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Lewandowski reacts to talk of Serie A switch as Bayern Munich future is questioned
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Lewandowski reacts to talk of Serie A switch as Bayern Munich future is questioned

The prolific Polish striker has seen a move away from the Allianz Arena mooted, but he claims to be fully committed to his contract Robert Lewandowski admits to being a fan of Italian football, but the Bayern Munich striker has suggested that no move to Serie A will be made any time soon. The prolific Polish striker has seen a switch speculated on heading towards the summer transfer window, with it reported that the 32-year-old may be open to taking on a new challenge. He has, however, shut down that gossip for now, with a man tied to a contract at the Allianz Arena through to 2023 claiming to have no intention of leaving Germany.
Juventus have no plans to axe Pirlo before end of season
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Juventus have no plans to axe Pirlo before end of season

The Serie A club lost their title to Inter and are in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification Juventus have no plans to make a decision on coach Andrea Pirlo’s future before the end of the season. The former Italy international has presided over Juve’s worst season since 2011, as they have come up well short in their bid to win a 10th Serie A title in a row. Defeat to AC Milan on Sunday has cast doubt on their ability to secure a place in the top four, and with it Champions League qualification, but Pirlo’s position is safe for now.  
Juventus warned they will be banned from Serie A without Super League withdrawal
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Juventus warned they will be banned from Serie A without Super League withdrawal

Gabriele Gravina, head of the Italian Football Association, has informed the Bianconeri that their participation in the 2021-22 campaign is at risk Juventus have been warned that failure to withdraw from the much-maligned Super League proposal will see them barred from competing in Serie A next season. A divisive project that had been speculated on for some time proved to be a disastrous failure when plans for its implementation were announced, with 12 European superpowers having to backtrack frantically. Six heavyweight Premier League sides led the turnaround, which occurred inside 48 hours, but Juve - along with La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid - are yet to officially stand down.
Inter star Skriniar responds to transfer talk after links to Tottenham, Man Utd and Chelsea
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Inter star Skriniar responds to transfer talk after links to Tottenham, Man Utd and Chelsea

The Slovakia international has seen a move away from San Siro mooted, but he claims to be ignoring any rumours Milan Skriniar is aware of the speculation that has linked him with Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea, but the Inter defender claims to be paying no attention to rumours. The commanding centre-half has seen a switch to the Premier League mooted for some time, with his talents said to be registering on recruitment radars heading towards the summer. The 26-year-old is, however, happy at San Siro - with a Serie A title triumph taken in this season - and claims to be in no rush to explore options that are supposedly open to him.
Bennacer: Juventus thrashing is my best AC Milan performance
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Bennacer: Juventus thrashing is my best AC Milan performance

The Algeria international was involved in the Rossoneri's second goal as they grabbed maximum points in Turin on Sunday Ismael Bennacer has picked AC Milan’s 3-0 thrashing of Juventus as his best performance since he joined the Serie A club in August 2019. The 23-year-old partnered Ivory Coast's Franck Kessie in Milan's midfield and they were influential in stopping their hosts' attacking threats at the Allianz Stadium. Brahim Diaz put the Rossoneri ahead just before half-time and they continued their dominant display after the restart.
Could contract rebel Franck Kessie ignite Premier League bidding war?
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Could contract rebel Franck Kessie ignite Premier League bidding war?

The Ivorian midfielder is out of contract in 2022, and would interest all the leading lights in English football if the Rossoneri can't tie him down Having promised an opening, exciting title race for the first time in recent memory, there was a tinge of disappointment in the ultimate fate in Serie A. Antonio Conte's side winning at a canter was impressive, yes, but it does in the end feel like swapping one sovereign for another. There was a time, however, when it was AC Milan who looked like they were primed to end a lengthy title drought.
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Ramsey admits to Juventus frustration amid exit talk as Welshman reflects on injury struggles

The 30-year-old midfielder has struggled to make the desired impact in Italy since leaving Arsenal as a free agent in 2019 Aaron Ramsey admits to enduring a "frustrating couple of years" at Juventus, with the Welshman generating transfer talk in Italy amid ongoing struggles for form and fitness. The 30-year-old midfielder move to Turin as a free agent in the summer of 2019, with an 11-year spell at Arsenal brought to a close. He is tied to a contract through to 2023, but is seeing another move mooted after failing to make the expected impact at the Serie A giants.
Ronaldo lives for goals & has always been a champion’ – Kjaer remains a big fan of Juventus superstar
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Ronaldo lives for goals & has always been a champion’ – Kjaer remains a big fan of Juventus superstar

The AC Milan defender is preparing to face the Portuguese superstar in Serie A on Sunday and expects another tough test Simon Kjaer says Cristiano Ronaldo has "always been a champion" and "lives for goals", with Juventus preparing to face AC Milan on Sunday. A Portuguese superstar will head into that contest one effort short of reaching a century of strikes for the Bianconeri and with questions being asked of his ongoing presence in Turin. Kjaer is hoping to keep the 36-year-old quiet in a heavyweight Serie A encounter, but admits to being a big fan of a five-time Ballon d'Or winner that has raised the bar of individual excellence over the course of a remarkable career.
Eriksen ‘really happy’ at Inter after tough start as exit talk fades around Danish playmaker
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Eriksen ‘really happy’ at Inter after tough start as exit talk fades around Danish playmaker

  The former Tottenham star has faced plenty of challenges in Italy, but he is now thriving under Antonio Conte and is a Serie A title winner Christian Eriksen claims to be feeling "really happy" after coming through a testing start to his spell at Inter to now be a Serie A title winner under Antonio Conte. The Danish playmaker headed for the exits at Tottenham in January 2020 as a new challenge was sought after almost seven years in England. Adapting to new surroundings proved problematic, as the 29-year-old saw another move mooted, but Eriksen has played his way back into form and is now a champion in Italy after embracing the methods of a demanding coach.
‘Who wouldn’t want to play for Bayern?’ – Hakimi’s agent responds to talk of move from Inter to Munich
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‘Who wouldn’t want to play for Bayern?’ – Hakimi’s agent responds to talk of move from Inter to Munich

  The highly-rated defender has seen a switch away from the Serie A champions mooted heading towards the summer transfer window Achraf Hakimi's agent is ruling nothing out heading towards the summer transfer window, with Alejandro Camano responding to talk of potential interest in the Inter defender from Germany by saying: "Who wouldn't want to play for Bayern Munich?" The highly-rated Morocco international is approaching the end of a productive debut campaign at San Siro, with a Serie A title triumph already safely wrapped up. Financial struggles in Milan are, however, sparking talk of prized assets being offloaded in the next window, with Hakimi among those to have seen their future called into question.  
Mourinho is a breath of fresh air’ – Florenzi happy with new Roma coach but unsure of future amid Inter links
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Mourinho is a breath of fresh air’ – Florenzi happy with new Roma coach but unsure of future amid Inter links

  The full back - on loan at PSG - is pleased with his parent club's new choice of manager, but does not know if he will play under him next season Alessandro Florenzi thinks Roma can win the Serie A title under new manager Jose Mourinho - but is not sure whether he will play under the coach next season. Mourinho was the surprise choice to succeed Paulo Fonseca at the Serie A club next season, and will have a decision to make over Florenzi, who has spent this season on loan at Paris Saint-Germain. The Italian full-back is pleased that Mourinho has moved to Rome, and feels that he will be a success, despite the Portuguese manager's most recent spell at Tottenham ending in his sacking with no trophies won.
Ancelotti rejects Szczesny to Everton rumours as Borussia Dortmund ask questions of Juventus keeper
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Ancelotti rejects Szczesny to Everton rumours as Borussia Dortmund ask questions of Juventus keeper

The Toffees boss says he is not in the market for another shot-stopper this summer, but German giants are keen on the Poland international Carlo Ancelotti has sought to distance Everton from talk of a move for Wojciech Szczesny being made, but Goal has learned that Borussia Dortmund are asking about the Juventus goalkeeper. The Poland international is seeing questions asked of his future in Turin after four years with the Bianconeri. A return to England has been speculated on for the former Arsenal keeper, but Ancelotti is happy with his options between the sticks and has no intention of lodging a bid for an experienced 31-year-old with three Serie A titles to his name.  
‘He wins for himself’ – Lukaku says Ibrahimovic is good for Serie A as Inter forward aims to settle feud with AC Milan star
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‘He wins for himself’ – Lukaku says Ibrahimovic is good for Serie A as Inter forward aims to settle feud with AC Milan star

  The striker, who has fired his side to a first Scudetto in a decade, feels the star power of the Italian league is helping him to push himself harder Romelu Lukaku appears to have buried the hatchet with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, saying "we need players of this level in Serie A". The pair butted heads, quite literally, in a Coppa Italia meeting between Inter and AC Milan earlier this season, while Lukaku's side have got the better of Ibrahimovic's team in Serie A as the Nerazzurri won their first Scudetto for a decade. Lukaku, however, has spoken respectfully of Ibrahimovic in an interview with Corriere della Sera, saying the Swede helps bring star power to Serie A.
Di Canio refuses to apologise for Mourinho ‘worst of the worst’ comments
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Di Canio refuses to apologise for Mourinho ‘worst of the worst’ comments

Former Serie A star Paolo Di Canio, now working as a pundit for Italian television, has refused to apologise for comments made in a leaked WhatsApp audio sent to a friend in which he referred to Jose Mourinho as the “worst of the worst”. Mourinho was recently appointed as Roma's new head coach, marking a swift return to the dugout after being sacked by Tottenham on April 19th following a string of poor results and bringing an end to his time in London after 17 months. In the wake of his appointment, Di Canio had been exchanging voice messages with a Giallorossi-supporting friend known only as “Cra”, and the 52-year-old was damning in his assessment of the Portuguese being hired by the Italian capital club.
Osimhen scores and limps off as Napoli hold Cagliari
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Osimhen scores and limps off as Napoli hold Cagliari

The Nigeria international found the back of the net for the eighth time this season but could not complete the encounter Victor Osimhen scored before he was injured as Napoli played out a 1-1 draw against Cagliari in Sunday’s Serie A game at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. The 22-year-old is gradually getting back to his best after struggling to make much of an impact for the Parthenopeans at the start of the season due to a number of factors including coronavirus-related problems. The forward was afforded his 12th league start of the season and utilized the opportunity to increase his tally before he was forced off in the second half after he suffered an injury.
Milan to pause contract negotiations until end of season amid Donnarumma drama, says Maldini
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Milan to pause contract negotiations until end of season amid Donnarumma drama, says Maldini

The 22-year-old's reported encounter with supporters over his future has sparked a move from the Rossoneri to curtail discussions with players Milan technical director Paolo Maldini has confirmed that the club will pause negotiations over contract extensions with all players until the end of the current campaign. The announcement comes amid reports that Gianluigi Donnarumma was pressured by club supporters to stand down ahead of their clash with Juventus next weekend. Having led the race for a first Serie A title in over a decade across the initial half of the campaign, Stefano Pioli's side are now at risk of missing out on the top four entirely with Maldini now insisting that discussions will be held off to ensure focus remains solely on securing a Champions League finish. ...
Hakimi’s stoppage-time strike sinks Simy’s Crotone in Serie A
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Hakimi’s stoppage-time strike sinks Simy’s Crotone in Serie A

Simy Nwankwo's Crotone have been relegated from the Serie A following a 2-0 defeat to Inter Milan on Saturday. The Super Eagles forward played from start to finish at the Stadio Ezio Scida as second-half goals from Christian Eriksen and Achraf Hakimi condemned the hosts to their 26th league defeat of the season. With four games remaining in the Italian top-flight, Crotone remain at the bottom of the table after gathering 18 points after 34 matches and they are 13 points away from safety.
Inter Milan Could Clinch Serie A title this Weekend
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Inter Milan Could Clinch Serie A title this Weekend

  Inter Milan could be Italian champions this weekend for the first time in over a decade. Antonio Conte’s men are away to bottom club Crotone on Saturday. Victory there would see them put one hand on a title they last won in 2010. If they win and second-placed Atalanta fail to claim all three points at Sassuolo on Sunday, Inter will clinch their 19th Serie A crown with four games to go. Inter could also be crowned champions with a draw if Atalanta lose. But other results would have to go their way. Nezazzuri finished one point behind Juventus last year and also lost the Europa League final to Sevilla.
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Eyeing Transfer To One Of Two Clubs’ If Juventus Fail To Qualify For Champions League
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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Eyeing Transfer To One Of Two Clubs’ If Juventus Fail To Qualify For Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo is considering a potential transfer to Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain this summer if Juventus fail to reach the Champions League, according to reports. Juventus' Serie A title defence appears to be effectively over as they trail league leaders Inter Milan by 13 points with five matches to play. And the Old Lady could even miss out on a top-four finish as AC Milan are hot on their heels in the Champions League qualification race. Juventus are currently fourth in Serie A and are level on points with third-place Napoli and fifth-place Milan. Ronaldo's future in Turin remains in doubt as his current Juventus deal will expire next summer. According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, the 36-year-old Portuguese superstar could make an early exit if Juven...
Simy Nwankwo Equals Aiyegbeni’s Decade-old Goalscoring Record
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Simy Nwankwo Equals Aiyegbeni’s Decade-old Goalscoring Record

Simy Nwankwo, Super Eagles striker, on Saturday scored his 17th goal of the season to equal Yakubu Aiyegbeni’s 10-year-old goalscoring record — but his team, Crotone, lost 2-1 to Udinese. Yakubu held the record for the most goals by a Nigerian in a single season in any of the top five leagues in Europe — English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Série A, Ligue A. He scored 17 goals with Blackburn Rovers in the 2011/12 season. Nwankwo’s Crotone entered the fixture rooted to the bottom of the table with relegation breathing down their neck. The defensive frailty that has consigned them to the bottom spot reared its head 40 minutes into the game. The defense was sluggish to respond after Alex Cordaz, Crotone goalkeeper, stopped a shot from Roberto Pereyra with his leg. Pere...
How Simy Nwankwo Became The Best Striker In Europe In The Last 1 Month
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How Simy Nwankwo Became The Best Striker In Europe In The Last 1 Month

The Nigerian has been in red-hot form for struggling Crotone in Serie A since the turn of the year. Crotone forward, Simy Nwankwo, has beaten the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland to emerge as the most potent striker in Europe in the last one month. The Nigeria international found the back of the net eight times in five league games for Crotone between March 3 and April 3, 2021. Simy's run started with a consolation goal for Crotone in a 5-1 drubbing against Atalanta. Four days later, he followed up with two goals against Torino to help his team to a rare 4-2 win. The Super Eagles striker continued his free-scoring form against Lazio on March 12, but his brace was not enough to avert a defeat as Crotone went down 3-2. Simy also scored one of...
Osimhen, Simeon Nwankwo On Target As Napoli Defeat Crotone
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Osimhen, Simeon Nwankwo On Target As Napoli Defeat Crotone

The Nigeria stars found the back of the net in the fiercely contested match which saw the hosts come out victorious at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona Simeon Nwankwo scored a brace in Saturday's Serie A match but it was not enough as Victor Osimhen's goal helped Napoli beat Crotone 4-3. The defeat was Crotone's 22nd league defeat this season but Simy's contributions at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona took his tally to 15 goals after 29 league matches so far. Osimhen, meanwhile, scored his fourth Serie A goal of the season by making it 2-0 for Gennaro Gattuso's side, three minutes after Lorenzo Insigne opened the scoring in the 19th minute. Shortly after, Libya midfielder Ahmed Benali provided the assist for Simy to reduce the deficit for Crotone in the 25th minute but Dries Mer...
Victor Osimhen Scores For Napoli On Return From Head Injury
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Victor Osimhen Scores For Napoli On Return From Head Injury

Victor Osimhen marked his return to Napoli’s side with a goal in their 3-1 home win against Bologna, in Sunday’s Serie A fixture. Osimhen missed Napoli’s last three games after he was rushed to hospital following a collision with an Atalanta player last month. Coming on in the 53rd minute against Bologna, Osimhen scored on 65 minutes to make it 2-0. Lorenzo Insigne got Napoli’s first and third goals. The Super Eagles striker has now scored three goals in the Italian top-flight this season. His last goal in the league was on 8th November 2020. Napoli occupy sixth place on 47 points in the league table.
Cristiano Ronaldo to Leave Juventus
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Cristiano Ronaldo to Leave Juventus

  Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, will leave the Italian champions at the end of the season, according to Tuttojuve. Ronaldo joined the Serie A champions from Real Madrid in the summer of 2018 and his contract runs until the summer of 2022. Although the player’s camp has never hinted at an early departure from Turin, the sports site claims otherwise. According to Tuttojuve, the bookies are expecting Ronaldo to leave the club at the end of the current campaign. The odds for the Portugal captain leaving the club is set at 1.65, while the odds for remaining at the club is at 2.10. Therefore, the notion of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner seeking a new club in the summer is slowly gaining steam. Ronaldo joined Juventus to help the Italian side win the Champ...
Cristiano Ronaldo Has Now Scored Against All Serie A Teams
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Cristiano Ronaldo Has Now Scored Against All Serie A Teams

Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, has now scored against every Serie A opposition he has faced. Ronaldo scored twice in the first half, as Juve beat Crotone 3-0 on Monday night. They were his 17th and 18th goals in the league. Cristiano Ronaldo continued his march through Serie A opposition as he scored in Juventus' clash with Crotone. Ronaldo fired two first-half goals for Juventus as the Portuguese star netted his 17th and 18th goals of the Serie A season. In doing so, he moved closer to a mark currently held by Zlatan Ibrahimovic while making his own mark on Serie A history. With his finishes against Crotone, Ronaldo has now scored against every team currently in Italy's top flight. Crotone were the last team that Ronaldo had failed to score against, having now f...
Osimhen Collapses, Stretchered Off In Napoli Defeat
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Osimhen Collapses, Stretchered Off In Napoli Defeat

Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen was stretchered off in Napoli ’s 4- 2 defeat at Atalanta on Sunday, after he collapsed in the final minute of the encounter. The 21- year- old, who was making his 10th Serie A appearance for Napoli since he joined the club for a record €70m, including add -ons and bonuses , fell awkwardly and bumped the back of his head on the ground. He seemed to lose consciousness and was rushed off on a stretcher to a nearby ambulance as calls were made for oxygen . A Sky Sport Italia pitch -side reporter revealed that Osimhen lost consciousness. “ It ’s not clear what happened . He was down for a while, people thought he was injured, but then the players and staff started calling for oxygen ,” he wrote. “ He was put onto the stretcher and rushed off the fiel...
Osimhen Meets Cristiano Ronaldo
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Osimhen Meets Cristiano Ronaldo

It was a case of upcoming star meets superstar when Victor Osimhen took the chance to pose for a photo and exchanged jerseys with the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo after Napoli pipped champions Juventus in a Serie A game. Osimhen was replaced in the 75th minute of this encounter at Stadio Maradona, while Ronaldo played the entire game. It would be recalled that Osimhen also posed for photos with another of his idols, Odion Ighalo, when Manchester United took on Club Brugge in a UEFA Europa League tie in Belgium last year. Saturday’s crucial win has lifted Napoli to fourth place on 40 points from 21 games, a point behind Juventus. AC Milan are top of the standings with 49 points.
‘Edin is not the captain right now’ – Dzeko stripped of Roma armband after Fonseca fall-out
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‘Edin is not the captain right now’ – Dzeko stripped of Roma armband after Fonseca fall-out

The striker has been left out of the squad for his side's two most recent Serie A matches after a row with his manager Roma general manager Tiago Pinto has confirmed that Edin Dzeko is no longer the club's captain following the striker's row with head coach Paulo Fonseca. Dzeko clashed with Fonseca following Roma's Coppa Italia defeat to Spezia on January 19. The Bosnian striker reportedly confronted Fonseca over the club’s decision to dismiss team manager Gianluca Gomber, which led to Dzeko being left out of the squad for Roma's two most recent Serie A matches.
Suarez joining Juventus instead of Atletico Madrid ‘would have been better’ for Barcelona – Koeman
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Suarez joining Juventus instead of Atletico Madrid ‘would have been better’ for Barcelona – Koeman

The Blaugrana boss says it was a "tough decision" for the club to offload the striker, but one that he believes was correct at the time Ronald Koeman has admitted that Luis Suarez joining Juventus instead of Atletico Madrid "would have been better" for Barcelona. Suarez's hugely successful six-year career at Camp Nou came to an end when he left the club to join Atletico in a €6 million (£5m/$7m) deal during the summer transfer window. Koeman deemed the Uruguayan surplus to requirements after being appointed as the Blaugrana's new permanent coach, with the Rojiblancos ultimately winning the race for his signature ahead of Serie A giants Juventus.
‘Winter champions means nothing’ – Ibrahimovic fires warning to Milan after Atalanta humiliation
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‘Winter champions means nothing’ – Ibrahimovic fires warning to Milan after Atalanta humiliation

The Scudetto hopefuls fell to just their second defeat of 2020-21, although the loss did not stop them from remaining top halfway through the season AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic warned his team-mates they could not afford to rest on their laurels after seeing the Serie A winter champions collapse to a 3-0 defeat at home to Atalanta on Saturday. The Rossoneri veteran knows more than most about what it takes to finish at the top of the pile. Ibrahimovic, a league champion in four different nations, is gunning for his 14th such title in 2020-21 with Stefano Pioli's side.  
Szczesny: Juventus showed how hungry for trophies we are with Supercoppa Italiana win
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Szczesny: Juventus showed how hungry for trophies we are with Supercoppa Italiana win

The former Arsenal goalkeeper helped his side to their first piece of silverware under Andrea Pirlo with a 1-0 win over Napoli Wojciech Szczesny says Juventus proved their hunger to win trophies with their Supercoppa Italiana victory over Napoli on Wednesday. Lorenzo Insigne missed a penalty with Cristiano Ronaldo’s close-range finish proving enough to win the first silverware of the Andrea Pirlo era. Juve have been off the pace in Serie A so far this season, currently finding themselves 10 points behind leaders AC Milan – though they do have a game in hand.  
AC Milan sign Tomori on loan from Chelsea with £26m option to buy
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AC Milan sign Tomori on loan from Chelsea with £26m option to buy

The 23-year-old defender will join Stefano Pioli's side in their Serie A title challenge after coming through the Blues' youth academy AC Milan have completed the signing of Fikayo Tomori on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season. The centre-back has struggled for regular game time at Stamford Bridge this campaign, and moves to the Serie A leaders as they aim to end Juventus' dominance of the Italian domestic league. Tomori heads to San Siro until at least the end of the 2020-21 campaign, with a €30 million (£26m/$36.5m) option included if Milan wish to buy the England international defender in the summer.
Maldini confirms AC Milan have been trailing Chelsea’s Tomori since the summer
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Maldini confirms AC Milan have been trailing Chelsea’s Tomori since the summer

The defender is on the brink of securing a loan move from Stamford Bridge to San Siro AC Milan sporting director Paolo Maldini has confirmed the club have been trailing Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori since the summer. With Milan leading the way in Serie A, the club’s paymasters are determined to press home their position of strength and are active players in January transfer window. Forward Mario Mandzukic is reportedly only a medical away from securing a move to the club to provide support in attack for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Juventus end AC Milan unbeaten run
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Juventus end AC Milan unbeaten run

  Federico Chiesa scored twice as champions Juventus produced a superb display to end AC Milan's unbeaten league run this season. The 23-year-old opened the scoring in the 18th minute when he played a fantastic one-two with Paulo Dybala before drilling home. Davide Calabria levelled with a great side-foot finish before Chiesa gave Juve the lead again with his low drive. Weston McKennie made certain of victory with a strike from close range. Milan remain top of Serie A by a point from city rivals Inter who earlier lost 2-1 at Sampdoria. Juve, who have endured a mixed start to the campaign, are now up to fourth - seven points behind Milan. Juve have won the past nine championships but hopes of making it 10 have taken a big knock this season after a handful of erratic d...
Sampdoria 1-2 Milan: Kessie and Castillejo clinch gritty win
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Sampdoria 1-2 Milan: Kessie and Castillejo clinch gritty win

Goals from Franck Kessie and Samu Castillejo gave Milan a 2-1 win over Sampdoria to strengthen their position at the top of Serie A. Milan strengthened their grip on top spot in Serie A with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria on Sunday thanks to goals from Franck Kessie and Samu Castillejo. Ivory Coast midfielder Kessie gave the Rossoneri the lead from the penalty spot after Jakub Jankto handled inside the area. Spaniard Castillejo scored with his first touch of the game to notch Milan's second before Albin Ekdal ensured a tense finish when he bundled in from a corner.
Inter 3-1 Bologna: Hakimi strikes twice to close the gap on Milan
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Inter 3-1 Bologna: Hakimi strikes twice to close the gap on Milan

Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku were on target as Inter made it three wins from three in Serie A to move within two points of leaders Milan. Inter closed the gap on Serie A leaders Milan as Achraf Hakimi scored twice to help Antonio Conte's team to a 3-1 victory over Bologna. With Milan not playing until Sunday, Inter took the chance to move to within two points of their city rivals as they claimed a third straight league win. Romelu Lukaku got the ball rolling with his 12th goal of the season in all competitions, before Marcelo Brozovic's sublime pass played in Hakimi for a second.
Pirlo stresses the importance of Juventus DNA in late Torino win
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Pirlo stresses the importance of Juventus DNA in late Torino win

The Turin derby was a real battle with the Serie A giants ultimately prevailing after having to dig deep Andrea Pirlo insists Juventus' never-say-die spirit was to thank for their late 2-1 comeback win over Torino in Saturday's Derby della Mole clash. Juve trailed to Nicolas Nkoulou's ninth-minute strike at the Allianz Stadium and would have been two down had Simone Zaza beat Wojciech Szczesny from a one-on-one. But the hosts rallied late on and scored two headed goals from Juan Cuadrado crosses – Leonardo Bonucci netting an 89th-minute winner after Weston McKennie had equalised 12 minutes earlier.
‘Ronaldo has a different head to everyone else’ – Allegri says Juventus star has best mentality of all his former players
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‘Ronaldo has a different head to everyone else’ – Allegri says Juventus star has best mentality of all his former players

The Italian coach managed the forward during his first year in Serie A, having worked with a host of stars during his time at Juve and AC Milan Cristiano Ronaldo ‘has a different head to everybody else’, according to former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri – who says the Portuguese has the best mentality of any player he has worked with. Allegri managed Ronaldo during his last year as Juve boss in 2018-19, and the pair enjoyed a fruitful relationship in their short time together. Ronaldo scored 21 goals to help the Turin giants to another Serie A title, but even the five-time Ballon d’Or winner wasn’t immune to being the butt of the playful Allegri’s jokes when things didn’t go his way.
Juventus claim innocence after police confirm irregularities in Suarez citizenship test during failed transfer from Barcelona
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Juventus claim innocence after police confirm irregularities in Suarez citizenship test during failed transfer from Barcelona

The Perugia Prosecutor's Office has confirmed the Serie A giants were 'activated to accelerate the recognition of Italian citizenship' for the forward Juventus have claimed their innocence after it was confirmed the club's management is under further investigation by Italian police over the collapsed transfer of Luis Suarez from Barcelona. The Serie A giants looked well-placed to sign the forward over the summer but the deal fell through. Juve had already filled their quota of non-EU players in their squad so Suarez took a ‘B1’ citizenship test. Suarez’s wife, Sofia Balbi, has an Italian passport so passing the test would mean he did not take up a non-EU place in their squad, but in September it was alleged that it had been fixed.
Napoli officially rename home ground Diego Armando Maradona stadium after Argentine club legend
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Napoli officially rename home ground Diego Armando Maradona stadium after Argentine club legend

The San Paolo will see its name changed to honour the legendary figure, who passed away last week at the age of 60 The Naples city council has unanimously approved a resolution that will change the name of Napoli's home stadium from Stadio San Paolo to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. The resolution was proposed by Naples mayor Luigi De Magistris only hours after the news that Maradona had passed away at age 60 last week. Maradona is a revered figure in Naples after leading the city's club to two Serie A titles during his seven-year run with Napoli from 1984 to 1991.
Injured Osimhen ‘mad’ and ‘upset’ after missing Napoli trip to AZ Alkmaar
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Injured Osimhen ‘mad’ and ‘upset’ after missing Napoli trip to AZ Alkmaar

The Nigeria striker is yet to recover from the dislocated shoulder he suffered during the last international break against Sierra Leone Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso claims Victor Osimhen is not smiling after he missed their Europa League trip to AZ Alkmaar. The 21-year-old suffered a dislocated shoulder during Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Sierra Leone on November 13, after scoring a goal in the 4-4 draw at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium. He has consequently missed Napoli's last three matches across all competitions, which include a 4-0 win over Roma in the Serie A and a 2-0 victory against Rijeka in the Europa League.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has gifted the new Playstation 5 to the entire AC Milan squad

  AC Milan hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic has pulled another blinder by making Christmas come early for his team-mates. The Swede has treated the entire squad to the brand new PlayStation 5, with three Milan players taking to Instagram to reveal the surprise and express their delight. The PS5, Sony's first new console for seven years, hit the shelves on Thursday and is in huge demand among customers desperately trying to get hold of one. But Ibrahimovic clearly has the right connections that allowed him to snap up a load for his fellow Rossoneri. Portuguese forward Rafael Leao shared a photo on Instagram of the PS5 box and tagged Ibrahimovic, thanking him and calling him the 'GOAT'. Winger Samu Castillejo went one better, placing the PS5 on the spoiler of his jet black Lamb...
Pirlo defends Dybala’s attitude as Juventus star withdraws from Argentina squad
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Pirlo defends Dybala’s attitude as Juventus star withdraws from Argentina squad

The Argentine attacker has struggled to get going this campaign and will use the upcoming international break to rest Andrea Pirlo backed Paulo Dybala, defending the playmaker's attitude after Juventus were held by Lazio. Dybala came off the bench as Juve were pegged back late in a 1-1 Serie A draw at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo had put Pirlo's men ahead, but Felipe Caicedo scored a 95th-minute equaliser after a tremendous run by Joaquin Correa.
Cristiano Ronaldo Recovers From Coronavirus
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Cristiano Ronaldo Recovers From Coronavirus

The 35-year-old has missed Juve's past four matches, including a midweek Champions League clash with Barcelona Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has been cleared to return to the team after testing negative for Covid-19. The Serie A side confirmed the news on Friday in a statement on their official website. "Cristiano Ronaldo carried out a check with a diagnostic test (swab) for Covid-19," the statement read. "The exam provided a negative result. The player has, therefore, recovered after 19 days and is no longer subjected to home isolation." Ronaldo will now be eligible to return for Juve's Serie A clash against Spezia on Sunday after he missed out on the club's previous four matches. The 35-year-old originally tested positive for coronavirus on October 13 while on int...
I love Napoli but we’ll see what happens – Koulibaly ‘calm’ amid Liverpool links
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I love Napoli but we’ll see what happens – Koulibaly ‘calm’ amid Liverpool links

As rumours continue to swirl about a possible Premier League move, the star defender insists he loves his current club Kalidou Koulibaly insisted he loved Napoli, but said "we'll see what happens" amid speculation over his future. Koulibaly, 29, has regularly been linked with a move away from the Serie A side, with Liverpool among the Premier League suitors reportedly interested in the defender. The Senegal centre-back is contracted at Napoli until 2023, with the club being able to keep hold of the defender despite the frequent links with a big-money move.
Even Ibrahimovic will have to catch his breath’ – AC Milan star must rest ‘now and then’ despite surprising ‘physical condition’, says Pioli
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Even Ibrahimovic will have to catch his breath’ – AC Milan star must rest ‘now and then’ despite surprising ‘physical condition’, says Pioli

The Rossoneri manager was full of praise for the Swedish striker after seeing his fine start to the 2020-21 campaign continue against Roma Zlatan Ibrahimovic must rest "every now and then" despite his surprising "physical condition", according to Stefano Pioli, who insists that even AC Milan's star man "will have to catch his breath". Ibrahimovic took his tally to six goals in five Serie A appearances at the start of the new season by netting twice in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Roma on Monday night. The 39-year-old opened the scoring in the second minute at San Siro, knocking the ball past Antonio Mirante in the Giallorossi net after latching onto a superb Rafael Leao through ball.
Former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi announces coaching retirement
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Former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi announces coaching retirement

Former Italy, Juventus, China and World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi has retired from coaching.   Lippi, 72, has been unemployed since resigning as China head coach in November last year following a 2022 World Cup qualifying defeat to Syria.   He lasted just six months in the job, his second time coaching China's team.   After spells with Atalanta and Napoli, Lippi took charge of Juventus in 1994 helping them to three Serie A titles and the club's last Champions League trophy in 1995-96.   Across two stints as Juve coach, and a one-year reign with rivals Inter, Lippi won five Serie A trophies, four Supercoppa Italiana crowns, the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Coppa Italia.   After leaving Juventus in 200...
‘It makes me smile’ – Conte dismisses suggestion Madrid aren’t Champions League favourites
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‘It makes me smile’ – Conte dismisses suggestion Madrid aren’t Champions League favourites

The Nerazzurri will meet the reigning Spanish champions during their Group B campaign, which kicks off on Wednesday against Gladbach Inter coach Antonio Conte is in no doubt that Real Madrid will be competing for Champions League honours, brushing off suggestions that the Merengue are not among the tournament's favourites. Conte's side finished behind Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund in last season's group stage but managed to reach the Europa League final, where they were defeated by Sevilla. The Nerazzurri secured a return to the Champions League by finishing second to Juventus in Serie A last term and begin their new European campaign at home to Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday.
Juventus-Napoli likely to be postponed after coronavirus chaos, admits FIGC chief
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Juventus-Napoli likely to be postponed after coronavirus chaos, admits FIGC chief

Gennaro Gattuso's side have been prevented from travelling to Turin by local authorities after Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas tested positive Juventus’ huge Serie A clash with Napoli on Sunday is increasingly likely to be postponed after the fixture was thrown into chaos by the coronavirus pandemic. Local health authorities have blocked Napoli from travelling to Turin due to a possible Covid-19 outbreak after two players, Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas, tested positive. A member of the team’s staff has also tested positive, as have two staff members at Juventus.
‘Covid Had The Courage To Challenge Me’ – Ibrahimovic Says
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‘Covid Had The Courage To Challenge Me’ – Ibrahimovic Says

The enigmatic Swedish striker is the only member of playing and coaching staff at San Siro to have posted a positive test. An enforced break means that Ibrahimovic will play no part in Milan’s upcoming fixtures. A statement from the Serie A club on their official website read: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic has tested positive for Covid-19 following a second round of swab tests ahead of tonight's Europa League qualifying game against Norwegian side Bodø/Glimt. “The club has informed the relevant authorities and the player has been promptly placed in quarantine at home. “All other team members and staff have tested negative.” Ibrahimovic has enjoyed a productive opening to the 2020-21 campaign for Milan. He has made two appearances so far, scoring three goals. He opened his account for the ...

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