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Transfer: Barcelona boss ‘tired’ of Neymar negotiations

Barcelona boss, Ernesto Valverde, on Friday said he has grown tired of the ongoing negotiations between his club and Paris Saint-Germain over Neymar, saying he will be glad when the transfer window shuts on September 2.
Barca have less than three days to strike a deal with the Ligue 1 champions over their former player.
“I am really looking forward to that day – September 2 – so that we can all get some rest at last and know what we have for the season as it has gone on too long.
“Neymar is a PSG player and as always we respect all our rivals, but I reiterate that I’m looking forward to this ending once and for all,” Valverde told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s La Liga game away to Osasuna.
When asked to rate out of 10 how bored he was of the transfer speculation surrounding Neymar, Valverde: “Around nine and a 
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Southampton vs Man Utd: Pogba ‘regrets’ transfer decision

Manchester United, Paul Pogba, is now regretting his decision not to force a move away from the club this summer,according to AS.
The France midfielder admitted in June, that he wanted “a fresh challenge”. 
Pogba has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and Juventus ever since.
United were adamant the player would not be sold for under £180m and although there are a few days remaining in the transfer window, the Pogba now looks set to remain at Old Trafford.
Real boss, Zinedine Zidane, is a big fan of the midfielder and made no secret of his wish to take him to the Bernabeu.
But it is understood he expected Pogba to push for the move and his failure to do so, has all but ended Real’s hopes of signing him.
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EPL: Solskjaer speaks on bringing Ibrahimovic back to Man Utd

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said he would speak to LA Galaxy striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, about how serious he is over a possible return to Old Trafford.
Ibrahimovic said this week, he believes he is still capable of performing in the Premier League, adding that “if United needs me, I’m here.” 
The former Sweden international scored 29 goals in 53 appearances for the Red Devils between 2016 and 2018.
“If he was 28 and not 38 [in October], there’a big difference.
“Zlatan had a great time here, he’s still doing well, it’s unfortunate he got his injury here.
“Who knows, he knows my number, he looked at my house [when he was here]. We can speak a native language. If he’s serious I’ll always speak to Zlatan.
“I don’t think that will happen, I think he’s had his time at the club, he’s had a fantastic career at the club,” Solskjaer told a news conference on Friday.
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What Van Dijk said about Messi, Ronaldo at UEFA Player of the Year award

Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk, has said that he was proud to be at the UEFA Player of the Year award with Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi and Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo.
He also admitted that Messi and Ronaldo have done pretty well in football for the past fifteen years.
Van Dijk, Messi and Ronaldo were up for UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year award at the Champions League draw and awards ceremony in Monaco on Thursday.
But the Holland international won the prize ahead of Messi and Ronaldo.
Asked by the host, Reshmin Chowdhury how he feels to be alongside Messi and Ronaldo at the UEFA Player of the Year award, Van Dijk said: “I feel alright. I am very proud to be here, obviously with these two guys (Messi and Ronaldo) they have done pretty well for the last fifteen years and I am very proud to be here with them.”
Meanwhile, speaking after winning the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award, Van Dijk said: “I’m very proud to get this trophy. It’s credit to everyone who has helped me.
“I need to thank my team-mates, without them, I would not have achieved what I have achieved. It’s been a long road and it’s part of my journey.”
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What Ronaldo said about Messi at UEFA Player of the Year award

Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has said he hopes to have dinner with Lionel Messi one day.
Both players were up for UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year award at the Champions League draw and awards ceremony in Monaco on Thursday.
But they were beaten to the prize by Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk. 
Shortly before the main award was announced, Ronaldo, who was sitting next to Messi, was asked if he missed his rivalry with Messi since moving from Real Madrid to Juve.
“I was curious because we shared this stage for 15 years me and him.
“I don’t know if that has ever happened in football, the same two guys on the stage at the same time, so it’s not easy.
“Of course we have a good relationship, we have not had dinner together yet but I hope in the future,” Ronaldo said.
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Nigeria’s female football team wins gold medal in African Games

The Nigeria U 20 women’s team, the Falconets, on Thursday night beat Cameroon 3-2 on penalties to win the football gold at the ongoing African Games in Morocco.
The win marks the third time Nigeria will clinch football gold in the women’s category after five editions.
Nigeria and Cameroon were in the same group during the group stage and both sides settled for a 1-1 then.
The tournament’s final clash between the two neighbouring countries was another feisty tie as the both teams battled each other for 120 minutes. But there was no goal to separate both sides.
Chiamaka Nnadozie after her heroics at the World Cup with the Super Falcons in France proved to be a hero in Morocco as she saved three successive penalty kicks to help Nigeria to the gold.
While it is the third gold medal for Nigeria, it is coming after a 12-year wait.
Nigeria’s previous gold medal in women football at the African Games was in 2003 and 2007. While Cameroon won once in 2011 in Maputo, Mozambique.
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Full text of Eric Cantona’s bizarre speech at UEFA Champions League Awards

Former Manchester United striker, Eric Cantona, quoted a Shakespeare play in a bizarre acceptance speech, at the UEFA Champions League draw on Thursday
Cantona was handed the President’s Award at the event.
He paused for a moment, before slightly misquoting the Earl of Gloucester in King Lear to a bemused audience.
“As flies to wanton boys, we are for the gods.
“They kill us for their sport. Soon the science will not only be able to slow down the ageing of the cells – soon the science will fix the cells to the state. And so we will become eternal.
“Only accidents, crimes, wars will still kill us, but unfortunately crimes and wars will multiply. I love football. Thank you,” Cantona said.
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Transfer: Solskjaer reacts as Man Utd sell Smalling to Roma

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described Chris Smalling’s move from Old Trafford to AS Roma as ‘a new experience and an adventure’.
SportzDom reports that Smalling has agreed a season-long loan deal to join the Serie A side.
But Solskjaer now believes that Smalling, who is Man United’s longest-serving player, will enjoy his time at Roma.
“Chris is on his way over [to Italy]. He’s flying over to Rome this morning to do a medical and all the final details,” Solskjaer told MUTV on Friday ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash against Southampton.
“At the moment we’ve got six centre-backs and it’s just something that popped up towards the end [of the European transfer window] in the last couple of days. Chris fancied the chance to go over there; it’s a new experience, new adventure.
“He’ll come back better for it because it’s a big club, it’s a good league. There aren’t too many English players who have been playing in Italy so I think he’ll enjoy it.”
Smalling made 34 appearances and scored 1 goal for the Man United in all competitions last season.
The England international joined Man United in 2010 from Fulham in a £10million deal.
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EPL: Solskjaer identifies who caused Man Utd’s 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blamed his players for their 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday in the Premier League.
The Norwegian said Man United lost to Crystal Palace because his players were not clinical enough in front of goal.
Goals from Jordan Ayew and Patrick van Aanholt gave the visitors all three points against Man United.
However, Daniel James did score a goal for Solskjaer’s men as Marcus Rashford missed his spot-kick during the encounter.
Solskjaer told Match of the Day: “They scored 2 and we scored only one.
“We just were not clinical enough in front of goal and they scored two very easy goals.
“I thought we got our act together second half, we just couldn’t hit the target.
“We have dominated the game but we have not controlled it.”
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EPL: Another penalty drama for Manchester United as Rashford misses spot-kick in 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace

There was yet another penalty drama for Manchester United as Marcus Rashford missed from the spot against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.
With Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s men 1-0 down at Old Trafford, Rashford was presented with a perfect opportunity to level the scores.
However, the striker wasted the big chance as he struck the inside of the post after Scott McTominay was brought down in the box.
Midfielder Paul Pogba suffered heavy criticism after he missed against Wolves at Molineux in controversial fashion last weekend.
But now it is Rashford who has blundered from the penalty spot with United trailing.
Solskjaer had during the week stopped Pogba from taking spot-kick for United making it Rashford’s sole responsibility.