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Zinedine Zidane eye Monaco striker
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is taking a personal interest in Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe's profile has exploded this season and he already boasts a first senior hat-trick. Zidane has been following Mbappe since the youngster turned down a move to Real at 14. Despite the striker's decision, Zidane hasn't held a grudge and remains a big fan of the teen. The Real coach is convinced by Mbappe's potential and believes swooping for him now would be canny business for president Florentino Perez.
Petit: “Griezmann will join Manchester United”
Antoine Griezmann will leave Atletico Madrid and definitely become a Manchester United player, says Emmanuel Petit. "I think he will come to Manchester United, definitely,” Petit told Soccer AM. "He has a great partnership with Pogba in the national team, they are very good friends as well. "He will bring goals, assists and his winning mentality as well."
Zidane to make final decision on Isco
Zinedine Zidane will make the final decision over whether or not Real Madrid offer Isco a new contract, reports Cadena SER. Isco’s current deal expires in 2018 and the Spanish playmaker reportedly rejected an initial contract offer from the club as he wanted to see how much regular first-team football he would have in the second half of the season. Now, according to Cadena SER, club chiefs will wait to listen to coach Zidane’s opinion before deciding whether to offer the midfielder a new deal once again. Various clubs are interested in signing Isco but they could wait until the summer of 2018, when he will be available on a free transfer, to make a move for him.
Alaves midfielder wants to return to parent club Real Madrid
Alaves midfielder Marcos Llorente has made it clear he wants to return to parent club Real Madrid. The 22-year-old midfielder has shone this season on-loan. "I feel like coming back (to Real), it's my dream to play there. My intention and what I want is to return," he said. "My biggest dream to fulfill is to succeed in Madrid. I will always remember Alavés, it has been the club that has trusted me since I left Segunda B and that is not easy." Llorente has made 25 appearances during this season.
Sevilla 2 : 1 Leicester City – All goals and Highlights
Champions League Final Stage 1/8, Season 2016/17 - Sevilla 2 : 1 Leicester City - All goals and Highlights Half Time finished with scoreline 1:0 Game ended after Full Time with scoreline 2:1
Sevilla edge Leicester City
The Spanish side beat the Premier League champions by two goals to one in the first leg of the Champions League. The Sevillistas flooded the away goal from the first minutes but were unable to put one in the back of the net even when a penalty was awarded to the home side. Kasper Schmeichel denied Joaquin Correa to keep the score at 0-0. Pablo Sarabia scored Sevilla's first, from a left-wing cross in the 25th minute. Correa doubled home side's advantage in the 62nd minute of the second half. The Foxes answered with Jamie Vardy's precious away goal in the 73rd minute, to give the relegation fighting Leicester a decent chance to go through, in case of 1-0 victory at the King Power Stadium.
Isco is unsure about his future at the Bernabeu
Real Madrid playmaker Isco is unsure about his future at the Bernabeu and will base his decision on how much game time he gets between now and the end of the season. The midfielder has started just 11 La Liga games this term but reports in Spain claim he is stalling on signing an extension to his current deal, which expires in 2018. Tottenham are understood to be among a number of clubs interested in the 24-year-old, who moved to the Spanish capital from Malaga in 2013 for £23m. He told beIN Sports "I'm calm. What worries me is to have minutes. A player's career is small. "From now until the end of the season, I'll make a decision. It's my future at stake."
Sevilla vs Leicester City. Preview and Prediction
The Leicester fairy tale continues as Claudio Ranieri’s side are still much alive in Champions League and visit Sevilla today. The Foxes have a poor run in Premier League this season as they are on the verge of falling into the relegation zone, while their journey in Europe reminds us of the team that surprised the whole world last year. Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla is a hard rival for them to overcome, as the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan outlet are currently breathing on Barcelona’s back in La Liga, having shown some incredible football throughout the championship, including the impressive victory over leaders Real Madrid earlier this year. The match at Sanchez Pizjuan promises to be an entertaining one. Leicester will try to use their goal opportunities and present the next surprise of the UCL playoffs. Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy will be the cornerstones to rely on. However, Sevilla are in a good run of form, too. Samir Nasri’s renaissance and Vitolo’s velocity will fuel the Spanish side’s engine. Being famous for his ability to fight in cup competitions, Jorge Sampaoli will surely prepare some unexpected moves for Claudio Ranieri. Team News Sevilla have been using different playing schemes throughout the season, and it’s hard to predict which one Sampaoli will choose for today’s game. Concerning the squad, there are two missing players for the hosts, as Benoit Tremoulinas and Michael Krohn-Dehli are out due to injuries. Nico Pareja will almost certainly miss the game as he hasn’t recovered from the injury yet. On the other hand, Vicente Iborra is back to the team after sitting out the last game due to suspension. Leicester City will have to cope without Islam Slimani, who has failed to recover from a groin injury and hasn’t arrived in Andalusia with the rest of the team. Also, Leonardo Ulloa’s participation is still under doubt and Ranieri will make a decision only in the last minute. Robert Huth is the only player who risks to miss the next match providing that he is booked today. Head to Head These two teams haven’t met with each other before and today’s game is their first ever clash. It will make the game more interesting. What about teams’ form, Sevilla are in a much better position here, having lost only one of last 6 games. Sevilla: WWDLWW Leicester: LLWLLD The club now coached by Jorge Sampaoli are looking to make the last eight of Europe's elite club competition for the first time since their inaugural continental campaign in 1957/58. That run ended with a heavy quarter-final loss to eventual winners Real Madrid CF (0-8 a, 2-2 h). Their only previous two-legged knockout tie against Premier League opposition brought a 4-3 aggregate success (2-1 h, 2-2 a) for Sevilla over Tottenham Hotspur FC in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup quarter-finals. This is the first time that Leicester have survived in a European campaign beyond Christmas. Two of the Foxes' three previous European campaigns ended against Spanish opposition. Club Atlético de Madrid eliminated them in both the 1961/62 European Cup Winners' Cup first round (1-1 h, 0-2 a) and the 1997/98 UEFA Cup first round (1-2 a, 0-2 h). Possible lineups Sevilla – Sergio Rico, Mariano, Lenglet, Rami, Escudero, N’Zonzi, Iborra, Vitolo, Nasri, Vazquez, Jovetic Leicester – Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy Prediction Sevilla are looking firm to grab three points at home with all the odds favoring them over Leicester. I believe that Sampaoli’s side will push hard today to secure their ticket to the quarters and decide the outcome of the tie here and now. That’s why I think that Sevilla will score at least two goals. Most probably, they will earn a 3-0 victory. My bet is “Sevilla Total Goals over 2” with odds 1.82 at Vbet.com.
Inter defender on several clubs radar
Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid are tracking Inter Milan defender Jeison Murillo, according to calciomercato.com. City reportedly made an official offer for the Colombia international in January, which was met with negativity from Inter. It is understood Inter would like to extend Murillo’s current deal at the San Siro beyond its expiry in 2020. Note that Murillo has made 27 appearances during this season.
Zidane: It’s not time for summer transfer talks
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane refused to be drawn on the long-term futures of a number of players in his current squad at the Bernabeu. When asked about summer exits at a press conference, the Frenchman said: "We cannot talk about what is going to happen in July. “The players are not thinking about those things right now, only about the competition and about what we can do on the pitch. We will see what happens this summer." A number of high-profile players – including Isco and James Rodriguez – are believed to be unsettled with the lack of game-time under Zidane, while the likes of Pepe are out of contract in the summer.