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Neymar has to leave Paris Saint-Germain to come to be the very best – ex-Ballon D’Or Rivaldo

Previous Barcelona player and Brazil global Rivaldo believes that Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar will not be capable to fulfil his ambition of staying the very best player in the world with the French champions.

Rivaldo received La Liga 2 times, as nicely as the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Tremendous Cup with Barcelona among 1997 and 2002, although Neymar remaining the Spanish giants for a world-record €222 million previous summer time.

Speaking with GloboEsporte, Rivaldo, who received the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s World Player of the Yr awards in 1999 and lifted the World Cup in 2002, claimed that Neymar can only arrive at Barcelona Lionel Messi’s and Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo‘s degree if he returns to Spain.

“I have by now reported that Neymar can be the very best player in the world,” he reported. “On the other hand, I feel that if he stays at PSG, he will not accomplish that.

“Neymar has to leave PSG. In football, to be the very best, you have to play in Spain. Barca, for the reason that of his predicament, is tricky. From the information and facts I am acquiring from persons close to him and from what I have read lately, it is remarkably probable that Neymar will go to Real in the upcoming.

“It is there, in Madrid, whereby I think that he can come to be the very best player in the world.”

Neymar is now in Brazil recovering from medical procedures on a fractured fifth metatarsal in his correct foot and he not long ago disclosed by way of Instagram that he has resumed strolling devoid of the assist of crutches.

Speaking at a sponsor function in Sao Paulo previous Tuesday, Neymar vowed to be healthy and much better than at any time at this summer’s World Cup in Russia and hopes to be cleared to return to motion at a May 17 health-related evaluation.

According to a supply close to PSG, hope is fading in Paris that he will attribute once again this season, but he is predicted to return to the French team all-around the starting of May.

Neymar will also be present for his team’s Ligue 1 title celebrations after the home clash with Rennes in the penultimate fixture of the marketing campaign.

Regarding the Real Madrid rumours described by Rivaldo, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) have rubbished a report in El Pais that claimed Neymar could leave PSG by way of an exit clause in his agreement truly worth €300m.

The Spanish newspaper had claimed that a failure to win the Champions League, the Ballon d’Or or The Very best FIFA’s Men’s Player would have activated a €300m release clause in Neymar’s agreement on Sept. 1 of this 12 months.

On the other hand, the LFP issued a statement to the French information outlet L’Equipe in reaction to the post, citing a rule that states minimal price release clauses and exit clauses are not permitted in qualified French football contracts.

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Neymar has not called because PSG clinched Ligue 1 title – Unai Emery

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has disclosed that superstar Neymar has not called him because past weekend’s Ligue 1 title triumph in excess of Monaco.

The French money club thrashed next-placed Monaco 7-1 to verify their seventh French crown past Sunday and the Brazil intercontinental showed himself actively playing poker with the match on a display screen in the track record for the duration of the rout.

French 1998 World Cup and 2000 European championship winner Christophe Dugarry, previously a Barcelona player, made headlines on Tuesday right after accusing Neymar of “spitting” on PSG by way of his conduct.

And when questioned by Cadena Cope radio if Neymar experienced called or messaged him because PSG’s title-clinching victory on Sunday, Emery reported no.

“I spoke with Neymar two or 3 months in the past to see how he was and what strategy he experienced of becoming a member of the group in schooling,” reported Emery. “The players have a chat, so Neymar has a direct conversation with the players, as well as the club and I.”

Emery, who didn’t point out he took an issue with the frequency of conversation with Neymar, went on to emphasise his excellent connection with the former Barcelona man and the dedication Les Parisiens‘ No. 10 has towards club and place.

“I have a pretty excellent connection with Neymar,” Emery reported. “He is fully committed to the team, to Brazil and he is worried about his recovery. Neymar is pretty eager to return and to play 1 game right before the conclusion of the season, that is what he told me when we chatted two months in the past.

“I see Neymar in Paris [in the long run], I truthfully experience that — the union in between him and PSG will continue. Neymar has distinct [in his head] what he needs at a particular person and collective stage, we spoke about it at the beginning of the season with him and the president and that venture stay in place.

Neymar is browsing to have the greatest part at PSG and PSG is browsing to have a large starring part with Neymar’s support. I would not understand a PSG with no Neymar and Neymar would not understand himself with no PSG.”

Having said that, Emery admitted his belief that Neymar will stay with PSG earlier the summer season could not discourage elite European clubs from screening the waters.

“It is standard that best clubs are fascinated by him,” reported the former Sevilla manager. “He is viewed as to be and is proving to be, amongst the most effective 3 players in the entire world. Of training course, at some point, best clubs can knock on the doorway.”

On his individual long run, Emery has been closely connected with a return to formative club Real Sociedad as the coach but pressured that PSG and any possible agreement talks come very first.

“I do not see myself as in or out [at PSG this summer season],” the 46-yr-outdated reported. “I imagine we have experienced an excellent season. I have been right here for too many years and I continue to function.

“When I sit down with the president and the club administration, to communicate about the long run, which we have not performed yet, we will take into consideration what is most effective for the club and for me.

“Against Real Madrid [in the Champions League spherical of sixteen], it was not to be. But the team reacted well. We have been regular. We received the league title against Monaco. We will sit down in the shorter-term and go over what the long run is heading to be.”

Emery rejected present-day backlinks with Sociedad but did not disguise he adore for the club, nor his excellent connection with the present-day management.

“I have not gained an offer you from La Real,” he reported. “I have a excellent get hold of with [Sociedad sporting director] Roberto Olabe.

“I have a dialogue pending with PSG mainly because I finish my agreement in June and we will see if we continue. I want to discuss with PSG right before I make a determination.

“I was with Real Sociedad for 10 many years. I normally say that 50 percent of my coronary heart is with the club.”

Emery can lead PSG to a next consecutive Coupe de France last underneath his management if the team can beat Caen away on Wednesday, with semi-skilled outfit Les Herbiers awaiting at Stade de France.

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Paris Saint Germain have likelihood to reclaim Ligue 1 crown at home against previous many years winners Monaco

Paris Saint-Germain can correct revenge on Monaco for previous season’s shock Ligue 1 dethronement when the pair meets up with at Parc des Princes on Sunday. The French capital outfit and Les Monegasques have six matches to go in Le Championnat, together with this a single, and are separated by fourteen points coming into this weekend’s showdown.

A win for PSG will open up a seventeen-point benefit with just fifteen remaining to play for and a draw would necessarily mean that Monaco could only hope to end amount on points at ideal. Fundamentally, a do or die for the men from the principality, while Unai Emery and his players know that this is a fantastic likelihood to wrap points up in type.

PSG have crushed ASM each and every of the three times they have met this season — the moment in the Trophee des Champions in Tangier, Morocco, the moment in Ligue 1 at Stade Louis II and the moment in the Coupe de la Ligue closing at Matmut Atlantique in Bordeaux. Regardless of the odds currently being greatly stacked in Les Parisiens’ favour coming into this a single, even though, coach Emery is anticipating to be presented a tricky time by reverse number Leonardo Jardim and his aspect.

Monaco’s aim is to qualify for the Champions League, so we know this will be a really tricky match,” the Spaniard told journalists at his pre-match news conference on Friday. “We can win the Ligue 1 title at home, at the entrance of our fans. It is a fantastic chance — we want to win and play well.

Monaco is in fantastic variety, they have not missed in fifteen (notice: basically unbeaten in seventeen) league matches. They have been really steady, particularly in new months. We will consider winning Le Championnat in this article.

“Saint-Etienne won the Ligue 1 title 10 times, Marseille nine (notice: basically 10) and Monaco 8. PSG have six titles and want to win this season to keep catching up and to ultimately grow to be the most profitable team in league historical past. It is a crucial title for us, to keep transferring forward.”

Last time out, PSG appeared disinterested away at Saint-Etienne and were being blessed to occur away with a draw following Mathieu Debuchy’s late individual goal. Regardless of a one hundred percent win history against Monaco so far this campaign, they will need to demonstrate significantly bigger drive if they want to conclude the title race lifeless this weekend.

Emery rejected the plan of post-Champions League elimination and post-Coupe de la Ligue accomplishment complacency but needs his team to put “the worst first 50 % of football this term” guiding them and put on a demonstration for the homes supporters.

“We want to win every single opposition we play in,” replied the Basque tactician at Camp des Loges when asked about the dip in intensity at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard previous week. “Ligue 1 is really crucial for us. This is our most important opposition. All the players know this.

“The club needs to keep progressing, to keep improving, to grow to be the ideal in the environment, so every single opposition is crucial.

Kylian Mbappe can clinch the next piece of silverware for PSG against ex-club Monaco with a win on Sunday.

“We are centred on successful this weekend, we want to play well and reward our supporters, all those at Parc des Princes and all those viewing on television. I hope they see an aggressive team, taking part in fantasy football and developing heaps of likelihood to score.”

PSG‘s likelihood of beating Monaco yet again and wrapping up the Ligue 1 title against their closest rivals in satisfying trend has been boosted by the news that Kylian Mbappe has been passed healthy to face his formative club.

The France international struggled to be significant of an impact against Les Verts, but so did virtually all of his teammates, and the teenage feeling will no doubt come to feel motivated to assist his new businesses to win again the trophy that he helped Les Monegasques get the previous season. Mbappe was up for it in Bordeaux to encourage his team to Coupe de la Ligue victory and understanding that a Championnat crown is on the line in this article could assist a further virtuoso demonstrating.

Elsewhere, Emery has been boosted by the returns of Dani Alves, Julian Draxler and Thiago Motta, while Marco Verratti and Presnel Kimpembe are the only players lacking — apart from the recovering Neymar, who is now closing in on a return to the motion.

This season’s greatest objective disappeared when Real Madrid eliminated PSG in the Champions League, but this campaign is not absolutely missing for the French giants. The recovery of the Ligue 1 title is a single of the remaining goals this term, alongside with the Coupe de France, and the previous is a problem of when and not if.

PSG can answer that problem and tick a further matter off of their to-do list, environment themselves up nicely for next week’s Coupe de France semi-final.

Kylian Mbappe is a Phenomenon

Kylian Mbappe is a Phenomenon

Kylian Mbappe, PSG

Kylian Mbappe

France midfielder, Blaise Matuidi has sung praises of his national teammate, Kylian Mbappe, tagging him a phenomenon after the Paris Saint Germain forward scored a brace in France’s 3-1 victory over Russia on Tuesday.

The former PSG player linked up with Mbappe with a tipping pass for the 19-year old to score his second of the evening. While speaking with reporters after the match, Matuidi said: “I think that Kylian is getting better and better. He is a phenomenon — absolutely extraordinary.
“Aside from that, I am a bit of a grizzled old veteran so it is sometimes necessary to pull him by his ears to get him to chip in defensively.”
The two goals Mbappe scored made him the youngest player to score a brace for France in the postwar era. Team legend, Christophe Dugarry, who won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship with France, compared him to Brazilian legend Ronaldo when he was breaking through as a teenager.
Kylian, alone, took the offensive side of the game completely in hand,” Dugarry, who is now a pundit stated.

“He reminds of Ronaldo when he was just 19 years old — he is the same!”
The young sensation ended the game with a knock which might make him unavailable for the Coupe de la Ligue final against his old club, Monaco on Saturday.

Referees treat Lionel Messi differently – Verratti

Referees treat Lionel Messi differently – Verratti

Marco Verrati, PSG

Marco Verrati


Paris Saint Germain midfielder, Marco Verrati had lashed at referees for the preferential treatment of Barcelona super-star, Lionel Messi during football matches.
The Italy International, who is reported to be scouted by Barcelona stated that it’s a different rule whenever the five-time World footballer of the year is involved while speaking about the red-card he received against Real Madrid in their last 16 second-leg clash two weeks ago.

He received his second booking for running at the match official after what he perceived as a wrong judgement against his team. The 25-year old admits that he was wrong and he now has to work on his attitude, he emphasized that it is unfair that other players, most especially Messi get away whenever they do such.
“I got it wrong against Real, but it was a red card out of frustration and sometimes referees could be more tolerant,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“It was a bad reaction but I didn’t insult anybody, whereas Messi goes around pointing his finger in the referee’s face and doesn’t even get punished. But anyway, I need to improve.”
As compared to Messi who has only received four yellow cards and no red card this season, Verratti has been cautioned 11 times and sent off twice.

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We have our entire squad available except Neymar – Emery

We have our entire squad available except Neymar – Emery

Paris Saint-Germain Manager, Unai Emery has informed reporters that the team has no new injury worries as he named a strong squad to face the reigning Champions, Real Madrid as they hope to rescind a 3-1 deficit in the second leg of the Round of 16 ties. Kylian Mbappe, Marco Verrati, Edinson Cavani, Marquinhos and Javier Pastore were all declared fit for the clash.
However, the Paris club will have to do without their talisman, Neymar who is recovering from an ankle surgery after suffering an ankle problem in a league game a few days ago.
Emery will surely have to put his trust in his other stars for any hope of success. The Spanish tactician stated during his pre-match conference that everybody apart from the Brazil international would be ready to play and the Ligue 1 leaders’ final training session has proved him right.

“We trained on Sunday, and we have one more session before the match,” Emery told journalists at Parc des Princes on Monday.
“Marquinhos, Marco, Kylian and Edinson have all resumed training with the squad, unlike Javier.
“I hope he will train with the team today. If he does, everyone will be available except for Neymar.”
“Neymar, 26, is recovering well after the surgery on his fractured fifth metatarsal, but Mbappe has shaken off an ankle problem and Marquinhos a thigh issue.”
“Cavani, Verratti and Pastore have all returned after being rested for last weekend’s 2-0 win away at Troyes in Ligue 1.”

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Breaking: Lucas Moura joins Tottenham for £25million

Tottenham Hotspurs have completed the signing of Lucas Moura from Paris Saint Germain for a deal reported to be in the tune of £25 million in a five-and-a-half-year contract.
The Brazilian arrived at Spurs training facility for his medicals few hours before noon and it is understood that he might be available to make his debut at Anfield against the Reds on Sunday.
His arrival is coming at a time Spurs are in desperate need of reinforcement as they will be locking horns with Liverpool, Arsenal, and Juventus in the Champions League with few days in between.
Moura will be allowed to feature for Spurs in the Champions League as he wasn’t part of the PSG squad for the UEFA top-flight competition during the group stage.
The Gunners were reported to be the major club asking to sign the 25-year old but the former Sao Paolo midfielder will now be Mauricio Pochettino’s first major signing in January since his Southampton days with his only January acquisition been the then-teenage Dele Alli who was immediately sent on loan to MK Dons in 2015.
The former PSG man will face stiff competition for a place in Spur’s midfield as they currently have Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-min Son, Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela in the attacking midfield position which is Moura’s natural role.
Spurs had been favoured in this transfer of the once-hot prospect all over Europe who joined the Ligue 1 leaders for £38m five years ago as Paris needed to offload some of their squad players to comply with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules after the summer glamorous signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

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I am living the moment, I don’t trouble myself about the future – Unai Emery

Paris Saint Germain Manager, Unai Emery has stated that he is unconcerned with speculations regarding his future at the Paris club as he is only living in the moment.
Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte has been tipped to be one of the leading potential replacement for the Spanish Manager alongside former Chelsea Manager, Andre Villas-Boas, who had worked with PSG sporting director Antero Henrique at their time at Porto and former Manchester City Manager, Roberto Mancini.
While speaking at a press conference ahead of his side’s trip to Lyon, Emery insisted that he is not troubled about his future and he is only focused on enjoying each moment as they come.
He said: “It’s true that I don’t think of the future, I’m very happy here, and it’s a personal challenge for me.
“I’m focusing on my work each and every day so that I can make the most of everything.
“Every game at the Parc [des Princes] is huge, I see it as a privilege. I really want to do great things here. I am calm.”
Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini earlier today confirmed that he has never been contacted by Paris Saint Germain although he did say “I would like to coach PSG and it is possible, why not? Today they have a good coach who works well but in football, you never know.”

Neymar Might Go To Real Madrid

Neymar could be on his way to Real Madrid in a €250 million deal

Just few months ago, Paris Saint Germain made a massive statement of intent by signing Brazilian superstar, Neymar Jr from Barcelona in a £200 million world record deal. Only 4 months later, daily reports keep linking him with a move to Santiago Bernabeu.

The former Santos forward has made a spectacular start to life in Paris, after scoring 15 goals with 11 assists in 18 games. His addition has not only inspired an outstanding league run for PSG but has also reignited their dream of winning the UEFA Champions League.

However, reports continue to link the 25-year old to back to Spain, this time with the Spanish Champions Real Madrid, a move Barcelona fans will hope doesn’t materialize.

Diano Gol and The Mirror reported that Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez has discussed the possibility of Neymar joining the European Champions in a €250 million move with Neymar’s father at a dinner. Although both reports didn’t confirm when this move is likely to happen, it is believed that this can be preparations for a possible transfer next summer.

Neymar Jr has formed an incredible attacking partnership with Uruguayan, Edinson Cavani, and young French sensation, Kylian Mbappe, a talented trio that can certainly cause problems for any side in Europe and can go on to win multiple trophies for Paris Saint Germain thus increasing the Brazilian’s chances of winning the Ballon d’Or.

But, only time will tell if he will leave this Paris attractive set-up to compete for a place in Real Madrid attack that comprises the BBC [Benzema, Bale, and Christiano Ronaldo].

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Paris Saint-Germain vs. Troyes – Football Match Report – November 29, 2017


Neymar‘s fine strike helped Paris St Germain secure a 2-0 win over Troyes to move 10 points clear at the top of Ligue 1.

Both Lyon, who lost at relegation-battlers Lille, and Monaco, beaten away by Nantes, had failed to make up any ground in Wednesday’s earlier kick-offs.

It looked set to be a frustrating night for Unai Emery’s men as Troyes, who saw a goal ruled out for offside, produced an organised display at Parc des Princes before Edinson Cavani had his penalty saved.

Neymar, though, continued to live up to his world-record transfer fee when the Brazil forward lashed in a low, angled effort from just outside the box to finally break the deadlock on 73 minutes, before Cavani added a late second.

PSG, who had won away at champions Monaco over the weekend, started brightly.

Javier Pastore’s shot was blocked before Cavani fired over after being played in by a quickly-taken free kick.

Troyes just about cleared their lines after Angel Di Maria had raced clear, but was closed down by the Troyes keeper before Cavani’s pass failed to pick out Neymar with the goal unguarded.

The visitors, looking to build on the 3-0 win over Angers and keep moving up the table, almost snatched a shock goal after half an hour when Samuel Grandsir got clear to force a good reaction stop from Kevin Trapp.

When Grandsir did have the ball in the net soon afterwards with a close-range finish, the goal was ruled out for offside in the build-up.

PSG had the chance to take the lead five minutes before half-time when Cavani was tugged back by Karim Azamoum and fell to the floor.

However, goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa guessed right to make a fine low save as Troyes went into the break on level terms.

PSG continued to probe after the restart, but were again left unrewarded as Neymar flashed a 20-yard effort wide.

The Brazilian, though, managed to breakthrough in the 73rd minute when picking the ball up on the left, some 25 yards out, before powering forward and unleashing an angled drive across the keeper and into the far corner.

Troyes substitute Suk Hyun-Jun send a close-range header goalwards, which Trapp pushed away before again being tested by the South Korean.

Any hopes of a dramatic comeback, though, were ended a minute from time when Cavani latched onto a pass from Neymar, who broke down the left and cut into the penalty area, to slot past Samassa and continue PSG’s impressive form.



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Valencia sign Goncalo Guedes on loan from Paris Saint-Germain


The FC crew debate whether Barcelona have what it takes to challenge Real Madrid and possibly reclaim the La Liga title.

Valencia have signed Portugal winger Goncalo Guedes on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain.

The two sides reached an agreement last week, but Valencia had to wait until PSG signed Monaco star Kylian Mbappe before the deal could be completed.

Mbappe joined PSG on Thursday evening, thus paving the way for Guedes’ departure on Friday.

Valencia, who have loaned former Manchester United winger Nani to Lazio, were keen to strengthen their attack before the transfer deadline.

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Goncalo Guedes will spend the season on loan at Valencia.

Guedes, 20, played just once for PSG in Ligue 1 following his €30m move from Benfica in January 2017.

Valencia drew 2-2 to defending La Liga champions Real Madrid last weekend and are unbeaten so far this season.

Coached by Marcelino, Valencia resume their campaign after the international break with a home game against Atletico Madrid on Sept. 9.

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.



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Valencia warn Paris Saint-Germain over Goncalo Guedes loan


Goncalo Guedes is waiting to complete a loan move to Valencia.

Valencia general director Mateu Alemany has warned Paris Saint-Germain to speed up the loan of Goncalo Guedes to the club or risk the deal collapsing.

The clubs have reached agreement for the Portugal international winger to join on a season-long loan.

But the move has not been completed, with PSG reportedly waiting to sign Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe before allowing Guedes to leave.

“We have to sign a minimum of two players. Guedes is one of them and we are negotiating,” Alemany told Movistar +.

“It not only depends on Mbappe but on the rest of the PSG players that are on their way out or on their way in, and we have to follow this crossword.

“It’s true that we cannot wait indefinitely for that situation to clarify itself as time is running out. I think, in the next few hours, things will become clearer.”

Guedes, 20, has made just one Ligue 1 start for PSG since joining from Benfica in January.

Meanwhile, new Valencia coach Marcelino praised his side’s performance in their 2-2 draw at Real Madrid on Sunday.

He told Cadena Ser radio: “The team is creating a solid base as well as building a collective spirit and that makes us very optimistic looking ahead.

They were denied victory only by an 82nd-minute goal from Madrid’s Marco Asensio, who had also opened the scoring.

“We know what he is capable of,” Marcelino said. “He was sensational, crucial, despite his youth.

“He has proved that he is a great footballer. I believe he can mark an era at Real Madrid and in Spanish football.”

Valencia resume their La Liga campaign after the international break with a home game against Atletico Madrid on Sept. 9.

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.



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Serge Aurier wants move amid Man United Spurs and Inter interest – source


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Serge Aurier has informed Paris Saint-Germain of his desire to move this summer with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan all keen on the defender, according to an ESPN FC source close to the French club.

Aurier, 24, has been plagued by controversy at Parc des Princes since early 2016 and it finally came to a head in March when the Ivory Coast right-back took nearly 10 minutes to be ready to replace Thomas Meunier at Lorient. 

The source said coach Unai Emery made it clear to the former Toulouse and Lens man at the time that Belgium international Meunier was ahead of him in his pecking order and PSG have since signed another right-back in Dani Alves.

Aurier has attracted attention from a host of European clubs in recent months, notably Serie A giants Juventus and AC Milan, and is not with the Ligue 1 giants for their International Champions Cup campaign in the United States at present after telling Emery he would prefer to stay in Paris to prepare his departure.

The source said that PSG have agreed to sell Aurier this summer and are looking for a figure in the region of €20 million to €25m for his signature with United, Spurs and Inter now the frontrunners to land him.

Jose Mourinho is interested in adding the powerful full-back to his squad this summer with France international Paul Pogba, Aurier’s close friend, in strong favour of any potential move.

Serge Aurier
Serge Aurier is now behind Thomas Meunier and Dani Alves in the pecking order at PSG.

Spurs are also in the market for a right-back after selling Kyle Walker to Premier League rivals Manchester City and the source added coach Mauricio Pochettino has shown interest in the PSG man as a replacement, while Inter have been in pursuit for the past few months.

According to the source, the issue making all three clubs — particularly the two Premier League outfits — hesitant to make a move for Aurier is the fact that he is still appealing against a convertible two-month prison sentence for allegedly attacking a police officer last year.

Aurier’s situation, which saw him barred from entering the UK for PSG’s Champions League clash with Arsenal last season, has yet to be resolved and is not expected to be taken care of until at least next month.

The source indicated that PSG expect to be able to push ahead with a sale once a decision has been made over Aurier’s appeal but that they are not optimistic of finding a buyer willing to commit to a purchase while the player’s judicial situation is still so unclear.

Aurier has made 57 appearances in Ligue 1 alone with PSG, scoring twice and notching two further assists.

Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.



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Paris Saint-Germain searching for new keeper this summer – Alphonse Areola


Alphonse Areola lost his place as Paris Saint-Germain No. 1 last season.

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has revealed that the club are looking for a new shot-stopper this summer.

Areola, 24, initially usurped Kevin Trapp as PSG coach Unai Emery’s No. 1, but after a number of errors and appearances in disappointing team performances, the youth academy graduate lost his starting role.

And Areola may soon find himself as third choice at the club, with the ex-France under-21 international saying they are on the lookout for a new keeper.

“I was told before the end of the season that the club will be looking for a goalkeeper,” Areola told TF1’s Telefoot. “It is just not possible for me to go back to being PSG’s third choice. I want to have a clear idea of my future as quickly as possible.

“My future is very unclear for the moment after the arrival of the new sporting director [Antero Henrique]. All discussions have been put on hold.”

Areola say he had wished for better in his first full campaign at PSG after successful loan spells with Lens, Bastia and Villarreal but did not give up hope at all last term.

“I returned to PSG in order to play,” Areola said. “It was not the season that I was hoping for but it was enriching and it has helped me to develop a bit.

“When I lost my place, I continued to work hard. I did not make waves. I worked with [goalkeeping coach] Nicolas Dehon and my teammates, I gave everything when I was called upon. “

Whether he stays with PSG or not, Areola hopes for better next season and is keen to be first choice wherever he goes.

“It is absolutely imperative that I embark upon a better season than the last one,” he said. “The most important thing is that I get game time. I have a contract until 2019 but things can quickly change in football.

“My wish for next season? The most important thing is that I get to start and play. It is important.”

PSG have been linked with moves for Porto keeper Iker Casillas and Atletico Madrid‘s Jan Oblak this summer. 

Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.



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Paris Saint-Germain’s Unai Emery firm about Alphonse Areola


Unai Emery insists that goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was fouled in the build-up to Lille’s goal in PSG’s 2-1 win.
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PSG won in dramatic fashion, after a late winner cancelled out their keeper’s massive error to nearly hand Lille a draw.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has emphasised his support for goalkeeper Alphonse Areola after the Frenchman gifted Lille a late equaliser in the French champions’ controversial 2-1 win at Parc des Princes on Tuesday.

Speaking during his prematch press conference ahead of Friday’s trip to Bordeaux, the Spaniard admitted that he has spoken with Areola but that his mistake has not necessarily counted in Kevin Trapp’s favour.

“Which goalkeeper? My opinion has not changed on this topic,” Emery responded when questioned on Areola’s latest blunder.

“When an attacker misses an opportunity, we do not dwell on it. A goalkeeping error when the referee did not whistle for a foul, we talk about it a bit.

“We have conceded a few soft goals but mistakes are made to be learned from. We want the goalkeepers to have belief, to have strong personalities and to be secure. Negative moments are necessary in order for them to be better in the future. Kevin and Alphonse are good goalkeepers.

“Mismanagement of the situation? Goalkeeper is a very specific position. We have shown confidence in both. Both have played and there have also been injuries. After that, it is the performances that dictate who starts regularly.

“It is a process. We must not forget that Alphonse is a young goalkeeper, who has already been called up by [French] national team coach [Didier] Deschamps.”

The Spaniard also praised Lucas Moura, who is currently enjoying his most productive season with PSG and scored a controversial late winner against Lille in midweek.

“Competition exists. If he plays, it is because he is working hard,” Emery said of the Brazilian. “He offers an option on the right side but he can also come inside and score. He has demonstrated his qualities and has helped the team lately.”

Right-back Thomas Meunier is back from injury to face Bordeaux and he will return to vying with Serge Aurier for the starting role, a duel Emery has enjoyed watching develop throughout the season.

“Competition for places is a very positive thing,” said the Basque tactician. “Thomas is improving a lot, every day, thanks to training and playing matches. He got injured, but he is coming back well.

“After the African Nations Cup, Serge has returned with a very good mental approach, to continue his progression. I am happy with his recent performances. He is working hard to keep improving in the areas we feel there is still room for improvement.”

Meunier will be hoping his strong performances while Aurier was on Africa Nations Cup duty with the Ivory Coast help him to secure the starting role ahead of his positional rival against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League next week.

Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.



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Paris Saint-Germain keeper Alphonse Areola backed after error hands leveller to Lille | Football News | 

Unai Emery insists that goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was fouled in the build-up to Lille’s goal in PSG’s 2-1 win.

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has been tipped to bounce back from the late error that almost gifted Lille a Ligue 1 point on Tuesday.

Areola’s mistake allowed Nicolas De Preville to level at the Parc des Princes four minutes from the end, but an injury-time strike by Lucas Moura secured a 2-1 win for the defending champions.

Coach Unai Emery told reporters the 23-year-old keeper “needs experience” but added: “I believe that living these negative things will help him for the future.”

Midfielder Blaise Matuidi said Areola was still trusted by his teammates, adding: “We all make mistakes.

“He is a great goalkeeper. Sometimes we may be the unloved, but then the hero the next day.”

Lucas said: “I do not know if there was a foul on him but this happens from time to time. He will not have any problems. He is a professional and has our full support.”

Left-back Maxwell, who made his 200th PSG appearance in all competitions, said he believed there had been an infringement, adding: “For me, it was a foul.

“We take a lot of risks in the way we play. When in possession of the ball, we often use the goalkeeper. We must be supportive.”

Midfielder Thiago Motta said: “This negative will enable him to learn and, in any case, the team responded well.

“When we concede a goal, it is not only the goalkeeper’s fault but the whole team.”

Kevin Trapp is expected to be fit in time to take over from Areola for Friday’s trip to Bordeaux.

Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.

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Lucas Mouras controversial winner saves Alphonse Areola and Paris Saint-Germain versus Lille | Football News |

PSG won in dramatic fashion, after a late winner cancelled out their keeper’s massive error to nearly hand Lille a draw.

Paris Saint-Germain remain just three points behind Monaco in the race for the Ligue 1 title after substitute Lucas Moura’s dramatic late winner spared goalkeeper Alphonse Areola’s blushes.

Positives

The fact that the French champions came away with all three points was almost miraculous. Not only were PSG disappointing on the night, despite changing formation, they conceded an awful late equaliser and still managed to emerge victorious.

After Monaco’s narrow 2-1 win away at Montpellier earlier on Tuesday, Les Parisiens really needed to win at Parc des Princes and they ultimately did that — even if both goals were both extremely fortuitous.

Cavani continues to score, bagging his 23rd Ligue 1 strike of the season against Lille. The Uruguayan international is in fine form in front of goal ahead of next week’s UEFA Champions League clash with Barcelona and his confidence — crucially — is sky high.

As well as seeing his team get out of jail late on, Unai Emery will have no new injury concerns with just Bordeaux to come before Barcelona‘s visit.

Negatives

Despite the result, PSG required two huge slices of luck to beat Lille. Cavani scored with his shoulder after Anwar El Ghazi redirected a free kick into his path and Lucas was offside when he scored the hosts’ late, late winner.

The situation between Areola and Kevin Trapp has produced plenty of debate already this campaign and the Frenchman added to that with a horrific late mistake, which almost gifted the visitors a point. It was not the first gaffe this term from the youth academy graduate either.

Manager rating out of 10

5 — Emery’s switch to the 4-2-3-1 formation did not work but his substitutions did — just about — with Lucas scoring the late winner.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Alphonse Areola, 3 — Although the Frenchman’s late mistake to gift Lille a short-lived equaliser will be all anyone can talk about post-match, it should be remembered that he made a superb save to keep a Franck Beria header out in the first half. However, it was a hideous error at the worst possible time and his fragile confidence will have taken another hammering.

DF Serge Aurier, 4 — It was not the Ivorian’s best performance. The right-back lost Beria for the Lille man’s first-half header, which was saved by Areola, and contributed precious little in the first half. Aurier improved in the second but not by much.

DF Thiago Silva (C), 6 — Overall, it was a solid but unspectacular showing from the captain. However, the Brazil international was involved in Lille’s equaliser as he passed the ball back to Areola in the build-up to Nicolas de Preville’s goal.

DF Presnel Kimpembe, 5 — Like his central defensive partner Silva, the France under-21 international was not required to do anything too testing. The youth academy graduate was booked in the second half for cynically ending a Lille counter-attack though.

DF Maxwell, 6 — Making his 200th PSG appearance across all competitions, the veteran Brazilian got forward as often as possible but his crosses were rarely met.

MF Thiago Motta, 6 — It was a balanced and disciplined performance from the veteran, who played for most of the match in an unfamiliar two-man defensive midfield unit.

MF Blaise Matuidi, 6 — The France international was livelier than he has been in recent weeks and added some bite in midfield.

MF Angel Di Maria, 7 —  Responded well to the threat posed by positional rival Julian Draxler once again and looked a different player for much of the match. He utilised his speed and whipped a number of crosses in and could have netted the late winner if Lucas had left it.

Lucas Moura’s controversial late winner keeps PSG just three points back of Monaco in the Ligue 1 table.

MF Hatem Ben Arfa, 6 — Until Cavani’s opening goal, Ben Arfa was PSG‘s main threat to the Lille defence. He flashed a first-half shot wide after skipping past a few Lille players and was denied a powerful strike from outside the box by visiting goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama in the second half.

MF Julian Draxler, 5 — The former Wolfsburg man was vibrant and displayed some nice touches and vision but ultimately was not as involved in attack as he has been lately.

FW Edinson Cavani, 6 — Although he spent most of his night offside, the Uruguayan delivered for his team once again by finding a way to shoulder in a deflected free kick.

Substitutes

MF Adrien Rabiot, 6 — Sent on for Ben Arfa after an hour, the France international got involved and could have headed in a late winner before Lucas scored.

FW Lucas Moura, 5 — Introduced in place of Draxler with 25 minutes left to play; the Brazilian was ultimately Emery’s match-winning substitution as he scored a dramatic late winner. However, there was no doubt he was offside when he scored and he should have left it for Di Maria.

Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.

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