Paul Pogba to leave if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 11:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Paul Pogba to leave if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions Leaguecenter_img Pogba claimed an assist in United’s win vs Palace (Picture: Getty)Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United for a return to Juventus this summer if the Red Devils fail to finish in the top four, according to reports.The Frenchman has been linked with a return to Turin for a number of months now, especially during Jose Mourinho’s reign in the United dugout.The two of them endured a strained relationship last year, with many suggesting Pogba’s days at the club were numbered.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, since the Portuguese left United the speculation surrounding Pogba has seemingly quietened down with him now loving his football again under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.ADVERTISEMENTBut, it’s not all back to normal for the Red Devils, with Italian newspaper Tuttosport reporting the 25-year-old could still return to Turin this summer if his current club do not secure Champions League football for next season.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnited are just a point behind Arsenal in fourth spot in the Premier League, but they face difficult fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester City as well as the Gunners themselves before the season is over.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsIt’s unknown how much would be needed to prize Pogba away from United, but Tuttosport claim he will not be willing to participate in Europa League football for another season.The 2018 World Cup-winner has enjoyed a return to form under Solskjaer, bagging nine goals and assisting seven others since Mourinho’s departure from the club.United’s next fixture is against Southampton on Saturday at Old Trafford.MORE: De Gea prepared to walk out on United as club refuse to meet his £400,000-a-week wage demands Advertisementlast_img read more

Lacazette can’t be replaced, says Lyon boss

first_imgLyon finished fourth in Ligue 1 last season and will play in the Europa League during the coming campaign, with the final of that competition played in their own stadium in May 2018.“That needs to be a positive pressure,” said Genesio.“We can’t be over-motivated or allow that to create negative waves by saying we have to win or have to be in the final because it’s in Lyon.“It’s a great opportunity for us to play in a first European final, and on top of that it’s at home.“It needs to transcend the team and not create a pressure that inhibits us.”However, Genesio said the main aim was to ensure the team would not be playing in that competition the following season.“The priority is to get back into the Champions League. A club like ours, in terms of investment, facilities and players, should be in the Champions League.”Share on: WhatsApp Lyon, France | AFP | Arsenal’s new signing Alexandre Lacazette is irreplaceable, according to the coach of Lyon, who sold the forward to the Londoners last month.Lyon have been hit by an exodus of top players during the close season including Corentin Tolisso, Mathieu Valbuena, Maxime Gonalons and Rachid Ghezzal.But none is more damaging than the loss of 26-year-old Lacazette, the club’s top scorer in each of the last four seasons.“We can’t replace Alex. We’ve bought Mariano (Diaz), who has different qualities, and we have young players with different qualities too,” said Bruno Genesio.“We’re going to have to compensate collectively for his departure.”Lacazette was Ligue 1’s top scorer in 2014/15 and finished second to Paris Saint-Germain stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani over the subsequent two years.He bagged 91 league goals and 113 in all competitions over the last four seasons, convincing Arsenal to splash out £52 million ($68 million, 58 million euros) to sign the France international.last_img read more

Africa could host Olympics as soon as 2032 – IOC boss

first_imgIn a separate statement about Africa for the YOG, Bach said that the IOC “will proactively approach a number of African (countries) to evaluate the feasibility of such a project”.The IOC hopes to elect a host city at the next IOC session, to be held in October 2018 in Buenos Aires.Rio de Janeiro in 2016 became the first South American host of the Olympic Games.Share on: WhatsApp Pyeongchang, South Korea | AFP | International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday that Africa could host the Olympics for the first time as early as 2032.It came after the IOC approved plans to target Africa to host the fourth Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022.“This Youth Olympic Games we hope can inspire one of the African countries to come up with a feasible candidature for 2032 or 2036,” said Bach, speaking in Pyeongchang two days before the start of the Winter Olympics.“But we have enough confidence in Africa that we said we do not want to wait so long, let’s go in 2022 with the Youth Olympic Games (YOG),” added Bach, declining to name which African country he had in mind for the full Olympics.last_img read more