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Sunday July 8 2018
Nainggolan 'didn't want to leave'

Radja Nainggolan “didn’t want to leave Roma, but at Inter and with Luciano Spalletti, he can play where he wants,” said his sister Rania.

The twins both play professional football and grew up together playing straight after school, she told La Gazzetta dello Sport magazine Fuorigioco.

“I watched almost all the World Cup games, but seeing Belgium without Radja was painful. He deserved to be there for what he did at Roma. I was sure he would be in the squad, so it was very disappointing.”

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Saturday July 7 2018
CR7 out, Hazard and Icardi in?

Real Madrid want Eden Hazard plus either Mauro Icardi – who has a €110m release clause – or Robert Lewandowski if Cristiano Ronaldo joins Juventus.

According to Sportitalia, the Merengues are preparing their plan to calm the supporters if CR7 leaves for a new experience at Juve at a cost of €100m.

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Saturday July 7 2018
Roma still want Mertens

There continue to be reports that Roma are trying to buy Dries Mertens from Napoli, but the asking price is €35m plus bonuses.

According to La Repubblica, the proposal is more than a mere idea.

It seems as if the Belgium international will return to his old wide attacking role anyway under Carlo Ancelotti and would have the same position for Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma.

Mertens had a release clause worth €28m, but it was valid only for clubs outside of Italy and has already expired.

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Friday July 6 2018
Belgium set up France semi

Belgium set up a World Cup semi-final with France after a hard-fought 2-1 win against Brazil on Friday.

Juventus’ Douglas Costa was again a substitute for Brazil against Belgium, who dropped Dries Mertens after the Napoli attacker pulled up during his country’s 3-2 victory over Japan in the last 16.

The Red Devils blew away the five-time world champions inside the opening 31 minutes as Fernandinho was forced into a header a corner into his own net, before Kevin de Bruyne blasted a daisy-cutter into Allisson’s bottom-left corner.

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Wednesday July 4 2018
Official: Lazio sign Proto

Lazio have officially signed Olympiacos and Belgium international goalkeeper Silvio Proto.

The 35-year-old made the move as a free agent and put pen to paper on a three-year contract.

Proto has Italian roots and spent his entire career in Belgium save for the 2017-18 season in Greece with Olympiacos.

He underwent his medical at the Paideia clinic in Rome this morning.

The veteran will be the new understudy to Thomas Strakosha, as Federico Marchetti has joined Genoa.

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Wednesday July 4 2018
Inter wait for Dembele

Inter are reportedly waiting for the Chinese transfer window to close to strengthen their hand for Tottenham Hotspur’s Moussa Dembélé.

It appears the midfielder wants to leave this summer, and has openly courted a move to the Far East.

The Nerazzurri are also interested, and could offer him a year in Serie A before a move to Jiangsu Suning, who have the same owners.

Now though calciomercato.com is reporting that they are prepared to wait until after July 13, which is when the Chinese transfer window closes.

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Tuesday July 3 2018
Douglas Costa resumes training

Juventus winger Douglas Costa has been given the all-clear to resume training and continue Brazil’s World Cup campaign.

His participation had been in doubt after a thigh problem during the group game against Costa Rica, missing clashes with Serbia and Mexico.

Today he passed medical tests and was allowed to resume training with his teammates.

There were concerns Douglas Costa could be ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

However, he could now be ready to take part in the quarter-final against Belgium.

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Monday July 2 2018
World Cup: Belgium beat Japan in thriller

Belgium were given an almighty scare by Japan, but emerged victorious in a 3-2 thriller in Rostov.

The Asian side took a 2-0 lead early in the second half, but the Belgians fought back to 2-2 and Nacer Chadli won it at the death to set up a quarter-final with Brazil.

Roberto Martinez’s Diables Rouges were heavy favourites going into the game, and fielded a strong line-up featuring Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Napoli’s Dries Mertens.

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Monday July 2 2018
WC Player Profile: Dries Mertens

Once considered too short to be a professional, ‘Ciro’ Mertens is Belgium’s most popular player, explains Vincent Van Genechten.

There are so many stars in the Red Devils squad at this World Cup, from Eden Hazard to Romelu Lukaku, yet it is Dries Mertens who commands the most affection in the public eye.

His cheeky persona and tangible love for the sport also won over the Napoli fans and they rewarded him with the most quintessential Neapolitan nickname - Ciro.

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Sunday July 1 2018
Mertens on free TVs and a hairdon't

Napoli striker Dries Mertens revealed what went wrong with his new hairstyle and why his friends want a free TV with Belgium goals.

The forward has impressed so far at the 2018 World Cup, including a spectacular volley, and is preparing for the Round of 16 clash with Belgium on Monday.

“My friends bought a television, so I am thinking about that as motivation,” joked Mertens in a Press conference.

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