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Kylian Mbappe teases future Real Madrid move

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Kylian Mbappe has refused to rule out a future transfer to Real Madrid, admitting that the club “feels like your house.”

After his previous contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired this summer, it was widely anticipated that the French forward would join the Santiago Bernabeu on a free transfer. Instead, he signed a massive three-year extension with the Ligue 1 giants.

Mbappe made his decision after speaking with French President Emmanuel Macron, who got involved in the transfer saga in an effort to persuade Mbappe to reject Real’s advances.

“I never imagined I’m gonna talk with the president about my future, about my future in my career, so it’s something crazy, really something crazy,” he told The New York Times. “He told me: ‘I want you to stay. I don’t want you to leave now. You are so important for the country’.”

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Mbappe also revealed that Macron told him: “You have time to leave, you can stay a little bit more.”

Mbappe acknowledged the effect Los Blancos have had on him personally and left the door open for a future transfer when asked if playing for Real was still appealing to him.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “You’ve never been there, but it seems like it’s like your house, or something like this.”

La Liga and Ligue 1 engaged in a protracted legal dispute over Mbappe’s decision to re-sign with PSG because La Liga believed financial fair play regulations must have been broken to offer the striker such a lucrative contract.

There have been numerous claims that Mbappe only stayed with PSG for the money, but he refuted those claims by stating:”Everywhere I go, I’m going to get money. I’m this type of player everywhere I go.”

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Additionally, he acknowledged that he had been “annoyed” by claims that he had asked for a say in who would lead the team as coach or which of his teammates should be sold.

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“That’s not my job,” he said. “And I don’t want to do this because I’m not good at it. I’m good on the pitch. Outside the pitch, that’s not my role. There are so many people that are better than me.”

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Olise’s late strike gets Palace point against United

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Michael Olise has helped Crystal Palace get a point against Manchester United in their 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park Stadium on Wednesday night.

The midfielder’s late strike in extra-time, 91′, levelled the game against United, who had controlled the lead since the 43rd minute of the first half after Bruno Fernandes’ fine finish put the Red Devils ahead just before the break.

A relentless Olise scored from a free kick with a left-footed shot to the top right corner. The equalising goal saw United’s dream of replacing defending EPL champions City in the second place on the league table, fade away, as they remain third with 39 points, having played a game more than City.

Crystal Palace remains in 12th place with 23 points.

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Atletico Madrid head coach speaks on leaving Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid head coach, Diego Simeone, has insisted that nobody has personally told him to leave the club.

Rumours have persisted that Simeone, 52, could be set to end this 11-year stay at Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.

However, the Argentine has now stated that no one at the club has asked him to quit the La Liga giants.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Atletico Madrid’s Copa del Rey tie with Levante on Wednesday night, Simeone said when asked about reports suggesting he would leave the club at the end of the season: “No one has personally asked me to leave.”

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However, having already been eliminated from UEFA Champions League and sitting 13 points behind leaders Barcelona in the La Liga table, the Copa del Rey is Atletico Madrid’s last realistic opportunity for a trophy this season.

It has been a disappointing campaign for Simeone’s side, as they sit fourth in the league.

Simeone added, “The boys are enthusiastic to reverse this situation that we have experienced since the break and prior to the World Cup. It’s been a regular to a bad season. For me, there is growth after the break, hopefully, we will continue in that line.”

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EPL: Frank Lampard won’t run away – Shaun Wright-Phillips

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Former Chelsea player, Shaun Wright-Phillips has backed his former teammate, Frank Lampard to stay at Goodison Park and turn things around.

Wright-Phillips said his former team-mate does not run away from challenges such as Everton is facing now but would face them squarely

Lampard is in danger of being sacked any moment from now after yet another defeat on Friday.

Everton crashed out of the FA Cup on Friday after they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford

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Frank Lampard has now led Toffees to six defeats in their last seven matches and they have also crashed out of the Carabao Cup and are currently 18th in the Premier League.

“Frank Lampard has always been a player and a person that won’t run away from things not going well,” Wright-Phillips told the BBC.

“He is the type of person to try and solve it or try and make the situation a lot better…”

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