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    LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

    LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

    LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

  • 'It's too early to talk about it' - Valv...

    Ernesto Valverde's long-term future remains unclear with the Barcelona boss adamant it is too soon to discuss a contract extension. The 54-year-old's deal expires at the end of the season and it appears the situation could remain unresolved until the new year. Valverde secured ...

    'It's too early to talk about it' - Valverde not ready to consider Barca contract extension

    Ernesto Valverde's long-term future remains unclear with the Barcelona boss adamant it is too soon to discuss a contract extension. The 54-year-old's deal expires at the end of the season and it appears the situation could remain unresolved until the new year. Valverde secured a domestic double at the first time of asking but a second-leg implosion against Roma in last season's Champions League quarter-finals left a sour taste. Amid rumours of a tense relationship with president Josep Bartomeu, the former Barca player was non-committal when quizzed on the possibility of a renewal. "I've got a contract at the moment. I do have the option of extending it by another year," Valverde said. "But you know how things go in football. Seasons are long and you have to see how things progress. "It's still only September, it's too early to talk about it." Occasional criticism of Valverde has centred on a perceived departure from the playing style synonymous with the club. But, after a 4-0 win over PSV in the Champions League and an unblemished start in La Liga, the man in charge is paying little thought to the debate. "It all looks fine to me," he said. "What can I say? We try to win, we try to play well. "With big clubs it's always very demanding. We dominated against PSV... I don't really remember them having any clear-cut chances.  "It's not as easy as people think."

  • Ronaldo vows to lose weight and assist t...

    Brazil great Ronaldo plans to lose weight in the hope he can contribute in Real Valladolid training after becoming the majority shareholder of the Spanish club. The former Real Madrid striker acquired a 51 per cent stake for a reported €30 million at the start of September, beco...

    Ronaldo vows to lose weight and assist training after Real Valladolid purchase

    Brazil great Ronaldo plans to lose weight in the hope he can contribute in Real Valladolid training after becoming the majority shareholder of the Spanish club. The former Real Madrid striker acquired a 51 per cent stake for a reported €30 million at the start of September, becoming chairman of the club's board of directors as a result. It had been unclear as to how much input Ronaldo would have with respect to the first-team squad, with it being suggested that a former player of such standing could have a strong impact on the training pitch. The World Cup winner, who struggled with weight issues towards the end of his playing career, has now outlined plans to get fit and involved with training. "I have not come to play," Ronaldo told El Norte de Castilla. "I am not in shape for that. "I will start training and getting fit so I can train with the boys and contribute a bit in the technical area, always in agreement with the coach. "This is going to be a very important year for this project, the most important one. "We do not have the best facilities in the world, but it is about getting the best out of our facilities for our players, for our academy."

  • Modric given suspended prison sentence i...

    Luka Modric has been given a suspended eight-month prison sentence over alleged tax fraud, it has been confirmed. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder entered a plea of guilty to the accusation of defrauding the treasury of over €870,000 (£784,000/$1m). Reports in Spain, from...

    Modric given suspended prison sentence in tax case

    Luka Modric has been given a suspended eight-month prison sentence over alleged tax fraud, it has been confirmed. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder entered a plea of guilty to the accusation of defrauding the treasury of over €870,000 (£784,000/$1m). Reports in Spain, from El Mundo , claim that Modric first defrauded €290,000 before then using Ivano SARL, a company based in Luxembourg, to take a further €579,000. Modric paid €1 million at the start of the case, and it has been agreed that he must now pay 40 per cent of the fee that was defrauded, which totals just over €348,000. A number of high-profile figures in football have been drawn into similar tax cases, with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho given a suspended one-year prison sentence, as well as a €2m fine. The Manchester United boss, who spent three years in the Spanish capital, was accused of using offshore company accounts in Ireland, the British Virgin Islands and New Zealand to conceal income from image rights in 2011. Spanish news outlet El Mundo claims Mourinho reached a deal with tax authorities, with two six-month suspended prison sentences. Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was sentenced to 21 months in jail last year for failing to pay €4.1 million in taxes on image rights in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and was also given a €2m fine. His father, Jorge Messi, was handed the same prison sentence and a smaller fine of close to €1.7m. Cristiano Ronaldo, too, was given a suspended sentence and a huge €19m fine after he pleaded guilty to four charges of evasion between 2011 and 2014 worth a total of €14.7m. According to EFE, that amount was reduced in his guilty plea to €5.7m, although taking into account fines, interests and other cost the sum ascends to €19m.

  • Barcelona's Pepe interest confirmed by L...

    Lille owner Gerard Lopez has confirmed Barcelona's interest in Nicolas Pepe, and suggests the club may be forced to sell him in January. Reports in Spain had claimed that Barca were monitoring the 23-year-old winger, who has burst onto the scene in Ligue 1. Pepe has scored four...

    Barcelona's Pepe interest confirmed by Lille

    Lille owner Gerard Lopez has confirmed Barcelona's interest in Nicolas Pepe, and suggests the club may be forced to sell him in January. Reports in Spain had claimed that Barca were monitoring the 23-year-old winger, who has burst onto the scene in Ligue 1. Pepe has scored four goals already this season, including a stunning hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Amiens, with reports claiming Manchester United are among the clubs to be keen. The Ivory Coast international netted 13 times last term, and Lopez has now confirmed Barcelona are one of several leading clubs showing an interest. "It's true. Several big clubs are interested in him," he said, per RMC Sport. "Some clubs have contacted us directly after the transfer window to know what the state of play is." While Lopez says he wants to keep the star until the summer, he admits that a number of players may have to leave in January, due to the club's precarious finances. "I want him to stay until the end of the season as a minimum," he said. "We'll certainly sell (players in January). We're starting to have players who are not happy with their game time. "If we can, we're going to sell players who have good qualities but less game time. We've got five centre-backs, for example." Lille are currently third in Ligue 1, five points behind leaders PSG.

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