Real Madrid deny report about Mbappe bid

Real Madrid on Wednesday denied media reports they have made a bid for Paris Saint-Germain’s teenage striker Kylian Mbappe, who is emerging as one of the biggest stars of the Russia World Cup.

Social media user Baptiste Ripart, who identifies himself as a journalist and editor, said in a Twitter posting that the Spanish Champions League holders had agreed to a world-record €272 million fee for the French 19-year-old.

Real Madrid issued their denial after Spanish sports dailies Marca and AS ran articles citing the posting. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

“Given the information published …regarding an alleged agreement between Real Madrid and PSG for the player Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid would like to state that it is completely false,” the club said in a statement on their website.

“Real Madrid has not made any offer to PSG or the player and condemns the spreading of this type of information.” Continue reading “Real Madrid deny report about Mbappe bid”

Patrick Vieira appointed Nice coach

Former Arsenal and France star Patrick Vieira, world and European cham-pion with Les Bleus, has taken the reins at top-flight Nice, the French club said Monday.

Vieira, 41, arrives after a stint at MLS outfit New York City FC. He has signed a three-year contract and replaces Lucien Favre who is moving to Borussia Dortmund.

The former midfield dynamo started his playing career at Cannes then had a brief spell AC Milan before becoming the rock on which Arsenal built a decade of glory, starring for the Gunners from 1996-2005. Place bet on LIVE matches on NaijaBet

After winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cups he joined Juventus for a season as the club topped Serie A but then were stripped of the title and then had four years with Inter Milan each topped with a Serie A crown.

In 2011, he retired after a spell back in England with Manchester City and after winning 107 French caps. Continue reading “Patrick Vieira appointed Nice coach”

Alves out for three weeks due to a Knee injury

Paris St Germain’s Brazil defender Dani Alves needs at least three weeks of intensive treatment on a knee injury suffered in the French Cup final but he was optimistic of recovering in time for the World Cup, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

Alves, 35, limped off near the end of PSG’s 2-0 win over third-tier Les Herbiers on Tuesday and there were fears the full back might miss the World Cup, which kicks off on June 14.

But his spokesman said the injury does not need surgery and Alves will be evaluated after three weeks of treatment. Various betting options are available for today’s games on NaijaBet

Brazil coach Tite is scheduled to name his 23-man squad for the finals in Russia on Monday.

Brazil play warm-up matches against Croatia on June 3 and Austria seven days later before heading to Russia where they will face group rivals Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica.

Thomas Tuchel might be PSG next Coach

Thomas Tuchel is not a big-name coach, he has won few trophies and has never managed a squad of stars, but French and German media agree that he will probably succeed Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain.

The German website reports that the 44-year-old Bavarian has already signed a two-year contract.

Emery appears to be merely biding his time in the PSG hotseat after the crushing elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid. Bet Now NaijaBet

Tuchel’s modest playing career peaked early with a handful of matches for Stuttgart Kickers in the German second division in 1992-93.

He went on to coach Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, winning the German Cup after succeeding the highly successful Jurgen Klopp.

Tuchel was recommended to the camp of emir Tamim ben Hamad al Thani by the Qatari consul to Germany, reported that he would be the first German to lead PSG. Continue reading “Thomas Tuchel might be PSG next Coach”

PSG turn focus to domestic duties

Embattled Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain must put aside the pain from their prosaic Champions League exit to drag their focus back to domestic affairs with an unglamourous Ligue 1 tie against Metz on Saturday.

Their European ambitions are again in tatters after Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Real Madrid.

To add insult to injury, European football’s governing body Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against PSG for the spate of smoke bombs and a laser deployed by their supporters during the match at the Parc des Princes.

Emery’s expensively-assembled Qatari-backed team host the club propping up the table with a nagging cloud over Neymar’s future. Place bet on week- end on NaijaBet

Having broken a foot bone in a league match against Marseille, the 222-million-euro marquee signing watched Tuesday’s game in Brazil where he is recovering from surgery.

PSG’s Brazilian defender Marquinhos urged his close friend to stay put at the Parc des Princes with rumours rife that Real Madrid are prepared to break the bank to attract the former Barcelona player back to Spain. Continue reading “PSG turn focus to domestic duties”

Marseille grab last-gasp equalizer against Nantes

Olympique Marseille snatched an equaliser five minutes into stoppage-time to draw 1-1 at home to Nantes in Ligue 1 on Sunday and avoid a fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions.

Florian Thauvin bundled the ball into the net in a goalmouth melee following a corner after Nantes had taken the lead early in the first half through Leo Dubois, who beat Steve Mandanda with a right-foot shot from Valentin Rongier’s cut-back.

Nantes defender Nicolas Pallois was sent off after a second booking for dissent immediately after the equaliser for protesting that he had been fouled by Marseille’s Luis Gustavo. Latest odds on NaijaBet

Marseille, who enjoyed more possession but squandered a string of chances, notably three by France international Dimitri Payet, remained third in the standings on 56 points from 28 matches.

They are four points behind second-placed Monaco and 18 adrift of leaders Paris St Germain, who won 2-0 at Troyes on Saturday. Continue reading “Marseille grab last-gasp equalizer against Nantes”

Neymar out ‘at least six weeks’ out of UCL return Leg

Neymar’s broken foot and sprained ankle will keep him out of action for at least six weeks, his father said on Tuesday, but no decision has yet been made on whether surgery will be required to repair the damage.

The world’s most expensive footballer suffered the injury during Sunday’s 3-1 Ligue 1 win over Paris Saint Germain’s arch-rivals Olympique de Marseille and the Brazilian was in tears as he was carried off the pitch at Parc de Princes.

His father said the damage was such that Neymar would definitely miss next week’s Champions League encounter against Real Madrid. Place bet on Basket fixtures on NaijaBet

“PSG know that they won’t have Neymar in the next few games and that they won’t have Neymar for the next six weeks at least,” he told ESPN Brasil.

“Because this treatment is going to take six to eight weeks, we know that, whether it is surgery or conventional, it will be six or eight weeks.”

Neymar Senior said his son and the French club were waiting to see the Brazil’s national team doctor before deciding whether or not the forward needed surgery. Continue reading “Neymar out ‘at least six weeks’ out of UCL return Leg”

Ranieri ready to become Italy new coach

Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester City to an unlikely English Premier League title, has revealed he is ready to quit French Ligue 1 club Nantes if he is asked to become Italy coach.

The 66-year-old has been one of the names touted as a possible replacements for Gian Piero Ventura who was forced to resign after Italy’s shock failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.

“Any Italian coach would love to be in charge of the national side,” Ranieri, who guided Leicester to their first ever Premier League title in 2016, said in Italia. Naija and Bet

“I have a contract with Nantes for two years and I have not received any messages, so I can’t say anything.

“But if I were to be contacted for the Italy job, I’d go to the Nantes president and ask to be released,” said the widely-travelled Ranieri, whose former clubs include Juventus, Napoli and Roma in Italy, Premier League giants Chelsea and Valencia and Atletico Madrid in Spain. Continue reading “Ranieri ready to become Italy new coach”

Di Maria hat-tricks send PSG into cup quarters

Paris St Germain’s sparkling forward Angel Di Maria scored a hat-trick as the holders won 4-1 at second-tier Sochaux to reach the French Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Argentine Di Maria opened the scoring with a first-minute header for the Ligue 1 leaders, who are aiming for their fourth French Cup triumph in a row. However, Sochaux’s Florian Martin quickly levelled with a left-foot finish in the 13th. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

PSG’s Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani converted Layvin Kurzawa’s cross to restore the visitors’ lead after 27 minutes and Di Maria put the result beyond doubt after the break.

The Argentina international caught Sochaux keeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi off guard at his near post with a precise left-foot finish after 59 minutes and then scored on the rebound after Cavani’s effort was parried into his path three minutes later. Continue reading “Di Maria hat-tricks send PSG into cup quarters”

Monaco will face PSG in League Cup final

Radamel Falcao struck twice as Monaco saw off Montpellier 2-0 on Wednesday to set up a French League Cup final against Paris Saint-Germain.

Falcao put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute at the Stade Louis II, before Monaco were denied a penalty by the video assistant referee system.

The Colombian doubled the lead before the half-hour mark, and although Rony Lopes had a second-period strike ruled out by video technology for offside, Leonardo Jardim’s men eased to victory to book a final date with PSG on March 31. Place bet on Live matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

The reigning Ligue 1 champions will be looking for a measure of revenge after being thrashed 4-1 by PSG in last year’s final.

“He (Falcao) hadn’t scored in three games but everyone knows he’s a big player and all players know there are times when they don’t score,” said Monaco coach Jardim.

“Now we have time to think about the final, we will prepare better for the final than last season.” Continue reading “Monaco will face PSG in League Cup final”

Emery demand more respect from PSG fans to Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has called on fans to show Neymar more “affection”, despite the Brazilian’s excellent form since joining the Ligue 1 leaders.

The world’s most expensive player has struggled with injury since the winter break and was booed for taking a penalty on his only league appearance of 2018 so far against Dijon, which denied Edinson Cavani a chance to break the PSG goalscoring record.

But Neymar scored four times in an 8-0 rout that day and has been a key figure for the capital club this season with 24 goals, and Emery wants the PSG fans to get behind their star player. Naija and Bet

“We need to give Neymar affection, he’s a player we need to make the most of,” the Spaniard said after Wednesday’s 4-2 French Cup win over Guingamp.

“He is here, in Paris, and he’s a great player.” Continue reading “Emery demand more respect from PSG fans to Neymar”

Monaco will face Lyon in French Cup round 32

Monaco and Lyon will play each other in the standout tie in the round of 32 of the French Cup, the draw for which was made on Monday evening.

The sides are currently second and third respectively in Ligue 1, but both are nine points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain so the French Cup may offer a better chance of winning silverware.

PSG, who have won their last 34 domestic cup ties after a 6-1 victory at Rennes on Sunday, are looking to win the French Cup for the fourth year running this season. Naija and Bet

They were handed a home tie against Guingamp, who lifted the trophy in 2014.

THE DRAW Continue reading “Monaco will face Lyon in French Cup round 32”

Neymar wants ‘history’ by sinking Real in UCL

Neymar believes Paris Saint-Germain can “make history” by eliminating holders and record 12-time winners Real Madrid when the two clubs meet in the last 16 of the Champions League.

French league leaders PSG were paired with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real in the tie of the round, and big-spending PSG are looking for a rapid return on their massive summer investment.

“We know it will be a difficult match against a team that has been playing together for years and also wants to win, but we can beat them,” Neymar said on Thursday as PSG arrived in Doha for their winter training camp.

“We can make history. We’re here to do just that, to play football, and we’re going to do everything to win,” added the Brazilian, who cost PSG a world record €222 million in August when he joined from Barcelona. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet.com

PSG have never advanced beyond the quarterfinals of the Champions League since the club’s takeover by its Qatari owners in 2011, throwing away a 4-0 first leg lead to spectacularly crash out in the last 16 to Barcelona last season after four straight quarterfinal exits.

They will travel to Madrid for the first leg on February, with the return meeting at the Parc des Princes on March 6. Continue reading “Neymar wants ‘history’ by sinking Real in UCL”

“My aim is to return to a big club”- Balotelli

Italian striker Mario Balotelli has revealed he would return to play for former club Manchester City for free.

The 27-year-old has scored 16 goals in 21 games in his second season at Ligue 1 side Nice, but hankers for big trophies again.

“My aim is to return to a big club to win something important again,” Balotelli said.

“I’d like to get back to having a strong squad behind me. I want to play in the Champions League and win something.” NaijaBet

Balotelli won six trophies with Inter Milan including the Champions League before moving to Manchester City in 2010, followed by two spells at AC Milan either side of an unsuccessful stint at Liverpool.

He insisted he has put his wilder days behind him and surrounded by his family was enjoying football as never before. Continue reading ““My aim is to return to a big club”- Balotelli”

PSG might sign new midfielder – Emery

Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain might sign a holding midfielder during the winter transfer window as they pursue their dream of winning the Champions League, coach Unai Emery suggested on Monday.

Qatar-backed PSG sent shockwaves through world football by luring Brazilian superstar Neymar from Barcelona for €222 million. But the impressive riches of their forward line are not yet reflected in their midfield.

“Thiago Motta is a sentry for us and when he’s out we don’t really have a replacement,” Emery told a press conference on Monday.

His side have a are runaway leaders in France’s Ligue 1, but face Cristiano Ronaldo-led Real Madrid in a keenly-awaited Champions League last-16 double header in February. Naija and Bet

Motta won the Champions League in 2006 with Barcelona and again in 2010 with Inter Milan and has been at PSG since 2012. Continue reading “PSG might sign new midfielder – Emery”

LFP hit Lille with transfer ban

Ligue 1 strugglers Lille, who recently suspended coach Marcelo Bielsa, have been slapped with a transfer ban, the French league (LFP) announced on Tuesday.

A brief statement said that Lille were “banned from recruiting” following a hearing before French football’s financial watchdog, the DNCG, in Paris into their financial situation. Today’s  games on NaijaBet

While the length of the ban was not made public, it does at least mean Lille will be unable to strengthen in the January transfer window.

That is a major blow to a club who currently lie in the relegation play-off place in France’s top flight.

Bought earlier this year by Gerard Lopez, a Luxembourg-born businessman of Spanish origin, the 2011 French league and cup double winners spent big in the last close season and appointed Bielsa as coach in the hope of challenging towards the top of the table again. Continue reading “LFP hit Lille with transfer ban”

Ranieri ready for Monaco reunion in Ligue1 midweek fixture

Claudio Ranieri admits he has “fantastic memories” of coaching Monaco as his Nantes side prepare to host the faltering reigning champions in a midweek round of games in Ligue 1.

The Italian was appointed by Monaco in 2012 and lasted two seasons in the principalty, winning Ligue 2 and leading them to promotion in his first campaign before taking them to second place on their return to Ligue 1.

The disappointment of his departure was soon forgotten as he led Leicester City to their historic Premier League title triumph in 2016 before returning to the French game with Nantes in the summer.

“I have fantastic memories. We were Ligue 2 champions then second in Ligue 1. I often went to see them in the Champions League last year and their project has not changed,” said the Italian, who still has a home in the principality. Latest ligue1 odds on site NaijaBet.com

Monaco head to the Stade de la Beaujoire in need of a boost after a week which saw them eliminated from Europe following a 4-1 home defeat to RB Leipzig and then lose 2-1 at home to Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday. Continue reading “Ranieri ready for Monaco reunion in Ligue1 midweek fixture”

Cavani: Penalty row blown out of proportion

Edinson Cavani has drawn a line under his fallout with Paris Saint-Germain teammate Neymar after their penalty row.
The pair clashed over spot-kick duties in the 2-0 win over Lyon last month, with tensions reportedly high between the pair in the dressing room afterwards. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

It was claimed that the Parisians were willing to offer the Uruguayan £880k to give up penalty-taking duties to the world record arrival.
But Cavani insists the pair have called it quits and insists the row was blown out of proportion.

He said: “It’s football stuff. Sometimes things get so big. The truth is that everyone is aware that things have become bigger than they are.
“These are things you discuss in the locker room. Everything has a solution. It’s all relaxed now.

“It is important that everyone strives for the same goal.”
Cavani is away on international duty but returns to action with PSG against Dijon on October 14.

Balotelli names first son Lion

MARIO BALOTELLI has fathered his first son and promptly named him LION.

The madcap former Manchester City and Liverpool striker has a four-year-old daughter, Pia, with ex Raffaella Fico.

Italy international Balo, 27, can now dream of his son following his career footsteps after his new partner gave birth on Thursday. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

Known only as Clelia, she is a Switzerland-based bank worker and part-time model. The footballer has kept his romance with the 26-year-old secret.

The first clue Balotelli was expecting to be a dad once more came when he posted a picture of a pregnant woman’s belly on social media earlier this month with the caption: “Loading.”

The player joined Nice last summer after Liverpool released him.
He has since scored 24 goals in 36 games for the French Ligue 1 club.

PSG willing to offer Zidane record €25M-a-year

French giants, PSG are ready to make Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane the highest paid in the game.

Zidane has only just signed a new contract with Real, however PSG are keen to bring him back to France, says Diario Gol.

PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi is willing to offer Zidane €25m-a-year, which would make him the highest paid coach in the world and place him in a similar salary bracket as Neymar and Barcelona star Lionel Messi. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com

Al Khelaifi believes coach Unai Emery lacks the authority to handle the current locker room and believes Zidane would be a better manager of their star studded squad.

For his part, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is sure to fight PSG to keep hold of Zidane, who has brought historic success to the club over the past two seasons.

PSG boss gets ‘full support’ despite Barca Humilaition

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery received the “full and entire support” of the club’s demanding Qatari owners on Friday despite presiding over their 6-1 Champions League humiliation at Barcelona.

“Unai has the qualities in which we believe. He has my full and entire support,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi told Le Parisien newspaper.

“With him, we will discuss the changes that are needed in the close season. We are going to work to send the strongest signals that will show our ambitions are great.” Predict today matches on NaijaBet.com

Barcelona overturned a 4-0 Champions League first leg deficit to win 6-5 on aggregate at the Nou Camp on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals in the greatest comeback in the history of the tournament.

Despite the morale-shattering defeat in Spain, Al-Khelaïfi insisted that PSG will still be able to attract some of the world’s best players to the French capital. Continue reading “PSG boss gets ‘full support’ despite Barca Humilaition”

Lyon coach hail Depay fast progress in Ligue 1

With three goals in seven league games, including a brace against Metz last weekend, former Manchester United outcast Memphis Depay is striving to reignite his career in France with Lyon.

“He’s making good progress and is proving that we did well to recruit him,” said coach Bruno Genesio, after Lyon stumped up an initial fee of 16 million euros ($17 million) to prise him away from Old Trafford.

Ahead of Friday’s trip to Bordeaux in Ligue 1, the 23-year-old appears equally as happy with his new team-mates and surroundings but knows there is plenty more to come. Predict,Play and Win Big on NaijaBet.com

“Even if I scored twice against Metz, I think there are things I could have done better but I’m progressing. It’s just the second time I played 90 minutes. I’m not at my best level,” admitted Depay.

The Dutchman represented Lyon’s lone acquisition in the January transfer window, the club’s Champions League group stage exit underlining their failure to bolster the squad the previous summer. Continue reading “Lyon coach hail Depay fast progress in Ligue 1”

Monaco outgun Marseille,PSG sink Niort

Thomas Lemar swept Monaco into the quarterfinals of the French Cup in a thrilling 4-3 extra-time victory at Marseille on Wednesday, while holders Paris Saint-Germain trudged past second tier Niort 2-0.

League leaders Monaco led three times at the Stade Velodrome through an own goal from Marseille keeper Yohann Pele and strikes from Kylian Mbappe and Benjamin Mendy.

But Marseille, coming off Sunday’s 5-1 thrashing against PSG, fought back on each occasion courtesy of Dimitri Payet and a brace from substitute Remy Cabella – the second coming after Mendy had put Monaco 3-2 ahead in extra time. NaijaBet.com

However, there was no way back once Lemar struck on 113 minutes as Monaco, who will meet PSG in the French League Cup final on April 1, remained alive in all four competitions this season.

Javier Pastore and Edinson Cavani scored late as PSG saw off Niort amidst a torrential downpour in western France in their last-16 tie. Continue reading “Monaco outgun Marseille,PSG sink Niort”

PSG sink Marseille to move second in Ligue 1

Edinson Cavani bagged his 35th goal of a spectacular season as Paris Saint Germain swept aside Marseille 5-1 on Sunday in “Le Classique” to move second in Ligue 1.

The reigning French champions are three points behind prolific league leaders Monaco and level with Nice, but go second thanks to a better goal difference in what has become a three-way tussle for the title.

A Stade Velodrome record 65 252 packed into the stands in the hopes of seeing a Marseille side buoyed by fresh investment and the return of Dimitri Payet derail their old rival’s title charge. Naija and Bet

But the vociferous home fans were silenced after just six minutes when skipper Thiago Silva rose to powerfully nod the ball back across goal and fellow Brazilian defender Marquinhos headed home unchallenged.

Payet, who forced his way out of West Ham in the winter transfer window for €30 million, had Marseille’s first real chance when he flashed a long-distance strike just wide on the quarter hour. Continue reading “PSG sink Marseille to move second in Ligue 1”

Balotelli needs to show change of attitude

Controversial striker Mario Balotelli has shown few signs of wanting to fight his way back into the national side, Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura warned on Wednesday.

Balotelli last played for Italy at their ill-fated 2014 World Cup campaign, but his international and club career have been in a tailspin since then.

After a lightning start with French first division side Nice this season however, the burly target-man appeared to have stopped the rot with goals and assists coming thick and fast. Naija and Bet

It prompted Ventura to offer Balotelli a way back last month, the coach pledging a face-to-face meeting to “discuss” behavioural problems.

But that prospect now looks slim.

The former Inter Milan, AC Milan, Manchester City and Liverpool striker was issued his third red card of the season last weekend, for dissent, in a 1-0 win at Lorient. Continue reading “Balotelli needs to show change of attitude”