Dries Mertens officially signs new Napoli deal until 2022

Dries Mertens officially signs new Napoli deal until 2022
Dries Mertens officially signs new Napoli deal until 2022

Dries Mertens officially signs new Napoli deal until 2022. Mertens has finally put pen to paper on a new Napoli contract, keeping him at the club for at least two more years.

Mertens’ signature came on Wednesday afternoon, just hours before Napoli are due to contest the Coppa Italia Final.

He has extended his deal until 2022, with the option of a third season at the San Paolo, after declining moves to Chelsea and Inter.

Despite just turning 33, he is a true fans’ favourite for the Partenopei and – in netting the goal against Inter that booked their place in the Coppa Final – became their all-time top scorer.

Since joining from PSV in 2013, Mertens has scored 122 goals and assisted 73 in 310 appearances for Napoli.

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David Luiz takes blame after Arsenal defeat to Man City

David Luiz takes blame after Arsenal defeat to Man City
David Luiz takes blame after Arsenal defeat to Man City

David Luiz takes blame after Arsenal defeat to Man City.  “It’s not the team’s fault, it was my fault. Today I think the team did well, especially with 10 men, the coach is amazing, the players did amazing, it’s just my fault.”

David Luiz has taken the blame for Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City, but insists he wants to extend his contract at the club.

Luiz produced a catalogue of errors in a torrid 25-minute cameo appearance as 10-man Arsenal suffered a heavy loss at City on the Premier League’s return.

Brought on as a substitute in the 24th minute following an injury to Pablo Mari, the Brazilian’s error led to Raheem Sterling’s opener (45+2) before he was sent off for hauling down Riyad Mahrez inside the penalty area four minutes into the second half.

The 33-year-old’s contract at Arsenal is also set to expire in the coming weeks, but he insists he wants to extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium.

“It’s not the team’s fault, it was my fault,” he told Sky Sports.

“Today I think the team did well, especially with 10 men, the coach is amazing, the players did amazing, it’s just my fault. “

“I took the decision to play, I should have taken another decision in the last two months, but I didn’t. It was all about my contract, whether I stay or not. I have 14 days to be here, and that’s it. Today was my fault.”

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UEFA confirms original 12 host cities retained for rescheduled Euro 2020

UEFA confirms original 12 host cities retained for rescheduled Euro 2020
UEFA confirms original 12 host cities retained for rescheduled Euro 2020

UEFA confirms original 12 host cities retained for rescheduled Euro 2020. Wembley will host the semi-finals and final of the tournament.

UEFA has confirmed that the 12 Euro 2020 host cities originally selected will stage the matches for the rescheduled tournament next year, while also releasing the new fixtures schedule.

European football’s governing body met over video conference on Wednesday to make key decisions relating to the European Championships, as well as a number of other UEFA tournaments, including the Champions League, Europa League and Women’s Champions League.

Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg were the cities chosen for Euro 2020, as the format changed for the first time from just one or two countries hosting games as a celebration of its 60th anniversary.

Turkey will now face Italy in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on Friday June 11 2021 in the opening match of the tournament, with Portugal beginning the defence of their title in Budapest four days later.

Wembley will host the semi-finals as well as the final of the tournament, which has been rescheduled for Sunday July 11.

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UEFA confirms 12-day Champions League tournament in Lisbon

UEFA confirms 12-day Champions League tournament in Lisbon
UEFA confirms 12-day Champions League tournament in Lisbon

UEFA confirms 12-day Champions League tournament in Lisbon. Remaining last-16 games on August 7-8; quarter-finals: August 12-15; semi-finals: August 18-19; final: August 23

Champions League knockout games will be played in a 12-day condensed tournament in Lisbon in August, UEFA has confirmed.

The eight teams remaining in the competition will take part in a straight knockout tournament between August 12 and 23.

The four remaining last-16 second-leg matches, including Manchester City vs Real Madrid, will take place on August 7 and 8.

Paris Saint-Germain, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig are the four clubs who have already guaranteed their respective places in the last eight.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said they will decide by mid-July whether fans could be present at the respective Champions League and Europa League tournaments.

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Timo Werner will not play in Champions League ahead of Chelsea move

Timo Werner will not play in Champions League ahead of Chelsea move
Timo Werner will not play in Champions League ahead of Chelsea move

Timo Werner will not play in Champions League ahead of Chelsea move. RB Leipzig striker set to join Chelsea this summer with deal agreed in principle.

Timo Werner will not play in Champions League matches for RB Leipzig this August ahead of his expected move to Chelsea.

Lisbon will host the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the Champions League between August 12-23. The Bundesliga side still involved in the competition following a 4-0 aggregate win over Tottenham before football went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Germany international Werner is set to leave Leipzig and join Chelsea this summer, with a deal in principle already agreed.

Sky in Germany expects Werner to officially become a Chelsea player in the middle of July before taking three or four weeks off ahead of the 2020-21 season.

The UEFA Executive Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday. They will approve a condensed new Champions League tournament played across 12 days.

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Government says Premier League neutral venues if fans congregate

Government says Premier League neutral venues if fans congregate
Government says Premier League neutral venues if fans congregate

Government says Premier League neutral venues if fans congregate.

Nigel Huddleston MP: “We still have COVID-19, this is not life as normal. I know the vast majority of football supporters will behave… everybody knows they have a responsibility here”

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston has told Sky Sports News that should football fans congregate outside home stadiums when the Premier League returns, the Government would bring back the option of using neutral venues to complete some 2019/20 season fixtures.

“The fans, we need them to follow passionately and follow from your home. Please do so responsibly.”

“We still have COVID-19, this is not life as normal. I know the vast majority of football supporters will behave.”

“We absolutely want to make sure that [fans turning up at stadia] is avoided, and individual fans and clubs and everybody knows they have a responsibility here.”

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Newcastle prepare to spend €135m for Ciro Immobile

Newcastle prepare to spend €135m for Ciro Immobile
Newcastle prepare to spend €135m for Ciro Immobile

Newcastle prepare to spend €135m for Ciro Immobile.

Newcastle are, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, ready to spend €135m in total to get Lazio star Ciro Immobile.

His contract at Lazio expires in June 2023. But reports in Italian media have claimed he is in for a bumper new deal at the Olimpico this summer.

The newspaper claims the Arab backers, who are currently waiting for the approval from the Premier League to buy the Magpies, have already contacted Immobile’s representatives to present their intentions.

Immobile will, according to the report, get a five-year deal with a net salary of €8m (€16m a year gross). Moreover, He will have a transfer fee of €55m to the Biancocelesti.

Lazio President Claudio Lotito wants to fend off any possible suitors by extending the forward’s contract until 2025. He will offer €4m a year.

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Pjanic dropped for Coppa Italia Final as Sarri considers two changes

Pjanic dropped for Coppa Italia Final as Sarri considers two changes
Pjanic dropped for Coppa Italia Final as Sarri considers two changes

Pjanic dropped for Coppa Italia Final as Sarri considers two changes. It kicks off in Rome on Wednesday June 17 at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

Maurizio Sarri is reportedly considering two changes to the Juventus XI for the Coppa Italia Final against Napoli, including dropping Miralem Pjanic.

Gonzalo Higuain, Giorgio Chiellini, Aaron Ramsey and Merih Demiral missed the 0-0 draw with Milan on Friday and are unlikely to recover in time for the Final.

Tuttomercatoweb reported that Sarri is planning two adjustments to the line-up.

Pjanic was again fairly disappointing in midfield. So it’s possible he will be on the benched in favour of Sami Khedira, giving Rodrigo Bentancur the keys to the squad.

Douglas Costa started in the trident attack with Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala. But Juan Cuadrado will take over instead, so leaving CR7 as a centre-forward.

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English Premier League Fixtures 17-21 June 2020

English Premier League Fixtures 17-21 June 2020
English Premier League Fixtures 17-21 June 2020

English Premier League Fixtures 17-21 June 2020. The Premier League 2019-20 season will restart on Wednesday, June 17 since the coronavirus pandemic.

All Fixtures for this weekend are here as Liverpool could guarantee the title for the first time in 3 decades if Manchester City lose Arsenal and they can beat the Merseyside rival on sunday.

Note: BST time

English Premier League Fixtures 17 June 2020

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United 18:00

Manchester City vs Arsenal 20:15

English Premier League Fixtures 19 June 2020

Norwich City vs Southampton 18:00

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United 20:15

English Premier League Fixtures 20 June 2020

Watford vs Leicester City 12:30

Brighton vs Arsenal 15:00

West Ham United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers 17:30

Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace 19:45

English Premier League Fixtures 21 June 2020

Newcastle United vs Sheffield United 14:00

Aston Villa vs Chelsea 16:15

Everton vs Liverpool 19:00

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Real Madrid miss Cristiano Ronaldo, says Luka Modric

Real Madrid miss Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid miss Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid miss Cristiano Ronaldo, says Luka Modric. The Croat spoke about how the team have missed the influence of the Portuguese on the pitch.

Cristiano Ronaldo always motivated Real Madrid to win and Los Blancos miss his goals and character, says Luka Modric.

Portugal great Ronaldo became Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer during nine prolific and trophy-laden seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu between 2009 and 2018.

Modric, who briefly interrupted the Ronaldo-Lionel Messi monopoly of the Ballon d’Or by winning the prestigious individual prize in 2018, concedes the absence of Ronaldo’s qualities have been felt.

“Talking about the player seems trivial to me – he is among the best ever,” Modric told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We missed his goals and character at Real. Cristiano always wants to win, he motivated us and made us react.

“As a person then he is 10. He has a big heart and is always ready to help those in need.”

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