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Gareth Bale ‘happy to sit out remainder of contract’

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is reportedly refusing to leave the club, despite Zinedine Zidane’s latest snub. Gareth Bale has reportedly told his teammates that he is happy to stay at Real Madrid and play golf if he is not part of Zinedine Zidane‘s plans. The Wales international has been snubbed by Zidane over the past few weeks, having been left out of the squad entirely for a couple of matches and then kept on the bench against Real Betis on Sunday. Bale made his way straight down the tunnel after the 2-0 loss to Betis in Madrid’s final match of a terrible campaign without acknowledging the home supporters. Speaking after the match, Zidane appeared to suggest that the 29-year-old is part of Madrid’s past as he prepares to freshen up his squad. However, Spanish ...

Report: N’Golo Kante tempted by Paris Saint-Germain offer

A report claims that Paris Saint-Germain have made a fresh approach to sign N’Golo Kante and the Chelsea midfielder is seriously considering the offer. Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is reportedly contemplating a move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain. The 28-year-old has rejected interest from PSG in the past and put pen to paper on a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge in September. According to The Mirror, however, the Parisians have not been put off and they have made a fresh approach to sign the France international. Kante is said to have been offered a mammoth deal to make the switch to his homeland, which he will consider taking up. Chelsea will not allow the 2017 PFA Player of the Year to leave on the cheap, though, and it will likely take a bid of close to £10...

Liverpool in talks with in-demand Ajax skipper Matthijs de Ligt?

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague reveals that Liverpool have “been talking to” Matthijs de Ligt about a summer move from Ajax. Liverpool have been in talks to sign Ajax‘s highly-rated defender Matthijs de Ligt, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. The 19-year-old is rumoured to have an array of clubs to choose from this summer after catching the eye for double winners Ajax. Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have all been credited with an interest, but Barcelona are widely considered to be the favourites to land his signature. Liverpool can also be added to that list as Balague told BBC Sport the Reds have “been talking to” the Netherlands international about a potential move. De Ligt’s Ajax exit is...

Manchester United ‘preparing offer for Lyon ace Tanguy Ndombele’

A report claims that Manchester United will attempt to sign Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon should they lose Paul Pogba to Real Madrid. Manchester United will reportedly push ahead with an offer for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele if Paul Pogba forces through a move to Real Madrid. Madrid are believed to be trying to lure Pogba to the Bernabeu as part of a major rebuild project, which could also involve the likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic making the switch. Los Blancos have a long way to go to sign the Frenchman but, according to The Metro, United already have a replacement in mind. The Red Devils will hold off from making a formal approach for Ndombele until Pogba’s future is clarified, it is claimed, though they could face competition from Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham Hotspur and M...

Report: Bayern Munich want Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino

A report claims that Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is being lined up to replace Niko Kovac at Bayern Munich. Bayern Munich are reportedly keen to lure Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino to the Allianz Arena. The Bavarian giants are believed to be ready to axe boss Niko Kovac, despite lifting the Bundesliga title in his first campaign at the helm. According to The Star, Bayern are long-time admirers of Pochettino but they always believed he was destined for the Real Madrid or Manchester United job. With neither of those positions currently vacant, however, it is claimed that the German champions may make an approach for the 47-year-old this summer. Bayern are said to have been encouraged in their pursuit of Pochettino by the comments he made last week when admitting ...

Pep Guardiola: ‘Manchester City will be judged on Champions League success’

Pep Guardiola knows his Manchester City side’s domination of English football will count for nothing unless they win the Champions League. City completed an unprecedented domestic treble on Saturday when they won the FA Cup with a 6-0 demolition of Watford at Wembley, adding to the Premier League and Carabao Cup they had already won. It proved a fitting send-off for captain Vincent Kompany, who on Sunday announced he is leaving the club to become Belgian side Anderlecht’s player-manager. Guardiola has turned City into one of the best ever English sides and they look set to dominate on home soil for some time, but their lack of success in Europe remains a black mark against them. They were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage by Tottenham – a team they ...

Result: Juventus held by Atalanta in Massimiliano Allegri’s home farewell

Serie A champions Juventus dropped points against Atalanta on a day when the home crowd bade a fond farewell to multiple title-winners Massimiliano Allegri and Andrea Barzagli. Josip Ilicic gave Champions League-chasing Atalanta a first-half lead but Mario Mandzukic, on as a substitute for Barzagli, equalised for a 1-1 draw with the help of an error by goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini. The point gained by Atalanta leaves them third in the table, ahead of Inter Milan on goal difference and AC Milan by a point going into the season’s final game. #JuveAtalanta 1-1#FullTime#GoAtalantaGo ⚫️🔵 pic.twitter.com/lfwlZYNm37 — Atalanta B.C. (@Atalanta_BC) May 19, 2019 Cristiano Ronaldo fired an early Juve chance over, while at the other end, Wojciech Szczesny denied Remo Freuler and the visitors had...

Ernesto Valverde demands more from Barcelona after Eibar draw

Ernesto Valverde hopes Barcelona‘s 2-2 draw at Eibar will serve as a wake-up call ahead of the Copa del Rey final. Lionel Messi scored a quick-fire double after Marc Cucurella’s opener, but the champions were pegged back in the last game of their LaLiga campaign by Pablo De Blasis’ equaliser. Barca head to Seville to face Valencia next Saturday as they look to win a record fifth straight Copa del Rey. 🏆 These are the final league standings of @LaLigaEN 18-19! Congrats champs, see you next season! 🏆FORÇA BARÇA! 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/7HUv4egb6B — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 19, 2019 And manager Valverde knows his side will have to improve if they are to complete another domestic double. “All the matches serve (as tests), but Saturday’s match will be different b...

Result: Danny Rowe seals FA Trophy win for Fylde over Leyton Orient

The National League’s joint leading scorer this season struck the only goal at Wembley. Danny Rowe‘s second-half strike proved enough as AFC Fylde beat National League champions Leyton Orient 1-0 to claim the FA Trophy at Wembley. Andy Bond had a couple of chances to put the losing play-off finalists ahead from close range in the opening half, while team-mate Nick Haughton found the side netting as James Brophy came close at the other end. Jordan Maguire-Drew hit the post five minutes after the break as Orient searched for an opener, while Dan Happe headed an effort over and Marvin Ekpiteta hit the woodwork but – against the run of play – the Coasters took the lead on the hour mark. Joint National League top scorer with 27 this season, Rowe broke the deadlock as he curled a fre...

Lennon talks up promise of 16-year-old Dembele

Neil Lennon believes Celtic fans were given a “glimpse of the future” when 16-year-old Karamoko Dembele made his debut in the 2-1 win over Hearts at Parkhead. Dembele replaced the injured Oliver Burke for the second half, with the game at 1-1 after fringe player Mikey Johnston’s early opener had been cancelled out by Jake Mulraney. Dembele went through his repertoire of tricks to the delight of the home fans, although it was 20-year-old Johnston who drove in the winner, giving the Hoops the win which meant they finished the season nine points ahead of Rangers, before they were presented with the Ladbrokes Premiership trophy for the eighth successive season. Interim boss Lennon said of Dembele’s cameo: “He was great to watch. He is the type of player that you w...

Alexis Sanchez ‘desperate to leave Manchester United’

Alexis Sanchez is reportedly ‘desperate’ to secure a transfer away from Manchester United this summer. Alexis Sanchez has reportedly acknowledged that he needs to secure a transfer away from Manchester United. The Chile international has only spent 16 months at Old Trafford, but the attacker has failed to produce the form which led to him being a success at Arsenal. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be keen to part ways with the attacker this summer, and The Sun claims that Sanchez is happy to follow the wishes of his manager. The report suggests that the 30-year-old is ‘desperate’ to find another club, although it remains unclear whether Sanchez would be prepared to take a pay-cut. Sanchez has been linked with a return to Serie A, with Juventus and Inter Milan having...

Tottenham Hotspur ‘step up Jota pursuit’

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to step up their efforts to sign Benfica winger Jota during the summer transfer window. Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to make an official approach for Benfica winger Jota. Mauricio Pochettino has only made one first-team signing during the last three transfer windows, but the Argentine is expected to be active in the coming months. According to Record, the North London outfit are currently considering how much to offer for 20-year-old Jota, who has a €30m (£26.34m) release clause in his contract. Pochettino allegedly has a limited budget to use during the summer, meaning that Spurs could attempt to negotiate a lower fee for the prospect. The academy graduate has only made five appearances in the first team this season, but the attacker has ma...

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