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RONALD KOEMAN is desperate for Lionel Messi to stay at the Nou Camp this summer.

We've the very latest on the future of Cristiano Ronaldo after Juventus crashed out of Europe, while Timo Werner could reportedly leave Chelsea after just one season in West London.


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    Olympiakos 0 – 1 Arsenal

    Martin Odegaard's rasper of an effort from 25 yards sees the Gunners go in ahead in Greece.

    What a hit son.

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    Tottenham 1 – 0 Dinamo Zagreb

    Harry Kane's tap in on 25 minutes sees Spurs take a one goal lead in at the break.

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    What. A. Goaaaaaal.

    Olympiakos 0 – 1 Arsenal

    33. Odegaard with an absolute thunderb******.

    The Norwegian works it onto his left foot around 25 yards out and absolutely smashes the skin off the ball.

    It flies through the air at approx 1,000 mph leaving the keeper with no chance even though he got an arm to it and nearly blasts through the back of the net.

    What a way to get your first goal for a club.

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    Tottenham 1 – 0 Dinamo Zagreb

    25. Lamela picks up the ball and he drives into the Dinamo box, he shoots with the outside of his left foot and it hits the post, Kane is on hand to tap it into an empty net!

    Great play from Lamela!!!!!

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted a draw was probably a fair result after Simon Kjaer's stoppage time header earned AC Milan a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

    But the Norwegian was disappointed with the nature of the late goal as his side conceded a precious away goal.

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    Luke Shaw has sent Manchester United team-mate Dan James to the naughty corner… for celebrating goals 'like a little kid'.

    Left-back Shaw gleefully trolled the winger, saying: "He just doesn't know what to do, he just runs about!”

    The Wales speedster, 23, has now hit five goals in 17 games across all competitions this season, one short of his personal best. But as Liverpool legend Alan Hansen almost told BBC'S Match of the Day in 1995: "You can't celebrate anything like kids."

    At least, not according to Shaw. The eight-cap defender is urging James to upgrade his goal-salutes, just like he has the rest of his contribution on the pitch this campaign.

    Shaw told Adidas: “I said to Jamo, 'we need to get you a new celebration because what you're doing isn’t good enough!’

    “He's like a little kid isn't he? He just doesn't know what to do. He just runs about!”

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    Tottenham 0 – 0 Dinamo Zagreb

    And we're off in North London with Spurs looking to progress to the Europa League quarter-final.

    Follow our LIVE kick-by-kick match blog HERE!

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    Olympiakos 0 – 0 Arsenal

    This Europa League last-16 tie is underway in Greece as Arsenal look to get an all important away goal and take a win back to the second-leg in North London.

    Follow our LIVE minute-by-minute match blog HERE.

    GAME ON!

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    Man Utd 1 – 1 AC Milan

    Late drama at Old Trafford as Simon Kjaer's stoppage time header earns AC Milan a 1-1 draw to take into the second leg.

    Amad Diallo put United ahead on 50 minutes with a skillful back header.

    That came after a first-half which saw Milan have two goals disallowed and Harry Maguire missing the easiest chance the world has ever seen.

    But ultimately United could not hold on and the Red Devils have it all to play for in the second-leg.

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    90+1. And Milan have nicked an equaliser at the death!

    And more importantly an all important away goal.

    Simple in-swinging corner from the left, Kjaer meets it at the near post and glances a header straight at Henderson but the backup keeper fails to tip it over and it goes past him to make it 1-1!

    Should have saved it.

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    Ronald Koeman has begged Lionel Messi to stay at Barcelona, telling the superstar he can have ‘no doubts about the future of the team’.

    Messi, 33, is out of contract this summer and is expected to call time on his incredible Nou Camp adventure.

    And after Barca crashed out the Champions League to Paris Saint-Germain last night, Koeman said: “In general, Leo has seen that the team is getting better and better.

    “With the changes we’ve made, bringing in young players, Messi can have no doubts about the future of this team.

    “[Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo out of Champions League?] I don’t know if Leo will be annoyed. It’s a shame because they are two great players, but you have to accept it. As for Leo’s future, it’s up to him to decide. Nobody can help him.

    “He has seen for a long time that there is a lot of promise in this team. That’s not going to be an argument for him not to stay.”

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    Arsenal face Olympiakos in Greece tonight in the first-leg of their last-16 Europa League tie.

    Tottenham welcome Dinamo Zagreb to North London at the same time and at the same stage of the competition.

    And here's how the teams line up.

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    Man Utd 1 – 0 AC Milan

    50. What a goal!

    Bruno Fernandes with a straight ball lobbed down the field, Amad Diallo ran behind the last defender and connected with a clever back header that looped over Donnarumma.

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    Kylian Mbappe can be lured to Liverpool by Jurgen Klopp's attacking style even without Champions League football, Rio Ferdinand claims.

    PSG's France striker Mbappe, 22, admits he is 'deep in thought' over his future, amid interest from Real Madrid.

    Both Liverpool and PSG reached the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night, but the Reds are just eighth in the Premier League.

    That means, realistically, Klopp's men must win Europe's top club tournament to qualify for it next season. But a turbo-paced front three of Mbappe, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane would terrify even the fastest and classiest of defences.

    And Manchester United legend Ferdinand told BT Sport: "I think they could [sign him], yeah. I think someone like Mbappe looks at the way Liverpool play and the manager.

    "You look at the manager, the players of quality they've got. But the manager, is that a manager I want to play for? Klopp still is, yeah."

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    Man Utd 0 – 0 AC Milan

    An action packed first-half has seen Milan have goals chalked off twice!

    The first was a mile offside but Franck Kessie's impressive volley was disallowed for handball in much more controversial fashion.

    However, the biggest talking point of the half was Maguire's miss from one yard out just before half-time.

    I mean come on Harry!

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    Man Utd captain Harry Maguire has just missed the biggest sitter you will ever see.

    Bruno Fernandes flicked on a cross, it fell to Maguire ONE yard out and… DOH!

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    Javier Mascherano has opened up on his ugly Liverpool exit – revealing he REFUSED to play in order to seal a dream move to Barcelona.

    Mascherano claims the Reds had agreed to let him leave the club should a ‘decent offer’ come in. But after apparently going back on their word, the Argentine took matters into his own hands and went on strike – ultimately forcing a £22million move to Barcelona in 2010.

    Mascherano told FourFourTwo: ‘There was an agreement between us that if Liverpool received a decent offer for me, I’d be permitted to leave. We’d spoken about extending my contract, but it seemed like the directors didn’t care about me. In the pre-season after Rafa [Benitez] left, Roy Hodgson arrived.

    ‘We had a meeting with the managing director, Christian Purslow, who told me I could go if a good offer came in. Then there was an offer on the table, but Liverpool were looking the other way. I was quite angry that they weren’t keeping their word.”

    Mascherano continued by saying sitting out a huge clash with Manchester City was his way to make his feelings clear.

    The Argentine continued: “Refusing to play at City was the way I found to show my annoyance. I’d told the club I wanted to leave for family reasons, so I was very upset to have to act the way I did. There was no other option – otherwise, Liverpool wouldn’t keep their promise.”

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    Franck Kessie's disallowed goal for AC Milan against Man Utd was quite something even though VAR did chalk it off for handball.

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    Former Chelsea chief Ken Bates has claimed that foreign owners in the Premier League should never have been allowed.

    The 89-year-old, who sold the Blues to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich in 2003, also wants the number of overseas players in England’s top-flight reduced.

    Bates told the Telegraph: “Manchester United owned by Americans. Liverpool owned by other Americans. The first thing they said was let’s reduce the Premier League by two clubs. Let those two resign. Get out of it. Nobody asked for them to come.

    “The great thing about English football is you kick off in August and all start even. What you did 20 years ago has nothing to do with what you do today. The trouble is that the FA are very weak. I found that when I was on the FA council and the FA board.

    “They should have introduced rules preventing foreign ownership of football clubs.” He added: “Too much money goes overseas and they don’t pay any tax. The Government should introduce tax for any payments overseas for transfer fees, players’ agents, image rights or any of that, 25 to 30 per cent.

    “The other thing, they should charge outgoing transfer fees against tax. That will bring down the transfer fees, reduce the number of foreign players coming in and let the English players play in their English league.”

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    Man Utd 0 – 0 AC Milan

    10. AC Milan have their second goal of the night chalked off after just ten minutes.

    The first was a mile offside and there was no dispute.

    But then, Franck Kessie collected a throw in on the edge of the United box, appeared to control it with his knee on the turn before thumping a right foot volley past Henderson.

    It looked absolutely fine and suddenly VAR decided he handballed it in the build up. But replays showed it was probably the right call… eventually!

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    Manchester United 0 – 0 AC Milan

    The game is underway at Old Trafford in the first leg of the last-16 Europa League tie.

    You can follow our LIVE minute-by-minute match blog HERE.

    GAME ON!

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    Bruno Fernandes has come to Cristiano Ronaldo’s defence following Juventus’ shock Champions League exit last night.

    The Italians were stunned by 10-man Porto in Turin as the visitors progressed to the quarters on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw.

    The defining moment came in extra time when Sergio Oliveira’s free-kick flew under Ronaldo’s outstretched leg and past Wojciech Szczesny’s outstretched hands.

    Ronaldo has since come under fierce criticism for failing to stand his ground in an attempt to block the long-range strike – instead jumping and turning his back.

    However, Manchester United star Fernandes insists his Portugal team-mate remains one of world football’s best players. And Juve’s defeat cannot be blamed on Ronaldo when there were ten other players on the field wearing the famous black-and-white strip.

    Fernandes told Gazzetta: “Ronaldo? Cristiano is one of the greats in the history of football. His mentality inspires those who practice this sport. He has won a lot, but no one can win alone."

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    Craig Dawson is 135 minutes away from becoming a £3 million permanent player at West Ham.

    The dependable centre half has a clause in his loan deal from Watford which will make it a full-time move once he makes 15 Premier League appearances of 45 minutes or more.

    Dawson, 30, has not looked back since making his debut for The Hammers against Southampton last December. He has played in all 11 Premier League games since that night at St.Mary's which now leaves him just three games short of triggering the contract clause.

    If he plays at least a half in the matches against Manchester United on Sunday, then Arsenal and finally at Wolves on April 3 his loan will become a permanent move – which will delight West Ham fans.

    Dawson has been a revelation after signing in the summer transfer window in a last-minute deal. He has even chipped in with three Premier League goals as West Ham have been transformed from relegation battlers last season to Champions League contenders this season.

    West Ham have already paid Watford a £1 million loan fee which means there is even less to pay in the final instalment: just £2millionin what is being hailed as a masterstroke of transfer business by Hammers chief David Moyes and the club.

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    Manchester United starlet Charlie McNeill has apologised following comments he made in an interview about possibly facing Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup.

    The striker – who scored in the Red Devils' 2-0 victory against Salford City in the third round on Wednesday – admitted he is relishing the prospect of coming up against the Reds.

    Speaking of the potential derby clash, McNeill, 17, said: "We will look to go all the way in this competition. And next round we will play Liverpool if they win, which is obviously a derby and an amazing game to play in."

    Before adding: "It's a derby like I said and it would be great to win that game and rub it in their faces as well."

    Though his interview left United fans delighted, McNeill has since taken to his Instagram story to apologise for his 'disrespectful' comments.

    He posted: "I just wanted to say my interview last night, I said a thing I probably shouldn't have said and I wasn't trying to be disrespectful to anyone! I have learnt from my mistake and I'll take this on into the future."

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    Manchester United are reportedly targeting a move for Bayer Leverkusen star Edmond Tapsoba this summer.

    Bild claims the centre-back has emerged as a prime target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he looks to bolster his defence.

    But Leverkusen insist they will not sell their prized asset unless they receive a Kai Havertz-esque offer, having shipped off the playmaker to Chelsea last year for £70million.

    Tapsoba, 22, has impressed in 35 appearances for Leverkusen since his £16m switch from Portuguese outfit Vitoria in January 2020.

    The Burkina Faso international has formed a fine partnership at the back with Germany ace Jonathan Tah, helping Leverkusen sit fifth in the table while boasting the Bundesliga’s third-best defensive record.

    But despite being handed a fresh contract extension until 2026 in December, Tapsoba has caught the eye of United.

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