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20:55 Pepe Willing To Wait “Until The Last” For Real Madrid Extension
Pepe is expected to leave Madrid at the end of the season
Real Madrid defender Pepe has said that he will wait until the very last day for extending his Real Madrid contract, which is set to expire on June 20th.
The Portuguese defender has spent 10 years at the Bernabeu and has been a pivotal part of their success throughout the years. But he’s no longer wanted at Madrid, who are not expected to give him a new contract extension.
Talking to Marca about his future and love for the club, Pepe said: “The final is on the 3rd, and I have a contract until June 30.
“As I have always said, I will wait on Madrid until the very last.
“I am happy and I am at 100 per cent to be able to play.”
Pepe is expected to play his final game for the club on June 2nd when Real Madrid face Juventus in the finals of the Uefa Champions League.
20:35 Cesar Azpilicueta “Very Happy” At Chelsea Despite Barcelona Links
Azpilicueta enjoyed another terrific season for the Blues
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has stated that he is very happy at Chelsea and is “flattered” by reports linking him with a move to Barcelona.
Azpilicueta was yet again one of the shining men in Chelsea’s defense this season and his amazing work has reaped the attention of Barcelona who want him at Camp Nou.
But the Spanish defender is content with his position in Chelsea, as he spoke to Marca about his situation and the rumors. He said: “It’s flattering that a club like Barcelona can be interested in you. Last year, after a bad season on a collective level, we did not have those types of rumours.”
Azpilicueta further explained: “However, this season we have crowned Champions and this type of information indicates that we have done well.
“Interest from teams of this level is very positive but I am very happy here. I feel very valued by the club and I do not think of anything else.”
20:00 Paul McGuinness: Man Utd Youngstar Angel Gomes Has Potential To Be Next Iniesta
Gomes became the first ever Premier League player to be born in the year 2000
Former Manchester United youth coach Paul McGuinness has heaped praise on Manchester United young star Angel Gomes, who he regards to be made of the same cloth as Andres Iniesta and David Silva.
McGuinness is known for his amazing work with United’s youth structure including that with the “Class of ’92” which brought much success to the club and he spoke about United’s youth player of the year to Sky Sports.
He said: “He’s a real talent. If he was Brazilian, people would be raving about him and, if he was six inches taller, people would be going mad,” McGuinness told Sky Sports News.
“I suppose that’s our country. People doubt players if they’re short in stature but no-one is doubting Andres Iniesta or David Silva. He’s got the potential to be that type of player and, in England, you just don’t get many players like that.
“If you play him with better players, he’ll get better himself and create chances for them. You don’t want to build him up too soon but I’m sure they’ll handle all that at United.”
19:40 India U-17 Take On Lega Pro Representatives In The Lazio Cup!
The Young Colts look to continue their impressive form in Italy
The Indian U-17 tour of Europe continues with the Young Colts set to participate in the Lazio Cup, starting from later on today.
The Cup is an annual youth football tournament organized by Italian giants SS Lazio and has been won by teams like Inter Milan and Fiorentina in the past. The Young Colts take on Lega Pro Representatives in their first match, later on, today and Khel Now will provide live streaming services for the game!
You can find out more about the tournament and it’s schedule here.
19:20 Chelsea Goalkeeper Eduardo Extends Contract For Another Year
Eduardo is yet to make an appearance for Chelsea
Chelsea Goalkeeper Eduardo has decided to stay for another year as he extended his contract after successful talks with the club this week.
Eduardo was signed by Antonio Conte last year from Dinamo Zagreb, but has only managed to be the 3rd choice keeper for the club. But now that Asmir Begovic has voiced his desire to move away for more playing time, Eduardo could get more games at the club next season.
Eduardo voiced his happiness at extending his stay after a successful year with the club as he said: “I am very happy to stay at Chelsea for another year,” Eduardo said. “This season has been very successful for the club and everybody has made me feel like a part of the family. I hope next season can be just as positive and we can win many more trophies.”
Eduardo is yet to make an appearance for the club despite being signed in August, but technical director Michael Emelano explained his importance as he said: “Since joining us last summer, Eduardo has been a model professional. He has used his wealth of experience at the top level to bring the very best from his fellow goalkeepers and has been a reliable, popular and respected member of the squad.
“We are delighted he has chosen to commit his future to Chelsea.”
19:00 Star Sports To Become Official Broadcast Partners Of Indian Football Team
Indian Football finally receives the exposure it deserves
It’s a monumental day for Indian Football team as Star Sports are set to broadcast matches of the Indian National Football team after signing a deal with the All India Football Federation(AIFF).
All International fixtures from now to March 2018 are set to be broadcast on Star Sports and it’s digital platform Hotstar. You can find more details of the news here.
18:40 David Seaman Warns Arsenal To Start Spending Or Risk Being Left Behind
Wenger has come under heavy criticism this season
Former Arsenal Goalkeeper is urging the club to start spending on buying quality players or come under the threat of being left behind the pack next season.
Arsenal finished the season in 5th place which means that they will not be in the Champions League for the first time in 19 seasons, with the pressure mounting on Arsene Wenger. Seaman has spoken about their distraught season and warned the club to start spending or risk more failure in the future.
He spoke to Omnisport and said: “All that concerns me, whatever happens, is I want there to be more money available for the manager.
“I think we are getting left behind a little bit by two or three clubs that are now ahead financially and they are spending money and things need to change at Arsenal.
“They need to look at their wage structure – how can you attract the top players when you’re not paying the top money? It is as simple as that.
“They have got to be real with what’s being paid to players. If you have a top player who wants to come to London and at Arsenal he is being offered say 100 grand and at another club it’s 200 grand, where is he going to go?
“For me, it’s as simple as that – we are not attracting big players anymore.” Arsenal should listen to their legend and start spending in the summer transfer window.
18:20 Manchester United Release Statement On Manchester Terror Attack
United are standing in solidarity with the whole of Manchester
Manchester was rocked yesterday night when a terror attack outside the Manchester Arena took the lives off over 20 people. The attack happened as the people were coming out of a pop show by American singer Ariana Grande, with a suicide bomber taking the lives of many poor souls.
Manchester United are just a day away from their biggest game of the season in the Europa League Final and this terrible tragedy has shocked everyone at the club as well. Jose Mourinho pre-match press conference was cancelled because of this, but the Manchester United manager released a statement on the terrible tragedy.
He said: “We are all very sad about the tragic events last night; we cannot take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families.
“We have a job to do and we will fly to Sweden to do that job. It is a pity we cannot fly with the happiness that we always have before a big game.
“I know, even during my short time here, that the people of Manchester will pull together as one.”
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17:50 Just for the record, one man has been beating everyone to managerial greatness in the modern era.
Zinedine Zidane has made a lot of heads turn since last year, winning a Champions League, a La Liga and is gunning for another European glory this season.
The former Real Madrid and Juventus midfielder is averaging a trophy every 21 games for the Los Blancos. Greatest of the modern era?
We want to know what Guardiola and Barcelona fans have to say about this?
Good news for Indian football fans.
Sports and Youth Affairs’ minister Vijay Goel has given a strong positive message in regard of Players of Indian origin on Twitter.
When asked about Danny Batth’s plea, the man replied, “I’ll surely discuss this with all the shareholders. #PIO”.
If this happens, it will be a major positive for Indian football!
Read Danny Batth’s exclusive interview with Khel Now here.
17:40 After Lalramchullova, Kolkata giants East Bengal lap up another Aizawl FC star
Mahmoud Al Amna played a distinct role in Aizawl FC’s run to the I-league title this year
The Syrian midfielder has reportedly joined the club only for the Calcutta Football League, with an option to extend further. Meanwhile, Lalramchullova has joined the Reds-and-Golds for an year. Media reports also believe that three other players from the I-league champions are set to make the trip to Kolkata maidan soon.
17:20 Demarai Gray might leave the Foxes, shift to work with one of the best groomers of young talent
Demarai Gray is one of the best young wingers in England at the moment and will surely benefit from a move to Anfield
The 20-year-old made 43 appearances for Leicester City this season, scoring three and setting up a further six goals. He created a lot of impact off the bench and working under Jurgen Klopp will surely make him better.
More News: Leroy Sane is out of the Confederations Cup with a nose injury. The Manchester City winger will undergo surgery soon.
Manchester United have cancelled their press conference scheduled tonight in the wake of the attacks in the city last night which killed 19 and injured 50 people.
16:50 Fernando Torres has been informed about his role next season
The former Chelsea and Liverpool striker gave a good account of himself this season, scoring some vital goals
Diego Simeone summoned Fernando Torres to his office at Atlético’s sports complex in Majadahonda last Friday. With the season drawing to a close, the Argentine coach was keen to set the record straight with various of Atleti’s senior players. As on other occasions, it was a sincere and open conversation between the two who discussed the state of play going into the pre-season. Simeone was straight with the 33-year-old forward; “Fernando, I am counting on you for next season”, Simeone began, before explaining the club’s situation regarding the FIFA transfer ban.
El Cholo told Torres that if Atlético’s appeal against the ban fails, he will be the first choice in the Rojiblanco attack next season. But if the club is successful, his idea is to bolster the attack with two additional centre-forwards. Ideally, players with whom Torres will have to compete to earn his place. The next step, once Atlético are informed of the decision made by CAS, will be to reach a contractual agreement with Torres. Simeone hopes all of this will unravel all in good time. Torres has made it clear that his intention is to stay on with Atlético, and be part of the squad when the club moves to the new stadium, explaining that as far as he is concerned, reaching an agreement will be very easy.
16:30 Bernando Silva may move to a Premier League club
Bernardo Silva has easily been Monaco’s best player on the pitch, and a lot of transfer rumours have been surrounding him
MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly made a bid to sign Monaco star Bernardo Silva, according to reports.
Silva, 22, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks.
French outlet Le 10 Sport claimed last month that Jose Mourinho made the Portugal international a priority transfer target for this summer.
While Canal+ suggested this week that United have moved ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona in the race to sign Silva after holding advanced talks with the player himself.
But France Football claim there has been another twist in the transfer saga with United now making an offer “that cannot be refused” to sign the playmaker.
16:10 AS Monaco midfielder has various high-profile suitors
Fabinho has had a stellar season with the French club, playing a key role in their League victory and journey to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals
Diego Simeone’s side cannot sign any players over the next two transfer windows but this does not stop them from plotting their next targets, and the former Real Madrid right-back who can also play in defensive midfield is seen as the direct choice to take over from Tiago.
Alexandre Lacazette could be the perfect No. 9 along with Sandro Ramirez and winger Vitolo to help bolster the attack, but Los Rojiblancos main target will be Fabinho.
Manchester City also rumoured to be in for him but Atletico remain frontrunners in the chase and are helped by the fact both Tiago and Fabinho share the same agent in Jorge Mendes, a man who has a good relationship with Los Colchoneros which could help persuade Monaco to sell despite Fabinho having a contract until 2021.
15:50 Diego Costa being courted by two clubs amidst Conte’s refusal to let him go
The Spanish striker had the most points-per-goal this season and played a key role for the Blues
Atletico Madrid are monitoring Chelsea striker Diego Costa, despite the 28-year-old being heavily linked with a move to Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian.
But Conte is pleading with the Chelsea board to offer a deal to keep the Spanish international at the club.
15:30 Jermaine Defoe close to Sunderland exit, might play for Bournemouth next season
The 35-year-old scored 15 goals this season and was the only shining light for Sunderland
Jermain Defoe is on the verge of signing for Bournemouth on a free transfer after West Ham ended their interest in the England international.
Defoe, who did not play in Sunderland’s final game of the season against Chelsea, had a clause in his contract that enabled him to leave for nothing after relegation to the Championship
And the 34-year-old has not wasted any time in discussing a move and is thought to have opened talks with the South Coast club immediately after the Black Cats final game.
Despite his age, Defoe will want to match his wages at Sunderland, where he was paid around £70,000 a week. It remains to be seen whether Bournemouth are put off by his demands, although West Ham, who bid £6 million for the striker during the winter transfer window, have not followed up that interest.
The former West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur striker scored 15 goals for a team who finished bottom of the Premier League last season, although only two of those have come since February. In total, Defoe scored 34 Premier League goals since returning to England from Toronto in a swap deal with Jozy Altidore in January 2015 and earned an England recall earlier this year.
15:10 Liverpool was close to signing Kylian Mbappe, but Klopp was ‘warned off’
Kylian Mbappe was close to signing for Liverpool football club, but the German coach was warned off
This looks like it’s turning into a very, very costly transfer mistake. Especially considering Monaco have already rejected a word-record £103m bid from Real Madrid for Kylian Mbappe this month.
According to Chris Bascombe in the Telegraph, Liverpool wanted to sign the teenage Frenchman last summer, but Jurgen Klopp was ‘warned off’ and we decided against bringing a striker in. Who warned him off, and for what reason, isn’t stated in his report.
This term, the 18-year-old has taken the football world by storm. He notched 26 goals in total, in roughly as many starts – bagging six in the Champions League to boot.
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14:55 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to decide his future with Dortmund.
Aubameyang is the Bundesliga top scorer this season
Borussia Dortmund’s prolific goalscorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he is yet to decide his future with the German giants in the coming days.
“I’ll make a decision next week,” said Aubameyang to ESPN. “ I need to talk to the club, we’ll see what happens,” he further added.
The 27-years-old is believed to be a transfer target for PSG and Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian.
14:40 James Milner thinks it is now time for Liverpool to start winning trophies
Miler has been a revelation to Liverpool’s full-back problems
James Milner thinks with the chance of representing England in the next year’s UEFA Champions League, the ‘next step’ for Liverpool should be winning trophies.
“It is not easy to be in the Champions League – think of the teams who are not in it now,” Milner said.
“It’s exciting times for the football club and that is something I wanted to be part of when I came here,” he said before adding, “”Hopefully now we can stick a few trophies in the cabinet. That is the next step.”
14:20 Fenerbahce targets Manchester City full-back!
Clichy was instrumental in City’s performance under Manuel Pellegrini
According to reports in England, Gael Clichy, who is out of contract at the Etihad at the end of the season, is believed to be a target for Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
The veteran defender has 192 appearances for Manchester City in his 6 years long career with the Blues and is expected to raise other interests from different corners of Europe.
14:00 Gabriel Jesus reveals his secret of adapting in the Premier League.
Jesus has been influential to Pep Guardiola’s tactics at Etihad
Machester City youngster Gabriel Jesus, who joined the Blues last summer, has revealed that he is surprised by the time he needed to adapt in the English Premier League.
In an interview with ESPN Brazil Jesus said, “I thought it would be harder,” before adding, “It hasn’t been easy, for sure, I changed my life completely, but I’ll never complain about it. I’m grateful for being here, realising a dream, playing in Europe.”
He also said his Brazilian team mates have been really supportive of him, “Everybody is helping me here, [Brazilian teammates] Fernandinho, Fernando, but the club as well. They help my family, my friends that are here with me,” he added.
13:40 David Moyes leaves Sunderland.
David Moyes has left Sunderland yesterday, after the club relegated to the second tier of English football under his management, the club revealed with an official statement in its website.
“I pursued the services of David Moyes for a considerable period prior to his appointment last summer, which makes the announcement of his departure difficult for everyone concerned,” said Ellis Short, chairman of Sunderland AFC.
He also said, “Having worked tirelessly throughout the campaign to avoid relegation from the Premier League, David has chosen to leave the club without compensation, which is testament to his character.”
“I would like to thank Ellis Short and the Board for giving me the opportunity to manage Sunderland and the fans for always being so passionately supportive of their club,” Moyes said before adding, “I wish the players and my successor well in their efforts towards promotion back to the Premier League”.
13:20 Mbappe reveals he shall not be forced to go anywhere.
Monaco’s young sensation has taken Europe by storm this year
The Ligue 1 player of the year has forced the European powerhouses to show serious interests on him this season. According to reports in France, he has been touted for a world record fee this summer, allegedly by a Spanish club.
Despite all the interests, Mbappe has revealed his intentions of moving only by guaranteed first-team football, which he sees as a vital part of his footballing upbringing. “I will make a choice based on my sporting career, and my career is first and foremost, and I am at an age where I need to play, and that will be paramount,” he said before adding, ” I will be the sole decision-maker, and I will not go anywhere where I will be forced to go.”
“In football, everything is possible, from the moment you work and you believe in your qualities,” he further added.
13:00 Juventus makes Cuadrado loan permanent.
Cuadrado has been an influencial player in Massimiliano Allegri’s squad
Juventus has made the loan of Juan Cuadrado permanent after agreeing over a €20 million transfer fee for the winger with Chelsea FC.
Cuadrado joined the Bianconeri in 2015 and have made 43 appearances since then, scoring 3 goals in the process.
The new deal will see the Colombian stay at Turin till 2020.
12:40 Griezmann indicates a 60% chance of moving to Manchester United.
Griezmann wants to play in the UEFA Champions League next season
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has once again talked about his future with Atletico Madrid last night when he appeared on a French television show Quotidien.
Talking about a possible transfer away from his current employers, the French sensation revealed that his future will be ‘decided’ in the next two weeks.
Asked to answer if Manchester United could be a possible destination for the French Forward in the summer, in a scale of 1-10, Griezmann answered, ‘6.’
Not to mention, United have been a longtime admirer of the 26 years old and is ready to trigger the 85 million euro release clause of him at Atletico Madrid. However, the former Real Sociedad man has made it clear that he wants to play in the Champions League next season, United will play Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm on 25th May, winning which will give them access to the UEFA Champions League.
12:20 Antonio Conte wins Premier League Manager of the Year award!
Conte won the Premier League in his first season in England
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was awarded the Premier League manager of the year and Manager of the year awards last night at the LMA’s annual awards dinner after his team, Chelsea, emerged victorious of the Premier League title this year.
On the way to the Premier League title, Conte created a new history with the club as well as the League where his team registered 30 league wins for the first time in history.
The Chelsea team is yet to appear in the FA Cup final and subject to win the domestic double in the first full season of the Italian at helm.
12:00 To start the day, Khel Now Football is deeply saddened by the demise of 22 concert attendants after the terror attack at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
The terror ttack took place last night around 10:30pm when a suicide bomber triggered an explosion that killed and injured several people coming out of the Manchester Arena after attending a pop show by American Singer Ariana Grande.
May all the lost souls rest in peace.
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20:50 “I Will Be Leaving Milan After This Season- Keisuke Honda
Honda spent three seasons at Milan
AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda penned an emotional farewell to the club on twitter today, where the Japanese International confirmed his exit from the club next season.
Honda has been unable to make an impact for them this season, having only made seven appearances for them in the league. He will play his final match for the club against Cagliari on 28th May.
“My dearest Milan supporters, thank you,” Honda wrote on Twitter.
“It has been a challenging three and a half years but because of that I have been able to grow as a person.
“I will be leaving Milan after this season, but I look forward to seeing you again soon.
“I may not be a player then, who knows in what way we will meet. In the meantime, I will continue to work hard every day to achieve my goals. Forza Milan!” he signed off with.
20:20 Monaco Set To Sign Anderlecht Star Youri Tielemans
Tielemans impressed everyone with a stunning season for Anderlecht
Anderlecht star Youri Tielemans is closing in on a move to AS Monaco according to Anderlecht general director Herman Van Holsbeeck.
The 20-year-old winger is one of the hottest prospects in Europe right now and is a real coup by Monaco, who will want to boost their squad as they aim to win the Uefa Champions League next season. Manchester United was very keen on buying the winger but have been beaten by the French Champions to the deal.
Van Holsbeeck spoke to VTM about Tielemans’ situation and said: “Youri Tielemans will be leaving Anderlecht. We will make an announcement about him in the upcoming week,”
“There are still a few details that need to be ironed out, but Youri will normally leave the club before the end of the week.
“His move to Monaco is not 100 percent done yet, but they are the club that has shown they are very eager to sign Youri.”
The Belgium star has scored 13 goals in 37 league appearances this season and will look to make an impact for Monaco in the Uefa Champions League if the deal goes through.
19:55 Gael Clichy Says He Won’t Be At Man City Next Season
Clichy had a disappointing season under Guardiola
Gael Clichy has confirmed that he will leave Man City when his contract expires next season.
The French left-back is one of many departures in the summer as Pep Guardiola looks to reshuffle his squad after a disappointing first season in England.
Clichy attended the exclusive screening of a Man City-made documentary Aguero 93:20 which is about Sergio Aguero winning the league title for City. Here he stated he will not be signing a new deal with the club.
When asked whether he’ll play with Joe Hart(who spent the season on loan at Torino) next season, Clichy said: “It’s hard,”
“I’m not sure whether or not Joe will be here next season, and I won’t be here next season.”
Manchester City are already in the market looking for a left-back with Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy and Juventus’ Alex Sandro leading their want-list and they will definitely not resign Clichy after a disappointing season for the club.
19:40 “Totti The Best Player I Ever Saw”- Diego Maradona
Totti bids adieu to Roma after 25 years at the club
Diego Maradona has hailed Francesco Totti as the “best player he’s ever seen” as the Italian legend’s career draws to a close.
Totti has been an incredible player for Roma in the past decades and ends his career having played over 780 games for them. He has adorned the love of many football fans and stars alike and got praise from one of the greatest of all time.
Maradona paid homage to the Italian on his facebook page, where he wrote: “Francesco Totti is the king of Rome. He is and will be the best player I ever saw! #Respect”
Totti will not be given another playing contract by Roma but does have a contract to be part of the board of directors ahead of him. We at Khel Now wish him the best for his future and thank him for all he’s done for the game of Football!
19:25 Philippe Coutinho Commits Future To Liverpool As He Aims For “Statue Status”
Coutinho was majestic for Liverpool this season
Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has committed his future at Liverpool FC as he says that he wants a “Statue Status” for the Reds in the future.
Coutinho has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona or Bayern Munich in the past few weeks, but he spoke to ESPN Brazil about his future and made it clear that he has no intentions on leaving for those two clubs. He was quizzed on his decision to stay or leave in the summer and said: “Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honour,”
He further explained why he doesn’t want to join Bayern or Barca as he sid: “Go somewhere else, to Barcelona, to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid, and you will be just another player. Here you can be something more.” to write off any rumors which link him to the European Giants.
19:10 Bernd Leno Aims Of Becoming Europe’s Best And Real Madrid No 1
Leno could make his case by performing in the Confederations Cup
Bayern Leverkusen goalkeeper states that he “dreams” of a move to Real Madrid and insists that he aims to become Europe’s best goalkeeper in the next few years.
The 25-year-old was chosen as part of Joachim Low’s confederation’s cup and can make a statement as he fights for a spot in the starting XI with Manuel Neuer not picked. He has had 8 clean-sheets for the German side this season and spoke to T-Online about his dreams of becoming the best.
He said: “It is now my goal to become one of the best goalkeepers around in Europe,”
“We are regularly playing European football with Leverkusen, but it remains my dream to one day play for a major club abroad.”
“And Real Madrid are the team I have supported since my childhood.”
18:35 Atletico Madrid Back For Diego Costa Return
Costa is expected to leave Chelsea in the summer
Atletico Madrid have informed Chelsea to give them updates on any developments in the Diego Costa transfer saga, with Chinese Club Tianjin Quanjian confident of landing the Spanish striker.
Atletico are still willing to bring back Costa to Madrid, but the Chinese side’s confidence at bringing him to China has somewhat derailed their purpose. According to the Telegraph, Atletico had told Chelsea representatives to inform them about any developments on Costa’s transfer to the Quanjian.
Costa has himself not yet agreed on any deal with the Chinese club and has apparently told his friends that he’s open to a move to Spain. He remains very good friends with Diego Simeone, with whom he was pictured in last November. With Simeone confirmed his stay at Atletico for at least one more season, a sensational return could be in place for the Chelsea hitman.
18:15 Lalramchullova Heading To East Bengal
Chullova was a pillar to Aizawl’s success in the I-League
The Indian League Football season might’ve ended yesterday when Bengaluru FC won the Federation cup, but it seems like the clubs are eager to add quality for next season as soon as possible. It’s being reported by Inkhel that Aizawl FC defender Lalramchullova is off to Kolkata giants East Bengal in the summer, with the confirmation and details of the deal to be announced soon.
East Bengal has been trying to sign the promising defender since the early stages of the Federation Cup and it’s being reported that both parties have settled a fair deal for the Mizoramese defender. This could be a great coup for East Bengal who conceded the most goals among the top 3 in the I-League this season and have failed to replace former captain Harmanjot Singh Khabra.
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18:00 Phil Neville wants Manchester United to sign Gareth Bale.
Neville was a part of United’s famous class of 92 batch
Former Manchester United player Phil Neville wants his former employers to sign Gareth Bale instead of signing Romelu Lukaku. “I would prefer United to go out and get Gareth Bale or Antoine Griezmann, I really would,” said Phil.
“I have watched Lukaku and I am a big fan, but I see him in the big games and I don’t see a player that grabs and wins a big game on his own,” he added.
“I think the ideal signing would be Harry Kane – but I don’t think United will get him. But Griezmann and Bale, I think these are the players that can take United closer to winning the Premier League,” he concluded.
17:40 PSG’s pursuit of Bakayoko comes to a halt!
Bakayoko is a childhood supporter of Paris Saint-Germain
PSG’s interest over signing AS Monaco’s midfield sensation Bakayoko came to an halt yesterday when the midfielder revealed that he has not intention of joining a club that has finished behind him in the league table.
“I can’t leave Monaco to go to PSG,” Bakayoko revealed to Canal Plus.
“It’s impossible, because I’ve just finished champion ahead of Paris. I can’t leave for a club that has finished behind me,” he elaborated.
“PSG is a club I carry in my heart because I’m a Parisian and I was a supporter of PSG, like my family. They initiated me,” he further added.
17:20 Mateo Musacchio undergoing A.C.Milan medical.
The Villarreal defender is set to complete his transfer move to San Siro
Milan TV posted a video of the centre-back arriving at La Madonnina clinic and starting his physical tests on Twitter earlier today.
According to reports in Italy, the Argentine defender is costing the Milan-based club €18 million and he will be given a 4-year contract.
17:00 Juventus confirm interest over Balde Keita
Keita has scored 16 goals this season
Giuseppe Marotta, Juventus’ general director has confirmed the Bianconeri’s interest over Lazio forward Balde Keita. Talking to Radio Anch’io, Marotta said, “He is a Lazio player and has a contract for another year. We are keeping an eye on his situation and are interested, but we are calm.”
He also revealed that no agreement has taken place for the future of the young forward between the two clubs, “There is no agreement over Keita.”
“We are always looking for talents who could play alongside our more experienced players,” he further added.
16:40 Diego Costa emerges as individual most points contributor for Chelsea.
The former Atletico Madrid man was in a red hot form this season
Chelsea’s Spanish striker, Diego Costa, has contributed 15 points to Chelsea’s Premier League winning campaign this season. Fernando Llorente is in the second place with 13 points contributed to Swansea’s PL season.
16:20 Harmajot Khabra posts emotional message on Facebook.
Khabra has been an integral part of Bengaluru FC since his transfer to the Karnataka club
Former East Bengal captain and current Bengaluru FC full-back Harmanjot Khabra decided to thank both the clubs for his last night’s Federation Cup triumph in his debut season with Bengaluru FC. Khabra posted an emotional message on Facebook, thanking both East Bengal and Bengaluru FC fans for the Federation Cup winning campaign.
16:00 Mousa Dembele to undergo surgery in his left foot
Dembele is expected to return for pre-seasson games
The Tottenham star midfielder is set to miss club’s post season visit to Hong Kong to play against Kitchee FC in a friendly match to undergo a surgery in his left foot. However, the 29-years-old is expected to join the team in their pre-season tour.
Tottenham revealed a 22-men-squad which will visit Hong Kong where youngsters such as Filip Lesniak, Luke Amos, Will Miller, Kazaiah Sterling has been included.
15:40 Manchester United open talks with Monaco star.
The Monaco midfielder has scored 8 goals this season
According to reports in England and France, Manchester Unite has begun talks with AS Monaco for a possible transfer of the Portuguese star Bernardo Silva. The Monaco midfielder who scored 8 goals for his club in the recently concluded season, is believed to have impressed Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and the Portuguese manager is to use his links with super agent Jorge Mendes, who also represents Silva, to bring his countryman to Old Trafford.
15:20 Wayne Rooney to break his silence over Manchester United career.
The Manchester United skipper fell down the pecking order under Mourinho
According to reports in England, Rooney, the United captain and a legend at the Stretford End, will address the media after the Europa League Final match. In the press conference, Rooney is believed to reveal his future with the Red Devils.
Rooney is set to start in the reserve’s bench against Ajax in Stockholm which clearly shows how far has he fallen in the pecking order. The Manchester United captain chose to avoid the media before the Europa Final match, starting after the 2-0 win against Crystal Palace yesterday.
Thank you Punit. Well, my intoxication is not really over after watching the United youngster score, so i will start off with a little information about Manchester United only! People, stay tuned!
Hope you had a good time with me. My friend and colleague Sourav will take you ahead. Someone told me he’s still basking in Josh Harrop’s goal last evening for Manchester United. Let’s see what he brings on the table! Have a fun evening, mates!
15:00 Two records:
Maximum wins in a PL season (30)
Most Points in a PL season (95)
Most goals (103)
Fewest conceded (15)
AND. . .
Kolo Toure has been invincible for the second time in a season in his career.
14:40 Alexandre Lacazette ‘verbally’ agrees to join Champions League side
The French striker has been in ominous form for four seasons now and believes it is the right time to move on
Atletico are appealing their transfer ban which blocks them from singing any players in the summer but they are confident of winning that fight.
The La Liga side also have to reach an agreement with Lyon but Lacazette has made it clear he wants to move to Madrid.
Aulas told French paper L’Equipe: “Alex has a verbal agreement with a club, Atletico, so, there is no certainty, because we have to wait to see if the Court of Arbitration for Sport will lift their recruitment ban. There have already been two contacts with Atletico Madrid for Alexandre Lacazette.
“We have accepted the demand from Alex to discuss exclusively with this club, but the other side of the coin is that this exclusivity requires them to meet our conditions. It is good to dream, but they must reach all our obligation. There is therefore at the moment no perfect agreement.”
14:00 David Ospina looking to move on after failing to nail down first team spot
Replacing Petr Cech is a difficult task, and with the return of Szczęsny, it is going to be even more difficult
The Arsenal No 2 keeper wants to quit the Emirates after getting frustrated at a lack of chances playing second fiddle to Petr Cech. Ospina still has two years left on his current deal and Arsenal persuaded him to stay with the promise of games in the Champions League and a chance to challenge to be the first choice.
Fenerbahce have been keen on Ospina in the past but Arsenal have blocked it but negotiations are ongoing.It will leave Arsenal with a dilemma as Cech remains first choice, Arsene Wenger rates Emiliano Martinez highly while Wojciech Szczesny has one year left on his deal but has impressed at Roma.
13:40 Bayern Munich interested in Arturo Vidal’s compatriot
Alexis Sanchez has been unsettled at the Emirates and might move to the German giants
Sanchez’s future at the Emirates Stadium remains in doubt, with the Gunners offering a club-record £300,000-a-week extension on his contract in a bid to keep him.
Arsenal’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League – their fate confirmed as the Premier League season ended on Sunday – throws further doubt over a new contract and now Vidal has confirmed Bayern are monitoring the situation.
“When [Bayern] have asked me, I have always said that he is the player that has to be here,” Vidal told Spanish publication Sport. “He has a year left on his contract. Everybody wants him because it is easier to pay that money now than if he had three years left.”
“Let’s hope he makes the right choice for him and for Chile to because he is a player that helps us a lot.”
The pair have been named in Juan Antonio Pizzi squad for the upcoming Confederations Cup with Vidal and Sanchez having played for Chile together over a decade.
13:20 Sergio Aguero reveals his future plans
Sergio Aguero and Pep Guardiola have both confirmed that the Argentina international will remain a Manchester City player
Sergio Aguero and Pep Guardiola have both confirmed that the Argentina international will remain a Manchester City player. Manchester City won 5-0 at Watford to seal third place in the Premier League and direct entry to the Champions League group stage next season.
Guardiola has also confirmed briefly in his press conference that Aguero would be staying at the Etihad Stadium. “It’s clear to me that when my contract ends, after the World Cup [Russia 2018], I’m going to Independiente. Here at the club they are great with me, they always told me that they were open if the chance of a transfer arises. But where am I going to go in Europe? No, when I go, when my contract ends, I’m going to Argentina to play for El Rojo. From Manchester, straight to Avellaneda.”
Aguero told reporters in the mixed zone that he would be staying, just as he stepped onto the City bus outside Vicarage Road. The Argentina international, 28, has struggled with injuries in recent seasons and now have Gabriel Jesus to compete with for a starting place.
13:00 Bengaluru FC will look to continue their strong performances in the AFC Cup after Fed Cup victory
Bengaluru FC won the Federation Cup by defeating Mohun Bagan AC on Sunday evening 2-0
CK Vineeth scored a brace in added time as the JSW-owned team won their first trophy of the season.
12:40 A young Cristiano Ronaldo won his first career trophy at Manchester United!
Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United had defeated Milwall 3-0 in 2004
The Portuguese forward has gone on to win 19 club honors and a dozen individual honors as well.
12:20 On this day, Inter Milan had become the first Italian club to win the Treble, in 2010
Milan had defeated FC Bayern Munchen 2-0 in the Champions League finals
Good afternoon, folks. Let us begin the day with Premier League’s Team of the season from Football analyst Garth Crooks
Champions Chelsea, unsurprisingly, provide five players after sealing their sixth top-flight title with two games remaining.
Fifth-placed Arsenal and seventh-placed Everton both get a man in the side, but one of the top-four squads misses out entirely.
Do you agree with his selection or would you go for a different team?
This is all from me tonight guys! Same time and same place, you know where to find us tomorrow! Good night.
02:00 AM: Real Madrid are the champions of Spain!
Real Madrid last won the title in 2012
The Madrid giants have been crowned as the Champions of Spain after their win over Malaga tonight. This is Real’s 33rd league title in their history and they have won after 5 years!
01:50 AM: Tony Adams face disaster with Granada
Adams was part of Arsenal’s ‘invicibles’ squad
The Arsenal legend, who is also the manager of Granada CF will face relegation this year as his team finished at the bottom of the La Liga.
01:25 AM: Zinedine Zidane – the master!
Zidane has won four trophies and is on the way to win another win in his two year with Real Madrid
First season – Champions League, European Super Cup, Club World Cup.
Second season – La Liga, Champions League Final*
01:12 AM: Barcelona leads with two back to back goals!
Barcelona scored two back to back goals in two minutes when Suarez and Messi scored in 73rd and 75th minute respectively to provide Barcelona with a most necessary lead over Eibar.
01:10 AM: Barcelona makes the second substitution.
Ivan Rakitic made way for striker Paco Alcacer in the pitch when he came off on the 71st minute. In the meantime, Lionel Messi missed a penalty on the 70th minute.
01:05AM: Madrid makes a double substitution.
After leading with two goals to nil, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane took off two of his key players Isco and Casemiro on the 66th minute, introducing James Rodriguez and Mateo Kovacic in the starting XI.
01:00 AM: Barcelona concedes again!
Eibar’s japanese footballer Takashi Inui scored his second of the match and the third of the campaign against Barcelona in the 61st minute.
However, the hosts’ player Junca scored an own goal on the 63rd minute to give the visitors a necessary goal.
00:50 AM: Real Madrid doubles their lead!
The Madrid giants doubled their lead in the early second half from a strike by Karim Benzema! Malaga now trails by two goals to nil!
00:40 PM: Barcelona makes the first substitution of the match.
FC Barcelona has made the first substitution of the match as Andre Gomes came off the pitch making way for Sergi Roberto in the playing XI.
00:20 AM: Half time results
At half-time, Real Madrid and Malaga go into the tunnel with Ronaldo’s 2nd minute goal separating the two teams. If the scoreline remains the same after the next 45, we will see the Los Blancos lifting the La Liga after a hiatus of five years.
00:15 AM: Real Madrid creates history!
The Madrid giants have scored in all league games this season! This is the first time they have done it since the inception of the club.
00:05 AM: Gonzalo Escalante gets first yellow in Eibar’s match vs Barcelona!
Gonzalo Escalante becomes the first footballer tonight to get a yellow card! However, Barcelona trails with a single goal.
00:00 AM: Takashi Inui scores an early goal against Barcelona!
Eibar’s Japanese footballer Inui scored a wonderful goal in the 7th minute against FC Barcelona to hand his team a necessary lead over the Liga giants!
11:45 PM: Real leads with an early goal from Cristiano Ronaldo!
Ronaldo put the ball past Malaga keeper Kameni after getting the ball from Isco! Real Madrid already leads the game after just 2 minutes on the clock!
11:30 PM: Real Madrid-Malaga squad available now!
11:30 PM: Barcelona-Eibar squad available now!
11:20 PM: Hi guys, this is your host Sourav Neogi! We have two very important title deciding matches tonight where the fate of the La Liga will be decided among Real Madrid-Malaga and Barcelona and Eibar! Keep connected to get all the updates of these matches!
23:05 That’s all from me for the day. But keep the midnight lamp handy as my colleague Sourav is here to take you through the finale of the La Liga season. Goodnight.
Congratulations to Chelsea champions of England
22:45 Don Carlo
Carlo Ancelotti has become the The only manager in history to win 4 of Europe’s top 5 leagues
22:30 Arsenal miss out on Champions League
The Frenchman did not participate in the lap of honour after the victory over Everton
Arsenal have finished outside the top 4 of the Premier League for the 1st time in 21 seasons under Arsene Wenger since 1995-96 (5th).
22:20 Champions Chelse create history
30-Chelsea have become the first top-flight team in history to win 30 games in a 38-game season.
22:00 Vineeth leads Bengaluru to Federation Cup title
The striker scored a brace as the Blues lifted silverware.
CK Vineeth scored a game-changing brace as Bengaluru FC beat Mohun Bagan 2-0 in the Federation Cup Final. Read the match report and watch highlights here.
21:45 To sum it up Arsenal comfortably beat Everton but it was not without drama. Laurent Koscielny was sent off early in the first half and will miss the FA Cup Final against Chelsea on Saturday. The Gunners will play Europa League football next season. The fourth Champions League spot goes to Liverpool who saw off Middlesbrough. Elsewhere, there were wins for West Ham, Chelsea, Tottenham, Stoke, Swansea, and the two Manchester clubs.
21:35 Vineeth at the double
CK Vineeth scores brace in extra-time as Bengaluru lead Mohun Bagan 2-0 in the Federation Cup Final.
21:25 Aaron Ramsey makes it three for Arsenal.
21:23 Batshuayi makes it five for Chelsea. What a way to round off their season.
21:20 After an early scare, Chelsea shove off Sunderland 4-1 with Michy Batshuayi making it to the score sheet.
The Blues have easily been the best side in the PL this season and it will be interesting to see what they achieve next season
21:16 Hit for a six, and then a seventh! Hull City showing why they are relegating as Spurs score the seventh!
Meanwhile at Old Trafford, 16 year old Angel Gomes comes on for Wayne Rooney. Passing on the baton, was it?
21:14 West Brom take the lead at Swansea City with Spanish striker Fernando Llorente scoring the goal which could give them three vital points.
21:13 Hull City are having a night to forget as Tottenham make it hit them for a six. Ben Davies adds another one.
21:11 FEDERATION CUP Final update: The game is already in the first half of extra time. UPDATE.
Bengaluru emerged as the better team in the second half as well but could not convert any of the chances they created. On the other hand, Mohun Bagan defenders did a decent job to keep the Bengaluru forwards out.
21:07 West Ham lead at Burnley as Andre Ayew scores.
REMINDER: Laurent Koscielny will be suspended for the FA Cup final against Chelsea next week.
21:06 Pedro makes it 3-1 for the Champions.
Chelsea push off Sunderland as they score 3-1 on the trot
21:02 Harry Kane with another hattrick. He’s on fire.
He makes it 2 hattricks in 2 as he continues to lead the line for the Golden Boot in the Premier League
20:57 Victor Wanyama has made it 4-1 for Spurs against Hull City. ROUT.
20:55 Eden Hazard makes it 2-1 for the Blues
The Premier League champions are leading now and will look to end the league season on a high
20:52 Lukaku pulls one back for Everton
20:50 Gabriel Jesus makes it five for Manchester City
20:48 Perter Crouch gives Stoke the lead at Southampton
20:45 Lallana makes it 3-0 for Liverpool
20:43 Coutinho doubles Reds delight
Liverpool look set for Champions League football
20:40 Jamie Vardy has drawn level for Leicester against Burnemouth.
20:37 The Federation cup Final ist still at 0-0. We have less than 15 minutes plus injury time in the second half.
20:35 Just for the record Spurs are three up. Dele Alli on the scoresheet.
At HALF TIME, we do not have any upsets in the 10 parallel games in the Premier League. All the powerhouses have taken the leads and are looking comfortable in the final game of the season. 18 goals have been scored in the 10 games, but it a goalfest looks imminent in the next half. Don’t go anywhere.
Federation Cup Final: Till the 65th minute, no team has managed to score. Bengaluru FC scored twice, both attempts were adjudged offside. Their best player on the pitch, Udanta Singh has been replaced by CK Vineeth, who celebrated his birthday yesterday.
The live commentary is still on. You can follow all the action here.
20:15 Georgino Wijnaldum scores to make it 1-0 for Liverpool against Middlesbrough
At Old Trafford, Paul Pogba gets a rousing departure as he makes way for Michael Carrick just before half-time!
20:15 Elsewhere Burnley and West Ham are level 1-1, with Feghouli and Vokes scoring for the respective sides.
20:14 Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City look to be in the mood today as they make it 4-0. Fernandinho with the goal!
20:08 West Brom lead against Swansea City, John Evans scores!
Sergio Aguero looks to be in ominous mood as he makes it 3-0 at Watford with a brace!
20:00 Alexis Sanchez scores to make it two for Arsenal! The Gunners are down to 10 men as Laurent Koscielny is sent off.
The Chilean has been one of the bright lights for the London club this season
19:55 Sergio Aguero doubles Manchester City’s lead
19:51 Manchester United up by two
Paul Pogba and Josh Harrop have scored for Manchester United as they lead by two against Crystal Palace
19:50 Harry Kane has already scored a brace for Spurs at Hull
19:46 Willian levels for Chelsea
19:43 Arsenal lead
Bellerin gives Gunners the lead.
19:41 Vincent Kompany has given Manchester City at Watford,
19:40 Javi Manquillo has given Sunderland the lead at Stamford Bridge. Did you say spoiling the party?
19:37 Max Gradel has given Bournemouth an early lead at Leicester City
19: 35 The final round of games in the Premier League has just kicked off. We’ll bring you all the goals.
19:30 Bengaluru FC have come close twice to scoring, with Udanta Singh showcasing all his trickery! The young winger scored with an acrobatic volley but the linesman calls in for an offside! Wasted once again! The next one was a back heel, just saved by Debjit.
19:25 Ander Herrera insists he needs to achieve more at Old Trafford to given ‘special position’
The Player of the Year believes he needs to achieve more to take over the captaincy should Wayne Rooney leave the club
Ander Herrera says he does not yet deserve to be talked about as a future Manchester United captain.
The midfielder was named the club’s Player of the year on Thursday night after becoming a key part of Jose Mourinho’s team this season. With doubts about the long-term future of current captain Wayne Rooney, Herrera has been talked about as a possible successor.
But, the Spain international, 27, insists he needs to do more before he can be considered for the job.
“I am very thankful when I hear that from the fans but, we say in Spain, they are massive words,” Herrera told ESPN FC. “The captains of this club are legends. The current one is Wayne Rooney but also Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Nemanja Vidic.
“It is a list of amazing players and legends of the club. I prefer to keep calm and to keep my mind calm because I feel that I still have to do more for the club.
“I still have to win things for the club to deserve that. So I will keep calm. We also have some experienced players on the team who have been here longer like Chris Smalling, David De Gea, also Juan [Mata] came before me.
19:20 Simeone still considering his future at Vicente Calderon
Simeone has won a La Liga and took the club to the Champions League final in 2014 and 2016
As the Rojiblancos get ready to face Athletic Club in what is sure to be an emotionally-charged occasion, the Argentinian fielded questions at his pre-match press conference.
“The memories of football [at the Calderon] are wonderful,” he began.
“I found an acceptance from the people long before I started giving things back to the club and the team.
“The first season was hard and difficult, but I met Jesus Gil, a demanding guy, and we fought, we discussed…and I always liked him because it was a direct and hand-to-hand relationship.
“He told me on the first day that to be at Atletico, I had to give 110%.
“The second season was one of the best in the history of the club, and I started to see Atletico in the best places, sure that we could improve.
“It’s clear that both as a footballer and as a coach, the Calderon has been a place that will remain in the history of my life.”
Whilst the stadium will pass into Atleti history, there is a worry amongst supporters that Simeone might be heading the same way.
“We have always said that we will finish the season first,” he continued.
“I will sit down on Monday to talk with Miguel Angel and Andrea Berta, to see what we can expect in the future.
“All of us will look for the best for the club and for everybody.”
Looking back on the season, the coach was melancholy.
“Once again it confirmed what I said all season,” he said.
“It was difficult and hard since Milan and injuries that did not allow us to be more competitive, especially those of Tiago and Augustus, then Oblak, Sime, Juanfran …
“Now, we go into the last day with difficulties that motivate us, before an opponent who is perhaps the worst to face in these conditions.
19:00 The Premier League lineups are out! Here are the big ones:
Manchester United: Castro Pereira, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Jones, Mitchell, McTominay, Tuanzebe, Pogba, Lingard, Rooney, Harrop, Subs: Martial (11), Gomes (47), Carrick (16), Willock (42), Dearnley (48), Blind (17), O’Hara (45)
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Lallana, Sturridge, Firmino, Subs: Karius (1), Leiva (21), Moreno (18), Klavan (17), Origi (27), Alexander-Arnold (66), Grujic (16)
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Wanyama, Son, Alli, Eriksen, Kane, Subs: Wimmer (27), Vorm (13), Sissoko (17), Janssen (9), Lesniak (44), Nkoudou (14), Dembélé (19)
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Terry, Moses, Kanté, Fàbregas, Alonso, Willian, Hazard, Costa, Subs: Chalobah (29), Cahill (24), Matic (21), Begovic (1), Zouma (5), Batshuayi (23), Rodríguez Ledesma (11)
Arsenal: Cech, Holding, Koscielny, de Abreu, Bellerín, Ramsey, Xhaka, Monreal, Özil, Sánchez, Welbeck, Subs: Elneny (35), Giroud (12), Coquelin (34), Walcott (14), Iwobi (17), Ospina (13), Mertesacker (4)
Manchester City: Caballero, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Kompany, Clichy, Sané, Touré, Silva, De Bruyne, de Jesus, Agüero, Subs: Sagna (3), Kolarov (11), Gunn (54), Sterling (7), Navas (15), Stones (24), Iheanacho (72)
We wish all the luck to every team as they walk out for the final time this season in the Premier League!
18:50 The Federation Cup final is here! Khel Now brings you the live commentary!
The battle between two defending champions is the truest reflection of Indian footballing powerhouses at the moment
Follow the live commentary here.
18:30 Manchester United and City set to fight it out for prospective Ballon D’Or winner
Neymar has been reportedly advised by his father to move away from Barcelona to outcast from the shadow of Lionel Messi
Neymar Snr has told his son he needs to move to England – and he hinted that Old Trafford would be the best bet – to escape life in the shadow of Lionel Messi and establish himself as the world’s No 1 striker.
The 25-year-old is Barca’s third highest scorer with 24 goals.
But he is behind both Luis Suarez, who has 28, and Messi, who is top with 35.
Neymar has scored 104 goals in 184 appearances with Barcelona who signed him from Santos in 2013.
Mourinho is also believed to be lining up a move for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, who he re-signed from Benfica for £22m in 2014 during his second spell as boss at Stamford Bridge.
The Serbian played a big part in the Blues’ Premier League triumph as he formed a strong duo with N’Golo Kante in midfield.
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann is another marquee player Mourinho is considering bringing to Old Trafford.
18:10 Hello everyone. It’s me again. It promises to be a busy evening ahead with 10 Premier League games and the Federation Cup Final. I’ll do best to bring you all the goals as they go in.
18:05 That’s all for me today folks! My colleague Mrunal will take over and guide you to the latest news and updates in the final match-day of the Football Season.
18:00 Taking A Look At The Top 5 Failed Transfers Of The 2016/17 Season
Claudio Bravo turned out to be a terrible signing for Manchester City
There were many successful signings by the big teams last season, with some proving to be sensational for their season and helping them achieve much success. But there were also some really bad signings made by teams, with some of the transfers completely failing altogether.
We at Khel Now have listed out our 5 failed transfers of the 2016/17 season. You can find that list here. Let us know who are your failed transfers in the comments below!
17:50 “I Got To Know Lahm’s Other Face” Michael Ballack Thrashes Lahm Over Captaincy Feud
Ballack hasn’t forgiven Lahm about Germany Captaincy Spat
Phillipp Lahm played his final professional Football game yesterday for Bayern Munich, with the World Cup-winning Captain having retired from football after Bayern’s final game of the season against Freiburg.
Lahm would get praises and kind words from around the globe, with fans and Football personalities alike stating their love and respect for the defender. But former team-mate Michael Ballack wasn’t sympathetic at all for the retiring Lahm and had some really heated words for him.
Ballack states that he got to know Lahm’s “other face” after the defender became German captain the 2010 World Cup, after which Ballack would never captain his country again.
Talking to Sport 1 Doppelpass, Ballack revealed the “other side” of Lahm as he said: “I got to know Lahm’s other face,”
“I didn’t know that a player who takes on the role of captain doesn’t have to give it back afterwards. That was a frontal attack.
“I never made the step back to the national team after that incident. I had no chance to do anything against it. The way it took place was absolutely not okay.”
17:35 Manchester United Target Nemanja Matic After Giving Up On Eric Dier
Mourinho is keen on reuniting with Matic at Manchester United
Manchester United have set their sights on bringing Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic to Old Trafford in the summer, after giving up hopes of bringing Eric Dier from Tottenham.
The deal could see Jose Mourinho reunite with the player he brought to Chelsea a few years back. Mourinho wants to sign a central midfielder who can compliment Paul Pogba in the center of the park and help get the best out of the Frenchman.
United wanted to initially sign Tottenham’s Eric Dier, but the possibility of negotiating with the notorious Daniel Levy made their representatives give up on that deal. They are now intent on bringing in Matic, who could be sold by Antonio Conte for an excess of £40m.
17:05 “I Am Not A Mercenary”, Jorge Sampaoli Defends His Decision To Leave Sevilla For Argentina
Sampaoli is expected to be announced as Argentina’s manager soon
Jorge Sampaoli was not afraid of justifying his desire to become the manager of Argentina in the summer, with the Sevilla coach leaving the club at the end of the season.
Although Sampaoli hasn’t been offered a deal to be Argentina’s coach yet, he is expected to be at their helm as soon as next month. Sampaoli is expected to be repalaced by Celta Vigo coach Eduardo Berizzo, who is also expected to leave the Europa-League semifinalists.
Sampaoli was defiant in his post-match conference after Sevilla drubbed Osasuna in a 5-0 win to end their season, as he said: “The way of accepting that I go to Argentina does not depend on me exclusively, it’s not up to me,”
“Argentina has to resolve my contract with Sevilla. I cannot generate pressure for someone to hire me. The AFA will have to be bound to my obligations and rights in that contract.”
He further slammed the media for villainizing him, as he explained: “I felt no wrong in the field,” he said. “If they poked me, the battle was won by those who wanted to have whistles.
“I’m not leaving here for money or as a mercenary; I’m going to the national team of my country.”
Sevilla ends their season at an impressive fourth place, meaning that they have qualified to play the Champions League next season. Speaking of their season, Sampaoli said: “We were deluded and we dreamed at some moments to fight the league, something very difficult,”
“That they would take us into consideration to fight with the [teams] above gave us a very strange sensation. The rivals maintained regularity that we did not have in a fateful month.
“We achieved 72 points and I am very proud to have participated in this” to sign off.
16:40 Real Madrid’s £103m World Record Bid For Kylian Mbappe Rejected By Monaco
Mbappe is an extremely wanted man on the market right now
Monaco have rejected a world record bid of around £103m made by Real Madrid for starlet Kylian Mbappe according to Telegraph Sport.
The French Champions are determined to hold onto their prized asset, who has himself stated that he doesn’t want to leave Monaco next season and train harder for the World Cup. This record deal would’ve beaten the fee Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba and the fees paid by Real to sign Cristian Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Monaco are intent in keeping Mbappe at the club next season and are hoping for him to sign a new deal with them soon. Although Monaco Vice-President Vadim Vasilyev hasn’t confirmed a bid, he has stated on keeping a hold of Mbappe.
He spoke about Mbappe’s situation and said: “The plan is to do everything to prolong him (Mbappe) and to do everything that he stays a minimum one more year with us.”
“We will, although that will depend, of course, also on the player. We will make an offer to prolong his contract and hopefully he will accept and stay with us. I think in the month of June, before the season starts.”
16:25 The 5 Best Transfers Of The 2016/17 Season
Gonzalo Higuain features on our list!
As the Football League season draws to a close, we at Khel Now took a look at who turned out to be the best buys of the 2016/17 season! Many teams did good business in the summer, but these 5 players turned out to be exceptional signings for their respective clubs.
You can find out our top 5 signings of the season here. Who are yours? Let us know in the comments below!
16:05 Lacazette Has Agreed To Join Atletico Madrid- Lyon President
Lacazette takes one step closer to joining Atletico Madrid
The Lacazette transfer saga finally looks to have come to an end, with Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas confirming that their star striker has agreed to join Atletico Madrid.
The Lyon striker had confirmed his interest to join Diego Simeone’s men, stating his admiration for the club as well. Aulas confirmed Lacazette’s agreement with Atletico and spoke to L’Equipe, where he said: “Alex(Lacazette) has a verbal agreement with a club, Atlético, but there is no certainty since we have to wait for CAS to lift the ban on recruitment,”
“We accepted Alex’s request to discuss exclusively with this club, but the other side of that is that this transfer is made on our terms.” he further stated.
There has been no fee agreed upon between the parties for Lacazette, who is expected to be sold for around 40 to 50 million Euros.
15:50 Manchester United & Liverpool Make Enquiries For Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko
Bakayoko has been a breakthrough player in Europe this season
Monaco’s energetic midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has caught the eye of many teams in Europe with his fabulous performance for the club this season, as Manchester United and Liverpool have also set their sights on the midfielder.
According to the Daily Mail, both United and Liverpool have sent their enquiries on the availability of Bakayoko via his representatives. The French international would allegedly prefer a move to Old Trafford, but his first choice still remains Premier League champions, Chelsea.
Antonio Conte is ready to offer £40million for the midfielder, as he desperately wants to bring in a perfect partner for N’Golo Kante. It will be an interesting summer for Bakayoko, who has gotten a lot of admirers with his amazing work in midfield for Monaco and will eventually be signed for big bucks by either of these Engish Giants.
15:30 N’Golo Kante Named Premier League Player Of The Season
Kante is being rewarded for his terrific season at Chelsea
N’Golo Kante’s dream season continues as the Chelsea star has added yet another feather to his cap by winning the Premier League Player of the Season award.
The Frenchman has already won the PFA Player’s Player of the Year and FWA Player of the Year, with this award being his 3rd accolade of the season. Kante’s incredible season for Chelsea is not being overlooked by the authorities, who are rewarding him for his terrific season.
We at Khel Now congratulate Kante on this achievement!
15:15 Will Decide On Future Next Week- Aubameyang
Aubameyang has been on fire this season
Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been a hot prospect in the transfer market, with the Dortmund hitman considering a move away from the club in the summer.
Aubameyang has scored an incredible 39 goals for Dortmund in all competitions this season and won the Bundesliga golden boot as well. The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and PSG have shown their interest in buying the striker, with Aubameyang allegedly preferring a move to the Spanish Giants.
He spoke to the press about his future and said to Sky Sports: “We will see. I have to decide next week,”
“Say what you want. I have to talk to the club. Then we’ll see what we’re doing.”
He later explained to Bild: “Nothing has been decided yet. We agreed that we should get together after the match and see how it goes.”
15:05 Thanks, Mrunal! Hello, Ladies and Gentlemen. Let’s head right into the latest news from the World of Football today!
15:00 That’s all from me for now. My colleague Uttiyo will be with you through the afternoon. See you later.
14:40 Federation Cup Final
The Blues make their second appearance in the Cup Final
Mohun Bagan take on Bengaluru FC in the Federation Cup Final later today. The Mariners are looking to retain the tournament they won last year while the Blues seek silverware to cap off a disappointing season. One of the key battles of the day pits Sandesh Jhingan against Sony Norde. Who will come out on top? Read the match preview here.
14:20 Ancelotti praises Lahm and alonso
The duo hang up their boots after glittering careers.
Byern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm for “fantastic” careers after his team sent the retiring duo out as winners.
“We played well and we closed the season well,” Ancelotti said.
“After that it was an emotional day for Alonso, for Lahm, for everyone. I want to say thanks to these two players.
“They did a fantastic season, they did have fantastic careers but now we have to look forward to try to find some good replacements.”
14:00 The Scottish invincibles?
The Scottish champions host Hearts later today looking to complete an unbeaten league season
Scottish champions Celtic host Hearts later today hoping to complete an unbeaten league season. Should they avoid defeat, Rodgers’ men will be the first title-winning side to complete an unbeaten league campaign in over a century.
13:40 What’s at Stake-la Liga
Real Madrid can seal a first league title in five years with a win or a draw away to Malaga (BBC Sport)
Jose Mourinho was in charge of Real Madrid the last time they were crowned domestic champions in 2012.
Since then Barcelona have dominated La Liga, winning it three times in the last four attempts, while Atletico Madrid were crowned champions in 2014.
Yet Real fans will be celebrating if they avoid defeat away to mid-table Malaga, whose boss is six-time Real Madrid title winner Michel, on Sunday (23:30 IST).
13:20 What’s at Stake-Premier League
Liverpool and Arsenal go head to head for the fourth Champions League spot while City can seal thir with a win away to Watford.
City can clinch third spot, and a place in the group stage, by winning at Watford, while Liverpool will secure at least fourth by beating Middlesbrough.
But Arsenal can sneak into the top four if one of their rivals slips up and they beat Everton at Emirates Stadium.
All 20 teams are in action, with every match kicking off at 19:00 IST.
13:00 The theme of farewells continues…
Its also their last season for these two greats
Its also their last season for two other greats of the game Philipp Lahm and Francesco Totti. The one club men. The last of their kind. Thanks for the memories.
12:40 Gracias Xabi
The talismanic midfielder played his last professional game yesterday
And that’s the end of a glorious career of one of the best midfielders. Won everything there was to win. Gracias Xabi! Maestro.
12:10 What a day of football we have lined up for you. The Premier League and La Liga both conclude today and there’s the small matter of the Federation Cup Final. Keep across everything on our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.
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