Nice forward Lamine Diaby suspected to have stolen team-mate Kasper Dolberg’s €70,000 watch – reports

26 Sep

Nice forward Kasper Dolberg’s €70,000 watch has reportedly been stolen and the prime suspect is a club team-mate of his, according to reports.

The Denmark international’s timepiece disappeared from the club’s dressing room on September 16.

Dolberg joined the French club from Ajax in the summer
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Dolberg, 21, who joined the French club from Ajax for £18million this summer, has still not recovered the watch in what is deeply embarrassing news for Nice.

And well-respected French publication L’Equipe report that 18-year-old forward Lamine Diaby is suspected to have stolen it.

Diaby, who has played for France at U16, U17 and U18 levels, is now the subject of a disciplinary procedure.

He has been ordered to appear at a hearing and if he’s found guilty then he runs the risk of having his Nice contract terminated.

Diaby could get the sack if found guilty
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The youngster has been with Les Aiglons since he was 13 and although he’s not made an appearance for the club this season, he’s viewed as one of their most promising strikers in recent times.

He returned to training at the beginning of September after suffering a right ankle tear in April.

Diaby made his debut aged just 16 and is part of a group of promising youngsters to be at Nice, of which Dolberg is another.

Nice are now owned by Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe after he took over the club in August.

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Ratcliffe spent some of his £21billion on new players including Dolberg, who joined Patrick Vieira’s side having made over 100 appearances for Ajax.

Nice finished 7th in Ligue 1 last season and are currently in the same position this year having amassed 12 points from seven games.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier aims subtle dig at ‘superstar’ Neymar

25 Sep

Thomas Meunier doesn’t seem impressed by Neymar’s summer antics.

The £200m player spent much of the last transfer window pushing for a transfer from Paris Saint-Germain to Barcelona.

Neymar has scored winners in consecutive matches
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However, with the French side refusing to part with their star man, Neymar has since set about redeeming himself on the pitch.

He scored an incredible stoppage-time overhead kick to earn a 1-0 win over Strasbourg and followed that up with another decisive late strike again on Sunday against Lyon.

Despite this, team-mate Meunier has instead heaped praise on new midfield recruits Ander Herrea and Idrissa Gueye.

“We do not take a goal, the opponents are very dangerous, we have good communication.

“And transfers, masterful, Gueye, Herrera – they are ‘club men’, players fighting, not superstars, people who know what they have to do on the field.

“Marketing is important, but I prefer to play with ten guys who have a leg of wood than ten superstars, because they will give everything.”

Neymar applauds the fans despite being booed relentlessly since his return
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PSG manager Thomas Tuchel has insisted Neymar is ‘100 per cent with us’ following his recent displays.

“He laughs, he is reliable, he is completely there with his team-mates. It’s normal, it’s necessary.

“It’s his job. He’s here to score and be decisive. It’s Neymar. I expect that every time. I am demanding with him.

“This is only his third match in four months. He is not yet 100 per cent and he will do better. He will gain in physical capacity with the matches and this will help him. Ney is always decisive, he is always creative and he looks ahead.”

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Real Madrid quartet named in Best FIFA Awards Men’s World XI 2019, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi also make the cut

23 Sep

Eden Hazard was one of four Real Madrid players to make it into the Best FIFA Awards Men’s World XI which was announced on Monday night.

The Belgian international played a starring role in former side Chelsea’s Europa League triumph last season, with Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Luka Modric were also included in the team, with two members of Liverpool’s Champions League squad also making the cut.

Eden Hazard celebrates winning the Europa League with Chelsea in May
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Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk were both crucial to the Reds’ sixth European Cup success in June.

Meanwhile, Barcelona and Juventus – like Liverpool –  have two inclusions from their respective sides.

Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong are Barca’s representatives – though the Dutch midfielder was part of the Ajax time which got to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018/19.

The same goes for Matthijs de Ligt who captained Ajax before switching to Juventus, while Cristiano Ronaldo unsurprisingly also get the nod in this star-studded side.

Joining Messi and Ronaldo in attack is teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, who flies the flag for Paris Saint-Germain.

Best FIFA Awards Men's World XI

Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker

Defenders: Matthijs de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo

Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe

 

 

Neymar is ‘100 per cent committed to Paris Saint-Garmain’ after scoring another winning goal in victory over Lyon, says manager Thomas Tuchel

23 Sep

Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has insisted Neymar is ‘100 per cent with us’after his goal gave the Ligue 1 champions a 1-0 victory at Lyon.

Neymar was booed by his own fans during the match against Strasbourg last weekend, having been heavily linked with a return to Barcelona over the summer.

Neymar has scored another brilliant goal to silence his critics
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The Brazil international netted a stunning stoppage-time overhead kick winner on that occasion and was on target with another decisive late strike again on Sunday.

It looked like PSG would fail to find the net in a league fixture for the first time in 44 outings until a moment of brilliance with three minutes remaining.

Neymar received a pass from Angel Di Maria inside the Lyon area and, despite being surrounded by four defenders, he created enough space to shoot through Joachim Andersen’s legs and into the far corner of the net.

His strike was not as late, or spectacular, as the one against Strasbourg, but the outcome was the same – three points for PSG.

Neymar’s winner also served as the ideal response to being targeted by objects thrown from the stands.

The missiles, which appeared to largely consist of paper rolled into balls, rained down on the Brazil international whenever he took a corner in the second half.

Tuchel said in his press conference after the match: “He’s 100 per cent with us. He is 100 per cent in the group. He laughs, he is reliable, he is completely there with his team-mates. It’s normal, it’s necessary.

“It’s his job. He’s here to score and be decisive. It’s Neymar. I expect that every time. I am demanding with him.

“This is only his third match in four months. He is not yet 100 per cent and he will do better. He will gain in physical capacity with the matches and this will help him. Ney is always decisive, he is always creative and he looks ahead.”

Neymar is back in the PSG team despite loud opposition from supporters
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Neymar’s goal was arguably what PSG deserved, having dominated the match and been denied by a series of fine saves from Anthony Lopes in the first half.

Tuchel was relieved to get the win, which saw his team open up a three-point lead at the top of the table.

“It’s always the same, we cannot control the result but only our performance,” he said. “We had chances and we managed to control the game, it was super tight.

“Lyon play in the Champions League, they decided to defend low and tight. We had a lot of touches in the opposing area but we had to be patient, that’s how we find the way through. We did not concede a goal either, so it’s great.”

Why is Neymar not facing Real Madrid tonight? Paris Saint-Germain forward’s Champions League ban reduced but he’ll miss huge clash

17 Sep

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has had his three-match Champions League ban reduced to two games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled.

The 27-year-old was punished for insulting match officials over social media comments made in the wake of his side’s controversial 3-1 home defeat by Manchester United in March which denied them a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Neymar will now miss only two Champions League matches rather than three
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PSG challenged the decision and, after UEFA had initially dismissed the claim, the Ligue 1 champions appealed to CAS – who ruled on Tuesday that the Brazil international will now serve a two-match ban.

It means he will sit out Wednesday’s Group A opener at home to summer suitors Real Madrid, as well as the trip to Galatasaray on October 1, but will now be available for their third game away to Club Brugge.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rendered its final decision in the appeal filed by the French club Paris St Germain and the player Neymar Da Silva Santos Jr. against the decision taken by the UEFA Appeals Body on 18 June 2019,” a CAS statement read.

“The player was found to have insulted match officials through social media at the end of the Champions League match Paris St Germain vs Manchester United on 6 March 2019 and sanctioned with a three-match suspension from UEFA competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible.

“Following an appeal filed on 18 July 2019 by both Paris St Germain and the player, this CAS procedure was referred to a sole arbitrator, Prof. Ulrich Haas (Germany). A hearing was held at the CAS headquarters on 13 September 2019, during which the parties and their legal representatives were heard.

“In application of Art. 15 (1) lit. b of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations which provides for a minimum suspension of two matches in case of “abusive language” directed at a match official, the sole arbitrator partially upheld the appeal and reduced the suspension imposed by UEFA on Neymar Jr. to two (2) UEFA competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible.”

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Neymar was injured for the game at the Parc des Princes as Marcus Rashford’s controversial late penalty, awarded via the use of the video assistant referee, saw the Red Devils overturn a 2-0 home defeat to advance on away goals.

He later wrote on social media: “This is a disgrace, they put four people that know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR.”

The former Barcelona forward was heavily linked with a summer move back to Spain and was jeered by PSG supporters on his return to the team for Saturday’s 1-0 win over Strasbourg.

Neymar appears to have garnered so much ill-feelings among the club’s fanbase that he was also booed when converting a stoppage-time overhead kick to win the game for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Neymar nets incredible stoppage-time overhead kick to earn PSG win and silence hostile crowd

14 Sep

Neymar issued the perfect response to his critics after netting an incredible stoppage-time bicycle kick to earn PSG a 1-0 win over Strasbourg.

The Brazilian has been sidelined with injuries so far this season – but was booed by the PSG supporters due to his efforts to force a move away from the Parc des Princes in the summer.

Neymar scored a sensational goal to silence his critics
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Neymar was close to making a return to Barcelona but a deal was unable to be reached between all the parties.

And after making his playing return during the international break, the forward was picked to start, which didn’t go down well with Ultras in the crowd.

The Parc des Princes faithful unveiled a banner that read “Neymar Sr, go sell your son in Vila Mimosa”.

Mimosa is a part of Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro most famous for it’s prostitution district.

But, Neymar did not let the jeers get him down, netting an overhead kick late on to hand PSG a 1-0 win as Mauro Icardi and Ander Herrera made their Ligue 1 debuts.

Prior to the match, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel said the flamboyant winger would have to accept the hostile atmosphere from the crowd.

In his pre-game press conference, the German coach said: “Now that the transfer window is closed it’s not a distraction anymore.

“Life is not too hard for him, living and playing in Paris.

“I can’t control how the fans will react. But the more you talk about something the more it becomes a big thing.”

Paul Pogba ‘agreed’ to leave Manchester United for PSG in stunning summer transfer… but move failed because of Neymar saga

12 Sep

Paul Pogba allegedly agreed to a transfer which would have seen him leave Manchester United and sign for Paris Saint-Germain during the summer.

But the move eventually did not happen – because of Neymar.

According to stunning reports in Italy, Pogba, the France midfielder, agreed a huge £429,000-a-week contract with the Ligue 1 champions just days before the transfer window closed.

Pogba was reportedly close to joining PSG this summer
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Pogba was strongly linked with an Old Trafford exit all summer long, having admitted he was ready for ‘a new challenge’ after a tough season with the Red Devils.

Real Madrid and his former club Juventus were said to be front-runners to sign him, but the World Cup winner ultimately remained in the Premier League as Manchester United chiefs stood firm.

However, Italy outlet Calciomercato claim the club had agreed to let their star asset go back to his homeland in the summer in a stunning agreement with PSG.

But the report says the deal didn’t go through as Neymar didn’t complete his purported return to Barcelona.

Pogba’s switch is said to have hinged on the Brazilian’s possible exit.

Neymar allegedly wanted to leave Paris to secure a return to former club Barcelona
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But he ended up staying in Paris as the LaLiga champions couldn’t match PSG’s eye-watering £273million valuation.

The Pogba saga appears far from over, however.

A move in January could still be on the cards, with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos recently opening the door for his move to the Bernabeu.

Premier League’s most valuable XI includes Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham stars… but how does it compare to LaLiga and Bundesliga teams?

12 Sep

Earlier this week it was revealed that Manchester City have become the first club in football history to build a squad worth over a staggering €1billion.

Pep Guardiola’s side is one of the strongest in the world, with a host of sensational attacking players like Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling backed up by a stronge backline that boasts players such as Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte and Ederson.

Raheem Sterling is now worth more than double the £49million Man City spent on him four years ago
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But how many City stars make it into the most valuable XI of current Premier League players?

talkSPORT have dug through transfermarkt.co.uk’s valuation data to create the most pricey XI for the Premier League – and we decided to have a look at Europe’s four other top leagues as well.

Find out below which division can claim to have the most valuable XI…


Premier League most valuable XI – total market value = £1.04billion

Allison (Liverpool) – £72m

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – £72m

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – £81m

Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) – £67.5m

Andy Robertson (Liverpool) – £54m

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – £90m

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £90m

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £135m

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £117m

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £126m

Harry Kane (Tottenham) – £135m

There are no real surprises in the Premier League’s most valuable XI, possibly with the exception of there being more Liverpool players (4) than those from Manchester City (3).

Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah are valued the highest out of all Premier League players, both at £135m.


LaLiga most valuable XI – total market value = £934.9million

Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – £90m

Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid) – £45m

Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid) – £63m

Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) – £63m

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) – £45m

Saul (Atletico Madrid) – £81m

Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona) – £76.5m

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – £135m

Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) – £90m

Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) – £135m

Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) – £117m

Once again, it is no real surprise to see Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid dominating, with no player from outside Spain’s big three making it into the most valuable XI.

Lionel Messi and new Real Madrid signing Eden Hazard are the most expensive players in the squad, both valued, like Salah and Kane in the Premier League, at £135m.


Serie A most valuable XI – total market value = £644.3million

Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – £49.5m

Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) – £22.5m

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) – £67.5m

Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) – £67.5

Alex Sandro (Juventus) – £40.5m

Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) – £63m

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio) – £58.5m

Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) – £54m

Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – £76.5m

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – £81m

Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) – £67.5m

Five Juventus players feature in the most valuable XI for Italy’s Serie A, including Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite the inclusion of the Portuguese forward, the Serie A XI has a relatively low overall value and does not feature a single player worth more than £100m.


Bundesliga most valuable XI – total market value = £624.8million

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) – £16.2m

Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) – £63m

Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich) – £54m

Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich) – £63m

David Alaba (Bayern Munich) – £49m

Thiago (Bayern Munich) – £63m

Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich) – £45m

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – £90m

Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – £81m

Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund) – £45m

Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) – £58.5m

England wonderkid Jadon Sancho is the most valuable player in the Bundesliga XI, with the teenager already worth £90m.

He is one of only four players in the XI not contracted to Bayern Munich, along with his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Julian Brandt.


Ligue 1 most valuable XI – total market value = £677.5million

Anthony Lopes (Lyon) – £22.5m

Thomas Meunier (PSG) – £27m

Marquinhos (PSG) – £58.5m

Thilo Kehrer (PSG) – £31.5m

Layvin Kurzawa (PSG) £15.75m

Marco Verratti (PSG) £67.5m

Houssem Auoar (Lyon) £40.5m

Florian Thauvin (Marseille) – £40.5m

Pablo Sarabia (PSG) – £36m

Neymar (PSG) – £162m

Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – £180m

Perhaps the only surprise is to see that PSG have only eight players in this most expensive XI – rather than eleven!

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both feature, being valued at £180m and £162m respectively. They are the two most valuable players in the world right now, according to transfermarkt.

Paul Pogba ‘agreed’ to leave Manchester United for PSG in stunning summer transfer… but move failed because of Neymar saga

12 Sep

Paul Pogba allegedly agreed to a transfer which would have seen him leave Manchester United and sign for Paris Saint-Germain during the summer.

But the move eventually did not happen – because of Neymar.

According to stunning reports in Italy, Pogba, the France midfielder, agreed a huge £429,000-a-week contract with the Ligue 1 champions just days before the transfer window closed.

Pogba was reportedly close to joining PSG this summer
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Pogba was strongly linked with an Old Trafford exit all summer long, having admitted he was ready for ‘a new challenge’ after a tough season with the Red Devils.

Real Madrid and his former club Juventus were said to be front-runners to sign him, but the World Cup winner ultimately remained in the Premier League as Manchester United chiefs stood firm.

However, Italy outlet Calciomercato claim the club had agreed to let their star asset go back to his homeland in the summer in a stunning agreement with PSG.

But the report says the deal didn’t go through as Neymar didn’t complete his purported return to Barcelona.

Pogba’s switch is said to have hinged on the Brazilian’s possible exit.

Neymar allegedly wanted to leave Paris to secure a return to former club Barcelona
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But he ended up staying in Paris as the LaLiga champions couldn’t match PSG’s eye-watering £273million valuation.

The Pogba saga appears far from over, however.

A move in January could still be on the cards, with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos recently opening the door for his move to the Bernabeu.

Tottenham Hotspur star Davinson Sanchez sends Neymar crashing into advertising hoardings during Brazil friendly

7 Sep

Davinson Sanchez made sure to let his presence known against Neymar on Friday night, by leaving the forward crumpled in a heap on the ground.

The Tottenham Hotspur defender, who is currently on international duty with Colombia, sent the Brazil forward crashing into the advertising boards behind the goal with a robust challenge.

Davinson Sanchez sent Neymar flying on Friday night

With the scores level at 2-2, Sanchez appeared to kick out at Neymar before pushing an elbow into the 27-year-old’s back.

Such was the force of the tackle, the former Santos man was then unable to stop his momentum from taking him head over heels and landing straight into the billboards behind the goal.

The incensed Brazilian players rushed to surround the referee in protest at the brevity of Sanchez’s tackle.

But the former Ajax defender looked bemused at the accusations, despite Neymar lying on the turf in some distress.

Neymar crashed into the ad boards behind the goal
The Spurs defender made absolutely no attempt to play the ball, despite being in the box

Brazil took the lead in the 20th minute when Casemiro headed home a corner from Neymar, who was making his return to the national side after missing their victorious Copa America campaign.

Luis Muriel equalised from the penalty spot six minutes later after Alec Sandro was penalised for a clumsy challenge, and he gave Colombia the lead 11 minutes before half time when he rifled high into the net from 10 meters out to finish off a superb team move.

Brazil improved in the second half and Neymar got them level after 58 minutes when he tapped in from close range after Philippe Coutinho had split the Colombian defence with a long pass.