<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Neymar has ‘secret agreement’ with PSG to allow him return to Barcelona]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98084_neymar_has____secret_agreement____with_psg_to_allow_him_return_to_barcelona.htmlAfter excelling for four seasons with Barcelona, the Brazilian announced he was joining French giants PSG and joined for a whooping £200m fee, making him the most expensive signing in football till date.

Since he moved to France, talks of the 28-year-old returning back to Spain has surfaced pretty much every year. Neymar has dominated domestically with PSG but has failed to hand them that one Champions League title that has eluded them all these years.

Spanish outlet AS now claim Neymar could yet be on his way to his former club in the summer. The Catalan side came close to re-signing their once prized jewel last summer but eventually went on to sign Antoine Griezmann.

But with the Frenchman now failing to impress, Barca could once again turn to the Brazilian. In fact, it’s already claimed Neymar only agreed to stay further with PSG for one more season with the agreement that they would let him leave for Barcelona in the upcoming window.

On the path of PSG, there’s already talk of the French champions losing one of their prized assets in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. Reports now suggest it could be Neymar set to part ways to return to Spain.

In addition, Neymar will see his current contract with PSG run out in 2022 and has already indicated the club he won’t be renewing further.

Barcelona have never hidden their desire to see the 28-year-old return to the club and the Catalan giants could yet chase that move intently this summer.

As per the report, PSG will need total commitment from Neymar in their remaining Champions League fixtures as they’ve already been crowned Ligue 1 champions.

However, it remains to be seen if Barcelona have the financial strength to fund such a move after the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Spanish newspaper, the salary values agreed by Neymar and Barcelona last year would be maintained and the transfer price should be around € 170 million.

Neymar has been an integral figure since joining PSG from Barcelona in 2017. Since his debut for the club, he has featured 80 times, scoring 69 goals and supplying 39 assists.

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<![CDATA[Fluminense play out to a bore goalless draw against Macae]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98083_fluminense_play_out_to_a_bore_goalless_draw_against_macae.htmlFollowing a shock 3-0 loss to Volta Redonda at the weekend, it continued yet another poor performance by the Tricolor.

Fluminense played yet another game with no firepower and poor decision making. Failing to hit the back of the net means Odair Hellmann’s side have now gone 180 minutes of football without scoring a goal. Lack of urgency shown by the team is already beginning to worry the club’s top chiefs.

The return of Nenê to the team following his recovery from Covid-19 as well as Wellington Silva was not enough to inspire his side to victory. Nenê was eventually replaced by Ganso in the second half who also put in an uninspiring performance on the evening.

In what was a game of few chances, Fluminense managed to show tactical organization but their undoing was failing to convert the few chances they had.

For Fred, it was his second outing since making his return back to the club. The forward played the full 90 minutes on this occasion and failed to score once again. Fred had opportunities to score and played the ball wide twice, including one where he tried to pull off a bicycle kick.

It could have been worse for Fluminense in the latter stages of the game. Macae’s Alexandro lost an incredible chance in the final minutes of the game and Muriel was lucky it wasn’t in the back of his net.

It means Fluminense finished the group stage with 10 points and will face Botafogo in the semifinals of the Rio Cup. In the event that Volta Redonda manages to reach 10 points and rise above Tricolor on goal difference, they will have to face Flamengo to determine their fate.

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<![CDATA[Thaisa Moreno and Daiane join new Real Madrid's women team ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98080_thaisa_moreno_and_daiane_join_new_real_madrid_s_women_team__.htmlEarly on Thursday, Real Madrid announced that they completed a 300,000 euros (£271,000) buyout of Madrid-based club Tacon. The club has now been officially renamed as Real Madrid Femenino.

It was a major decision for Los Blancos as they are one of the major sides in Europe without a women’s football team until date.

Real president Florentino Perez said: "The time has come to build a team that you will all be very proud of."  We want to contribute to the sport's development and growth".

Just as the men’s team for Real Madrid boasts Brazilian talent like the likes of Marcelo and Vinicius Jr, the women’s team is set to follow in the same fashion.

Brazilian duo Thaisa Moreno and Daiane have now been confirmed new additions to the Real Madrid Femenino.

The pair signed for Tacon at the start of last season and it’s reported that they were well aware of Real Madrid’s intention to take-over the club at some time. Hence, it’s expected they are fully on board with the new development.

At 31, Thaisa is expected to bring a lot of experience to the side. The Brazilian has lots of experience playing in Europe and has starred in countries like Iceland, Sweden, Italy and also the United States.

With Brazil, she boasts similar experience as she has won a number of titles under her belt including two Copa Americas and a Copa do Brazil triumph as well.

For Daiane, she is more of a future prospect being only 22 years of age. However, she boasts decent experience already having starred in Norway and more recently PSG in France before she moved to join Tacon. She also has a Copa America medal to her name in national colours.

Both players have now set their sights on a strong debut finish for their new side next season. Tacon were 10th in the League when the 2019/20 season was ended abruptly due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Real Madrid will play the women's football competitions from the 2020/21 season, with Real Madrid City as the venue for the team's matches and training sessions.

Real Madrid Femenino will be made up of the senior and under-16s to under-19s teams.

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<![CDATA[Flamengo record convincing 2-0 win over Boavista]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98075_flamengo_record_convincing_2-0_win_over_boavista.htmlWith Jorge Jesus’ men already sitting in first place in Group A, they only needed a victory to take them to 28 points and out of reach mathematically by Fluminese who can only reach 27 points in all circumstances considered.

The Rubro-Negro took their opportunity by the neck and secured a convincing 2-0 win against Boavista who have now been eliminated from the competition.

Flamengo started the game with their full intention to win and had four chances on goal in the space of the first ten minutes.

Jorge Jesus was without top scorer Gabigol on the evening as the 23-year-old missed the game due to a muscle injury.

Pedro was called upon to replace the forward and took his chance properly. A head on flick from Gerson in the box found Pedro in front of goal who calmly slotted home. The goal came in the 36th minute. It was his fourth goal in 10 matches for Flamengo.

The second goal was scored in the 51st minute of the game in the second half. This time Gerson was the one who found himself on the scoresheet. A pass from Delgado fell to the front of the 23-year-old and he scored a screamer from around 25 yards out that gave the Boavista goalkeeper no chance at all.

The victory now means Flamengo can secure the state title with just two more victories should things play out their way.

Flamengo return to the pitch on Sunday as they take on their next opponent in the semifinal of the Rio Cup at Maracanã. However, they will need to wait until the end of Thursday to see who gets second place in Group B and would then face them on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Chinese Super League set to resume on the 25th of July]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98066_chinese_super_league_set_to_resume_on_the_25th_of_july.htmlThe Chinese top flight was initially scheduled to resume on the 22nd of February but was unable to due to the coronavirus pandemic. China was one of the most affected countries and also appeared to record one of the earliest cases of the global virus.

As has been done in some other countries such as Brazil, the Chinese Super League will resume in a selected two cities to prevent any possible spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

Suzhou, in south China's Jiangsu Province, and Dalian, in the northern Liaoning Province have been chosen as the two cities to do so.

"To satisfy people's eager anticipation for the restoration of the CSL, the CFA decided that the 2020 CSL will kick-start on July 25 in Suzhou and Dalian," the CFA said in a statement on Wednesday, along with newly released posters showing the slogan "To inspire millions of hearts."

As has been the case with European leagues and other leagues globally, the Chinese top-flight would also resume behind closed doors.

Normally, the CSL season runs from early March to October/November. But as it stands, the CFA have vowed not to extend the season to next year. Meaning there might not be enough time for the season to be completed as under normal circumstances.

That all but means the competition could resume with a special format as speculated by reports from the Chinese media. However, it has not been confirmed officially by the CFA.

In addition, the Chinese Super League will open its second transfer window of the season from July 2 to July 29, while the third window will cover the entire month of September.

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<![CDATA[Douglas Costa screamer seals Juventus convincing win against Genoa]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98065_douglas_costa_screamer_seals_juventus_convincing_win_against_genoa.htmlAfter a dominant first-half display failed to produce the goods, Juve made the pressure count early in the second period. Five minutes after the restart, Paulo Dybala found himself through on goal and opened the scoring for Maurizio Sarri.

 It wasn’t long before Cristiano Ronaldo made the headlines as well. The Portuguese drifted through the midfield and picked out the top right-hand corner of the net in sensational fashion from 25 yards out.

That goal was the 24th of the season for Ronaldo and it meant the 35-year-old is just one goal away from becoming the first Juventus player to reach the 25-goal mark since Omar Sivori in 1960-61.

Douglas Costa also scored a screamer as he curled in an exquisite third shortly after coming on as a substitute to wrap up Juve's third successive league win since the restart. It also meant a lot to the Brazilian as it was his first goal of an injury-hampered season for him.

Genoa got a consolation goal later on when Pinamonti finished from a tight angle.

Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri was quick to praise his players for their individual efforts.

"In the second half we lead thanks to our single players because we scored on three excellent plays by three single men," Juve head coach Sarri said.

"Paulo's [Dybala] great slalom, the outstanding Ronaldo's shoot, incredible for its precision and strength and the sensible touch from [Douglas Costa].”

The victory meant the Bianconeri maintain their four-point lead over Lazio who are chasing intently. Up next for Juventus is a Turin derby as they face Torino on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Corinthians and Inter confirm Gustavo will join Jeonbuk Motors]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98062_corinthians_and_inter_confirm_gustavo_will_join_jeonbuk_motors.htmlBoth sides announced the completion of the deal on Tuesday afternoon and added that the only thing remaining was for the 26-year-old to complete a medical.

The striker, on loan at Internacional, has been released from activities by the club in order to sort the final documents that would be needed to seal the deal. Gustavo would also have to subject himself to routine health checks due to the pandemic before he can be allowed into South Korea.

The total values ​​of the negotiation are kept confidential, but they are close to US $ 3 million (R $ 16.32 million) in total.

 Inter are expected to receive 15% of this amount established in the contract. This would amount to about US $ 450 thousand (R $ 2.4 million). Elsewhere, Corinthians own 30% of his rights and would pocket for themselves almost R $ 5 million.

Internacional acquired 15% of Gustavo’s right when they signed him on loan at the beginning of the year, with the deal expected to run until the year ends.

Asides Corinthians and Internacional, Criciúma own 35% rights of the player while Taboão da Serra own the remaining 20% of his total rights.

Internacional released a statement summarizing the transfer on Tuesday afternoon.

“Sport Club Internacional announces that the official proposal received by center forward Gustavo met the requirements of the Club and authorized Corinthians, holder of the athlete's federative rights, to proceed in the negotiation to sell the player. Inter had 15% of the attacker's economic rights and will be duly compensated. We inform that the athlete has already been released from activities to complete the transfer process, which needs to comply with sanitary protocols in the country of origin of the buying club.”

Gustavo has featured in just three games for Internacional in 2020, failing to find the back of the net. For Corinthians, he has also featured three times and equally failed to score as well.

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<![CDATA[Official: Barcelona confirm Arthur departure, announce Pjanic signing]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98059_official__barcelona_confirm_arthur_departure__announce_pjanic_signing.htmlBarcelona have confirmed that the Brazilian midfielder will join Juventus in a €72 million deal, in line with recent rumors that surfaced about the Brazilian’s exit.

Arthur joined the club from Gremio in 2018 and has turned out 72 times in total for the Camp Nou side. That includes 28 appearances in all competitions this season, during which he has scored all four of his goals for the club.

Barcelona released a statement on their website confirming the deal and that he would remain at the club until the end of the season.

Head coach Quique Setien recently hailed the midfielder and said he was still counting on him this season despite his imminent departure.

Arthur was seen giving his teammates a speech in training which was dubbed to be his farewell speech.

The Brazilian now has a chance to end his time with the Catalan giants on a high if he can be on sync as they chase Real Madrid for the La Liga title this term.

In the same vein, the club also confirmed the signing of Miralem Pjanic from Juventus in a deal that could rise to be worth €65 million in total.

Following the departure of Arthur Melo from the club, Barcelona also announced the signing of Pjanic from Juventus.

Not officially confirmed as one but in theory it would mean Barcelona and Juventus engaged in a swap-deal between both players.

Pjanic has now signed a deal with Barcelona for the next four seasons. Quite interesting in the deal is that it includes a release clause of a whopping €400 million as per the club’s website.

The midfielder will remain at Juventus for the rest of the campaign, however, with the Bosnian continuing on through the club’s Serie A and Champions League campaigns.

Pjanic heads to La Liga after four seasons with Juventus, having joined the Serie A champions from Roma in 2016.

Since he joined the club in the summer of 2017, the 30-year-old has featured 171 times for the Bianconeri, scoring 22 times and supplying 36 assists.

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<![CDATA[Fluminense suffer heavy loss to Volta Redonda on Carioca return ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98055_fluminense_suffer_heavy_loss_to_volta_redonda_on_carioca_return_.htmlIt was the return for the home side after three months of absence without football and they were punished for wasting chances on the evening.

Much of the woes for Fluminense started early on when they conceded an early goal just after five minutes.

Walisson charged Pedrinho on the counterattack from the left side. Egídio tried to make the cut, but eventually let the attacker finish. Goalkeeper Muriel tried to salvage the situation but could only watch the ball move past him helplessly.

To make it worse for the Tricolo, they were reduced to ten men 10 minutes later. Egídio appeared to give Walisson a scissor kick after a counter attack by Volta Redonda. Referee Bruno Arleu de Araújo had a clear view and gave the player a straight red card. Egídio complained that he was hit in the face at the beginning of the move, but the cameras showed that there was no such contact.

The game also saw Fred make his re-debut for Fluminense but he barely got service and was even substituted by half time.

The first-half ended by a goal in favour of Volta Redonda and the away side came out guns blazing in the second half as well.

Fluminense boss Odair Hellmann brought in Caio and Fernando and both substitutes failed to capitalize on golden opportunities they both had.

They were made to rue those missed chances as Volta punished them just moments later.

Douglas found a breach in the Tricolor defense to head and put Volta Redonda even further ahead by 2 goals to 0. Not long again, the same happened and Douglas found yet another hole in defence completing his brace on the evening.

With nine points, Fluminense remain leader of Group B and have a place in the next round practically guaranteed. They will only lose their spot if they are defeated by Macaé in the fifth and last round on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Casimero goal seals Madrid win and sends them back top of La Liga]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98051_casimero_goal_seals_madrid_win_and_sends_them_back_top_of_la_liga.htmlThe Brazilian midfielder slid to the ground to guide the ball home on the stroke of halftime after being played in by Benzema who unpicked the Espanyol defence by dragging the ball through the legs of his marker Bernardo Espinosa to find his teammate.

Zinedine Zidane‘s men led the league by virtue of their superior head-to-head record going into the weekend and were boosted by Celta‘s late equalizer against Barcelona on Saturday.

Real‘s players embraced each other when the final whistle was blown to give them their fifth consecutive victory since the start of the replay, which took them top on 71 points after 32 games. It leaves Barcelona with 69 points after their draw against Celta with six games to play.

Casemiro was the most dangerous player from the away side and nearly opened the scoring early on with a wild shot from his own half. It forced Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez to make a world class save back toward his line to push the ball to safety.

Casemiro then somehow missed the target with a header when he appeared unmarked from close range, but he soon made amends thanks to the quick-thinking of Benzema.

“It was a nice assist but the goal was more important, Casemiro did well and got us three important points after a very difficult game,” said Benzema.

Casemiro has been a workhouse for Los Blancos this season and has arguably been one of his side’s most important players.

Zinedine Zidane‘s men will be looking to continue their run of form to clinch their first title in three years.

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<![CDATA[Diego Costa penalty seals crunch win for Atletico over Alaves in La Liga]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98044_diego_costa_penalty_seals_crunch_win_for_atletico_over_alaves_in_la_liga.htmlAfter a slow start to Saturday’s game, Midfielder Saul Niguez broke the deadlock by heading home a pin-point free kick from Kieran Trippier just before the hour mark, while in-form forward Diego Costa made no mistake as he converted a penalty won by Marcos Llorente to double their lead in the 73rd minute of the game.

Two Atletico substitutes played a huge part in the second half to the build of the second goal. Joselu scored a stoppage-time goal for the visitors after a penalty was awarded for a handball by Atletico captain Koke, who will miss next week’s trip to Barcelona through suspension.

Atletico Madrid are now four points clear of Sevilla in fourth and have opened up a superb nine-point cushion over Getafe in fifth. They are well on course to qualify for the Champions League next season.

“It was a really hard-fought game, Alaves sat very deep and it was very hard for us to get near their goal or down the wing but we got the breakthrough from a set play then they opened up and our subs caused them damage,” said goal scorer Saul.

“I can sleep easily because the team is in very good form, we all worked hard in our homes during lockdown and after it and that has made the difference between us and our rivals.”

Atletico Madrid would be hoping Diego Costa keeps his form as their next one is a huge test away to Barcelona on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Rio de Janeiro to allow one-third of fans in stadiums starting from July]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98043_rio_de_janeiro_to_allow_one-third_of_fans_in_stadiums_starting_from_july.htmlFans have been unable to attend games for the past three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But the relaxing of measures and gradual opening of activities means fans can be welcomed in phases to stadiums once again.

The decision was confirmed on Friday and announced to the public via a statement.

"OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS: Sports training centers open for training, without public, being prohibited the use of sauna, swimming pool and hot tub. Sports competitions with maximum capacity of 1/3, without exceeding the rule of 4m² per person.”

“Sale of tickets only online or self-service boxes Leisure and sport activities in swimming pools, object sharing prohibited. Clubs, associations, racecourses, rental courts and open counterparts, contact sports are prohibited. Training schools are still closed in closed spaces. "

Rio de Janeiro is set to be the first city in the country to welcome back footballing activities proper.

Following the restart of the Carioca Championship by Flamengo, the likes of Vasco, Fluminense and Botafogo are all expected to play on Sunday to complete the fourth round of the competition.

On Wednesday, the next round of fixtures would go on and the semi-finalists for the competition would be decided.

Mayor Marcelo Crivella is said to welcome football resuming back in action as a way to keep people to stay at home.

Games would still go in three stadiums only as planned. In Maracanã, 1/3 of the stadium's capacity corresponds to 22 thousand people. In São Januário, 7 thousand fans. While at Nilton Santos, it tallies to 14 thousand.

It must be added that all decisions said above are subject to change.

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<![CDATA[Martinelli to miss rest of the season for Arsenal after knee surgery]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98036_martinelli_to_miss_rest_of_the_season_for_arsenal_after_knee_surgery.htmlThe breakout of the young Brazilian has been one of the few positives for Arsenal in what has so far been a quite underwhelming campaign by a majority of the club’s players and the team in general.

Arriving from Ituano last summer, a team playing in the lower divisions of Brazilian football, little was known of Martinelli or the potential he had.

The Brazilian teenager made sure to make his presence known after being handed his debut against Newcastle United back in August. Having scored 10 goals from 26 appearances in all competitions, he is the Gunners’ best scorer of the season after skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

However, his inspiring form will now come to a halt after being forced onto the treatment table.

Arsenal recently announced that Martinelli’s season has come to an abrupt end as he underwent surgery for an injury he suffered on the training ground.

A fitness update on the club’s official website read: “Left knee. Sustained injury during training on 21 June.

“Successful arthroscopic procedure undertaken to repair a lesion in the cartilage of the left knee. Will not be available for the current schedule of remaining 2019-20 matches.”

It adds to the Gunners’ current injury woes with goalkeeper Bernd Leno also expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Martinelli’s absence would be a major blow to Mikel Arteta as the 19-year-old always proved to be a game-changer in attack whenever he was called upon.

On an individual note, the youngster was looking to break in as a starter but would now have to challenge from the start when he recovers from his injury.

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<![CDATA[Brasileirao given all clear to resume in August]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98035_brasileirao_given_all_clear_to_resume_in_august.htmlThe CBF (Brazilian FA) suspended the competition back in March as was the same scenario with virtually all of football in the country.

However, footballing activities have started to resume gradually and the Brasileirão Série A is set to open its doors for action in just over a month from now.

As it stands, the plan is that the Serie A may return on Sunday, August 9th. Elsewhere, Serie B is scheduled to restart on August 8.

The decision was made on Thursday night in a meeting organized by the CBF together with the National Club Commission (CNC). All 40 clubs participating in both the Serie A and Serie A all had at least a representative in the meeting too.

The set dates and steps to be taken for the safe return of both competitions were proposed by the president of the CBF, Rogério Caboclo. At the moment, all Serie A clubs are in agreement with all the dates and set down measures to be taken when the competition resumes.

There is one final hurdle though. The return of the competition would need a final go-ahead from health authorities in local vicinities. Although, nineteen of the twenty Serie A clubs were willing to play outside their cities if they are not cleared to do so in their own city. Some other competitions have had to resume action in a selected number of stadiums and it remains to be seen if the Serie A might have to follow suit.

For now, all clubs are in agreement to resume action and all things going well, the competition is set to resume in August.

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<![CDATA[Napoli eye potential move for Gremio’s Everton Soares this summer]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98030_napoli_eye_potential_move_for_gremio___s_everton_soares_this_summer.htmlThe Partenopei are likely to see a number of departures this summer and the Italian outfit already have their eye on potential replacements.

One of those players that could be set to leave the San Paolo this summer is Mexican winger Hirving Lozano. To that effect, it’s already believed that Everton Soares has been identified as his likely replacement.

English side Everton are believed to be interested in Lozano and the idea is for Napoli to use those proceeds to secure the signature of Everton Soares.

Ironically, Everton are also among the names interested in the Gremio forward and some reports from Brazil have even claimed Ancelotti has already called the 24-year-old personally on phone.

It now means both players could have their futures inter-twined as the departure of one would facilitate room for the other to move and vice versa.

One thing that remains certain though is that Napoli already have it in their plans to sign Soares regardless of whatever may happen.

The interest from the Italian side was recently confirmed by the forward’s agent, Mario Cruz.

“I don’t know why that is... There are even those who are already saying that Everton is a Napoli player.

“The truth is that the Italian club is interested, [their interest] is real. Talks have started, yes, but the latest development came a month ago.

“The player would accept [Napoli’s offer] with great enthusiasm because they play in an important league and they’re a club with great tradition and fantastic fans.”

Soares is already highly rated and has been linked to a number of other sides across Europe. So far for Gremio, he has scored 47 goals in 179 appearances. Since making his debut for the Brazilian national team, he has also scored three goals in 14 appearances.

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<![CDATA[Alisson, Firmino and Fabinho win the Premier League with Liverpool]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98026_alisson__firmino_and_fabinho_win_the_premier_league_with_liverpool.htmlThe Reds were not in action on the evening but a 2-1 win for Chelsea over Manchester City meant Liverpool were mathematically crowned champions.

With seven games remaining, it would be the earliest any side has ever lifted a Premier League trophy.

Since arriving at the club as manager in 2015, Jurgen Klopp has grown the Reds back to be one of the dominant forces in Europe.

Asides an historic Premier League win, Liverpool and Klopp still have the chance to write more history as they only need 15 points from their next seven games to set the record for most points in a top-flight season. They could also be the first team to win all their home games in a season.

All Liverpool players had their part to play in their quest for dominance this season, including the trio of Alisson, Firminho and Fabinho.

The three-aforementioned players have raised their games since joining the Reds and have grown to be a vital cog in Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Firmino has been the linking piece that has balanced the attacking duo of Salah and Mane upfront. Alisson’s commanding appearance in goal for Liverpool coupled with the presence of Van Dijk has transformed the Reds defence into one of Europe’s best. He is already regarded as one of the world’s best goalkeepers.

The same could be said for Fabinho who has barely put in a wrong foot in the heart of midfield when called upon, putting in brilliant performances that has seen the Reds dominate midfield play.

Jurgen Klopp now faces the task of maintaining his good work but for now they are the champions of England.

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<![CDATA[CBF and clubs agree to two transfer windows until the end of the year]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98022_cbf_and_clubs_agree_to_two_transfer_windows_until_the_end_of_the_year.htmlAsides the upset of the football calendar, the coronavirus pandemic has also brought about some difficulties on the transfer scene.

With clubs having very limited time to secure deals especially after financial impacts, the CBF had to make changes that would balance the scale for all clubs.

Due to that, clubs and CBF met in a videoconference on Wednesday and both agreed to the term that there would be two new transfer window dates until the end of the season.

There are no officially announced dates yet, but it is expected that the beginning of the first window will open from the end of July to the end of August, while the second may be from mid-September to October.

This would give clubs the opportunity to get finances balanced as a number of sides are already complaining about lack of revenue from games in this period. Clubs already believes they would lose more players than in previous seasons and this gives everyone the opportunity to make compromises.

Finally, Aildo Rodrigues, Secretary of Sports for the State of São Paulo also confirmed on Wednesday morning that the Paulista Championship should resume between the end of July and the beginning of August.

Also, clubs would be able to start contact training in groups starting the first of July. The procedures had already been announced by Governor João Doria but there was the possibility of it all getting postponed due to the recent increase in the coronavirus numbers.

However, all of the measures are now set to stand and go on as planned.

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<![CDATA[Vinicius and Ramos shine as Real Madrid go back top of La Liga]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98017_vinicius_and_ramos_shine_as_real_madrid_go_back_top_of_la_liga.htmlVinicius Junior and Sergio Ramos got themselves on the scoresheet as Los Blancos scored one goal in each half.

Real Madrid now boast a perfect record since the La Liga restart having won all their four matches since then.

Mallorca's 15-year-old Luka Romero, dubbed by local media as the “new Lionel Messi,” became the youngest player to appear in a Spanish league match.

But another teenager in Vinicius Junior also stole the headlines once again. The 19-year-old has been in superb form since after the break and once again put in another brilliant shift.

The Brazilian was without doubt one of the best performers on the night. Vinicius carried forward his form from the last game in San Sebastian back to Madrid. A visible difference in his shooting and decision making could be seen on the evening.

Real Madrid took the lead in the 19th minute courtesy of the teenager. A slick move of passing ended with a sublime finish by Vinicius Junior around the 19-minute mark. Luka Modric started the move as Vinicius delicately chipped the ball from a tight angle over Mallorca goalie, Reina.

The second goal came from Ramos in the second half where he scored a pin-point free-kick from just the edge of the box. The gal was the 8th goal from the Spaniard and saw him become the second highest scorer in the team behind Karim Benzema.

Real Madrid must now maintain their form as any slip ups now could prove super costly in the La Liga race.

Zidane will be boosted by the new found form of Vinicius Junior who is now proving he deserves to be a starter in the Los Blancos lineup.

Up next for Real Madrid is a tough away trip to Espanyol on Sunday. Zidane has already said his team will take all fixtures like a final and we can expect to see more of that.

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<![CDATA[Pablo Mari and David Luiz among Arsenal players to get contract extensions]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98016_pablo_mari_and_david_luiz_among_arsenal_players_to_get_contract_extensions.htmlDavid Luiz joined the Gunners from Chelsea last summer and was brought in to being experience to the Arsenal lineup.

That has not been the case as the 33-year-old has caused error after error and has been branded a flop by many.

The latest error was his disastrous performance against Manchester City where he caused his side two goals and also got a red card in the space of 25 minutes.

Despite David Luiz accepting blame for his defeat, he insisted that he wanted to remain at the club and also got the backing of head coach Mikel Arteta as well.

As expected, all of these didn’t go well with the fans following the announcement of the contract extensions to David Luiz and a trio of other players.

“David is a really important player for us. He has played most of our matches this season and has been important for the team. His passing, his communication with the team on and off the pitch. He helps everyone.” Technical director Edu said to the club’s website.

Fans blasted the Arsenal board for approving such a deal and took to criticize the club’s transfer business, calling it all a joke.

Elsewhere, Pablo Mari secured a long-term deal after joining the Gunners on loan in January from Flamengo. Despite his injury, he had done enough to impress and was signed permanently.

“We were really pleased with Pablo - his behaviour, the way he is training, his mentality and his quality. Unfortunately, he has that injury but of course we are really happy to keep him for the future.” Club director Edu said on the 26-year-old Brazilian.

The deal for Mari will see Flamengo retain a sell-on clause and will see the club 16 million euros (about R $ 95 million) should the Gunners sell him to another club.

Asides Luiz and Mari, Ceballos also saw his contract extended till the end of the season while Cedric Soares also saw a permanent deal since joining from Southampton on loan in January.

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<![CDATA[Benfica suffer shock loss as Porto leapfrog the Aguias in Portuguese title race]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98011_benfica_suffer_shock_loss_as_porto_leapfrog_the_aguias_in_portuguese_title_race.htmlBruno Lage would be ruing his side’s defensive slip-ups as a last minute winner saw the Islanders snatch a shock win at the Estádio Sport Lisboa e Benfica.

For most of the match, Benfica were the ones who dominated possession but blew a lot of chance sand got punished ultimately.

The first half started in similar fashion. The Aguias saw more than half of the ball in the first half but fell on the losing end after a goal from Brazilian midfielder Anderson Carvalho put the visitors ahead.

Five minutes after the second half began, Rafa Silva levelled things up for the hosts. It didn’t take long before Benfica were behind again as Zaidu Sanusi put Santa Clara in the lead once again.

However, Carlos Vinicius, who came on for Haris Seferovic, looked to secure a comeback for his side as the game approached the latter stages.

The Brazilian scored in the 63rd minute and then again a minute later to put Benfica 3-2 up.

The quick-fire brace from Vinicius saw him become the top scorer in the Portuguese league with 17 goals.

Santa Clara did not give up though and the Brazilian left winger Crysan levelled things after 82 minutes at the Estadio da Luz.

It looked like the game was going to end in a draw but there was a big twist right at the end of the game. Ze Manuel gave Santa Clara a last gasp winner in the 95th minute and made it 3-4 to give the visitors a vital win.

Boosted by the news that Benfica lost, Porto faced Boavista and raced to a 4-0 win that saw them climb to the top of the league.

With six rounds of games remaining, Porto have 67 points while Benfica, who have won five of the last six league titles have 64 and most now hope their rivals slip up if they are to stand a chance of retaining the title.

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<![CDATA[Juventus and Barcelona edge closer to agreeing Arthur-Pjanic swap deal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98010_juventus_and_barcelona_edge_closer_to_agreeing_arthur-pjanic_swap_deal.htmlAccording to Sky Sports, Juventus are set to sign Arthur Melo for a rather substantial fee of €80m from Barcelona - before selling Pjanic to Barca for around €65m at a later date.

The deal has been stalling for well over a month as it stands. Arthur Melo had previously stated his intention to remain with the Catalan giants and fight for his place. But the latest report from Sky Sport is that a deal in principle is close to being agreed between both sides.

According to the report, Maurizio Sarri wants to build his midfield around Arthur, quite similar to the setup he had with Jorginho at Napoli and Chelsea.

Juventus have also offered the 23-year-old an increase in salary, compared to his deal with Barcelona – a reported €5m a year.

Talks are also continuing between the two clubs over a move for Miralem Pjanic, but as it stands, they disagree on the value of the player.

Sky suggest that Juve value Pjanic at €70m but Barca think he is not worth just €10m less than Arthur.

Both teams are reportedly keen to complete the deal before June 30. From a financial point of view, the deal makes sense for both clubs considering it balances the books for both clubs. It’s a particular habit for Barcelona especially as they followed a similar trend for Cillisen and Neto.

However, Juventus are the biggest winners considering they’ll be getting a much younger Arthur and disposing an under-performing and far older Miralem Pjanic.

The Brazilian has made 70 appearances and scored four goals since joining Barcelona from Gremio in the summer of 2018. Although, the 23-year-old has started just one of Barcelona's three games since the restart of La Liga in June.

In his stay at the club, Arthur has grown to be popular with fans and is also in the squad for his side’s night's clash at home to Athletic Club in La Liga.

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<![CDATA[Igor Gomes attracting interest from Ajax and Real Madrid]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98003_igor_gomes_attracting_interest_from_ajax_and_real_madrid.htmlSao Paulo fans were quick to note that Gomes won’t be the first of their players to leave for Ajax. Sao Paulo and Ajax both have a good relationship with the Dutch outfit recently signing David Neres and Antony from the Arena Corinthians.

The comments got lot of traction so bad that the hashtags "Igor Gomes" and "Ajax" were among the most talked about trends in Brazil.

Asides Ajax, Real Madrid are another side reported to be interested in the Brazilian. The versatile midfielder has impressed in recent months and has been monitored by the Spanish giants.

It is more than clear than Gomes’ next destination would most likely be Europe. Due to that, it’s been reported that the 21-year-old is now looking to secure a Portuguese passport. With the document, he would not have to use a vacancy as a foreign player in European teams. Igor Gomes' father has already started working on securing that.

 However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it could yet take longer than expected. In general, the waiting time for someone from the Sao Paulo region to attain the passport could be around six months to a year.

Due to that, the likely time Gomes could make any move at all is next summer. The reported fee Real Madrid are willing to pay is within the range of £45 million.

Sao Paulo’s football director Rai has already admitted Gomes has interest from European sides.

“It's true ... What we can say today is that (Igor Gomes) is a player that is attracting the attention of European clubs. But he had no official contact. It is a reality that he is arousing interest, I have already spoken with European friends, who comment, but that is all - said Raí at the time when Real Madrid's interest was reported.”

At 21, Gomes is an important part of the Sao Paulo team and has grown to be a starter even displacing idol Hernanes on the bench.

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<![CDATA[Vinicius shines as Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad to go top of La Liga]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/98002_vinicius_shines_as_real_madrid_beat_real_sociedad_to_go_top_of_la_liga.htmlBarcelona’s goalless draw against Sevilla on Friday gave Real Madrid the opportunity to capitalize and Zinedine Zidane’s men did just that.

Real Madrid had lot of top performers on the evening but 19-year-old Vinicius was one of the most standout players throughout the game.

Brought into the side for the rested Eden Hazard on the left of Madrid's front three, Vinicius was the visitors' liveliest player in the first half and won the penalty for the key breakthrough soon after the restart.

Ramos put Madrid in front from the penalty spot five minutes into the second half. The goal for the Real Madrid captain was a special one as it saw him become the highest scoring defender in La Liga history.

 Benzema added a second 20 minutes later but it came with some sort of controversy. Adnan Januzaj had a goal controversially ruled out for Sociedad by VAR just seconds before the ball went in at the other end.

Vinicius Junior was the one brought down and Benzema stepped up to slot the ball calmly past Alex Remiro.

The young Brazilian was Real Madrid’s true Man of the Match, even if Casemiro took home the official award. Vinicius was unstoppable, showing his work rate on both ends of the pitch to win the ball back and create a load of chances for his teammates.

He was a joy to watch, ran at defenders with ease and was very calm in his decision making on the evening.

With lots of games coming thick and fast over the coming weeks, Zidane will be pleased at the plethora of options he has in attack. Eden Hazard was not on the pitch but was barely missed because of Vinicius.

Real Madrid have now made it three wins from three since the La Liga restart. They face Real Mallorca on Wednesday and would be looking to continue that good form to put pressure on Barcelona.

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<![CDATA[Guedes signs new Chapecoense contract until 2022]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97997_guedes_signs_new_chapecoense_contract_until_2022.htmlThe club had been in talks with the youngster since April and after a lot of stalling, a breakthrough was finally made.

“I am very happy to renew, because it was a club that welcomed me when I was 16 years old. It's been five years wearing this shirt and I can't help feeling at home, both in Chapecoense and in the city of Chapecó.” Guedes said as quoted on the club’s official website.

“The fan can expect a very motivated, very happy guy. I'm from the house, I have a lot of identification with Chape so delivery and love the shirt will never be missing” he added.

Guedes made his professional debut for Chapecoense this season and played two games as a starter in the Catarinense Championship. The youngster was in stellar form for the club as he scored his debut goal in his first game against Joinville. His brilliant form was brought to a halt when play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Play has just resumed in the country once again and the Brazilian has spoken about his intention to resume the season in good form.

“I already had the anxiety to start playing naturally again, with this extension of the contract, it increased even more. I can't wait to be able to go back on the field, wear the shirt of Chapecoense and give joy to our fans”.

Since joining the club at grassroots level, Guedes has been tipped to grow into a key player for the club in the nearest future. The 20-year-old looks to be doing just that now and looks only likely to improve with time.

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<![CDATA[Cunha strike condemns Leverkusen to defeat as Champions League hope fades away]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97990_cunha_strike_condemns_leverkusen_to_defeat_as_champions_league_hope_fades_away.htmlPeter Bosz’s side came into the game with a lot at stake as Die Werkself were in strong pursuit of Champions League places.

All of those hopes look more or less blown away as Leverkusen saw themselves drop to fifth place in the Bundesliga standings after the defeat.

Leverkusen failed to convert their chances despite having most of the possession and were punished by a Hertha side who worked hard as a unit for their victory.

The Berliners were clearly struggling with Leverkusen’s speed down the wings but they struck against the run of play with a quick break and a finish by Matheus Cunha, who earned his fifth goal in his 20th league game in the 22nd minute.

The Brazilian has not featured as much as he would have loved to so far but has been a reliable name when he has been called upon so far this season. Asides his five goals scored, the 21-year-old has also chipped in with three assists for Hertha Berlin.

After Cunha’s opener, Hertha Berlin scored again nine minutes after the restart just as Leverkusen looked to be getting back into the game.

A superb solo run by Krzysztof Piatek was capped off with a glorious finish by Dodi Lukebakio.

Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz brought on two more strikers, Paulinho and Lucas Alario, in the second half but Hertha hung on to secure three points and moved up to 10th place.

For Leverkusen, it sees them drop to fifth place behind Borussia Monchengladbach while Hertha Berlin are now up to tenth place.

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<![CDATA[Neymar fired up to make an impact for PSG in the Champions League]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97986_neymar_fired_up_to_make_an_impact_for_psg_in_the_champions_league.htmlAfter more than three months since he last stepped on the pitch, the Brazilian is still focused on getting back in action.

Ligue 1 chose to void their season early and PSG were recently crowned champions amidst the coronavirus pandemic crisis.

However, Les Parisiens still have the Champions League to worry about. Neymar was a key figure for his side as they overcame Borussia Dortmund to advance to the quarter-finals of the competition.

The Brazilian last featured for PSG on the 11th of March but is already looking forward to get in the thick of things again.

The French Champions resume training in Paris on Monday and Neymar has revealed he is super fit and ready to go for the club once again.

“We have a strong group, we achieved a historic classification for the quarterfinals (of the Champions League) and now we are focusing on the goal. I trained a lot in the last months, with the same intensity and dedication, but I miss the heat of the game. I can't wait to go on the pitch and, God willing, make history” Neymar said via a post on his Twitter account.

PSG have dominated on the domestic front with seven out of the last eight Ligue 1 titles but they have failed to translate that to the continental front with the Champions League.

To stand any chance of winning the competition, PSG will need Neymar to maintain the form he has shown so far. The 28-year-old has been one of the most influential names in the PSG lineup this season, scoring 18 goals and assisting 10 in 22 total appearances.

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<![CDATA[Cruzeiro submit offer to sign Lucas Romero from Independiente]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97979_cruzeiro_submit_offer_to_sign_lucas_romero_from_independiente.htmlLucas Romero left the Raposa to join Argentine giants Independiente last summer. The midfielder has featured in a decent number of games since he signed for the club last July, making 23 appearances for the club between games of the Copa Sudamericana, the Argentine Championship, the Superliga Cup and the Argentine Cup.

With the Argentine side now going through financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, there is a chance they could let the 26-year-old re-join his former side. Coupled with that, the Argentine is yet to convince on his home soil, failing to find the back of the net yet in all competitions.

As at today, Cruzeiro president Sérgio Santos Rodrigues confirmed the club have put in an official offer for the midfielder and are only awaiting a response from Independiente.

"There is a proposal made. We depend on him. We know the situation of Cruzeiro. We have to be austere.” Santos said in a live broadcast via the club’s channel.

“To have management down to earth. The proposal is made, really. We are depending on him, on his situation at his club. If the fans want to engage, let's go to the hashtag 'Closes Romero', 'Romero, accept the proposal'. I already know that his brother posted a photo today on Instagram, talking about Cruzeiro. His family also wants to come.”

Romero is a fan favorite at the Mineirão having already starred for them for three years between 2016 and 2019.

For Cruzeiro, Romero previously played 152 games for the club and scored three goals. A response from Independiente is expected over the coming days.

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<![CDATA[Flamengo mark Carioca return with 3-0 win over Bangu]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97978_flamengo_mark_carioca_return_with_3-0_win_over_bangu.htmlCopa Libertadores holders Flamengo beat Bangu by three goals in a near empty Maracana stadium on the evening.

Goals from Arrascaeta, Bruno Henrique and Pedro Rocha saw Jorge Jesus lead his side to a comfortable win in group A.

Action might be back in the state, but the whole debate about football returning has brought much conflict over the past weeks.

As it stands, Botafogo and Fluminense are currently against the competition resuming and a lot of fans and footballing icons in the country, including Ronaldo Nazario share the same opinion.

For the Flamengo game, it’s reported that there were only two small gatherings of fans. One group were present to support the arrival of the team bus while the other were present to protest against President Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Flamengo and his decision to approve the team resuming games too early.

Supporters of both Flamengo and Bangu were seen protesting outside the stadium before the match, jointly saying the authorities were putting players at serious risk. Considering, football is resuming at a time when Brazil are seeing an increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

For safety measures, players had their temperatures checked on arrival at the stadium, while reporters and photographers covering the match had to go through a disinfection tunnel.

The match opened with a minute of silence for victims of Covid-19, including Flamengo's own massage therapist, Jorginho, who died last month.

Head coach Jorge Jesus shared his thoughts on how the different routines felt for himself and his team.

The Portuguese coach stated after the match that it is “strange” to play under these conditions, but he stated that “all of society has to know how to live with the virus until there is a vaccine.”

He also spoke on how pleased he was with his side’s victory over Bangu.

“The team gave a very good response and looked balanced tactically, but they must still recover a fully competitive rhythm after a long time out” he added.

The victory for Flamengo sees them maintain the lead at the top of group A and clinch a place in the semi-finals of the Campeonato Carioca. Flamengo will play against Boavista next on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Botafogo refuse to play if June dates for Carioca are maintained ]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97971_botafogo_refuse_to_play_if_june_dates_for_carioca_are_maintained_.htmlAs it stands, the Alvinegro are scheduled to play against Volta Redonda on the 22nd of June but the club maintain they will only resume play in July at the earliest.

A member of Botafogo’s committee, Carlos Augusto Montenegro, suggested that if the June 22nd resumption dates by Ferj are upheld, the Carioca Championship is more or less over for the club.

Botafogo are not the only heavyweight side to be against resumption at the moment. Elsewhere, Fluminense are another side that have similarly rejected playing in June as well.

Montenegro went on to further counter the criticism both clubs (Botafogo and Fluminense) received in the last meeting that had a representative from all clubs. Most of the other sides tried to say that both clubs did not resume training early and had only themselves to blame. In addition to that, Rubens Lopes, president of Ferj, even compared the two sides to "bad students".

Botafogo president Nelson Mufarrej spoke on Wednesday morning about the club’s stance regarding training and resumption of the championship.

“Botafogo only starts on July 1st. So, we are preparing for training, waiting for results, doing medical tests ... And we should train on Saturday. First training, with a ball after almost 100 days.”

“Do you think we will play on Monday? With a training day? I will not. So forget it. The championship is over for us. If the game is maintained for Monday, Botafogo will not will compete in the championship. If they put the Botafogo game for July 1, Botafogo will compete in the championship. It is the simplest thing in the world ", he said.

Perhaps the strongest resistance from Botafogo so far is that they won’t be opening the Nilton Santos Stadium for use as well.

The club’s stadium is supposed to be one of the three venues that the Carioca Championship would be completed in after the restart and the refusal to release it for use could be a blow to the competition’s organizers.

"If they don't want Botafogo and Fluminense, just don't change. Okay. Just leave it there on the 22nd. There will be no WO, there will be no stadium. No one will enter the stadium", club president Nelson added.

As it stands, the duo of Botafogo and Fluminense are preparing to file an appeal at the Rio de Janeiro Sports Court to return to play only in July. It remains to be seen how the situation would be resolved.

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<![CDATA[David Luiz takes blame as Arsenal lose to Manchester City on Premier League return]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/97970_david_luiz_takes_blame_as_arsenal_lose_to_manchester_city_on_premier_league_return.htmlArsenal started the game on a positive note but it all started crushing down for the Gunners as injuries started rushing in.

Granit Xhaka barely lasted five minutes on the pitch before he was taken off and replaced by Dani Ceballos.

The real problems for Mikel Arteta started when defender Pablo Mari was taken off in the 24th minute. David Luiz was on the bench due to speculation around his future but was the only real candidate to be called upon at that point.

It wasn’t long before the Brazilian failed to control a ball and gifted Raheem Sterling the chance to score the opener.

He then hauled down Riyad Mahrez to give away a penalty and was sent off. The suspension will mean he has played his final game for Arsenal unless he extends his deal.

"I should have taken a different decision in the last two months but I didn't," he told Sky Sports.

"All about my contract, if I stay here or not. I have 14 days to be here and that's it. I should have tried to decide my future as early as possible, but I didn't.

"I don't want to use that as an alibi or excuse, it's my fault - that's it. I love to be here. That's why I continue to train hard."

Arsenal still have a decision on whether to extend Luiz’s contract for a year and Arteta was quick to say that his woeful performance won’t affect the club’s final decision.

On an individual note, it’s been a torrid season for Luiz as he became the player with most errors leading to goals so far.

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