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Tuesday October 15 2019
Verratti: 'I considered Barcelona'

PSG midfielder Marco Verratti admits he “considered” an offer from Barcelona in 2016 and hit out at his hard-partying media image.

The Italy international was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer of 2016, but it never materialised.

“It’s true that something different was proposed and I think it was only normal for me to consider it for a little while,” Verratti told RMC Sport and L’Equipe.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Menotti: 'Sarri is my heir'

Former Argentina Coach Cesar Luis Menotti said Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri “could be my heir” in promoting the beautiful game. “Football is an art form.”

The man who won the 1978 World Cup turns 81 next month and spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about the sport in 2019.

“I am always seeking beauty in football,” said El Flaco. “Sarri at Juve is a big surprise. He could be my heir, I’d be honoured and grateful.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Agent: 'Buffon can play until 44'

Gigi Buffon’s agent maintains the Juventus goalkeeper can carry on for another two years, while revealing why Edin Dzeko snubbed Inter.

Silvano Martina has long represented Buffon and brought him back to Juve from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

“It was the right move because he is still competitive and strong,” the agent told Sportitalia.

“I think he’ll have the chances to play this season and I believe he can play for another couple of years, take it up to the age of 44.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
PSG plan to poach Paqueta

Leonardo took Lucas Paqueta to Milan and is reportedly eager to bring the Brazilian with him to Paris Saint-Germain next.

It was while in charge of the Rossoneri’s transfer strategy that Leonardo scouted Paqueta and brokered the €35m plus bonuses deal with Flamengo in January.

The director left for a return to PSG this summer and Paqueta has struggled for playing time under Gennaro Gattuso and especially Marco Giampaolo.

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Sunday October 13 2019
Tension in Argentina victory

Argentina beat Ecuador 6-1 in a friendly match, with Fiorentina defender German Pezzella on target, but Lautaro Martinez had a moment of tension.

The Seleccion were already 2-0 up when they were awarded a penalty and it wasn’t clear who was meant to take it.

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez and Leandro Paredes both wanted the ball, so eventually Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul intervened to calm the situation down.

Paredes eventually won and converted successfully, which saw him hug Lautaro during the celebration.

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Sunday October 13 2019
Buffon: 'I can still have a grand finale'

Gigi Buffon reveals he would’ve retired without PSG, described the “bond of brotherhood” with Juventus teammates, getting to know Cristiano Ronaldo and that Champions League ambition.

The 41-year-old was interviewed during the Festival dello Sport in Trento today, looking back over his career and you can read the rest of those comments here.

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Sunday October 13 2019
Verratti: 'Italy hit rock bottom, then...'

Marco Verratti celebrated Euro 2020 qualification by noting Italy “had hit rock bottom, but we’re a different team now and believe we can go all the way.”

The Azzurri maintained their 100 per cent record with a seventh win out of seven, beating Greece 2-0 with Jorginho’s penalty and a deflected Federico Bernardeschi strike.

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Saturday October 12 2019
Probable line-ups: Italy v Greece

Italy are expected to use players from nine different clubs in their starting XI against Greece, as a victory would secure Euro 2020 qualification.

It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome tonight at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri have so far won all six of their games in Group J and a seventh would be enough to book their spot at the tournament next summer.

Several players are unavailable, including Giorgio Chiellini, Stefano Sensi, Alessandro Florenzi, Emerson Palmieri and Lorenzo Pellegrini.

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Thursday October 10 2019
Italy's midfield renaissance

Italy can rely on an array of Azzurri alternatives in midfield and build a team around these talents, explains Kaustubh Pandey.

The future of the Nazionale will be built around the extraordinary new crop of emerging midfield talent, as young faces combine with the not exactly old guard to give Roberto Mancini an array of options.

It isn’t reminiscent of the old Italian midfield, which had Andrea Pirlo, Rino Gattuso and Claudio Marchisio in it, but it is now ready to carve out a reputation of its own. There also seems to be a balance and quality of depth to it.

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Monday October 7 2019
Wanda: Inter missed Icardi!

Wanda Nara has claimed that Inter missed Mauro Icardi during the Derby d’Italia. “He’s scored eight goals in 11 matches against Juventus.”

Icardi is known for his prolific record against Juve, but the Argentine was replaced by Romelu Lukaku over the summer and has since taken up residence at Paris Saint-Germain.

“We watched Inter-Juventus, of course,” Wanda told Tiki Taka.

“In the first half, it seemed that Inter needed to do more.”

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