Pochettino to Spurs LATEST, Zidane 'plans immediate return' to management, Chelsea vs Man City final build-up

ZINEDINE ZIDANE wants a return to management quickly, as does Mauricio Pochettino – who could leave PSG and return to Tottenham.

Meanwhile, Manchester City and Chelsea are gearing up for the Champions League final in Porto where they will do battle in the third all-English final in the competition.

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  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS,

    Daniel Levy is confident he can pull off Mauricio Pochettino’s sensational return to Tottenham.

    And Poch is willing to come back to North London after extended talks this week.

    SunSport revealed on Tuesday that Spurs chairman Levy was ready to ask Pochettino to take over as manager for a second time.

    We also told you the Argentine is prepared to leave Paris Saint-Germain and head back to White Hart Lane as he has been unhappy in France.

    Both parties have now held talks over a reunion that would improve the chances of Harry Kane staying put — as Levy faces a battle to keep his star striker this summer.

    Pochettino, devastated by his 2019 axe, also believes he has unfinished business at Spurs.

    Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger says he has been 'marked' by racial abuse forever.

    Chelsea’s German defender fought his way up from poverty to tomorrow’s Champions League final in Portugal.

    Ahead of facing Manchester City, Rudiger said: “Do you know how many times I have been called a n****r? Do you know how many times I have been told to go back to Africa?

    “Eight years old, I had to ask Dad: ‘What is this word, n****r?’

    “When you grow up being called that, you can choose to ignore it or you can fight.

    “Many times, I had to fight — I had to bleed.

    “The whole world will watch the Champions League final and I want to use my voice.

    “This is not a ten-minute conversation, or an Instagram caption, this is my life.”

    And finally, RB Leipzig star Ibrahima Konate has passed a medical and is set to join Liverpool.

    That is according to ESPN, who claim that Konate is set to become the Reds’ first signing of the summer transfer window.

    Konate completed his medical a few weeks ago and is expected to put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Merseysiders.

    Liverpool are reportedly on the verge of meeting the talented centre-back’s £35million asking price, which they will have to pay in one instalment.

    If all goes well then the 22-year-old will link up with his new team after the Under-21 European Championship where he competes with France.

    Jurgen Klopp has been keeping tabs on Konate ever since 2017 when the defender was playing for Sochaux.

  • Joe Brophy

    MAUR TO COME

    Exclusive by Charlie Wyett: Daniel Levy is confident he can pull off Mauricio Pochettino’s sensational return to Tottenham.

    And Poch is willing to come back to North London after extended talks this week.

    SunSport revealed on Tuesday that Spurs chairman Levy was ready to ask Pochettino to take over as manager for a second time.

    We also told you the Argentine is prepared to leave Paris Saint-Germain and head back to White Hart Lane as he has been unhappy in France.

    Both parties have now held talks over a reunion that would improve the chances of Harry Kane staying put — as Levy faces a battle to keep his star striker this summer.

    Pochettino, devastated by his 2019 axe, also believes he has unfinished business at Spurs.

  • Joe Brophy

    JAN UTD

    Exclusive by Alan Nixon: Manchester United will make an ambitious move for Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak to solve their No 1 crisis.

    And the Red Devils would let blundering David De Gea go the other way as a makeweight in the deal for Oblak — in an attempt to get his huge £375,000-a-week wages off their books.

    United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching staff have had headaches over who starts in goal for months — and gave De Gea and Dean Henderson a chance to claim the jersey.

    But some of Solskjaer’s closest advisers have been pushing for Slovenian stopper Oblak, who has just won the LaLiga title with Atletico.

    Highly-rated Oblak, 28, would cost in the region of £70million but United are looking at ways of brokering a move with De Gea part of the package.

    De Gea, who missed the crucial 22nd penalty in United’s Europa League final shootout defeat to Villarreal on Wednesday, came through the ranks at Atletico and the move would appeal to him if the money men get the figures to work.

  • Joe Brophy

    IBRA-KADABRA

    RB Leipzig star Ibrahima Konate has passed a medical and is set to join Liverpool.

    That is according to ESPN, who claim that Konate is set to become the Reds' first signing of the summer transfer window.

    Konate completed his medical a few weeks ago and is expected to put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Merseysiders.

    Liverpool are reportedly on the verge of meeting the talented centre-back's £35million asking price, which they will have to pay in one instalment.

    If all goes well then the 22-year-old will link up with his new team after the Under-21 European Championship where he competes with France.

    Jurgen Klopp has been keeping tabs on Konate ever since 2017 when the defender was playing for Sochaux.

  • Joe Brophy

    ED HUNTER

    Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah is reportedly wanted by Brighton.

    And that could spark a swap deal involving highly-rated Gunners target Yves Bissouma, 24.

    Latest Brighton claims Graham Potter is targeting a move for Nketiah, 21, in order to prevent another season battling relegation.

    The likes of Danny Welbeck and Neil Maupay failed to hit the target regularly, forcing Brighton to scrap for their top-flight status for the entire campaign.

    Nketiah is facing a bleak future at the Emirates under Mikel Arteta, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette set to stay put.

    Fellow youngster Folarin Balogun has also signed a new deal under the premise of more first-team football.

  • Joe Brophy

    GUARD DOWN

    Pep Guardiola insists it means 'absolutely nothing, zero' that his Manchester City side have lost twice to Chelsea already.

    Asked by Rio Ferdinand with BT Sport about the impact of those two defeats, he said: "Absolutely nothing, zero.

    "I know how we have prepared this final.

    "We played two days after the Dortmund game away and in the [FA Cup] semi-finals, yes well done, well deserved, congratulations Chelsea.

    "On Saturday, it's a new game we face and we will see what happens.

    "If we had won these two games, my position would be the same because I know what the Champions League is.

    "The season is gone, it's over – just one game, the Champions League, everyone else is on the beach thinking about next season."

  • Joe Brophy

    WAIST AWAY

    Gareth Southgate will continue to ditch the iconic waistcoast for this summer’s Euros.

    The England boss stole the show at the World Cup in Russia three years ago with his stylish smart outfit.

    But there will be no return of the waistcoat at the upcoming tournament, especially with most England matches played in London.

    Southgate told BBC Radio 4 Today: “It was a lovely moment to have that connection with the public.

    “I haven’t worn a waistcoat on its own since… I don’t think I’ll be wearing a waistcoat this summer.”

  • Joe Brophy

    KYLLER BLOW

    Kylian Mbappe is reportedly stalling on a new Paris Saint-Germain contract over two key demands.

    And that has given a transfer boost to suitors Real Madrid and Liverpool.

    Le Parisien claims Mbappe is open to staying at the Parc des Princes, despite his current deal expiring in 2022.

  • Joe Brophy

    TUCH OR GO

    Thomas Tuchel must start winning trophies at Chelsea – or he will be sacked just like Frank Lampard.

    That is the view of former left-back Wayne Bridge, who knows all about the pressure and demands for titles at Stamford Bridge.

    He told bettingexpert.com: "If he stays on he’s going to have to start winning trophies but I don’t think there’s loads of pressure in terms of what he has achieved so far in terms of where Chelsea were.

    "There’s always pressure in big games, you don’t want to lose and Tuchel will put that pressure on himself to win."

  • Joe Brophy

    NOT RON

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been criticised by Atletico Madrid legend Milinko Pantic for "loving the mirror" too much.

    He told La Resistencia: "I took off my shirt [after scoring in the 1996 Copa del Rey final] and I don't know why, because I don't have abs like Cristiano Ronaldo.

    "In my day, players didn't love the mirror so much. Now players love the mirror a lot."

  • Joe Brophy

    KANE AND ABLE

    Daniel Levy will refuse to sell Harry Kane to Chelsea this summer but the Tottenham star must sort his future out as soon as possible, according to Glenn Hoddle.

    Hoddle told Betfair: “The key factor in Harry Kane’s future is that he has three years left on his contract at Tottenham.

    “If he only had a year or two left then I think it would be done and dusted that he’d leave them this summer.

    “He could go to Manchester City. What would he achieve there, if he’s already Premier League top goalscorer at Tottenham?

    “I’d hate to think he’d go to Chelsea but I don’t think Daniel Levy will let him go there instead of City or United.

    “Kane has been brilliant for Spurs and it really is a sad situation.

    “Tottenham only really have themselves to blame for not building on the season when they go to the Champions League final.”

  • Joe Brophy

    RACISM ROW

    Ondrej Kudela will appeal his ten-game Uefa ban for racially abusing Glen Kamara to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    It is his last attempt to overturn the decision and give him a chance of appearing at this summer's Euros.

    Kudela's initial appeal was turned down by Uefa's committee on Wednesday.

    But now, as reported by France24, Kudela's lawyer Rene Cienciala has confirmed they are taking the case to the highest court in European sport to clear his name.

    The Czech player said via his legal team: "I regret being deprived of taking part in the Euros, but I want to clean my honour, so we will continue to fight."

  • Joe Brophy

    GO-MAR

    Bayern Munich have confirmed the signing of Reading left-back Omar Richards on a four-year deal.

    The English left-back, 23, is out of contract next month and had already rejected a new contract at the Championship side.

  • Joe Brophy

    MARC MY WORDS

    Marcus Rashford vowed to end Manchester United’s trophy drought in an emotional interview.

    He said: “The feeling inside is difficult to explain. We came here to win.

    “We’ve been working so hard all season and this was the opportunity to win a trophy and it didn’t happen for whatever reason.

    “We have to get rid of the disappointment and look back at the game and see what we did wrong.

    “The team will not give up – no chance. The manager won’t allow us to give up.

    “We will come next season with a bigger desire.

    “People say a lot about Man Utd going downhill but for me, the club, desire, hunger, talent, ability, the squad, we have everything to compete at the highest level.

    “We just have to show it to the world and ourselves, show why we belong in the top places and why we need to win finals like this.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BLADES OF GLORY

    Sheffield United have appointed Championship specialist Slavisa Jokanovic as their new manager.

    The Serbian said: "I’m honoured to become the manager of this historic football club and I’m grateful to Prince Abdullah bin Mosa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Yusuf Giansiracusa and Stephen Bettis for trusting in me to start this new chapter for the Blades.

    "We all share the same long-term vision, passion and ambition for Sheffield United.

    “I’m excited to work in English football again and I’m looking forward to getting started with the players and staff, as well as meeting our passionate, loyal supporters as we prepare for the challenge in the Championship.

    “I want to assure our amazing fans that we’re fully committed to helping the team achieve its goals and make you feel proud.

    "With your support, we can make Bramall Lane a fortress and I have no doubt that your voice will make a big difference to the team after so long without you last season.

    “Let’s work together to get Sheffield United back to where the club belongs.”

  • Joe Brophy

    JOK STRAPPED IN

    Sheffield United have appointed Championship specialist Slavisa Jokanovic as their new manager.

    The 52-year-old has penned a three-year deal at the Blades following their relegation to the second tier.

    Jokanovic has already achieved promotion from the Championship on two occasions with Watford and Fulham and will be tasked with making it a hat-trick.

  • Joe Brophy

    SOL DESTROYING

    Gary Neville has slammed Manchester United’s performance in the Europa League final against Villarreal.

  • Joe Brophy

    ALL THE MOUR REASON

    Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has reportedly opened talks with Roma over a shock transfer to link up with Jose Mourinho.

    The Gunners finished the season in eighth meaning the Emirates outfit will be without European football for the first time in over two decades.

    And Arteta is expected to oversee a mass exodus from north London with the likes of David Luiz, 34, already confirmed to be leaving.

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has now claimed that Xhaka is among the players with offers to quit Arsenal this summer.

    The report adds that former Tottenham boss Mourinho is a fan and has already begun talks to bring the Swiss international with him to Roma.

    A return to the Bundesliga where Xhaka spent four years at Borussia Monchengladbach has also been mooted.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DAN AND DUSTED

    Tottenham have confirmed that Danny Rose and Paulo Gazzaniga will leave the club when their contracts run out in the summer.

    The two players' deal with Spurs expires on June 30 and they will be available for a free move elsewhere once the summer transfer window opens.

    The club shared the following announcement on Twitter: "The Club can confirm the departures of Danny Rose and Paulo Gazzaniga following the conclusion of their contracts.

    "We thank Danny and Paulo for their service and wish them well for the future."

    Rose returned to north London last year following a short loan stint at Newcastle where he only managed 13 appearances for Steve Bruce's side.

    Former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho then omitted the left-back from the season's Premier League and Europa League squads, meaning he didn't play at all for the senior team.

    Danny Rose and Paulo Gazzaniga are set to leave Tottenham
  • Jake Lambourne

    HARRY UP

    Garteh Southgate has lifted the lid on why injured Harry Maguire was included in his 33-man England provisional squad for Euro 2020.

    Maguire's ankle problem saw him miss Manchester United's Europa League final against Villarreal, though he was surprisingly named on the bench.

    Southgate said: "We had an initial assessment on Maguire, which was positive in terms of the tournament, but there was always a little bit more swelling and further investigation needed.

    "When you've got a European final and information for the opposition is so tight, and things do leak, I understand why clubs want to keep their cards close to their chest.

    'It's made it a bit more difficult for us but I don't have a problem with United.

    "We've got some injuries that are at various stages, (with) a couple that we have very little information about at the moment."

  • Jake Lambourne

    BISSOUMA BATTLE

    Arsenal are reportedly battling Liverpool for the signing of Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma.

    The Mali international, 24, is expected to depart the Amex Stadium in the summer.

    Commenting on his future, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Yves Bissouma is appreciated and he’s ‘one of the options’ in the Arsenal list as midfielder but NOT the first one.

    “Arsenal are also looking at different kind of players in this position.

    “Many clubs are interested in Bissouma – Liverpool too. The race is open.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MIDFIELD BATTLE

    Gareth Southgate has declared that Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold could easily feature in midfield at Euro 2020.

    He told BBC Radio 4: “I think there’s no doubt he could.

    “The difficulty is he hasn’t had the opportunity to do that since he was a younger player and that’s where he came through in Liverpool’s academy.

    “He’s a fantastic passer of the ball and has great passing vision. So he’s a playmaker from right-back.

    “So why wouldn’t that lend itself at some point of his career to being in midfield?”

  • Jake Lambourne

    GO-MAR

    Bayern Munich have confirmed the signing of Reading left-back Omar Richards on a four-year deal.

    The English left-back, 23, is out of contract next month and had already rejected a new contract at the Championship side.

    Bundesliga champions Bayern have now snapped up Richards on a free and have handed him the No3 jersey.

    With versatile star David Alaba quitting the German giants after his contract expired, Richards will now provide back-up at left-back behind wonderkid Alphonso Davies.

    On signing for Bayern Munich, ex-Fulham youth player Richards told the club website it's a 'dream come true'.

    Richards claimed: "My move to Bayern is a great honour for me.

    "A dream has come true. I'm proud to be wearing the shirt of one of the world's biggest clubs."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TAKE XHAK

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka could be set for a summer switch to Roma to link up with Jose Mourinho.

    According to Di Marzio, the Serie A side are desperate to bring the Swiss international to Italy.

    And is has been stated that Roma are already in talks with his representatives over a move.

    German clubs are also monitoring his situation should the Gunners decide to sell him.

    Xhaka has arguably been Arsenal’s most consistent midfielder this term, with Mikel Arteta putting huge trust in him.

  • Jake Lambourne

    KNEE BOTHER

    The FA are setting up plans to stop fans booing players taking a knee at Euro 2020, according to reports.

    Since supporters have returned to stadiums this month, there have been a spate of incidents of some booing players taking the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Ahead of Euro 2020, the FA is now thinking up ways to help prevent the protesting, according to The Telegraph.

    One idea in the works is to release a film education fans as the the reason why England players will take a knee during the delayed tournament.

    Euro 2020 will see the Three Lions play in front of fans for the first time since footballers began taking a knee before games.

    And the number of matches where the gesture has been booed since a limited number of supporters were allowed into grounds – including the final day of the Premier League season – has worried the FA.

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