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Kylian Mbappe: Can PSG afford to leave out striker before expected Real Madrid move?

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Kylian Mbappe watched PSG’s second half against Monaco at the weekend from the stands with his mother after being substituted at half-time

If the events that unfolded in Paris St-Germain’s last game are anything to go by, it is going to be an interesting final few months for Kylian Mbappe at the French club.

Against Monaco last Friday, Mbappe was taken off during the break after a goalless first half for the France striker and his team.

But rather than sit with his team-mates on the PSG bench, Mbappe instead opted to join his mother in the stands.

“Sooner or later we’ll have to get used to playing without Kylian,” PSG boss Luis Enrique said after the game. “I have to take the best decisions for the team.”

European football expert James Horncastle believes Luis Enrique’s decision was made with one eye on the future.

“It feels like PSG were already preparing for this and knew it was a possibility,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Euro Leagues podcast.

“It’s going to be very interesting to see this new PSG in the summer, a PSG that’s supposed to be less ‘bling bling’ and bringing players through and promoting them.

“Will they stay true to that or feel the need to go out and get a superstar – which is how they have acted over the last 12 years?”

But, with trophies still to play for this season, just how wise is it to be preparing for life after Mbappe now and not using him to his maximum capacity?

‘PSG’s best chance of Champions League glory’

Mbappe has scored 26 goals in all competitions for PSG this season, with 21 of them coming in the league to put him top of the scoring charts.

PSG are well on the way to retaining their Ligue 1 title as they sit nine points clear of second-placed Brest.

But while domestic triumphs have come easily to PSG under their Qatar-based owners, Champions League success has so far eluded them.

Given his record in the competition, it would appear foolish for PSG not to get as much as possible from one of the world’s finest players before he leaves.

The 25-year-old has excelled in the Champions League, scoring 44 goals in 68 appearances in the competition – including 38 for PSG.

The Paris club are on course to reach the quarter-finals as they face Real Sociedad on Tuesday holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg.

“Luis Enrique does have to start planning for next season but it’s a curious policy because Mbappe is their best chance of winning the Champions League,” added Horncastle.

“You need to make the most of him while he is still there.”

Luis Enrique gestures during a PSG match
PSG boss Luis Enrique has not been afraid to start Kylian Mbappe on the bench or take him off at half-time

Mbappe has now been substituted in each of the past two games for PSG. He was replaced after 65 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Rennes after failing to score.

In the game prior to that – a 2-0 win at Nantes – he started on the bench but came on to score PSG’s second in a 2-0 win.

“Had Kylian Mbappe been staying, he would be their best player, but now he is leaving Luis Enrique will be thinking ‘I’m here, but he won’t be, so if I don’t think Mbappe is doing enough in a game I can take him off and no-one will say anything’,” added French football writer Julien Laurens.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague feels former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has always shown a desire for Mbappe to do more than just score goals.

“Mbappe had to make two runs following the full-back [against Rennes] and didn’t – so as soon as it went past 60 minutes, Luis Enrique took him off,” said Balague.

“Luis Enrique, when he first came to PSG, said ‘Mbappe scores goals, but that’s not enough, he needs to work harder’.”

A summer rebuild and a new-look PSG?

Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar walk away during a PSG match
Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar were signed by PSG’s Qatari owners to bring the Champions League to Paris

Mbappe’s departure this summer would see him follow Neymar and Lionel Messi in leaving PSG in the past 12 months.

That would suggest the French side is moving away from signing superstar names and could instead field a very different-looking side next season.

Laurens says “there are five names on PSG’s shortlist” for the summer, namely AC Milan winger Rafael Leao, Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva, Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes and Lille central defender Leny Yoro.

“Bernardo Silva will be 30 in August, maybe it’s the right time to move, having won everything at Manchester City. When you reach a certain level at Manchester City, after that you feel ‘I’ve done my time here, working with the best manager of all time in Pep [Guardiola]’.

“PSG really like the idea of Bernardo, not just for his creativity but also for his experience. If they get two or three of this five they will be very happy.

“You would still have a core [of French players], and less bling does not mean not spending anymore, but having a stronger team collectively.”

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Jacob Greaves: Ipswich Town sign Hull City defender for undisclosed fee

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Ipswich Town have completed the signing of Hull City centre-back Jacob Greaves on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old was named the Tigers’ player of the season last term after Hull finished a place outside the Championship play-off spots.

Greaves, whose debut for Hull came in 2020, made 43 league appearances and scored twice as he was named in the EFL Championship team of the season.

“As soon as I heard about the interest, I was keen to get the move over the line. Now that it’s done I am really happy,” he said.

“I’ve spoken to [Ipswich manager] Kieran [McKenna] several times and those conversations have made me very excited for the future here. We spoke about tactics, playing style and life off the pitch and every time we’ve spoken it’s been spot on.”

Greaves becomes the Tractor Boys’ third signing of the summer following the arrivals of forward Omari Hutchinson from Chelsea and defender Ben Johnson from West Ham.

“He is a very talented, technical and athletic left-sided defender who has performed very well in the Championship and is ready to make the step up to the Premier League at this point in his career,” added Town boss McKenna.

McKenna, who has guided Ipswich to back-to-back promotions, signed a new deal at the club in June following interest from Chelsea, Brighton and Manchester United.

Ipswich will play in the Premier League this season for the first time in 22 years.

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Renato Veiga: Chelsea sign Portugal midfielder from Basel in £12m deal

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Chelsea have completed the £12m signing of Basel and Portugal Under-21 midfielder Renato Veiga on a seven-year deal.

The 20-year-old has signed a contract until 2031 to become the Blues’ fifth signing of the summer after deals for Tosin Adarabioyo, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Omari Kellyman and Marc Guiu.

Veiga, who is also capable of playing in defence, leaves Basel having made just 26 appearances for the Swiss club since joining from Sporting Lisbon in 2023.

“I’m absolutely buzzing to be here,” said Veiga.

“This is one of the biggest clubs in England – the biggest for me – and I’m just really excited to get started.”

Renato captained Portugal’s Under-20s side before moving up to the under-21s. He has featured in all seven of the side’s European Championship qualifiers for the 2025 edition.

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Jadon Sancho: Winger returns to Manchester United training after Erik ten Hag meeting

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Simon Stone, chief football news reporter

Club sources have confirmed a clear-the-air meeting took place between Ten Hag and Sancho earlier this week and both parties agreed to draw a line under their previous disagreement.

It has not been established whether Ten Hag received the apology he demanded after Sancho posted an inflammatory message on social media in response to the United boss saying his training performances had not been good enough before a Premier League game at Arsenal in September.

As recently the beginning of last month, United were adamant their intention was to sell Sancho, whether Ten Hag remained as manager or not.

However, BBC Sport was told Sancho was resistant to that idea given he has a lucrative contract that runs to 2026.

In addition, United were not certain of getting back the kind of transfer fee that would make economic sense, given they paid £73m for the England international in 2021.

Sancho will not be involved in Monday’s opening pre-season friendly with Rosenborg in Norway.

However, sources say the 24-year-old will be available for the remainder of United’s programme, which includes a trip to Edinburgh to play Rangers at Murrayfield on 20 July and a three-match tour of the United States.

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Southampton: Remi Allen appointed new head coach of Women’s Championship team

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Southampton have appointed Remi Allen as their new women’s head coach.

Allen, 33, joins after guiding Southampton’s fellow Women’s Championship side London City Lionesses to safety last season.

In her first managerial role, Allen won three of her six games in charge as the Lionesses avoided relegation.

Allen also has experience at international level, previously working as an assistant coach for England’s under-23 women.

She said of her move to Southampton: “I am absolutely delighted to be on board with such an incredible football club.

“It’s such an exciting time to be here, the club has huge ambition, and the group of players here are such a talented group.

“I can’t wait to get started on the journey. It’s going to be an exciting season ahead.”

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England in Euro 2024 final: We don’t care how we win, says Ollie Watkins

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England striker Ollie Watkins says the team are not bothered about their performances or goalscoring tally – so long as they win games.

The Three Lions have reached Sunday’s Euro 2024 final against Spain despite failing to set the tournament alight.

Spain have netted 13 times with six victories in 90 or 120 minutes.

That is in comparison to England’s seven goals and three wins – excluding penalty shootouts – while playing against lower-ranked teams than Spain.

Boss Gareth Southgate and his players were heavily criticised by fans on an unconvincing run to the quarter-finals – but a penalty shootout win over Switzerland followed by a 2-1 comeback win over the Netherlands has changed the national mood.

Watkins scored the 90th-minute winner in that semi-final victory over the Dutch, in only his second substitute appearance of the tournament.

“I watched it quite a few times, when I got back to camp,” said the Aston Villa frontman. “I was manifesting it, a lot has led up to it.

“A good friend said he felt like I would score in the Euros final, I did it a match before, but you never know, I might be saving another one for the final.”

Watkins was asked about King Charles’ message to the team – to try to win without any more stressful late dramas.

“As much as it makes it more exciting, I feel like personally we don’t care how we win or score, as long as the ball goes in the back of the net,” added the 28-year-old.

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Katie Robinson: Aston Villa set to sign forward

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Aston Villa have agreed to sign England international Katie Robinson on a free transfer following her departure from Brighton.

Robinson, 21, has been a target for Villa for several seasons and became available when her contract expired at Brighton last month.

She is expected to sign a deal for at least two years and is a player Villa believe has high potential.

Robinson was the youngest member of Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses squad who reached the Women’s World Cup final in 2023.

She will be seen as a replacement for Switzerland forward Alisha Lehmann, who left Villa for Juventus this summer.

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Euro 2024: David Moyes column on tactical trends of the tournament

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Lots of teams are doing lots of pressing, but there are also a lot of longer balls out from the back, perhaps because people are recognising that it is not a great idea to try to play out when teams are pressing you so hard and so high, and are so good at it.

So, instead of trying to beat the press, teams are playing over it., external

There is also a different emphasis in how teams are trying to develop and build play when they get on the ball – whatever shape they might start out in, it often becomes a 3-2-5 or 2-3-5 in possession.

Another thing we have noticed is that there are not so many runs being made in behind defences by number nines, but other players are making more – the number 10s are doing it more, and the wide attacking players.

It is the impact of those wide players that this tournament will probably be known for. I was at Spain’s win over France on Tuesday, but even before then Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams had obviously stood out, and Georgia’s Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and England’s Bukayo Saka have too.

That kind of individual skill has decided a few matches, and players who like going one versus one and taking defenders on have done a lot of good things in the competition.

It’s been exciting to see that sort of talent coming through and we feel it’s a consequence of the way young people across Europe grow up watching football now.

They can go on YouTube and watch closely the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or any of the top players in the world, and how they do things, whenever they want to.

Even just that on its own is probably helping develop better players from other, smaller, nations, and it is great to see.

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Risa Shimizu: Man City sign Japan defender from West Ham

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Manchester City have signed Japan international Risa Shimizu on a three-year deal from West Ham.

Shimizu, 27, was out of contract in June after turning down an offer to extend by the Hammers.

The defender quickly established herself as a key player, starting every match in her first season at West Ham after joining in 2022.

She links up with Japan team-mate Yui Hasegawa at City and is the club’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema.

“First of all, it’ll be a challenge, but one I’m ready for,” Shimizu said. “City play football with a high possession style, which I like.

“I think I’m technically good and calm with the ball in possession, so I think I’ll play well in City’s style.

“I can’t wait to get started and hopefully lift the trophy with my new team-mates.”

Shimizu’s move gives her the chance to play Champions League football and to compete for silverware.

She will also feel closer to home as it is believed City have found her accommodation in Manchester near compatriot Hasegawa, while club nutritionists have done research and training to provide Asian food which helps performance.

City boss Gareth Taylor said: “Risa brings intelligence and technical quality to the team. She’s an established international with huge WSL experience and we are delighted to bring her to our club.”

Shimizu will join her new team-mates after playing for Japan at this summer’s Olympic Games in Paris.

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Euro 2024: The key battles that could decide the final between England and Spain

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Before this tournament, there were murmurs of an up-and-coming star in Barcelona’s ranks – 16-year-old winger Lamine Yamal.

But at Euro 2024, the teenager – who turns 17 the day before the final – has truly announced himself on the world stage, becoming the youngest player to start a European Championship match in Spain’s opener against Croatia.

His goal in the semi-final made him the youngest goalscorer at a Euros or World Cup, breaking Pele’s record. He also broke Pele’s record of being the youngest player in a semi-final in either tournament.

He has provided three assists and created 13 chances, causing havoc on the right wing while Nico Williams does the same on the left.

If England are to have a chance of winning, they will have to deal with Spain’s threat down the flanks.

Kieran Trippier has been preferred on the left side of defence throughout the tournament but he is an injury doubt after being replaced by Luke Shaw at half-time in the semi-final against the Netherlands.

Southgate confirmed it was just a precaution but Shaw has looked sharp when he has come on and not like someone who has spent four months out with injury.

As England’s only natural left-back, the final could be the time to hand Shaw a start. He scored after just two minutes of the Euro 2020 final against Italy, so he has been there and done it on the big occasion.

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L’attaque de rêve que Hansi Flick veut pour Barcelone

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L’entraîneur allemand a une idée claire de ce qu’il veut pour son attaque la saison prochaine.

Hansi Flick, l’actuel entraîneur du FC Barcelone, a une vision claire pour la saison prochaine et rêve de construire une attaque formidable qui combine l’expérience et le jeune talent. Son objectif est de recruter Nico Williams, l’ailier gauche de l’Athletic Club, pour former un trio offensif de premier ordre aux côtés de Robert Lewandowski et Lamine Yamal.

Nico Williams et Lamine Yamal brillent avec l’équipe nationale espagnole à l’Euro 2024, où ils ont été des éléments clés du parcours vers la finale contre l’Angleterre. Flick a observé attentivement leurs performances et voit en eux le complément parfait de l’attaque des Blaugrana. Avec leur capacité à déborder et leur habileté en dribble, ces jeunes prometteurs apportent du dynamisme et de la créativité à l’avant-attaque du FC Barcelone.

Robert Lewandowski, l’attaquant vétéran polonais, serait le pilier central du trio. Flick, qui a déjà travaillé avec succès avec Lewandowski lors de son passage au Bayern Munich, est convaincu qu’il peut tirer le meilleur de l’attaquant au Camp Nou. Le Polonais a prouvé qu’il était un buteur impitoyable et son expérience sera vitale pour guider les jeunes talents de l’équipe.

Flick rêve de signer Nico Williams

Le désir de Flick d’avoir Nico Williams n’est pas un caprice. L’entraîneur allemand voit dans le jeune ailier une occasion unique de renforcer le jeu offensif de Barcelone. Williams, qui a exprimé son intérêt pour rejoindre le club catalan, pourrait être la pièce manquante pour compléter le puzzle offensif de Flick.

Cependant, l’Athletic Club ne laissera pas facilement partir son joyau. La clause de libération de Nico Williams est de 60 millions d’euros, une somme considérable que le FC Barcelone devra prendre en compte s’il veut s’assurer les services du talentueux ailier.

L’arrivée de Williams à Barcelone ne dépendra pas seulement de la volonté du club de payer sa clause de libération, mais aussi de la capacité de Flick à convaincre la direction que cet investissement est crucial pour l’avenir de l’équipe. Si tout se déroule selon les plans de l’entraîneur allemand, le FC Barcelone pourrait avoir l’une des attaques les plus redoutables d’Europe, avec l’expérience de Lewandowski et la fraîcheur de Williams et Yamal.

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