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Lukaku confirms United exit, Man U ask £80m

Romelu Lukaku has been heavily linked with a move to Inter Milan this summer. The rumours have intensified ever since Antonio Conte took over at the Serie A side.

The Belgian himself has now opened up on his future, quoted by Sportmediaset:

“It’s good to see Conte joined Inter, for me, he is the best manager in the world.

“I’ve already made a decision about the future but I can’t reveal it because I have a contract with Manchester United and because I respect the club.”

Meanwhile, according to highly reliable Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, United have rejected Inter Milan’s offer of Mauro Icardi for Lukaku swap deal.

The Red Devils are supposedly not interested in the Argentine striker and won’t let the 26-year-old leave until the £80m asking price is met.

UCL quarter-final draw : Man.U vs Barca, Ajax vs Juventus, Tottenham vs Man. City & Liverpool vs Porto

Champions League quarter-final draw revealed: Man.U vs Barca, Ajax vs Juventus, Tottenham vs Man. City & Liverpool vs Porto

Football fans have been arguing over UCL draw that was made earlier today. The draw  revealed, Premiership club, Manchester United will take on Spanish giants Barcelona, while Tottenham will face Manchester City.

Dutch club, Ajax, will take on Italian giants, Juventus with Liverpool facing Porto.

Whoever wins between Manchester United or Barcelona will play Liverpool or Porto in the Semi-final, while Tottenham or Manchester City will play Ajax or Juventus.

Louis van Gaal announces retirement from football

Former Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal officially announces retirement from football, says heIt has been reported former Manchester UnitedBarcelona and Bayern Munich coach, Louis van Gaal,  has announced his retirement from football at the age of 67.

The Dutchman man who also coached his country has been out of work since he was sacked by the Manchester United board at the end of the 2015-16 season, just two days after winning the FA Cup.

Van Gaal announced his retirement while speaking on Dutch TV show VTBL: ‘I am a pensioner now. I have no ambition to be a technical director or a TV pundit.

‘My wife Truus gave up her job for me 22 years ago, and followed me when I went abroad.

‘I told her I would quit as a coach when I turned 55, but instead kept going until I was 65.

‘She is entitled to have a life with me outside of football. I can say she is very happy.

‘I think I could have worked as a technical director, but in this role, you can’t attend training or say anything for fear it won’t suit the coach, directors or media. I don’t think I want a job like that.’

Before his retirement, Louis van Gaal won one Champions League, four Dutch league titles, two La Ligas, a Bundesliga and led Holland to third at the 2014 World Cup.

Trophies Won Career honours below.

Ajax (1991-97)

Eredivisie (3), Champions League, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Dutch Cup

Barcelona (97-00) (02-03)

La Liga (2), Spanish Cup, UEFA Super Cup

AZ (05-09)

Eredivisie

Bayern Munich (09-11)

Bundesliga, German Cup, German Super Cup

Manchester United (14-16)

FA Cup

Holland (00-02) (12-14)

2014 World Cup third: 3rd

Why Mourinho romanced French Ligue

Related imageJose Mourinho has stated he fancies coaching a French Ligue 1 club in his quest to bounce back stronger following his sacking as Manchester United manager in December.

Mourinho made a surprise appearance as a spectator at Stade Pierre Mauroy when home side Lille and Montepellier played a goalless draw in their Ligue 1 match on Sunday.

“I can imagine myself as a coach in Ligue 1,” Mourinho told beIN SPORTS.

“I am a man who has worked in four different countries, I like to know and learn other cultures. Working in a new championship would be a fantastic experience.

“For now I’m calm, I try to live better with my family and friends and I work to get the right opportunity to go back to training.

“Two to three months [without a job] is okay, afterwards it’s more difficult. I hope to have the opportunity to come back stronger.

“My project is my project as a person and coach, to improve myself, to be better, to think all days about my profession, which is also a passion. But this is not the time to talk with clubs.”

Mourinho was a guest of Lille Technical Director Luis Campos for the match. It can be recalled that Campos once worked with the Portuguese coach during his time at Real Madrid.

Lille also also flaunted Mourinho’s visit with his photo on their Twitter handle on Sunday.

“Look who is invited in the stands of the Stade Pierre Mauroy to attend #LOSCMHSC. No, no, you’re not dreaming – it’s Jose Mourinho, the ‘special one’ in person,” the Tweet reads.

Fellaini resigns from Manchester United

Image result for marouane fellainiManchester United announced on Friday that midfielder Marouane Fellaini has left the club to join China’s Shandong Luneng on a permanent transfer.

The Belgium international, 31, arrived at Old Trafford from Everton in August 2013 and went on to make 177 appearances throughout five-and-a-half seasons at United, scoring 22 goals.

“Everybody at United thanks Marouane for his service and wishes him well for the future as he completes his move to Shandong Luneng Taishan FC in China,” said a statement on United’s website.

Fellaini joins fellow Belgian international midfielder Mousa Dembele in swapping the Premier League for the Chinese Super League after the 31-year-old signed for Guangzhou R&F from Tottenham last month.

The former Everton player, who last year signed a new and improved deal until 2020, was a key figure at Old Trafford under previous manager Jose Mourinho.

But he has featured only once, as a late substitute, in United’s seven Premier League games since Mourinho was sacked and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought in as caretaker manager.

Shandong finished third in the CSL last season, 10 points behind champions Shanghai SIPG, and were runners-up in the Chinese FA Cup.

Graziano Pelle, the 33-year-old Italian striker, signed for Shandong from Southampton in July 2016 for about £13 million ($17 million).

Bayern Munich back-up striker Sandro Wagner on Wednesday joined Tianjin Teda after the 31-year-old former Germany international received what Bayern called a “very attractive offer”.

Brazilians Hulk and Oscar, the latter purchased from Chelsea two years ago for an Asian-record 60 million euros ($69 million), are among those playing in China and were central to SIPG’s maiden CSL title last season.

Mourinho Is Fantastic Manager, Won’t Struggle To Find Work-Solskjaer

Image result for ole gunnar solskjaerJose Mourinho’s desire to return to elite football is not misplaced in the view of his Manchester United successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Mourinho made his first major media appearance since being sacked by United last month when he featured as part of beIN Sports’ coverage of the Asian Cup on Thursday.

The 55-year-old insisted he would “stay where I belong; I belong to top-level football”, despite the dispiriting nature of his final months at Old Trafford.

United are a team transformed under caretaker manager Solskjaer, last weekend’s 1-0 triumph at Tottenham making it six wins out of six in all competitions, but the former Norway striker was in no mood to besmirch the achievements of a man who has won major titles in four countries.

“Why shouldn’t he [be ambitious]?” Solskjaer said at a news conference to preview Saturday’s Premier League match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

“He’s a fantastic manager, with the results he’s had, I don’t think he’ll be struggling to find work.”

Mourinho also made elusions to player power undermining his regime at United – an issue Solskjaer was understandably unwilling to be drawn on.

“I can’t really comment on everything he says,” he said. “I’m enjoying working with these boys and that’s all I can say.”

Marouane Fellaini has proved a divisive figure with the United fanbase but was a reliable lieutenant in Mourinho’s eyes.

The Belgium midfielder has not featured in the league since a brief substitute cameo during Solskjaer’s first game in charge, a 5-1 win at Cardiff City, and is now facing a month on the sidelines with a calf injury.

“He’ll be at least three or four weeks, he’s got a calf problem,” Solskjaer explained.

“And that’s sad because there are X-factors in different players and we all know Felli’s X-factor. He’ll be working hard to get back when all the big games are coming.”

When considering that or other selectorial headaches, Solskjaer will soon be doing so from the comfort of a home in the Manchester area.

The 45-year-old has been hotel-based since taking over at United but has no intention of imitating Mourinho’s infamous residency at The Lowry.

“I’m still in the hotel but I’ve found a place so it won’t be too long,” he added.

“I’ve been driving around a bit to find my bearings again. I’ve got mates and friends here so I’ve been to see a few if them. It’s not like I’m stuck in the hotel on my own.”

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Ronaldo: Man United robbed Juventus in Turin

Ronaldo: Man United Did Nothing To Deserve Win Over JuventusCristiano Ronaldo has revealed that his former side Manchester United did nothing to deserve their shock 2-1 win over Juventus in Turin in their UEFA Champions League clash on Wednesday.

A stunning volley from Ronaldo looked to have won a key Champions League clash for the Bianconeri, only for Juan Mata’s free-kick and an Alex Sandro own goal to gift United all three points late on.

The home side had plenty of chances to kill the game in the second half, with the likes of Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado all guilty of missing some golden opportunities, but the introduction of Marouane Fellaini for United seemed to ruffle the feathers of Juventus’ backline.

“The Champions League is a special competition, where you could be winning, but can’t relax, as anything can happen,” Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia .

“Manchester United did nothing to win the game. You can’t even talk about luck, because you have to find your own luck and in this case we just gifted it to them.

“Now we’ve got to lift our heads, as we played really well and are still top of the group.”

The shock victory for United has left them in an excellent position to qualify from Group H, with Mourinho’s side regaining second place from Valencia and now just two points behind leaders Juventus.

The Serie A champions will still expect to progress to the knockout stages, with just one more victory required to guarantee them a place in the last 16.

Captain Giorgio Chiellini slammed his team following the match on Wednesday and claimed that a result like this had been on the cards for some time.

“We want to go all the way and if we are to do that, we must learn from this sort of mistake,” Chiellini told Sky Sport Italia .

“We’ve been threatening this sort of mess for a few games, to be honest, as we get too complacent and run risks that are totally unnecessary.

“Maybe now we’ll get our heads down and focus the way we need to in every single match, taking nothing for granted.”

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