Memphis Depay has revealed he one day wants to play for Real Madrid: “I think I’m going to play for Real Madrid, it’s my goal, that only God knows, he helps me.”
The 23-year-old Dutchman started off on the bench during Lyon’s 3-2 win over Ligue 1 champions Monaco, with Nabil Fekir scoring a free kick in stoppage time to win it.
Manager Bruno Genesio has favoured Houssem Aouar on the left of the attack in recent weeks, relegating Depay to the bench. (Marca)
Zinedine Zidane has been given a welcome boost with the return of both Theo Hernandez and Marcelo. The pair have been injured over recent weeks, forcing Zidane to play Nacho, naturally a centre-back, in that role. (Marca)
Andres Iniesta has been passed fit for Barcelona’s vital match against Atletico Madrid this weekend.
The midfield maestro was ruled out of the international break with a hamstring injury but has recovered to be named in Ernesto Valverde’s squad. (AS)
Andre Silva has given under-fire AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella his backing. Milan are in seventh position in Serie A, nine points off the top after just seven matches.
“He can teach me so much. I want to prove to Montella that I can become as he says. If he is now saying I’m not yet like Inzaghi, I hope he can finally say that I’m ‘Inzaghiated.'”
The pair will be hopeful of winning all three points this weekend in the Milan derby. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Former Chelsea and Manchester United transfer target Andrea Belotti is currently ruled out with a knee injury but his club Torino are working on a package that would see him be rewarded for staying with the club this summer. (Tuttosport)
Nasser al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, is being investigated by the Swiss judicial system on suspicion of fraud. They claim a former Secretary general at FIFA received “undue benefits” to ensure beIN had the rights to broadcast World Cup matches. The claims have been refuted. (L’Equipe)
Paris Saint-Germain face Dijon this afternoon without five key players. Thiago Silva, Layvin Kurzawa, Edinson Cavani, Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta are all ruled out with Unai Emery looking forward to the Champions League tie against Anderlecht. (L’Equipe)
Luiz Gustavo has compared Florian Thauvin, his Marseille team-mate, to Franck Ribery. Gustavo had a stint at Bayern Munich so has seen first hand what Ribery can do and he’s convinced the former Newcastle United winger can live up to the tag: “He astonishes me every day in training because he has a rare quality: audacity.
“His intensity allows him to make important differences. One day, he will no longer be only the future Ribery, he will make a name for himself.” (Le10Sport)
Former Hoffenheim goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand believes Julian Nagelsmann will be the next Bayern Munich coach.
Jupp Heynckes is in charge until the end of the season and Hildebrand thinks this is a clear indication that Nagelsmann will be the long-term successor:
“Julian Nagelsmann will be new coach of FC Bayern Munich next summer,” he said. (Kicker)