Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has refused to be drawn into surrounding rumours that Neymar – the world’s most expensive player – is set to join Los Blancos this Summer.
The 26-year-old has been stuck on the sidelines since February, but was in attendance on Tuesday night as his Paris Saint-Germain teammates lifted the Coupe de France. However, the rumours linking him with a move away have been intensifying recently.
Bu there’s one man who will not be sucked into commenting on the situation – his potential future manager, Zinedine Zidane.
Spanish outlet AS claim that the player has been meeting with representatives from the Bernabeu, and a deal is close to being finalised. The Brazilian is supposedly set to join Madrid for a fee between €260m and €300m, and the transfer will reportedly be completed by the time the World Cup kicks off.
Reports have been suggesting that Neymar has struggled to adapt to life in the French capital, and will make the switch to the Spanish capital, joining the rivals of his former club Barcelona.
Neymar has still not returned to training at PSG, but is expected to be fit in time to be selected for Brazil ahead of the FIFA World Cup.
Manchester City star Yaya Toure has affectionately revealed just how much he loves the football club by claiming that he sometimes misses his road just to go and see the developments at their training centre.
It was confirmed last week by Pep Guardiola that Toure will leave the club at the end of season after eight years, and the tributes have been flooding in for the powerhouse midfielder.
The former Barcelona player has won seven major trophies – including three Premier League titles – during his time at the Etihad, and he recently sat down to conduct his final ever interview with the club and its media team.
The Ivorian spoke on a number of topics including his contributions to winning the 2011 FA Cup, challenging rivals Manchester United and the incredible players he has shared the field with.
There was a rather sweet moment towards the end when he was asked about how much he felt the club had changed since he arrived.
He said: “A lot. Sometimes I miss my road and go to Carrington. Sometimes. Just to go to see it and to see how things have been moving. It’s my pleasure, you know what I mean? Sometimes I go, I see the gate closed, I get out of the car and I watch it from afar and take some pictures.
“I like it, you know? The step forwards the club have been taking. I feel good, to be honest. I feel like I contributed to something and that’s good – that’s my happiness to be honest.”
His answer is sure to resonate with the City fans when they hear how much the club actually means to the star, and is sure to make accepting his departure from the club all the more difficult.
Former Manchester United loanee Garth Crooks believes that his former side, as well as Champions League finalists Liverpool, could leapfrog Manchester City in the league table next season if they signed
Crooks added that if
Garth Crooks: His hairstyle might be more suitable on the stage at Crufts but there is no doubt that when he is on his game, and the handbrake is off, he can do untold damage to the opposition – and he did. He was the difference between United and City on the day.” #mufc [BBC] pic.twitter.com/CYXGDrfQxF
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) April 8, 2018
Liverpool have agreed to sign highly-rated Lyon star Nabil Fekir this summer for a fee of
A report published L’Equipe at the weekend had initially stated t
Confirmation de l’info de Fekir et Liverpool. 70 millions bonus compris. Départ avec son frère Yassin.Liverpool tente aussi Dembele #Mercato
— Loïc Tanzi (@Tanziloic) May 6, 2018
Lyon have since come out to deny the reports, with President Jean-Michel Aulas stating that the club still hope to keep Fekir and that no Liverpool contact has been made today (Sunday).
— OL English (@OL_English) May 6, 2018
Liverpool have though already agreed a deal to sign Naby Keita at the start of July, but were always likely to sign more players to build upon their stunning Champions League form and challenge at the Premier League title.
Fekir would certainly fit into Liverpool’s attacking style of play – having scored 22 goals and produced eight assists from midfield for Les Gones so far this season. The club are still believed to be looking for a long-term replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who left for Barcelona in January.
The Ivory Coast international is understood to be desperate to play European football next season, and will look to end his second spell with his boyhood club in the pursuit of furthering his career with a Premier League giant.
Newcastle United manager, Rafael Benitez, has ruled out the prospect of using returning loanees for the remaining fixtures in the Premier League this season. Despite the surprise inclusion of
Benitez, though, informed Armstrong, Mitrovic and the club’s other loanees that they are free to enjoy the off-season.
“The players who were on loan, they know that they have holidays and that’s it, so you cannot create a mess,” said Benitez. “Everyone who has been on loan, they know that they can go on holidays.”