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  1. Neymar has used a sponsor's television advert to admit he exaggerated some of his reactions after being fouled during the World Cup in Russia. The video, published Sunday and broadcast on several Brazilian TV networks, features the 24-year-old forward accepting criticism for the first time and promising to pick himself up. The Gillette ad started with Neymar saying: "Boot-stud on the shins. Kick in the spine. Stomp on the foot. "You may think I overreact, and sometimes I do. But the truth is I suffer on the pitch. You have no idea what I go through outside of it. "When I leave without talking to the press, it's not because I only like winning, it is because I still haven't learned to disappoint you. "When I look impolite, it is not because I am a spoiled kid. It is because I have not learned how to deal with my frustrations. "There's still a boy inside of me. Sometimes it dazzles the world. Other times, it pisses everyone off. And my fight is to keep this boy alive. But inside of me, not inside the field. "You may think I've fallen too much, but the reality is I did not fall. I crumbled. And that hurts more than anyone stepping on your operated ankle. "I took time to accept your criticism. I took time to look at myself in the mirror and become a new man. But now I'm here, with my heart wide open. "I fell but only those who fall can get up. You can keep throwing rocks at me or you can throw your rocks away and help me get up because when I do get up, the whole country gets up with me." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  2. Brazil manager Tite has signed a new contract which keeps him with the five-time world champions until the end of the 2022 World Cup. The 57-year-old who has been in charge since August 2016, is the first Brazil coach to extend his deal after a World Cup since the 1978 edition of the tournament. Tite was earmarked to spearhead Brazil's revival having won two titles, a Copa Libertadores and a World Club Cup while coaching Corinthians. The Selecao were knocked out by Belgium in the quarter-finals at Russia 2018 in only his second defeat at the helm. "The federation has given us the conditions to build an environment of unity and professionalism," Tite said in a statement. "It's a great challenge and we are happy to face it, already focused on our next matches and competitions." The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) says it is "investing in a long-term project" and has also extended the contract of former Arsenal midfielder Edu, who acts as the team's general manager. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  3. Neymar's antics are "a shame" for football, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said after their 2-0 defeat by Brazil on Monday. The Paris Saint-Germain star scored one goal and created another, but his performance was overshadowed by another incident late in the second half as Mexico midfielder Miguel Layun appeared to step on his ankle. That caused Neymar to react angrily and roll around on the floor, but Layun did not receive a card. "I think it's a shame for football," he said, adding that Neymar's antics had wasted precious time. "We wasted a lot of time because of one single player. We lost our style in the second half, because of the referee. "This is a very bad example for the world and the world of football." Neymar, however, hit back at critics for "trying to undermine" him after the playacting accusations. He said: "Look, I think it's more of an attempt to undermine me than anything else. I don't care much for criticism, not even from the press because in a way this can influence athletes. "The last two matches I didn't talk to the press because there's so many people talking. "I just want to play and I help my team-mates, I have to help my team and that's what I am here for, nothing else. I am here to win and I hope I can improve." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. Brazil coach Tite has claimed that his players are embracing the tag of World Cup favourites after booking a last-16 spot with a 2-0 win over Serbia. Paulinho and Thiago Silva were on target in Moscow as Brazil emerged from Group E in top spot to set up a clash with Mexico in Samara on Monday afternoon. Germany were knocked out of the competition earlier on Wednesday and bookmakers have shortened the odds on the five-time winners lifting the trophy again on July 15. But Tite insists he is only concerned about helping his team to improve and grow into the tournament. "We don't live off expectations, we live off reality," he told Sky Sports. "This is a team that is growing mentally stronger in the competition and taking the pressure with a good performance on the pitch and a balanced team. "These are all aspects. You need options, which is important. For example, Marcelo came off two minutes into the game injured. You have to have a strong squad." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. The World Cup is upon us - let’s have a look at the teams, groups and what might happen in Russia. Group E Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia Brazil Manager: Tite Captain: Marcelo World Ranking: 2 Brazil's 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-final of the 2014 World Cup will not be forgotten in a long time, but the Selecao have bounced back from that monstrosity and now boast a side with quality all across the pitch and a great run of form to boot. Tite's charges were the first team to clinch qualification for Russia and, in 13 fixtures under his management, there have been 13 wins, three draws and only one loss - in a friendly against Argentina. While Brazil looked lost without Neymar last time out, the team is not so likely to rely on one player this time, with the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho all able to deliver up front, and unlike some previous Selecao outfits, there are some genuine class goalkeepers and defenders in there too. Brazil may have been arrogant four years ago, but this time they have something to prove, and I think not only will they coast the group, but will win the tournament outright. Switzerland Manager: Vladimir Petkovic Captain: Stephan Lichtsteiner World Ranking: 6 The core of Switzerland's team won the Under-17 World Cup in 2009 and there are some talented players going to Russia, with the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka superb on their day. There are also some talented youngsters such as Breel Embolo, Edmilson Fernandes and Manuel Akanji, who could slot in very nicely alongside the more experienced players. Switzerland won nine games in a row in their qualifying group but still had to contend the playoffs, in which a dubious penalty call saw them eventually overcome Northern Ireland en route to the finals. Although I don't expect Switzerland to get much against Brazil, I still think they'll have more than enough against Costa Rica and Serbia to finish second and qualify for the knockouts. Costa Rica Manager: Oscar Ramirez Captain: Bryan Ruiz World Ranking: 23 The surprise package of the 2014 World Cup, Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup four years ago before losing to the Netherlands in a penalty shootout. Los Ticos boast one of the best goalkeepers in the world in Keylor Navas, but he will be tested a lot due to a suspect defence, while some of the key players are ageing, such as Bryan Ruiz at 32 and Christian Bolanos at 34. The team has barely changed since the previous World Cup, and the system is likely to be the same, which in one aspect you could call continuity, but on the other side you could say it's stagnation. I can't personally see lightning striking twice, and with the other teams much more likely to do their homework and less likely to underestimate them as Italy, Uruguay and England did, I think they'll finish bottom of the group. Serbia Manager: Mladen Krstajic Captain: Aleksandar Kolarov World Ranking: 34 Serbia cruised through their qualifying group to return to the World Cup finals after eight years, the second time since becoming an independent nation in 2006. There are concerns about an ageing defence, but further up the pitch there is plenty of creativity to help unlock opposition defences, with Aleksandar Mitrovic impressing since moving on loan to Fulham and the midfield duo of Nemanja Matic and Dusan Tadic especially skilful. Serbia's manager, Mladen Krstajic, is however quite inexperienced at the top level, with the Group E opener against Costa Rica in Samara on June 17 being his competitive debut as a head coach in any category. I can see Serbia performing admirably but with a stellar Brazil side and an efficient, well-drilled Switzerland team, I don't think they'll be in the top two. Predictions Costa Rica 1-3 Serbia Brazil 4-2 Switzerland Brazil 5-2 Costa Rica Serbia 0-1 Switzerland Switzerland 2-0 Costa Rica Serbia 1-2 Brazil 1. Brazil 9 pts 2. Switzerland 6 pts 3. Serbia 3 pts 4. Costa Rica 0 pts Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho believes that fellow Brazil star Neymar and former Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah will stand out at this summer's World Cup. Lionel Messi and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo have been deemed the best players in the world over the last 10 years, but Coutinho believes that PSG forward Neymar and Egypt talisman Salah will be next in line. "It feels like the right moment for ­someone to take their chance at this World Cup," Coutinho told The Mirror. "Messi and Ronaldo have been up there on their own for so many years. I think it may be time for other players to aspire to be the best in the world – and the best at this World Cup, too. "For me, Salah and Neymar have serious chances to do that. It depends on how the tournament goes, of course, but they have the talent to do it. Those are the players I would pick out." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  7. Liverpool have announced that Brazil forward Roberto Firmino has agreed a new long-term deal at Anfield. The 26-year-old joined the Reds from Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015 and has scored 50 goals in 140 appearances for the Merseyside club. Firmino, whose existing deal ran until 2020, has been rewarded for a fruitful season which has seen him score 27 goals, and the player himself sang Liverpool's praises. "It was an easy decision," Firmino told the official Liverpool site on Sunday. "The club have taken me in in an incredible way and I've grown a lot here with my work with the support of the whole team. I am very, very happy here. "Everything fits in the best possible way. My teammates are fantastic and I am very grateful to be able to play with them at this club. "I love to play for Liverpool FC. The fans are excellent and fantastic in how they support us all the way. They support us throughout the games and the work they do during the match is beautiful." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. Neymar has expressed his hopes of being fit for this summer's World Cup and says he will return to training from a broken foot in May. The Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward needed surgery on a broken metatarsal bone after being injured in a league game in February. Brazil play their World Cup opening fixture against Switzerland on 17 June, a month after his expected return. "I hope to get there in great shape," the 26-year-old told a news conference in Sao Paulo, where he has been receiving treatment. "I get my final examination on 17 May and then I'll be free to play, I had an examination last week, it is all perfect, evolving well, so I hope that continues so I can get back as soon as possible. "I am having treatment every day, and from the moment I start training I am going to work harder than I ever worked because this is a dream that's coming up. It's a World Cup. I've waited four years for this chance, it's close." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred would prefer a move to the Premier League this summer, according to his adviser and former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva. The Brazil international was believed to be on the radar of Manchester City in January, but a move did not materialise. Gilberto, who made 170 Premier League appearances for Arsenal between 2002 and 2008, has been acting as a mentor to his compatriot and also confirmed there is interest in him from the English top flight. The 41-year-old told Sky Sports: "At the moment we are open for the market and, when you see the whole market in football, the Premier League is one of the targets. "We had inquiries for him in the last transfer window, but it didn't happen. The Premier League is his preferred destination. "He's doing so well. At Shakhtar, at the moment and in last transfer window, they relied too much on him. He was doing a great job for the club. Let's see for the summer. "I've been telling him to just concentrate on his job. That's what he needs to do. Where he plays now, the chance will come. "It's about not losing his focus. It's so easy to get lost. You hear all the time some rumours, and sometimes you're not sure, and you get lost in all the messages." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  10. Bordeaux winger Malcom has reiterated that he wants to sign for an "elite club in Europe" and is currently learning English ahead of a possible move to the Premier League. The Ligue 1 outfit refused to sell the Brazilian during the January window despite reported interest from Manchester United and Bayern Munich, in addition to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. Malcom signed a contract extension until 2021 in September, but has hinted he could leave his current club at the end of the season if Europe's biggest clubs come calling. "I want to play for an elite club in Europe, win the Champions League and play for the Selecao," the 21-year-old told Sky Sports Germany. "When I play for a big club, my chances improve. I want to thank Bordeaux for everything. "First I want to finish the season with the best possible result and then I am going to sit down with my agent and family. Together we will make a decision. "I am learning English, because it is the most important language in the world. Wherever you are, with English you can get along. So that is very important for me. "I have learned the language very quickly, had no big troubles. French was much more difficult. So I would manage to live in England. But in the end I can integrate everywhere." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  11. Barcelona have agreed an option to buy Gremio midfielder Arthur in the summer. The Catalan giants have reached an agreement to secure first option on the 21-year-old, who will cost £26.6m plus £8m in add-ons should Barca choose to activate the deal in July. Arthur is set to become the third Brazilian in Ernesto Valverde's first-team squad, with Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho already at Camp Nou. Barcelona confirmed the deal in a statement on Sunday, which read: "FC Barcelona and the Brazilian club Gremio de Porto Alegre have reached an agreement on a purchase option for the player Arthur Henrique Ramos de Oliveira Melo, whereas FC Barcelona may exercise this right on the player's federative rights during July of 2018. "In the event that the Club finally exercises the option signed, the price of the transfer is set at €30m plus €9m in variable amounts." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  12. Neymar's future at Paris Saint-Germain continues to be the subject of speculation as a report suggests that he has told his family and friends of his desire to leave the Parc des Princes. The Brazil international joined PSG from Barcelona last season in a world-record £198m move and has certainly delivered on the pitch, scoring 29 goals and registering 19 assists in just 30 games. However, ABC News has reported that Neymar, who is currently sidelined due to a foot injury, has taken the decision not to play for PSG again. "I won't go back to PSG, [the decision] is irreversible... if I come here, a league without tradition, and they whistle me, I don't want to continue for one minute more," the 26-year-old is reported to have told his loved ones. Although Real Madrid have been primarily linked with a move for Neymar, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo has suggested that, prior to PSG’s Champions League defeat to Real on Tuesday, the player informed Barca of his wish to rejoin them. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  13. Neymar has undergone a "successful" operation on his injured right foot, Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed. The Brazil international fractured his fifth metatarsal during PSG's 3-0 defeat of Marseille in Ligue 1 on February 25 and is expected to be sidelined for the next three months. Neymar checked into the Mater Dei hospital in Belo Horizonte on Saturday for surgery, which PSG have hailed as a success. A statement on the club's website read: "Neymar Jr underwent surgery today at the Materdei Hospital in Belo Horizonte. "The operation, conducted by Doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, was successful. "The operation consisted of the laying of a screw associated with a transplant fixed at the level of the lesion of the fifth metatarsal of the right foot. "Re-education will begin immediately under the direction of a club physiotherapist. Neymar's injury will be assessed in six weeks' time to establish a possible date for his return to training." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  14. Crystal Palace have signed goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri on a short-term contract until the end of the season. The 35-year-old played under Roy Hodgson at Liverpool, although he failed to make a Premier League appearance for the club. He has been a free agent since being released by Fluminense in his native Brazil at the end of 2017. Cavalieri, capped three times by Brazil, has been added to Palace's 25-man Premier League squad following a successful trial period. "I am very happy to be here and have been training with the guys for some time now," said Cavalieri, who won three caps for Brazil. "The atmosphere in the dressing room has been really good and they have received me very well so we can talk a lot and get to know everyone. I am very happy with this opportunity." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  15. Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is expected to be out of action for up to three months after he undergoes surgery on his broken metatarsal, according to the Brazil national football team doctor. The 26-year-old forward injured his foot during Sunday’s Ligue 1 win over rivals Marseille and PSG confirmed he would require an operation. Rodrigo Lasmar, quoted on the website of the Brazilian newspaper O Globo, said the world’s most expensive footballer was resigned to the lengthy lay-off. “Neymar suffered a fracture to the fifth metatarsal, it is an important fracture in a foot bone," Lasmar said. "The operation will be in Belo Horizonte on Saturday morning, and the recovery takes from two and a half months to three months. That depends a lot on his post-surgery recovery. We will have more details after the procedure. “Neymar is, of course, upset, sad, down, but understands that he has no alternative now. He will devote himself to being well as soon as possible. We will do our best to get him ready as soon as possible.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  16. Ronaldinho has retired from football, according to the player's brother and agent. The 37-year-old was part of the triumphant Brazil 2002 World Cup squad, won the Champions League in 2006 with Barcelona and won the Ballon d'Or in 2005. Roberto Assis told Brazilian outlets on Tuesday that his brother's career as a professional footballer "is over." Assis said that farewell matches for Ronaldinho are likely to be scheduled after the World Cup in Russia, which ends July 15. "He has stopped, it is ended," Assis said. "Let's do something pretty big and nice (for his farewell) after the Russia World Cup, probably in August. "We will do various events in Brazil, Europe and Asia and, of course, we are arranging something with the Brazilian team as well." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  17. Jurgen Klopp has stressed that Liverpool did all they could to persuade Philippe Coutinho to stay at Anfield. The Brazil international will officially move to Barcelona in a deal understood to be worth £146m, which was agreed after several weeks of discussions. Coutinho was the subject of three failed bids from Barca in the summer, the largest of which was worth £113m, and he handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move but was unsuccessful. Despite his departure, Klopp insists his squad is strong enough to handle the departure of the 25-year-old. The German told the official Liverpool website: "It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known. "Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his team-mates this was a move he was desperate to make happen. "Despite that, we managed to keep the player here beyond the summer window, hoping that we would be able to persuade him to stay and be part of what we are looking to do. "I can tell the Liverpool supporters that we, as a club, have done everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of LFC was as attractive as moving to Spain, but he is 100 per cent certain his future - and that of his family - belongs at Barcelona. It is his dream and I am now convinced there is nothing left at our disposal to change his mind. "I have been here long enough now to know in the history of Liverpool, key players have left before - but the club always goes on. You cannot transfer the heart and soul of Liverpool Football Club, although I am sure there are many clubs who would like to buy it. "I have so much belief in the talent we have here already and even more faith, together with our owners, that we will make continued investment into the playing squad, which will allow more growth and more improvement." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  18. Inter Milan and Brazil legend Adriano has revealed that he is working on making a comeback to professional football. The 35-year-old was deemed one of the best strikers in the game in the 2000s, but his career was derailed by personal problems. Adriano's last outing in professional football was in 2014, when he played only one game for Atletico Paranaense. However, speaking after an exhibition match at the Maracana on Wednesday, he told reporters: "We're still talking, let's see how things turn out. "It's all going on fine. Not just the fans, but also my family are supporting me to make this comeback. "I'm still a bit out of shape, I'm trying to keep a decent weight. We'll work on it to return as soon as possible." Adriano is believed to be negotiating a deal with Flamengo while Gremio are also thought to be interested in recruiting the player. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  19. Former Brazil, Portugal and Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has spoken of being scouted out for a number of international jobs including the vacant Australia role. The 69-year-old has just ended a successful two-and-a-half year spell in China with Guangzhou Evergrande where his side won the league in three consecutive seasons. Scolari says Chile, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar have all approached him about the possibility of taking charge of their national sides. However, the possibility of taking Australia to next year's World Cup in Russia has piqued his interest the most after Ange Postecoglou stepped down from the role in November. "I am one of the names they spoke with... to see if I was interested in taking them to the World Cup," Scolari is quoted by Sky Sports as saying. "They can probably hire someone in February. So if they are interested they will call my agent and we'll discuss it. "But I don't intend in just taking a team to the World Cup. I intend on leading a team with an organised project for one or two years. But I am interested. "I had an offer from Saudi Arabia, I had an invite from Chile just recently. The Asian countries, such as United Arab Emirates, Qatar, sounded me out but I was under contract. "I waited for the right moment to say, OK, now I don't have a contract and I am receptive to invites and we'll look at them and we see what might happen." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  20. Gareth Southgate has praised England's back three after they kept Brazil at bay in Tuesday's goalless draw at Wembley. Joe Gomez, John Stones and Harry Maguire dealt well against a side whose attacking trident consisted of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho as the Three Lions claimed what Southgate described as a "very credible" result. Tuesday's friendly followed the goalless draw with world champions Germany on Friday, capping off an impressive pair of performances against top international sides. "I thought they were all excellent," Southgate told Sky Sports News. "Joe has been given the man-of-the-match award and rightly so. "We know his athleticism is a real asset, but there was also his decision-making and his calmness in the face of high quality movement and high-quality through passes that he had to read. "In the two games, I think John Stones has really shown his defensive attributes. "He's looked really mature, controlled the line and taken pride in his defending as well as being calm in possession. I think that's a significant step for him. "They are not going to face more difficult tests than they have had in the two matches we have had, and they have come through them with two clean sheets. "The system has worked well. Collectively we have worked well. They had control of the game tonight and they were the most dangerous team, no doubt about that, but we have limited both teams to very few clear-cut chances. "There's lots for us to improve with the ball but for me there are really positive signs. We could put young players in and go and get beaten by four and you then question the decision, but they have really stepped up in the two matches. "The learning will have been enormous but they can also take a huge amount from both occasions." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  21. Brazil boss Tite believes that England are one of the favourites to win next year's World Cup. On Tuesday night, the Selecao face the Three Lions at Wembley with both sides looking to fine-tune preparations ahead of the finals in Russia. However, Tite has praised the quality in both the England squad and the Premier League, claiming it makes Gareth Southgate's team a threat in next year's competition. The 56-year-old is quoted by AFP as saying: "Even though Southgate has only had 13 games [as manager] so far, with Dele Alli, Kane and the experience of [Gary] Cahill, that tradition counts, so I see England as one of the favourites. "I'm not just saying that because I'm here at Wembley, speaking in front of English people. Compared to Japan, the technical demands of [Tuesday's] game are going to be higher. "Historically, England's [football is a mix between technical football, on the floor, but also physical contact, quality, short passing, triangulation. "In the Premier League there are so many foreign coaches and different players. It's a very strong league with different styles." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  22. Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has spoken of how he has had to grow up fast in England. The Brazil striker has scored nine goals in 16 appearances this season as City have set the pace at the top of the Premier League. His fortunes have taken a turn for the better following the broken metatarsal he suffered shortly after he joined in January, and says he is loving getting to grips with life in the Premier League. The 20-year-old told Sky Sports News: "I had this conversation with my family before I signed for a Manchester City where we talked about how I would have to adapt to another country and another culture. "But I was relaxed because I was reaching my dream of playing in the Premier League. I have been so welcomed by everyone at the club and it also helped that Fernandinho is also at City. "I'm still a young guy. I'm a boy. I didn't know anything when I came here. I didn't know about the weather or the language. I've been growing up fast. Sometimes I miss Brazil but I'm really enjoying my time here. "I think as a player we have to work and fight for our dream and this makes us grow up. We get old quickly - we leave our families to run for our dreams." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  23. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his team has got "exactly the situation we wanted" after Philippe Coutinho stayed with the club despite Spanish side Barcelona having placed bids. It is believed that Liverpool had already turned down three offers for the players services, with Sky Sports News reporting that the Merseyside club denied Barcelona's claim of having been held out on a potenial deal worth £183m - after the final offer of £118m being rejected by the Reds. Klopp told German media outlet SPORT1: "We have our situation and Dortmund has another, when asked about Barcelona's failed pursuit of Coutinho. "Don't believe everything in the press or that there are offers here and there and that the minute after the offer has been entered, it should already be over. We are not like George Orwell where everybody knows everything immediately. We have exactly the situation we wanted and no other. "Dortmund decided the player (Dembele) would leave them, so I cannot compare the two situations. We still have a really good player in the squad who can play." Klopp has claimed that Coutinho has not featured for Liverpool so far due to a back injury. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  24. Barcelona have completed the signing of Brazil midfielder Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande, pending a medical. The 29-year-old has joined Barca in a £36.4m deal, with a release clause of £109.1m, and is set to be presented on Thursday after undergoing his medical. Paulinho is Ernesto Valverde's most expensive signing since taking over at Barcelona this summer. He returns to Europe after spending two years at Tottenham Hotspur, in a not particularly fruitful spell, before leaving in 2015 in a £10m deal to Evergrande. During his time in the Chinese Super League he won two league titles as well as the Asian Champions League in 2015. "Paulinho is a player with high individual quality, he is an outstanding player, both for his club and for the national team," said Evergrande head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari over the weekend. "The high price paid by Barcelona in order to sign him is a strong recognition of Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club. We wish him all the best and that he can embrace a bright future." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  25. Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has penned a new contract with the French giants, which will run until 2022. The Brazilian, who has won 12 domestic trophies since arriving at PSG, made 44 appearances in all competitions for his French club during the 2016-17 campaign. Marquinhos was strongly linked with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona over the last 12 months. However, the 23-year-old has now decided to commit his future to the club that he joined from Roma in 2013. "I have always said I'm happy to play for Paris St Germain, and this contract extension is further proof of my commitment to the club," he told the club's official website. "I feel very good at this club and with this group of players whom I am with every day. I have found here the perfect place to flourish and hope to win many more trophies." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.

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