Neymar: I won't follow my friend Alexis to England

The South American duo played together at Barcelona and were back on the same pitch when Brazil beat Chile in London at the weekend

Neymar has revealed former Barcelona team-mate Alexis Sanchez remains a “big friend” but says he will not be following the Chile star out of Camp Nou.

The pair spent one season together at Barca before Sanchez opted to leave the club for Arsenal having seen his opportunities restricted due to competition from Lionel Messi, as well as the Brazilian’s controversial arrival from Santos.

After facing one another in Brazil’s narrow 1-0 friendy win over Chile at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, the 23-year-old said the pair still enjoy a good relationship and is thrilled to see his former team-mate shining for the Gunners.

Neymar, though, believes his own Barcelona career still has significant time to run and ruled out taking the same path as the Arsenal attacker.

“Alexis is a big friend and someone who I had the privilege of playing with at Barcelona,” said Neymar.

“We used to get along very well on and off the field, so I’m very happy to see him so well at Arsenal.

“As for playing in England myself, I’m very happy playing for Barcelona and I still have a long road to walk here.”

Neymar has been on fine form this season, with 26 club goals already to his name in 2014-15.

Rooney rules out Serie A switch

The Manchester United striker says he “loves” playing in the Premier League and will never play in Italy ahead of facing the country in a friendly on Tuesday


Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney says he is unlikely to play club football in Italy during his career.

Rooney, who has spent his entire career in the Premier League and the last 11 years at Old Trafford, arrived in Turin on Monday ahead of England’s friendly with Italy at Juventus Stadium.

At a news conference, the 29-year-old was asked whether he sees himself moving to Serie A but ruled out a move to Serie A.

“I love playing in the Premier League,” Rooney responded.

“I used to watch [Gabriel] Batistuta for Fiorentina, but don’t think I’d play in Italy.”

England manager Roy Hodgson confirmed Rooney will start against Italy alongside Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who made a goalscoring international debut as a substitute against Lithuania on Friday.

Kolarov: I want to return to Serie A

The Manchester City left-back, who was targeted by Inter in the January window, has started just 10 Premier League games for the reigning Premier League champions this season


Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov admits that he is keen on a return to Serie A.

Goal understands that Inter remain interested in the 29-year-old after Nerazzurri coach and former City boss Roberto Mancini failed to sign the left-back on loan during the January transfer window.

Kolarov, who arrived at the Etihad from Lazio in 2010, has now expressed his disappointment at failing to secure a return to Italy, revealing that he still watches Serie A closely.

“I’d like to return to Italy but it’s difficult,” the Serbia international told Sky Italia.

“I’m happy for [Sampdoria coach and compatriot Sinisa] Mihajlovic. He’s doing very well, as are Lazio.

“They’re having a great season and I hope they can end it in third or even second place.”

Kolarov has started just 10 Premier League games this season having signed a three-year contract extension with City last June.

However, he says he does not regret penning a new deal – despite his current laack of game time.

“Last season I played a lot and I think I proved to people in the club that they can believe in me and the result was that I was offered a new contract and I was happy to sign,” he added.

Zamparini: Dybala will leave Palermo this summer

The Sicilian supremo has announced that he is ready to cash in on the 21-year-old Argentine, who has attracted the interest of Manchester United among others

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has confirmed that Paulo Dybala will leave the club this summer, revealing that Juventus and Napoli are among those chasing the striker.

Dybala has been one of the revelations of the Serie A season, netting 12 goals in 27 appearances, which has prompted talk of a lucrative summer move away from Sicily.

Manchester United are monitoring the 21-year-old and Zamparini has confirmed that he will cash in on the forward at the end of the current campaign.

“It’s clear that Paolo will leave,” he told Live Sicilia. “Indeed, we’re looking for another striker.

“At home we only have [Andrea] Belotti. So, besides him, we will have another forward [for next season].”

Zamparini admitted, though, that he is unsure if Dybala will remain in Italy or move abroad.

“It’s 50-50,” he told GR Parlamento. “”After Easter, I will see Dybala’s agent, who is working well for the boy’s future.

“I’m in contact with [Juve sporting director Giuseppe] Marotta. 

“I know that he’s interested but he must hurry himself. I have other teams on [Dybala].”

Indeed, Zamparini announced that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is also keen on Dybala but the Palermo supremo was quick to add that he will not allow the striker to move on for anything like the €17 million that took Edinson Cavani to the San Paolo in 2010.

“[Napoli president] De Laurentiis would like him but I told him I won’t have another Cavani situation,” he stated. “This time, one must break the bank.”

I could join Inter, admits former AC Milan star Pato

The Brazil international could be set to return to San Siro, but to join Roberto Mancini’s men, who are looking to strengthen their attack this summer

Former AC Milan star Alexandre Pato has admitted that he could join city rivals Inter, describing the Nerazzurri as a “great team”.

The Brazil international spent five years with the Rossoneri before being offloaded to Corinthians in 2012 after being beset by a succession of injury problems.

Pato is currently on loan at Sao Paulo, where he has rediscovered both his best form and peak fitness, prompting talk of a return to Europe.

The 25-year-old was linked with Inter last summer and he freely admits that a move to Roberto Mancini’s side is not beyond the realms of possibility – despite his previous affiliation with Milan.

“Inter? They’re a great team,” the striker told Sky Sport24. “In football, one never knows.”

Pato added, though, that he regrets the fact that his Milan career ended on such an underwhelming note.

“In my final period in Rossonero, I didn’t manage to play two consecutive games,” he stated.

Pato also gave his thoughts on report that Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi is considering selling the club.

“Berlusconi has a Rossonero heart,” the attacker said. “I’m not able to imagine a Milan without him.”