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AC Milan striker Ibrahimovic: I urged Mbappe to leave PSG for Real Madrid
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AC Milan striker Ibrahimovic: I urged Mbappe to leave PSG for Real Madrid

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits he encouraged PSG ace Kylian Mbappe to move to Real Madrid. Ibrahimovic has never been afraid to speak his mind and he has told of how he once advised Mbappe to sign for Real Madrid, although he also then warned Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi not to sell him. The Swedish striker spent four years in Paris, but he left a year before Mbappe arrived from Monaco. "It's true that I advised [Mbappe] to leave the club," Ibrahimovic told the Corriere della Sera. "He needs a more structured environment, like the one at Real Madrid. "But then I told the PSG president not to sell him."
Man Utd in talks with Valverde to replace Solskjaer
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Man Utd in talks with Valverde to replace Solskjaer

Manchester United are reportedly in talks with former Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, over becoming the club’s interim manager if they cannot prise Mauricio Pochettino away from Paris Saint-Germain.   Sportsmail revealed that Pochettino is ready to move to Old Trafford immediately as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's replacement, but the situation is still unclear if United wants the Argentine to be the next boss.   United are still working to a plan of installing a temporary boss to take over the reins from caretaker Michael Carrick before making a permanent appointment at the end of the season.   The club have a shortlist of five candidates for the interim job and it emerged on Tuesday evening that former Barcelona coach Valverde is one of the names under consi...
Pochettino passionately dismisses Man Utd links: I love PSG, I’m so happy here
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Pochettino passionately dismisses Man Utd links: I love PSG, I’m so happy here

Manchester United target Mauricio Pochettino insists he is happy at Paris Saint-Germain. The Argentina is reportedly United's top target to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager. But the former Tottenham Hotspur boss has poured cold water on those rumours. "What another club are doing in that moment is not my business, not my problem," Pochettino said. "I need to be focused on Paris Saint-Germain. "I'm not going to make the mistake to talk. In the past, when I was at Espanyol and my dream was to meet Ferguson, all that, I can tell now it's going to be misunderstood and out of context. "I was a player at Paris Saint-Germain, I love the club, I love the fans. I think it's a fantastic time to be at the club." Pochettino added: "I am very focused. I am not a kid, I have spe...
‘It is complicated’ – Neymar retirement talk puzzles Brazil team-mate Danilo
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‘It is complicated’ – Neymar retirement talk puzzles Brazil team-mate Danilo

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar has suggested that he will walk away from international football after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar Danilo admits that comments from Neymar regarding his international future with Brazil have made things “complicated”, with any revelations from the Paris Saint-Germain superstar being turned into a scandal. The 29-year-old forward told DAZN in October as he looked ahead to a showpiece even in Qatar next year: “I think it's my last World Cup. I see it as my last because I don't know if I have the strength of mind to deal with football any more.” No definitive decision has been taken there, with Danilo still clinging to the hope that Neymar can be talked around, but he feels too much is being made of a situation that many others have encountered befor...
‘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.  
UCL: Don’t sign new contract, Man Utd have failed you – Rio Ferdinand tells Pogba
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UCL: Don’t sign new contract, Man Utd have failed you – Rio Ferdinand tells Pogba

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has told Paul Pogba not to sign a new contract with the club right now. Ferdinand also suggested that Man United have failed to bring out the best of Pogba at Old Trafford. According to him, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have not been able to help the 28-year-old replicate his performance for France national team for the Red Devils. Pogba is out of contract at the end of the season and the midfielder is keen to leave Man United amid interest from Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid. Speaking on his YouTube channel before Man United’s Champions League tie with Atalanta on Tuesday night, Ferdinand said: “I wouldn’t commit if I was him [Pogba]. I have got to be honest, I wouldn’t. “The biggest thing for me is that when...
Messi left out of PSG squad to face Leipzig due to hamstring & knee injuries
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Messi left out of PSG squad to face Leipzig due to hamstring & knee injuries

Mauricio Pochettino will be without the six-time Ballon d'Or winner when his side resume their Champions League campaign in midweek Lionel Messi has been left out of Paris Saint-Germain's squad to face RB Leipzig due to a couple of fresh injury complaints. Messi has not been named in Mauricio Pochettino's 21-man squad for Wednesday's Champions League group-stage clash, having come off early in their last Ligue 1 outing against Lille. Pochettino explained that the Argentine superstar had picked up a knock after the 2-1 victory, and PSG have now confirmed that he is struggling with two separate issues that have made him unavailable for selection.  
Ansu Fati speaks on ‘pressure’ of taking Messi’s no 10 shirt at Barcelona
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Ansu Fati speaks on ‘pressure’ of taking Messi’s no 10 shirt at Barcelona

Barcelona teenager, Ansu Fati has insisted that wearing the No. 10 jersey after Lionel Messi does not bring additional pressure. Fati was speaking at a press conference after signing a new deal until 2027 with his release clause rising to €1billion. “It’s true that the No. 10 jersey has been worn by Leo [Messi] and many players but I’m calm. “I know what I can bring to this team. “For me it’s not a pressure. No one is going to be like Leo, no one is going to be like [former captains Carles] Puyol or Xavi [Hernandez]. No one is going to equal what Leo has done. I’m going to follow my own journey. I still haven’t done anything. I hope I can have a career like they have had. “Any player could have worn the No. 10. I’m grateful that the captains offered me the number and lucki...
PSG ready to bring Osimhen back to France
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PSG ready to bring Osimhen back to France

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are considering making a move to sign Victor Osimhen from Napoli, according to Calciomercato. It is being reported that the Ligue 1 club could offer Mauro Icardi in a cash plus swap deal for the Nigerian striker. PSG are looking to offload Icardi, who is unsettled due to his marital problems with his wife and agent Wanda-Nara. And they believe Osimhen, who has played in France with Lille, is the perfect replacement. Osimhen has begun this season in fine form, after struggling to settle into Serie A football last year. Osimhen joined Napoli from Lille for 81.3m euros in 2020 and although he scored 10 goals in 24 league games in his debut campaign, more was expected from him. However, this season, he is finally showing why Napoli paid top dolla...
Neymar ruled out of PSG clash with RB Leipzig after picking up injury on international duty with Brazil
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Neymar ruled out of PSG clash with RB Leipzig after picking up injury on international duty with Brazil

The attacker is set to spend the next few days on the side-lines as he continues his recovery Neymar has been ruled out of Paris Saint Germain's clash with RB Leipzig after picking up an injury while away on international duty with Brazil. PSG had to make do without Neymar in their last Ligue 1 outing against Angers on Friday, which fell on the same day he was in World Cup qualifying action for his country against Uruguay. Supporters hoped to see him return in time for the Champions League group stage encounter against Leipzig on Tuesday night, but the French giants have revealed he has returned to Parc des Princes nursing a minor knock.  
Ligue 1: Ramos not ready for debut – PSG
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Ligue 1: Ramos not ready for debut – PSG

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have confirmed that centre-back Sergio Ramos will not be making his much-awaited debut when they tackle Angers. PSG disclosed this in a statement via their website on Thursday. According to the statement, Ramos will continue on his road to full recovery by training individually for the next 10 days. Mauricio Pochettino’s side will host Angers in a French Ligue 1 tie at Parc des Princes on Friday night. PSG’s statement read, “Sergio Ramos will continue his individual sessions with the medical and performance staff for another 10 days with a view to returning to full training.” PSG head to the game following a 2-0 defeat to Rennes in their last Ligue 1 tie on October 3. They currently sit on top of the Ligue 1 table with 24 points from 9 games....
Messi identifies three things that made him join PSG
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Messi identifies three things that made him join PSG

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi, has identified three things that made him join the club from Barcelona. According to Messi, he joined Mauricio Pochettino’s side because of the club’s project, the players it has and the quality of the PSG squad. The Argentine captain also said that he is very happy at PSG, professing he has no regrets over choosing the Ligue 1 giants as his new home. Recall that Messi, who is one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’ Or this year, left Barcelona in the summer transfer window for PSG. “Barca issued the statement saying that I was not going to continue and from that point on I started to wonder how I was going to bounce back,” Messi told France Football. “I had to find a new club to continue my career. I was lucky to be contacted by...
Mbappe: I told PSG in July I wanted to leave
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Mbappe: I told PSG in July I wanted to leave

The World Cup winner has finally broken his silence on his uncertain contractual situation following summer interest from Real Madrid Kylian Mbappe has confirmed that he told Paris Saint-Germain he wanted to leave in July amid reported interest from Real Madrid. Mbappe's future was the subject of much speculation over the summer as he emerged as a primary target for Madrid, who submitted multiple bids for his services. The Spanish giants' final offer reportedly came in at over €220 million (£188m/$255m), but PSG refused to sanction the striker's departure, despite the fact he continued to stall on signing a new contract at Parc des Princes.
Kroos opens up on Madrid’s failed Mbappe move, Zidane’s key advice & how he still cleans his own boots
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Kroos opens up on Madrid’s failed Mbappe move, Zidane’s key advice & how he still cleans his own boots

The German midfielder has reiterated his stance on the possible arrival of the Frenchman, who has been at the top of the Spanish club's wish list Toni Kroos has reiterated that he would welcome the arrival of Kylian Mbappe at Real Madrid and has also opened up on the key advice Zinedine Zidane gave him. Kroos discussed a variety of different topics to Goal as he launches his new Toni Kroos Academy, which has been designed to provide online training to the next generation of budding young players from across the world. In addition to discussing Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe, the 31-year-old also expressed how he still has plenty to offer at the highest level and how, despite his status as a world-class performer, he still cleans his own boots.  
Hakimi reveals why he snubbed Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain
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Hakimi reveals why he snubbed Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain

  The full-back says he is happy in France and is enjoying playing with the dream team   Former Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi has revealed why he opted to join Paris Saint-Germain over Chelsea. The 22-year-old played a crucial role to help the Italian heavyweights win the Serie A title for the first time in 11 years. The Morocco international says the Blues were keen on his services, but he opted to join PSG. "When I received these two offers [from Chelsea and PSG], I had the intuition that I had to come to Paris, that I was going to be happy there," Hakimi told L'Equipe as quoted by PSG Talk.
‘Ifreke Inyang: 5 things we learnt from Chelsea vs Man City, Man Utd vs Aston Villa
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‘Ifreke Inyang: 5 things we learnt from Chelsea vs Man City, Man Utd vs Aston Villa

It is not every week football fans enjoy a grand opening to Premier League’s weekend games. This Saturday, three of the four teams that kicked off the 12.30pm fixtures included Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. Gabriel Jesus provided the breakthrough, as City dominated the Blues at Stamford Bridge and 1-0 convincingly, to get back into the title race. At Old Trafford, a miserable week for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued, as Kortney Hause netted the decisive goal. Bruno Fernandes however had time to blaze off a late penalty. What are the five things we learnt from both games? 1. Guardiola is still king: This was a high-pressure game for Pep by all account. Not only was it the start of a triple header that still has Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool to come. But b...
Messi still missing for PSG but could face Man City in Champions League as Argentine starts running again
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Messi still missing for PSG but could face Man City in Champions League as Argentine starts running again

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner will not line up for Mauricio Pochettino's side against Montpellier, but may make European competition Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 clash with Montpellier on Saturday, but the Argentine forward could figure in a Champions League meeting with Manchester City as he is running again. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner picked up a knee injury during an outing against Lyon, forcing him to undergo an MRI scan and sit out training. He played no part in a dramatic 2-1 win over Metz in midweek, but has seen a long spell on the sidelines ruled out and further assessment of his fitness will be made on Sunday.
‘Joga Bonito is over’ – Neymar reacts to rainbow flick booking for Brazil team-mate Paqueta
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‘Joga Bonito is over’ – Neymar reacts to rainbow flick booking for Brazil team-mate Paqueta

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar was stunned to see a fellow countryman cautioned for trying a trick during an outing for Lyon Neymar has expressed his sadness at seeing Brazil international team-mate Lucas Paqueta pick up a booking for an attempted rainbow flick, with the Paris Saint-Germain superstar claiming "Joga Bonito is over". A South American nation with five World Cup wins to its name has always embraced the "beautiful game" mentality, with football as much about entertaining for them as it is winning. Paqueta did, however, ruffle the feathers of Ligue 1 rivals Troyes and match referee Stephanie Frappart during his latest domestic outing, with a yellow card flashed in his direction after opening up a box of tricks.  
Fonseca claims disagreement with Paratici over attacking style cost him Tottenham job
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Fonseca claims disagreement with Paratici over attacking style cost him Tottenham job

The Portuguese head coach has revealed just how close he came to landing the top job at Spurs earlier this summer Paulo Fonseca has claimed that a disagreement with Fabio Paratici over his attacking style of football ultimately cost him the managerial job at Tottenham. Spurs embarked on a long search for a new permanent manager after sacking Jose Mourinho back in April, with Gennaro Gattuso and Antonio Conte among those initially approached to replace the Portuguese tactician. The north London outfit even made an approach for former boss Mauricio Pochettino, but after Paris Saint-Germain made it clear they wouldn't sanction his departure, they turned to Fonseca, who at one stage looked certain to take over in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium dugout.  
‘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.
Cristiano Ronaldo overtakes Lionel Messi as Forbes’ 2021 highest-earning footballer
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Cristiano Ronaldo overtakes Lionel Messi as Forbes’ 2021 highest-earning footballer

Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer to Manchester United has helped him overtake Lionel Messi to become Forbes' highest-earning footballer for 2021. Ronaldo is will earn $125 million (£91.5m) before taxes during the 2021-22 season, with $70m (£51.25m) of that from his salary and bonuses for his return to Manchester United. With $55m (£40m) of his earnings coming from commercial deals, Ronaldo is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world when it comes to sponsorship earnings. Messi, meanwhile will earn $110m (£80.5m) this season while his new Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe come third and fourth in the Forbes list respectively.   Only three other active athletes make more money commercially than Ronaldo: Roger Federer ($90m/£66m), LeBron James ($65m/...
Messi knee injury gives PSG concern as Argentina star ruled out of Metz game
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Messi knee injury gives PSG concern as Argentina star ruled out of Metz game

The former Barcelona superstar was taken off on his last outing against Lyon, with it confirmed that he is nursing a slight knock Lionel Messi has handed Paris Saint-Germain an untimely injury headache, with the Ligue 1 giants revealing that the Argentine forward has undergone a scan on a knee problem. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner was surprisingly taken off in his latest appearance against Lyon, with Mauricio Pochettino having to fend off plenty of questions as to why the all-time great was withdrawn. There were suggestions at the time that the 34-year-old Argentine had taken a slight knock, with that now confirmed by PSG ahead of their midweek outing against Metz.
‘It’s completely false!’ – Messi €30m per year contract report branded ‘unacceptable’ by PSG director Leonardo
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‘It’s completely false!’ – Messi €30m per year contract report branded ‘unacceptable’ by PSG director Leonardo

  The Parc des Princes chief has rubbished details of the Argentine's contract that have been published in the French media Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has branded a report saying Lionel Messi is on a €30 million (£26m/$35m) per year contract "completely false" and "unacceptable". PSG pulled off arguably the biggest coup of the summer transfer window by signing Messi, who became available as a free agent after Barcelona announced they were unable to tie him down to a new contract due to their struggles to get below La Liga's wage limit. The 34-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Ligue 1 giants, but L'Equipe reported he has been promised a third season worth €40m (£34m/$47m) and a yearly bonus of €15m (£13m/$18m).    
PSG still don’t know when Ramos will make his debut as defender nurses calf injury
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PSG still don’t know when Ramos will make his debut as defender nurses calf injury

  Mauricio Pochettino has no idea when the World Cup-winning defender will be available, but Kylian Mbappe is in line to face Lyon on Sunday Sergio Ramos still has no date pencilled in for his Paris Saint-Germain debut, with Mauricio Pochettino admitting to being in the dark when it comes to the Spanish defender's recovery from a calf injury. The former Real Madrid captain completed a move to France as a free agent over the summer, but is yet to pull on the colours of his new club and remains stuck on the sidelines. A niggling muscle problem is frustrating the 35-year-old centre-half, and everyone else at Parc des Princes, with Pochettino unsure as to when the World Cup winner will come into contention for a place in his plans.      
‘Hakimi’s dream is to play for Real Madrid again’ – Ex-Inter boss Conte sees ‘world class’ potential in PSG star
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‘Hakimi’s dream is to play for Real Madrid again’ – Ex-Inter boss Conte sees ‘world class’ potential in PSG star

A man who worked with the Morocco international defender at San Siro believes his career path will lead back to Santiago Bernabeu Achraf Hakimi's dream is to play for Real Madrid again claims Antonio Conte, who worked with the Paris Saint-Germain right-back at Inter. The Morocco international ended up at San Siro after being allowed to leave Santiago Bernabeu, initially on loan to Borussia Dortmund and then in a permanent deal to the reigning Serie A champions. Madrid native Hakimi made just 17 competitive appearances for the Blancos, but his stock has soared elsewhere and Conte expects a homecoming at some stage.      
‘I didn’t feel they wanted to keep me’ – Wijnaldum claims lack of faith from Liverpool officials led to Anfield departure
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‘I didn’t feel they wanted to keep me’ – Wijnaldum claims lack of faith from Liverpool officials led to Anfield departure

  The midfielder, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in the summer transfer window, has insisted that he originally wanted to extend his stay with the Reds Georginio Wijnaldum says that a lack of faith from Liverpool officials led to his departure from Anfield, as he has claimed that they "did not give me the feeling of wanting to keep me". Liverpool paid £23 million ($32m) to bring Winaldum to Merseyside from Newcastle in the summer of 2016, and he went on to establish himself as one of the most influential members of Jurgen Klopp's squad. The Dutchman helped the Reds win a sixth European Cup and first league title in 30 years, but wasn't given a contract extension beyond the 2020-21 campaign and ended up joining Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in June.    ...
Messi did not deserve to leave Barcelona like that, says La Liga president Tebas
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Messi did not deserve to leave Barcelona like that, says La Liga president Tebas

  The Argentine could not sign a new deal at Camp Nou and ended up joining Paris Saint-Germain, but the La Liga chief says he could have stayed Lionel Messi did not deserve to leave Barcelona in the manner he did and his departure could have been avoided, insists La Liga president Javier Tebas. Barcelona tried to sign the Argentina star to a new contract after his previous one expired at the end of last season. But they were unable to come to an agreement despite both parties wanting to continue their partnership, with Barca citing La Liga's financial restrictions as the reason behind the collapse in talks.      
French league hits out at ‘outrageous’ Tebas comments on Messi and PSG
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French league hits out at ‘outrageous’ Tebas comments on Messi and PSG

  The Liga boss suggested that Paris Saint-Germain's acquisition of the veteran meant Ligue 1 risked becoming a veterans' league The French Professional League (LFP) has slammed Javier Tebas' recent comments about the division, describing the La Liga chief's criticisms as "outrageous." Tebas spoke out after Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos and Barcelona ace Lionel Messi left for Paris Saint-Germain on free transfers this summer. His suggestion that state-owned clubs like PSG were "as much enemies as the Super League" and that Ligue 1 was becoming a retirement home for veteran stars did not go down well with his counterparts in France.  
Camavinga: Real Madrid transfer ‘happened so fast’ and is a dream come true
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Camavinga: Real Madrid transfer ‘happened so fast’ and is a dream come true

The 18-year-old is excited to get started at his new club after committing to a six-year contract on the final day of the transfer window Eduardo Camavinga has made his childhood dream a reality by joining Real Madrid. The midfielder joined the Spanish side in a €40 million (£34m/$47m) move from Rennes on the final day of the transfer window. Camavinga, 18, is reported to have turned down the chance to join Paris Saint-Germain in order to sign a six-year-contract at Santiago Bernabeu.        
Tottenham Hotspur and Aurier part ways by mutual consent
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Tottenham Hotspur and Aurier part ways by mutual consent

The English topflight side has announced the departure of the former Paris Saint-Germain star on Tuesday Serge Aurier and Tottenham Hotspur have parted ways by mutual consent, the English Premier League club has announced. After representing Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain for three years, the Cote d’Ivoire international joined the North London side on August 31, 2017, for a fee in the region of £23 million. At Spurs, the right-back was a key figure featuring in 77 English topflight games with five goals to his credit. He also played five times as the club reached the final of the 2018–19 Champions League – where they bowed to Liverpool in the final played in Madrid. While no reason was given for the mutual termination of the contract, the club wished the African star all th...
Real Madrid left feeling cheated as PSG fail to officially respond to Mbappe bids
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Real Madrid left feeling cheated as PSG fail to officially respond to Mbappe bids

The Spanish side's offers for the 22-year-old striker were met with silence, despite suggestions Paris would be willing to sell for the right offer Real Madrid have been left seething at Paris Saint-Germain over the way they handled negotiations for Kylian Mbappe, Goal can reveal. The Spanish side made two bids for the France star in August, one for around €160 million (£137m/$188m) and the latest worth €170m (£146m/$200m) plus €10m (£9m/$12m) in add-ons. Madrid then issued the Ligue 1 team with an ultimatum, insisting they would withdraw their offer if they did not receive a response by 6pm on Monday.
‘It’s a gift to have him’ – Pochettino hails Mbappe after Reims double amidst Real Madrid transfer rumours
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‘It’s a gift to have him’ – Pochettino hails Mbappe after Reims double amidst Real Madrid transfer rumours

Paris Saint-Germain's leading players have said that they want the World Cup winner to remain at Parc des Princes Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Kylian Mbappe after the forward scored twice in a 2-0 win over Reims in Ligue 1. Despite links to Real Madrid, the France international started the match on Sunday, justifying his coach’s decision with a headed opener from Angel Di Maria's cross and following it up with a close-range finish on the back of Achraf Hakimi's break. Nevertheless, uncertainty remains over Mbappe's future amid back-to-back bids from Los Blancos and with the end of his contract looming next summer - but now his coach has led a glowing tribute from staff and players alike after another match-winning performance.  
Messi makes PSG debut in Ligue 1 clash against Reims
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Messi makes PSG debut in Ligue 1 clash against Reims

The Argentine got his first taste of club football away from Barcelona in the second half at Stade Auguste Delaune Lionel Messi has made his Paris Saint-Germain debut, coming on for Neymar after 66 minutes in a clash against Reims. It is the first time that Messi has played a competitive club match for a team other than Barcelona. He arrived at PSG earlier in August after Barcelona were forced to release him for financial reasons.  
PSG make contact with Richarlison over transfer as possible Mbappe replacement
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PSG make contact with Richarlison over transfer as possible Mbappe replacement

The Ligue 1 heavyweights will meet with the Toffees star's representatives over the chance of him replacing the France superstar at Parc des Princes Paris Saint-Germain have made contact with Richarlison's agents over a potential move for the Everton forward in case Kylian Mbappe is ultimately sold to Real Madrid this transfer window, Goal understands. The Ligue 1 heavyweights have fended off an initial offer and seen a second from Los Blancos now for the France international, who has indicated a desire to move on to Santiago Bernabeu. The loss of the forward would leave a gaping hole in Mauricio Pochettino's arsenal, despite the arrival of Lionel Messi this summer, and now the club look to have identified their first-choice replacement should they opt to cash in on Mbappe.
Real Madrid boss Ancelotti stays tight-lipped as Mbappe transfer talk swirls
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Real Madrid boss Ancelotti stays tight-lipped as Mbappe transfer talk swirls

The France international could be on the cusp of a major-money move to Santiago Bernabeu but the Blancos boss is refusing to speculate Carlo Ancelotti has given nothing away over whether Kylian Mbappe is set to become a Real Madrid player, as speculation continues to swirl around the future of the Paris-Saint Germain forward. The France international could be on the cusp of a major-money move to Santiago Bernabeu and is reportedly keen on making the swap to Los Blancos from Parc des Princes. But speaking ahead of his side's clash with Real Betis in La Liga this weekend, Madrid boss Ancelotti has remained tight-lipped on whether the attacker could be at his disposal before the transfer window shuts.
Real Madrid put Hazard up for sale as they prepare for Mbappe arrival from PSG
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Real Madrid put Hazard up for sale as they prepare for Mbappe arrival from PSG

The Blancos are planning to trim down their squad to make room for the World Cup winner, who is pushing complete a move to Santiago Bernabeu Real Madrid have put Eden Hazard up for sale as they prepare for Kylian Mbappe's arrival from Paris Saint-Germain, Goal can confirm. Goal has reported the Blancos have submitted an improved €170 million (£146m/$200m) bid for Mbappe after seeing their opening offer rejected, with PSG having publicly confirmed that the striker wants to leave the club after turning down a new contract. Madrid are now working behind the scenes to make room for Mbappe, with Carlo Ancelotti likely to trim down his squad amid intense competition for places in attacking positions.  
Champions League group stage: Messi’s PSG face Man City, holders Chelsea paired with Juventus and draw in full
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Champions League group stage: Messi’s PSG face Man City, holders Chelsea paired with Juventus and draw in full

The Argentine will take on his former mentor Pep Guardiola with his new club after being closely linked to a City move himself Paris Saint-Germain will take on Manchester City in one of the biggest ties of the Champions League group stage, while holders Chelsea will face Juventus and Barcelona and Bayern Munich will also square off following Thursday's draw in Nyon. In a draw that produced a host of blockbuster clashes, Inter's meeting with Real Madrid in Group D also stood out. Manchester United, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to gain revenge over Villarreal after being paired with their Europa League final vanquishers.
Yaw Yeboah: Ghana star reveals Messi and Neymar inspiration behind viral Polish goal
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Yaw Yeboah: Ghana star reveals Messi and Neymar inspiration behind viral Polish goal

The Wisla Krakow winger throws more light on his amazing solo finish in the Ekstraklasa Wisla Krakow attacker Yaw Yeboah has stated his viral sublime goal in the Polish league was inspired by Paris Saint-German duo Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. The winger made global headlines earlier this week after dancing his way through Gornik Leczna’s defence to score an incredible solo effort. The goal has been reported around the world and shared by top sport and football outfits on social media, including world football’s governing body Fifa.
Mbappe wants to leave PSG but Real Madrid are behaving ‘illegally’, claims Leonardo
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Mbappe wants to leave PSG but Real Madrid are behaving ‘illegally’, claims Leonardo

The Parc des Princes chief has confirmed that a prized asset is pushing for a move away from the club amid strong links with the Blancos Kylian Mbappe wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain but Real Madrid are behaving "illegally" in their pursuit of the forward, claims Leonardo, the French club's sporting director. Mbappe has just entered the final year of his contract at PSG, and has yet to reach an agreement with the club over an extension, leading to speculation that he is angling for a big-money move. Real has been touted as the most likely next destination for the 22-year-old, with Goal reporting that they lodged a €160 million (£137m/$188m) bid earlier this week, and Leonardo has now given an update on the situation.  
Real Madrid make opening bid for Mbappe as PSG forward turns down six contract renewal offers
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Real Madrid make opening bid for Mbappe as PSG forward turns down six contract renewal offers

The World Cup winner's deal in Paris expires next summer, and the Spanish giants feel they can force a sale this month Real Madrid have submitted their opening offer to sign Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain, Goal can confirm. The Spanish giants are optimistic about getting a deal done before the transfer window closes next week, as they feel Mbappe will not sign a new contract in Paris with his current deal expiring at the end of this season. While Madrid have been hit hard financially by the coronavirus pandemic, they feel they are in a position to force PSG into selling one of the best footballers in the world.
Messi included in Argentina squad for World Cup qualifiers as Icardi injury clears path for PSG debut
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Messi included in Argentina squad for World Cup qualifiers as Icardi injury clears path for PSG debut

The forward hasn't appeared for his new club this season, but he has still been called upon by Lionel Scaloni at international level Lionel Messi has been included in Argentina's squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers despite being yet to make his debut for Paris Saint-Germain. Messi hasn't seen a single minute of competitive action since helping Argentina beat Brazil in the Copa America final on July 11, but has still been making plenty of headlines due to a surprise change of location at club level The 34-year-old was forced to bring his 21-year career at Barcelona to an end last month due to the club's ongoing financial struggles, and he subsequently joined PSG on a free transfer, but supporters are still waiting to see the six-time Ballon d'Or winner make his first appe...
‘I couldn’t even say hello to him’ – Depay missed Messi at Barcelona but is enjoying working with Dest
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‘I couldn’t even say hello to him’ – Depay missed Messi at Barcelona but is enjoying working with Dest

The Netherlands international forward did not get to cross paths with the Camp Nou icon, but is feeling settled in new surroundings Memphis Depay "couldn't even say hello" to Lionel Messi following his arrival at Barcelona with the Argentine icon heading out of Camp Nou, but the Dutch forward is enjoying life alongside Gerard Pique and Sergino Dest. The Netherlands international completed a switch to Catalunya over the summer having reached the end of his contract at Lyon, but experienced a sliding doors moment with the Argentine icon that also found himself a free agent. With Depay on Euro 2020 duty and Messi away winning the Copa America, the pair never crossed paths before taking on new challenges with Barca and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
Pochettino pressed on Messi debut & Mbappe future ahead of PSG’s meeting with Brest
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Pochettino pressed on Messi debut & Mbappe future ahead of PSG’s meeting with Brest

The iconic Argentine forward is in line to make his first appearance for his new club, potentially alongside a World Cup winner Mauricio Pochettino is giving little away when it comes to his plans for Lionel Messi, with the Argentine in line to make his Paris Saint-Germain against Brest, but the coach is confident that Kylian Mbappe will remain part of his plans this season. The Ligue 1 heavyweights now boast an enviable array of attacking talent on their books, with six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi being slotted into a star-studded squad alongside the likes of Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi. It could be that Messi, who was snapped up as a free agent once no contract was signed at Barcelona, opens a new chapter in his career on Saturday, with another positive week of train...
PSG confirm another signing after Messi
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PSG confirm another signing after Messi

Paris-Saint Germain have confirmed that Mathyas Randriamamy has signed his first professional contract with the club. This is coming less than a week after PSG unveiled Lionel Messi as their new signing. PSG disclosed this in a statement via their website on Monday. The statement read, “Mathyas Randriamamy signs his first pro contract with Paris. “The eighteen-year-old goalkeeper has signed his first professional contract with Paris Saint-Germain through to 30 June 2024.” Randriamamy joined PSG’s youth academy in 2016 from Paris FC. The young goalkeeper progressed through the ranks of PSG’s U17s and then the U19s, making 12 appearances.
‘I am very happy with Mbappe!’ – Pochettino brushes off whistles as forward scores in PSG win
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‘I am very happy with Mbappe!’ – Pochettino brushes off whistles as forward scores in PSG win

The manager claimed he did not hear the jeers directed at his star during the match against Strasbourg on Saturday Mauricio Pochettino proclaimed he is "very happy" with Kylian Mbappe following a 4-2 win over Strasbourg on Saturday in which Paris Saint-Germain fans whistled at the forward amid transfer speculation. Mbappe, who has been steadily linked with Real Madrid, delivered a goal as newcomer Lionel Messi watched from the stands. His boss offered praise for his focus on the task at hand and said he didn't hear any of the jeers at Parc des Princes.
‘Ronaldo would be dying to be here’ – Di Maria says Messi deal is ‘much better’ for PSG
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‘Ronaldo would be dying to be here’ – Di Maria says Messi deal is ‘much better’ for PSG

The Argentina international who has played alongside two all-time greats is delighted to have his fellow countryman with him in France Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria claims "Cristiano Ronaldo would be dying to be here", with the Portuguese superstar among those watching from afar as the Ligue 1 giants pulled off the considerable coup of signing Lionel Messi. One all-time great has arrived in the French capital, with six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi committing to a two-year deal at Parc des Princes after seeing Barcelona fail to agree a new contract amid serious financial difficulties at Camp Nou. PSG had previously been linked with Ronaldo as he enters the final year of his terms at Juventus, but the iconic 36-year-old has, for now, missed out on the chance to join force...
‘I don’t think he’ll find a better team’ – Di Maria expects Mbappe to stay at PSG in wake of Messi arrival
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‘I don’t think he’ll find a better team’ – Di Maria expects Mbappe to stay at PSG in wake of Messi arrival

The Argentine expects his star club team-mate to stay despite links to Real Madrid Angel Di Maria says Kylian Mbappe will remain with Paris Saint-Germain, claiming the French star will not be able to find a better team anywhere else. Mbappe's future has been up in the air amid links to Real Madrid, despite the club's recent signing of Lionel Messi. Di Maria, meanwhile, says that he believes Mbappe will stay in Paris for the foreseeable future as he believes PSG is currently the most talented club in world football.
LaLiga speaks on Messi’s departure from Barcelona affecting TV rights
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LaLiga speaks on Messi’s departure from Barcelona affecting TV rights

The President of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, has insisted that Lionel Messi’s departure from Barcelona will not affect TV rights. Messi arrived in France to sign for Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent this week. The 34-year-old was welcomed by a massive crowd from the airport to the club’s facilities in Paris. Many observers have suggested that TV numbers will drop for LaLiga, just as Ligue 1 numbers are expected to rise as a result of the Messi factor. Tebas, speaking on Thursday, said: “Obviously, it hurts that Messi leaves, but we’ve worked hard so that our audiovisual income doesn’t fall. “There’s no clause in our international TV rights contracts for if Messi goes… [Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar] are important, they help, but they aren’t essential.”
PSG used ‘CRYPTOCURRENCY’ to secure Lionel Messi signing
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PSG used ‘CRYPTOCURRENCY’ to secure Lionel Messi signing

  Paris Saint Germain pulled out all of the stops to secure the signing of Lionel Messi this summer and are propping up the lucrative salary package of football's biggest star with the inclusion of cryptocurrency assets, Sportsmail can reveal. The sporting world is still reeling from Messi's switching of allegiance from Barcelona to the French capital, after it was confirmed that he could no longer be re-registered at the Nou Camp. Eyebrows were raised when PSG immediately became frontrunners for the superstar, despite already boasting the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on their books, along with summer signings Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum and Achraf Hakimi. And, despite Messi's eye-watering £1million-per-week two-year deal which sees him rem...

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