Blanc dismisses PSG and Roma speculation

The 47-year-old has underlined his desire to return to management but insists he has not agreed terms with any club

Former France boss Laurent Blanc has denied rumours linking him with the Roma, Paris Saint-Germain or Real Sociedad posts next season.

Speculation had been rife that the Frenchman was a leading contender to take over at Roma, while Sociedad were widely believed to have a deal in the offing until Jagoba Arrasate was announced as Philippe Montanier’s replacement.

But while confirming he was looking for a new outfit ahead of the 2013-14 season, Blanc has quashed any suggestions that he has already decided on a destination.

“Yes I will [be looking for a new job], but at this moment, there is nothing,” he revealed to La Provence.

“We can talk about many things, but the one thing I can say is it will not happen with Roma. They are the only club I have had real contact with, and it will not happen.

“Everything else is speculation. I also heard you sent me to Real Sociedad, but I never had any discussion with those people.”

When asked whether he would be in the running to replace Carlo Ancelotti in Paris Saint-Germain’s dugout, Blanc added: “Again, it’s fantasy.”

Blanc assumed charge of France following a successful stint in charge of Bordeaux, but stepped down following les Bleus‘ Euro 2012 quarter-final elimination at the hands of eventual winners Spain.

Courtois indicates he will rejoin Atletico on loan

The Belgium international told a national team press conference that he will return to Madrid for a third successive year while he waits to become Chelsea’s No.1

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed he will almost certainly join Atletico Madrid on loan for a third successive season.

The 21-year-old has impressed in his two seasons with los Rojiblancos, winning the Europa League and the Uefa Super Cup prior to lifting the Copa del Rey last month.

And, ahead of the World Cup next year, he has revealed he will once again join them on loan for the season to ensure he maintains regular football – something that is far from a guarentee at Chelsea.

“I’ve chosen to stay at Atletico,” Courtois told reporters.

“I have to continue playing and at Chelsea there’s [Petr] Cech who has always been a great goalkeeper.

“At Atletico I’m sure I can play and I can continue to be the first-choice keeper of the Red Devils [Belgium]. In the course of the season, we will see if I return to London.”

Juventus are as big as Real Madrid and Barcelona, says Llorente

The Spain international is flattered to be playing for the Serie A champions next season after an acrimonious departure from Athletic Bilbao

Fernando Llorente is relishing the prospect of playing for Juventus next season, insisting they are a club to rival Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The outgoing Athletic Bilbao striker, who will leave his boyhood club once his contract runs out this summer, is enthused by the prospect of playing under Antonio Conte’s leadership at one of Europe’s elite sides.

“It’s one of the best teams in Europe and the best in Italy,” the 28-year-old told Marca. “Juventus has impressed me ever since it expressed an interest.

“It’s a really big club, comparable to Real Madrid and Barcelona. I’m lucky to be able to play for a team like that. It’s as though I’ve always known it was my team.”

Despite excited at his imminent move to Italy, the Basque forward admitted he has been saddened by the acrimonious nature of his departure from his boyhood club, with coach Marcelo Bielsa restricting him to just four starts in last season’s La Liga.

“I’ve always attempted to choose the best option for both Athletic and me. I tried to get the best deal but I came up against a brick wall,” he concluded.

“I didn’t want to go for free. Neither did I want to have the year I’ve had. I’ll never go through that again if I can do anything to avoid it.”

Higuain is the right man for Juventus, Ravanelli

The former Bianconeri striker has talked up the Argentine ahead of a possible move to Turin, suggesting that he could be exactly what they need

Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain could be instrumental for Juventus, according to former Bianconeri attacker Fabrizio Ravanelli.

Higuain, 25, has been linked with a move to Turin in recent weeks having fallen out of favour at Santiago Bernabeu this season.

Ravanelli, who was recently appointed coach of Ligue 1 side Ajaccio, says Higuain is the right man to lead Antonio Conte’s charges forward.

“The Argentine is a player I like a lot, who knows how to score goals, maybe he’s that kind of striker that Juventus were lacking in certain matches [this season],” he told Calcio Estero.

[He] could be instrumental in achieving the high levels to which the team aspires and that the fans want us to reach in Europe as well.”

Meanwhile, Ravanelli also commented on controversial Ajaccio star Adrian Mutu.

He said; “I think he’s a very talented player, he did well this year in Ligue 1, he scored 11 goals, he is a key striker, but he’s 34 years old and we need to manage him carefully so as to keep him fit.”

Nani admits his Manchester United future is uncertain

The Portugal winger says he will make a decision “in the next few days” whether he will stay at Old Trafford or leave the club he joined in 2007

Manchester United winger Nani says he has not yet decided whether he will remain with the Premier League champions or leave the club and move elsewhere.

The Portugal international suffered a disappointing campaign last season, featuring in only 11 Premier League matches due to injury and loss of form as well as being sent-off in the club’s defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Nani’s contract at the club is set to expire next summer and the Portugal international insisted he is uncertain where his future lies.

“I have not yet decided where I am going or if I am going,” Nani told RTP.

“In the next few days I will decide my future.”

Goal understands Nani is one of several players Manchester United would be willing to listen to offers for this summer with Anderson, Anders Lindegaard, Antonio Valencia and Chicharito also on the list.