CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

It is reported Rafinha’s loan to Inter does not include a compulsory purchase option if they qualify for the Champions League.
Vincenzo Montella won back some admiration from Sevilla fans after a shock 2-1 Copa del Rey victory away to Atletico Madrid.
Multiple sources suggest Inter will sign Barcelona midfielder Rafinha on loan with €35m option to buy that will be mandatory with a top four finish.
Paulo Dybala and Claudio Marchisio are ruled out for 30-40 days, while Gigi Buffon and Juan Cuadrado are still injured, confirm Juventus.
Mauro Icardi could leave Inter for Real Madrid at the end of the season if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, it’s reported.
There are reports Paulo Dybala will be ready to play for Juventus in next month’s Champions League showdown with Tottenham Hotspur.
Sami Khedira believes “this season is different to the others” as Juventus have even more competition in Serie A and the Champions League.
It’s feared Juventus forward Paulo Dybala could be out for a month with a hamstring injury, so he could miss the first leg with Tottenham Hotspur.
Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta says there’s “interest from big clubs” in Alex Sandro but “no negotiations”.
Gennaro Gattuso warns there are “no easy games” for Milan, but declares “we must even believe in the Champions League”.
Kalidou Koulibaly’s agent insists the defender “wants to win everything”, despite claims Napoli are focusing solely on the Scudetto.
Roma goalkeeper Alisson says “I’d have played well, even right away” after being backup to Wojciech Szczesny last season.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino expects “a battle” against Juventus in the Champions League Last 16.
Gianluigi Buffon wouldn’t replay Italy-Sweden if he could, but would go back and play Juventus’ Champions League final defeat in Cardiff again.
Gianluigi Buffon has his eye on the Champions League, but to get there Juventus must beat Tottenham and Harry Kane, “one of the best strikers in Europe.”
Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly warns “it’s not just Juventus” he and his teammates have to look our for in the Scudetto race.
On this day in 1899, Italy's most successful European side, AC Milan, was founded.
Jose Callejon says “we don’t have to make a drama” out of Napoli’s recent dip in form - “we remain a point behind the current leaders…”
Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente will not celebrate if he scores against his old club. “Juventus have a 65 per cent chance of qualifying.”
President Aurelio De Laurentiis admits Napoli want Sime Vrsaljko, but ‘Atletico Madrid told me they can’t give him to me until June’.
Monchi assures “there’s no chance” of Hector Moreno leaving Roma in January and hopes Sevilla join the Giallorossi in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Andrea Agnelli says the Champions League must be the target for Juventus, and aims a jab at Leonardo Bonucci.
Roma legend Francesco Totti hopes they can win the Scudetto - and that Juventus lift the Champions League.
Fernando Llorente admits he “wanted” Tottenham Hotspur to pick his old club Juventus in the Champions League draw. “I have a lot of friends there.”
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is overjoyed at drawing Juventus in the Champions League. “My family came from Turin – unbelievable!”
Shakhtar Donetsk Coach Paulo Fonseca and CEO Sergei Palkin both claim facing Roma in the Champions League is “a good draw for us.”
RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff is not happy with the Europa League draw. “Napoli are one of the best teams who left the Champions League.”
Roma Coach Eusebio Di Francesco won't underestimate Shakhtar Donetsk - “they qualified from a tough group, eliminating Napoli, who are one of the best sides in Italy”.
The dates for Juventus and Roma’s Champions League Last 16 ties have been officially confirmed by UEFA.
Roma sporting director Monchi is pleased they didn’t draw Sevilla in today’s Champions League draw.