May 30, 2022 at 9:19 AM EDT
News: Robert Lewandowski: My Bayern Munich story has come to an end
Robert Lewandowski has publicly stated his desire to leave Bayern Munich this summer, rather than at the end of his contract.
The Polish striker, 33, has scored 98 goals over the last two seasons, and came second in Ballon d’Or voting last November.
He has won eight consecutive Bundesliga titles since joining Bayern from Borussia Dortmund in 2014, as well as the 2019-20 Champions League.
However, he stated earlier this month that he would not renew his contract at the club, which expires in June 2023. Chief executive Oliver Kahn subsequently said that Lewandowski had an obligation to fulfill that deal.
The striker has now responded by stating his time at the club is over, and he hopes he will not be forced to stay for the upcoming season.
Barcelona have been linked with Lewandowski’s services.
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May 30, 2022 at 8:01 AM EDT
News: Isco announces Real Madrid exit this summer after contract expiration
Real Madrid midfielder Isco has announced he will leave the club in the summer when his contract expires.
The 30-year-old joined Madrid from Malaga in 2013, and made almost 250 appearances for the side.
A much-feted signing on arrival, Isco’s initial years at Madrid were highly successful.
The Spanish international featured in a side who won three Champions League trophies between 2013 and 2018. However, he was less integral in recent seasons.
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May 30, 2022 at 7:20 AM EDT
News: Ancelotti – Liverpool were ‘more decipherable’ than other sides in Champions League run
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has claimed his preparations for Saturday’s Champions League final win were helped by Liverpool being “more decipherable” than their previous opponents.
Madrid won 1-0 after Vinicius Jr’s 59th minute goal, with Ancelotti’s side impressively keeping Klopp’s Liverpool side scoreless, helped by an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Speaking after the game, Ancelotti revealed that Liverpool’s clear identity under Jurgen Klopp, while making them formidable opponents, did hand him a blueprint for success.
May 30, 2022 at 6:58 AM EDT
Adriana Leon turns down West Ham contract offer
Adriana Leon has turned down the offer of a new two-year contract from West Ham, The Athletic understands.
The Canada international joined West Ham in 2019 and signed a new deal in 2020. However, despite the contract offer, she will now leave the club as a free agent on July 1.
There is interest in Leon from a host of clubs, including Spanish giants Real Madrid – which The Athletic reported earlier this month – and Barcelona.
Other clubs are also understood to be reaching out now she has decided to turn down the deal.
May 30, 2022 at 6:49 AM EDT
Vitesse’s Eliazer Dasa available on a free
Israel international Eliazer Dasa, a right wing-back who can also play in midfield, is available as a free agent this summer. Dasa will leave Vitesse when his contract expires next month.
Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord are all interested in the 29-year-old, who was a regular for Vitesse in the Eredivisie. However, he is understood to be favoring a move abroad.
Dasa could be of interest to Premier League clubs, especially newly promoted sides, who might be on the lookout for a low-cost first-choice or right-back backup.
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May 30, 2022 at 6:13 AM EDT
A message from Mark Noble
The West Ham captain retired last week after 18 years in the first-team.
May 30, 2022 at 6:05 AM EDT
News: Rangers legend Andy Goram given six months to live after cancer diagnosis
Former Rangers goalkeeper Andy Goram has revealed that he has only six months to live.
The 58-year-old confirmed his cancer diagnosis last month but he has since rejected chemotherapy that would prolong his life expectancy by around 12 weeks.
Goram suffered severe weight loss and struggled to ingest food, which tests later found was level 4 oesophageal cancer that had spread to various parts of his body.
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May 30, 2022 at 5:29 AM EDT
News: Ivan Perisic to undergo medical at Tottenham ahead of proposed two-year contract
Ivan Perisic will undergo a medical at Tottenham Hotspur today, with The Athletic understanding that the forward is set to sign a two-year contract.
Perisic, 33, has left Inter Milan after seven seasons.
The Athletic reported on Saturday that Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte was keen to bring Perisic to north London.
The Croatia international has previously worked with Conte, although he spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at Bayern Munich.
Upon returning to Italy for the 2020-21 season, Perisic was a key figure as a left wing-back in Conte’s Scudetto-winning Inter side.
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May 30, 2022 at 5:11 AM EDT
Give Thibaut Courtois his respect
Real Madrid had just won the Champions League, and amid all the celebrations at the Stade de France, Thibaut Courtois had something he wanted to get off his chest.
“Today, I needed to win a final – for my career, for all the hard work, to put respect on my name because I do not think I have enough respect, especially in England,” Courtois told UK broadcaster BT Sport. “I saw a lot of criticism that I was not good enough or whatever.”
How did he earn that respect? Dermot Corrigan analyzes.
Real Madrid’s Courtois felt he was due more respect – so he made his saves, and his point
May 30, 2022 at 4:34 AM EDT
News: Caitlin Foord signs new deal at Arsenal
Arsenal have confirmed Caitlin Foord has signed a new deal at the club.
The 25-year-old joins teammates Vivianne Miedema, Noelle Maritz, Lotte Wubben-Moy, and Steph Catley in signing extensions ahead of the new season.
Since arriving in February 2020, the forward has scored 23 goals in 62 games for Arsenal, playing both out wide and through the middle.
More here from Art de Roche.
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May 30, 2022 at 4:29 AM EDT
Watching the UCL final with professional footballers
Ben Mee, Frank Nouble, and Manisha Tailor all visited The Athletic HQ to watch the Champions League final – this is what it was like.
May 30, 2022 at 4:12 AM EDT
News: Arsenal executive James King joins PFA as general counsel
Arsenal executive James King is set to be announced as the Professional Footballers’ Association’s general counsel, The Athletic understands.
King had been employed by Arsenal since 2016 where he worked on commercial deals for their legal team before moving to their football operations department in 2018.
His most recent title at the Emirates Stadium was senior legal counsel for football operations. He was also a member of the FA’s legal and governance group for women’s football.
More here from David Ornstein.
May 30, 2022 at 3:55 AM EDT
News team update
Announcing some new faces you’ll be seeing on these pages in the coming weeks.
May 30, 2022 at 3:36 AM EDT
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May 30, 2022 at 3:06 AM EDT
Saint-Etienne relegated from Ligue 1
Saint-Etienne have been relegated from Ligue 1 after losing a play-off against Auxerre on penalties.
Fans invaded the pitch to throw flares after the club’s 18-year stay in Ligue 1 ended, while Auxerre returned after a 10-year absence.
Saint-Etienne condemned the scenes. More here.
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May 30, 2022 at 2:52 AM EDT
ICYMI: Ralf Rangnick will not remain at Man Utd in consultancy role
Manchester United have announced Ralf Rangnick will not be staying at Old Trafford as a consultant despite his previous agreement with the club.
Rangnick was expected to stay at United for a further two years in his new role but he has announced he has left.
United said in a statement on Sunday: “We would like to thank Ralf Rangnick for his efforts as interim manager over the past six months.
“By mutual agreement, Ralf will now focus solely on his new role as manager of the Austria national team and will therefore not be taking up a consultancy role at Old Trafford.
“We would like to wish Ralf the best of luck in this next chapter of his career.”
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May 30, 2022 at 2:43 AM EDT
Mane leaving Liverpool: how we got here
If Mohamed Salah lit up the first half of the season, the second half belonged to Mane. He scored 13 of his 23 goals after returning triumphant from firing Senegal to Africa Cup of Nations glory.
Mane flourished after being moved into the number nine role by Jurgen Klopp following the arrival of Luis Diaz from Porto. Earlier this month his manager described him as “a machine” and “world class” after he kept the title race alive by heading home the winner away to Aston Villa.
butt The Athletic understands he’s set to leave the club. James Pearce explores how we got here.
Mane leaving Liverpool: how we got here, how much Bayern would have to pay, what next
May 30, 2022 at 2:28 AM EDT
Real Madrid: Doing the unglorious gloriously
Champions League finals are bitty, and scrappy, and decided by moments in the penalty boxes rather than on flow. And this Real Madrid side, in comparison to other European giants in recent years, simply have defensive players who can defend well, and attacking players who can attack well.
This Real aren’t a particularly effective league side – three La Liga titles in the last decade – but in finals, when you need the basics done well, they routinely have what it takes.
By Michael Cox.
Real Madrid: A truly great side based on players who excel at traditional tasks
May 30, 2022 at 2:12 AM EDT
So, how did Forest get promoted?
When Steve Cooper – the 20th permanent manager since they were relegated from the top flight in 1999 – was appointed in September, with Forest rooted to the foot of the Championship table after taking a point from the first seven games, few would have put any money on him being the one to change that. Certainly not this season.
But the decision to hire the former Swansea City manager, the Welshman who won England the Under-17 World Cup five years ago, following Forest’s worst start to a season in 108 years ended in their best finish to a campaign in what felt like just as long.
Paul Taylor and Nick Miller report.
Nottingham Forest promoted to Premier League: Inside club’s greatest week for 23 years