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Bayern Munich's purchase option for Coutinho has expired


The Brazilian arrived with the option to buy for €120 million but the Bavarian outfit have opted not to exercise the deal.

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed the Bundesliga champions have not activated their purchase option for Philippe Coutinho and the clause has now expired.

Coutinho joined Bayern on a season-long loan deal from La Liga holders Barcelona at the start of the 2019-20 campaign but he has struggled to establish himself in Munich.

The Brazil international arrived with the option to buy for €120 million (£107m/$131m) but Bayern have opted not to exercise the deal, though Rummenigge did not close the door on Coutinho.

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'He's really intelligent and has good passing range' - Giggs backs Man Utd youngster Levitt to have bright career


The 19-year-old midfielder has already made a big impression on the Wales manager, who described him as "quiet but tough".

Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs predicts a bright future for academy product Dylan Levitt.

Levitt, 19, was called up to the senior Wales squad by Giggs for a training camp last May, and again for their final Euro 2020 qualifiers last November.

He did not make an appearance for his country, with Wales having only secured their place at the finals with a 2-0 victory over Hungary.

Giggs regrets not having been able to give Levitt a chance on the pitch and says the youngster stands out in training as an obvious talent.

"When Dylan was in the squad, we had must-win games, so I couldn't really throw him in and put him in that pressure cooker," the Wales boss told MUTV.

"But, in training, he's one of the best. He's my kind of player – a good character, quiet but tough, and he's one that I'll be taking a big look at over the next year or so.

"I want him to develop and if he does and, if he plays more games, then he'll definitely be in the reckoning. He's a really intelligent player with a good range of passing and he stands out in training in every session.

"As I said, it's just a shame that I couldn't get him on the pitch."

The United youth star was happy enough to be around the Wales squad, even if he did not get to play.

“Obviously, when I’ve been going away with them, I’ve not really played, but just being around them is amazing,” he said.

“Seeing the different side of international football, day in and day out, with everyone training at 100 per cent. We worked so hard to qualify so it’s a big shame really that it’s been pushed back [until 2021]. All of us were raring to go for the summer as soon as we beat Hungary so it’s a bit of a setback.

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Joao Felix can win the Ballon d'Or, says former Atletico Madrid man Simao


The 20-year-old has struggled to replicate his Benfica form since joining the Spanish capital side but his compatriot has backed him to be a success.

Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix has been tipped to challenge for the Ballon d'Or by former winger Simao.

The 20-year-old joined the Spanish side from Benfica last summer and has gone on to make 28 appearances this season.

But the forward has struggled to replicate the goalscoring form that caught the attention of Europe’s top teams when he was with the Lisbon giants, where he netted 20 times in just 43 games.

Felix has struck just four times in La Liga and scored another two in the Champions League for Diego Simeone's team, while he has also struggled with injuries this term.

Despite his issues, ex-Atleti and Barcelona player Simao is confident he will become a success in the Spanish capital and establish himself as one of the best players in the world.

“I think he can get to the Ballon d'Or. He is in a phase of adjustment, it’s not easy,” Simao told BTV.

“Atletico's way of playing is different from that of Benfica and the first few months were not easy.

“I know that it bothers him to be substituted, but he has to think about the team having the opportunity to win.

“You have to be cool to attack in the Simeone team.”

Simao says he knows how the Portugal international feels mixing with high-profile players, as the 40-year-old made a similar jump when he joined Barcelona from Sporting in 1999.

"Pep Guardiola, Figo, Patrick Kluivert, Ronald de Boer... if we look at this team, almost all of them are coaches,” he said looking back at his Camp Nou team-mates.

“Playing with Figo, the great idol, was fantastic. It was the biggest difficulty for me. Being extreme, I thought: ‘Where am I going to play?’

“On the one side there was Figo, on the other Rivaldo, I had to wait for them to be suspended or tired.

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Diouf picks Okocha as Africa’s most talented footballer


The former Senegal international has rated the Super Eagles legend highly and bemoans his failure to clinch individual accolades.

Former Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers forward El Hadji Diouf has named Jay-Jay Okocha as the most talented African footballer while picking Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba as the best players from the continent.

Okocha was renowned for his dribbling abilities, especially his skills in the use of step-overs, however, the midfielder failed to clinch the Africa Player of the Year or any top individual award during his playing years.

Diouf, who was a former teammate of the Super Eagles legend at Bolton, admitted he has never seen a player as talented as the midfielder since he was born.

The Ex-Senegal international also clarified the comment he made recently where he claimed he was the greatest striker from the continent, which has generated debate lately.

Diouf explains the best players in the last decade are four-time African Player of the Year, Cameroon legend Eto’o and former Ivory Coast star Drogba.

“When I said that I am the most talented I did not say that I was the best. I spoke French. The most talented does not mean the best,” Diouf told RSI, as per Press-sport.

“The two best African players of this decade are Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba but on the other hand the most talented one cannot say that it is Diouf, It is impossible.

“The most talented African football since I was born is Okocha. He's the most talented player I've ever seen, but he didn't win a trophy, he didn't win a gold ball.”

Diouf enjoyed success during his playing years and won a number of individual prizes, including the African Player of the Year award in 2001 and 2002

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Lionel Messi Admits For The First Time That He Wanted To Quit Barcelona


Lionel Messi has spent 18 long and successful years with his beloved Barcelona, winning everything there is to win in world football.

But it emerged last year that his remarkable spell at the Catalan giants could have been cut short in 2017.

The 32-year-old admitted that he wanted to quit the club while being embroiled in a tax row with the Spanish government.

The Argentinian was originally given a 21 month prison sentence for tax fraud after Messi and his father, Jorge, were found guilty of defrauding Spain of €4.1 million between 2007 and 2009.

The sentence was eventually reduced to a €252,000 fine and in a recent interview with RAC1, Messi spoke about wanting to leave Spain because of how he was "mistreated".

"At that time, with the mess of the treasury, I wanted to leave, not for wanting to leave Barca but wanting to leave Spain." he said.

"'I felt that I was being very mistreated and I didn't want to stay here. I never had an official offer because because everyone knew my idea to stay here."

As Messi pointed out, the five time Ballon d'Or winner received no offers elsewhere and ended up staying at the Nou Camp, so it is a case of 'what could have been' for the forward.

He spoke further about the tax fraud case during the interview.

"It was very difficult for me and my family because people don't know much about what's going on." he said.

"The truth is that it was hard for everything that happened but it is better that my children were small and did not know."

Messi confirmed that he now wants to stay with Barcelona until the end of his career.

"Today my idea and that of my family is to end here." he told RAC1.

"Especially first because of how I am in the club, how I feel in the club, then because of the familiar, for how good we are in this city, for my children, for not changing my friendships and I don't want it broken because I had to live it on my personal level."

The forward will undoubtedly go down as the greatest player in the club's history therefore it's no surprise that president Josep Maria Bartomeu wants Messi to stay for the rest of his playing days.

In fact, the 56-year-old has said that Messi will "never leave" Barcelona and "might even" play until he's 45 years old.

"He might even play until he's 45, who knows?" the president said, via The Guardian.

"We know he'll play three, four, five years more, we don't know how many - as many as he wants. We're preparing: players like [Ousmane] Dembélé, [Clément] Lenglet, Arthur are there to build a team for when Messi stops playing, but I still see it as a long way off.

"I don't think that day is near. And we tell the players who play and train with him: 'Make the most of every minute.'

"We are talking to the family but it's very early to say. He's a footballer. So we talk football. But he will stay here with us. He's a club man."

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Member Of France's 2018 World Cup Squad Sells Winners Medal For Insane Cash


A member of France's 2018 World Cup winning squad has sold their medal in an online auction for a whopping $71,875.

The medal was listed for an auction on JuliensLive.com who sell a variety of expensive celebrity memorabilia.

It is unknown who the medal belongs to from Didier Deschamps' 23 man squad that achieved glory in Russia two years ago.

Winning the World Cup is usually considered the pinnacle of football so it's surprising that a player has already cashed in on the medal.



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Lionel Messi Asked If He Would Pass To Cristiano Ronaldo If They Played Together

Lionel Messi has brushed aside his fierce rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo by suggesting that he would pass to him if they played on the same side.

The 32-year-old Barcelona captain has had a heated rivalry with Juventus superstar Ronaldo on the field.

When Messi was asked if he would pass to the 35-year-old Portuguese superstar, he admitted that he would eventually do so.

"I guess so, in the end, yes," he told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

Ronaldo, who turned 35 in February, has been in fine goalscoring form as he has taken his tally to 25 in 32 appearances this season.

And the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star scored in 11 straight league matches for Juventus this season.


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Vidal 'very happy' at Barcelona amid Inter links


While a reunion with Antonio Conte at San Siro has been rumoured, the Chilean remains committed to his current employers.

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal insisted he was happy at the La Liga club amid links with a move to Inter.

Vidal, 32, is reportedly a target for inter,  where he could reunite with former Juventus head coach Antonio Conte.

Some reports have suggested that he could form part of a deal that sees Lautaro Martinez move the other way to Camp Nou, which would also leave open the possibility that Vidal links up at club level with Chile team-mate Alexis Sanchez, who is currently on loan at Inter from Manchester United.


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Salah and Mane lead African quartet as Liverpool continue training


As the English top-flight looks set to resume in June, the African quartet took part in Tuesday’s training session with Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Egypt international Sadio Mane led a quartet of African players who trained on Tuesday as Liverpool continue to train ahead of June’s likely Premier League return.

Senegal's Sadio Mane, Cameroon's Joel Matip and Guinea’s Naby Keita form a list of Africans who took part in Jurgen Klopp’s workout at Melwood.

The Reds returned to the pitch on Wednesday after Premier League teams were given the go-ahead to commence ‘phase one’ training.

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Liverpool 'can't complain' if they fail to sign Werner, claims Carragher


The Reds may not be able to afford the German striker because of coronavirus but they should be happy with the current squad, says the ex-defender.

Liverpool should not be too disappointed if they miss out on signing Timo Werner this summer because of the coronavirus, former defender Jamie Carragher says.

The Reds have been heavily linked with a move for the RB Leipzig striker, but reportedly face competition from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

The Premier League leaders may have an advantage over the Bavarian side as the 24-year-old suggested he would rather move abroad than join another team in the German division, but Carragher believes the financial loss Liverpool have suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic may have ruined their chances of luring the Germany international to Anfield this year.

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Premier League bosses approve Newcastle's Saudi takeover



Premier League chiefs have given the go-ahead for Newcastle United's sale to a Saudi-backed consortium, reports the Sun

While approval has been delayed by the need to set the terms of the league's restart, no impediments to the takeover are likely to be reported when the final decision is released.



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Capello warns Martinez against becoming Barca substitute



Fabio Capello praised Inter star Lautaro Martinez, but warned the forward it was better to be starting at the Serie A club than being on the bench at Barcelona.

Martinez has been linked with a move to the La Liga giants, having scored 16 goals in 31 games for Inter this season.

While Capello is impressed by the Argentina international, the former Real Madrid and Juventus head coach said Martinez would face a challenge to break into Barcelona's starting side.


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Suarez: Lautaro should stay at Inter despite Barcelona links


The Argentinian striker has been urged to stay at the Serie A club by a former attacking star.

Former Inter and Barcelona attacker Luis Suarez believes Lautaro Martinez should stay with the Serie A giants.

Martinez, 22, is reportedly being chased by Barca after scoring 16 goals in 31 games for Inter this season.

The 1960 Ballon d'Or winner, Suarez moved in the opposite direction during his playing career, leaving Barca for Inter in 1961.

The former Spain international said if he was in Martinez's position, he would stay at San Siro while passing up the chance to make the move to Barcelona to join international team-mate Lionel Messi. 

"If I were him, I wouldn't change teams," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday.

"Making a decision on whether to stay or not is very complicated, although if Messi called him then it would be easy to think about it.

"However, we're talking about a boy who is still very young, and he has all the time in the world to go for other challenges in the future."

Martinez could reunite with Messi at Barcelona, with the pair playing alongside each other for Argentina since the younger attacker's breakthrough with the country's senior team in 2018.

Messi recently said that the long-rumoured Barcelona target is an impressive striker, giving a bit of praise to his national team team-mate while adding that he is unsure of the status of any potential deal.

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'We came really close to signing Messi' - Getafe president makes transfer claim


Angel Torres has also suggested that he talked to former Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain about bringing in Pep Guardiola as head coach.

Getafe president Angel Torres says the club came close to signing Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi on loan as well as having a verbal agreement to appoint Pep Guardiola as manager.

Torres has a close relationship with former Barca president Joan Laporta and was hopeful of luring two of world football’s biggest names to the club.

Messi was just 17 when he first broke into the Barca first team in 2004, with Torres revealing he wanted the Argentine to gain some valuable senior experience with his Madrid-based side shortly afterwards.

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