PSG contact Paulo Dybala’s entourage over move

As reported by BUT, PSG are looking at signing Juventus’ 28-year-old Argentine forward Paulo Dybala this summer as his contract expires at the end of the season.

As they did last summer, in signing Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma on free transfers, PSG are looking to repeat the trick by capitalising on Dybala’s contractual situation in Italy and spoke with the player’s entourage over a possible move to Paris. PSG sporting director Leonardo has been following the player for several seasons.

Dybala is seen as a low-cost part of the strategy to replace Kylian Mbappé, should the Frenchman leave Paris this summer, but PSG will need to beat Atlético Madrid and Tottenham to the player’s signature with a contract extension at Juve still in flux also.


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Zulte Waregem targeting Clermont’s Arthur Desmas

As reported by L’Équipe, Belgian club Zulte Waregem are looking at signing Clermont goalkeeper Arthur Desmas.

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Having been promoted with Clermont for this Ligue 1 season, the 28-year-old Desmas has endured a difficult campaign in the French top flight and lost his spot as first choice to Ouparine Djoco earlier this season before recently returning to the team as Clermont battle relegation.

However, although the Frenchman’s contract runs to 2023, Belgian strugglers Zulte are looking at signing the ‘keeper this summer and are hoping to open talks with Clermont soon as they search for a new goalkeeper.

Carlo Ancelotti on leaving PSG: “They told me that if I didn’t beat Porto, they would sack me.”

In an interview with Spanish programme Universo Valdano – transcribed in 20 minutes – Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti notably discussed his time at Paris Saint-Germain, in particular the reasons for his departure.

The Italian manager prepares to face Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals tonight, having knocked out his former club in the Round of 16.

“I went there thanks to [sporting director] Leonardo, who I managed as a player. It was a club that Qatar had recently bought. I really liked the project and there wasn’t a manager yet.”

“We started to change the structure of training sessions, to put in a kitchen, etc. Because French players arrive half an hour before training and leave half an hour afterwards. I liked the project, but in the second year they weren’t so happy with me.”

“For a Champions League match in which we were already through to the knockouts, we had lost a League game [to Nice, 1-2] before winning [against Evian, 4-0], and they told me that if I didn’t beat Porto, they would sack me. I told them, how can you say that to me, it breaks our trust. I decided to leave in February, even if they wanted to renew me.”


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Lyon’s Jeff Reine-Adélaïde says he consdered retiring due to injury issues

In an interview published in today’s L’Équipe, Lyon midfielder Jeff Reine-Adélaïde has recounted his long road back from a cruciate ligament injury which kept him out for an entire year.

The former Arsenal man was going through his second cruciate injury of his career – this time on the other knee – and returned to action in January. He reveals that retirement crossed his mind during that particularly difficult time.

What stages do you go through?

The first is sadness. It really, really hurts to get injured just as you’re hitting form and you’ve worked hard to come back. Then there’s a stage where you question yourself. Will I be able to come back again? Then your passion gains the upper hand and you get back down to work. But when the injury comes back is when you’re at rock bottom. At that time, the club staff and my teammates helped me a lot and surrounded me with positive vibes.

Did you think about retiring?

Yes, I have to say that it crossed my mind, I had it at the back of my mind. But my mentality is that of a winner, not a loser, that’s why it only crossed my mind. I pulled myself back up because I put things into perspective a lot, I told myself that there are worse cases than me. 

It’s definitely hard to be injured and have to undergo an operation. But during my rehabilitation I had the time to invest myself in charitable causes and I saw children who no longer had parents, or who were handicapped. That gave me the desire to get back there again. I’m lucky enough to be able to play football, so I couldn’t stay in that slump.

Do you not realise that before getting injured?

Us footballers are in our bubble. We don’t see what’s going on outside. And while I was injured, I tried to reconnect with the outside world, to humanity, to see what’s happening around us. It did me a lot of good and gave me a lot of values. Because you can sometimes lose these values because of football. We don’t have the same reality as other people, we’re disconnected. My rehabilitation was good for me in terms of that, at least.

Was it the most difficult period?

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Yes, it’s the most difficult time I’ve experienced. I was alone at the hospital for a month, without being able to have visitors. I was alone in my room with my pain, I wouldn’t sleep at night. I was lying down and waiting. So yes, it’s the worst thing to ever happen to me.