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Mbappe’s transfer decision could open Neymar to Chelsea

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Paris Saint-Germain are open to offers for French superstar Kylian Mbappe after already allowing Lionel Messi to leave the club – whilst Neymar’s future in Paris is also uncertain

Kylian Mbappe looks set to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the next 12 months after informing the French club that he will not be extending his current contract. PSG are actively looking to sell the 24-year-old after leaving him out of their pre-season squad following his contract decision.

Lionel Messi has already left the Parisians this summer after joining Inter Miami. Luis Enrique has been appointed manager at the Parc des Princes Stadium and is overseeing a huge squad overhaul which may see Mbappe and Neymar follow Messi out of the club.

Arsenal, Chelsea and even Tottenham have been linked with a move for Mbappe this summer as PSG brace themselves for a flurry of bids – with the French outfit even considering loaning the France international out for the 2023/24 campaign. Mbappe featured 34 times for the Parisians in Ligue 1 last term, directly contributing towards 35 goals.

Al-Hilal have had a world record £259million bid for Mbappe accepted by PSG – but it is unclear if the player would be open to joining the Saudi Arabian side. Chelsea are now deemed to be out of the race to sign the French superstar, but Mbappe’s decision could now trigger the Blues to turn their attention to securing a deal for Neymar instead.

The Brazilian winger – who has two years left on his deal in Paris plus the option of a third – has been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge in the past with Todd Boehly said to have held talks with PSG representatives during the World Cup. The 31-year-old recently revealed his intention to remain at Parc des Princes Stadium ahead of the upcoming campaign: “I hope to play this season at PSG, I have a contract with Paris,” he said in an interview with Brazilian YouTube channel Que Papinho.

“So far, no one has told me anything [about leaving],” he added. Given his contract situation, age and injury record – this summer may represent the best chance for PSG to recoup a large fee for the Brazilian after making him the most expensive transfer in football history – after activating his £191million release clause to sign him from Barcelona in 2017.

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Tella Helps Leverkusen Break Bayern’s Record After Win Against Mainz

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Nathan Tella was in action for Bayer Leverkusen who secured a hard fought 2-1 win against Mainz in the Bundesliga on Friday night.

Tella came on in the 83rd minute and helped Leverkusen hold on to their lead and claim the three points.

His Nigerian teammate Victor Boniface is still out with injury.

The win means Leverkusen stretched its lead to 11 points over champions Bayern Munich in the league table.

Also, Xabi Alonso’s men set a German record of 33 games unbeaten across all competitions.

Former Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka fired Leverkusen into a third-minute lead, after letting fly from outside the penalty area for his first goal on his 31st appearance for the club.

But Dominik Kohr replied for the visitors with a header at the other end four minutes later.

In the 68th minute Leverkusen went 2-1 up thanks to Robert Andrich’s harmless-looking shot which Mainz keeper failed to hold.

With 10 minutes left Mainz were reduced to 10 men when Jessic Ngankam was sent off after a VAR check for a dangerous tackle on Xhaka.

Bayern Munich could reduce the 11-point gap to eight if they beat Leipzig on Saturday.

Meanwhile, 11 rounds of fixtures would remain after this weekend.

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If I score, I won’t celebrate it – says Ramos ahead of Real Madrid clash

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Sergio Ramos will return to the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time since he left Real Madrid in 2021 to join PSG, when he lines up for Sevilla on Sunday.

The veteran defender won five La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues in his 16-year spell at Real, scoring 101 goals in 671 appearances.

Ramos, back at boyhood club Sevilla, says he will not celebrate if he scores.

“I wouldn’t celebrate but if I happen to score and it was enough for us to win I would be delighted, those three points would be very good for us,” Ramos told the La Liga website.

Ramos is aware of the difficulty of the match for Sevilla against the league leaders, Real Madrid, who approach the game after drawing in Vallecas and having a week without matches.

“Real Madrid is always the favorite to win everything. They’re in a good moment, leading the league, and have players of extraordinary magnitude and quality. We know very well the ground we’re going to step on, and we’ll try in one way or another to have a good game there,” he said.

he recalled how close they were in the first leg at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán. “We played Madrid head-to-head, we had chances to win. Kepa made a very good save from my header that would have given us the victory. When the team is compact, we’re all together, we play with good intensity, and we press high, we’re a guerrilla team.”

Ramos didn’t reveal his plans for next season, proud of the decision he made to return to Sevilla after his adventure at PSG.

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Pep Guardiola admits Kevin De Bruyne is not ’100 per cent’

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The Belgian international sat out City’s 1-0 win over Brentford on Tuesday as the 32-year-old had some niggles. Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth, Guardiola revealed De Bruyne “did not feel comfortable” playing against the Bees, but he is very likely to be in the squad for the clash against the Cherries.

The Spaniard told reporters on Friday: “He’s [De Bruyne] good – not injured. He’s better. I don’t know if he is 100 per cent but we took a good decision to not take a risk, apart from the result, if the result was not good, people would ask why he didn’t play. He didn’t feel comfortable.

“We have training at 4pm [Friday]. The day after the game he didn’t train and yesterday everyone was off, but he trained by himself. Today [Friday] we will assess. I am sure he will travel.”

City are still in the hunt for a second-straight treble (Champions League, FA Cup, Premier League) despite appearing to be at a lower level to where they were at this point last season. For much of the campaign they have been without the influential midfielder due to injury but when he is fit he makes a huge difference. Therefore, managing his minutes is key.

After City take on Andoni Iraola’s Bournemouth this weekend, Guardiola’s side travel to Luton Town in round five of the FA Cup on Tuesday. They then host rivals Manchester United on March 3 in the Premier League.

 

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