid for Napoli midfielder Allan. Marca says Atletico Madrid are prepared to fork out 40 million euros to secure the services of Napoli midfielder Allan. The 29-year-old Brazilian, who has been with Napoli since 2015, is also subject to interest from Everton and Paris Saint-Germain. Everton are even understood to have tabled an offer exceeding 40m euros, with current Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti an admirer having managed Allan during his recent stint in Naples. Allan has seen his pitch time dwindle in Naples of late, with Gennaro Gattuso preferring other options in the middle of the park.
Juventus must be patient with Rabiot but he will reach the top, says Blanc
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Juventus must be patient with Rabiot but he will reach the top, says Blanc

A man who worked with the French playmaker at Paris Saint-Germain wants to see him fulfil his potential at the Allianz Stadium Juventus must be "patient" with Adrien Rabiot, according to Laurent Blanc, who has described the midfielder as a "great talent". Rabiot completed a free transfer to Juve last summer after an acrimonious departure from Paris Saint-Germain. The 25-year-old was ostracised at Parc des Princes after refusing to sign a new deal, and ultimately decided to continue his development in Italy after months of speculation over his future.
Schalke sporting director Schneider hopeful of Stambouli contract renewal
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Schalke sporting director Schneider hopeful of Stambouli contract renewal

The Franco-Algerian's contract at the Veltins-Arena ends on June 30, 2020 Schalke 04 sporting director Jochen Schneider is hopeful Benjamin Stambouli will renew his contract with the club as his current deal runs out at the end of June. The 29-year-old defensive midfielder has been on the books of the Royal Blues since 2016 after joining from Paris Saint-Germain and has 106 appearances, scoring no goals and providing four assists. He has been limited to just nine Bundesliga outings this season because of a foot injury which has kept him out since October 2019.
Aubameyang Blames Arsenal Board For Stalling Contract Talks
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Aubameyang Blames Arsenal Board For Stalling Contract Talks

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has laid the blame of his contract situation at the feet of the club’s board, asking them to “do their job” to ensure he remains in north London. The attacker, who has 17 goals and a single assist in 26 Premier League appearances this season, is out of contract next June, meaning he will be free to start discussing terms with other clubs at the turn of the year. A likelier scenario is that Arsenal are forced to sell him this summer if they cannot agree a new contract for him, with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain two of the clubs credited with an interest in the 30-year-old. Aubameyang, meanwhile, says that there has been little progress towards signing fresh terms with the Emirates side – and he has pinned the blame firmly on the clu...
Cavani And Thiago Silva To Leave PSG In August
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Cavani And Thiago Silva To Leave PSG In August

The pair have made more than 600 combined appearances for the club, winning countless domestic trophies during their time in Paris Edinson Cavani and club captain Thiago Silva will both leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, director of football Leonardo has confirmed. The pair are both out of contract at the end of June but will remain with the club until the season is fully completed with the Champions League, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue all still to be resolved. Between them, they have made more than 600 combined appearances for PSG in all competitions. "The idea is to continue playing with them until the end of August. "It was a very difficult decision to make; these are players who have marked the history of the club. “Their stories were so beautiful. B...
Cavani and Thiago Silva to leave PSG this summer, Leonardo confirms
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Cavani and Thiago Silva to leave PSG this summer, Leonardo confirms

The pair have made more than 600 combined appearances for the club, winning countless domestic trophies during their time in Paris Edinson Cavani and club captain Thiago Silva will both leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, director of football Leonardo has confirmed. The pair are both out of contract at the end of June but will remain with the club until the season is fully completed with the Champions League, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue all still to be resolved. Between them, they have made more than 600 combined appearances for PSG in all competitions.
’80 per cent’ of rumours are false – Real Madrid star Kroos plays down transfer reports
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’80 per cent’ of rumours are false – Real Madrid star Kroos plays down transfer reports

The Germany international midfielder has been around long enough, and seen enough names linked with his team, to take gossip with a pinch of salt Toni Kroos is reading little into the speculation suggesting that Kylian Mbappe, Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz are transfer targets for Real Madrid, claiming “80 per cent” of rumours prove to be false. The Blancos are expected to bolster their ranks again when the next window opens. Zinedine Zidane will be given more money to spend, with the very best talent on the market always of interest to La Liga giants. Raids on Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen have been mooted for a trio of exciting young performers with plenty of potential. Kroos is aware of the gossip but, as a seasoned professional, is t...
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Van Dijk rejects PSG to sign record-breaking Liverpool deal

  Virgil van Dijk has rebuffed interest from Paris Saint-Germain in order to stay at Liverpool, claims the Sun. The defender will be rewarded for his loyalty with a new five-year deal worth £220,000-a-week, making him the Reds highest-paid player in club history.
No big deal if Onana sits on the bench at Barcelona or PSG – Mboma
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No big deal if Onana sits on the bench at Barcelona or PSG – Mboma

The Indomitable Lions legend has added his voice concerning the reported interest in the 24-year-old goalkeeper Former Cameroon striker Patrick Mboma believes it would be worth it for Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper Andre Onana to sign for Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain even if it means limited game time. Onana has been linked with a big move away from the Dutch giants in the next transfer window with La Liga giants Barca, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly keen to take him on board. If he picks Barcelona, he would be returning to the Catalonia side where he attended La Masia for five years before joining Ajax in 2015.
Lyon’s Aulas threatens action against French state if Ligue 1 does not resume
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Lyon’s Aulas threatens action against French state if Ligue 1 does not resume

The club chief has led opposition to finishing the French season early and on Thursday will ask the courts to overturn the ruling Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has underlined his determination to restart the Ligue 1 season, while suggesting that he could sue the French state should the decision go against his club. Aulas' side are among the most vocal opponents of the move to shut down France's top flight, which meant Paris Saint-Germain were crowned champions with 10 rounds of fixtures still outstanding. Marseille and Rennes finished behind the champions in second and third to take Champions League spots while Lyon, who lay in seventh, face a year without any type of European football.
French champions, PSG confirms Permanent signing of Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan following successful loan spell
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French champions, PSG confirms Permanent signing of Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan following successful loan spell

Paris Saint-Germain has confirmed the signing of striker Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan following his successful loan spell. The Argentina international, 27, signed a four-year deal with PSG which runs until June 30, 2024, after the French club agreed to pay a fee of €50m (£45m) with €7m (£6.2m) in add-ons for Icardi, who first joined them on loan from Inter on September 2. Icardi scored 20 goals in 31 matches in all competitions before the French season was officially ended on 30 April because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A statement issued by the Inter Milan club on Sunday, read: ‘The statement read: ‘FC Internazionale Milano announces the transfer of Mauro Icardi to Paris Saint-Germain FC: the striker, born in 1993, has permanently moved to the French club. ‘The Club than...
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Messi is my Favourite Player to Watch – Ronaldo

Brazil legend, Ronaldo De Lima, has revealed that Lionel Messi is his favourite player to watch. Ronaldo, in an interview with AS, also left Cristiano Ronaldo out of his list of the top five players that he loves. Both Messi and Ronaldo are constantly hailed as the two best players in the world, but De Lima has a different opinion. Instead, he picked Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah, Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard and Paris Saint-Germain duo of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. “Messi, of course, he is number one, it is a talent that we will take 20 or 30 years to see something similar. “I also like Salah, Hazard, Neymar, that I love watching him play, of course Mbappe,” Ronaldo said.
PSG complete €50m signing of Icardi from Inter
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PSG complete €50m signing of Icardi from Inter

Paris Saint-Germain have completed the permanent signing of Mauro Icardi, with Inter receiving €50 million (£45m/$56m) plus an additional €8m (£7m/$9m) in bonuses for the Argentine striker. Icardi, who had been on loan at Parc des Princes since the start of the 2019-20 season, has put pen to paper on a four-year deal, tying him to the French capital club until 2024. The finer details of the contract were finalised on Sunday, with Mycelebrityandi having previously revealed the Nerazzurri insisted on including an 'anti-Juventus' clause that would see the San Siro outfit bag an additional €15m if their former captain is sold on to a Serie A side.
‘Inter should sign Cavani and Werner’ – Pirelli boss urges club to go big in transfer market
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‘Inter should sign Cavani and Werner’ – Pirelli boss urges club to go big in transfer market

Marco Tronchetti – CEO of the club's shirt sponsor – advised the Nerazzurri to chase the two star strikers Pirelli chief executive Marco Tronchetti wants Inter to sign RB Leipzig star Timo Werner and Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani amid doubts over Lautaro Martinez's future with the Serie A club. Inter forward Martinez has been heavily linked to La Liga champions Barcelona, who have reportedly set to chase a big-money move after identifying the Argentina international as the ideal long-term replacement for Luis Suarez. According to reports, Antonio Conte's Inter have put together a list of potential replacements, including Liverpool target Werner and soon-to-be free agent Cavani, as the club would look to replace Martinez should he leave.
Former Paris Saint-Germain Footballer, Jordan Diakiese is Dead
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Former Paris Saint-Germain Footballer, Jordan Diakiese is Dead

Former Paris Saint-Germain footballer and French defender, Jordan Diakiese has died at the age of 24. His current club, French amateur outfit A.S. Furiani Agliani announced the sad news in a post on social media on Friday morning. The club statement read: "Our club is in mourning today. It's with deep and immense sadness that we've learnt of the death of our player Jordan D, 24, yesterday afternoon in Paris. "After arriving last July, this amazing kid was a winner both on the pitch and beyond. Always smiling, discreet, hard-working, he settled in very quickly. "The whole Furianinca family is reeling from the news. The staff, Jordan's teammates, as well as all the directors and volunteers have been hit hard. "Our thoughts are, first and foremost with his family, friends a...
Jorginho’s agent opens door for possible Juventus move
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Jorginho’s agent opens door for possible Juventus move

The Blues midfielder would seemingly be open to lining up in Turin should the opportunity present itself Jorginho's agent Joao Santos insisted Juventus have not asked about the Chelsea star, though he admitted any player would like to play for the Serie A champions. Juve are reportedly interested in reuniting head coach Maurizio Sarri with midfielder Jorginho in Turin – the pair having worked together at Chelsea and Napoli. Jorginho has emerged as a possible replacement for Miralem Pjanic, who has been linked to La Liga champions Barcelona and Ligue 1 holders Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG chief Khelaifi teases possible move for Juve’s Ronaldo
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PSG chief Khelaifi teases possible move for Juve’s Ronaldo

Paris Saint Germain could line-up with an attacking three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mauro Icardi and Neymar next season. The Ligue 1 side could be plotting an outrageous move for Ronaldo this summer after owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi dropped a hint earlier this week. The Portuguese star, 35, is back in Turin after spending lockdown in his native Madeira – and was seen reporting for training on Tuesday morning. The Qatari chief mentioned Ronaldo in the same breath as “transformative” PSG legends Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham, subtly hinting at another ambitious swoop. Al-Khelaifi told France Football: “[Ronaldo] remains motivated by this desire to improve every day and he always pushes his limits. “I admire this relentless will, he is a great example for all athletes of the f...
‘I still miss it’ – David Beckham reflects on playing career seven years on from retirement
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‘I still miss it’ – David Beckham reflects on playing career seven years on from retirement

As he reflected on some of his best career moments, the former England captain paid tribute to "amazing" backing from his supporters David Beckham says he still misses football as he marked seven years since his retirement from the game. The former England captain played the last match of a glittering professional career when he turned out for Paris Saint-Germain in a Ligue 1 match against Brest on May 18, 2013. To recognise the occasion, Beckham posted a video of some of his greatest moments – including Manchester United’s 1999 Champions League triumph – along with an accompanying message on Instagram.
Barcelona shouldn’t re-sign Neymar after bad decision to join PSG – Elber
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Barcelona shouldn’t re-sign Neymar after bad decision to join PSG – Elber

If the Brazilian wanted to be the world's best, he should never have joined Paris Saint-Germain, according to his compatriot Former Brazil striker Giovane Elber feels Barcelona should not re-sign Neymar as he questioned the forward's decision to join Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar, 28, has been linked with a return to Barca , nearly three years after joining PSG for a world-record €222 million (£198m/$263m) fee. But Elber, who starred for Bayern Munich and played 15 games for Brazil during his career, said the Liga giants should opt against taking Neymar back to Camp Nou.
Neymar: I’m training hard to come back strong for PSG
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Neymar: I’m training hard to come back strong for PSG

The 28-year-old is coping with the uncertainty of knowing when his next match is by working hard with his personal trainer. Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar says that he is “training hard” to return to action in prime shape, despite being unclear when he might be needed again. Ligue 1 has officially ended for the season, with PSG taking the title for a third consecutive time, but Thomas Tuchel’s side remain active in the Champions League, having fought back from a first-leg deficit to overcome Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in front of an empty Parc des Princes and progress through 3-2 on aggregate. UEFA still aims to play the tournament to its conclusion, and while no dates have officially been set, the world’s most expensive player is fired up to feature when called upon.
Ligue 1 ended too early amid coronavirus outbreak – Strasbourg’s Waris
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Ligue 1 ended too early amid coronavirus outbreak – Strasbourg’s Waris

The French top-flight was cancelled owing to the spread of the virus; nevertheless, the Ghana international claimed the decision was taken early Strasbourg forward Abdul Majeed Waris claims the 2019-20 French league season may have been cancelled too early. Ligue 1 was called off with Paris Saint-Germain declared as champions while Amiens and Toulouse were demoted following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. For Waris, he featured seven times and got two goals as Le Racing finished in 10th position having amassed 38 points.
LaLiga warns Barcelona, Real Madrid, Others over Big Deals this Summer
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LaLiga warns Barcelona, Real Madrid, Others over Big Deals this Summer

LaLiga president, Javier Tebas, has warned clubs that financial regulations will be enforced strictly next season. Tebas had told clubs they cannot spend beyond their means this summer and will have to cut salaries to cope with the financial implications of COVID-19. “We have seen the cash flows for each club and right now they have squads which exceed the [financial] limits we will establish for next season,” Tebas told the Instituto Iberoamericano de Derecho Deportivo. “That brings consequences. Clubs are going to have to look at their academies and come up with a strategy to reduce salaries. There’s no other solution. Transfers that exceed financial limits will not be allowed – impossible.” LaLiga has had a cap in place since 2013, which stipulates ...
Ronaldinho Closing In On 70 Days Detention In Paraguay
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Ronaldinho Closing In On 70 Days Detention In Paraguay

Lawyers of Brazilian great Ronaldinho, are hoping the former world player of the year will be allowed to go home after more than two months of detention in Paraguay over a forged passport. “We’re hoping to convince the prosecution to allow Ronaldinho and his brother to return to their country. We can do nothing but wait for the investigation to end,” a defense source told AFP. Former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain star Ronaldinho and his brother, Robert de Assis Moreira, are facing up to five years in jail if convicted. The brothers spent more than a month behind bars after they were accused of entering Paraguay in possession of false passports. The 2005 Ballon d’Or winner and his brother posted bail of $1.6 million and have been under house arrest at the plush Pal...
‘He made us believe we could do this’ – Reyna hails Pulisic as inspiration for American players
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‘He made us believe we could do this’ – Reyna hails Pulisic as inspiration for American players

The Borussia Dortmund star hailed the Chelsea winger for paving the way for the current group of up-and-comers Gio Reyna credited Christian Pulisic for paving the way for him at Borussia Dortmund, adding that the current Chelsea star made young Americans believe they could make it at Europe's biggest clubs. Reyna broke through with Dortmund's first team in January before scoring a stunning goal against Werder Bremen in the DFB-Pokal to mark his spot in the first team. He's played a total of 11 senior matches so far, including a substitute appearance against Paris Saint-Germain that saw him notch an assist while becoming the third-youngest player ever to appear in a knockout game in the Champions League.
Ligue 1 ended too soon amid coronavirus crisis, says Monaco’s Fabregas
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Ligue 1 ended too soon amid coronavirus crisis, says Monaco’s Fabregas

As the Bundesliga prepares to restart on May 16, the former Arsenal midfielder believes the league could have waited before ending the French season Monaco star Cesc Fabregas feels the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season may have been cancelled too soon amid the coronavirus pandemic. Paris Saint-Germain were declared champions and Amiens and Toulouse were relegated after the season was called off last month, with most teams still having 10 games remaining. As the Bundesliga prepares to restart on May 16 and the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga try to resume, Fabregas believes the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) could have waited before ending the season.
Lyon chief Aulas still hopeful that Ligue 1 season will resume
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Lyon chief Aulas still hopeful that Ligue 1 season will resume

The club saw their Champions League dreams crushed when the 2019-20 campaign was finished early, a decision their president hopes will be reversed Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has urged Ligue 1 authorities to reconsider their decision to end the French season early, saying he is still hopeful that they may yet turn away from the "wrong path". On April 30 the LFP (Ligue de Football Professionnel) confirmed that the 2019-20 campaign would not resume when French football returns following the coronavirus pandemic, crowning Paris Saint-Germain as champions. Amiens and Toulouse, who occupied 19th and 20th place respectively at the time of the top flight's suspension, were in turn relegated to Ligue 2, while 18th-placed Nimes were given a reprieve and will not face a play-off once t...
Neymar Has the Qualities of Ronaldinho– Fabregas Says
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Neymar Has the Qualities of Ronaldinho– Fabregas Says

The former Blaugrana midfielder, who played alongside the Brazilian forward at Camp Nou, considers the South American to be a world-class talent Neymar “has qualities at the level of Ronaldinho”, according to Cesc Fabregas, and has “everything to be the best” as talk of a possible return to Barcelona continues to build. The Brazil international forward departed Camp Nou back in 2017 as part of a record-breaking €222 million (£200m/$262m) transfer deal. A productive spell has been taken in at Paris Saint-Germain, but speculation regarding a second stint in Spain surfaced almost the moment Neymar touched down in France and Barca have made no secret of the fact that they would welcome a familiar face back into their ranks .
‘Arsenal-linked Edouard will be sold for £20m’ – Ex-Celtic star McGarvey sees striker heading to England
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‘Arsenal-linked Edouard will be sold for £20m’ – Ex-Celtic star McGarvey sees striker heading to England

A highly-rated French forward is said to be attracting admiring glances from the Premier League and is expected to move on if his valuation is met Arsenal-linked Odsonne Edouard can be lured away from Celtic in the next transfer window if a £20 million ($25m) offer is tabled, says former Hoops star Frank McGarvey. The French striker has starred in Scotland since completing an initial loan move to Parkhead from Paris Saint-Germain in August 2017. The highly-rated 22-year-old has hit 62 goals in 126 appearances for Celtic, with that return enough to see him attract interest from the Premier League.
‘They are robbing us’ – Lyon president Aulas criticises Ligue 1 for ending season early amid coronavirus
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‘They are robbing us’ – Lyon president Aulas criticises Ligue 1 for ending season early amid coronavirus

The French club look set to miss out on European football for the first time in 23 years after the 2019-20 campaign was abandoned due to Covid-19 Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says the club have been "robbed" of the chance to play for European football and says the decision of Ligue 1 to end the season early and award final placings on a points-per-game basis is unfair. After the announcement by French prime minister Edouard Philippe that no football could take place before September, the league governing body (LFP) confirmed on Thursday that the season was over and that the championship and European places would be awarded via points per game. This means Paris Saint-Germain are awarded a third successive Ligue 1 title, while Marseille and Rennes take the other two Champions Leag...
Neymar return to Barcelona played down as Setien rules out mega transfer
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Neymar return to Barcelona played down as Setien rules out mega transfer

The Spanish head coach cannot see the Brazilian superstar making his way back to Camp Nou amid the chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic Barcelona boss Quique Setien has ruled out the possibility of Neymar returning to the club from Paris Saint-Germain during the summer transfer window. Neymar joined Barca from Santos as a promising youngster back in 2013, and quickly managed to live up to his potential alongside a whole host of world-class players at Camp Nou. The Brazilian attacker won eight major trophies during his time at Camp Nou, including two La Liga titles and the Champions League, while combining with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to form the most deadly front three in European football.
Playing with Messi is a huge incentive for Lautaro Martinez – Setien
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Playing with Messi is a huge incentive for Lautaro Martinez – Setien

Linked with a move for the young Argentine, Barcelona's head coach believes any player would jump at the chance to team up with their star Barcelona head coach Quique Setien talked up Inter forward Lautaro Martinez and said lining up alongside Lionel Messi was a "huge incentive" for players. Martinez has been heavily linked with a move to the La Liga giants, who are also reportedly interested in Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar. He had only a limited impact in his debut season with Inter, playing understudy behind ex-club captain Mauro Icardi until the striker's falling-out with Nerazzurri management. But Icardi's exit to PSG and the arrival of Antonio Conte at Inter have transformed Lautaro's prospects, making him one of Europe's hottest properties up front. The 22-year-old's ...
French League leaders Paris Saint-Germain crowned champions of Ligue 1
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French League leaders Paris Saint-Germain crowned champions of Ligue 1

Paris Saint-Germain have been crowned champions of France despite the season being ended early due to the coronavirus pandemic. France's top-flight season was called to a halt on Tuesday and after a meeting on Thursday, Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) CEO Didier Quillot confirmed that the Parisiens have been handed the title on the basis of points-per-game. Lorient, top of Ligue 2 when football came to a halt in March because of the coronavirus, have been promoted as champions. Quillot added that he hoped that cup competitions in France could be completed in August behind closed doors, subject to approval from UEFA, with Europa League places being allocated to the winners. As it stands Lille have been awarded a Europa League spot, however it is unclear who might join them....
Ligue 1 Season Is Over As No Games Will Be Allowed In France Until September
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Ligue 1 Season Is Over As No Games Will Be Allowed In France Until September

Prime Minister of France made clear to the country's National Assembly on Tuesday that all sporting activity in the country must be stopped - even behind closed doors - until September. The coronavirus pandemic forced a shutdown in sport around March 12 all over the world and various countries are taking different approaches to a return. France has now joined the Netherlands, Belgium and Argentina in announcing the 2019-20 season is already over, as they will not even try to resume playing over the summer. “The 2019-20 season cannot continue,” announced Prime Minister Philippe this afternoon. “There can be no major sporting events, especially football, before September, even behind closed doors.” It remains to be seen how this affects clubs who are still in the Champions L...
PSG ‘Willing’ To Let Kylian Mbappe Leave For Free In 2022 Rather Than Cash In This Summer Amid Real Madrid’s Interest
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PSG ‘Willing’ To Let Kylian Mbappe Leave For Free In 2022 Rather Than Cash In This Summer Amid Real Madrid’s Interest

Paris Saint Germain are reportedly open to the idea of letting starlet Kylian Mbappe leave for free to Real Madrid in the summer of 2022 when his contract expires in the French capital The Santiago Bernabeu outfit, a known admirer of the forward are expected to come for the most valuable player on the planet this summer but de to the coronavirus crisis and the negative economic impact it brought along with it, Los Blancos would have to wait till the end of next season to make a realistic move for the French International. However, the French Champions all do whatever necessary to tie down their striker to a new contract this summer despite Real Madrid’s Interest. According to AS, PSG are determined not to sell the former AS Monaco forward this summer, if Real Madrid steps in f...
Coronavirus: Neymar Leaves Paris
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Coronavirus: Neymar Leaves Paris

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has returned to his native Brazil, due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN reports. Neymar left France with his international team-mate, Thiago Silva, before the country went into lockdown on Tuesday. PSG gave all the players permission to leave the country and self-isolate where they wanted or stay home in Paris. It is believed that another of Neymar’s compatriot, defender Marquinhos chose to remain in France over returning to Brazil. The players have been given instructions by the PSG coaching staff to maintain their fitness levels. These plans include eight minutes of warm up, 10 minutes of doing weights (pushing at least their own weights or more), 40 minutes of running on the treadmill with a change of pace and five minutes of warm...
Man City Will Only Let Riyad Mahrez Join PSG For £80M And Nothing Less
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Man City Will Only Let Riyad Mahrez Join PSG For £80M And Nothing Less

The Algerian star may want to depart the Etihad Stadium for the French giants this summer, however he will only be allowed to go for the proper price. Manchester City will not prevent Riyad Mahrez’s move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. The Parisians are reportedly making an attempt to lure the 29-year-old away from the reigning Premier League champions. Having scored 9 goals and supplied 14 assists in 37 appearances throughout all competitions this term, it is understandable why the Parc des Princes giants would choose him. Nevertheless, the Citizens have disclosed that they would no longer stand in the way of the ex- Leicester City man should he want a move, if the price is right. According to Goal’s Manchester City correspondent Jonathan Smith, Guardiola will n...
PSG’s Squad Against Dortmund Revealed
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PSG’s Squad Against Dortmund Revealed

Paris Saint-Germain has announced their squad to face Borussia Dortmund in tonight’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie at the Parc des Princes. PSG manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named a 19-man squad to tackle the Bundesliga giants in a post on the club’s official website on Wednesday afternoon. Tuchel’s men were defeated 2-1 by Dortmund in the first-leg encounter last month. The French Ligue 1 champions head to the game following a 4-0 win against Dijon FCO in their last fixture. Below is PSG squad against Dortmund: BERNAT Juan, BULKA Marcin, CAVANI Edinson, DI MARIA Angel, DIALLO Abdou, DRAXLER Julian, GUEYE Idrissa, ICARDI Mauro, KEHRER Thilo, KIMPEMBE Presnel, KOUASSI NIANZOU Tanguy, KURZAWA Layvin, MARQUINHOS, MBAPPÉ Kylian, NAVAS...