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Barnsley vs Chelsea: Tuchel Confirms Kepa Will Start FA Cup Tie
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Barnsley vs Chelsea: Tuchel Confirms Kepa Will Start FA Cup Tie

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed the club’s record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga, will start tonight’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Barnsley. Kepa arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2018 as replacement for Thibaut Courtois. The Spaniard cost the Blues a world record £72million, but has since endured a rough patch. He has eventually been replaced as Chelsea’s first choice by Eduoard Mendy, who arrived from Rennes last summer. Mendy has started all four of Tuchel’s matches in charge so far and conceded just once, but the 28-year-old will earn a rest this evening with the German tactician handing Kepa an olive branch. “He [Kepa] will play [against Barnsley]. From outside, of course we had a view on his situation and some difficulties on the sporting sid...
Twitter Erupts As Chelsea Advances To UCL Knockout Stage
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Twitter Erupts As Chelsea Advances To UCL Knockout Stage

Premier League side, Chelsea FC have qualified for the UEFA Champions League knock out stage after beating Rennes 2 - 1. Goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi and Olivier Giroud helped seal the deal for The Blues. The London club has their qualification though having two matches left of the group stage. This could definitely look like a rampage and a wake-up call for every other from Chelsea you never can tell. Timo Werner got close early in the game but failed to convert from merely five yards. Twitter has been on a roll after the game. check below FT: Rennes 1-2 Chelsea Olivier Giroud sends Chelsea to the Champions League knockout stages 🤩#UCL pic.twitter.com/8LSdmn8FH4 — Goal (@goal) November 24, 2020 We left it late, but it's THREE points in the #UCL secured.....
Lampard details Kai Havertz COVID-19 situation, symptoms
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Lampard details Kai Havertz COVID-19 situation, symptoms

The news broke after the starting lineups were announced, with head coach Frank Lampard confirming that the reason behind Kai Havertz’s absence was a COVID-19 diagnosis. After Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Rennes, just the second match all season without Havertz, the head coach provided a bit more detail on the situation. “It showed up in the UEFA testing on Monday. We retested yesterday when we found out. Clearly everyone else in the squad is negative, so that is a good sign. I’ve spoke to Kai a couple of times since we found out. “He’s at home, he’s isolating and he was very disappointed because he wants to play. He had some minor symptoms yesterday, his symptoms have escalated slightly today but he is fine. I spoke to him two hours before the game today and he’s disappointed to be o...
Chelsea 3-0 Rennes: Spot-on Werner helps Blues maintain unbeaten start in Group E
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Chelsea 3-0 Rennes: Spot-on Werner helps Blues maintain unbeaten start in Group E

Rennes defender Dalbert conceded two penalties and was sent off before half-time as Chelsea romped to victory at Stamford Bridge. Timo Werner scored two first-half penalties as Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start in Champions League Group E with a 3-0 win over Rennes on Wednesday. Frank Lampard's side drew 0-0 with Valencia in their opening game before crushing Krasnodar 4-0 last week and got off to a fine start against their Ligue 1 opponents, with Werner slotting home from the spot in the 10th minute after he had been fouled by Dalbert. The Brazilian was then dismissed after receiving a second yellow card for handball in the area four minutes before the interval, Werner stepping up to slam home his seventh goal of the season in all competitions.
17-Year-Old Eduardo Camavinga Scores Insane Overhead Kick In First Start For France
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17-Year-Old Eduardo Camavinga Scores Insane Overhead Kick In First Start For France

Eduardo Camavinga wasted no time in making an instant impact on his first start for France after scoring a sensational overhead kick against Ukraine. The 17-year-old midfielder made his debut for France last month when he replaced N'Golo Kante in the second half of his side's 4-2 win against Croatia in the Nations League. And now Didier Deschamps handed the highly rated Camavinga his first start for France in their clash with Ukraine at the Stade de France. During the opening 10 minutes of the match, Olivier Giroud managed to connect with a cross and brought the ball down for an onrushing Camavinga. The Rennes star still had his work cut out for him as he managed to connect with a superb overhead kick to loft the ball over a Ukraine player on the line. According to OptaJ...
“I Am So Excited To Be Joining Chelsea” – Mendy
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“I Am So Excited To Be Joining Chelsea” – Mendy

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes for £22m on a five-year deal. The 28-year-old will compete with goalkeepers Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero for a starting spot at Stamford Bridge this season. Mendy said: "I am so excited to be joining Chelsea. It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad and to work with Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff. I look forward to meeting my team-mates and can’t wait to get started." On signing the Senegalese, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: "As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, there was only one player we wanted to bring in. "Edouard arrives following a season of real success w...
Chelsea Complete The Signing Of Edouard Mendy From Rennes
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Chelsea Complete The Signing Of Edouard Mendy From Rennes

Chelsea complete the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes, with the goalkeeper joining on a five-year deal at a cost of £22 million ($29m). The Senegalese international has penned a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge and will compete with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero for a starting spot between the posts in the season ahead. After signing his long-term contract with the Blues, Mendy said: ‘I am so excited to be joining Chelsea. It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad and to work with Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff. I look forward to meeting my team-mates and can’t wait to get started.’ On signing Mendy, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper t...
Napoli and Rennes battle for ex-Chelsea youngster Boga as Sassuolo hold out for €40m
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Napoli and Rennes battle for ex-Chelsea youngster Boga as Sassuolo hold out for €40m

The forward has interest from clubs across Europe but his current side are holding firm over their transfer fee demands Sassuolo are holding out for €40 million (£36m/$47m) for Jeremie Boga, with Napoli having come closest to metting their demands while Rennes have also made a formal approach for the former Chelsea winger. Goal has learned that Napoli have made an offer of €30m (£27m/$35m) already with further add-ons being put forward, while Rennes have only been able to put an €20m (£18m/$23m) offer in. Chelsea's approach for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy could see the Ligue 1 club earn up to £25m (€28m/$33m) for their current priority target with talks ongoing.
Chelsea target Mendy is a ‘great goalkeeper’ & ‘deserves’ summer move, says Rennes team-mate Da Silva
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Chelsea target Mendy is a ‘great goalkeeper’ & ‘deserves’ summer move, says Rennes team-mate Da Silva

The French defender does not want to see prized asset leave the club, but concedes that he is ready to step up to the next level Chelsea target Edouard Mendy is a "great goalkeeper" and he "deserves" a summer move, says Rennes captain Damien Da Silva. Goal has reported that Chelsea are looking to push through a €28m (£25/$33m) deal for Mendy by the end of the week, having seen an opening bid of €20 million (£18m/$24m) rejected. The 28-year-old shot-stopper helped Rennes finish third in Ligue 1 last season, and the Blues are eager to bring him in to compete with Kepa for the No.1 jersey at Stamford Bridge.
Depay back from injury as Lyon return to training
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Depay back from injury as Lyon return to training

Ahead of their Champions League last-16 return leg against Juventus, the Ligue 1 side have received a boost as their star man trained on Monday Lyon returned to training on Monday, with the Champions League hopefuls having been at ease since the middle of March due to the coronavirus crisis. Although the Ligue 1 season was confirmed to be over at the end of April, leaving OL controversially seventh in the standings and, therefore, without a European spot for next season, they are working with the second leg of their European tie against Juventus in mind. With regards that fixture, the Rhone side have been boosted by the return of Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide, both of whom trained having missed out since December because of long-term knee injuries sustained in a clash agains...
Lyon’s Aulas threatens action against French state if Ligue 1 does not resume
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Lyon’s Aulas threatens action against French state if Ligue 1 does not resume

The club chief has led opposition to finishing the French season early and on Thursday will ask the courts to overturn the ruling Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has underlined his determination to restart the Ligue 1 season, while suggesting that he could sue the French state should the decision go against his club. Aulas' side are among the most vocal opponents of the move to shut down France's top flight, which meant Paris Saint-Germain were crowned champions with 10 rounds of fixtures still outstanding. Marseille and Rennes finished behind the champions in second and third to take Champions League spots while Lyon, who lay in seventh, face a year without any type of European football.
Rennes waiting on Amiens before move for Udinese loanee Opoku
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Rennes waiting on Amiens before move for Udinese loanee Opoku

The 22-year-old Ghanaian is of interest to Julien Stephan's team, but it is not so straight forward to get him Rennes might need to wait until June 30 before making a move for Udinese defender Nicholas Opoku, Goal understands. Amiens, where he is presently on loan, have the first option to buy him for €4 million before the temporary deal expires at the end of this month. The 22-year-old joined the Unicorns in February and made seven appearances, playing for the entire 90 minutes in all of them and getting booked only once.
Paul-Georges Ntep: Guingamp sign Cameroon winger on a free transfer
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Paul-Georges Ntep: Guingamp sign Cameroon winger on a free transfer

The Ligue 2 side confirmed the signing of the Cameroon international who has been without a club since he left Wolfsburg in February Paul-Georges Ntep has officially returned to France to revive his career with Ligue 2 outfit Guingamp. The Red and Blacks handed Ntep a one-year contract to boost their attacking options ahead of the 2020-21 Ligue 2 campaign after finishing in eighth place this season. The 27-year-old winger developed his game in France and he started his professional journey at Auxerre, spending five years there before moving to Rennes in 2014.
‘They are robbing us’ – Lyon president Aulas criticises Ligue 1 for ending season early amid coronavirus
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‘They are robbing us’ – Lyon president Aulas criticises Ligue 1 for ending season early amid coronavirus

The French club look set to miss out on European football for the first time in 23 years after the 2019-20 campaign was abandoned due to Covid-19 Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says the club have been "robbed" of the chance to play for European football and says the decision of Ligue 1 to end the season early and award final placings on a points-per-game basis is unfair. After the announcement by French prime minister Edouard Philippe that no football could take place before September, the league governing body (LFP) confirmed on Thursday that the season was over and that the championship and European places would be awarded via points per game. This means Paris Saint-Germain are awarded a third successive Ligue 1 title, while Marseille and Rennes take the other two Champions Leag...
Nimes Defender Anthony Briancon Sent Off For ‘Clothesline From Hell’
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Nimes Defender Anthony Briancon Sent Off For ‘Clothesline From Hell’

Nimes defender Anthony Briancon was sent off following one of the most shocking challenges of the year. After Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga cutely flicked the ball past him in the Ligue One game this evening, the 25-year old completely took his opponent's head off with a wild clothesline move that one would normally come to expect in a WWE ring. All that was missing was the iconic commentary of Jim Ross absolutely losing his mind. The slow motion replay shows just how the sickening impact was, and Camavinga needed to undergo treatment following the collision. At first, Briancon was only shown a yellow card for doing his best JBL impression but when the incident was referred to VAR, he was then correctly given his marching orders just after half-time. With a one-man ...
Bolasie set for Everton exit with three clubs competing for winger’s signature
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Bolasie set for Everton exit with three clubs competing for winger’s signature

The 30-year-old's time at Goodison Park has been marred by injuries, and he may finally find a new permanent home after two spells out on loan Yannick Bolasie’s time at Everton could be coming to an end, as three sides compete for his signature with the Toffees looking to sell. Celtic, Besiktas and Rennes are all chasing the 30-year-old, who has already turned down one option for a move. Russian side CSKA Moscow had agreed a deal with Everton, but failed to reach an agreement with the player. They had proposed an initial loan deal with a £5 million ($6m) option to buy but Bolasie turned them down, not wanting to move to Russia.
‘Should I be worried?’ – Tuchel expects PSG stay despite late-season wobble
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‘Should I be worried?’ – Tuchel expects PSG stay despite late-season wobble

While the situation could yet change after a run of just three wins in 10, the manager is planning for next season Thomas Tuchel expects to still be Paris Saint-Germain head coach next season, but he acknowledges the situation could "change every day". PSG won the Ligue 1 title, but crashed out of the Champions League and Coupe de la Ligue early, as well as losing the Coupe de France final to Rennes on penalties. The shoot-out defeat to Rennes came in the final weeks of the season as PSG won just three of 10 matches in all competitions, also including Friday's 3-1 loss at Reims.
Will Neymar be banned for fan punch? PSG star’s possible sanctions
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Will Neymar be banned for fan punch? PSG star’s possible sanctions

The Brazilian was involved in a scuffle following his side's shock Coupe de France loss on Saturday, but what might the ramifications be? Paris Saint-Germian star Neymar faces being landed in hot water by the French FA (FFF) after apparently punching a fan following last Saturday’s Coupe de France final defeat by Rennes. The Brazilian had netted a brilliant chip to put PSG 2-0 into the lead, but thereafter they collapsed, with a Presnel Kimpembe own goal the trigger for the Breton side to come back and draw 2-2. Tempers flared on the pitch, with Kylian Mbappe sent off before a penalty shootout that was won 6-5 by the underdogs. Neymar scored his kick but Christopher Nkunku saw his go high in sudden death after the first 11 had been converted.
Neymar Punches A Fan After Coupe De France Loss
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Neymar Punches A Fan After Coupe De France Loss

PSG star Neymar may find himself in trouble after punching a fan following his club’s Coupe de France final defeat on Saturday. Paris Saint-Germain lost in his return to the field from injury on Saturday, falling to Rennes in the final of the Coupe de France, 6-5 on penalties after a 2-2 finish. It was a stunning match. The Paris club was comfortably ahead within 35 minutes when Brazilian duo Dani Alves and Neymar had scored to put them 2-0 up. However, Presnel Kimpembe’s own goal followed by Mexer’s header either side of half time took the tie to extra time. Rennes went on to win on penalties. During the medal ceremony after the match, Neymar got into it with what appeared to be a spectator. Other players on PSG looked at this guy as if he had said something that bothered the...
What Mesut Ozil Said About Arsenal Reaching Quarter-final, Facing Napoli
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What Mesut Ozil Said About Arsenal Reaching Quarter-final, Facing Napoli

Arsenal playmaker, Mesut Ozil has hailed his teammate for reaching the UEFA Europa League quarter-final. Arsenal will tackle Napoli in the Europa League quarter-final next month. The Gunners reached the Europa League last eight on Thursday night after defeating Rennes 3-0 at Emirates. Ozil took to his official Twitter page to praise Unai Emery’s men for showing good character and determination to reach competition’s next round. He wrote: “Great comeback from the team! A difficult week for us, but we showed good character and determination to reach the #UEL quarters!”
Europa League Highest Goal Scorers
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Europa League Highest Goal Scorers

Following the conclusion of the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second-leg ties on Thursday night, below are the current highest goal scorers, chasing the Golden Boot in the Europe second top-flight league: Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick in his side’s 5-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev to top the goal chart. Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace in his side’s 3-0 win over Rennes to take his tally to four goals. UEFA Europa League leading scorers after Thursday’s matches: 9 goals: Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) 8 goals: Munas Dabbur (RB Salzburg), Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla) 7 goals: Luka Jovic (Frankfurt) 5 goals: Sebastien Haller (Frankfurt), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis), Fredrik Gulbrandsen (RB Salzburg) 4 goals: Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelse...
What Unai Emery Said After Arsenal’s 3-0 Win Over Rennes
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What Unai Emery Said After Arsenal’s 3-0 Win Over Rennes

Arsenal manager, Unai Emery has hailed his side’s ability to cope with pressure after they came back from a 3-1 loss in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie against Rennes. Arsenal defeated the French Ligue 1 side 3-0 on Thursday night to advance 4-3 on aggregate to the quarter-finals of Europe’s second-tier club competition. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck either side of an Ainsley Maitland-Niles goal as the North London side joined local rivals, Chelsea. “This comeback was very difficult, but I think the reaction was very good from every player,” Emery was quoted by NAN as telling reporters at post-match. “We can be proud of our players today because it was a very difficult week — (Manchester) United on Sunday and today against Rennes. “Playing under press...
Why I Want Rennes to Knock Arsenal Out From Europa League – Patrick Viera
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Why I Want Rennes to Knock Arsenal Out From Europa League – Patrick Viera

Arsenal legend, Patrick Vieira, has disclosed that he wants Rennes to beat Arsenal in tonight’s UEFA Europa League round of 16 second-leg clash at Emirates Stadium. According to Vieira, Rennes are good Ligue 1 side and every French team in the Europa League are supporting Julien Stéphan’s men. Rennes head to the game following a 3-1 win over Unai Emery’s side in the first leg encounter last week Thursday but Vieria, who is the current manager of OGC Nice, is hoping the French outfit can knock Arsenal out of the competition. “I have not seen the games [Rennes vs Arsenal] but the result didn’t surprise me,” Vieira was quoted by the Express as saying. “Rennes are a really good Ligue 1 team. Offensively they are able to score against all teams in every minute of a game. “It’...
Arsenal Squad to Play Rennes Revealed
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Arsenal Squad to Play Rennes Revealed

Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, will have a strong squad available for selection, when they host Rennes in the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie on Thursday night. Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be assessed ahead of the match. The midfielder took part in a warm-up with the rest of the team in training on Wednesday, but has been struggling with a mild back strain. The Gunners will have to make do without defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, after he saw red in the first-leg defeat. But Alexandre Lacazette is available to play, after having his ban reduced to two games, following his red card against BATE Borisov. Arsenal squad vs Rennes: Cech, Leno, Maitland-Niles, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira, Xhaka, Ramsey, Iwobi, Suarez, Mkhitaryan, ...
Europa League: Pires Predicts Outcome of Arsenal vs Rennes Clash
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Europa League: Pires Predicts Outcome of Arsenal vs Rennes Clash

Arsenal legend, Robert Pires has tipped Arsenal to beat Rennes on Thursday night in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second-leg clash. Unai Emery’s men head to the game following a 3-1 defeat to Rennes in the first leg encounter last week Thursday. But Pires believes the Gunners can defeat the French Ligue 1 side at the Emirates Stadium and go on to win the Europa League trophy this season. “Arsenal are in the top four and I think they can qualify for next season’s Champions League,” Pires told Marca “I think, and I hope, that he [Emery] can win the Europa League, as he won it three times with Sevilla. “So he has a lot of experience and knows there are good quality and a good squad. I think he has built a good team and they are...
What Arsenal’s Win over Man United Means – Emery Speaks on Rennes’ 3-1 Deficit
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What Arsenal’s Win over Man United Means – Emery Speaks on Rennes’ 3-1 Deficit

Arsenal Manager, Unai Emery, said the team’s win over English Premier League rivals Manchester United at Emirates Stadium was a confidence-booster ahead of Thursday’s match against Ligue 1 side Rennes in the Europa League. On Arsenal chances of overturning a 3-1 deficit, Emery stated that he was upbeat that his team can achieve the feat and progress to the quarter finals of the competition. In his post match interview with newsmen agate Sunday’s game, the coach said: “I think we were in a good moment in Rennes but the circumstances which led to the defeat kind of depleted the team’s confidence. “So, it was important to bounce back and recover from the defeat ahead of the second leg against the French side on Thursday. “I think a win against a team like United can give us that...
Arsenal Squad Against Rennes
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Arsenal Squad Against Rennes

Arsenal travelled with a strong squad for Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Rennes. Unai Emery put his players through their final training session on Wednesday at London Colney, before flying out for the last-16 tie. Other than Alexandre Lacazette who is suspended, the only players missing for the Gunners should be long-term absentees Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck. Lucas Torreira was sent off at the weekend and will serve a three-match Premier League ban, but is available to feature against Rennes. Stephan Lichtsteiner, who was not in the matchday squad against Spurs, also trained on Wednesday at London Colney. As did Eddie Nketiah, who will travel to France in the absence of Lacazette. Petr Cech will start in goal for the Gunners, returning to ...
Neymar Shines On Return As PSG Beat Rennes
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Neymar Shines On Return As PSG Beat Rennes

Neymar starred on his return to the Paris Saint-Germain line-up after two games out with two goals and two assists in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat of Rennes in Ligue 1. The world’s most expensive player missed last weekend’s win over Lille due to suspension and sat out Wednesday’s French League Cup clash at Strasbourg after travelling back to Brazil to deal with a family matter. But he made an immediate impact in Rennes by scoring the opening goal after just four minutes before teeing up Kylian Mbappe to add a second for PSG just past the quarter-hour. Firmin Mubele halved the deficit after the break, but Rennes were reduced to 10 men when Benjamin Andre picked up a second booking and Edinson Cavani netted PSG’s third on 75 minutes. Neymar swiftly made it with four as he turned home his secon...
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe Primed For PSG-Marseille Rivalry
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Neymar, Kylian Mbappe Primed For PSG-Marseille Rivalry

Paris Saint-Germain will unleash star strike duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on bitter foes Marseille for the first time this weekend in the latest instalment of France’s most heated but increasingly lopsided rivalry. With a six-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 and three wins from three in the Champions League, PSG are rolling along smoothly both at home and on the continent. Neymar and Mbappe both scored in a 4-0 rout of Anderlecht on Wednesday, along with Edinson Cavani, and the Brazilian is relishing the chance to mentor his 18-year-old team-mate in Paris. “I hope to do the same thing with him (Mbappe) that (Lionel) Messi did with me,” Neymar, who spent four seasons in Barcelona before his world-record move to Paris in August, told Brazilian television. “He’s a golden kid who h...
Rudi Garcia On The Hot Seat In Marseille After No Win In Ligue 1 In A Month
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Rudi Garcia On The Hot Seat In Marseille After No Win In Ligue 1 In A Month

Rudi Garcia’s future does not hang in the balance yet, but the former Roma coach has lost the fans’ support following a bad patch of results. Garcia, who was appointed as Marseille coach last year as part of the ”Champions Project” to bring the glory days back to the southern club, had been treated gently by Marseille supporters last season. Fans rightly considered Garcia had not been in charge of the players’ recruitment during his first months in charge, and forgave him for the team’s inconsistent results. But after two consecutive losses, including a 6-1 rout at Monaco, and nine goals conceded, indulgence seems over. Sections of supporters asked for Garcia’s firing last weekend following a 3-1 home loss to Rennes, and hardcore Marseille fans ”MTP” issued a statement this week blaming...
‘I Wanted To Play Regularly’ – Dembele Explains Why He Delayed Barca Move
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‘I Wanted To Play Regularly’ – Dembele Explains Why He Delayed Barca Move

New that he turned down the chance to move to Camp Nou in 2016 as he did not feel he was ready for the Spanish giants.Dembele became the highest-profile transfer of the summer window for the Blaugrana in August as he completed a deal worth €105 million from Borussia Dortmund.The move came after just one season in the Bundesliga, but Dembele in fact had the chance to join Barca in 2016 as he was making a name for himself at Rennes.The Catalans certainly would have shelled out less if the transfer had come 12 months ago, but the young France international is convinced he made the right decision."I'd been a professional at Rennes for just six months. Can you imagine? Just six months!" he told Sport when probed on why he rejected Barca's advances."Of course [it was too soon]. I wanted to lear...
Borussia Dortmund’s Dembele Completes Move To Barcelona
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Borussia Dortmund’s Dembele Completes Move To Barcelona

Barcelona have completed the signing of Borussia Dortmund attacker Ousmane Dembele.France international Dembele, 20, arrives to fill the void left by Neymar’s world-record €222 million departure to Paris Saint-Germain and is reported to have cost an initial €120m, with a further €30m in potential add-ons.Dortmund suspended Dembele indefinitely earlier this month after he missed training amid interest from Barcelona, but the Bundesliga club continued to insist that he would only be allowed to leave if the La Liga club met their demands.The final breakthrough was made on Thursday when Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and sporting director Michael Zorc met with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, sporting executive Oscar Grau and director Raul Sanllehi during the Champions League draw i...
Dortmund Stand Ground With Barca-Target Dembele
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Dortmund Stand Ground With Barca-Target Dembele

Borussia Dortmund say they will not negotiate with Barcelona over a price for Ousmane Dembele as the clock keeps ticking in their stand-off with the want-away winger. Dortmund suspended Dembele indefinitely on August 10 when the 20-year-old boycotted training in protest after the German club rejected an initial bid from Barcelona. The Spanish giants want to sign Dembele and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho to replace Neymar, who left for Paris Saint-Germain for a record 222 million euros ($261m). However, Dembele has a Dortmund contract until 2021 and reports claim the Germans want 130 million euros for the player they paid Rennes 15m euros for last year. “We are prepared to sell him and what we want is on the table,” confirmed Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, putting the ball ...
Neymar Set For Home Bow As PSG Face Toulouse
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Neymar Set For Home Bow As PSG Face Toulouse

After dazzling on his first appearance in a Paris Saint-Germain shirt, Neymar is in line to make his home debut for his new club against Toulouse on Sunday. The world’s most expensive player scored one goal and set up another in a starring performance as PSG beat Guingamp 3-0 away in Brittany last weekend to maintain their perfect start to the new French season. The 222 million-euro ($261 million) signing from Barcelona has already taken to the pitch at PSG’s Parc des Princes for an unveiling before their 2-0 win over Amiens there on the opening day of the campaign. But he was not registered in time to play in that match so PSG’s home support are eager to watch the 25-year-old run out against Toulouse. In contrast, the opposition coach is rather more apprehensive. “We are going...
Dortmund Demand £135m From Barca For Dembele
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Dortmund Demand £135m From Barca For Dembele

Borussia Dortmund have told Barcelona to stump up £135m if they want to sign Ousmane Dembele, according to Sky Sports. The France international is keen to make the move to the Nou Camp to replace Neymar, who is now in the hands of Paris Saint-Germain after signing for a world-record fee of £200m, but Dortmund have been insisting he is not for sale. Borussia Dortmund are a listed company and any offer for Dembele would have to be reported to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange – and the Bundesliga club would stand to make a profit of £122m on the 20-year-old after just 12 months. Dembele scored 10 goals in 49 appearances for Dortmund last season after joining the club for £13m from Rennes and helped the Signal Iduna Park side to win the DFB-Pokal Cup in his first season. Barca have bee...
Wolverhampton Wanderers Join Cameroon’s Aboubakar Chase
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Wolverhampton Wanderers Join Cameroon’s Aboubakar Chase

Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers have reportedly joined the race for in demand Cameroon attacker Vincent Aboubakar. Aboubakar is being sought after by sides across the world’s top leagues after scoring 18 goals in 38 appearances for Besiktas while on loan from Porto last campaign. Despite his impressive figures, Aboubakar remains nowhere near the tactical plans of Porto although he still has a year left on a contract he signed in 2014. Besiktas had an option to retain the 25-year-old on permanent basis but were reluctant to pay Porto’s asking price. Newcastle United, Marseille and Rennes have all been pursuing the Indomitable Lions forward and will now welcome a new rival in the race for his capture. Aboubakar could not carry over his impressive domestic form onto i...
Rennes Eyeing Cameroon’s Aboubakar And Senegal’s Sar
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Rennes Eyeing Cameroon’s Aboubakar And Senegal’s Sar

Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar could be set for a return to France with reports that Stade Rennais are interested in bringing him back to Ligue 1. The forward, who is primarily owned by FC Porto, was on loan to Besiktas where he impressed with 19 goals last season. Christian Gourcuff is reported to have made tracking Aboubakar a priority as he wants the 25-year-old to lead his attack once again having done so during their time at Lorient prior to Aboubakar’s move to Porto. Aboubakar is contracted to Porto until June 2018 but Besiktas are rumoured to be also looking for a way to keep him permanently after helping them clinch the Super Lig title. His winning goal at the Africa Cup of Nations in January qualified Hugo Broos’ men for the Fifa Confederations Cup which is currently ...
Dortmund’s Dembele Happy Amid Barca Interest
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Dortmund’s Dembele Happy Amid Barca Interest

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ousmane Dembele has said he is not thinking about a transfer amid reported interest from Barcelona, but added that his goal is to play for them one day. Attacking midfielder Dembele, 20, scored the winner in France’s 3-2 friendly victory over England and told reporters afterwards: “Last year, I had contact with the Barcelona sporting director [Robert Fernandez]. “But I’m feeling good in Dortmund. I have a contract until 2021, and I’m not paying attention to what is being said.” Dembele moved to Dortmund from Rennes last summer and has enjoyed an impressive maiden season in Germany, scoring 10 goals in all competitions. Meanwhile, Maximilian Philip, who joined Dortmund from Freiburg this summer, said he had nearly ended up at Bayern Munich as a teena...
Giroud Warns Arsenal Over Playing Time
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Giroud Warns Arsenal Over Playing Time

France forward Olivier Giroud said on Tuesday he will not accept a bit-part role with Arsenal next season. The 30-year-old was often a substitute over the last campaign as Gunners manager Arsene Wenger preferred to line up Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott in attack. Giroud, who also had an injury-disrupted campaign, made only 11 league starts and, with 18 appearances from the bench, was the Arsenal player most used as a substitute last season. But while he said he’s happy at Arsenal, the former Montpellier striker says he wants to play more. “I still have two or even three years left on my Arsenal contract, for the moment my future is at Arsenal,” he said. “I feel good here, I want to win the Premier League with Arsenal. “But I don’t know what the future holds.” On Sund...

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