Emotional Benitez: I’m Back Home And I Want Trophies

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New Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez gave in to emotions after sealing a return home.

The 55-year-old former Napoli, Inter and Liverpool boss started his managing career with Real Madrid’s castilla side, before coaching teams in Spain and around europe.

The sacking of Ancelotti prompted Madrid president Florentino Perez to hire the Spaniard again.

“It’s an exciting day because I’m back home again,” he said at his official unveiling.

“I hope to win titles and play well. This is the hardest part, when you have to speak but don’t know what to say.

“It’s a very exciting day for me. I promise to work with dedication. I hope we can repay the confidence placed in us.”

Perez added: “The requirement in Madrid is always high and our new coach will make us stronger in our objectives, which are the dreams of Real Madrid.

“Rafa breathes football and Real Madrid. He works with passion for this sport. He is known for his brilliant preparation for matches and his great track record.”

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Materazzi: Benitez? Goodluck To Madrid Fans

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Former Inter defender and legend, Marco Materazzi has wished Real Madrid fans goodluck with the appointment of Benitez as coach.

Benitez was unveiled today and has been the favourite to get the job after Ancelotti was sacked for failing to win La Liga and Champions League.

“I expected Napoli to have an ordinary season,” he told Goal.

“I was sayng that even when it seemed that things were going well. He’s going to Madrid, so good luck to him, but above all, good luck to Real Madrid supporters.”

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Contenders For FIFA Presidency Emerge As Platini Is Dubbed Favourite

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Following the shocking resignation of Sepp Blatter as FIFA President, a position he has held since 1998, contenders have started to emerge for notably one of world’s prestigious position.

According to report, the names of some of the strong contenders are UEFA president Michel Platini, Prince Ali bin al Hussein, who challenged Blatter in a vote last Friday, and Portuguese football great Luis Figo.

The Federation body has however said that: “There will be jostling for position. The election will take time”.

Platini, who is a French football legend-turned-politician is a 59-year-old, three time winner of the Ballon d’Or, is likely to be the favourite for the top job, as he has always been a fierce critic of the way Sepp Blatter ran the organization.

He decided not to run against Blatter on this year’s election but did not rule out an attempt in 2019 and supported the candidacy of Prince Ali bin al Hussein against Blatter.

Former FIFA Vice President, Prince Ali is also interested in the prestigious position.

“As for new elections, Prince Ali is ready,” Sala Sabra, vice-president of the Jordanian football federation which the prince heads up, told AFP.

Luis Figo welcomed Blatter’s departure by saying: “Now we should, responsibly and calmly, find a consensual solution worldwide in order to start a new era of dynamism, transparency and democracy in FIFA.”

The Portuguese FA see former star Luis Figo as an important candidate for the position.

Also interested in the position are Dutch Football Association chief Michael Van Praag, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti head of the Olympic Council of Asia and Asian Football Confederation president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa.

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The King Is Dethroned: Rafael Nadal Loses To Novak Djokovic In French Open Quarter Finals

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Rafael Nadal‘s status in tennis continues to fall.

The Spaniard, who is known as the King of Clay, today lost to Novak Djokovic of the French Open.

It’s Nadal’s second high-profile loss on clay courts this year, the first his loss to Andy Murray at the final of the Madrid Masters.

Nadal, on his 29th birthday, suffered his first defeat in six years and his second in 72 matches at Roland Garros.

Injuries have plagued Nadal in recent months, hence the 7-5 6-3 6-1 loss for the 9-time Roland Garros champion didn’t come as much of a surprise.

Djokovic is now two wins from completing the career Grand Slam of all four major titles, and will play Andy Murray or David Ferrer in the semi-finals on Friday.

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Arsenal Could Complete Cech Signing

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Petr Cech would be moving to Arsenal in the summer as he has reportedly tendered a transfer request as he looks to continue his playing career elsewhere.

The Czech international spent most of this season playing from the bench as Thiabaut Courtois claimed the position of first place at Chelsea. But with Cech still looking sharp and in good form, he is looking to move to a club where he can get more playing time and still remain among Europe’s elite. Cech has stated that he would prefer to keep his family in London for the next few years.

Arsenal, take note. If you make a move now, you might just get a top quality goalkeeper finally. And every club needs that to challenge for major trophies.e

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Chiellini A Doubt For UCL Final

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There might be no flesh for the “Vampire of Anfield” to feast on, on the 6th of June as Giorgio Chiellini who Luis Suarez bit just last year at the FIFA world cup in Brazil might not be able to take part in the UEFA champions league final this Saturday due to an injury complaint.

Chiellini could not complete training earlier today as he left the pitch with a calf complaint. Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri however stated that the issued didn’t appear serious but that the 30 year old would be evaluated on Thursday to determine his fitness level and whether or not he would be part of the team that would play Juventus’ first UEFA champions league final since 2003.

With Barzagli already out with an injury, Juventus need Chiellini to be fit or they could be thrown into a serious defensive crisis as they get set to face what is unarguably the best attacking force in world football today.

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Welcome Home: Real Madrid Hire Benitez As Manager

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Over 15 years after beginning his managerial career with Real Madrid Castilla, Rafa Benitez has returned to now take charge of Real Madrid’s senior team after going around Europe, successfully managing teams and proving he has what it takes to manage the most successful football club in the world.

Following the firing of Carlo Ancelotti, Benitez was the odds on favorite to take over at the Bernabeu, and after the Spaniard resigned from Napoli, it was clear his next destination would be Madrid. Real Madrid offered Benitez a three year contract and he accepted and was announced earlier today. The 55 year old former Chelsea and Liverpool manager was full of emotion as he addressed the press promising to do his best after stating that he was home “It’s an exciting day because I’m back home again,” he said “I hope to win titles and play well. This is the hardest part, when you have to speak but don’t know what to say. It’s a very exciting day for me. I promise to work with dedication. I hope we can repay the confidence placed in us.”

Well, we can only wish Benitez well and hope he has more success than Mourinho and Ancelotti who left the club unceremoniously after so much was expected of their reigns as managers of Real Madrid

 

 

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He’s Gone: Blatter Resigns As FIFA President

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Well the pressure was apparently too much for the Swiss football administrator as Sepp Blatter resigned today as the president of FIFA, a position he has held for seventeen years prior to today.

Blatter who won re-election for his fifth term in office as the President of football’s governing body was caught in the eye of s bribery storm which rocked the football administration’s body to its foundations. And barely five days into his fifth term, Blatter organized a hasty press conference which involved about 15 people and announced his decision to step down as president of FIFA. ‘I decided to stand again for election for the good of football, but my mandate does not appear to be supported by everybody. Blatter said in the press conference. ‘The elections are closed but the challenges we are facing have not. FIFA needs profound restructuring. I am very much linked to Fifa and its interests. Those interests are dear to me and this is why I am taking this decision.” He was also quoted saying.

FIFA would now be looking to bring in a new president in the next coming days.

 

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Depay Reveals: United Were Unhappy With Me Playing PSV’s Last Games

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Memphis Depay has revealed that United were not too happy with him after he featured in PSV’s last two games.

The young dutch became United’s first signing after both clubs agreed a deal in the sum of €27.5 million at the start of May.

PSV already secured the Eredivisie title, but Depay being so ambitious wanted to finish as the league’s highest goalscorer and insisted on playing the final two games, apparently this did not sit well with United.

“I really wanted to play. For the coach, it was not a big issue. But PSV and Manchester United weren’t happy with that,” Depay told De Telegraaf.

“They both wanted me not to play because of a risk of getting injured. I wanted to win that last game and finish top scorer as well as break the total points record with PSV. So I absolutely wanted to play.”

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Puyol Hopes Xavi Gets His Dream Barcelona Ending

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Former Barcelona captain Puyol, hopes that Xavi gets his dream ending at Barcelona by lifting the UCL trophy.

The ace midfielder is poised for a move to Al Sadd in Qatar after the season comes to an end and has helped them to the domestic double.

Puyol though wants his successor to complete the treble and lift the UCL.

“I really hope he can do it,” he told Sport.

“I’m confident in the team and it’d be a great image for him to finish his time as a Barca player.

“Xavi has lifted trophies as captain, but I hope he can lift the Champions League, which is different.”

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Real Madrid Confirm Benitez As Coach

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Real Madrid have officially confirmed Rafa Benitez as coach.

The Spaniard was the favourite to replace Carlo Ancelotti after he was sacked when he failed to win the Champions league and la liga.

Benitez signed a deal worth three years.

And on Wednesday, Benitez finally signed a contract with the Blancos which ties him to the Spanish capital until the summer of 2018.

“Real Madrid will present Rafa Benitez as the new coach for the next three seasons on Wednesday, June 3,” a club statement read.

“The event will take place at 13:00CET in the Royal Box of the Bernabeu, then Rafa Benitez will appear before the media in the press room.”

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Sepp Blatter Resigns As FIFA President [Speech In Full]

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Just four days after celebrating his reelection, Sepp Blatter has announced his resignation from FIFA.

The Swiss announced his resignation at a press conference that was arranged hurriedly in Zurich.

“I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the forty years in which my life has been inextricably bound to Fifa and the great sport of football.
“I cherish Fifa more than anything and I want to do only what is best for Fifa and for football. I felt compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed that this was the best thing for the organisation. That election is over but Fifa’s challenges are not.

“Fifa needs a profound overhaul. While I have a mandate from the membership of Fifa, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football – the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at Fifa.

“Therefore, I have decided to lay down my mandate at an extraordinary elective Congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as Fifa President until that election.

“The next ordinary Fifa Congress will take place on May 13, 2016 in Mexico City. This would create unnecessary delay and I will urge the Executive Committee to organise an Extraordinary Congress for the election of my successor at the earliest opportunity. This will need to be done in line with Fifa’s statutes and we must allow enough time for the best candidates to present themselves and to campaign.

“Since I shall not be a candidate, and am therefore now free from the constraints that elections inevitably impose, I shall be able to focus on driving far-reaching, fundamental reforms that transcend our previous efforts. For years, we have worked hard to put in place administrative reforms, but it is plain to me that while these must continue, they are not enough.

“The Executive Committee includes representatives of confederations over whom we have no control, but for whose actions Fifa is held responsible.

“We need deep-rooted structural change. The size of the Executive Committee must be reduced and its members should be elected through the Fifa Congress.

“The integrity checks for all Executive Committee members must be organised centrally through Fifa and not through the confederations. We need term limits not only for the president but for all members of the Executive Committee.

“I have fought for these changes before and, as everyone knows, my efforts have been blocked. This time, I will succeed.

“I cannot do this alone. I have asked Domenico Scala to oversee the introduction and implementation of these and other measures.

“Mr. Scala is the Independent Chairman of our Audit and Compliance Committee elected by the Fifa Congress. He is also the Chairman of the ad hoc Electoral Committee and, as such, he will oversee the election of my successor. Mr. Scala enjoys the confidence of a wide range of constituents within and outside of Fifa and has all the knowledge and experience necessary to help tackle these major reforms.

“It is my deep care for Fifa and its interests, which I hold very dear, that has led me to take this decision. I would like to thank those who have always supported me in a constructive and loyal manner as president of Fifa and who have done so much for the game that we all love. What matters to me more than anything is that when all of this is over, football is the winner.”

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Pogba Has Said Playing With Messi Will Be A Dream Come True

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Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has said it will be a dream come true for him, if he plays alongside Messi.

The France international has been linked with a move away from the Old Lady with the Catalans and Los Blancos strong contenders for his signature.

Pogba has singled out Barcelona attacker, Messi for praise and registered his admiration for Barcelona.

“Playing with Messi would be a dream come true,” he is quoted as saying by AS.

“He’s the best player in the world. I love watching Barcelona play, but I also love watching them lose. We know that we’re not favourites but it’s a final.

“We’re going to give our all. We have nothing to lose and you never know what can happen.”

Despite his admiration for Barcelona, Pogba emphasised that he had no immediate plans to leave the club in the summer.

“I never said that the final in Berlin would be my last game. People can believe what they want.”

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Luis Enrique Hits Back At Chiellini, Says Messi Will Score That Goal Anywhere

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Luis Enrique believes that Messi will be able to score the same goal he scored against Athletic in the Copa del Rey final against any team in any league.

The Argentine forward meandered his way between three Athletic players before topping the fine performance with a spectacular goal.

Chiellini though, has said that Messi will not be able to replicate that same performance in Italy.

However, the Barca boss told reporters: “I think he can do it in any circumstances, in any league in the world.

“Messi is the best player in world, in history probably. Messi, since he [came to Barca] has adapted to a way of playing that benefits him.

“His team-mates are of the highest quality and he has been playing from early on with players who enjoy the game.

“They are not so physical but they play the ball, this is the idea we have here and I’m sure it has contributed to his success.

“He is the best in world but his environment is extremely beneficial for him.”

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Chiellini: There’d Be No Wondergoal For god-like Messi In Italy

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Chiellini has made it known that the wonder goal Messi scored against Athletic in the Copa del Rey final will be impossible against an Italian defence.

Messi’s brilliance us once again the talk of the globe after his opener against Athletic left four players trailing after him.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Champions League final against Barca, Chiellini lauded Messi’s talent but argued the four-time Ballon d’Or winner would be better marked if he plied his trade in Serie A.

“It was certainly a great goal,” the versatile centre-back told reporters on Monday. “I don’t think Messi would be able to score a goal like that in Italy, where the defending is much better than in Spain.

“There’s better football in La Liga but worse defending.

“But Messi is now the god of football. It’s difficult to compare him with Diego Maradona, Pele and company, but he’s probably the best player of the last 30 years.”

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Ballack Says Messi, Neymar And Suarez Are Divas

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Germany legend and former captain, Michael Ballack has made his admiration for Barcelona trio, Messi, Suarez and Neymar known, but has pointed out their inability to defend.

The South American forwards have been instrumental for Barcelona this season, firing them to La Liga and Copa del Rey success. A possibility of completing the treble is high as they are set to face Juve in the UCL final.

Ballack though has pointed out that their inability to defend could be the undoing of the team, he went on to brand them ‘divas’.

“Of course they have weaknesses. Most obviously in terms of their defence: remember Bayern Munich scored three goals in the semi-final second leg, so they’re clearly vulnerable,” he told The Guardian .

“Their biggest strength can also become a weakness. Those three forwards are all superstars. They are a little bit like divas sometimes when you see them: they don’t like to defend.

“So it will be interesting to see how Juventus can create unhappiness in their game. These kind of players like to have the ball, they want to play, they want to enjoy movements, to pass the ball around.

“If Juve make sure that can’t happen, as the game goes on they’ll become more and more frustrated and they can lose their discipline. That’s the key. That’s the time where Juventus must take over because an Italian team never loses discipline. Their players live for and thrive off this discipline.

“It’s an outstanding trio. I’ve never seen three players up front in the same team like that. Bayern Munich have Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski, who are amazing when they’re in good shape.

“Real Madrid have Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, even if Cristiano tends to dominate. But Barcelona’s are all absolute superstars. It says a lot that all three’s national teams rely on them as well: Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.

“That tells you everything about their quality.”

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Mourinho Slams ‘Unacceptable’ Loftus-cheek

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José Mourinho has slammed Ruben Loftus-cheek’s work-rate in Chelsea’s friendly win over Sydney on Tuesday. He went on to say their relationship has taken a step back.

Loftus-Cheek who is a favorite to feature in Chelsea’s matches this coming season after receiving high praise from Mourinho last season picked up a injury in Chelsea’s 1-0 win on Tuesday.

But Mourinho who has analyzed the issue, seems to believe the injury was fabricated.

“Ruben said he had a pain in his back but what I was feeling was that he only had the pain when Sydney had the ball.

“When Chelsea had the ball he was playing very well, but when Sydney had the ball I think he was more impressed by watching Matic and Mikel work, instead of him working.

“So, with Ruben, it’s one step back in terms of my relationship with him. If he doesn’t know what it is to play for me and Chelsea it’s one step back.

“He has to learn that at 19 you have to run three times more than the others, you have to play to your limits and not play like a superstar with the ball at your feet because this is not Under-18s.

“The Under-18 competition is too easy for him. He’s too good to play in the Under-18s but I don’t accept that when he’s playing in midfield with Mikel and Matic when we don’t have the ball he doesn’t press, doesn’t have intensity and he’s waiting for everybody else to recover the ball.

“I don’t accept that in the superstars so how can I accept that in a kid? He has to learn what it takes to play for us.”

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Ronaldo Caught Urinating On The Street In France

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The Ballon D’Or winner was apparently having a little too much fun in France as the Real Madrid forward was caught urinating on the side of a car after coming out of a club in France. He even had a lookout to ensure he wasn’t caught.

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He was still apprehended by the Police though.

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After some scolding by the policemen, Ronaldo went back on his way to enjoy life in the town of St. Tropez

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Lionel Messi Explains Why He Loves Barcelona

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Lionel Messi who  has been a driving force for Barcelona for the entirety of his career and  played a key role in the Blaugrana already claiming glory in LA Liga and the Copa del Rey.

With the Champions League final clash with Juventus in Berlin just days away Messi has spoken out about his love for the Catalan club.

“Coming here was a big leap not just for my footballing career but also personally,

“I grew up at this club and I love the club a lot because of all the help they’ve given me”.

Barcelona are favourites to win the match, but Juventus just like Barcelona are also chasing a memorable treble

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Christian Benteke Admits He Wants To Play For A Champions League Club

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Christian Benteke has admitted  that his future at Aston Villa is unclear

Benteke’s agent, Eric Kismet revealed yesterday the striker wants a move to a Champions League club.

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Benteke wants out of Villa Park

Kismet is hoping to meet with Villa chief executive Tom Fox and first-team manager Tim Sherwood in the next nine days to discuss what will happen with the Belgium international this summer.

Benteke while speaking to SkySports said

“It’s about him, he knows what I want and I’ll let him do the job,”.

“I don’t know, I don’t think about Aston Villa now, I did my season with Villa and now I am focused with the national team.

“It’s important to play. If you want to be in first 11 you have to play in your club.”

Benteke has scored a total of 49 goals in 101 appearances for the club, notching 12 goals this season after overcoming an Achilles injury, and was the subject of repeated transfer speculation last summer.

The 24-year-old has been linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool

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

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DAILY MIRROR

Liverpool are close to finalising a deal for Manchester City midfielder James Milner.

Brendan Rodgers will survive as Liverpool manager – but only if he accepts the American owners won’t change their transfer policy.

FA Cup final hero Theo Walcott will discuss where he is to be used and how often as part of his contract talks with Arsenal.

West Ham are set to step up their interest in Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa with their move for Europa League-winning Sevilla coach Unai Emery under threat.

The Hammers have been left sweating on the future of forward Enner Valencia, a target for Chelsea.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is top of Sunderland’s short-list to become their new manager.

Leicester will step up their £8million pursuit of Shinji Okazaki after Mainz landed a replacement for the striker.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed he will move for Feyenoord skipper Jordy Clasie if Morgan Schneiderlin defects to a Champions League club.

Everton have opened talks with Tom Cleverley over a move to Goodison Park.

Steve Bruce has slapped a £10million price tag on in-demand Hull defender James Chester.

THE SUN

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is reportedly pushing for a return to Atletico Madrid this summer – after failing to adapt to life in London.

Real Madrid are keen on pushing through a £45m move for Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling.

Newcastle target Patrick Vieira is ready to turn his back on Manchester City to become a manager this summer

West Ham have failed in a bid to secure Unai Emery as their new boss after Napoli swooped in.

DAILY STAR

Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger remains Manchester United’s number one midfield target this summer.

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner will finally sit down with Brendan Rodgers this week after jetting to Merseyside to conduct an end-of-season post-mortem with the under-fire manager.

Newcastle hope to name their new boss by the end of the week after talks with Steve McClaren and Patrick Vieira.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Man City’s U-21 coach Patrick Vieira is still waiting to hear if he will get a chance to discuss the new manager’s role at Newcastle United. 

DAILY MAIL

Dynamo Kiev forward Andriy Yarmolenko wants to play in the Premier League, with Liverpool and Tottenham on the list of potential clubs for the 27-year-old.

West Brom are considering making a move for former West Ham forward Nene.

GUARDIAN

Manchester United are confident of signing Brazil’s Dani Alves from Barcelona if manager Louis van Gaal opts to make a move for the 32-year-old right back.

DAILY EXPRESS

Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko is keen on a switch to Chelsea this summer and believes Jose Mourinho is keeping tabs on him.

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Allegri: Man-Marking Messi Is Impossible

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Massimiliano Allegri, the man in charge of Juventus says it will be a waste of time to man-mark Messi.

Juventus are about to secure a treble for the first time ever, as they already sealed the Scudetto and the Cops Italia.

Barcelona is also on the precipice of mirroring their 2009 feat by sealing a treble again after adding the Copa del Rey to their La Liga trophy.

Lionel Messi was the star of the copa del rey final and Allegri feels man-marking the Argentine will be impossible.

The Juve coach told reporters: “We have to be ready, we have to be good. We know Messi’s skills, but we can’t forget the likes of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta also.

“Man-marking Messi is almost impossible. We have to be good at working well around him. I think beyond stopping Messi they have Neymar and Suarez – players with technical skills so we have to be brave.”

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Falcao Would take Pay Cut To Play For Chelsea

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Falcao was a disappointment in his first attempt at the premiership, scoring 5 goals in 28 appearances for Manchester United. The Colombian is however desperate for another chance to prove he is good enough for the league and would even take a pay cut to see it happen.

Falcao has been linked with a move to Chelsea as Monaco are unwilling to keep the player due to his wage bill. His wage bill is also the reason why Chelsea and other big clubs from making a move. Facao currently earns 265 thousand pounds a week and is willing to take a pay cut of up to 50 percent to push his move to Chelsea through.

Chelsea are yet to make a move, but speculations abound that they will. If Falcao wants to prove a point to Manchester United, Chelsea would provide the best platform for him to do so.

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Manchester United Close To Scheiderlin

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Well Manchester United are set to beat Arsenal to the signing of Southampton midfielder, Morgan Schneiderlin who has been on Arsenals Radar for the better part of a year now.

Manchester United have identified Schneiderlin as the perfect replacement for Michael Carrick who is well advanced beyond his prime. Scheiderlin has been exceptional for Southampton over the last two seasons and Manchester United recognize how important a player of that mould is to their squad especially as they intend to return to UEFA champions league football.

Arsenal who have been on the chase for a while are set to lose out as Manchester United have already advanced their course, and reached an agreement with Southampton over the transfer of Schneiderlin who they admitted they would be unable to keep beyond this season.

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Aston Villa Fan Losses Home, Life Savings After Placing Bet On FA Cup

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Well he probably was the biggest loser in the final as an unnamed Aston Villa fan claims he was told by his psychic that his club would win the FA cup.

According to David Blackmore, the fan put up his house and all of his live savings on Aston Villa defeating Arsenal and winning the FA cup. Goals from Theo Walcott, Alexis Snachez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud wrecked the fan.

Needless to say, the Villa fan would be looking for a Psychic

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