Ligue 1 news: PSG terminate Lassana Diarra’s contract and release him into free agent pool – Football Article

The Ligue 1 champions have confirmed the departure of the midfielder, with the 33-year moving on having only spent 13 months with the club Lassana Diarra is a free agent after coming to an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain to end his contract early. Diarra was a surprise signing for PSG last January and made 10 appearances as Unai Emery’s side romped to the Ligue 1 title. But under Emery’s successor Thomas Tuchel he has played a minimal role, with only three league…

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Ibrahimovic delighted Luka Modric was rewarded in with 2018 Ballon d’Or – Football Article

The midfielder broke the monopoly held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for individual awards in 2018, delighting the Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed his delight and slight surprise at seeing “complete” Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric handed multiple individual honours in 2018. Modric’s former Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo had largely hogged the limelight at the Santiago Bernabeu in past seasons, but Modric was influential in the side’s third consecutive Champions League and then inspired Croatia’srun to the World Cup…

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Real Madrid news: Courtois supports VAR introduction in Champions League – Football Article

It may not always work in his team’s favour, but the Belgian is pleased to see the video technology introduced Thibaut Courtois said he is a fan of using technology to help out officials ahead of Real Madrid’s first Champions League fixture with the involvement of VAR. UEFA will have a VAR team – consisting of a video assistant referee, an assistant video referee and two video operators – in action for all knockout games in the remainder of this season’s competition.…

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Man City vs Chelsea: Cesar Azpilicueta apologises for Blues’ heavy defeat – Football Article

The loss was Chelsea’s heaviest since 1991 when they were defeated 7-0 by Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta apologised to the club’s fans after Manchester City’s 6-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. City’s demolition of the Blues was their heaviest defeat in 28 years  and made it four away losses in a row in all competitions for Maurizio Sarri’s side. Sergio Aguero hit a hat-trick, Raheem Sterling scored twice and Ilkay Gundogan was also on…

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Atletico Madrid -Real Madrid: Simeone happy to reunite with Solari in Madrid derby – Football Article

The Real Madrid boss played under his Atleti counterpart during his playing career, with the latter ready for their reunion Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is looking forward to a reunion with Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari this weekend. The Madrid giants face off at the Wanda Metropolitano with both sides trying to chase down La Liga leaders Barcelona. Solari played under Simeone at San Lorenzo and will reunite with his old boss for the first time in Saturday’s…

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Why do Barcelona have Chinese names on the back of their shirts against Real Madrid? – Football Article

For the first time in their history, the Catalan club will have players’ names written in another script to Latin to mark Chinese New Year Barcelona players are to wear special kits for their Copa del Rey semi-final showdown against fierce rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday evening at Camp Nou. For the first time ever, Barcelona’s unique shirts feature each player’s name written Chinese characters underneath their regular names in order to honour Chinese New Year which starts this week. Chinese New Year…

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Champions League news: Lyon ready for Barcelona after PSG scalp, say Genesio and Aulas – Football Article

After celebrating a huge Ligue 1 win over the runaway leaders on Sunday, the coach insists his side have no reason to fear the Catalan giants Lyon are confident of posing a threat to Barcelona in the Champions League after they ended Paris Saint-Germain’s unbeaten run in Ligue 1 with a 2-1 win on Sunday. Champions PSG had won 18 and drawn two of their opening 20 league games this season, but they came undone on Sunday despite taking the…

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Man City vs Arsenal: ‘Elegant Mesut Ozil is a huge talent’ – Ilkay Gundogan defends misunderstood Gunners star and compares him to Kevin De Bruyne – Football Article

The Manchester City midfielder played alongside Ozil with Germany and believes criticisms of his attitude are wide of the mark Mesut Ozil may be enduring a tough time at Arsenal, but Manchester City rival Ilkay Gundogan considers his fellow German to be “elegant” and a “huge talent” who is misunderstood by many. Questions continue to be asked of a World Cup winner at Emirates Stadium amid a testing campaign which has seen him fall out of favour under Unai Emery.…

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Man Utd news: ‘If I deserve a new contract, it will come’ – Manchester United star Ander Herrera not worried about Old Trafford future – Football Article

The Spaniard has seen an upturn in form along with the rest of his side since Ole Gunner Solskjaer took the reins at the Red Devils Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says that he isn’t focused on securing a new deal at the club, instead preferring to direct his energy to more immediate matters at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have currently recorded eight wins from eight games since interim manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer took the reins following Jose Mourinho’s…

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‘I do not regret’ resting Lionel Messi – Ernesto Valverde defiant after Barcelona’s Copa del Rey defeat against Sevilla – Football Article

The Blaugrana tactician stuck by his decision to rest the team’s superstar player despite their defeat in the cup Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insisted he had no regrets over his decision not to play Lionel Messi despite his side’s 2-0 Copa del Rey loss at Sevilla. Messi was rested for the first leg of the quarter-final on Wednesday at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán with goals from Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder putting the home side on top in the tie. In…

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Solari: Nothing is impossible for Real Madrid – Football Article

The Merengue may sit seven points behind Barcelona in the standings but their coach still believes they can bridge the gap this season Santiago Solari declared “nothing is impossible” for Real Madrid after they moved up to third in La Liga with a 2-0 victory over Sevilla. Late goals from Casemiro and Luka Modric helped Madrid move above their opponents in the table, though they still trail leaders Barcelona – who host Leganes on Sunday – by seven points. Despite…

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Wagner departs Huddersfield by ‘mutual consent’ with club rock bottom of Premier League – Football Article

The German leaves the Terriers after just over three years in charge at John Smith’s Stadium Head coach David Wagner has left Huddersfield by ‘mutual consent’, the Yorkshire club have confirmed. The 47-year-old leaves with the Terriers seven points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Premier League having won just two of their 22 league games so far this season. Wagner held talks over his future with the board of directors where it was agreed stepping down was “the…

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Transfer news: Lallana is needed at Liverpool – Klopp – Football Article

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted Adam Lallana still has a role to play for the Premier League leaders despite the midfielder’s injury woes. Lallana, 30, only made three starts in all competitions last season, and he has managed that same number so far this campaign. He missed Liverpool’s FA Cup defeat at Wolves on Monday after another injury, although he may be back available later this month. Editors’ Picks Amid speculation Lallana could be set for an Anfield exit, Klopp…

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