Antoine Griezmann reveals Major League Soccer dream

Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has spoken about his desire to play in Major League Soccer in a revealing interview. The French national player has been outspoken in the past about his wishes to reach the United States and revolutionize American football, but now Griezmann crystalized the dream with a clear timeline. "My contract with Barcelona runs until June 2024 and after that I think it will be the right time to go to the United States," Griezmann told French newspaper Le Figaro on Saturday.Beyond MLS, the striker praised the USA and explained the attraction of the lifestyle for him."I love that country, that culture, the NBA, and have a desire to discover it more, although I will also have to think about

Joan Laporta claims football still needs Super League

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has claimed the Super League is still required to make football 'more attractive and sustainable', despite the collapse of the private division.12 of Europe's giants initially withdrew from the UEFA Champions League to pursue the money-spinning ESL, but a fierce reaction from supporters saw nine of those clubs backtrack on the agreement.Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus are the three teams still pushing for the birth of this new league, and Blaugrana president Laporta believes football must 'go down this route' to survive."If we want football to be more attractive and sustainable, we have to go down this route [with the European Super League]," he said during an interview with La Vanguardia.His persistence for the revival of

Sergio Busquets reveals how his leading style contrasts with Sergio Ramos

Speaking ahead of EURO 2020, Sergio Busquets spoke of the leadership style he hopes to implement in Sergio Ramos' absence.Ramos was a surprise exclusion from Spain's finaly squad - in fact, no Real Madrid players made manager Luis Enrique's final 26.Busquets was given the armband as one of La Roja's senior players, having been involved in the squads that won the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship.The Barcelona midfielder is yet to play at the tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test, but speaking before EURO 2020 he said he hoped to implement a positive environment among the players.He told UEFA: "Well, I’ll tackle it in a natural way. I’m fortunate to have such great teammates; there’s a lot

Barcelona confirm signing of Memphis Depay on two-year deal

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Memphis Depay on a free transfer, following the expiry of his contract at Lyon.The 27-year-old's deal with the French side concludes at the end of June, leaving him free to negotiate a move to another club. He has long been expected to join up with fellow countryman Ronald Koeman at Camp Nou, with the coach a huge admirer of the pacy forward. ✒️ Heart of a Lion???❤️? pic.twitter.com/F7YZw6Y71m— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 19, 2021And Barça confirmed on Saturday evening via Twitter that Memphis has now completed his move to Catalonia, putting pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Spanish giants."FC Barcelona and Memphis Depay have reached an agreement for the player to

Antoine Griezmann reveals when he will leave Barcelona

Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann says he wants to move to MLS once his contract with the Spanish giants expires in 2024.The forward is currently away on international duty with France at Euro 2020 where he made his debut in the tournament in his side's opening game win over Germany.Griezmann joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid in a €120m (£103m) move back in 2019, penning a five-year deal that will keep him at Camp Nou until 2024.Despite still having three years left to run on his contract, the Frenchman is already planning his next move once he leaves Barça and he claims he'd like to move to MLS. "I still have three years to go, I have to be careful with my line,

Update on Raphael Varane’s Real Madrid future amid Manchester United interest

Real Madrid are believed to have opened talks with Raphael Varane over a new contract, but will still consider reasonable offers that arrive for the centre-back as they look to fund a summer rebuild. Los Blancos have already lost one key centre-back with Sergio Ramos set to walk away when his current deal expires. The 36-year-old will bring 15 years at the Bernabeu to an end, after the club refused to meet his wage demands or offer him a two-year deal. The arrival of David Alaba from Bayern Munich will ease that blow, but it remains to be seen who will be there to partner the Austrian when he reports for training after the Euros. Varane's contract is due to

Sergio Ramos reveals Real Madrid withdrew contract offer

Sergio Ramos has revealed that he tried to accept Real Madrid's offer of a new contract, only to be told he had taken too long and the proposal had expired.When talks over a new deal first started, Ramos was looking for a two-year contract but found that Real were only prepared to offer him 12 months. The centre-back turned that down, only to eventually change his stance and inform the club he wanted to take them up on their initial offer.However, Ramos revealed in his farewell press conference that his attempts to sign on were rejected by Real, who stated their offer had expired and no new proposal was forthcoming."The first thing I want to say is that I never

Donny van de Beek ‘offers himself’ to Barcelona

Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek is not happy with his lack of minutes at Manchester United and is open to the idea of joining Barcelona this summer.A £35m signing from Ajax last summer, Van de Beek managed 36 appearances in all competitions in his debut season at Old Trafford, but just four of those came as Premier League starts as Bruno Fernandes dominated the 10 spot in the starting lineup.While United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has always insisted that Van de Beek's time will come, it seems as though the Dutchman is done waiting as Sport claim that he has offered himself to Barcelona this summer.Van de Beek is believed to have seen Georginio Wijnaldum snub Barcelona in favour

Marcelo to replace Sergio Ramos as Real Madrid captain

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has decided that left-back Marcelo will become the new team captain following Sergio Ramos' departure.Los Blancos confirmed on Wednesday that Ramos will end his 16-year association with Real this summer after failing to agree on a new contract, with his refusal to listen to their demands earlier this year understood to have driven a wedge between the defender and the club.On top of finding someone to replace Ramos in the team, Real must also decide who will fill his leadership void in the dressing room. Ramos had been captain since 2015, and according to AS, the next man to wear the armband will be Marcelo.Ancelotti respects Marcelo's experience and sees the 33-year-old, who has been

Joan Laporta insists Lionel Messi will stay at Barcelona

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed that contract talks with Lionel Messi are progressing well and he is certain that the Argentine will remain at Camp Nou beyond this summer.Messi's current contract expires in two weeks and clubs from across the globe are keen to bring him in, but Barcelona have spent months convincing Messi to stay and have been working on a ten-year contract which also includes a spell in Major League Soccer and an ambassadorial role at the club.Everything seems to be progressing in the right direction for Barcelona, and Laporta has now insisted to TV3 that it is simply a case of finalising all the details in Messi's new contract."I am very calm about Messi's continuity, Messi

Raphael Varane to sign new contract at Real Madrid

Real Madrid's Raphael Varane is expected to sign a new deal at the club that will subsequently put to an end the speculation surrounding his future.The Frenchman has just one year remaining on his current deal at the Santiago Bernabeu, and with contract negotiations said to have reached standstill there was talk that the La Liga giants could cash in on the defender to avoid losing him on a free transfer next summer.Manchester United are one of the clubs monitoring Varane's situation, with the World Cup winner possibly available for a cut-price fee of as little as £40m.Recent reports have even suggested Varane had made his mind up with regards to his future in the Spanish captial and that he

Twitter reacts as Real Madrid confirm Sergio Ramos will leave the club

Let's be honest, we all expected Sergio Ramos and Real Madrid's contract standoff to eventually be settled and everyone would hug and make up.Then Los Blancos dropped the bombshell that the Spaniard would be leaving the club at the end of the season. Huh? This isn't how it was meant to work out.Ramos leaves the Santiago Bernabeu with a medal collection to rival just about any player on the planet, yet more than anything it signifies the end of an era.It's quite sad really. Sergio Ramos is Real Madrid. Well, some people weren't quite so sympathetic...Sergio Ramos’ final game for Real Madrid by the way... pic.twitter.com/FmVHZAwnhS— Uber Chelsea FC ⭐️⭐️ (@UberCheIseaFC) June 16, 2021To be fair to the outgoing Spaniard,

Real Madrid confirm Sergio Ramos will leave the club this summer

Real Madrid have confirmed talisman and club captain Sergio Ramos will not be signing a new deal and will subsequently leave the club this summer.Speculation surrounding the Spaniard's future in Madrid has circulated for some time, with negotiations over a new deal reportedly stalling following his refusal to accept a significant pay cut.A whole host of clubs have been credited with an interest in Ramos should he choose to depart the Santiago Bernabeu once his contract expires this summer, and the club have now taken to their official website to confirm he will not be renewing his deal."Real Madrid CF announces that tomorrow, Thursday, June 17, at 12:30 pm, there will be an institutional act of tribute and farewell to

Rodrigo De Paul close to completing Atletico Madrid move

Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul is closing in on a move to Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, with a deal worth around €35m set to be confirmed.The 27-year-old has long been tipped for a move away from the Serie A side, having almost joined newly-promoted Leeds United last summer. He stuck around in Udine for the 2020/21 campaign, but it now appears he is ready for a new challenge. Fabrizio Romano reports that De Paul is set to complete a €35m move to Atleti with the deal 'almost done.' The Spanish giants are planning a medical visit for the attacking midfielder, while sorting the finer details of his imminent transfer. This move will signal a return to La Liga for De

Barcelona reveal 2021/2022 home kit inspired by the club crest

Barcelona have released their home kit ahead of the 2021/2022 season and it's...interesting - to say the least. Inspired by the club's famous crest, the jersey is a patchwork of different colours and patterns. On the chest is a St George's cross in Barça colours, representing the patron saint of the city. There is also a nod to the Catalan flag.Below and to the sides of this are the Blaugrana's traditional stripes, albeit thinner than they would be ordinarily. The club crest is on the left-hand side with a white Nike swoosh opposite. A unique aspect of the kit is the shorts. These are split coloured, with one half navy blue and the other maroon. It is a striking look

Raphael Varane will not sign new Real Madrid contract

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is thought to have made the ‘firm’ decision that he won’t be signing a new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the four-time Champions League winner most likely to return home to France this summer after spending a decade in Spain.Varane joined Real at 18 way back in 2011 and has won everything there is to win with Los Blancos during that time. But his current contract is due to expire in 2022 and the club will have little choice but to sell him ahead of the new season otherwise they risk losing him as a free agent next year.It was recently reported in Spain that Real presented an offer of a new contract to

Real Madrid willing to offer Sergio Ramos new contract

Real Madrid are prepared to re-open contract negotiations with centre back Sergio Ramos after a heart-to-heart meeting between the defender and club president Florentino Perez.Ramos' deal has just a few weeks left to run and he was expected to leave the club this summer after rejecting multiple offers of a one-year extension, instead pursuing a two-year deal without the wage cut that has been proposed for everyone in the team.Real stood firm and eventually ended talks, leaving Ramos in purgatory, ready to step down and accept whatever offer the club would hand him, but there were concerns that he had already burned his bridges with Los Blancos and may not get the chance to extend his stay.According to AS, Ramos

Barcelona consider using Emerson in Lautaro Martinez pursuit

Barcelona are exploring using right back Emerson in a deal to bring Inter forward Lautaro Martinez to Camp Nou this summer.Martinez has been on Barcelona's radar for well over 12 months and was expected to join last summer, only for the COVID-19 outbreak to bring the deal to a halt.17 goals, ten assists and a Serie A title later, and Martinez has been linked with Barcelona once again. His agent recently admitted that talks over a new Inter contract had been cancelled, openly flirting with the Spanish side in the process.Sport continue the narrative by saying Barcelona are again interested in landing Martinez, but the club's well-known financial difficulties mean any deal is incredibly unlikely without offering players in exchange,

Villarreal sign Juan Foyth from Tottenham on permanent deal

Tottenham have confirmed Juan Foyth has left the club after Villarreal exercised their option to make his stay at the club permanent.The Argentina international was loaned out to the La Liga outfit at the start of the season, having been deemed surplus to requirements by former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.A number of injury setbacks have hampered Foyth's attempts to cement a first team place at Estadio de la Ceramica, but the versatility he's shown when fit has impressed the club's hierarchy - having filled in at right back and in central midfield, as well as his natural centre-back position.With Foyth's loan deal expiring at the end of this month, Villarreal have now decided to make the switch permanent, with Tottenham

Barcelona & Liverpool eyeing move for Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini

Roma's Lorenzo Pellegrini could be on his way out of the club this summer with Barcelona and Liverpool credited with an interest.The 24-year-old has cemented his place in the Serie A outfit's midfield since returning to the Stadio Olimpico in 2017. Last season he enjoyed the best goalscoring campaign of his career - notching 11 goals in all competitions - though his efforts weren't enough to help the club secure Champions League football.Pellegrini's fine form has attracted admiring glances from some of Europe's top sides, and Mundo Deportivo report that Barcelona and Liverpool have both lodged their interest in acquiring his services.A deal is made all the more possible by Pellegrini having just a year left to run on his