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Inter Milan sign Romelu Lukaku


Seria A giants Inter Milan have confirmed the signing of Belgium international Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United.

“Inter is not for everyone, that is why I am here,” said the striker on a short video clip from the club’s Twitter account.

The 26-year-old inked a five-year deal with Inter after arriving in Milan in the early hours on Thursday morning.

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Italian newspapers have said the fee could be €65 million, plus bonuses of around €10 to €13 million.

Sports newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport said Lukaku travelled to Milan with his agent and friend Federico Pastorello and was to undergo stringent medical tests on Thursday.

Inter coach Antonio Conte said on Sunday he was “very hopeful” of finalising a deal to bring the former Everton star to the San Siro.

“Lukaku is a good player, a striker who I had tried to buy when I was coach at Chelsea” from 2016 to 2018, Conte said.

Lukaku’s time in England has been largely successful, with a number of impressive seasons at Everton leading to a £75m move to ​Manchester United a couple of summers ago.

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He enjoyed a successful first season with the Red Devils, firing 27 goals in all competitions – reaching double digits in the Premier League for a sixth successive campaign. But the goals were harder to come by last season, even though ​Lukaku still managed to notch 15 times.


Leipzig stun Atletico Madrid to reach Champions League last four



RB Leipzig pulled themselves into the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in their short history with an unlikely 2-1 win over the highly experienced Atletico Madrid in Lisbon on Thursday.

United States midfielder Tyler Adams snatched victory in the 88th minute with a strike from outside the box which took a heavy deflection off Atletico defender Stefan Savic to flummox goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

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The German side went ahead early in the second half with a header from Spanish forward Dani Olmo.

But a disjointed Atletico was shaken into life when record signing Joao Felix came off the bench, earning and scoring a penalty to level in the 71st minute.

Atletico, beaten finalists in 2014 and 2016, looked more likely to score the next goal as they continued to pour forward.

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However, they were caught out on the break and were left shell-shocked by Adams’ strike, which booked Leipzig a semi-final tie with Paris St Germain.

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Ahmed Musa reveals son’s name, shares photo



Nigerian international footballer, Ahmed Musa has shared a photo of his newborn baby on his Twitter page.

The new father also used the medium to announce the name of his son to be Isa Ahmed Musa.

His tweet reads:

“Today is a special day for me as my son will be named. Isa Ahmed Musa .I pray that your name will only be called in places of honour. You will be a solution to your generation and the first amongst your peers. I love you so much”

Recall that about a week ago, the Super Eagles player took to his Instagram page to announce the birth of his son.

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He had written:

“Life is indeed a gift and Allah has decided to give us a gift that can’t be bought with money. He decided to bless my family this morning with a bouncing baby Boy… Mother, baby are doing well Thank you for all your prayers and support always.”

See photo below:

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Man City must be at best to win – Silva



David Silva

Manchester City will need to be at their best level to win the games and try to reach the final, midfielder Bernardo Silva has said.

Silva said Manchester City’s task in the Champions League has not been made any easier by the exits of Real Madrid and Liverpool as every team is capable of winning.

Pep Guardiola’s City eliminated Real in the last 16 while defending champions Liverpool were knocked out by Atletico Madrid.

“The fact that Liverpool are out, Real Madrid are out: it’s not going to make our path easier.

“All the teams in Lisbon are here because they deserve it. We need to be at our best level to win the games and try to reach the final.”

City are firm favourites heading into Saturday’s quarter-final against Olympique Lyonnais but Silva said they would not get complacent.

“Anything can happen, Juventus were knocked out by Lyon, we lost against Tottenham Hotspur last year in the quarter-finals,” Silva told the City website.

“We have seen lots of surprises. It’s very difficult to predict the results in this competition,” he said.

Silva, who was born in Lisbon and began his career at Benfica, said the prospect of lifting the trophy on home soil gave him extra motivation.

“Winning this competition has always been a target for the players and the club. It will be very special to win it. For me, even more so because it’s my city,” he added.

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