News: Greenwood, Benzema, Asensio, Depay, Pep

Enjoy the latest news stories from around Europe about Mason Greenwood, Benzema, Ronaldo, Asensio, Memphis Depay, Pep Guardiola, Jordi Alba, the World Cup and more…

News: Greenwood, Benzema, Asensio, Depay, Pep

Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood’s trial has been set for November 2023 on charges including attempted rape and coercive behaviour. (via The Guardian)

News: Greenwood, Benzema, Asensio, Depay, Pep

Real Madrid have made the decision NOT to sign any attackers this January after Karim Benzema’s injury. (via Marca)

The dream of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return seems dead in the water.

AS Roma director Tiago Pinto, Per Fabrizo Romano: “Cristiano Ronaldo has never been an option for Roma – nothing serious or concrete despite the rumours. We’ve never opened talks to sign him”. 🇵🇹 #ASRoma

“Maybe they linked CR7 to us as I’m Portuguese and Mourinho too, but that was not the case”.

News: Greenwood, Benzema, Asensio, Depay, Pep

Chelsea are interested in signing Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham but could have to pay up to £280m to land both the England midfielders this summer. (via Daily Express)

News: Greenwood, Benzema, Asensio, Depay, Pep

Real Madrid have the money to compete with Premier League clubs for Jude Bellingham next summer. (via TheAthleticFC)

Aurelien Tchouaméni confirms, per Fabrizo Romano: “The first club to show interest in me was Liverpool. There were discussions, but as soon as Real Madrid entered, my mind was made up”, tells Le Parisien.

“I didn’t hesitate for a second. I told my agent: bring me to Real Madrid”.

News: Greenwood, Benzema, Asensio, Depay, Pep

Marco Asensio, per Fabrizo Romano: “Barcelona was never an option. I’m happy at Real Madrid, I feel very well… but in future you never know”, tells El Chiringuito.

“In that case, it wasn’t true that I was considering Barça as option”.

Jordi Alba tells Cadena Ser, per Fabrizo Romano: “I have a contract with Barça and I see myself capable of fulfilling it until June 2024”.

“I have earned respect. When I don’t see me ready to play for Barça, I’ll be the first to leave. I don’t want to make a fool of myself”.

News: Greenwood, Benzema, Asensio, Depay, Pep

Memphis Depay on leaving Barcelona in Jan per Fabrizo Romano: “I don’t know what will happen after the World Cup. I’ve recovered from injury and I’m enjoying the World Cup”.

“I don’t want to think about the past. I also don’t want to think further than this competition”.

Atlético Madrid will allow João Félix to leave the club on loan after receiving no offers for the forward. (via AS)

The wantaway Portuguese star has been linked with a move to Manchester United and PSG.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has agreed a two-year contract extension committing him to the club until 2025. (via The Athletic)

The deal will be structured as an initial one-year deal, with both club and manager holding an option for a further season. That means either party could choose to end it sooner if they wanted. (via The Athletic)

Adidas have released their World Cup trophies 🤩

🏆 Golden ball for best player
🏆 Golden boot for top scorer
🏆 Golden glove for best goalkeeper

Who is winning each trophy? 👀

No country will wear the OneLove armband at the World Cup.

FIFA has created new added time guidelines to maximise adequate playing time and to help combat time-wasting. ( via franceinfo)

That’s why we see record-breaking added time at the start of the World Cup.

🎙️ Pierluigi Collina, head of world refereeing: “We want to avoid matches with just 42, 43, 44 minutes of effective playing time.

So the time taken by substitutions, penalties, celebrations, medical care or VAR will have to be compensated.

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