Daily Archives: April 18, 2017


Iniesta did not confirm Barca stay

Andres Iniesta would not confirm whether he will still be at Barcelona at the start of next season, when quizzed on his future at a press conference. The 32-year-old's contract does not run out for another year, but the midfielder admitted he will consider his future at the end of this campaign. "You have caught me out with that question right now," he told reporters ahead of Barcelona's match against Juventus on Wednesday. "Tomorrow we are putting everything on the line collectively and individually, and nothing has changed from what I said last time. "At the end of the season I will weigh up a lot of things and we will see. My hopes and wishes have not changed, but this is not the best time to be talking about it."

Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich – Live Stream

Champions League Final Stage 1/4, Season 2016/17 - -Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Game will be played at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu The referee for this match will be Viktor Kassai  

Barcelona prepare to sell Jordi Alba

Barcelona are preparing to sell Jordi Alba this summer. According to Don Balon, the La Liga titleholders management have accepted there's no convincing Alba about staying next season. Instead, Barca are now drawing up plans to find a replacement for the Spain left-back. The Blaugrana's two top targets are Atletico Madrid defender Theo Hernandez, on-loan from Alaves, and Napoli fullback Faouzi Ghoulam. Ghoulam is being put up for sale by Napoli after failing to settle on a new contract, while Theo can be signed for the €24 million buyout clause in his contract.  

Roma are set to pass on signing Szczesny

Roma are set to pass on signing outright Wojciech Szczesny. The 27-year-old Poland international goalkeeper is coming to the end of his second season on-loan at Roma from Arsenal. Szczesny is open to signing permanently with the Giallorossi, nevertheless, according to TMW, management are prepared to go with Alisson for next season. The keeper's loan agreement doesn't include a permanent option. A return to the London club is emerging as a serious prospect with doubts persisting over the futures of David Ospina and Petr Cech this year.  

Ashley Young: “We have to approach it like we have Chelsea”

Manchester United attacking midfielder Ashley Young says the team needs to go into this week's clash with Anderlecht with a full head of steam. The Premier League side Devils host the Belgian club in the Europa League quarter-final second leg at Old Trafford on Thursday night after Sunday's massive win over Chelsea in the Premier League. Mourinho's squad drew 1-1 with Anderlecht in Belgium in the first leg last week. "We have to approach it like we have Chelsea," said Young. "In Brussels they had one chance and scored and we were disappointed after the game. It felt like a loss. We have an away goal and are now at home and I am sure if we play like we did today then we will be okay."  

Zidane does not ignore James Rodriguez

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists he's not ignoring James Rodriguez. The 44-year-old manager was asked about James' situation for his Champions League presser. He replied: "He's on my mind every day, like the rest of the players. "You'll see tomorrow how we start and we also have three substitutions. So we need everyone for tomorrow and the rest of the games that are coming up. He plays less because I have to make decisions, but nothing changes about what I think of him. I have a lot of affection for all of them."  

Inter and Milan to spend big in summer

Inter and AC Milan Chinese owners plan to spend big money in the coming summer to obtain new players. Both clubs aim to spend around 280 m euros as their goal is to earn a Champions League place for the 2018/19 season. Starting from that year, Italy will have 4 UCL spots again.Оба клуба намерены потратить 280 миллионов евро, чтобы по итогам сезона-2017/18 вернуться в Лигу чемпионов, в которой через сезон от Италии снова будут играть четыре команды. Milan will spend around 130 million euros while Inter will allocate 150 million euros for the new transfers. There are several names on AC Milan transfer list already, including Real Madrid players Alvaro Morata, Mateo Kovacic and Karim Benzema, Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, Mateo Musacchio from Villarreal and Daniele de Rossi from Roma. On the other side, Inter will try to sign Fabinho from Monaco, Andrea Petagna from Atalanta, Kostas Manolas from Roma, PSG defender Marquinhos and Lazio player Stefan De Vrij.

Atletico confident on saving Griezmann in squad

Atletico believe Antoine Griezmann will stay at the Vicente Calderon this summer, says Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. "The situation has not changed. He has agreed nothing with any team and Atletico think he will stay," he says. "The fact that Diego Simeone is staying will help his decision. Atleti want to reward him with an improved contract and a bigger buyout clause." To recall, several clubs including Manchester United and Real Madrid are ready to break the bank to sign the French striker whose transfer fee will surely exceed 100 m euros.

Inter Milan target Diego Simeone

Inter will try to lure Atletico boss Diego Simeone to San Siro with a five-year deal worth €50m, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport. Simeone has worked wonders during his time on the bench at the Vicente Calderon and Inter, one of his former clubs during his playing days, want him to lead them back to success. As such, they are willing to offer the Argentinian a five-year contract worth €10m a season. Should they fail to secure Simeone's services, they will ramp up their efforts to lure Antonio Conte from Chelsea.

Harry Redknapp named Birmingham manager

Harry Redknapp has been appointed as the new manager of Birmingham following the resignation of Gianfranco Zola. The 70-year-old former Tottenham and QPR boss takes over with Blues three points above the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone. His first game in charge of the club, who announced his arrival on their Twitter account, will be at city rivals Aston Villa on Sunday. https://twitter.com/BCFC/status/854245108576919553
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