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PSG’s Leonardo’s full interview on Neymar’s future

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Sports director of Paris Saint-Germain, Leonardo spoke to the famous French newspaper Le Parisien on Monday about expectations of his return to the club, but he had to answer more about Neymar than anything else. Neymar’s countryman opened the game up: he said that there were “very superficial contacts” with Barcelona, but that, so far, received no official proposals. He also acknowledged that the position of the striker and his staff “is clear to everyone.”

Leonardo – We talked to him too. Everyone knows. His position is clear to everyone involved. But one thing is concrete today: he still has three years of contract with us. And since we have not received any proposals, we can not discuss this.

He also commented on Neymar’s absence from the team’s first day of pre-season training on Monday

Leonardo – Today (Monday), he did not appear in the pre-season debut. He should have arrived, but he did not arrive. But he knew he should be here. We are going to study the measures that can be taken as we would with any employee.

Check out some parts of the interview:

Did you get any explanation for his absence?

Leonardo – “He made appointments with his institute and sponsors, but those were not the dates combined with the club. He played his last match on June 6. His vacation was until July 8. Still, he did not come.”

When will Neymar return to PSG training?

Leonardo – I do not know. The only thing I know is that he’s not here by the agreed date, July 8.

Has Neymar clearly expressed his desire to leave?

Leonardo – “It’s clear to everyone. But in soccer, you say one thing today and another tomorrow. It’s incredible, but that’s the way it is.

Since you returned to PSG on June 14, did you talk to Neymar?

Leonardo – “Yes. I do not want to tell you all the details of the conversation.”

What do you understand about the Barcelona staff’s strategy?

Leonardo – “They said they want to buy it, but we’re not sellers.”

Was it the president of Barcelona, ??Josep Maria Bartomeu, who spoke?

Leonardo – He’s the one who talks. But we do not really see Barcelona as a buyer.

Under what conditions will PSG accept the transfer of Neymar?

Leonardo – We have to talk and negotiate, that’s it. No further questions about Neymar, please.

One last. Did you set a deadline to solve the Neymar issue?

Leonardo – “That’s an important question. Whether the transfer happens or not, that changes everything. Therefore, the decision of this dimension is not just a matter of feelings. It’s a financial issue.

Finally, is it really possible that Neymar leaves PSG in this window?

Leonardo – Neymar can leave the PSG if there is a proposal that pleases everyone. But today, we do not know if anyone wants to buy him or at what price. All this is not done in one day, I’m sure of that.

So PSG does not want to keep Neymar at all costs…

Leonardo – “PSG wants to rely on players who want to stay and build something great. We do not need players who believe they are doing a favor by staying at the club.”

Honestly, this last quote was a slap straight into Neymar’s face. I’ve written maybe a million times. Neymar, please do yourself a favor and retire from Football! It’s clear for everyone out there that you have lost passion for the game as it is. At least at a professional level. You have no commitment whatsoever whether it is to training or to play actual matches. But please, stop acting like a 10-years-old clown and be happy!

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Sevilla beat Liverpool 2-1 and keep 100% in preseason friendlies

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Sevilla keep their 100% in the pre-season friendlies as they beat Liverpool 2-1 on Sunday night. Nolito and Alejandro Pozo scored for the Spaniards in the match held in Boston, as Origi cashed for the Reds. Jurgen Klopp sent a mixed-up team to the pitch, as he doesn’t have their front-three nor his goalkeeper available.

Liverpool started the game with Lonergan, Van Dijk, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Philips, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Wilson, Chamberlain, Woodburn, and Origi. Sevilla took to the field Sergio Rico, Daniel Carrico, Diego Carlos, Reguilon, Jesus Navas, Banega, Fernando, Ocampos, Joan Jordan, Nolito, and De Jong.

With 37 minutes on the clock, Sevilla opened the scoring: Nolito received down the left and slotted a wonderful goal straight into Lonergan’s top corner. 1-0 Sevilla.

Seemed like the first half would end up like this, but Origi capitalized on a loose ball to level the match. 1-1 with 44 minutes on the clock.

Sevilla even lost Joris Gnagnon for a red card after a disgusting foul on Liverpool’s Larouci. When everyone thought the game was faded to this 1-1, 10-man Sevilla bright as at 90 minutes, Munir made a good move on the left and rolled in the middle for the young Pozo. He controlled the ball, rounded goalkeeper Mignolet and fired home into the empty nets. 2-1 Sevilla.

This was the fourth friendly played by Sevilla in the pre-season. And the fourth victory. The Spaniard had beaten Simba (Tanzania) by 5-4, Reading by 2-1 and Dallas by 3-1. The club has three more scheduled games: against Hoffenheim and Granada.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have also reached four friendlies played in that pre-season. The Reds defeated Tranmere Rovers 6-0 and Bradford City 3-1 but got beaten by Borussia Dortmund on Friday, 3-2. The Reds now have games against Sporting, Napoli, and Lyon.

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Harry Kane Puskas’ Goal Guarantees Spurs 3-2 Win Over Juventus

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Anthological! Thus should be defined the Harry Kane’s goal on Sunday morning in Singapore, which guaranteed the 3-2 Spurs triumph against Juventus in the International Champions Cup. After the 2-2 draw was kept until the last minutes, the English striker surprised the goalkeeper Szczesny and brought the stadium to madness! Before Kane’s masterpiece, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura, Gonzalo Higuain, and Cristiano Ronaldo scored.

We can say that the game was friendly only on paper. With much intensity, Tottenham dominated the first half and built the advantage through Lamela, who capitalized on a rebounded ball by Buffon.

The Spurs were better during the first half, but it seemed like the London club did not come back to the pitch up to score more goals. Smart Maurizio Sarri introduced Higuain as Juventus quickly fired back. With 15 minutes into the second half, the Italians completed the comeback through Higuain himself, and the Portuguese star CR7.

Pochettino introduced Lucas Moura, as the Brazilian showed opportunism to leave everything the same. 2-2.

When everything seemed solved, Kane took out the unpredictable from the hat and wrapped up the game in an absurd goal from the midfield.

Lucas won the ball in his defensive half and played with Kane, who, in a mad-moment, took the risk to attempt from down the midfield. The ball made all the way into the net, looping over Szczesny, who even tried to save it, but he wasn’t really expecting that. None of us were, to be honest. 3-2 Tottenham.

After losing to the Spurs, Juventus will face Inter Milan next Wednesday and Atletico Madrid on August 10.

Meanwhile, the Spurs have three more scheduled preseason appointments. For the International Champions Cup, Tottenham will take Manchester United and Inter Milan. Between the two games, Pochettino leads the team against Real Madrid on 30 July in another friendly tournament.

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Dortmund beat Liverpool 3-2 in a friendly in the US

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Borussia Dortmund defeated Liverpool 3-2 on Friday in a preseason friendly match at the University of Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana, United States. Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney and Jacob Larsen scored for the German team, as youngsters Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster, discounted for the European Champions.

As expected, the two teams started out with a lot of reserves in the field and changed all the players in the second half. Unlike the German team, which already has a large part of the squad available, Liverpool still cannot count with a few key players such as Congolese Naby Keita, Senegalese Sadio Mane, the Egyptian King, Mohamed Salah, and Brazilians Roberto Firmino, and Alisson Becker.

This was Liverpool’s third friendly, as they had beaten Tranmere Rovers 6-0 and then beat Bradford City 3-1 before traveling to the United States.

Borussia got their second win in the preseason two days after beating American side Seattle Sounders 3-1.

So let’s get into the game. Under the hot weather at Indiana, manager Jurgen Klopp’s former club Borussia opened the scoring in just three minutes into the game, with the Spanish Paco Alcacer taking advantage of poor defense from the English defense.

At 34, the Brazilian Fabinho played with Ryan Kent, who did the light-cut and left Harry Wilson in conditions to level the game. 1-1.

In the second half, Borussia again was quick to return to the lead with a goal scored by Thomas Delaney with 53 on the clock.

Shortly after, at 58, Jacob Larsen expanded to the German team.

Liverpool even responded at 75, as captain Jordan Henderson let Rhian Brewster take the Penalty which he scored, but it wasn’t enough to equalize it. 3-2 Dortmund.

Well, it was a good win for Dortmund, who beat the European Champions. As for Liverpool, there’s no better time to lose games than now. It’s preferable to lose all the preseason matches and go unbeaten in the Premier League to win the title.

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