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Crystal Palace boss Vieira demands consistency from Zaha but Ayew needs goals
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Crystal Palace boss Vieira demands consistency from Zaha but Ayew needs goals

The French tactician is expecting his forwards to rise to the occasion when they host Steven Gerrard's team team at Selhurst Park Ghana striker Jordan Ayew needs goals to gain confidence, according to Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira, who has also urged Wilfried Zaha to find a greater measure of consistency. Ayew is yet to score a goal for the Eagles this season, having played in 12 matches in all competitions which include 11 Premier League appearances. He has only provided an assist so far, but Vieira believes that goals would make the former Marseille star regain his form.  
No longer one club man? Everton hero Hibbert out of retirement for ES Louzy
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No longer one club man? Everton hero Hibbert out of retirement for ES Louzy

Everton hero Tony Hibbert is ending his retirement. The 40-year-old has signed for French amateur club ES Louzy. Hibbert, a home-grown hero for the Blues who made 328 appearances for them in a one-club professional career between 2001-2016, is reported as having been given his veterans licence to turn out for the tiny town which is in between Nantes and Poitiers. Hibbert bought a 33-acre carp fishery in France after hanging up his boots five years ago. Louzy's president Jerome Archambeau told La Nouvelle Republique: “He was looking for a small club to keep himself fit and was was already taking care of our Under 13s side. “He was itching a bit to return and coming back to the basics of football after such a career is good for him. “The idea is that he brings us his experi...
Man Utd and Zidane continuing preliminary talks
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Man Utd and Zidane continuing preliminary talks

Manchester United intermediaries are continuing talks with former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. That's according to Portuguese journalist Pedro Almedia, who has delivered an update on claims of United planning to replace manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer with free agent Zidane. He posted to social media: “Talks on between Zinedine #Zidane and Manchester United. “Attention. The deal is difficult because the French coach's preference right now is to coach a national team." France coach Didier Deschamps isn't expected to leave the job until after the World Cup at the end of 2022.  
AC Milan move for Lille midfielder Sanches as Arsenal bid emerges
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AC Milan move for Lille midfielder Sanches as Arsenal bid emerges

AC Milan are ready to move for Lille midfielder Renato Sanches in January. The Portugal international is available from the French champions after coming close to leaving last summer. La Gazzetta dello Sport says Arsenal made a €35m offer for Sanches towards the end of last season, but the deal fell through after the midfielder was injured during the Euros. Milan are now making a move with Sanches returning to action. The midfielder is aware of Milan's interest and has let it be known he's open to a move. Sanches' €5.5m salary demands also falls within Milan's budget.  
Man City & PSG’s ‘sh*tty money’ not enough to win Champions League, taunts Ex-Bayern president Hoeness
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Man City & PSG’s ‘sh*tty money’ not enough to win Champions League, taunts Ex-Bayern president Hoeness

Hoeness hopes his former side can continue to get the better of the English and French giants in European competition Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness is happy that Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have so far failed to accomplish their goal of winning the Champions League. The English and French sides have made European glory their main ambition since they were purchased by members of royal families from United Arab Emirates and Qatar, respectively. But City only reached their first Champions League final under the current owners last season, losing to Chelsea, while PSG were the losing finalists against Bayern the year before.  
‘PSG star Neymar struggles when he has no supply from midfield’ – Ex-Senegal star Beye
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‘PSG star Neymar struggles when he has no supply from midfield’ – Ex-Senegal star Beye

The Brazil star ended his five-game goal drought in the French top-flight on Saturday with a brace that powered the Parisians to victory in Bordeaux Former Marseille and Senegal defender Habib Beye has blamed the lack of supply from Paris Saint-Germain midfielders for Neymar’s frustration at the club. Before he scored two goals with an assist in PSG’s 3-2 win over Bordeaux in Saturday's Ligue 1 match, Neymar had endured a tough spell in front of goal as his last strike in all competitions was against Lyon on September 19. Following his first-half brilliance at Bordeaux, Beye - who is currently the coach of Red Star in the French third division – believes the Brazilian star is gradually rediscovering his goalscoring touch.  
Varane raises Manchester derby alarm bells with early exit against Atalanta
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Varane raises Manchester derby alarm bells with early exit against Atalanta

The French defender pulled up with an injury in the first half of Tuesday's match and was replaced by Mason Greenwood Raphael Varane was forced out of Manchester United's Champions League clash with Atalanta with an apparent injury. The French defender was removed in the 38th minute as he pulled up with a non-contact injury. Varane went straight to the dressing room and was replaced by Mason Greenwood as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to switch Man Utd to a back four after starting with five in defence.  
Jeff Bezos hails Buhari’s leadership in Glasgow
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Jeff Bezos hails Buhari’s leadership in Glasgow

American billionaire and founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, on Monday commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership role in restoring degraded lands in the country. Bezos described Buhari’s commitment to restore four million hectares as exemplary. He joined Buhari, French President Emmanuel Macron, Prince Charles and the Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani at a COP 26 side event entitled “Accelerating land restoration in Africa, the case of the Great Green Wall (GGW) initiative.” Heaping praises on Buhari at the event co-hosted by Macron, his Mauritanian counterpart and the Prince of Wales, the Amazon founder said: ‘‘We are fortunate to have President Buhari of Nigeria with us today. ‘‘Nigeria plays a critical role in the restoration movement and has pledged to restore...
Abia seeks partnership with French Govt on agriculture, other developments
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Abia seeks partnership with French Govt on agriculture, other developments

Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has canvassed for greater cooperation between the State and the French Government to help develop the agriculture sector, micro small and medium scale enterprises as well as the Enyimba Economic City Project. Speaking in Paris during a meeting with the French Minister For Trade and Commerce, Franck Riester, Governor Ikpeazu who applauded the existing relationship between the French Government and the people of Abia State, called for greater engagement in the areas of livestock farming with particular focus on Efi Igbo, vocational training for Abia youths who are willing to engage in agriculture, aquaculture, processing and export of agricultural products as well as support for development of the MSMEs in the state with particular reference to those e...
Messi has no regrets over Paris Saint-Germain move despite low-wattage start
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Messi has no regrets over Paris Saint-Germain move despite low-wattage start

The veteran forward has made a slow beginning to life at Parc des Princes after leaving Barcelona Lionel Messi has revealed that he is "very happy" to be at Paris Saint-Germain, with the Argentina superstar professing he has no regrets over choosing the Ligue 1 outfit as his new home. The veteran forward, one of the favourites to claim the 2021 Ballon d'Or, arrived at Parc des Princes in August having spent his entire career with Barcelona at club level. It has been a somewhat mixed start to life in the French capital for the 34-year-old however - but reflecting on his first two months, the striker insists that it was still an easy call to head there.  
Glen Johnson names most underrated player at Chelsea
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Glen Johnson names most underrated player at Chelsea

Former Chelsea star, Glen Johnson, has identified Mason Mount as the most ‘underrated’ player at Stamford Bridge. Johnson believes Mount should be ‘starting every week’ for Chelsea despite the intense competition for places in Thomas Tuchel’s squad. According to him, everyone would be raving about the England international if he was French or Italian. Mount broke into the Chelsea first-team under former manager Frank Lampard and has continued to impress since Tuchel’s appointment last January. He played 54 matches for Chelsea last season as they won the Champions League, reached the FA Cup final and finished fourth in the Premier League table. The 22-year-old has started four of Chelsea’s six Premier League games this season, missing last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester C...
Arsenal outcast Saliba likened to Van Dijk and tipped for Gunners breakthrough in 2022
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Arsenal outcast Saliba likened to Van Dijk and tipped for Gunners breakthrough in 2022

Nicolas Saint-Maurice, a fitness coach who has worked with superstars of sport and music, believes a talented French defender will come good William Saliba is out of sight again at Arsenal, having been loaned out without a single appearance for the Gunners, but he has been likened to Virgil van Dijk and tipped to come good at Emirates Stadium in 2022. Those bold predictions have been made by elite fitness coach Nicolas St-Maurice, who has worked with superstar performers from the worlds of sport and music. Saliba has been one of his clients, and the 20-year-old defender is expected to follow in the footsteps of a fellow centre-half at Liverpool when finally making his breakthrough in north London.  
‘We want to continue in this direction’ – PSG’s Hakimi revels after double act vs Metz
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‘We want to continue in this direction’ – PSG’s Hakimi revels after double act vs Metz

The Morocco international found the net twice against the Maroons as the Parisians continued their perfect start in the French topflight this season Achraf Hakimi wants Paris Saint-Germain to keep on winning after narrowly defeating Metz 2-1 in Wednesday’s Ligue 1 encounter. The former Inter Milan star was the hero for Mauricio Pochettino’s men – netting a brace to help the Parisians extend their perfect start at the Stade Saint-Symphorien. Five minutes into the game, Hakimi put PSG ahead but the hosts restored parity through Mali’s Boubakar Kouyate six minutes before the half-time break.
Bayern Munich flop Cuisance injures Ulreich in training as keeper set for two months on sidelines
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Bayern Munich flop Cuisance injures Ulreich in training as keeper set for two months on sidelines

The French midfielder has proven to be a disruptive figure since returning to Allianz Arena in the summer following a loan spell at Marseille Bayern Munich flop Michael Cuisance injured Sven Ulreich in training, with the goalkeeper now set to spend the next two months on the sidelines. Cuisance has struggled to establish himself in Bayern's first team since joining the club from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2019, making just 12 appearances across all competitions. The 22-year-old spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Marseille, who decided against signing him permanently, and he is now back at Allianz Arena trying to force his way into Julian Nagelsmann's plans, but did his chances some harm after a clash with Ulreich on Monday.
Kante injury claim boosts Chelsea after goalscoring return from groin problem
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Kante injury claim boosts Chelsea after goalscoring return from groin problem

The World Cup-winning midfielder claims to be "feeling better" after sitting out three games and coming off the bench against Tottenham N'Golo Kante's update on his general fitness at Chelsea will be music to the ears of Thomas Tuchel, with the French midfielder saying his recent groin problem was "managed very well" and he is now "feeling better". The World Cup winner was forced to sit out three games for the Blues after picking up another untimely knock. He was, however, introduced off the bench in a derby date with Tottenham on Sunday and scored a rare goal in north London as his presence helped to swing a tight encounter in favour of the current Premier League leaders.  
Liverpool boss Klopp concerned by Crystal Palace frontman ahead of Premier League showdown
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Liverpool boss Klopp concerned by Crystal Palace frontman ahead of Premier League showdown

  The Reds boss looks ahead to their matchday five encounter with the Eagles at Anfield Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is wary of Jordan Ayew and the Crystal Palace attack ahead of their Premier League clash on Saturday. Fresh from a 3-2 comeback win over AC Milan in the Champions League, the Reds are set for a matchday five showdown against the Eagles at Anfield. Palace, under new coach Patrick Vieira, are no pushovers, having stunned Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at Selhurst Pak on the previous matchday, with two goals coming from new French striker Odsonne Edouard.      
Mbappe can be convinced to stay at PSG as summer transfer was never on the cards, says Herrera
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Mbappe can be convinced to stay at PSG as summer transfer was never on the cards, says Herrera

A current team-mate of the World Cup winner believes success in 2021-22 could persuade the superstar forward to remain in the French capital Ander Herrera believes Kylian Mbappe can be convinced to sign a new contract at Paris Saint-Germain, with a summer transfer away from Parc des Princes never on the cards for the World Cup-winning forward. Real Madrid did look into prising the 22-year-old away from PSG, with Goal confirming that a €220 million (£189m/$260m) offer was tabled as the last recruitment window ran down. That was knocked back, with efforts being made in the French capital to tie a prized asset to fresh terms, and Herrera believes success in Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season will tempt the superstar frontman into staying.
Sowah: Club Brugge manager Clement hails Ghanaian winger after fine PSG display
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Sowah: Club Brugge manager Clement hails Ghanaian winger after fine PSG display

  The 21-year-old made a mark on his Champions League debut as his side held the French giants on Wednesday Club Brugge boss Philippe Clement has praised the performance of Ghanaian attacker Kamal Sowah in their 1-1 home stalemate with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday. The winger saw 92 minutes of action as the Belgian giants came from behind to hold a Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr., and Kylian Mbappe-led side to a stalemate. Ander Herrera shot PSG in front in the 15th minute before captain Hans Vanaken responded for the hosts in the 27th minute in the Group A matchday one tie at Jan Breydel Stadium.      
‘I don’t see Mbappe leaving’ – Leonardo unconcerned about PSG star’s future amid Real Madrid links
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‘I don’t see Mbappe leaving’ – Leonardo unconcerned about PSG star’s future amid Real Madrid links

The Parc des Princes chief says the striker has a "deep relationship" with the French club and won't be departing for free next summer Leonardo is not concerned about Kylian Mbappe's future amid ongoing rumours linking him with Real Madrid, with the Paris Saint-Germain sporting director insisting "I don't see him leaving at the end of this season". Madrid attempted to lure Mbappe away from PSG in the summer transfer window by submitting three huge bids, the last of which reportedly came in at €220 million (£190m/£262m) on deadline day. The Ligue 1 giants rejected the Blancos' advances despite the striker entering the final year of his contract, and Leonardo hopes  a prized asset will remain at Parc des Princes beyond the 2021-22 campaign.
Brazil and PSG star Neymar laughs off claims he’s overweight
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Brazil and PSG star Neymar laughs off claims he’s overweight

  The 29-year-old has been subject to criticism in the French press of late Neymar has laughed off suggestions he is overweight after recent criticism suggesting he is not in ideal playing shape. The Brazil star played the full match on Thursday as the Selecao defeated Chile 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier. French media suggested Neymar was out of shape after PSG's win over Reims last weekend, which prompted a response from the superstar after his exploits with Brazil.      
Injured Mbappe withdrawn from France duty following calf complaint
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Injured Mbappe withdrawn from France duty following calf complaint

The PSG forward will not be available for his nation in their next World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine and Finland France and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is heading home after sustaining an injury while on international duty, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed on Thursday. The striker played almost all of his nation's 1-1 draw with Bosnia & Herzegovina before being taken off in injury time. But subsequent examinations revealed he had suffered a calf problem and will not be available for Les Bleus' next World Cup qualifiers.  
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Nantes ace Simon arrives in Nigeria for Liberia & Cape Verde games
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Nantes ace Simon arrives in Nigeria for Liberia & Cape Verde games

The France-based winger has arrived in the country for next month’s fixtures against the Lone Star and Blue Sharks Nantes’ Moses Simon has arrived in Nigeria for September’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde. The France-based forward is among the 30 players coach Gernot Rohr called up for the crucial encounters against the Lone Star and Blue Sharks. Goal gathered through a close source to Simon that the former Gent and Levante star landed in Abuja on Sunday morning and is expected to touch down in Lagos where the rest of his teammates will assemble. The 26-year-old was in action from start to finish as Nantes bowed 1-0 at home to Olympique Lyon in Friday’s French top-flight encounter at the Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau.  
Martial told he has ‘gone backwards’ at Man Utd as Ferdinand also takes aim at Jones
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Martial told he has ‘gone backwards’ at Man Utd as Ferdinand also takes aim at Jones

The former Red Devils star wants to see a French forward deliver on potential and a versatile defender head through the exits Anthony Martial has "gone backwards" at Manchester United, claims Rio Ferdinand, while Phil Jones has been told that he should have left Old Trafford "ages ago". With the summer transfer window still open, there is plenty of speculation to be found regarding potential comings and goings in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad. France international forward Martial has been the subject of regular rumours, with the 25-year-old still struggling to convince as a central striker in his seventh season with the Red Devils.  
Dembele bags brace as Mara, Munetsi, Mavididi & Delort paint France with goals
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Dembele bags brace as Mara, Munetsi, Mavididi & Delort paint France with goals

Several African stars were on song in the French elite division, nevertheless, their teams suffered contrasting fortunes on Sunday evening Lyon settled for a 3-3 draw with Clermont Foot in Sunday’s French elite division. The Kids came into the game having bowed 3-0 their last time out against Angers. However, they were unable to make home advantage count as they earned just one point against the newly-promoted side despite Moussa Dembele’s first-half brace. Lyon got the game off to a flying start when they took the lead in the fifth minute as Dembele converted from the penalty mark after he was fouled in the box by Johan Gastien.
Lionel Messi: Cesc Fabregas reveals what’ll happen to Ligue 1
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Lionel Messi: Cesc Fabregas reveals what’ll happen to Ligue 1

Monaco midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, has revealed that the new Paris-Saint Germain signing, Lionel Messi, will take Ligue 1 to “another dimension” after joining Mauricio Pochettino’s side. Messi signed a two-year deal with PSG after his contract with Barcelona expired earlier this summer. The Argentine captain was unveiled on Tuesday and had a press conference on Wednesday at the Parc des Princes. Speaking on the development, Fabregas, a former teammate with Messi at Barcelona, believes his arrival would be great for the French top-flight league. “I think having Leo in this league is something really special,” Fabregas was quoted by the Evening Standard as saying. “Obviously, in the past, in the last few years, PSG especially, have tried with a lot of big names....
Ligue 1 Wrap: Bahoken, Khazri & Dossou score as Kouyate sees red
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Ligue 1 Wrap: Bahoken, Khazri & Dossou score as Kouyate sees red

Africans stars had a productive weekend in the French elite division, but it was a sour one for the Malian defender who was given his marching orders Guinea forward Mohamed Bayo and Benin Republic midfielder Jodel Dossou powered Clermont Foot to a 2-0 victory over Bordeaux in Sunday’s Ligue 1 outing. Playing away from home, the French elite division new boys left it late to sting their hosts which paraded Nigeria international Samuel Kalu and Mozambique's Mexer. Although the Girondins went into the game as outstanding favourites, they put every foot wrong as they were shocked before their home fans by the less fancied Lancers.
Messi discusses PSG Move with Pochettino after leaving Barcelona
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Messi discusses PSG Move with Pochettino after leaving Barcelona

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has spoken to Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, about a potential move to the French Ligue 1 giants after leaving Barcelona. Messi leaves Barcelona after failing to sign a new five-year contract on Thursday. The 34-year-old, who first joined Barcelona’s Academy in 2000, will now play for another club in the 2021/22 season. The forward has already been heavily linked with PSG, where he could reunite with his friend, Neymar. However, Independent UK is now reporting that Messi had direct talks with Pochettino late on Thursday night in a bid to join PSG. PSG are now looking to find a way to make the transfer work. Pochettino’s side currently looks like the most viable option, as one of the few clubs able to affo...
Pochettino signs PSG contract extension to 2023
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Pochettino signs PSG contract extension to 2023

The Argentine guided the French giants to two trophies in his first six months in charge, though they missed out on the Ligue 1 title Mauricio Pochettino has signed a contract extension that will keep him tied to Paris Saint-Germain until 2023. The Argentine coach joined the French side in January, replacing Thomas Tuchel at the helm. Pochettino's initial deal was set to expire in 2022 but he and his coaching staff have committed for another 12 months.
Hakimi begins PSG career with assist in thrashing of Le Mans
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Hakimi begins PSG career with assist in thrashing of Le Mans

The Morocco wing-back made a fine start to life in the French capital as Mauricio Pochettino's team started preparations for the new season with a win Achraf Hakimi started his PSG career with an assist as the Ligue 1 giants thrashed third division club Le Mans 4-0 in a friendly encounter on Wednesday. The 22-year-old who joined the Parisians on a five-year deal from Inter Milan last Tuesday, made a starting debut in PSG's first pre-season warm-up match at the club's training ground. Hakimi dazzled in the right-back position and he instantly made an impact which led to the hosts' second goal of the day, after Mauro Icardi's opener in the 12th minute.
Irina Shayk reportedly confirms she and Kanye West are “just friends” and doesn’t want a relationship with him
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Irina Shayk reportedly confirms she and Kanye West are “just friends” and doesn’t want a relationship with him

Irina Shayk has reportedly confirmed she and Kanye West are just friends and that she doesn't want a relationship with him. The American rapper and Russian supermodel sparked dating rumors when they were spotted on French vacation last month. The pair were pictured enjoying a romantic stroll in Provence, France, at the luxury Villa La Coste boutique hotel where they were staying together. Irina Shayk reportedly confirms she and Kanye West are "just friends" and doesn Sources have told Page Six that Kanye West asked Irina Shayk to go to Paris for a couture show with him, but the gorgeous model and mom turned him down the offer. “She likes him as a friend, but doesn’t want a relationship with him,” says our source, explaining that the stunner said no to the trip in order to a...
Konate presented Liverpool shirt in five venues in Paris alone – Klopp
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Konate presented Liverpool shirt in five venues in Paris alone – Klopp

The Reds manager has expressed his desire to work with the French centre-half of Malian descent who joined from RB Leipzig Jurgen Klopp has underlined how Ibrahima Konate was so pleased to join Liverpool, that he had his shirt presentation in five different venues in Paris. The six-time European kings activated the release clause in the 22-year-old’s contract at Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, signing the defender on a five-year deal and a fee worth £36 million ($50m). With the arrival of Konate at Anfield, he becomes a contender to partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Premier League side’s back four. Also, the German tactician expressed his delight to have the France prospect (of Mali descent) in his star-studded squad ahead of the new season. Excited to work with him,...
PSG ‘very close’ to maiden Champions League title, insists Ramos
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PSG ‘very close’ to maiden Champions League title, insists Ramos

The veteran defender does not think it will be long before the French side lift the famous trophy for the first time Sergio Ramos insists new club Paris Saint-Germain are not far away from claiming their first Champions League title. Victory in Europe's premier knockout competition has continued to elude the French side despite the huge investment from the club’s Qatari owners over the last decade. The closest they have come is a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the 2020 final, but Ramos believes they are now ready to make the next step.
Fouad Chafik: Dijon confirm departure of Morocco defender
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Fouad Chafik: Dijon confirm departure of Morocco defender

The 34-year-old has left the Stade Gaston Gerard having failed to renew his contract with the Owls Fouad Chafik will not continue his career at French side Dijon, the club has confirmed. The Morocco international joined the Owls in 2016 from Stade Lavallois, and he has gone ahead to be a key figure at Stade Gaston Gerard. Nonetheless, he has decided to leave the Dijon-based outfit alongside Wesley Lautoa, after failing to renew his contract with David Linares’ squad
Berbatov: Kane can tell his critics to f*ck off
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Berbatov: Kane can tell his critics to f*ck off

The England striker has helped carry the Three Lions into the Euro 2020 final, while the Red Devils midfielder starred for the French Harry Kane's performances at Euro 2020 mean he can tell his critics to "f*ck off" according to Dimitar Berbatov, who also called for Paul Pogba to replicate his form for France in a Manchester United shirt. England captain Kane took his goal tally to four in the tournament on Wednesday night as he helped the Three Lions to a 2-1 win over Denmark, booking them a place in Sunday's final against Italy. Berbatov has been impressed with how the 27-year-old has played at the Euros, believing that he has proved his critics wrong.
Pogba told to sign five-year deal or leave as Ince calls for end to Man Utd transfer saga
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Pogba told to sign five-year deal or leave as Ince calls for end to Man Utd transfer saga

The former Red Devils midfielder believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will add this summer regardless of what happens with a French superstar Manchester United need to be tying Paul Pogba to a five-year contract or moving him on in the summer transfer window, says Paul Ince, with the former Red Devils midfielder growing tired of the transfer circus surrounding a star of the present. Speculation regarding the future of a World Cup winner at Old Trafford is seemingly never far away, with rumours circulating across several years when it comes to his next move. Pogba is now into the final year of his current deal, with that situation keeping the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain interested, but fresh terms could still be thrashed out with the enigmatic 28-year-old.
Bade: Rennes sign former RC Lens defender
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Bade: Rennes sign former RC Lens defender

The French defender of Ivorian descent has joined the Red and Blacks from the Stade Bollaert-Delelis giants Ligue 1 side Rennes have announced the signing of Loic Bade from RC Lens. Following an impressive outing in the 2020-21 campaign where he featured in 31 French topflight games for the Blood and Gold, the defender of Ivorian descent has been handed a five-year contract. That deal will keep the 21-year-old Frenchman at the Roazhon Park until 2026, albeit, the fee involved is undisclosed.
Lesley Ugochukwu: Nigeria target signs contract extension at Rennes
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Lesley Ugochukwu: Nigeria target signs contract extension at Rennes

The 17-year-old French born Nigerian has been at Roazhon Park since 2012 and made his professional debut in 2021 Lesley Ugochukwu has secured a contract extension with Ligue 1 club Stade Rennes. Ugochukwu gained promotion from the club’s youth ranks and made his senior debut in April 2021 at home against Dijon. He has been handed a one-year contract extension until 2024. “The return to the professional group is accompanied by the first good news. Rennes-born midfielder Lesley Ugochukwu, 17, has extended his contract with his training club,” the club confirmed on their Instagram page.
‘Is this the best place for me?’ – Mbappe openly questions PSG future
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‘Is this the best place for me?’ – Mbappe openly questions PSG future

The French striker has revealed he is undecided about playing in Ligue 1 next season Kylian Mbappe has openly questioned whether Paris Saint-Germain is the right place for him, adding fuel to transfer speculation that should intensify even further after Euro 2020. The forward said he feels good at his current home, but has wondered aloud whether another location could prove even more joyous. PSG failed to win Ligue 1 this past season and were blown away by Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final. Mbappe has been strongly linked to Real Madrid in the past but would be the subject of interest from most of Europe's top clubs should he push for a transfer.
Kalimuendo: RC Lens confirm departure of PSG forward
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Kalimuendo: RC Lens confirm departure of PSG forward

After completing a loan move to the Stade Bollaert-Delelis, the French forward of Congolese descent has left the Blood and Gold RC Lens have confirmed the departure of Arnaud Kalimuendo after completing his loan move to Stade Bollaert-Delelis. The Ligue 1 outfit announced this on their social media handle: ‘Thank you Arnaud Kalimuendo,’ the Instagram post read. After impressing at Paris Saint-Germain’s youth side, the France youth international of Congolese background was handed his first professional contract on July 8, 2019.
Caio Henrique: It’s a pleasure to be linked with PSG and Barcelona
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Caio Henrique: It’s a pleasure to be linked with PSG and Barcelona

The Brazilian has addressed the ongoing speculation surrounding his future after attracting attention from two of Europe's biggest clubs Monaco left-back Caio Henrique has admitted "it is a great pleasure" for him to be linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona. Henrique completed a move to Monaco from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid last August, penning a five-year contract at Stade Louis II, and has since established himself as a mainstay in Niko Kovac's starting XI. The 23-year-old played an important role in the French outfit's third-place finish in the 2020-21 Ligue 1 standings, attracting the attention of two of Europe's biggest clubs in the process.
Lenglet makes Barcelona future vow after sparking transfer talk at Camp Nou
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Lenglet makes Barcelona future vow after sparking transfer talk at Camp Nou

The French defender is among those to have seen a summer move mooted, but he expects to be back for more in 2021-22 Clement Lenglet has vowed to see out the summer transfer window on Barcelona's books despite generating talk of an imminent move being made. Change is on the cards at Camp Nou, with Ronald Koeman looking to bolster his ranks after being cleared to take in a second season at the helm. Eric Garcia is among those to have been acquired, adding to the competition Lenglet faces at centre-half, but a 25-year-old France international expects to stay put.
Zidane admits Real Madrid could be better without him but stays silent on future
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Zidane admits Real Madrid could be better without him but stays silent on future

The French coach is reported to be on his way out of the club this summer but he is saying nothing ahead of the Liga decider against Villarreal Zinedine Zidane is staying silent about the possibility of staying at Real Madrid next season, but admits the team could do better without him. Pressure has been building on the French coach amid Madrid's disappointing campaign and Goal has learned he has told the players that he will leave this summer. Zidane insists there has been no such discussion in the dressing room, however, and refused to comment on his future ahead of their final game of 2020-21.
‘What a mess’ – Neymar furious as suspension rules him out of Coupe de France final
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‘What a mess’ – Neymar furious as suspension rules him out of Coupe de France final

The PSG forward has slammed French football's lawmakers after a yellow card ensures he will not play in the match against Monaco Neymar has vented his fury online after being suspended for the Coupe de France final, describing the situation as "a mess". The Paris Saint-Germain forward will not be available for the French cup final against Monaco after picking up a booking during the semi-final victory over Montpellier this week. In a heated statement posted to his Instagram page, Neymar slammed French football's lawmakers for the suspension rules that will keep him out of competing for silverware at the end of the season.
Konate exit clause confirmed amid Liverpool links as RB Leipzig sweat on summer bids
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Konate exit clause confirmed amid Liverpool links as RB Leipzig sweat on summer bids

Oliver Mintzlaff, global head of soccer at the Bundesliga club, admits that his side are being left open to advances in the next window Ibrahima Konate continues to see a summer move to Liverpool mooted, with RB Leipzig's global head of soccer, Oliver Mintzlaff, confirming that there is a release clause in the defender's contract. An ambitious Bundesliga side that suffered a heavy defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final on Thursday are already preparing to bid farewell to Dayot Upamecano this summer - as he has a €42.5 million (£37m/$52m) agreement in place with Bayern Munich. They are understandably reluctant to part with another promising French centre-half, but interest in talented 21-year-old Konate is building and Mintzlaff admits there is little he can do to pre...
Laporte set to switch to Spain in time for European Championship after being ignored by France
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Laporte set to switch to Spain in time for European Championship after being ignored by France

The Man City defender played for Les Bleus at youth level but has not won a single senior cap after being snubbed by Didier Deschamps Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte it set to play for Spain at the European Championship, sources have confirmed to Goal. The Spanish Football Federation has lodged paperwork with FIFA and is awaiting the final approval from the world governing body, and he could play at this summer's tournament alongside team-mate Eric Garcia. Laporte, 26, was born in the south-western French town of Agen but, despite playing for France at youth levels, has never appeared for the national team.
‘I was in Paris waiting’ – Taarabt on failed PSG move, leaving Milan and settling at Benfica
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‘I was in Paris waiting’ – Taarabt on failed PSG move, leaving Milan and settling at Benfica

The Moroccan winger has revealed how close he came to linking up with the French champions at the height of his career Adel Taarabt has opened up on his failed move to Paris Saint-Germain, while also discussing his AC Milan departure and the reasons why he has finally settled at Benfica. Taarabt has played for seven different clubs in four different countries over the course of his 15-year career, including Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers in England. The Moroccan, who now plies his trade in Portugal with Benfica, has revealed that he also came close to joining PSG after helping QPR gain promotion to the Premier League in 2011, only for the deal to fall through at the last minute.
Arsenal’s Guendouzi suffers fractured metatarsal to end his season at Hertha Berlin
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Arsenal’s Guendouzi suffers fractured metatarsal to end his season at Hertha Berlin

The French midfielder featured 24 times while on loan with the Bundesliga club this season Matteo Guendouzi's season is over after Hertha Berlin confirmed that the midfielder suffered a fractured metatarsal. Guedouzi's injury occurred in Thursday's win over Freiburg, with the French midfielder forced out of the game in the 39th minute. The 22-year-old midfielder has been on loan from Arsenal, having joined Hertha Berlin in October.
Sekou Mara makes history with Bordeaux strike against Rennes in Ligue 1
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Sekou Mara makes history with Bordeaux strike against Rennes in Ligue 1

The French teenager of Senegalese descent becomes the youngest scorer for the Girondins in a league game since 2007 Sekou Mara made Bordeaux history on Sunday after a finely taken goal which handed his team a 1-0 win over Rennes in a Ligue 1 encounter. The France youth international needed just 11 minutes to open the scoring at the Matmut Atlantique to give the Girondins the perfect start to their tie. With that strike, he became the youngest player to score for Bordeaux in a French elite division game at the age of 18 years and 276 days.
Nnadozie records fifth Paris clean sheet against Bayo’s Issy
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Nnadozie records fifth Paris clean sheet against Bayo’s Issy

The Nigerian goalkeeper maintained her fantastic form in goal for the French outfit after ensuring her side's double against the hosts Chiamaka Nnadozie was at her best between the sticks as she kept her fifth clean sheet for Paris following her side's 4-0 triumph over Issy in the French D1 Arkema encounter on Saturday. The Nigeria international had made her long-awaited French D1 Arkema debut against Issy on October 10 and went on to help her side ground out a clean sheet, after a 5-0 triumph. Following her superb performance so far this term, Nnadozie was handed her 11th starting role against Issy and she replicated her first leg fine form to ensure her side completed a season double.
French government grants exemption after Depay’s plea for full quarantine waiver for international players
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French government grants exemption after Depay’s plea for full quarantine waiver for international players

The Lyon and Netherlands star had urged the powers that be in the country to allow international players to travel without requiring to self-isolate The French government and FFF (French Football Federation) will allow foreign players to join up with their international teams next week without having to quarantine upon their return but only if certain criteria is met, RMC reports. Memphis Depay had called upon the government in France to grant a waiver for all international footballers who play in Ligue 1 to be exempt from the mandatory period of self-isolation that would've been required after they arrived back in the country. That request came after the France national team, who will play away fixtures against Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina over the next two weeks, were given t...

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