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Victory was well deserved, says Mertens

Victory was well deserved, says Mertens

Dries Mertens calls Napoli’s win over Milan “a deserved victory” as he came on and scored the winning goal. A Piotr Zielinski brace restored parity before Mertens came off the bench to score the winner as Napoli completed the comeback to win 3-2 from two goals down. “It’s wonderful to see the stadium packed, as usually in August people are on the beach. The fans really helped us in this fightback,” the Belgian told DAZN, via Football Italia. “It’s a strong squad, and we had 91 points last season. Now we must continue building on that, take it one game at a …

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Ronaldo shares snap of Juventus family

Ronaldo shares snap of Juventus family

Cristiano Ronaldo seems to have settled into life in Turin as he took to Instagram to share a photo of his “Juventus family” after making his debut for the Serie A champions. Ronaldo may have struggled in his debut game against Chievo Verona but was delighted to see his new team scrape a late winner in their 3-2 triumph on Saturday. The Portugal captain had an eventful debut, though, inadvertently knocking out Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino, after which he apologized to the 39-year-old, who suffered a broken nose, whiplash, and a bruised shoulder. And former Real Madrid star Ronaldo showed …

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Juventus terminate Marchisio’s contract

Juventus terminate Marchisio’s contract

Juventus have canceled the contract of Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio ahead of the new Serie A campaign. Marchisio, 32, spent 25 years with the Italian giants, racking up 389 appearances for the club and went on to win the Serie A title on seven occasions. However, Marchisio was limited to just 20 appearances last season, even after recovering from a severe knee injury. The Italian midfielder posted a picture on social media of him as a Juventus youth-team player, saying: “I can’t stop looking at this photograph and these stripes on which I wrote my life as a man and a footballer. Non …

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Luciano Spalleti extends Inter Milan stay

Luciano Spalleti extends Inter Milan stay

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has extended his contract to 2021. Spalleti penned down a two-year deal last summer but was uncertain about his future at the club. However, the former Roma boss squashed any rumours of exit by putting pen to paper for a new contract. Milano is delighted to announce that Luciano Spalletti has signed a new contract to keep him at the club for the next three seasons, until 2021,” the Beneamata confirmed in a statement on their official website. The Italian tactician also revealed to the club website about his decision to renew. “I want to thank the Zhang family …

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Ronaldo will “make history” in Juventus- Hugo Aveiro

Ronaldo will “make history” in Juventus- Hugo Aveiro

Hugo Aveiro has tipped his brother Cristiano Ronaldo to make history and embrace the challenges awaiting him at Juventus in the Serie A Ronaldo, 33, completed his €112m switch from Real Madrid last month and had begun pre-season training with his new teammates at the club’s training ground in Vinovo. Much has been made of Ronaldo’s surprise transfer to Italy with many left wondering whether he can reach the same kind of heights he achieved at Real over the past nine years. But Hugo has no doubts over that at all. “From my point of view, he has chosen an exceptional club, and he …

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Bonucci rejoins Juventus

Bonucci rejoins Juventus

Leonardo Bonucci has completed a return to Juventus just one season after leaving Turin for rivals AC Milan. The Italian defender’s move was part of the deal that saw Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain head the other way. Juventus confirmed the signing on Thursday evening with a photo of Bonucci in Juventus jersey and the message: “Welcome back, Bonucci.” View this post on Instagram Bonucci rejoins Juventus A post shared by Footballwood (@football.wood) on Aug 3, 2018 at 2:20am PDT The swap will also see 24-year-old defender Mattia Caldara join AC Milan. In a short statement on their website, Juventus announced …

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Premier League top 6 set for ICC showdown during pre-season

Premier League top 6 set for ICC showdown during pre-season

Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, and Tottenham will be involved in this summer’s International Champions Cup across three continents. Last season’s Premier League top six sides will trade tackles with some of Europe’s best teams. The likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and PSG, will be involved in 27 games across 24 days in North America, Europe, and Asia. Premier League Champions Man City may likely give new signing Riyad Mahrez his debut when they face Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the early hours of July 21 in Chicago, before meeting Liverpool in New Jersey in a replay …

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Alisson heading to Anfield

Alisson heading to Anfield

Liverpool FC are closing in on a deal for Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson Becker as they are set to wrap up negotiations with Serie A side Roma. Reports from Italy suggest the Reds have made a bid believed to be around £66.8m in what will become a record signing fee for a goalkeeper in the history of the game. They also report that Alisson will not travel with Roma’s squad for their pre-season tour in the United States. The Merseyside club made attempts to sign the goalkeeper in the past, but their offers were rebuffed. Klopp has struggled to resolve issues …

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Cristiano Ronaldo wants Juve move

Cristiano Ronaldo wants Juve move

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up on his desire to complete a move to Serie A Champions Juventus for a fee believed to be around £88m. Ronaldo prompted questions about his future after their 3-1 Champions League final victory over Liverpool in Kiev, promising an announcement “soon.” The former United hitman cast serious doubt on his future in Madrid moments after winning a third successive Champions League in Kiev and Juventus appear to be testing the club’s resolve as he angles for an improved contract. It now appears Juventus have made the first move to lure him away …

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Pastore signs for Roma

Pastore signs for Roma

Roma has confirmed the signing of Javier Pastore from Ligue 1 Champions Paris Saint Germain on a five-year contract for a fee of £22million. The Argentine midfielder, who missed out from Jorge Sampaoli’s list, joined the French Champions in 2011 and made 269 appearances across all competitions for the Parisiens. Pastore, 29, has 29 caps for Argentina under his belt and had a successful career with the Ligue 1 side winning five French league titles along with 14 other domestic trophies in seven years. The new Roma signing couldn’t hide his delight after completing the switch to the Serie A …

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Radja Nainggolan completes Inter switch

Radja Nainggolan completes Inter switch

Radja Nainggolan has completed a move to FC Internazionale Milano on a four year deal from Serie A rivals FC Roma. The transfer fee for the Belgian midfielder is reported to be in the region of £21million with two players – veteran fullback Davide Santon and 18-year-old midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo – heading to Roma in a swap deal. The combative midfielder was a surprise omission from the Belgium squad in Russia 2018, a move that led to his retirement from International football. Most Serie A fans believe that former Roma boss Luciano Spalleti played a massive role in the player’s decision …

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Sarri’s future set to be resolved ahead of a potential Chelsea move.

Sarri’s future set to be resolved ahead of a potential Chelsea move.

Mauricio Sarri’s contractual situation with Napoli is set to be resolved by the end of this month, according to Sky sources in Italy. The Serie A side has already brought in Carlo Ancelotti as his replacement with the former Madrid boss ready to officially resume duties on July 1. Sarri guided the Italian club to a second place finish after a keenly contested title campaign with eventual Champions Juventus in Serie A but was deemed surplus to requirements by the club’s executives. Reports from Sky sources in Italy suggest that Napoli are unwilling to pay the wage bill of the …

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Man City close to Jorginho signing

Man City close to Jorginho signing

Manchester City are close to wrapping up a deal in the region of £46.5m for Napoli midfielder Jorginho, according to Sky Sports News. Reports from Italy suggest that both sides are yet to finalize a deal, but City are keen on snapping up the player. It’s believed that issues such as payment schedules, add-ons and a possibility of a pre-season friendly between both clubs are still to be sorted out before completing the deal. Jorginho,26, whose country Italy missed out in the World Cup tournament posted a picture on Instagram boarding a flight to Brazil with his family members. He …

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World Cup 2018: Complete squad of the 32 teams

World Cup 2018: Complete squad of the 32 teams

With less than 10 days to the World Cup. Here’s the complete squad of the 32 teams competing in Russia. Group A Russia Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Club Brugge), Andrey Lunev (Zenit St Petersburg). Defenders: Vladimir Granat, Fedor Kudryashov (both Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Sergei Ignashevich, Mario Fernandes (both CSKA Moscow), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg). Midfielders: Yuri Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev (both CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev (all Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov (both Spartak Moscow), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal). …

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Carlo Ancelotti appointed as new Napoli manager

Carlo Ancelotti appointed as new Napoli manager

With the appointment of new managers making the headlines this week, SSC Napoli becomes the latest club to announce the signing of a new boss as they confirm Carlo Ancelotti will replace Mauricio Sarri. The Serie A runners-up wrote on their official website “SSC Napoli is delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached with Carlo Ancelotti for him to become the head coach of the first team for three seasons starting in 2018-19”. The former Madrid man lost his job as Bayern Munich boss earlier this season due to the poor run of results. He was linked to so many job offers across Europe including …

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