Neymar Edging Closer to PSG Exit as Club Looks to Rid Itself of ‘Celebrity Culture’

Reports from France are indicating that Paris Saint-Germain are willing to sell Neymar this summer, two years on from his record-breaking move from Barcelona.

Neymar arrived in Paris in 2017 for a monumental £200m fee, making him the most expensive player in the world. The Brazilian has largely been a success on the pitch for the Parisians, registering 51 goals and 29 assists during his time in the French capital, but reservations still linger over whether he has lived up to his huge price tag.

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Now, according to French outlet ?L’Equipe, PSG will be happy to part ways with ?Neymar this summer – so long as they receive what they would consider to be a suitable offer.

The imminent arrival of Leonardo as the club’s new sporting director will spell a new era for the French champions, who are looking to shake things up behind the scenes to ensure that they are able to make the next step – particularly on the European front.

The report also suggests that the player himself is also happy to move on this summer, which could open the door for the likes of ?Real Madrid and former club ?Barcelona, who have both previously ?been linked with an approach for the Brazilian. 

The news follows recent comments from president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who recently told France Football (via ?The Sun) that he is looking to clamp down on celebrity culture at the club.

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“Players will have to assume their responsibilities even more than before. It must be completely different,” he declared.

“They will have to do more, work more. They are not there to please themselves.

“And if they do not agree, the doors are open. Ciao! I do not want to have any celebrity behaviour anymore.”?

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Luka Jovic Reveals His Thoughts on Real Madrid Move After Presentation at Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid’s newest striker Luka Jovic has described his move to the Santiago Bernabeu as a ‘gift from heaven,’ and talked about his desire for Champions League glory with Los Blancos. 

The 21-year-old Serbian international was one of European football’s most sought after players this summer, following a remarkable campaign with Frankfurt that saw the striker bag 27 goals in 48 appearances.

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However, despite interest from the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, it was Los Blancos who managed to secure the Serbian’s signature. 

Speaking to Real Madrid’s official website Jovic stated: “It’s an incredible feeling. I’m thrilled to be part of the biggest club in the world. It’s an enormous pleasure to be pulling on the Real Madrid jersey.

On his feelings at stepping out onto the pitch at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time he said: “It was wonderful. A gift from heaven. It’s such a pleasure to have the opportunity to wear this club’s jersey.”

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Jovic detailed how it was extremely motivating to sign for a club with such a rich European Cup history, and outlined his aims for the coming season with Madrid.

I would love to keep winning titles and I hope I can help us to win Champions League. My dream is to win the Champions League,” he added.

The 21-year-old was also full of admiration for veteran Madrid striker, and the man whose place he may soon usurp, Karim Benzema.

He’s undoubtedly one of the best forwards of the last decade,” Jovic said. “When he signed for ?Real Madrid I was 11 years old. I’ve seen loads of his goals, lots of his matches and it’s a great honour to be his teammate. I hope to learn a lot from him.

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Someone else the 21-year-old will undoubtedly be looking to learn from is new teammate, Eden Hazard. The pair join Eder Militao, Rodrygo Goes, and more recently Ferland Mendy, as the new wave of ‘Galacticos’ that manager Zinedine Zidane has brought in as he looks to wrest the La Liga title away from rivals Barcelona. 

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Andriy Lunin: 4 Things to Know About Real Madrid’s U-20 World Cup Golden Glove Winner

?The Ukranian goalkeeper had a sensational U20 World Cup with his team, beating South Korea in the final to lift the coveted trophy.

The 20-year-old has impressed in the World Cup, making crucial and difficult saves throughout the tournament, most importantly in the final to keep the South Koreans at bay. For his heroic efforts, Lunin deservedly won the Golden Glove for the best goalkeeper in the tournament.


Here are four things to know about Real Madrid’s young keeper.


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The ?Real Madrid stopper has featured three times already for Ukraine’s senior side, with his appearances in coming in 2018 in friendlies against Saudi Arabia, Albania and Turkey.

He conceded just two goals in those three fixtures but he was not able to showcase his class as he had limited action in those games.

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Andriy Pyatov is currently Ukraine’s number one but he is 34 years old, giving Lunin the chance to take the coveted spot of being first choice for his country in the near future. Therefore, it is not unexpected that Lunin will start to win more caps sooner rather than later and establish himself as Ukraine’s best goalkeeper for the next decade.


Commanding Presence

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At 6’3″, the 20-year-old is nearly as tall as Manuel Neuer and David de Gea, which bodes well for him in the future as he will continue to grow. His game is similar to that of Neuer as well with his main strengths being his distribution and reflexes.

Throughout the U20 World Cup he showed that he can make difficult saves at important moments, as well as his ability to read and control high balls into his area. This lifted some pressure off of the defence and helped them to ultimately win the tournament.

Lunin does have a knack for losing concentration but that will be improved with more minutes and experience at the highest level. He has shown the potential is there and is tipped to become one of the best keepers in his generation alongside Italy’s ?Gianluigi Donnarumma and France’s Alban Lafont.


Set to Remain on Loan at CD Leganés

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Los Merengues have huge depth in the goalkeeper position with Thibaut Courtois, Keylor Navas and Luca Zidane all in the first team squad. This meant that Lunin had to leave on loan to Leganés to secure more playing time.

However, he was unable to displace first choice goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar and only played seven games in all competitions. Despite limited minutes, the Ukrainian kept an impressive tally of three clean sheets for a side that spent much of the season in the lower half of the table.

Real are set to have agreed to extend Lunin’s loan until the end of next season as Cuellar is most likely on his way out, plus the fact that Leganes boss Mauricio Pellegrino is said to be a big fan of Lunin.


Ambiguous Future at Real Madrid

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Despite his huge potential, he is yet to make an appearance for Los Blancos since he signed from Zorya Luhansk for an initial €8.5m with €5m in add-ons on June 2018.

Florentino Pérez and the Madrid board reportedly view Lunin as the back-up goalkeeper to Courtois, however Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane prefers Navas and his son Luca over Lunin.

However, Navas is reportedly on his way out, which could leave an opening for the Ukrainian but in order to progress, he requires more minutes. With21-year-old Luca Zidane on the books, Real Madrid will have to make a decision on who they would like to keep to be the number two keeper. Zidane would make a strong case to keep his son at the club and will have a major influence on the final say, leaving Lunin’s future at the club in limbo.

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US Open: 6 Footballers Who Are Actually Really Good at Golf

?The 2019 US Open has thrown up some exciting moments as the world’s finest golfers face off for supremacy, but could any professional footballers hold their own in the tournament?

Well, no probably not… but golf (even more than Fortnite) is still the choice hobby of many in the beautiful game and there are plenty who have proven that they know their way around a fairway in the past.

Here are six players who have showcased their golfing skills in the past.


Gareth Bale


?Real Madrid star ?Gareth Bale is a well-known golf fan (possibly too well-known in the Spanish capital) and can regularly (again, possibly too regularly) be seen relaxing on a number of different courses around the world.

In fact, he is such a huge fan that he has even constructed a number of holes in his own back garden which are perfect replicas of some of the world’s most iconic holes!

?Once his playing days come to an end, maybe Bale should consider trying to turn pro…if he can stay fit.


Harry Kane


When he’s not smashing balls into the back of the net, you’ll often find ?Harry Kane flaunting his skills on the golf course.

In an interview with ?The Express, Kane confessed that he probably spends a bit too much time playing golf, although all that practice has actually made him pretty damn good.

He has made a living out of dominating at football, and it appears that those skills have translated over to golf as well.


Andriy Shevchenko

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Andriy Shevchenko is such a keen golfer that he even got married on a golf course back in 2004. Yep, really.

The former ?AC Milan star spent many years playing golf for fun, before actually turning pro in 2013, when he competed at the Kharkov Superior Cup in Ukraine.

It didn’t go very well for him – he finished 121st out of 131 – but still it’s the taking part that counts.?


Jimmy Bullard


One of the most popular players in ?Premier League history, Jimmy Bullard won the hearts of many with his crazy attitude and love of fun, before a knee injury brought his career to an abrupt end in 2012.

Bullard then chose to? try his hand at professional golf, admitting to ?Today’s Golfer that it helped him rediscover his passion for life once more.

Again, things haven’t been the best for Bullard, but the fact that he even made it to the pros is a just reward for years of hard work.


Wayne Rooney


?By footballer standards, ?Wayne Rooney is a good golfer. However, by pro golf standards, not so much. Just ask Rory McIlroy.

After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2018, McIlroy ?joked that Rooney is “pretty awful”, although he did credit him for helping him perfect his putting routine.

He may be a few steps away from the pro scene, but not everyone can say they are responsible for a professional’s success.


Theo Walcott


??Everton winger Theo Walcott loves jetting off on a golf holiday, and he has previously played alongside Justin Rose at the 2013 BMW PGA Championship.

He admitted to ?Golf News that he can often be found relaxing on a golf course with his friends, although he does believe that he is good enough to take things seriously if he wanted to. He also believed he could play through the middle for Arsenal, mind.

By the sounds of it, you can expect to see Walcott step up his interest in golf once his playing days come to an end.

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Transfer Rumours: Lo Celso to Man Utd, Palace Line Up Wan-Bissaka Replacement & More

?Rumours, rumours and yes, you guessed it, more rumours.

Love ’em or hate ’em, they are here to stay for the summer – regardless of how insane some of them may seem. Today we’ve got Manchester United getting linked to another (that’s right, another) player, Crystal Palace planning for life beyond Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Milan prepping for a busy summer.

Let’s get started, shall we?


Giovani Lo Celso Suddenly Up for Grabs

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?Manchester United have been linked to everyone from Bruno Fernandes to Frank Bruno, but the latest #goss claims that the Red Devils are also keeping tabs on Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso.

?inews reports that Betis are suddenly resigned to losing the Argentine midfielder this summer and are willing to let him go for £22m less than his £89m release clause – for reasons that aren’t fully explained… 

As well as United, ?Tottenham also remain interested Lo Celso, having previously seen a £53m bid turned down, and the player himself is said to be favouring a move to work with Mauricio Pochettino. 

Watch this Lo Space-o.


Fabian Ruiz Is ‘Happy’ at Napoli

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?Napoli didn’t exactly set the world alight in 2018/19. Yes, they did finish second in Serie A, but they were also 21 points behind champions Juventus. Yikes.

Inconsistent performances from the majority of the squad hampered I Partenopei but they were able to rely on Fabian Ruiz, who enjoyed a stellar campaign. That obviously means everyone wants a piece of him this summer – including ?Real Madrid.

Napoli fans can relax though as the Spaniard has suggested he is going nowhere, telling Sky Italia, (via ?Spo?rt): “I have a contract here and I am happy here, the fans can be calm. I thank the fans for the support they have given me, thank you for your love, my reception at the club has been very positive.”

Phew.


Roma Hold Firm Over Nicolo Zaniolo

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Staying in Italy, one of the hottest prospects in European football, Roma youngster Nicolo Zaniolo is being monitored by a whole host of top sides. However, it’s going to take a huge bid to take him away from the Italian capital this summer.

Journalist ?Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that Roma have now placed a €70m price tag on the 19-year-old in an attempt to ward off interest from the likes of Tottenham, ?Arsenal and ?Juventus.

Juventus may not be put off by that sort of fee when you consider their financial might, but Arsenal don’t have that sort of money and, even if Tottenham do, they don’t exactly have a reputation for spending the big bucks. 

Roma have previously seen star players like Mohamed Salah and Alisson leave the club for let’s call it overly reasonable prices, and they won’t be making the same mistake twice.


Crystal Palace Prepare for Life Without Aaron Wan-Bissaka

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One of the many transfer stories that refuses to go away is Manchester United’s pursuit of ?Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Even if Crystal Palace say that they won’t budge when it comes to the young right back, Belgian journalist ?Kristof Terreur suggests otherwise. He says that Palace have held talks with Atalanta’s Timothy Castagne, as a possible replacement in case the worst happens.

Castagne himself has recently hinted that he would like to play in England, telling Gazzetta dello Sport (via ?Football Italia): “Serie A’s a very competitive tournament, I like it, but one day I’d like to play in the Premier League.”


Watford Bolster Midfield Options With Ligue 2 Prospect

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?Watford have a pretty decent squad at their disposal, but there is no use in standing still.

According to journalist ?Mohamed Toubache, Watford are all but set to confirm the signing of 20-year-old midfielder Pape Gueye from Ligue 2 outfit Le Havre, before sending him straight out on loan to Udinese.

Ok… it’s not the most exciting piece of transfer news for Watford (there’s not even a photo of him in the image bank), but hey, at least it isn’t a story which involves the departure of Abdoulaye Doucoure. 


It’s All Change at Milan

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It’s been chaos behind the scenes for Milan after they failed to qualify for the Champions League.

With several players’ futures up in the air, former Liverpool misfit Suso is a target for Premier League sides Tottenham, Arsenal and ?West Ham – as well as ?Atletico Madrid – according to ?Milannews.it

The Spanish winger is unlikely to fit into the system of incoming manager Marco Giampaolo, which means he’s set for the chop this summer.

In other Milan news, the Rossonerri remain interested in a move for Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira, with the Uruguayan being described as a ‘dream’ signing. Do I smell a potential swap deal on the cards?


Leeds Not Planning to Part Ways With Key Duo

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?Leeds were able to retain the services of Marcelo Bielsa: Good. 

Leeds may be forced to part ways with a number of key players this summer: Bad.

Well, not necessarily. ?The Daily Star say that Leeds are going to do everything they can to hold on to Jack Clarke and Kalvin Phillips, despite recent interest in the pair from Tottenham and ?Aston Villa.

Spurs are eyeing up Clarke after failing to secure a deal for Jack Grealish, while Villa have Philipps in their sights and are willing to fork out up to £14m for the defensive midfielder.


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