Griezmann happy at Atletico, says Koke  [LINK]
Antoine Griezmann is happy at Atletico Madrid after returning to goalscoring ways, according to midfielder Koke. Griezmann ended a run of eight games without a goal for his club with an incredible overhead kick in a 2-0 win over Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday. The France international also continues to be linked with […] [Read More]
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Ronaldo will deliver when needed for Madrid – Alonso  [LINK]
Xabi Alonso believes Cristiano Ronaldo will deliver when Real Madrid need him and the former midfielder feels the LaLiga title race is not yet over. Ronaldo has managed just one league goal in eight matches this season, with Madrid slipping 10 points behind rivals and leaders Barcelona. Former Madrid and Spain midfielder Alonso backed the […] [Read More]
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Rodrigo commits to Valencia until 2022  [LINK]
Valencia forward Rodrigo has signed a new contract committing him to the LaLiga high-flyers until June 2022. Rodrigo penned a four-year deal when he joined Los Che permanently form Benfica in 2015 following a season-long loan spell. The 26-year-old has been in superb form this term, scoring eight goals in 13 matches across all competitions […] [Read More]
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Ozil’s Barcelona move depends on Arda Turan  [LINK]
La Liga leaders Barcelona have made a formal approach to sign Arsenal star midfielder Mesut Ozil, according to reports from Diario AS. The Spanish newspaper claims that Arsene Wenger has given his nod to a possible January transfer to Camp Nou and is willing to let his player leave as long as he does not […] [Read More]
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Roque Mesa on Malaga radar  [LINK]
Spanish side Malaga are weighing up a January bid for out-of-sorts Swansea City midfielder Roque Mesa who continues to struggle in the Premier League this season. The 28-year-old midfielder joined Swansea City this summer from Las Palmas in a €12.5 million deal but largely failed to impress at his new club. Mesa made only three […] [Read More]
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Hazard: I admire Madrid, but I´m happy at Chelsea  [LINK]
Chelsea star Eden Hazard insists he is happy at the Premier League club, but again admitted he admires Real Madrid. Hazard, 26, is often linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, where he arrived from Lille in 2012. The Belgium international has previously spoken about his admiration for Madrid and their coach Zinedine Zidane. […] [Read More]
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Neuer or De Gea? Digne says Ter Stegen is world´s best keeper  [LINK]
Lucas Digne believes Barcelona team-mate Marc-Andre ter Stegen is the best goalkeeper in the world following his exploits against Juventus in the Champions League. Bayern Munich veteran Manuel Neuer and Manchester United’s David de Gea are widely regarded as the top keepers in football. However, Digne put forward Ter Stegen’s case after the Germany international […] [Read More]
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Allegri satisfied with draw against ´extraordinary´ Barcelona  [LINK]
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri praised his team for holding “extraordinary” players at bay in a 0-0 Champions League draw against Barcelona. The goalless draw in Turin left Juve in second in Group D, three points behind LaLiga giants Barca. But, coming off a shock 3-2 loss at Sampdoria in the Serie A, Allegri was pleased […] [Read More]
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Valverde explains decision to bench Messi  [LINK]
Ernesto Valverde says he left Lionel Messi out of the Barcelona starting line-up against Juventus as he felt he needed a rest. The Argentina star was surprisingly dropped to the substitutes’ bench for the 0-0 Champions League draw in Turin on Tuesday, with Barca director of institutional relations, Guillermo Amor, describing it as “a technical decision” and […] [Read More]
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Iniesta hails ´splendid´ Ter Stegen as Barcelona seal last-16 spot  [LINK]
Andres Iniesta hailed the decisive performance of Marc-Andre ter Stegen after Barcelona’s 0-0 draw with Juventus sealed their place in the last 16 of the Champions League. The LaLiga leaders claimed a point in Turin on Tuesday that guarantees they progress to the next phase as winners of Group D, despite having started the match […] [Read More]
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Courtois contract talks yet to be resolved  [LINK]
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed that there has been no development regarding talks over a new contract with the club, according to the Mail Online. The Belgium number one will enter the final year of his current deal with the Blues come the summer and is looking to double his money with his next […] [Read More]
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Messi rested by Barcelona side for Juventus clash  [LINK]
Lionel Messi has been left out of Barcelona’s starting line-up for their Champions League clash against Juventus at the Allianz Stadium. The Argentina star has been named on the bench by Ernesto Valverde in a game that Barca require a solitary point to guarantee top spot Group D with a game to play. Messi has […] [Read More]
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Chiellini to miss Barcelona match with thigh injury  [LINK]
Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out of Juventus’ key Champions League clash at home to Barcelona with a thigh injury. Juventus confirmed the 33-year-old will not be able to take his place in the back line for Wednesday’s crunch Group D game, with Barca three points clear of Juve at the top of the pool. […] [Read More]
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Mauro Icardi reportedly on Real Madrid radar  [LINK]
Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi, according to El Mundo Deportivo. With both Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo struggling for form, head coach Zinedine Zidane is thinking about adding another proven goalscorer to his ranks. El Mundo Deportivo claims that Inter Milan hotshot Mauro Icardi is one of the […] [Read More]
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Sevilla boss Berizzo diagnosed with prostate cancer  [LINK]
Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the club have confirmed. The 48-year-old oversaw the LaLiga side’s remarkable comeback against Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday. Sevilla were 3-0 down at the break, but a double from Wissam Ben Yedder and an injury-time goal from Guido Pizarro secured an enthralling point, with […] [Read More]
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Replacing you might not be a great idea! – Buffon grateful for Rakitic tribute  [LINK]
Ivan Rakitic spoke for a generation of football fans when he described the difficulty of witnessing Gianluigi Buffon’s international heartbreak, but his offer of a place in Croatia’s midfield has been kindly rejected by the Italy great. Buffon’s 175-cap career for the Azzurri ended in tears as Italy missed out on the World Cup for […] [Read More]
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Messi closes on century but Pogba must do more – Champions League in Opta numbers  [LINK]
Barcelona will secure top spot in their group with another positive result on Wednesday in what is arguably the biggest game of Champions League matchday five. Lionel Messi is close to a personal milestone but Juventus will be desperate to avenge their 3-0 loss at Camp Nou and secure passage to the last 16 themselves. […] [Read More]
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Allegri plays down Dybala-Messi comparisons  [LINK]
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has dismissed comparisons between Paulo Dybala and Lionel Messi ahead of his side’s blockbuster Champions League clash with Barcelona. After coming off the bench and scoring in the weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Sampdoria, Dybala will start at Allianz Stadium on Wednesday as both sides aim to shore up a top two spot in […] [Read More]
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Ronaldo overtakes Messi in Champions League goalscoring race  [LINK]
Cristiano Ronaldo has moved one ahead of Lionel Messi in the race to score 100 goals in the Champions League for the same club side. The Portugal star netted twice in Real Madrid’s 6-0 thrashing of APOEL on Tuesday to move onto 98 in the famous white shirt. He is one above Messi in this […] [Read More]
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I wanted to cry with Buffon – Rakitic sympathy for Italy great  [LINK]
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic paid a glowing tribute to Gianluigi Buffon ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match against Juventus, stating the veteran goalkeeper’s heart-wrenching farewell from international football was tough to witness. Buffon returns to Europe’s top competition after Italy’s ignominious exit from the World Cup, with Sweden’s play-off triump... [Read More]
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Messi contract saga not swaying Barcelona boss Valverde  [LINK]
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde refused to draw his gaze too far from Wednesday’s Champions League Group D match against Juventus as speculation mounts over Lionel Messi’s future. Barca have gone 12 games unbeaten in LaLiga, sitting four points clear of Valencia at the summit, while a draw in Turin against the side who dumped […] [Read More]
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Pepe tells Ronaldo: Come to Besiktas!  [LINK]
Besiktas centre-back Pepe says he would love Cristiano Ronaldo to follow him to the club if he leaves Real Madrid. Speculation over the Portugal captain’s future has again emerged in recent weeks, with some reports claiming he has informed Madrid president Florentino Perez he wants to leave at the end of the season. Pepe signed […] [Read More]
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Bartomeu hints at January Barcelona signings  [LINK]
Barcelona may need to enter the transfer market to add a “finishing touch” to their squad if they are to continue challenging on all fronts, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has conceded. Ernesto Valverde’s team have been excellent this season, responding well to the blow of losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in August. The Catalan giants […] [Read More]
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Sergi Roberto pledges future to Barcelona  [LINK]
Barcelona starlet Sergi Roberto has moved to deny claims suggesting he could soon be leaving Camp Nou. The 25-year-old has some 18 months left on his contract and it is his €40 million release clause that has been the main issue. With several top clubs reportedly ready to match said clause, Sergi Roberto was linked […] [Read More]
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