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DIEGO-SIMEONEThe rumors have been circulating for a while that Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone will become the new Inter manager in 2018..

Those rumors were given an added boost on Thursday when Atletico Madrid announced that they had taken the unusual step of reducing the Argentine’s contract by two years, with his current deal now set expire in 2018.

The change underlines Simeone’s desire to bring to an end what will have been a seven-year stay at the club. Simeone is already Spain’s longest serving manager by a distance and having won five trophies with Atletico and taken them to two European Cup finals he has already secured his place in the club’s history as one of its greatest coaches.

neymar-barcelonaAccording to Marca, Barcelona star Neymar turned down a staggering €50 million contract, access to a private jet and a string of hotels from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The Barcelona forward was linked with a series of moves over the transfer window, including a possible switch to PSG and Manchester United. Instead, he chose to remain in Spain and signed a new five-year deal with the Spanish champions.

According to Marca and his agent, Wagner Ribeiro, a meeting was scheduled between the PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Neymar and his father in Ibiza.

Champions League trophyReal Madrid struck twice at the death to defeat Sporting CP, Borussia Dortmund registered their biggest European away win and Leicester City were impressive victors in Bruges.

Group C
Manchester City 4-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

On target three times in the play-off first leg against Steaua Bucureşti, Sergio Agüero hit his second UEFA Champions League hat-trick of the season as City cruised home in the rearranged fixture.

Group E
Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 CSKA Moskva

CSKA retrieved a 2-0 deficit before half-time through Alan Dzagoev and Roman Eremenko.

juan-cuadrado-juveChelsea loanee Juan Cuadrado has said that he ‘did everything’ to force through his return to Juventus this summer.

The winger completed his long-anticipated transfer back to Italy on the final day of the transfer window, despite the wishes of boss Antonio Conte.

Conte wanted to keep Cuadrado in his squad at Stamford Bridge this season but the Colombian preferred a move back to Serie A, rejoining the Serie A champions on a three-year loan deal.

The Italians agree to a a loan fee of £4 million per season and another £8.4m should they wish to make the deal permanent

europa-league-newJose Mourinho has named his 20-man squad to take on Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday and missing is captain Wayne Rooney, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard – both of whom were taken off at half time during the Manchester derby defeat last weekend. Also not traveling to Holland are full-backs Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia.

Rooney was pictured in training on Wednesday morning, as was Lingard, so their omission is not due to injury. Rather it reflects Mourinho’s thinking after the derby day loss to Manchester City at the weekend.

Mourinho-Old-TraffordManchester United have become the first British football club to see income break the £500 million barrier, as they
generated a staggering income of £515.3m for the year ending June 30, despite a poor season on the pitch.

In world football, only Barcelona, who announced revenues of £570 million in July, have ever earned more than United did last season.

And United expect revenue to continue to grow even without Champions League football this season. United forecast that revenue will be between £530m and £540m in 2017 with money from the Premier League’s new broadcast deal set to land.

ospina-arsnalArsene Wenger was left feeling vindicated by his surprise selection of David Ospina as the goalkeeper pulled off a string of saves in Arsenal’s Champions League draw with Paris St Germain.

The Colombian was not expected to start at the Parc des Princes, but was drafted in ahead of Petr Cech and performed admirably, eventually winning his duel with PSG striker Edinson Cavani, who had headed the hosts ahead inside a minute.

Ospina made a number of crucial stops to prevent Unai Emery’s side extending their lead before Alexis Sanchez struck with 12 minutes remaining to seal a 1-1 draw.

messi-match-ballThe Champions League is back underway and Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona hit seven and Bayern Munich scored five. Despite those two one-sides games, the rest of the ties were extremely competitive with away wins for Atlético Madrid and Napoli while Arsenal held Paris Saint-Germain.

Group A
Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Arsenal

Edinson Cavani’s goal after 44 seconds, the quickest ever for Paris in the UEFA Champions League, was cancelled out with 12 minutes to go when Alexis Sánchez struck. David Ospina had done well to keep the hosts down to one. In added time Olivier Giroud and Marco Verratti were sent off.

Conte Says Defenders Are Targeting Diego Costa

diego-costa-newestAntonio Conte has claimed defenders are targeting Diego Costa and seeking to provoke the Spain forward, with the Chelsea manager praising his player’s refusal to react in the fractious 2-2 draw at Swansea City.

Costa took his season’s tally to six goals in five appearances for club and country and it was Costa who dominated this occasion. A trio of Swansea players were booked for fouls on the forward, with Jordi Amat having set the tone two minutes in with an elbow to the small of the back that went unpunished.

“The defenders know him and, sometimes, try to provoke him,” Conte said.

sad-kloppLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits his side have to prove they can consistently play the sort of football which saw Premier League champions Leicester beaten 4-1 at Anfield.

Roberto Firmino began and ended the scoring, with goals from Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana in between, while Lucas Leiva’s mistake briefly gave the Foxes hope when Jamie Vardy made it 2-1 just before half-time.

Some of the football played by Klopp’s side was reminiscent of the opening-weekend victory at Arsenal but the manager knows performances like the 2-0 defeat at Burnley can always throw a spanner in the works.