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Result: Toulouse retain Ligue 1 status with comfortable playoff win

Jimmy Durmaz scores late on to earn Toulouse a 1-0 win over AC Ajaccio on the night and a 4-0 aggregate victory overall, sealing Les Violets’ top-flight status. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 22:00 UK Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 22:13 UK Toulouse have claimed a 1-0 win over AC Ajaccio at the Stadium Municipal to retain their Ligue 1 status, coming out on top 4-0 on aggregate in the relegation playoff. Les Violets had done all the hard work in Wednesday’s first leg, racing into a three-goal lead to effectively kill off the tie ahead of this return fixture. Substitute Jimmy Durmaz prevented the match from finishing goalless, popping up two minutes from time to ensure that Toulouse will once again compete in the French top fl...

Injured James Tarkowski withdraws from England standby list

James Tarkowski is to undergo an operation on his hernia, ruling him out of World Cup contention for England after being named on the standby list. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 21:32 UK Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 21:32 UK Burnley defender James Tarkowski has withdrawn from England‘s standby list for the World Cup as he requires a hernia operation. The 25-year-old was one of five back-up options for the Three Lions, along with Adam Lallana, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and clubmate Tom Heaton. Tarkowski’s dream of competing in Russia this summer is over, though, with an assessment indicating that surgery is required. England have announced that they do not intend to call up a replacement defender at this time, with the Wor...

Dejan Lovren absolves Loris Karius of blame for Champions League final howlers

Dejan Lovren vows to “come back even stronger” next season after attempting to absolve Loris Karius of any blame for Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 21:19 UK Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 21:19 UK Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has insisted that he and his teammates will rally behind Loris Karius following the goalkeeper’s night to forget against Real Madrid. Karius was at fault for two of the opposition’s three goals in the Champions League final clash, leaving him in tears come full time of the 3-1 defeat. The 24-year-old saw an attempted throw diverted back into his own net by Karim Benzema for the first of his howlers, before letting a long-range strike from Garet...

Zinedine Zidane: “Cristiano Ronaldo will stay with Real Madrid”

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane does not want talk of Cristiano Ronaldo potentially leaving the club to overshadow Saturday night’s latest Champions League success. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 20:56 UK Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 20:56 UK Zinedine Zidane has played down talk of Cristiano Ronaldo wanting out of Real Madrid following the Portuguese forward’s comments on Saturday night. Speaking to the Spanish press in the aftermath of Los Blancos’ 3-1 Champions League final win against Liverpool, Ronaldo hinted that his future may lie away from the Bernabeu. The 33-year-old ‘does not regret’ casting doubt over his Madrid future, and plans on further clarifying his remarks next week. Zidane insists th...

Report: RB Leipzig readying offer for Everton’s Ademola Lookman

RB Leipzig reportedly want to sign Ademola Lookman from Everton on a permanent basis following his impressive loan stint in the second half of 2017-18. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 20:32 UK Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 20:32 UK Bundesliga side RB Leipzig intend to push ahead with plans to sign Ademola Lookman from Everton, according to a report. The 20-year-old showed plenty of promise during his half-season spell on loan with Leipzig, scoring five times in seven top-flight starts. Die Bullen chief Ralf Rangnick suggested last month that the club would wait until the managerial situation at Everton is cleared up before deciding whether to move for the young attacker. Despite the Toffees currently being without a manager, the Liverpoo...

Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu confirms Arsenal interest

Caglar Soyuncu describes Arsenal as “one of the most important clubs in England” and suggests that talks are ongoing with the Gunners over a summer move. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 20:09 UK Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 20:09 UK Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu has confirmed that Arsenal have showed an interest in signing him, but he will delay a decision on his future until after the World Cup. The 22-year-old, who is heading to Russia with the Turkey national team next month, is understood to be valued at £35m by his club side. Soyuncu’s agent recently talked up a move to the Premier League, and the centre-back has now offered a big indication that a switch to the Emirates Stadium – despite a new manager be...

Manchester City given boost in Kylian Mbappe pursuit?

Kylian Mbappe is reportedly still a target for Manchester City, who are waiting to see if Paris Saint-Germain can sign the French striker from Monaco permanently. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 19:44 UK Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 19:44 UK Manchester City are reportedly ready to pounce if Paris Saint-Germain abort their plan to land Kylian Mbappe from Monaco on a permanent deal. PSG are waiting to hear if they face financial fair play sanctions, which would prevent them from signing £127m striker Mbappe from their domestic rivals as agreed. The France international has impressed during his initial season-long loan spell at the Parc des Princes, playing a direct part in 28 Ligue 1 and Champions League goals. Due to serious doubts over ...

Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘I do not regret my comments’

Cristiano Ronaldo insists that he does not regret dropping a hint that his Real Madrid future is coming to an end, but concedes that the timing was wrong. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 19:11 UK Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that he ‘does not regret’ the comments he made in the immediate aftermath of Real Madrid‘s Champions League final clash against Liverpool. The Portugal international hinted after the 3-1 win in Kiev on Saturday night that he will consider quitting the Bernabeu this summer after nine years at the club. Ronaldo used the past tense when talking about his trophy-laden spell with Madrid, saying that “it was beautiful” representing the Spanish giants. Speaking a day on from Madrid’s third succ...

Brian McClair: ”Young players will hugely benefit Scotland squad’

Former Manchester United forward Brian McClair is delighted that youngsters Chris Cadden and Lewis Morgan have been called up to the senior Scotland squad. By Matthew JonesFiled: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 18:43 UK Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 18:43 UK Ex-Manchester United player Brian McClair has insisted that the inclusion of Motherwell midfielder Chris Cadden and Celtic winger Lewis Morgan in the Scotland squad is a positive step forward. The SPFL pair are in contention to feature in Scotland’s upcoming fixtures against Peru and Mexico. The pair have been in great form for their respective clubs, and former performance strategy head McClair is happy to see young players being called up. “It does no harm for them [Cadden and Morgan] to be coming into the international s...

Leicester City ‘tracking National League star Serhat Tasdemir’

Leicester City are reportedly interested in signing National League winger Serhat Tasdemir, who became the youngest scorer in AFC Flyde’s history last season. By Matthew JonesFiled: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 18:29 UK Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 18:29 UK Leicester City are reportedly eyeing a move for AFC Flyde winger Serhat Tasdemir. The 17-year-old made 28 appearances last season and scored five goals, becoming the youngest scorer in the club’s history. According to the Daily Star, the Foxes are leading the race for the Turkish player and are preparing a bid to secure his signature. The report adds that Stoke City, Leeds United and Middlesbrough are also tracking the National League forward. Tasdemir was released by Blackburn Rovers and moved to Flyde two years ago. Re...

Result: Rotherham United earn instant return to Championship with extra-time win

Rotherham United beat Shrewsbury Town 2-1 after extra time at Wembley Stadium to earn promotion back to the Championship, 12 months on from their relegation. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 17:42 UK Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 17:55 UK Centre-back Richard Wood has scored twice to give Rotherham United a 2-1 win over Shrewsbury Town after extra time in this afternoon’s League One playoff final. Wood’s opening goal was cancelled out by Alex Rodman an hour into the match, but his second came too late for Shrewsbury to respond for a second time. Rotherham return to the Championship after a season-long absence, while for Shrewsbury – who relied heavily on keeper Dean Henderson – their 29-year wait for second-tier foo...

Merseyside Police to investigate Loris Karius death threats

Merseyside Police have confirmed that they will investigate abusive tweets and death threats aimed at Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius. By Matthew JonesFiled: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 17:20 UK Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 17:20 UK Merseyside Police have announced that they will investigate messages of hatred and harmful threats aimed at Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, following his two errors against Real Madrid in the Champions League Final on Saturday. Karius, who had not made an error in the competition prior to the final, gifted Karim Benzema the opening goal of the night before failing to stop Gareth Bale‘s long-range strike. Abusive tweets flooded in after the final whistle blew in Kiev, including messages telling the German keeper and his family to “die”...