PSG secure last-minute win over Saint-Etienne to close gap on Ligue 1 leaders

Paris Saint-Germain closed the gap on Ligue 1 leaders Lille to one point with a last-gasp victory over Saint-Etienne on Sunday.Mauro Icardi was his side's saviour, popping up in the 95th minute to seal the vital three points. Saint-Etienne were on the back foot throughout but managed to stem the tide before the game burst into life in the final 15 minutes. ? WHAT DRAMA!! Sensational @PSG_English victory at the death!! ?#PSGASSE?? #AllezParis— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) April 18, 2021First, the visitors took a shock lead at the Parc de Princes through Denis Bouanga. Kylian Mbappe then levelled things up before putting his side in front from the penalty spot with three minutes of normal time remaining. The away side

Who is Milan target Maignan?

Milan are linked with LOSC Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan as Gianluigi Donnarumma’s potential replacement, but who is the 25-year-old? The France international has kept 18 clean sheets in 32 Ligue 1 games this season and has impressed enough to attract interest from a host of European clubs in recent weeks. Milan continue to negotiate with Donnarumma but technical director Paolo Maldini must have a plan B, should the Italy international move this summer. He has a particular eye on the French goalkeeper, who grew up in the outskirts of Paris and has been playing for Lille since 2015, when he moved from Paris Saint-Germain for a reported €1m. PSG chose to go with Alphonse Areola and sold Maignan to Lille, where the latter made

PSG want Neymar contract renewal before Champions League semi-final

PSG are hopeful of announcing a new six-year contract for Brazilian forward Neymar before they meet Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final on April 27.After months and months and months of speculation, the wheels are now in motion for Neymar to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes after his agent confirmed that the 29-year-old wants to ink fresh terms in the near future.Neymar feels at home in Paris | Matthias Hangst/Getty ImagesNeymar himself recently suggested that an agreement was all but finalised, admitting: "The contract extension with PSG is no longer a topic."While most reports have centred around a new contract which will run until 2026, L'Equipe (via GFFN) state that Neymar has actually agreed to a

Neymar sends reassuring message to PSG fans over future

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has stated that he is ready to commit his long-term future to the Ligue 1 champions, admitting he feels 'very comfortable and at home' in the French capital. The 29-year-old's next career move has been debated for months, and with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2022, Les Parisiens have been working hard to tie him down to a contract extension. Neymar is ready to pledge his future to PSG | Matthias Hangst/Getty Images A move back to Barcelona has been mooted, with contrasting reports over the past few months suggesting Neymar hadn't decided what he was going to do next. But after his agent confirmed his intention to stay in Paris, the Brazilian superstar

Neymar’s agent confirms intention to sign new PSG contract

The agent of Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has confirmed that the Brazilian plans to sign a new contract at the Parc des Princes in the near future. Neymar's contract has been the subject of plenty of rumours recently. With his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2022, most reports have stated that an extension is on the cards, but there have been enough saying otherwise to keep fans worrying. An injury to Neymar delayed talks recently | Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images Well, while a new contract hasn't been signed just yet, there's reason to be confident as Neymar's agents told France Football (via AS) that the 29-year-old's plan is to put pen to paper on a new deal soon. "Neymar wants to

Real Madrid, PSG & Inter linked with move for in-form Jesse Lingard

Three months ago, Jesse Lingard was an undisputed flop at Manchester United. Now he is said to be on the radar of European giants like Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter. Just let that sink in for a second.Lingard didn't play a single minute of Premier League football in the first half of the season, but he has been rejuvenated since joining West Ham United on loan in January. He has already racked up eight goals and four assists in just nine games, keeping the Hammers in the hunt for Champions League football.Lingard's numbers have been mightily impressive | Pool/Getty ImagesWith United ready to sell and West Ham eager to buy, this transfer saga seemed pretty straightforward, but according to

Eduardo Camavinga to reject new Rennes contract

Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga is poised to reject the club's latest offer of a new contract, paving a way for an imminent exit from Roazhon Park.The 18-year-old has been billed as one of the most exciting young midfielders around, with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea often linked with moves for Camavinga.There is real hype surrounding Camavinga | John Berry/Getty ImagesIf any suitor wants him, this might be the time to move as The Athletic note Camavinga is ready to snub a new contract and move on from Rennes, who could be forced to sell this summer before his deal expires in 2022.Already a senior France international, Camavinga has been frustrated with Rennes' performances this season. They

PSG ‘make contact’ with Mohamed Salah & Harry Kane

Paris Saint-Germain are drawing up plans for life without superstar forward Kylian Mbappe and have already reached out to the representatives of both Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Tottenham's Harry Kane.Mbappe's contract is set to expire at the end of next season and talks to secure his future have been dragging on for what feels like an eternity. Club director Leonardo recently admitted he was feeling good about the Frenchman's future, but until he puts pen to paper, the uncertainty will remain.Mbappe's future remains up in the air | John Berry/Getty ImagesAccording to Telefoot's Julien Maynard, Mbappe is prepared to delay his decision until the end of the season, when he will analyse PSG's proposal and consider interest from Real Madrid,

PSG set price for Mauro Icardi amid Juventus links

Paris Saint-Germain have set a price tag of £35m for wantaway striker Mauro Icardi, with Juventus tipped as favourites to land his signature.Icardi has had a mixed time of it in France following his melodramatic fallout with Inter two years ago. He was productive on loan last season, scoring 20 times in 34 appearances, but things have gone pear-shaped since the deal was made permanent in July.The Argentine took a while to get up to speed after missing the start of the season due to Covid and he has struggled to get any momentum going since.Mauro Icardi hanging out with all his dogs— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) April 4, 2021Two fairly serious injuries limited him to just five Ligue

Update on Kylian Mbappe’s PSG contract negotiations amid Real Madrid transfer links

Kylian Mbappe has been rated as having a ‘50/50’ chance of signing a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain and staying at the club beyond this season.Mbappe is out of contract at PSG in the summer of 2022, which makes PSG vulnerable to losing him on a free transfer if talks over a new deal are not progressing and they do not sell him this year.Mbappe is out of contract with PSG in 2022 | CHRISTOF STACHE/Getty ImagesThe 2018 World Cup winner has been quite open about the fact that he is weighing up his options ahead of next season and would only sign a new contract with PSG if he sees his long-term future with them.While insisting he has always

PSG director offers update on Kylian Mbappe & Neymar contracts

Paris Saint-Germain director Leonardo has revealed that he is close to being 'happy' with negotiations over contract renewals for both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.The most expensive duo in world football are both set to enter the final 12 months of their respective contracts this summer, and PSG are well aware that they would have to sell them both if they decline to extend their deals.Two goals from Kylian Mbappe, two Neymar assists and plenty of entertainment in the snow ❄️Bayern 2-3 PSG in 60 seconds! ⏱️— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 8, 2021Both have been tipped to pursue a return to Spain, with Neymar on Barcelona's radar and Mbappe right at the top of Real Madrid's wish list,

15 test positive for COVID-19 in outbreak among Lyon Feminin squad

The coronavirus outbreak at Lyon Feminin has continued to spiral, with 15 positive tests now recorded among players and staff at the reigning European champions.The number of cases at the club has climbed over a period of ten days since the first positive tests towards the end of last month. There were initially two cases within the first-team setup, but that climbed by four on three occasions to take the number to 14 prior to the latest announcement.L’Olympique Lyonnais informe déplorer malheureusement un nouveau cas positif au sein du groupe professionnel féminin après les derniers tests PCR organisés ce week-end, portant désormais à quinze le nombre de joueuses et membres du staff détectés positifs à la COVID-19.— OL Féminin

The latest on Neymar’s contract situation & desire to play alongside Lionel Messi

Neymar is close to entering the final 12 months of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, and although talks of an extension really started to heat up a few months ago, everything has gone a little quite since then.The Brazilian is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal, leaving some fans sweating over the idea of losing Neymar for cheap this summer.Talks of a new deal for Neymar had died down | Xavier Laine/Getty ImagesThat fear was the subject of a report from Catalonia-based Diari ARA, who claimed on Saturday that Neymar had paused negotiations over a new deal because he is not confident PSG can grant him his wish of playing alongside Lionel Messi again.The 29-year-old is

Who will win Ligue 1?

We haven't seen a Ligue 1 title race like this in a long time.France has been Paris Saint-Germain's playground for a while now, but not only are Mauricio Pochettino's side facing an uphill battle to retain their crown, but there are three other sides vying for the ultimate glory.With seven games left to play, it's all still up in the air - so it's only right to take a look at each side's run-in and see who is favourite to come out on top.Lille have a lead at the top | FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/Getty ImagesRemaining fixtures: Metz vs Lille (09/04)Lille vs Montpellier (16/04)Lyon vs Lille (25/04)Lille vs Nice (02/05)Lens vs Lille (09/05)Saint-Etienne vs Lille (16/05)Lille vs Angers (23/05)Lille have it

Kylian Mbappe tells himself he’s better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Self-confidence is an odd thing.While the majority of us are racked with low self-esteem and a feeling of ineptitude (he types as a solitary tear slides down his cheek) we've all got at least one mate who absolutely loves themselves.Kylian Mbappe has revealed the secret to his success | Aurelien Meunier/Getty ImagesNow, usually said friend's high opinion of themselves just makes them look an absolute p*** as they ecstatically wheel away in celebration after scoring a simple tap-in during a kickabout down the local park, but imagine having a friend who was actually confident and supremely talented.Well, spare a thought for friends of Kylian Mbappe.The Paris Saint-Germain forward has revealed the secret to his rapid rise to stardom, claiming his

Milan and Roma in for Areola?

Roma and Milan are reportedly targeting a move for Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who’s currently on loan at Fulham. The 28-year-old spent 2019-20 on loan at Real Madrid before returning to the French capital in August. He was then loaned out to Premier League side Fulham, who have an option to buy the France international after the campaign. Areola’s contract with PSG expires in June 2023 and Il Corriere dello Sport reports Roma and Milan are interested in bringing him to Serie A this summer. Areola has played 29 games in the Premier League this term, keeping nine clean sheets in the process.

Official | SM Caen part company with Pascal Dupraz

« Back On Tuesday evening, Ligue 2 side SM Caen announced the decision to part company with manager Pascal Dupraz. The Normandy side has had just one league win since December, with the enigmatic Dupraz struggling to create a clear playing identity for the Olivier Pickeu-led project. Dupraz, ex-Toulouse and Evian boss, leaves a position that he had held since October 2019. Caen sit 14th in Ligue 2, 5 points clear of the relegation/promotion play-off spot. Dupraz is immediately replaced by Fabrice Vandeputte as head coach, who will work with an assistant in the form of Cédric Hengbart.

Official | Danilo Barbosa leaves OGC Nice for Palmeiras on loan

« Back Ligue 1 side OGC Nice on Tuesday announced the departure of 25-year-old Brazilian central midfielder Danilo Barbosa on loan with an option to buy to Brazilian outfit Palmeiras. The player, who had also been tracked by Flamengo, leaves on a loan until December 2021. Danilo racked up 49 appearances for OGC Nice, but his confidence was quickly shot by ex-manager Patrick Vieira, who constantly played him out of his deep-lying midfield position, both at full-back and centre-back.

Prison sentences for a handful of influential Marseille fans, accused of inciting training ground violence

Sentences of up to one year in prison were handed down on Monday against four leaders of groups of supporters of Ligue 1 side Marseille for their responsibility in the incidents at the end of January at the club’s training centre. “In this case the proof has been produced by an organisation of the violence and vandalism it suffered,” assured the presiding member of the correctional court of Marseille, Nathalie Marty, who pronounced the harshest sentence against the treasurer of OM supporter group Marseille Trop Puissant (MTP). The young man, already convicted in the past for similar crimes, was arrested in the Commanderie, the OM training centre, in possession of smoke bombs. He has not been sentenced to jail

Pierre Ménès, caught in sexual assault scandal, also being sued for moral harassment

Canal Plus’ top pundit, Pierre Ménès, last night appeared on TPMP to respond to accusations that his employer had censored a documentary put out on Sunday night by Marie Portolano, in which the male journalist was confronted with two historic accusations of sexual assault, dating from 2011 and 2016. In an appearance on Canal Plus’ nightly magazine show hosted by Cyril Hanouna, Ménès was asked to explain himself and was also shown one of the segments that Canal + initially censored from the documentary, where Marie Portolano confronts Ménès for lifting up her dress and smacking her buttocks at the end of an episode of Canal Football Club, the French equivalent of “Match of the Day,” in 2016. Ménès said