Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Real Madrid are targeting Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz. The 19-year-old’s contract at the Etihad expires next summer and the Champions League holders are trying to persuade him not to renew. Madrid have also expressed interest in Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen. (AS)

Paris Saint-Germain contract rebel Adrien Rabiot has informed Barcelona of his wish to sign for them. The in-demand Frenchman has also attracted interest from clubs in the Premier League and, despite having featured prominently under Thomas Tuchel at PSG, the 23-year-old still has no desire to sign a new contract at the Parc des Princes. (Mundo Deportivo)

Determined to bolster their attacking options, Real Madrid are considering a move for either Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Radamel Falcao. Ibrahimovic, 37, has scored 22 times in 25 games for LA Galaxy and has also been strongly linked with a return to AC Milan. Falcao, who spent two seasons at Real’s rivals Atletico, wants to leave Monaco, who are struggling in Ligue 1. (Sport)

Bundesliga top-scorer Luka Jovic has emerged as a Barcelona transfer target. The Serb, who has struck nine times in as many games for Eintracht Frankfurt on loan from Benfica this term, has also attracted interest from Bayern Munich, which would see him reunite with Niko Kovac. The Bosnian-born striker, 20, has impressed Barca with his performances and they make an approach next year. (Mundo Deportivo)

Italy

Juventus pair Mario Mandzukic and Alex Sandro could leave the Italian champions at the end of the season. The Croatian striker may be available for around £25m while Sandro, who has been linked with PSG and Manchester United, would cost around double that. The Brazilian full-back recently declared his intention of playing in the Premier League. (Tuttosport)

Although Real Madrid have shown an interest, Ibrahimovic is set to rejoin AC Milan on a short-term deal. The Swede will earn £1.7m-a-year with the Rossoneri hoping his experience in front of goal can be key in their push to qualify for the Champions League. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

The final three for this year’s Ballon d’Or is set to be Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane, meaning there will be no place on the podium for Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. (Corriere dello Sport)

Inter Milan are leading the race for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The Serbia international, who has been heavily linked with Manchester United and Juventus, may cost around £100m but, with Giuseppe Marotta set to take over as the Nerazzurri’s CEO, the club’s transfer plans are highly ambitious. (Tuttosport)

AC Milan are interested in signing Barcelona misfit Arturo Vidal. The Chilean joined the Catalan giants from Bayern Munich in the summer but has struggled to make an impression and favours a return to Italy. Injury-hit Milan are keen for reinforcements and are confident they can secure Vidal in a cut-price deal. (Tuttosport)

France

Neymar has told fans that the injury he picked up playing for Brazil is not serious. The PSG forward sustained a knock in Brazil’s 1-0 friendly win over Cameroon on Tuesday night, but he should be fit to face Toulouse on Saturday. (L’Equipe)

Germany

Former goalkeeper Oliver Kahn is set to join the Bayern Munich board of directors. (Sport Bild)

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl is attracting interest from Arsenal and PSG. The 23-year-old Germany international has struggled for regular starts under Lucien Favre at table-topping Dortmund. (Sport Bild)

RB Leipzig are braced for a bid from Dortmund for striker Timo Werner. The Germany international, who has previously been linked to Liverpool, has impressed this season with eight goals in 13 games. (Sport Bild)

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Nigeria Football Federation And Nike Sign New Improved Four Your Contract

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Nigeria have renewed their partnership with global sportswear manufacture Nike for the next four years, with an option for another four.
This new contract was announced by NFF President Amaju Pinnick on Tuesday.
“This four plus four deal is the best any African country has ever had with Nike,” Pinnick told the media, without going into figures but adding: “I can say it is about hundred percent better than anything else.”
Shehu Dikko, the NFF’s Vice President and head of marketing, said that the new deal was a massive improvement on the previous one, and included the women’s and youth teams as well.
“To start with, this new contract now encompasses not just supply of kit, but also base compensation, which was missing from the last contract,” Dikko began.
“There are increased performance bonuses, and increased percentage royalties from sales of merchandise.
“There is also specific provision made for the women’s team and the junior teams that was missing from the last contract.
“And to avoid the situation we had recently with clearing our products at the port which led to our women’s team travelling without kit, Nike will now take the responsibility to deliver equipment door to door anywhere our teams are.
“This shows the trust Nike have in the NFF,” Dikko continued.Tina Salminen, Nike’s Regional Sports Marketing Director for Africa, expressed excitement at the new deal, with the previous one ending at the conclusion of the World Cup in July this year.
“We are very honoured and excited to continue this cooperation with the NFF,” Salminen said.
“I don’t think anybody had any idea how successful the Nigeria World Cup kit would be. It is the first football kit to ever win the London Design Award and we are very proud of that.”
Salminen added that the current strip will run until 2020, when a new design will be launched: “Before Olympics 2020, there will be a new design.
“The same designer who did the current kit will design the new one and he is already waiting to come up with something new and we at Nike cannot wait to see what he comes up with.”

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Martin O’Neill And Roy Keane Quit Republic of Ireland By Mutual Agreement

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The Republic of Ireland will now be in search for a new manager after parting company by mutual agreement with Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane.

The decision came after a meeting last night between the association chief executive John Delaney and manager O’Neill.

The FAI confirmed the board will meet ‘promptly’ to discuss the process of recruiting a new manager. Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny, former Republic boss Mick McCarthy and Steve Bruce have all been mentioned as potential siuccessors.

Coaches Steve Guppy and Seamus McDonagh have also left, with Steve Walford resigning his position previously.

O’Neill has spent the last five years in charge of Ireland along with his assistant manager Roy Keane, but endured a torrid 2018, as Ireland were relegated from the Nations League B without winning a game, and managed just one win in eleven games.

In a statement to confirm the decision, Delaney thanked O’Neill, Keane and the rest of the backroom team for their “impact” on the Ireland team.

“There have been many highlights during Martin’s reign – none more so than Euro 2016 in France, which will live long in the memory of all Irish supporters.

“Martin did a great job guiding the team out of a difficult qualifying group – where we beat world champions Germany along the way – to reach Euro 2016 and advance to the Last-16 following a historic victory over Italy in Lille.

He wished the departing management team the best in the future.

Also in the statement, FAI President Donal Conway said: “On behalf of the FAI Board, I would like to thank Martin, Roy, and the management team for their work with the Republic of Ireland team over the last five years.

“Martin ensured that we enjoyed some great nights in the Aviva Stadium and on the road in Lille, Vienna, and Cardiff, which were fantastic high points for Irish football.”

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Brazil Doctor Confirms Neymar’s Injury Isn’t Too Serious

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Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar has revealed that Neymar did not suffer a serious injury against Cameroon

Neymar hobbled out of Brazil’s friendly win over Cameroon just after eight minute, causing his club concern on the same evening Kylian Mbappe suffered a shoulder blow.

Yet Lasmar offered a positive initial assessment, stating that Neymar would go for a scan before any firm evaluation was given but remaining confident it would not provide a major setback.

“[Neymar] was complaining of discomfort in the right groin area,” Lasmar told SporTV. “He left the pitch, was evaluated and started treatment in the dressing room.

“It will take a little more time for a better evaluation, with an MRI, but it does not appear to be a serious injury. It’s important to wait a little longer, 24 hours, to see how it evolves.”

PSG face Liverpool in a huge Champions League group-stage tie next Wednesday.

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Didier Deschamps Praises Antoine Griezmann’s ‘Amazing Spirit’ For Letting Olivier Giroud Take Penalty Vs Uruguay

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France coach Didier Deschamps praised Antoine Griezmann after he let Olivier Giroud take his team’s penalty against Uruguay on Tuesday nigj.

Olivier Giroud converted a 52nd-minute penalty to give the World Cup champions a 1-0 friendly win at the Stade de France.

That the Chelsea striker took the spot-kick was a surprise and Deschamps lauded Griezmann for the gesture.

“Antoine is, I was about to say too kind, but not here. He has such amazing team spirit, it’s exceptional,” Deschamps told a news conference.

“He is always working for the team, and even in a difficult game like on Friday against Netherlands, he tried so hard, he gave all he could.

“We had a situation where he wanted to help Olivier. This gesture shows the wonderful spirit and the sense of teamwork we have at the moment within the group.”

Giroud has struggled for Chelsea this season.

The 32-year-old has scored just once in 12 games, including not yet netting in nine Premier League matches

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Mark Hughes Could Get Sacked If Southampton Lose To Fulham This Weekend

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Mark Hughes has been informed by Southampton bosses that his position is under intense scrutiny ahead of Saturday’s trip to fellow Premier League strugglers Fulham.

The pressure has grown on Mark Hughes following a disappointing start to his first full campaign at the club, seeing his side claim just eight points from the first 36 on offer.

Hughes, who has won five of his last 32 matches as a top-flight manager with the Saints and Stoke City, is preparing his side for next weekend’s trip to a Fulham side who themselves made a change in the dugout during the international break, swapping Slavisa Jokanovic for Claudio Ranieri.

According to the Daily Mail, Hughes is at risk of being the second Premier League manager to lose his job this season if Southampton suffer defeat at Craven Cottage, with club chiefs acknowledging that swift action is required if they are to save their campaign before it is too late.

Southampton are currently one place above the relegation zone – the same position that they finished in last time out.

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Chelsea To Let Callum Hudson-Odoi Leave On Loan To A Premier League Club In January

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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi will be allowed to leave the club on loan in January in order to obtain more regular Premier League game time, according to ‘Sky Sports News’.

Hudson-Odoi shone during pre-season and took advantage of the late return of the club’s World Cup stars to start against Manchester City in the Community Shield

However, he has failed to force his way into the Starting eleven, making just two substitute appearances in the Europa League.

Nevertheless, he remains highly thought of at Stamford Bridge and it is hoped that a loan to a Premier League side in January could be the perfect next step in his development.

According to the aforementioned source, the ‘Blues’ see him as ready for senior football and would prefer to loan him to a side struggling at the wrong end of the table, with Burnley and Southampton both understood to be among the potential destinations for the England U19 international.

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Brazil Boss Tite Applauds Clarence Seedorf For Cameroon’s Style Of Play

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Brazil defeated Cameroon 1-0 in a friendly game on Tuesday but boss Tite was impressed with the quality of football shown by both teams.

Richarlison scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time, having replaced the injured Neymar in the eighth minute.

Neymar suffered a suspected groin injury, though both he and the team doctor have since suggested it was a minor strain.

Brazil were dominant for much of the match in Milton Keynes and created numerous opportunities, but Tite was still able to appreciate Cameroon, who were playing just their fifth match under Seedorf.

“I even congratulated Seedorf,” said Tite. “The game was for those looking for well-played football.

“I’m not talking about what’s worse or better [in terms of style of play], but it was a beautiful game of football.

“They came out playing with the goalkeeper, who has the technical capacity to get out of danger with both feet.

“We put pressure on, creating a great deal of opportunities, but we couldn’t complete them or turn them into goals. He also brought a creative process. Anyway, it was a good game to watch.

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Antoine Griezmann Not Obsessed With Winning Ballon d’Or

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Antoine Griezmann has insisted he is not obsessed with winning the Ballon d’Or, even though he is eager to lay his hands on the coveted prize.

Griezmann is among the contenders for the award after helping France win the World Cup, as well as guiding Atletico Madrid to Europa League glory, in 2018.

Speaking after France’s 1-0 friendly win over Uruguay on Tuesday, the 27-year-old was clear over his desire to claim the gong.

“I want to win it [Ballon d’Or] too,” said Griezmann.

But asked if he felt obsessed, he responded: “No, that is a problem with France.

“People there do not like when you seek something for yourself individually, but I’m proud to be there and hopefully I will win it.

“Of course, there are other people who can win it and they deserve it too, so let’s see what happens.”

Griezmann scored four goals at the World Cup, while he neyyed729 in all competitions for Atletico in 2017-18.

His competition for the Ballon d’Or includes compatriot Kylian Mbappe, while Croatia’s Luka Modric is the favourite.

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I Have No Rift With Neymar – Edinson Cavani

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PSG striker Edinson Cavani has told the media to stop suggesting he and team-mate Neymar have an ongoing feud after the two appeared at odds in a recent international meeting.

Cavani was booked following a clumsy tackle on the Brazil captain in a 0-0 draw at Emirates Stadium on Friday, leading to an exchange between the two.

Cavani was incensed by the booking, with replays suggesting contact was minimal, and he subsequently threw the ball at Neymar’s leg after helping him up.

The 31-year-old striker then appeared to say something to Neymar as he walked away, before insisting at full-time they are friends.

Cavani was asked again about the situation after Uruguay’s 1-0 defeat to France on Tuesday, and he lost his patience.

“You need to stop this,” he told ‘L’Equipe’. “It’s you, the media, that are creating something from nothing.

“On the outside, everybody has his own life. On the inside, everyone works for the best interests of the club.”

In Tuesday’s outing, another of Cavani’s PSG team-mates Kylian Mbappe was forced off with a shoulder injury in the first half.

With PSG in Champions League action against Liverpool on November 28, a bad injury to Mbappe would be a major blow and Cavani has his fingers crossed.

“I don’t know, I hope it’s not serious,” he said. “We will need everyone to carry on.”

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Marcus Rashford will be offered a new ‘double-your-money’ £150,000-a-week contract in talks with Manchester United this week.
  • Tottenham are braced for Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid’s attempts to sign star midfielder Christian Eriksen.
  • The PFA’s former financial arm was more than £1m in the red when it went into liquidation, having squandered the personal savings of a number of its members.
  • Jlloyd Samuel’s widow asked the PFA for £70,000 to help pay off his debts following his passing but they claimed they could only offer her £11,000 despite spending up to £9m on memorabilia.
  • The FA are already helping to draw up security plans amid fears England’s travelling support could cause trouble at the Nations League finals in Portugal next summer.
  • The FA’s proposal for their solution to Brexit is being met with resistance by the Premier League despite maintaining the current number of non-homegrown players across the 20 clubs.
  • Real Madrid are keen to sign Manchester City’s 19-year-old Spaniard Brahim Diaz if he does not sign a new contract before next summer.
  • Southampton’s board will decide to sack Mark Hughes if the Saints lose to Fulham at the weekend.
  • Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater is showing no interest in leaving Chelsea, despite Maurizio Sarri telling him he won’t play in any competition this season.
  • Arsenal supremo Vinai Venkatesham admits the failure to secure Champions League football for two consecutive seasons has cost the club ‘tens of millions of pounds’.
  • Jack Wilshere is close to making his return to first-team action after nearly three months on the sidelines through injury.
  • Joey Barton is concerned at the lack of opportunities given to homegrown stars.
  • Tottenham will try to convince West Ham’s Declan Rice to sign for them ahead of Manchester United and Chelsea.
  • Former Spain and Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui approached the US Soccer Federation about becoming their national team manager but was turned down.
  • Unai Emery has been told by his Arsenal chiefs: “We must get back in the Champions League”.
  • Christian Eriksen slammed the quality of Wembley’s pitch – claiming Tottenham’s training surfaces are better.
  • Unai Emery beat 50 rivals for the Arsenal job and his new training ground rules are impressing his bosses.
  • Clarke Carlisle has called for Gordon Taylor to quit the PFA.
  • Andy Carroll has finally been passed fit to play for West Ham.
  • Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will ask for a January loan move as Schalke and Crystal Palace renew their interest in his services.
  • If Premier League clubs decline to introduce a limit of 13 overseas players in their squads after Brexit, there will be a far more dramatic reduction in the number of imports allowed, the FA has warned.
  • Leading coaches in Britain have formed an association to protect their interests after being made to feel “vulnerable” by a growing number of complaints from athletes about bullying and a win-at-all-costs culture.
  • The Premiership rugby clubs will today move a step closer to selling a large shareholding in their business to CVC Capital Partners, having agreed an exclusivity period during which they will try to conclude a deal.
  • Mo Farah has admitted that he may rewind the clock and return to the track after next year’s London Marathon.
  • Paul Pogba has returned to Manchester United earlier than scheduled from a trip to Dubai so he can make a quicker recovery from injury.
  • WWE’s Paul Heyman says he would be willing to work with Conor McGregor if he made the transition from combat sports into sports entertainment.
  • Manchester City will have to pay a club-record £75m in the upcoming bidding war with Barcelona for Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong.
  • Wolves players have been promised a £12m bonus scheme if the club pull off qualification to the Europa League this season.
  • Wilfried Zaha says he will be fit for Crystal Palace’s Premier League clash with Manchester United this weekend.
  • Barcelona star Rafinha will desperately seek to leave the club in January, his

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Italy

AC Milan are interested in signing veteran Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, who is free to leave the Blues. (Corriere dello Sport)

Agent Mino Raiola is set to meet Juventus regarding two of his clients: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and in-demand Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt, both of whom are targets of the Italian champions. Having captured Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer the Bianconeri are keen to add more quality to their squad. Pogba, who has a fractured relationship with United boss Jose Mourinho, has been heavily linked with a return to Turin while Juve are one of several top clubs said to be interested in De Ligt. (Tuttosport)

Lazio president Claudio Lotito has refused to rule out Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s departure from the club. The Serbian midfielder, who has been strongly linked with Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid, has emerged as one of the hottest properties in Italian football, so much so that the Roman club slapped a £100m price tag on the 23-year-old ward off potential suitors in the summer.

But Lotito conceded that the club may eventually have to let him go. “Milinkovic-Savic? Unfortunately, Lazio don’t have the same economic potential as Barcelona and Real Madrid,” he said. “When the conditions are on our side and an offer you can’t refuse arrives, then we will face the matter.” (Calciomercato)

Inter are interested in re-signing Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, who spent part of last season on loan at the San Siro. The Brazilian has struggled for game time at the Camp Nou of late, making just four La Liga appearances so far this season. (Tuttosport)

Spain

AC Milan have contacted Chelsea over Cesc Fabregas’ availability. The Spaniard has not started a Premier League game under Maurizio Sarri yet and is expected to leave Stamford Bridge in either January or next summer. (AS)

Ousmane Dembele faces a fight for his Barcelona future. The talented Frenchman, who joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund last summer for well in excess of £100m, has been told he must change his attitude. The winger was dropped for Barca’s defeat to Real Betis after failing to report for training having apparently stayed up late the previous night playing video games. (Sport)

Real Madrid are targeting Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong as a long-term replacement for Luka Modric. The 21-year-old, who is also a Barcelona and Manchester City transfer target, has established himself as one of Dutch football’s most promising prospects and is expected to have his pick of potential future employers. (Sport)

France

Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani insists he does not have a problem with teammate Neymar. The pair had a falling-out last season, but the Uruguayan does not believe there is a problem between himself and the Brazilian. Cavani was pressed on his relationship with Neymar following an incident during Brazil’s friendly win over Uruguay when Neymar appeared to ignore Cavani’s hand while down on the ground. (Paris United)

Germany

Liverpool are interested in Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic. The 20-year-old, who joined the Bundesliga side on loan from Benfica in the summer of 2017, has shot to prominence after scoring nine goals in as many league games this season, including five in Frankfurt’s 7-1 demolition of Fortuna Dusseldorf. The Reds will face stiff competition for the Serbia international, however, with Bayern Munich and Barcelona said to be weighing up bids. (Sport BILD)

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UEFA President Hint At Early VAR Roll-out For Champions League Knock-out Stages

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Video Assistant Referees (VAR) could be used during the knockout stage of this season’s Champions League, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli have hinted.

European football’s governing body has already announced plans to use VAR in the 2019-20 season and is in the closing stages of conducting tests with the technology.

VAR was rolled out in LaLiga this term, following its implementation at the 2018 World Cup. Serie A, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1, the A-League and MLS also use video assistants and the Premier League will bring it in alongside its Goal Decision System next season.

Speaking at a news conference in Brussels on Tuesday, Ceferin and Agnelli suggested UEFA could jump ahead of its initial proposal, stating that VAR would be in use “at the latest next season”.

“We have started to do all the preparation. [UEFA referees chief] Roberto Rosetti and his team are very good. There are important points of view – the referees and all the technical aspects,” Ceferin said.

“I expect the report in a week or so and then we will see when we can implement it. At the latest next season.”

Agnelli, who is also the chairman of Serie A champions Juventus, added: “At the latest next season also means there is space for earlier implementation.

“We are delighted as clubs with that and we thank UEFA for the work they have been putting together.”

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino Warns Qatar It Has To Host Best World Cup Ever

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has warned Qatar that the first World Cup in the Middle East – which begins in four years on November 21 – has to be better than Russia.

“The Russian World Cup was the best ever, and the World Cup in 2022 has to be even better,” said Infantino in a joint statement issued with Qatar’s tournament organisers, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

The statement reveals that Qatar is spending $6.5 billion on building or refurbishing eight stadiums for the tournament. Qatar has said it is spending around $500 million a week on preparations for the World Cup.

The Gulf state is set to host the first tournament in November and December, after FIFA agreed to move the tournament amid concerns over the desert country’s fierce summer heat, where temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit).

“It will be a momentous occasion for the teams participating, the fans watching, and for the whole Arab world, which is eagerly anticipating hosting the showpiece event of the most popular sport in the world for the first time ever,” said Hassan al-Thawadi, head of the Supreme Committee.

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Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis Planning On Buying Club In England

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that he is in the market to buy a club in England.

De Laurentiis, who recently completed the purchase of lower league side Bari, is frustrated by the situation surrounding Napoli’s San Paolo stadium.

The stadium is owned by the city, and De Laurentiis wants to renovate it. He has said that, if he is not allowed to buy it, he will take the club away and build a new ground elsewhere.

He has threatened to move their Champions League fixtures to Bari and said the situation had led him to consider looking at a club overseas.

“I’m working on buying another club, probably in England,” La Gazzetta dello Sport reported him as saying. “There is a project in progress.”

De Laurentiis said he did not feel he could take Napoli any further given the restrictions of a stadium which he claimed had not undergone major renovation since before the 1990 World Cup.

This season, delays in installing new seats led to the club halting the sale of season tickets.

The management of such a stadium is a huge problem,” De Laurentiis said. “The city has done no more than keep it afloat.

“When I discover that PSG pay €1 million a year to rent the Parc des Princes, I realise how far behind we are.

“With 47,000 seats, they produce revenue of €100m a year. Napoli don’t get beyond €17-18m because we can’t do anything inside the San Paolo — we can’t do any other activities.

“The city has done nothing for the San Paolo since 1990. Nobody has assumed the responsibility and we’ve found ourselves with a stadium which is not only ugly but is falling apart. It even rains inside.

“There are millions of screws that are never checked so why are the city council demanding €1.8m a year in rent?

“If it were up to me, I’d buy some land in two seconds and build a new stadium, but there’s a lot of considerations to make.

“All of the opportunities to do something in recent years have failed. Shopping centres are no longer working, as aren’t cinemas. I wouldn’t know how to make a stadium profitable seven days a week — maybe we’d have to offer karaoke.”

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PSG Stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe Forced off Injured Just Eight Days Before Crucial Liverpool Clash

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Neymar and Kylian Mbappe could be injury doubts for PSG ahead of their crucial UEFA Champions League meeting with Liverpool next week after both players were substituted while playing for their countries on Tuesday night.

Neymar was withdrawn just eight minutes into Brazil’s match against Cameroon with what appeared to be a groin strain while Kylian Mbappe went off against Uruguay in considerable pain with a shoulder injury.

In a quick interview with TV Globo, Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said it was too early to determine the extent of Neymar’s injury. France’s medical staff were said to not be too concerned with Mbappe’s condition, according to reports.

PSG face Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Saturday before hosting Liverpool in a crunch Champions League group match on Wednesday.

The French giants will be eliminated from the competition if they lose to Liverpool and Napoli win at home to Red Star Belgrade.

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Nigeria 0 Vs 0 Uganda: The Cranes Unbeaten Run Against Super Eagles Continue

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria and The Cranes of Uganda battled to a 0-0 draw in Tuesday’s friendly at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba

This continues Super Eagles’ underwhelming recent record against Uganda as the East Africans have now extended their undefeated streak against Nigeria to three matches

Nigeria made six changes to the side that secured qualification to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations at the weekend, and it was one of the new faces, Mikel Agu, who twice came close to winning the contest late on.

The makeshift central-defensive pairing of Semi Ajayi and John Ogu were almost made to pay for some sloppy defending in the 11th minute, as Derrick Nsibambi capitalised on the lack of communication.

He could only flick the ball over Daniel Akpeyi’s goal as a chance went begging for the visitors.

The Eagles struggled for any sustained period of possession in the opposition half and on the few occasions they did assert themselves over the Cranes, debutant Samuel Chukwueze looked most likely to provide the missing inspiration.

The Villarreal forward showed glimpses of his brilliance, but home supporters will hope that there’s more to come from him.

Despite the introduction of Samuel Kalu and Isaac Success at the interval, which ought to have added more bit to the attack, Nigeria failed to threaten Jamal Magooa in the opposition goal.

The result ensures The Super Eagles end 2018 on a six-game unbeaten run since the World Cup in Russia

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Yannick Carrasco Offers His team-mate £9,000 After Breaking His Nose In Training Bust-up

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A training ground bust-up at Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang led to Yannick Carrasco breaking the nose of defender Jin Pengxiang .

Yannick Carrasco released an apology to his teammate via the club’s social media site on Tuesday, as well as paying £9,000 compensation for the damage caused.

In the clip, Carrasco can be heard saying the following: It was at a training session, because of a collision we had some small conflicts that eventually caused his nose to be injured. From my point of view, I think Jin Pengxiang is a good player and a very good person.”

He continued: “I also want to apologise to him because sometimes in football, including during training, there are many times when an unfortunate collision like this could happen. I also hope that he can recover as soon as possible.”

Carrasco only joined the club in February, from Spanish outfit Atlético Madrid, and made a good start to life in the Far East, by scoring the goal that saved his new side from relegation on the final day of the season.

Carrasco also said that he offered to pay for Pengxiang’s medical costs by way of apology.

“I have heard some rumours during this time,” the Belgian said. “I want to clarify that at first I was willing to give him €9,000 as medical compensation, but my team did not handle it well.

“He did not receive the money. There are also rumours that he asked me to pay a huge amount of compensation. I have had direct contact with Jin Pengxiang and he never asked for that.

“He is a very good player. There are some things I hope to end in a better way as soon as possible, and I am willing to play with him in the team next year.”

Carrasco has scored seven goals and contributed nine assists in 25 CSL games for Dalian.

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Evening

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Alexandre Lacazette has spoken of his happiness at Arsenal after being assured the north London club had no intentions of selling him this summer.
Chelsea are growing increasingly confident key midfielder N’Golo Kante will put pen to paper on a new deal within the next few months.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Real Madrid reportedly want Man Utd forward Marcus Rashford to replace the recently departed Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Juventus are still keen on re-signing Man Utd playmaker Paul Pogba, with talks having already taken place between the two clubs, according to reports.
Lazio president Claudio Lotito has refused to rule out selling Serbia international midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who has reportedly been attracting United’s attention of late.
In-demand Juventus left-back Alex Sandro has revealed his “desire to play in the Premier League”.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Contrary to reports, Liverpool will not be making a move for Bundesliga top scorer Luka Jovic in January.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Miguel Almiron – who has reportedly been interesting Newcastle – has a “high chance” of leaving Atlanta United and moving to Europe in a “high-cost deal” in January, according to the forward’s agent.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Wolves were one of a number of clubs who scouted Austria’s draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina last Thursday.

EXPRESS & STAR
West Brom Albion want to tie academy product Rekeem Harper down to a new contract and have opened talks with the 18-year-old midfielder.

FOOTBALL.LONDON
Arsenal are reportedly pondering whether to trigger the get-out clause in Spain midfielder Pablo Fornals’ deal at Villarreal.

THE SENTINEL
Ipswich left-back Jonas Knudsen has revealed that both Stoke and Middlesbrough tried to sign him last summer.
Out-of-favour Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam has admitted he will speak to manager Gary Rowett about going out on loan in January.

LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester are planning a move for out-of-favour Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny when the transfer window reopens in January.
Leicester have reportedly made an approach for young Celta Vigo midfielder Brais Mendez.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Adam Matthews says he would like to stay at Sunderland beyond the end of this season, when his current deal expires.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Notts County have moved nearer to naming a new manager after drawing up a three-man short-list for the role.

EVENING GAZETTE
In-demand QPR left-back Luke Freeman, who nearly left the Championship club last summer, is once again attracting the interest of rival clubs ahead of the January window.

HULL DAILY MAIL
Markus Henriksen has revealed he is keeping his options open as he approaches the end of his Hull contract.

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Football Papers:All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Real Madrid are plotting a £90m double raid for Marcus Rashford and Christian Eriksen.
  • Barcelona are reportedly lining up potential replacements for Samuel Umtiti in January as the defender continues to recover from a knee injury.
  • Arsenal have targeted a January move for Villarreal’s Spain international attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals.
  • Arsenal are ready to offload outcast Mohamed Elneny in January.
  • Mesut Ozil has revealed that former Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo was “very angry” at his sale to Arsenal in 2013.
  • Manny Pacquiao is still hopeful of landing a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr after he takes on Adrien Broner.
  • Twickenham’s top brass have assured Eddie Jones his Rugby World Cup plans will not be wrecked by turmoil in the RFU boardroom.
  • AC Milan will not pay £31m to sign Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
  • Olivier Giroud says he is ready to fight for his place at Chelsea following Alvaro Morata’s improved form.
  • Paul Pogba is angling to leave Manchester United and engineer a return to Juventus, according to reports in Italy.
  • Danny Care is in danger of missing out on the Rugby World Cup after being dropped by England for the second time in five months.
  • Chelsea want to sign Juventus star Alex Sandro.
  • Gareth Southgate has warned his England stars not to get too big for their boots.
  • Juventus have stepped up their interest in signing Marcus Rashford from Manchester United.
  • England’s players are at odds with the FA over their commercial fees with a new dispute emerging over whether they are entitled to a share of a £10m bonus paid by Nike for reaching the World Cup semi-finals last summer.
  • A European Super League won’t happen, says UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
  • A British and Irish bid for the 2030 World Cup may be in jeopardy after Spain’s government announced it wanted Morocco to join a three-country bid with Portugal for the tournament.
  • Mohamed Elneny looks set to leave Arsenal in January, with the Gunners willing to accept a bid of £15m for the Egyptian.
  • Liverpool are targeting current Bundesliga top goalscorer Luka Jovic.
  • England manager Gareth Southgate could face significant disruption to his bid to win the inaugural Uefa Nations League if a Premier League club makes it to the final of the Champions League.
  • Britain’s most promising young footballers could be denied moves to foreign clubs after Brexit.
  • Australia back-row David Pocock is a doubt for Saturday’s Test match against England at Twickenham with a neck injury.
  • Gilles Grimandi is leaving his role as Arsenal’s leading French scout as the post-Arsene Wenger revamp continues.
  • The FA are preparing to investigate explosive allegations made against Fulham and their billionaire owner Shahid Khan by the club’s former assistant director of football.
  • Nantes have put a £25m price tag on top scorer Emiliano Sala as Premier League clubs begin to circle.
  • Brent Council are being urged to reject Tottenham’s application to play seven full-capacity matches at Wembley next year, with residents claiming the extra fixtures would be a nightmare due to rowdy fans and travel chaos.
  • Ademola Lookman has pledged his future to England after holding face-to-face talks with U21 head coach Aidy Boothroyd over persistent stories linking him to Nigeria.
  • Former Rangers midfielder Charlie Adam wants to return to Ibrox and is eyeing a January loan deal.

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Olivier Giroud Vows To Fight For His Chelsea Place After Being Second Choice To Morata All Season

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Olivier Giroud is determined to win a place in Chelsea’s starting line-up despite finding himself behind Alvaro Morata in the Stamford Bridge pecking order.

Olivier Giroud was an unused substitute as Chelsea were held to a goalless draw by Everton in their last Premier League fixture, despite having scored in their 1-0 Europa League win at BATE in the previous game.

“I came back late from the World Cup and Morata played,” Giroud told Telefoot.

“With the national team in September, a goal against the Netherlands did me good. After that, when I came back to Chelsea, I played several matches as a starter.

“Today, the coach has introduced healthy competition. Morata started again, he played well. It is true that we were having issues in the effectiveness department, he scored and things are going better.”

Giroud has started just four of Chelsea’s 12 Premier League games so far this season and has yet to score in his nine appearances.

He said the speculation over his future brought back memories from the end of the 2017-18 season, when he was tipped to leave Stamford Bridge.

“Would I have to consider a departure to keep my place in the national team? I feel like it is as if we are where we were several months ago when I was being asked the same questions before the World Cup,” said Giroud.

“Today I am calm, happy with this World Cup title. I don’t need to put myself under more pressure than that. Of course, I am a competitor and I would like more playing time. But I am in a very big club, with very big players.

“I am going to fight and for the moment, it is not a question about seeking a departure. I am going to stick in there and do not expect me to give up.”

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Olivier Giroud Vows To Fight For His Chelsea Place After Being Second Choice To Morata All Season

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Olivier Giroud is determined to win a place in Chelsea’s starting line-up despite finding himself behind Alvaro Morata in the Stamford Bridge pecking order.

Olivier Giroud was an unused substitute as Chelsea were held to a goalless draw by Everton in their last Premier League fixture, despite having scored in their 1-0 Europa League win at BATE in the previous game.

“I came back late from the World Cup and Morata played,” Giroud told Telefoot.

“With the national team in September, a goal against the Netherlands did me good. After that, when I came back to Chelsea, I played several matches as a starter.

“Today, the coach has introduced healthy competition. Morata started again, he played well. It is true that we were having issues in the effectiveness department, he scored and things are going better.”

Giroud has started just four of Chelsea’s 12 Premier League games so far this season and has yet to score in his nine appearances.

He said the speculation over his future brought back memories from the end of the 2017-18 season, when he was tipped to leave Stamford Bridge.

“Would I have to consider a departure to keep my place in the national team? I feel like it is as if we are where we were several months ago when I was being asked the same questions before the World Cup,” said Giroud.

“Today I am calm, happy with this World Cup title. I don’t need to put myself under more pressure than that. Of course, I am a competitor and I would like more playing time. But I am in a very big club, with very big players.

“I am going to fight and for the moment, it is not a question about seeking a departure. I am going to stick in there and do not expect me to give up.”

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Chelsea Manager Maurizio Sarri Defends Alvaro Morata After His Slow Start To The Season

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has come under criticism recently due to his lack of goals at Chelsea, but manager Maurizio Sarri has jumped to the defence of his player.

So far in 42 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, Alvaro Morata has come up with just 16 goals and six assists while boasting a shot accuracy of just 45 per cent.

“Morata is a quality player, fast and technically gifted. He’s a sensitive person and the difficulties had hurt him,” Sarri said to ‘DiMarzio’.

“The results and the quality of our football are positive. 18 games without a loss, in such a competitive reality show that we’re on the right track.”

The Italian manager also defended another of his players, David Luiz. The Brazilian defender has often been caught out due to a percieved lack of discipline. However, Sarri was surprised by Luiz’s approach.

“There isn’t a lot of time between the training sessions and I think it doesn’t help the coach nor the players,” he added.

“It’s not even only about the physical aspect but also about the mental one. David Luiz surprised me by his availability and cleverness.”

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Chelsea Manager Maurizio Sarri Defends Alvaro Morata After His Slow Start To The Season

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has come under criticism recently due to his lack of goals at Chelsea, but manager Maurizio Sarri has jumped to the defence of his player.

So far in 42 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, Alvaro Morata has come up with just 16 goals and six assists while boasting a shot accuracy of just 45 per cent.

“Morata is a quality player, fast and technically gifted. He’s a sensitive person and the difficulties had hurt him,” Sarri said to ‘DiMarzio’.

“The results and the quality of our football are positive. 18 games without a loss, in such a competitive reality show that we’re on the right track.”

The Italian manager also defended another of his players, David Luiz. The Brazilian defender has often been caught out due to a percieved lack of discipline. However, Sarri was surprised by Luiz’s approach.

“There isn’t a lot of time between the training sessions and I think it doesn’t help the coach nor the players,” he added.

“It’s not even only about the physical aspect but also about the mental one. David Luiz surprised me by his availability and cleverness.”

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Football Leaks; Man United ‘Paid Monaco £3.5million for “Ghost Friendly” As Part Of Radamel Falcao Loan Transfer In 2014

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Manchester United have now themselves in the latest Football Leaks reports after claims that they circumvented French league rules to pay AS Monaco a bonus for the 2014 signing of Radamel Falcao.

Radamel Falcao joined Manchester United in September 2014 on a season-long loan deal

The Red Devils agreed to take the forward to Manchester, despite him having cost the Principality club €60million just 15 months previously.

A €10million loan fee was agreed and United allegedly wanted to make €4million (£3.5m) conditional on the club finishing in the top four in Louis van Gaal’s first season at the helm.

However, LFP rules prohibit performance bonuses of that ilk being included. As such, it is claimed by Football Leaks, in conjunction with French publication Mediapart, that United agreed to two different contracts.

The first saw Falaco move on loan for just €6million, with the second being an agreement for a friendly match between the two clubs which would cost United €4million.

The only condition on the friendly going ahead was that United finished in the top four

However, it is alleged that one of the clauses contained within stated that if the friendly did not go ahead, United must still pay Monaco €4million (£3.5m).

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