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Real Madrid eye Napoli fullback
Real Madrid are chasing Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam for the summer market. According to Todomercadoweb, the La Liga club manager Zinedine Zidane wants cover for Marcelo and has Ghoulam on his radar. Nevertheless, they're not alone, as Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain also monitoring the 26-year-old's situation. The Algeria international is tied to the Serie A side until 2018 and rated at around €15 million. Ghoulam has made 22 appearances during this season. Note that Ghoulam made his professional debut on 22 September 2010 for AS Saint-Étienne coming as a substitute in the 82nd minute of a Coupe de la Ligue match against Nice.
“Southampton is a dream”, says Gabbiadini
Manolo Gabbiani is happy to make one of his dreams come true after joining the English Premier League side Southampton. The Italian international has finally sealed his move to the Saints for a reported fee €17m. “I come here with a great ambition as a person, as a player and for the squad,” Gabbiadini told Southampton’s official website. “I will do my best for the team and I don't want to disappoint anybody. I want to play to the best of my abilities. I am very, very happy. It was a month that I have been waiting for this moment to arrive and I can't wait to start. Since I was a kid, one of my dreams was to perform in one of the biggest leagues in the world, so now that it's happening I can't wait to start playing", Gabbiadini said.
Southampton closing on Gabbiadini
Southampton hope to sign Manolo Gabbiadini from Napoli by Monday, according to the Daily Mail. The 25-year-old striker could move for £15m up front with add-ons before the close of the transfer window on Tuesday night. Gabbiadini has made 19 appearances this season and scored five goals.
Brilliant quotes from the football world
Players get famous not only due to their amazing performances but also for their memorable and unique quotes. Here are the best ones! "You’re on your own out there … With ten mates… Whichever team scores more goals usually wins.” Michael Owen “People who know me, love me. People who don’t know me love me too… or they hate me.” Mario Balotelli “My mother thinks I am the best. And I was raised to always believe what my mother tells me.” Diego Maradona “An injured Zlatan is a pretty serious thing for any team.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic “I definitely want my son to be christened, but I don’t know into what religion yet.” David Beckham "Predictions just at the end of the match." João Vieira Pinto "First I went left, he did too. Then I went right, and he did too. Then I went left again, and he went to buy a hot dog.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic “We lost because we didn't win.” Ronaldo "Messi may have 4 golden balls but I don't have to get on a box to buy a chocolate bar in a vending machine." Zlatan Ibrahimovic “Messi scores a goal and celebrates. Cristiano scores a goal and poses like he’s in a shampoo commercial.” Diego Maradona “Look, I’m a coach. I’m not Harry Potter. He is magical, but in reality there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real.” Jose Mourinho “Finally my shirt brought Paul Pogba back to Man United.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic “I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league.” Mark Viduka “This season I picked up 14 yellow cards, but I earned only 8 of them. The remaining 7 are because of the referees.” Paul Pogba “I don’t blame Beckham, but we’ve lost because of him.” Ian Wright Rafael van der Vaart blamed Zlatan on intentionally getting an injury. “I didn’t injure you on purpose, and you know that. If you accuse me again I’ll break both your legs, and that time it will be on purpose.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic "I'm a bit proud of my first red card as a coach. I approached the fourth official and said: 'How many mistakes are allowed here? If it's 15, you have one more." Jurgen Klopp "I'd like to play for an Italian club, like Barcelona." Mark Draper
Gabbiadini to leave Napoli
Manolo Gabbiadini will leave Napoli because he is “not suited to Maurizio Sarri’s football,” confirmed President Aurelio De Laurentiis. “It’s not that he wasn’t able to express himself, but rather different things are asked of him and they are not in his wheelhouse,” De Laurentiis told Radio Kiss Kiss. “Gabbiadini scored many goals at Sampdoria and also here under Rafa Benitez, so with a system other than the one Sarri uses he should have a better chance of being decisive. “I thought that his performance in the first season was due to physical issues, but that wasn’t the case. He is simply not suited to Sarri’s football. “Something that doesn’t fit cannot be made to fit, like an out of key note in a harmony. Sarri cannot lose points to help one player improve.” Gabbiadini had the perfect way to say goodbye, keeping ice cool to convert a last-gasp penalty as Napoli held Fiorentina 3-3 on Thursday evening.
Napoli trash Cagliari with Mertens scoring three
Serie A, Week 16 Cagliari 0-5 Napoli Goals: Mertens 34՛, 69՛, 72՛, Hamsik 45՛, Zielinski 51՛
Champions League. All teams which made it to Round of 16
Champions League group stage is finished and we know the names of all 16 clubs that will continue their way in the competition. We introduce all the teams which have qualified for the Round of 16. Also, you can find the names of teams which will move to Europa League. Qualified from the first place Arsenal Napoli Barcelona Atletico Madrid Monaco Borussia Dortmund Leicester City Juventus Qualified from the second place Paris Saint-Germain Benfica Manchester City Bayern Munich Bayer Leverkusen Real Madrid Porto Sevilla Qualified for Europa League Ludogorets Razgrad Besiktas Borussia Monchengladbach Rostov Tottenham Legia Warsaw Copenhagen Olympique Lyonnais The draws for Champions League Round of 16 and Europa League Round of 32 will take place on Monday in Nyon and will start at 12:00 CET.
Champions League. Who’s out, who will still fight?
It's a Champions League day again and the last round of the group stage begins today. Some clubs have already booked their places in the play-offs and some others will fight till the last moment for a chance to play in the round of 16. Moreover, there will be a harsh competition for Europe League places, too. So we tell, who's out, who has everything secured and who will still fight for the right to live. Group A Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal have equal points (11) and top the group with the French side being the first thanks to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates stadium. They will meet Ludogorets and Basel respectively. If both of them record the same outcome, PSG will qualify from the first place. Ludogorets and Basel will fight for the third place. They both have 2 points. The first match between these clubs ended with a 1-1 draw. Ludogorets will qualify for Europe league only in case of victory or a 0-0 draw. All other outcomes guarantee a place for Basel in the Europe league playoffs. Group B The most unpredictable group. Three clubs are chasing the first place with neither of them being safe. Benfica and Napoli have 8 points both, though they meet each other today. Besiktas have 7 points and travel to Kyiv to face Dynamo. The latter has already lost all the chances to keep on playing in Europe. Benfica are now top of the group as they are the team with a higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question. The winner of Benfica - Napoli match will go through from the first place. If Besiktas lose to the already eliminated Ukrainian side, both Benfica and Napoli will qualify regardless of the result of their match. In case of a draw in Benfica - Napoli match, the Italian side will qualify since the first leg match ended with a 4-2 victory for Maruricio Sarri's men, given that Besiktas win. If Beşiktaş draw they will only progress if Napoli lose to Benfica. Group C A group where everything is already known. Barcelona top the group with 12 points being ahead of Manchester City which have 8 points in stock. Borussia Monchengladbach are the third with 5 points, while Celtic are fourth having won only two points. The Scot side cannot fight for the third place since they have lost once and drawn once against Borussia. Group D The first two places are already occupied. Atletico Madrid have managed to win all 5 group stage matches and will top the group regardless of the result in the upcoming clash against Bayern Munich. PSV and Rostov will fight for the third place to receive a right to play in Europe league. PSV proceed if and only if they beat the Russian side in a home game. All other results guarantee a promotion to Rostov.
Napoli reject Gabbiadini offer
Everton had a £14.5million rejected for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini, according to Calciomercato. Gabbiadini has fallen down the pecking order at the Italian club, however, it’s reported that they want closer to £20m for the player.
Serie A duo want to sign Giroud
Milan and Napoli are lining up moves for out-of-favour Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, according to reports in Sport Mediaset. It is understood that both Serie A clubs will swoop for the France international when the transfer window reopens for business in January.