Former Inter Milan manager Mircea Lucescu believes Inter Milan can end Juventus’ dominance in the Serie A. The Bianconeri have won the Scudetto for eight seasons on the bounce but the Nerazzurri could end that dominating run, having gone neck-to-neck with the reigning champions for most of the campaign.
It was supposed to be one of his many successful stints at a football club but Steven Nzonzi and Turkish giants Galatasaray have decided to call it quits, with the Club getting increasingly irritated at him even just being around the club training ground.
The French man was suspended by the club earlier in the month and the World Cup winning midfielder has reacted by saying he is no longer ready to continue his loan spell in Turkey from Italy.
One of the best things to ever happen to the Turkey national side, Cenk Tosun, has struggled to lay claim to a respectable starting berth all season.
Clubs need goals above every other thing from their strikers and any striker that fails to meet such a requirement is easily shown the exit door. In the world of scoring goals, you’re either scoring them or you are not and no team has the patience to wait around for you to find your potential in an unforgiving league like England’s - which has prompted a shift in Tosun's thinking.
German World Cup winner Manuel Neuer has spoken positively about compatriot Mesut Ozil, who retired from national team duties shortly after the 2018 World Cup. The Arsenal midfielder was heavily criticised after Germany’s shock group stage exit at the previous global tournament and that contributed towards his retirement from international football.
When pressed on the Ozil situation, the Bayern Munich captain said that he had a great experience of playing with the Gunners star, right from the academy days at Schalke 04. He added that his compatriot always wanted to have fun and play football, and it was disappointing with the way things paved off the field for him.
Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has praised the nice gesture from Neymar to Edinson Cavani during the club’s 5-0 thumping of Galatasaray in the Champions League. Tuchel named a strong lineup for the dead rubber contest against Galatasaray and Neymar was the star of the show with one goal and a couple of assists.
He could have bagged another goal from the penalty spot but he showed a good gesture by handing the penalty to Cavani, who has endured a tough season by his standards. A couple of years ago, Neymar was involved in a heated exchange with Cavani over a penalty kick which the latter missed and Tuchel is pleased that the Brazilian has sorted his differences with his teammate.
Galatasaray failed to make home advantage count after a narrow 1-0 defeat against French champions PSG in the latest Champions League group game. Mauro Icardi, who made the switch to PSG on a loan deal from Inter Milan only in the summer, came up with a goal just after half-time. This happens to be his first goal for the club since the move.
Even though he has featured in a couple of games already – including the 3-0 win over Real Madrid, this was his first major contribution to the club. The result is a major blow for Fatih Terim, who has seen his team manage only one point from the two group games.
Fatih Terim did not have too many complaints after watching his team get a draw with Club Brugge in the Champions League. This was the first group game of the campaign for Galatasaray and the match finished as a goalless draw. The Belgian team had the best opportunity over the 90 minutes, but Galatasaray were lucky that Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis missed his opportunity. Since Galatasaray are in the same group containing powerhouses like Real Madrid and Paris St Germain, the team needs to pick up as many points as possible in other games.Terim was pleased to see his team pick up points from the opening game of the campaign.
Galatasaray may head back into the domestic competitions with games againstYeniMalatyaspor and Fenerbahce coming up. However, the point against Club Brugge is rather important considering that it came away from home. The upcoming Champions League game for the Turkish outfit will be against PSG, who picked up a handsome 3-0 win over Madrid. The next two games against PSG and Madrid and both these games are at home. It is quite possible that Galatasaray may lose both these matches and the team had to come up with at least a point against Brugge. Meanwhile, Clement of Brugge was also happy with the point.
Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru has made the permanent move to French side AS Monaco from Everton. The 22-year-old spent the previous campaign on loan with Turkish giants Galatasaray where he won a League and Cup double while contributing 15 goals across all competitions.
Despite this, he could not make the breakthrough with the Toffees due to the inability to secure a work permit and the club have now sanctioned his permanent sale to Monaco. A statement from the Principality outfit read: "Monaco are delighted to announce the signing of Henry Onyekuru from Everton. Our new attacking midfielder joins us on a five year deal.”
Everton chief Marcel Brands have reportedly rejected a loan approach from Galatasaray to secure the services of midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. The France international struggled for regular gametime with the Toffees during the previous campaign and he was restricted to just 16 appearances across all competitions.
As a result, he has been touted to head through the exit door this summer but it appears that the Toffees have not received any concrete offers for his signature. According to The Liverpool Echo, the former Southampton man has been the subject of a loan approach from Turkish champions Galatasaray but the offer has been knocked back by the Toffees under the knowledge of Brands.
The agent of Henry Onyekuru has revealed that the striker has no plans of joining CSKA Moscow during this summer’s transfer window. The Nigeria international has spent the past two seasons away on loan from Everton and the same could remain the case for the forthcoming campaign, considering he has not played sufficient international games over the past two years to earn a UK work permit.
Owing to this, he has caught the attention of CSKA Moscow from the Russian top-flight, but he does not appear keen on pursuing the challenge. In a report covered by Goal.com, the player’s representative confirmed that there has been a proposal from CSKA but the Nigeria has decided to knock back the advances, he said: “We had a proposal from CSKA, but the player decided to refuse the Moscow club."