Williams would welcome competition from Llorente at Athletic Bilbao

Inaki Williams would welcome competition from Fernando Llorente at Athletic Bilbao. Tottenham striker Llorente has been linked with a return to his former club, having featured in just seven matches for Mauricio Pochettino this season. The 33-year-old, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign,…

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Juventus fans tell Ronaldo not to lose to Torino

Cristiano Ronaldo has been made aware that Saturday’s clash against Torino is one Juventus cannot lose. Five time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo will make his first appearance in the Derby della Mole when Juve head to the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino this weekend. The Bianconeri are yet to taste defeat…

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Isco gesture was not aimed at fans – Solari

Isco was booed after making an angry gesture during Real Madrid’s shock defeat to CSKA Moscow in midweek, but Santiago Solari does not believe it was aimed at the fans. Isco raised his arms and shouted when a miss in the surprise 3-0 Champions League loss to CSKA drew jeers from…

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Pires – Barca would be unwise to offload Dembele

Former France star Robert Pires thinks Barcelona would be unwise to offload troublesome winger Ousmane Dembele in order to re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain. Dembele arrived last year as a replacement for Neymar, who joined PSG in a world-record €222million deal. Injuries had a particularly damaging impact on Dembele’s first…

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Pires – Not even Zidane or Henry played at the same level as Messi

Robert Pires says not even his former France team-mates Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry played at the same level to Lionel Messi, who “has something no one else has”. Pires enjoyed a distinguished career and won many major titles playing for France, Arsenal and Marseille, playing alongside some of the…

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Pereira pleads for more opportunities at Manchester United

Andreas Pereira has pleaded for more opportunities at Manchester United, convinced he would “get better and better” with regular playing time. Brazil international Pereira came through the ranks at United and was highly rated while learning his craft in the club’s younger teams. Successive loans to Granada and Valencia in…

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Marcelo – I do not believe Real Madrid have an attitude problem

Marcelo does not believe Real Madrid have an attitude problem following their humiliating Champions League defeat to CSKA Moscow. Madrid crashed to the heaviest home defeat in any European competition in the club’s illustrious history, the three-time reigning Champions League winners stunned 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Fedor Chalov, Georgy…

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Allegri – I felt everything seemed to go against Juventus

Massimiliano Allegri felt everything seemed to go against Juventus as they lost 2-1 to Young Boys in their final Champions League group fixture. Juve still went through to the last 16 as Group H winners despite their defeat on Wednesday, with Manchester United having lost 2-1 at Valencia. Cristiano Ronaldo…

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Guardiola describes City’s Foden as ‘a diamond’

Pep Guardiola described Manchester City’s teenage midfielder Phil Foden as “a diamond” following the 18-year-old’s performance in the Champions League win over Hoffenheim. Foden was handed his first European start of the season two days after he signed a new long-term contract, and he impressed while completing the 90 minutes. City needed just a point…

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