Here are the latest stories for Thursday.
BARCELONA: Luis Enrique has confirmed he will leave Barcelona when his contract expires in the summer.
– Likely not Eusebio Sacristan, as the Real Sociedad manager has ruled himself out of running.
– Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has expressed his disappointment at news of Luis Enrique’s impending departure.
– Altinordu chairman Mehmet Seyit Ozkan has said Barcelona forward Lionel Messi could not play for the club, even if he offered to do so for free.
MAN UNITED: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is hoping to win a new two-year deal at Manchester United and the club remain confident of keeping him at Old Trafford, sources have told ESPN FC.
– Carrick claims new signings at Manchester United must overcome a “massive difference” in expectation levels at Old Trafford in order to succeed at the club.
– United’s players are dreaming of winning another Treble after clinching the EFL Cup, defender Antonio Valencia has revealed, while adding the current environment under Jose Mourinho is much like the one Sir Alex Ferguson oversaw at Old Trafford.
REAL MADRID: Gareth Bale has said he did not deserve a red card after being sent off for pushing Las Palmas playmaker Jon Viera in Wednesday’s 3-3 draw at the Bernabeu.
– Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his team “cannot go crazy” after falling behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race.
LEICESTER: Premier League champions Leicester City have announced a pre-tax profit of £16.4 million for the year ending May 31, 2016.
LIVERPOOL: Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembele have told FourFourTwo magazine that they both turned down approaches from Liverpool.
– Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia believes Saturday’s Premier League game against Arsenal is the perfect game for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they look to get their season back on track.
MAN CITY: Pep Guardiola backed Claudio Bravo after the Manchester City keeper was given ironic applause by home fans in the 5-1 FA Cup victory over Huddersfield Town.
– Sergio Aguero says he is only focused on helping Manchester City achieve their aims this season amid reports the Argentina international could return to La Liga this summer.
ARSENAL: Mesut Ozil says Jose Mourinho once accused him of being a “coward” and “too nice to tackle” in a dressing room argument during their time at Real Madrid.
– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Ozil “should be OK” for Saturday’s game at Liverpool despite illness, while Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny are both available after recovering from injuries.
– Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell has told The Times that Arsene Wenger must sign more players with “character” if he wants to win the Premier League again.
– Wenger made Freddie Ljungberg promise to return to Arsenal if a coaching role becomes available, after the former winger left to take up a position with Wolfsburg.
GERMANY: Lukas Podolski has announced he will leave Galatasaray to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe at the end of the season.
FIFA: The majority of football fans from across the world believe that corruption remains the No. 1 problem within FIFA and that it is still a discredited organisation despite president Gianni Infantino’s major reforms.
– The FIFA official who led inspections of 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidders has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against his three-year ban for seeking unpaid intern work in Qatar for relatives.
ATLETICO MADRID: Former Liverpool forward Iago Aspas has said Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann will find it difficult to turn down offers from the Premier League’s biggest teams.
JUVENTUS: Paulo Dybala says he expects to sign a new contract with Juventus soon as talks between his advisors and the Serie A club continue.
BAYERN MUNICH: Carlo Ancelotti paid tribute to the fully-fit again Franck Ribery as 18-time winners Bayern Munich strolled into the DFB Pokal semifinal with a comfortable 3-0 home victory over Schalke on Tuesday.
DORTMUND: Borussia Dortmund found themselves in danger of being late for their DFB Pokal tie against Sportfreunde Lotte when their team bus ran aground in a farmer’s field on the way to the stadium.
PSG: Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery was pleased with his players after they scrapped their way to a 2-0 win away at second tier Niort to reach the Coupe de France quarterfinals.
MLS: The Portland Timbers have waived forward Jack McInerney. The 24-year-old appeared in 24 matches for Portland last season, including eight starts, and had five goals. It was his lone season with the Timbers.
– The New York Red Bulls have signed goalkeeper Kyle Reynish and traded him to Atlanta United.
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