The story was broken by Italian journalist Federico Gennarelli of Radio Sportiva over the weekend. That Pep Guardiola has agreed a deal to leave Manchester City and take up the vacant managerial role at Juventus.
While Manchester City have continued to deny that there is any truth to the story, former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri seemed to indicate that it was true when local newspaper Sport Legnano reported that Allegri was asked by a Juventus fan who his successor would be. He replied: “A manager of Manchester is coming.”
Well we know its not Ole Gunnar Solskjær that is heading to Turin! Read more... (316 words, estimated 1:16 mins reading time)
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino is close to returning to full training ahead of the Champions League final.
The striker, who has missed the Reds’ last three games with a groin injury, has been making a staggered return to training during Liverpool’s warm weather camp in Marbella.
With less than two weeks to go before the June 1 showdown with Tottenham, Klopp said on Wednesday: ‘Bobby looks really good (and) he is now part of training.
‘It was not too long out, but of course we are still careful and want to make sure nothing happens. Read more... (303 words, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)
Chelsea have been ordered to pay their former manager Antonio Conte £9million in compensation after sacking him last summer.
Conte was dismissed last July despite leading Chelsea to glory in the FA Cup after they failed to qualify for the Champions League.
He took pre-season training at the start of the campaign before he was relieved of his duties and replaced by Maurizio Sarri.
A Premier League manager’s arbitration tribunal was held in March and both parties have now been informed of the ruling, according to . Read more... (270 words, estimated 1:05 mins reading time)
Real Madrid are reportedly waiting for a decision from Kylian Mbappe or Neymar ahead of the planned summer overhaul at the Bernabeu as PSG manager Thomas Tuchel admitted that both players could leave in the summer transfer window.
The La Liga giants are looking to recruit a host of stars following a disappointing campaign last season.
Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba are Zinedine Zidane’s top targets but Paris Saint-Germain forwards Mbappe and Neymar have been linked with moves to the Spanish capital.
And now Madrid are waiting for an indication from either player to get the ball rolling, according to Spanish newspaper AS. Read more... (418 words, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has reiterated his support for manager Ernesto Valverde despite their shock Champions League exit to Liverpool.
The Catalan giants surrendered a 3-0 first-leg lead, losing 4-0 at Anfield in the semi-finals – having suffered a similar comeback loss against Roma in last season’s quarter-finals – to end their bid for another treble this season.
Valverde’s side clinched La Liga in comfortable fashion, finishing 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid and will bid to seal the a double when they face Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday. Read more... (333 words, estimated 1:20 mins reading time)
The group of teams touring the USA this summer just got a little but more glamorous with the news that Liverpool will play three games in the US this summer.
Jurgen Klopp will bring his side stateside to play Borussia Dortmund at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind, vs. Sevilla at Fenway Park and finally they will wrap up their tour against Sporting CP at Yankee Stadium.
With little travel between the games, Liverpool are once again expected to conduct their preseason camp at Harvard University on Boston. Read more... (1061 words, estimated 4:15 mins reading time)
Diego Simeone has eased fears in the red side of Madrid by announcing that he is staying at Atletico Madrid.
With a number of leading managers changing jobs this summer, speculation had grown that Simeone might seek a new challenge after eight seasons with Atletico.
But the Argentine appears to have the appetite to take on a major squad rebuilding job over the coming weeks.
Speaking after Tuesday’s 2-1 friendly defeat by Beitar Jerusalem, Simeone said: ‘I like my job, I feel very identified and committed to the club. Read more... (261 words, estimated 1:03 mins reading time)
After trying to increase the number of the teams for the 2022 World Cup from 32 to 48, FIFA announced it has ended those efforts.
FIFA announced they’ve given up efforts for possible expansion which would’ve seen matches held in Qatar and one other country in the Persian Gulf.
According to the Associated Press, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia were linked as possible co-hosts, but it would involve all three countries to restore both economic and travel ties with Qatar which were severed two years ago. Read more... (354 words, estimated 1:25 mins reading time)
Steve Clarke has become the latest in a long line of Scottish born managers to try and lead the Tartan Army back to a major international final, been unveiled as the new Scotland head coach this week.
The appointment was announced on Monday, with the former Kilmarnock boss signing a three-year contract, and chief executive of the Scottish FA Ian Maxwell was delighted to secure Clarke’s services.
Speaking at a press conference, Maxwell said:
‘On behalf of the board on the Scottish FA, I am delighted to welcome Steve Clarke as our new national team head coach. Read more... (458 words, estimated 1:50 mins reading time)
Antoine Griezmann has announced his departure from Atletico Madrid with his anticipated move to Barcelona expected to be completed in the next week.
Reports this week suggested Barcelona had triggered the Frenchman’s €125 million release clause after he informed the club about his desire to join the La Liga champions.
Griezmann, who snubbed the option to move to the Nou Camp last summer and instead committed his future to Atletico, confirmed on Tuesday evening that his time at the club is now over.
Marca led on the reports of the star forward’s exit, having reportedly told his teammates and then Atleti boss Diego Simeone alongside senior club officials Read more... (320 words, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)