Paul Pogba Reveals PSG Players’ Reaction to Champions League Defeat to Man Utd

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed how a number of the Paris Saint-Germain players in the France squad have reacted to their Champions League last 16 defeat from a fortnight ago.

PSG’s Alphonse Areola, Presnel Kimpembe, Layvin Kurzawa and Kylian Mbappe were all drafted into Didier Deschamps latest squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Iceland, while Pogba is the only representative from United.

The Red Devils man admitted the last-gasp 3-1 win at the Parc des Princes, in which PSG let a 2-0 first leg lead slip, had come up in conversation.

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Speaking to reporters, as quoted by the ?Metro, Pogba said of the game: “Yes, we talked about it a bit [with the PSG players]. Yes, they are disgusted, but it is behind all that, we laugh and it’s over.”

Meanwhile, Pogba’s France teammate Kylian Mbappe has claimed that he has not been able to sleep since the dramatic defeat. 

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He ?is quote as saying: “I have not been able to sleep and I think it has been the same for everybody else. It is difficult. We worked hard to reach that point and now we are out. We are disappointed. Football goes on. We will try to rally and finish the season.

“Honestly, it was our goal – we were working towards it each day. The supporters were with us too. The stadium was full, the fans did their job and got behind us – it was a truly magical atmosphere and we spoiled the party. We did not want to ruin it, but we did.”

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Marcos Rojo Trains With Former Team in Argentina Ahead of Expected Man Utd Exit

?Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has trained with former side Estudiantes de La Plata in Argentina this week, ahead of an expected exit from Old Trafford this summer.

Rojo has been with United since moving from Sporting CP in 2014 for around €20m and has gone to make 110 appearances for the ?Premier League side, notching four goals and two assists.

However, he started his career with Estudiantes, where he rose up the youth ranks to graduate to the first team in 2009, before leaving two years later to play with Spartak Moscow. And, on the day of his 29th birthday, he was back training with his old once again, after being granted special permission to do so by the ?Red Devils.

The club revealed the news with a picture on Twitter of the full back adorned in his former colours, alongside the caption: “Nothing better than to spend your birthday at home! Marcos Rojo was present at City Bell [training ground] to train and stay in shape with a special permit from Manchester United.”

Earlier that day, the club had posted a picture of the defender back in his playing days to commemorate his birthday, alongside the proclamation: “Happy birthday Marcos Rojo! Pride of our youth. Two-time champion with the redheaded colors in 2009 and 2010. Luxury representative of the School of #EDLP in the world. Have a great day!”

The news comes as Rojo’s exit seems more and more likely this summer, as part of a transfer cull the club are seeking to make in order to rebuild the squad for the 2019/20 season.

The Argentine international, who was not selected in his country’s latest squad, is contracted with United until June 2021, with the club possessing an option to extend this deal by a further year, thought considering these latest developments this seems highly unlikely.

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Sokratis Papastathopoulos a Doubt for Greece Euro 2020 Qualifiers After Picking Up Ankle Knock

Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is a doubt for Greece’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Liechtenstein on Saturday after picking up an ankle knock.

The 30-year-old was unable to train with the national team on Tuesday, following ankle swelling and is now a doubt for the upcoming qualifiers, according to SDNA (via Metro).

The report provides little in the way of specifics on the nature of Sokratis’ issue, only noting that he is still with the squad and has not been sent home. 

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Arsenal currently occupy fourth place in the Premier League and are on course to claim the last allocated spot for Champions League football next season. With so much at stake going into the last few games of the domestic season, Gunners fans will be hoping that their star players return from the international break unscathed.

Prior to the break, the Gunners claimed a crucial 2-0 victory against rivals Manchester United and later clawed back a first leg defeat against Rennes to progress to the quarter finals of the Europa League.

Unai Emery will need his side fit and ready to fight across both fronts, but there will be cause for concern about the increasing amount of players currently sidelined. 

Gunners fans will hope that Sokratis, who has already made 27 club appearances in his first season for Arsenal, will be back and fit in time for their return to Premier League action on 1 April.

?Arsenal currently have a number of players sidelined from injury with Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding all long-term absentees. 

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Fans are also sweating on the fitness of key players ?Mesut Ozil, ?Alexandre Lacazette and ?Aaron Ramsey. The three stars were substituted in the 3-0 victory against Rennes, although there has not been any mention from the club regarding potential injuries. Ramsey did, however, miss Wales’ 1-0 victory over Trinadad and Tobago on Wednesday night, but he is set to return on the weekend against Slovakia.

Following Greece’s clash with Liechtenstein on Saturday, Sokratis’ side face Bosnia Herzegovina on Tuesday 26 March.

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Transfer Rumours: Hudson-Odoi to Liverpool, Spurs Eye Gomes, Barça Want ‘New Pogba’ & More

Did you really think the international break would stop the rumours train? Oh no. Nothing stops the rumours train. It’s like the train in that Denzel Washington film where the train doesn’t stop… except at the end, when it stops.

Anyway, here’s a roundup of six of the latest transfer rumours from around the web…


Liverpool Still Keeping an Eye on Callum Huson-Odoi

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Callum Hudson-Odoi is still a wanted man in Germany, with not only Bayern Munich but Borussia Dortmund keen on a summer move for the teenage prodigy.

While you may have heard that already, the new claim courtesy of ?SportBild (not to be confused with Bild) is that ?Liverpool too are keen on CHO.

The report focuses on the German clubs’ interest but throws in a teasing mention of the Premier League leaders, claiming they ‘have kept an eye on Hudson-Odoi’.

It’s a tantalising claim. However, links to Liverpool were previously shot down by Liverpool ITKs, while the likelihood of ?Chelsea (who are being obstinate enough with the Germans) selling to a domestic rival, while potentially under a transfer ban, seems next to nil.


Kieran Tierney Plays Down Links to Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester

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Meanwhile Celtic full back Kieran Tierney insists he has not been in touch with former manager Brendan Rodgers over a summer move south of the border to ?Leicester City.

Rodgers took the likes of Joe Allen and (ahem) Fabio Borini with him from Swansea to Liverpool and Kolo Toure from Liverpool to Celtic, and he is already being tipped to bring some familiar faces to the King Power Stadium this summer.

However, 21-year-old Tierney – who has been linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs – told the ?Evening Times that he has had minimal contact with Rodgers since his departure.

“No, I’ve not seen him since. I had a few text messages just after he left but that’s it,” Tierney said.

So there.


Atletico Enter Race for Juventus & Man Utd Target Ruben Dias

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?Atletico Madrid are the latest club to be named as interested in Benfica defender Ruben Dias.

The 21-year-old centre back has picked up a host of admirers this season as Benfica sit pretty at the top of the Portuguese league. Those admirers include the likes of Juventus and ?Manchester United (which defender isn’t linked with United currently?), as well as Atletico.

According to Madrid daily ?AS, Atleti officials have been following Dias with ‘great attention’.

The Portugal international reportedly has a release clause of €60m in his contract for any club wishing to bypass the tedious process of negotiation.


Barcelona Eye ‘New Paul Pogba’

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Ruben Dias isn’t the only target Juventus won’t have a free run at this summer, with ?Barcelona tipped to challenge the Old Lady for 17-year-old Lucien Agoume.

The Cameroon-born France youth international midfielder currently plays for FC Sochaux and has 13 Ligue 2 appearances this season, but you already knew that didn’t you… you hipster.

Most intriguingly, ?Calcio Mercato – who bring word of Barça’s supposed interest – claim that Agoume is considered the ‘new Pogba’. No pressure then.

Meanwhile, the ?old Pogba has waxed lyrical about Barça, calling them ‘a team I always watch’, ahead of Man Utd’s Champions League showdown.

Could we have an Old Pogba-New Pogba midfield double act at the Camp Nou in years to come?


Everton Face Competition for Andre Gomes

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And finally, Everton may not get a clear run at Andre Gomes this summer with Premier League rivals Tottenham apparently ready to dust off the old chequebook and try to tempt the Portuguese midfielder to New White Hart Lane/Tottenham Hotspur Stadium/Insert Sponsor Name Here.

?The Sun reckon that while Barcelona are keen to sell, Gomes’ eye catching displays for the Toffees mean there could be a bidding war, which is probably the best kind of war.

Inter have also been tipped to make a move for the £20m-rated midfielder.


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Real Madrid Set to Target West Ham’s Felipe Anderson if Eden Hazard Pursuit Fails

Real Madrid could make a move for West Ham winger Felipe Anderson, if they can’t secure a deal for Eden Hazard? this summer. 

Hazard’s seemingly inevitable departure from Chelsea to the Spanish capital has become one of the longest running transfer sagas in world football, while the return of club legend Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid manager has only exacerbated the speculation.

However, despite talk that Hazard has already made a decision on his future, with Real Madrid tipped to make a £70m bid, Real Madrid have contingency plans in place in the form of a list of backup targets.

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While the names Sadio Mane, Paulo Dybala and Neymar have all been mentioned in the past, a more surprising target for Los Blancos’ summer makeover is West Ham’s Felipe Anderson, according to Sky Sports. 

The winger joined the Hammers from Lazio in July 2018 for a club record £36m, which could rise to £42m with add-ons.

The 25-year-old has been a standout player for West Ham this season, scoring goals and providing four assists in the Premier League so far in his maiden campaign in England. 

His performances have even earned him a call-up to the Brazilian national side where he has linked up with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Casemiro and Marcelo.

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With regards to Real Madrid’s season, it has been an extremely disappointing campaign following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. In La Liga they currently sit third and are a huge 12 points behind leaders Barcelona. After an astounding four Champions League victories in the last five years, Real also crashed out of Europe’s top club competition this year in the round of 16, with a humiliating home defeat to Ajax. 

Owner Florentino Pérez has been tipped to lead the club through a summer of change, as underperforming players are moved on and new stars brought in.

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