Trapattoni denies Lazio link

The former Republic of Ireland boss has denied that he has been approached by the Biancocelesti, who have won just one of their last six league games

Giovanni Trapattoni has dismissed reports linking him with struggling Serie A outfit Lazio as “just rumours”.

The legendary Italian coach, who recently parted company with Republic of Ireland, has been tipped up as a potential replacement for Vladimir Petkovic, who is coming under mounting pressure in light of the Biancocelesti‘s run of one win from their last six Serie A games.

However, when asked by Corriere dello Sport if he was bound for the Stadio Olimpico, Trapattoni declared: “No, those are just rumours that are unfounded.

“With regards to my future, there have been some conversations [with interested parties] and I will try to make the right choice.”

Trapattoni did hint, though, that he will be returning to work in his homeland.

“Italy is a marvellous country in which I’ve had success and satisfaction,” the 74-year-old stated.

Trapattoni has taken charge of Milan, Inter, Fiorentina and, most successfully of all, Juventus, during his illustrious coaching career.

Mourinho: We all know who Lewandowski will join

The 25-year-old has already confirmed that he will leave Signal Iduna Park at the end of the season and it has been reported that he has already agreed to join Bayern Munich

Jose Mourinho has rubbished reports linking Chelsea with Robert Lewandowski, claiming it is “obvious” who the Borussia Dortmund striker will join next summer.

The Poland international has already confirmed that he will part company with Die Schwarzgelben when his contract expires at the end of the season and the 25-year-old stated on Wednesday that he has already decided upon his next destination.

It has been repeatedly claimed that Lewandowski is bound for Bayern Munich and Mourinho sees no reason to question the veracity of those reports.

“I think his story is a book that was written a long time ago,” the Portuguese told Sky Sport Germany ahead of his side’s Champions League meeting with Schalke. “Everybody knows how the story ends.

“It surprised me that he was even associated with us, it’s that obvious.”

Lewandowski is in his fourth season at Dortmund, since joining from Lech Poznan in 2010, and has scored 88 goals in 156 appearances for the club.

Moratti: Zanetti is from the planet Krypton

The outgoing Nerazzurri supremo joked that the reason why the Argentine is still going strong at 40 is that he is not of this world

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says that Javier Zanetti can continue playing for at least another four years, joking that the club captain hails from the same planet as ‘Superman’, Krypton.

The 40-year-old defender was the first player that the oil tycoon signed when he took charge of the Nerazzurri in 1995 and is set to make his eagerly-awaited return from an Achilles injury in December.

Moratti, whose sale of Inter to Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir is set to be completed on November 15, says he would be astounded by the fact that Zanetti will outlast him at San Siro had he not discovered the secret of the Argentine’s remarkable longevity.

“He was the first player I saw and the first I selected,” the outgoing Nerazzurri supremo told Sette. “We took him from Banfield and he’s still with us.

“But I discovered that he comes from the planet Krypton and that he will still play for another four or five years!”

Moratti admitted that he would have dearly loved to have signed Zanetti’s compatriot Lionel Messi but he explained that “he was too bound to Barcelona”.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Moratti could yet continue in his role as president but the 68-year-old has revealed that he is ready to step down.

“I knew I was never going to be president for life,” he explained. “In 2011, after the Coppa Italia win, I thought it was time to take a step back and let the club find a new solution.

“Selling the club to Erick Thohir should benefit the club, which is what I want to see. It should open up new markets for the club.”

Boateng: I joined Schalke for family and sporting reasons

The 26-year-old Ghanaian surprised many by swapping Milan for Gelsenkirchen but he explains that he left to be closer to his son and to line out for a ‘great club’

Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed that he joined Schalke for both family and sporting reasons.

The 26-year-old left AC Milan for Die Knappen in the summer and the Hertha Berlin product has impressed upon his return to Germany, scoring four goals in his 10 apparances for the club to date.

Boateng is thrilled with how things have gone so far, feeling his decision to move to Gelsenkirchen has already been fully vindicated.

“I chose Schalke for two reasons,” the Ghana international told reporters. “Firstly, because I wanted to be closer to my little boy, and secondly because Schalke are a great club.

“They have so many talented young players here, and that promises a very exciting future.”

The former Portsmouth and Tottenham attacking midfielder had been linked with a return to England but Boateng refused to confirm if any English sides were interested in signing him.

“You’ll have to speak to my agent on that topic,” he said. “He knows the teams that were interested, not me.”

I've made up my mind, reveals Lewandowski

The Poland international has attracted the interest of a number of big teams from across Europe as he’s available on a free transfer next year

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has told interested clubs not to bother approaching him over a summer transfer as he has already made a decision on his future.

The 25-year-old recently announced that he would sign a contract with Bayern Munich in January after a move to the German champions fell through during the summer, only to claim shortly after that he had been misunderstood.

His latest comments put clubs such as Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United on red alert, but Lewandowski has now made it clear that he has already made up his mind.

“I am feeling very well at Dortmund, but I want a new challenge next season,” Lewandowski told Sport Bild.

“I can only say one thing about my future and that’s that I will announce my decision next year.

“No club has to bother with a fresh approach. I am focused on Dortmund and will not let anything distract me.”

Lewandowski has been in fine form so far this season, scoring 13 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions.