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Zidane reacts to news Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has responded to growing transfer rumours that Barcelona legend, Lionel Messi, could leave the club after this season.

Messi has been at Barcelona since he was 12 and has won every laurel in club football while at the club side, but disagreements with head coach Quique Setien and recent disappointment in the champions league has made the striker question his loyalty to the club according to reports.

Rivals, Real Madrid beat Getafe on Thursday night to climb four points ahead of Barcelona with five matches remaining in La Liga. And with the Champions League filled with strong opponents, Barcelona could end the season without any major trophy.

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Asked on his thoughts if he will like Messi to leave or stay amid the rumours, Zidane said;

“I don’t know what will happen but we hope not because he is in this league and we want the best in this league,” Zidane said post-match.

Sergio Ramos was the hero for Madrid against Getafe, scoring the only goal from the penalty spot in the 79th minute at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium.

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Zidane hailed captain Ramos, who took his La Liga tally to nine goals in 2019-20 following his 450th league appearance for Madrid.

“Our captain is our leader on the field, but also outside,” Zidane said of the Spain skipper, who took his career total to 100 goals.

“He is an unrepeatable player. He is unique and we know what he transmits to everyone else. I’m happy for him for his goal because when it comes to shooting a penalty, he has a lot of confidence.

“It’s almost in the 80th minute and Dani Carvajal’s effort in goal is from the whole team. We know that with patience and tranquility we can score goals. This is what happened.

“The last 20 minutes with freshness we claimed a very important result. We have to congratulate all the players because what we are doing is not easy.”

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Arsenal announce plans to lay off some staff

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Arsenal has announced plans to make 55 members of their staff redundant because of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Gunners’ first-team players and head coach Mikel Arteta agreed to a 12.5% pay cut in April.

Arsenal’s executive team also agreed to waive more than a third of their salaries over the next 12 months.

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However, the club says they now face “more significant and longer-lasting reductions in our revenue than we all hoped.”

Arsenal added they did not take the decision to propose redundancies “lightly” and had looked at “every aspect of the club and our expenditure before reaching this point.”

“We know this is upsetting and difficult for our dedicated staff and our focus is on managing this as sensitively as possible,” the club concluded in a statement.

The redundancies are in the football, commercial and administration departments, with the majority coming in the latter two.

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There will also be cuts to staff benefits, capital projects and discretionary projects, but investments will continue to be made in the playing staff and Arsenal’s transfer plans are unaffected.

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Man City sign Ake

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Manchester City has confirmed the £41m signing of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.

The versatile Dutch international center-back has signed a five-year deal at Etihad Stadium and becomes City’s second arrival in as many days following the capture of Spanish winger Ferran Torres from Valencia.

Chelsea elected not to exercise the £40m buy-back clause they inserted into the deal when Ake left Stamford Bridge for the south coast back in 2017.

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It’s a club-record sale for relegated Bournemouth, who initially signed the defender for £20m.

Speaking after completing his move from Bournemouth to Manchester City, Ake expressed his love for City’s manager Pep Guardiola’s playing style

“City has been the best side in England over the course of the last decade,” he said.

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“Coming here is a dream for me. This is a top side full of world-class players. Everywhere you look in this squad there are big names with international pedigree.

“Pep is a manager admired across the world – what he’s done in the game speaks for itself. The success he’s had is unbelievable and the style of football he plays really appeals to me.

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“I know I’m going to have to work hard to get into the side, but that’s what I’m here to do. I’ll do whatever I can to make an impact and help the team win silverware.”

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Man United eye Leicester’s goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel

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Kasper Schmeichel has emerged as a surprise summer transfer target for Manchester United as they weigh up the future of their goalkeeping situation.

The son of Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel has been a crucial part of Leicester’s success over recent years, and it has been reported that United are pondering an offer amid criticism aimed at the increasingly error-prone David de Gea and question marks over whether Sheffield United loanee Dean Henderson is ready to step up on a full-time basis.

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And according to former Manchester City team-mate Mikkel Bischoff, Kasper would jump at the chance to follow in his famous father’s footsteps.

“United will certainly not be deterred by his age of 33 years,” he told Ekstra Bladet. “The most successful goalkeepers at the club in recent years have been well into their thirties.

“He can easily play three or four good years there.

“Schmeichel is a huge United fan. He always has been and always will be, it will be the biggest dream come true if he were to succeed.

“If Kasper gets the opportunity to play just ten games for United, then he jumps. It’s simply so big for him. He is such a big fan that he will do anything to get to that club.”

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