Report claims Man United midfielder has retired from international duty after a falling out

It does feel like most club sides see international football as an inconvenience rather than a matter of pride when it comes to letting players play for their country, so there is likely a lot of relief when someone retires from international duty.

Man United midfielder Nemanja Matic has 48 caps and 2 goals for Serbia, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be adding to that after a report from Serbian outlet Mozzart Sport.

They claim that he’s had a falling out with the Serbian FA over how certain things were handled, so he’s decided to retire from international duty.

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It’s an interesting situation because they go on to suggest that he was going to be in Serbia’s upcoming squad and he’s an important player, so they aren’t … Read the rest

A game of chess: Bartomeu vs Messi

At this moment, all the information we search for about FC Barcelona is related to two individuals: Lionel Messi and Josep Maria Bartomeu. The captain and the president, two pillars in the matter of the hierarchies of the club, but that right now are in a delicate strategic battle which could result in a game over if someone makes a bad move.


Every hour that passes there is new information about the Lionel Messi saga and the entire blaugrana entity is anxious about the fate of the Argentine star. To put the situation into context, reliable reports have emerged in recent days assuring that Messi no longer trusts the board’s plans as they do not have a winning project, obviously also influenced by the team’s results in recent years and following an embarrassing 2–8 loss against Bayern Munich. As a result, with Josep Maria Bartomeu being the main person in … Read the rest

Chelsea can immediately recoup €20m as Chilwell signing frees up outcast to move on

Usually one player coming in results in another leaving the club, and that appears to be the case with Chelsea and Ben Chilwell.

The Guardian reported that Chelsea signed the Leicester City man for a fee of around £50m, so it will be interesting to see if he lives up to that price tag.

Any doubters will wonder if Chelsea have made an error by paying so much, but it looks much better when you realise they can immediately get some money back by selling Emerson Palmieri.

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Football Italia have confirmed that Emerson is now free to join Inter Milan after the arrival of Chilwell, and the Italian side could end up paying as much as €20m to make that happen.

They point out that it’s even more likely after Inter refused to … Read the rest

Papers: ‘Total War’ – Messi wants to go

By now everyone on the planet is aware that Lionel Messi wants to go. He wants to leave Barcelona and feels this is the end of his cycle. Of course, this morning, the papers are focusing exclusively on the Argentine’s decision and the battle with the board that’s on the horizon.

SPORT even call it ‘Total War‘ and it really does feel like it. Messi wants to go and is aiming to terminate his contract through the clause that allows him to leave for free.

The problem is, however, that the club say the clause had already expired so now the parties might go to court. Be that as it may, PSG, Manchester United, Man City and Inter are among the interested clubs.

Mundo Deportivo are saying practically the same thing. They call it the ‘Messi bomb‘ and also highlight the fact that he indeed wants … Read the rest

Barcelona are bracing themselves for an approach from Man United for Lionel Messi

The next few weeks at Barcelona are going to be fascinating, especially if Lionel Messi does manage to force his way out of the club.

The Argentine superstar is 33 so he probably has two or three years left at the highest level, so it does suggest that his next club will need to have a chance of immediate success.

It’s so easy to link him to Man City because of Pep Guardiola and their financial backing, but it also sounds like Man United are going to have a real run at trying to sign him.

They’ve been trying to sign a right sided forward all summer so Messi would be a perfect fit, while he would also bring a whole new level of threat that could elevate them to the elite level again.

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BREAKING: Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona now

We all knew it had to happen eventually but not like this. According to the latest reports essentially from all the reliable Catalan journalists, Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona now.

The message was apparently faxed through to the club executives and the Argentine’s decision is final and seemingly irreversible. Not only that but this is it for him at the club. He won’t attend the testing nor the training sessions before the start of the new season with the team.

Multiple sources are stating that Messi wants to leave Barcelona through the exit clause in his contract that allows him to walk for free. Even though it was stated that the said clause had expired on June 10, Messi believes it can be extended due to the season being prolonged.

The club have reportedly confirmed his message and are now having an emergency meeting. Josep Maria Bartomeu and … Read the rest

‘Life is too short’ – Man City want to turn the page with UEFA

For years to come, the 2019/20 season which has taken over a year to complete, is bound to be talked about and remembered.

From the enforced suspension of all of the leagues because of COVID-19 to having to condense the end of the season into a period of a few weeks with games every few days, it has been totally unique.

One of the major sporting issues involved a potential Champions League ban for Manchester City after UEFA had accused them of Financial Fair Play (FFP) breaches.

An appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport was ultimately successful for the Premier League club, and now chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, wants to draw a line under the matter.

“Life is too short to carry grudges,” he said to Manchester City’s official website and cited by BBC Sport.

“It is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of sports … Read the rest

Manchester City is studying ways to sign Lionel Messi

According to the reliable Moisés Llorens of ESPN, Manchester City have their calculators out to see how much it would take to sign Lionel Messi without breaking the financial fair play rules. Bringing the Argentine to the Premier League is no longer considered ‘impossible’.

Manchester City knows that the operation is very complicated, but they are studying the feasibility to be prepared in the event that he finally decides to leave Barcelona and that the Catalan club agrees to negotiate his departure for a reasonable price.

Messi ends his contract in 2021 and last week he had met Koeman to inform him that he has doubts of continuing at Barcelona after the disappointments in the Champions League against Bayern Munich, Liverpool, and Rome.

The 33-year-old demanded changes at the club, and even though Quique Setién got replaced with Ronald Koeman, it seems that bigger changes with a convincing sporting … Read the rest

Video: Kingsley Coman scores for Bayern against boyhood club PSG in the Champions League final

The deadlock has been broken in the 58th minute of the Champions League final and what a moment it is for Kingsley Coman.

Full-back Joshua Kimmich showed his world-class ability as he controlled the ball before floating a dangerous cross towards the far post.

PSG defender Thilo Kehrer looked lax as he couldn’t contest Coman, leaving the wide man to head the ball into the back of the net.

Coman came through the ranks at PSG before heading to Juventus and then Bayern Munich, the 24-year-old already has quite the trophy cabinet and is one step closer to adding the best competition in club football to that.

Take a look at the Frenchman’s opener below:

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A 19/20 season review of: Marc-André ter Stegen

Marc-André ter Stegen completed his fifth season for the blaugranas. With the next campaign arriving within a month, here is a quick look at the overall 19/20 season from Ter Stegen and just how consistently he performed.


This is the seventh episode of a series in which we review the performances of the different Barça first team players, as well as discuss their futures for the next campaign. You can check the series here.


The 2019/20 season has frankly been a failure for Barcelona. For starters, the team didn’t win a single trophy, which in itself is not what Barça, as a historic club, can accept. The way the team played was far from how they should play. Many clubs have a specific way or philosophy of playing. Barcelona is built upon a specific style of play and for the club to neither follow that nor play especially appealing … Read the rest