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Friday June 22 2018
FFP a work in progress

Since 2010, UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations have raised many questions, but have shown improvement, argues Matthew Santangelo.

It looks as if Milan will be excluded from Europe after they were refused both a voluntary and settlement agreement by UEFA, yet Paris Saint-Germain continue to spend with wild abandon and seemingly no consequences. Is it that simple, though?

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Sunday June 3 2018
Alisson chooses ideal XI

Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker chose his all-time dream team, including Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea Pirlo and Francesco Totti.

The shot-stopper gave his ideal XI for Roma TV and showed his admiration for Italian football.

Defenders Maldini and Cannavaro were given roles, as was midfielder Pirlo and Alisson’s former Roma teammate Totti.

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Wednesday May 30 2018
Barca admit Rabiot interest?

Barcelona director Ariedo Braida ‘really likes’ Napoli target Adrien Rabiot but doubts Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar can coexist at Paris Saint-Germain.

Rabiot had reportedly issued a come-and-get-me plea to Napoli, whereas Ronaldo suggested he could leave Real Madrid after their Champions League triumph, possibly opening the door to a reunion with his former Barca rival at PSG.

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Tuesday May 22 2018
Alisson: ‘I want to make history’

Roma goalkeeper Alisson declares “I want to go to the World Cup to write my name in the history of the national team”.

The 25-year-old is Brazil’s number one, and barring injury he’ll represent them in Russia this summer.

“I want to go to the World Cup to write my name in the history of the national team,” Alisson told Premium Sport.

“I’m not superstitious, I think I’ve had a good season and I’m confident. I put everything in the hands of God.

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Sunday April 15 2018
Verratti: 'Ancelotti for Italy job'

Marco Verratti reiterated he wants to remain at Paris Saint-Germain and would pick Carlo Ancelotti as the new Italy Coach.

“I am very happy with the decision that I made and I am even more convinced today that it was the right choice. I really want to stay here and win what everyone is waiting for,” the midfielder told Canal+.

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Saturday March 31 2018
Balotelli: 'Same level as Neymar'

Mario Balotelli wants Roberto Mancini as the new Italy Coach, discussed his a future in Serie A and put himself “on the same level as Neymar and Paulo Dybala.”

You can read Part 1 of this interview with Sportweek here.

Everyone assumed SuperMario would be called back to international duty under Gigi Di Biagio after scoring 14 goals in 21 Ligue 1 games and six in seven Europa League matches.

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Thursday January 18 2018
Ex agent: ‘Verratti doesn’t exist for me’

Marco Verratti’s former agent says the Paris Saint-Germain star “swept me aside like a grain of sand” and “no longer exists for me”.

The Italian international dropped his long time agent in favour of Mino Raiola in the summer, and his former representative has spoken out.

“It was the worst experience in my life with PSG,” Donato Di Campli lamented, speaking to Tuttosport.

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Friday December 29 2017
Allegri: ‘Dybala likely to play’

Juventus Coach Max Allegri says it’s “likely” Paulo Dybala will play against Verona, but says comparisons “should never have been made” to Lionel Messi.

The Argentine forward has been benched for the past three Serie A games, but he could be brought back into the fold for tomorrow’s trip to the Bentegodi.

“No-one needs to rest because the lads have worked well in the last week,” Allegri assured in his pre-match Press conference.

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Thursday September 21 2017
Serie A trio on Cavani red alert?

Napoli, Juventus and Inter are all reportedly ready to launch a transfer tug-of-war for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani in January.

According to the Daily Mail, the trio are in the race for Cavani, who was involved in a penalty disagreement with Neymar over the weekend.

The Uruguayan insisted he take the spot-kick, which he went on to miss, while a later situation saw Dani Alves seemingly refuse to give him the ball, instead handing it over to his former Barcelona teammate.

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Thursday September 14 2017
Verratti: ‘PSG can win Champions League’

Marco Verratti believes Paris Saint-Germain “have the means” to win the Champions League this season.

The Ligue 1 side signed both Neymar and Kylian Mbappé in the summer, and got their European campaign off to a flyer by thrashing Celtic 5-0 in Glasgow.

“It was perfect evening,” Verratti told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“It was important to win our first match away from home, and we scored a lot of goals. I think we sent a message to ourselves.

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