Pochettino and the paradox at PSG, an almost unmanageable club

So what next if Mauricio Pochettino leaves? Manchester United seemed ideal, but another possibility could come sooner (Author: Gardener)

PSGHere's probably just one thing a Paris Saint-Germain manager can do to improve his reputation, which is win the Champions League - and even then many people would be looking at the £900m net spend since Qatar took over 2011 and thought, "About time." Mauricio Pochettino didn't do that. If, as seems likely despite his insistence this week, he leaves PSG in the summer, he will do so with a rare second place spot on his tally. He will at least have responded to criticism that he has never won a silver medal - he won the Coupe de France last season and the Ligue 1 title this season - but that jibe has always been largely meaningless; Leading Tottenham to third, second and third place in consecutive seasons and the second-highest points total in their top-flight history (adjusted for two/three points for a win and the size of the division) is a major achievement. But there is now a feeling that Pochettino's status has declined in his two years in France. Despite all the usual caveats of social media polls, it's worth noting that when Gary Neville asked his Twitter followers last month if Manchester United would rather appoint Pochettino or Erik ten Hag, 82% backed the manager with no experience in the Premier League decided. Of course, Pochettino has to give credit for failing to win the league title last season. PSG's budget is roughly double that of its closest competitors; It's a sad fact of the economics of modern French football that if PSG don't win the league it's a failure. The problem was that PSG only took four points from six games against Lille, Monaco and Lyon, the other three teams that made up the top four. They've been found wanting in games against the toughest opponents, which is a huge problem for a club that prioritizes the Champions League like this. But that has always been PSG's paradox: the stronger it gets, the less it is challenged, and the less challenged it is, the less equipped it is to win the battles against teams at its own level. Dominance breeds decadence, which is why PSG's history in the Champions League is one of hilarious breakdowns. The front three of Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé may be one of the most exciting ever assembled but there is a price to pay, and that is that their extravagance has to be offset by a hard-nosed and deep-lying midfield that struggles against this type of integrated football , which defines the best and not just the richest teams in the world. None of this is Pochettino football and it's all his fault for taking the job. Perhaps making £5.6million-a-year after tax, living in Paris and lifting a few cheap trophies is attractive, but PSG as a club is almost unmanageable. Imposing the kind of modern, cohesive pressing that characterized Pochettino's sides at Tottenham, Southampton and Espanyol is largely pointless. So, yes, Pochettino's time at PSG has been mind-blowing and, yes, two years of a manager's career can't just be written off as irrelevant, but being successful at PSG is almost impossible - his sacked predecessor Thomas Tuchel also bearing responsibility for that League out, ended the season after moving to Chelsea by winning the Champions League. Results had declined at Tottenham in recent months, reaching the Champions League final masked a dismal end to the 2018/19 season and they were 14th in the Premier League when he was sacked in November 2019 but the troubles with the squad had long been signposted by Pochettino. The move to the new stadium constrained budgets and limited investment, but an equally big problem was a failure to switch players that Pochettino believed were beginning to become obsolete - and his intense management style means he might tire certain players out faster than he did most others . Burnt by the appointment of Jose Mourinho well past his peak, Manchester United appeared to fear Pochettino's best days could be behind him. But he's two years younger than Ten Hag, albeit three years longer as a manager, and has broader experience. There are very good reasons to appoint Ten Hag, provided he gets the right structure. But if United's decision really was unduly influenced, as has been implied, by concerns that Pochettino is in decline or by this poll, it only underscores concerns about the lack of football understanding at the top of the club. Pochettino's slight dip of late is unlikely to be due to him losing energy or motivation, struggling to connect with younger players, or football going beyond his interpretation. So what next if Pochettino leaves PSG in the summer? Another possibility could arise earlier, however, since Antonio Conte is the clear favorite to succeed him at PSG - in fact, Conte is currently the only real alternative candidate alongside Zinedine Zidane, who apparently hopes for a job in France after the World Cup. And Pochettino would, oddly enough, return with bolstered power given the concessions and reassurances Daniel Levy would presumably have to offer to persuade him to return - and if he loses Conte, the credibility would require a big personality. Pochettino would also boost his reputation as his warnings four years ago were clearly correct.


Thousands of Real Madrid fans celebrate the championship title with the team

“We did everything right, from the players to the staff to the coach. For us, Ancelotti is simply the best,” said Perez. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridAbout 150,000 cheering Real Madrid fans flocked to the city's central Cibeles fountain on Saturday to join the players in celebrating their record-breaking 35th LaLiga title, clinched in a 4-0 home win over Espanyol. Almost an hour before the end of Saturday's game, which Real won with two goals from Rodrygo in the first half as a spur, fans gathered around the central landmark where the club usually celebrates its victories. Traffic restrictions were already introduced on Friday, while a stage was built around the fountain where the players, in an open-topped bus, traditionally join the fans coming from the Santiago Bernabeu to continue the party. It's the first time Real supporters have had the chance to gather for a celebration without masks following the Covid-19 pandemic, as the club's last league title of 2020 was in the middle of lockdown. It was a record-breaking day for the Brazilian defender, who won his 24th silver piece with Real to overtake Gento as the player with the most trophy wins in the club's 120-year history. He helped Benzema lift the trophy and led the team around the stadium as the players and coaches celebrated with their families on the pitch for more than an hour while thousands of fans stayed in the stands to share the moment. The players arrived at Cibeles two hours after the game and Marcelo took on the traditional responsibility of 'crowning' the statue of the Greek goddess in what looks likely to be the last of the 33-year-old's 16 seasons with the Spanish club. He placed a Real Madrid scarf around the statue's head and a white flag with the club crest across her chest as his teammates and fans raised their hands and waved to the rhythm to "We Are The Champions" played out loud. Real's normally low-key Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti was one of the liveliest during the celebrations at the stadium and at Cibeles, concluding his speech to the fans with a rallying cry: "Let's go against Man City!", a reference to their Champions League semi-finals, second leg on Wednesday. This game was the reason the party ended early by Spanish standards as the players left just after 9pm local time. Ancelotti had rested several regular players, Real held the second leg in just a few days with a 4: 3 deficit. Club president Florentino Perez was delighted with the title and praised his team. “We did everything right, from the players to the staff to the coach. Tonight we all celebrate together. Tomorrow we train and on Wednesday we have another important game," added Ancelotti. The only Real Madrid player to miss the celebrations was Welsh striker Gareth Bale, who has rarely played this season through injury as fans and local media turned against him. He was greeted by loud boos earlier this month as he made his first home game appearance at the Bernabeu pitch in more than two years in Real's 2-0 win over Getafe. “So disappointed not to be able to attend the celebrations tonight due to a bad back spasm, but really proud of the team for winning the title!


Ilkay Gundogan on Man City's lesson for Real Madrid as Jack Grealish avoids dubious decisions

Here are your Man City headlines. (Author: Gardener)

Ilkay GundoganIlkay Gundogan has urged Manchester City to emulate Leeds' performance against Real Madrid. Here are your Manchester City headlines for Sunday 1st May. Ilkay Gundogan says Man City must emulate Leeds lesson against Real Madrid Ilkay Gundogan says Manchester City must repeat the defensive determination they showed in the Champions League second leg against Leeds United against Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola rested Kevin de Bruyne, benched the Belgian and allowed Bernardo Silva a late cameo in the 4-0 win after Wednesday's seven-goal thriller against Los Blancos. READ MORE: Man City keep them ahead with a simple improvement Liverpool FC City are just 90 minutes from their second consecutive Champions League final. It seems much more than a month since the appointment of Paul Tierney for the FA Cup semi-final was seen as an advantage for Manchester City. That suggestion was just as ridiculous then as it is now, but while the referee's performance at Elland Road was unbiased, not having to rely on this approach to make game-winning decisions by Jack Grealish will have no regrets shortly. Pep Guardiola and City knew Elland Road was not going to be a pleasant experience for them. Not only are Leeds proud of their hostile reputation, but a struggling City squad on multiple fronts are tired enough that Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne have both been named on the bench ahead of the second leg of the Champions League semi-final in Madrid on Wednesday - the first time neither has started a league game (which City lost) since Tottenham on opening day. With Tierney's help, City got off to a smooth and effective start. Junior Firpo was cautioned in the opening minutes of the game for bringing down Raheem Sterling in a dangerous position down the right, and moments later Sterling won a free-kick down the left which Phil Foden headed in for Rodri.


Ancelotti smokes cigar in Vinicius Jr snap from Real Madrid's La Liga celebrations

Real Madrid clinched a record-extending 35th La Liga crown with a 4-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday, and Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti celebrated in style (Author: Gardener)

La LigaAs if Carlo Ancelotti couldn't look cooler, the suave Italian was seen smoking a cigar during Real Madrid's La Liga title celebration while donning a pair of snazzy sunglasses. A Rodrygo brace and goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema ensured Los Blancos clinched the 35th LaLiga title in style on Saturday, extending the record as the Spanish giants beat Espanyol 4-0. With Real's recent triumph, Ancelotti also made history by becoming the first manager to win the league title in all five major European leagues. La Liga success means the 62-year-old has completed the 'Grand Slam' having previously won the English Premier League, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1 and German Bundesliga. If that wasn't enough to see Ancelotti steal football's headlines this weekend, then his celebrations during Real Madrid's cover party certainly did the trick. Following Saturday's success, the Italian and his side embarked on an open-top bus tour of the Spanish capital to enjoy their La Liga triumph with thousands of their adoring supporters. Pictures from the parade showed players posing with the La Liga trophy atop a plush trainer, as well as Ancelotti casually puffing on a cigar while wearing chic sunglasses and wrapped in a Real Madrid scarf. The striking group picture was uploaded to Instagram by Los Blancos forward Vinicius Jr and also featured Eder Militao, David Alaba and Rodrygo. The quartet could all be seen laughing and smiling as they surrounded the super suave looking Ancelotti. The Brazilian also uploaded a selfie of him posing with the huge La Liga trophy in front of a crowd of Real Madrid's overjoyed supporters. Video footage also showed Ancelotti dancing alongside Vinicius Jr., much to the amusement of his star-studded crew. What is Carlo Ancelotti's place in the debate about the greatest football managers of all time? A 4-0 triumph and success in La Liga should give Real Madrid plenty of confidence ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg encounter with Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu this Wednesday. Los Blancos lost 4-3 in one of their greatest games of all time at the Etihad Stadium last Tuesday. Should Real Madrid defeat Pep Guardiola's side, they would secure a place in the Champions League final where either Liverpool or Villarreal await. And if they win in Paris on May 28, Ancelotti would continue to rewrite the history books of football. The Italian is one of just three managers to have won the Champions League three times - twice with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid - and success at the Stade de France would give him an unprecedented fourth European title.


Real Madrid secure their 35th LaLiga title with a dominant win over Espanyol

Napoli reduced their gap to Serie A leaders Milan to four points by beating Sassuolo (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridRodrygo scored twice, with Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema adding the shine to ensure they sealed the deal with four games to go. Rodrygo needed just a draw to secure victory again, taking 33 minutes to open the scoring. The Brazilian added a second 10 minutes later with a fine finish in a dominant display at the Bernabeu. Asensio's goal allowed Carlo Ancelotti to rest the players in preparation for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City on Wednesday before Benzema ended things to put Madrid unassailable at the top. Madrid's triumph capped a notable milestone for Ancelotti as the Italian became the first manager to win titles in each of Europe's top five leagues - England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. It was also a record-breaking day for Marcelo, who won his 24th Silver Award with Real Madrid. The Brazilian defender skips Gento as the player with the most trophies in the club's 120-year history. Today we have to celebrate but we have an important game ahead of us [against Manchester City]. Ancelotti, meanwhile, believes the celebrations will help lift the spirits of players to fight back against Pep Guardiola's side. "A celebration like this can inject extra energy into the dressing room given such a difficult task against a great team," said Ancelotti. "The season was spectacular," added the Italian. Today we must celebrate, not talk. On the day that the Spanish title was handed to their bitter rivals, Atletico Madrid's top-four hopes were dashed as they lost 2-0 at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga. The hosts took the lead in the eighth minute when Mario Hermoso deflected a cross shot from Inaki Williams into his own net. Jan Oblak made two great saves to keep Atletico in the game but was outsmarted by Williams, who scored a second-half penalty from Panenka. Atletico are now just four points clear of Betis in fifth place and the Copa del Rey winners have a game in hand. Athletic boosted their own hopes in European football, closing within a point of Villarreal after Unai Emery's side suffered a shock defeat at the ailing Alaves. Levante were unable to find an equalizer until nine minutes from time when Oscar Duarte went home and are six points from safety. In Serie A, Napoli kept their faint title hopes alive with a 6-1 win over Sassuolo, with Dries Mertens scoring twice as the hosts reduced the gap to leaders Milan to four points. Sampdoria moved to safety, leaving Genoa staring at relegation after winning 1-0 in the derby. Abdelhamid Sabiri's close-range finish proved sufficient as Genoa missed an injury-time penalty. Cagliari missed a chance to pull away as they lost 2-1 at home to Verona. In the Bundesliga, Erling Haaland scored a hat-trick for Dortmund but still lost 4-3 at home to local rivals Bochum. Haaland had helped the hosts from a 2-0 deficit to a 3-2 lead, but the guests struck twice in the last 10 minutes. Mainz gave champions Bayern Munich their fifth defeat of the season with a 3-1 home win. Freiburg won 4:3 in Hoffenheim and climbed to fourth place. In the end, Stuttgart remains two points ahead of Arminia Bielefeld in the relegation zone after both teams equalized late at home against Wolfsburg and Hertha. In Ligue 1, Rennes consolidated their third place with a 2-0 home win over Saint-Etienne, who remain third in the table. Lens fought back from two goals and a man down to draw 2-2 at home to Nantes.


Marcelo wants Real Madrid to remain with the La Liga champions on the back of a record-breaking 24th title

The veteran Brazilian left-back is set to play on a free transfer this summer but he would welcome an opportunity to extend his tenure at the Santiago Bernabeu (Author: Gardener)

MarceloMarcelo has become a record-breaker at Real Madrid, lifting the 24th trophy with Los Blancos when he lifted the La Liga title in 2021-22 and the Brazilian defender is still hoping for a new contract. However, he has eclipsed the efforts of club legend Francisco Gento in terms of silver medals and would welcome the opportunity to chase more medals in the Spanish capital next season. No new terms have been presented to the longtime South American yet but he's not ruling out anything, telling El Chiringuito when quizzed about his future: "I don't know what's going to happen. “I have just surpassed a legend of madridism like Paco Gento. I'm the most titled player at the best club in the world and that's priceless. "If I stay or don't stay... I want to stay, that's clear." Marcelo is now the most successful Real Madrid player of all time 🏆— GOAL (@goal) April 30, 2022 In 15 memorable years at Real, Marcelo has the art of collecting large trophies. After arriving in Spain in the 2007 winter transfer window, the veteran defender cost him the LaLiga title in his debut season. Marcelo has won four Champions Leagues, four FIFA Club World Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. He has been limited to just 17 appearances this season and his wish for a contract extension is not expected to be granted by Los Blancos president Florentino Perez despite being the club's captain.


Barcelona maintain respectful tradition with Real Madrid after the rivals won the title

The two El Clasico rivals share a great rivalry on and off the pitch, but there is a respectful tradition that has survived what continued after Real Madrid won the title (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridThe two El Clasico rivals share a great rivalry on and off the pitch, but there is a respectful tradition that persists, one that continued after Real Madrid won the title. Real Madrid secured their 35th goal home win against Espanyol on Saturday meant no side could overtake them. Celebrations continued into the evening in the Spanish capital as Los Blancos players and management savored the triumph with their fan base. This was the first time they had been able to lift the trophy at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium since 2007 and sparked wild celebrations across Madrid. The team's open-top bus celebrations left their stadium with the trophy to parade through the streets in front of their fans, culminating in their arrival at the city's Plaza de Cibeles. It was the club's second league trophy in three years to cement the transition of power back to the club and away from Barcelona. The Catalan giants - Madrid's traditional El Clasico rivals - have now gone three seasons without a league title and will end this season without a trophy. The Blaugrana stumbled with a home loss to Eintracht Frankfurt to end their European tour last month, followed by La Liga defeats at home to the underdogs Cadiz and Rayo Vallecano that ended their faint hopes of a late rise to the title. And that despite Xavi Hernandez's side clinching an impressive four-goal El Clasico win in March, which Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has now explained helped his side clinch the title. Barca defender Gerard Pique tweeted that night to confidently say 'we're back', while Dani Alves claimed Los Blancos were 'lucky' to be ahead of the Blaugrana in the standings. Will Real Madrid win the Champions League this season? Real Madrid's celebrations began as they sealed the league title on Saturday After Real Madrid secured the league title, Barcelona's official Twitter account wrote: "FC Barcelona congratulates Real Madrid on their 35th La Liga title." It is a long tradition of congratulating the two clubs other than themselves who win trophies in Spain. In fact, after Barca's last cup win in 2021, Madrid publicly declared: "Congratulations to @FCBarcelona and their fans on their deserved victory at the 2021 Copa del Rey. Rodrygo Goes scored a first-half double for Real Madrid against Espanyol on Saturday to win." putting them on track to a comfortable win to seal the title when Marco Asensio and second-half substitute Karim Benzema scored in the second half.


Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti becomes the first coach to complete football's 'Grand Slam'

Carlo Ancelotti is the only manager to have won national football championships in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. (Author: Gardener)

Carlo AncelottiNeeding a draw to clinch Spain's record-breaking 35th LaLiga title, Real Madrid smashed 4-0 in front of a cheering crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu Espanyol on Saturday. The win helped Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti become the first manager to win titles in all five major European leagues. Ancelotti, 62, returned to Real Madrid for a second spell in June after leaving English Premier League side Everton midway through the 2021/22 season. "Don Carlo" already has national titles in the Italian Serie A with AC Milan (2004), the French Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain (2013), the English Premier League with Chelsea (2010) and the German Bundesliga with Bayern Munich (2017) won. The former midfielder also won the Serie A title in the 1980s. On his first spell at Madrid, Ancelotti helped Los Blancos complete 'La Decima' - their tenth European Cup (now UEFA Champions League) title in 2014. The former Parma coach, who started his coaching career at Reggiana, is also one of just three managers to have won the Champions League three times. He has also won the FIFA Club World Cup twice with AC Milan and Real Madrid. In fact, he is one of the seven who play with the Champions League as a player and as a manager. He was part of the victorious AC Milan side that won the European Cup in 1989 and 1990. Considered one of the greatest coaches of all time, Carlo Ancelotti has also helped shape the coaching careers of Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola, Frank Rijkaard, Johan Cruyff, Giovanni Trapattoni and Miguel Munoz. In total he has now won 21 titles as a coach including Coppa Italia, FA Cup, Copa del Rey, German Super Cup etc. Real Madrid are now 17 points clear of second placed Sevilla with four games remaining in La Liga. Carlo Ancelotti, now supported by his son Davide, can end the season with another trophy with the Champions League crown. Real Madrid will need to quash Manchester City's 4-3 first-leg win when the two sides meet again in the first-leg semifinals at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday night.


Real Madrid win their 35th Spanish LaLiga title

Madrid lifted the trophy in front of nearly 80,000 spectators inside the stadium and the traditional celebrations continued at the Cibeles Fountain in the Spanish capital. (Author: Gardener)

SpanishReal Madrid secured their 35th LaLiga title with a 4-0 home win over Espanyol on Saturday as Carlo Ancelotti became the first manager to win all five major European leagues. Needing just a point in their last five games, Madrid scored twice through Rodrygo in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu before goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema completed the win. "It's the first time I've won a title at the Bernabeu, the atmosphere is really special," Ancelotti told Movistar Plus. Ancelotti returned to Madrid last summer to take over from Zinedine Zidane for a second spell after leaving Everton. Given they've been at the top since November, it came as no surprise that Madrid won a league they've dominated for months, but slumps in form from Barcelona and Sevilla offered the chance for an early crowning achievement. Madrid are 17 points clear of second-placed Sevilla with four games to go. Barcelona have a game in hand but are 18 points behind. With La Liga wrapped up, Madrid can turn their full attention to the second leg of the semifinals at home to Manchester City on Wednesday if they need to reverse a 4-3 defeat from the opening game to advance to another European final. Winning La Liga is something special, midfielder Luka Modric told Real Madrid TV as he paid tribute to fans who were unable to see the club's title win in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the earliest time Madrid have won the trophy since they won it with four games to go in 1989/90. "It's the first time we've won so many games before the end, that means a lot. Ancelotti rested Benzema and Vinicius Junior from the start for the Espanyol visit and Rodrygo capitalized on his chance with two goals late in the first half. He combined with fellow Brazilian Marcelo to put Madrid ahead in the 33rd minute when he headed into the far corner to score only his second league goal of the season. Mariano Diaz made a rare attacking start, then won the ball deep in Espanyol territory and Rodrygo rolled past goalkeeper Diego Lopez in a second with a clean finish. Eduardo Camavinga played in Asensio to score a third for Madrid in the 55th minute, while Modric then made way for Toni Kroos and Benzema replaced Casemiro on the hour. Benzema scored his 42nd goal in as many games in all competitions this season, sealing a stunning triumph for Madrid on a historic day for Ancelotti. Villarreal suffered a 2-1 defeat at bottom side Alaves three days before the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool. Atletico Madrid could risk missing out on their return to Europe's top club competition after losing 2-0 to Athletic Bilbao.


Ronaldo could return to Real Madrid this summer

Cristiano Rolando's outstanding form for a struggling Manchester United could see him consider a move back to Real Madrid. Transfer Talk has the latest. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridDon Hutchison breaks down Cristiano Ronaldo's season and the lack of effort from the players around him. Don Hutchison breaks down Cristiano Ronaldo's season and the lack of effort from the players around him. Transfer Talk brings you the latest rumours, comings and goings and of course deals done! Real Madrid plan to sign Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, The Mirror reveals. The 37-year-old forward has recently been linked with a departure from Old Trafford as Erik ten Hag plans a squad reshuffle and with Manchester United unlikely to qualify for the Champions League they could now lose Ronaldo despite his contract runs until 2023. The former Los Blancos star has remained in impressive form this season with 23 goals in 35 games and it is reported that he has not gone unnoticed by the Santiago Bernabeu hierarchy. Ronaldo has attracted the attention of club officials who are now planning a LaLiga return for the Portugal international, who made the same move back in June 2009 for a then-world-record fee of £80million. Carlo Ancelotti's side were crowned champions on Saturday as Real Madrid clinched the LaLiga title after a comfortable 4-0 win over Espanyol and it looks like they are already preparing to take the crown next time defend season. 14.43 BST: US defender Sergino Dest has managed to turn his situation around at Barcelona and is now likely to stay at the club beyond the summer, sources confirmed to ESPN's Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens. Barca were open to offers for Dest during the January transfer window following the signing of Dani Alves, with manager Xavi Hernandez initially unconvinced by the former Ajax right-back. However, Dest, who always wanted to stay at Barca, managed to change Xavi's mind by working hard in training and showing performance when given a chance. Dest, 21, has played 13 games since the window closed in January and had begun to re-establish himself as the first-choice right-back before suffering a hamstring injury in March. He made a brief return earlier this month but another hamstring injury - this time in the other leg - has sidelined him for around six weeks and ruled him out of Barca's last five games of the season. Due to their financial situation, Barca remain open to offers for most of their squad if the money is right, but sources told ESPN that Dest has been informed he will remain part of their long-term plans as planning for the new season begins. - LaLiga on ESPN+: Stream LIVE matches and replays (U. 13.56 BST: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is set to sign a contract extension with the club this summer, according to the Daily Mirror. Guardiola's brother and agent Pere is already in talks with the incumbent Premier -League champions and current leaders on extending his contract to 2025. As things stand, the 51-year-old's contract expires at the end of next season.Since joining City in 2016, Guardiola has won ten trophies, including three Premierships League title and he reached the Champions League final last season, only to lose to Chelsea in Porto. The Mirror reports that Guardiola, even if City have won the trophy in Europe this season, still have one want to continue working on it 13.03 BST: Mauricio Pochettino has not yet been informed by PSG that he will be sacked at the end of the season, say ten sources are ESPN's Julien Laurens, but the expectation is that he will leave this summer, that Pochettino's days in Paris are numbered and talks about his departure have been raging recently. Zinedine Zidane is the club's first choice to replace Pochettino, while Tottenham manager Antonio Conte is also said to be keen on the job. Pochettino has guided PSG to Ligue 1 champions for the tenth time in their history but the former Spurs boss is likely to pay the price for an underwhelming season in the French capital. PSG may have won La Liga at a gallop but their humiliating departure against Real Madrid in the Champions League weakened Pochettino's position at the club. Pochettino was defiant at his pre-match press conference on Thursday, claiming it was '100%' he would remain coach next season, but the reality is that PSG will pay around €15m in compensation to save him and dismiss its technical staff. 12.18 BST: Chelsea fear they could lose midfielder Mason Mount to one of their big Premier League rivals as they are unable to offer him a new contract, The Sun reports. Mount, 23, has two years left to fulfill his 2019 contract before becoming one of the club's key first-team players. As a result, they cannot negotiate new or improved contracts with any of the players in their squad until the club has new ownership. According to The Sun, this has opened the door for Manchester City and Liverpool to opt for Mount, who is reportedly one of Chelsea's lowest-paid first-team members at £70,000 a week. 11.25 BST: Manchester United would have beaten Borussia Dortmund in signing Erling Haaland if the German club hadn't included a release clause in the transfer, Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has claimed. Haaland has scored 61 goals in 65 Bundesliga games since moving from Salzburg to Dortmund in January 2020 and has become one of the most sought-after players in world football. The 21-year-old has been linked with a number of Europe's top clubs but recent reports suggest Manchester City, rather than United, is his most likely destination. otherwise he would have gone to Manchester United," Watzke told 10:09 Talk. Haaland will soon announce a decision on his future, with a move to City likely if they trigger the €75m release clause in his contract . - Dortmund 3 -4 Bochum: Stream the replay on ESPN+ (U. 10.39 BST: West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice says he won't let the constant transfer speculation about his future sway him. Rice is regularly commented on with interest by Manchester City , Manchester United and his youth club Chelsea, but Hammers boss David Moyes has regularly said the England international is not available for a transfer "I've had two or three top seasons with West Ham and the top clubs as a whole Land will always be watching, we've had a good season with West Ham and there have been big games I've had to play in, so I feel like my focus has been Always there. If I thought about other things, I would get carried away and that wouldn't be fair to the team or the manager. 09.52 BST: Gareth Bale was absent from Real Madrid's LaLiga title celebration on Saturday, blaming a 'bad back spasm' for missing out on the crucial 4-0 win over Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu (stream the replay on ESPN+ in U. Bale, whose contract at Real Madrid expires in June, was left out of the matchday squad, unlike other first-team players who were not involved - such as the injured David Alaba, Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic and the suspended Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez -- The Welsh striker was not present when club captains Marcelo and Benzema were presented with the LaLiga trophy before celebrating with the squad and coaching staff at the Bernabeu pitch, and the team then by open-top bus drove there The Cibeles Fountain in the center of the city, where Madrid traditionally celebrates trophy wins."So disappointed I didn't attend tonight due to a bad back spasm to attend the celebrations but really proud of the team that won the title! - Ancelotti becomes first manager to win All five of Europe's top league clubs have sent wanted lists to top agents and Wolves' list includes a replacement for their 25-year-old midfielder. Manchester United have been offered the option to bid for Neves, according to ESPN sources, but there is also strong interest from clubs in LaLiga and elsewhere in the Premier League. Wolves are also in the hunt for a striker this summer but finding someone to follow in Neves' considerable footsteps is high on their list. ESPN sources say both Neves and agent Jorge Mendes have desires to switch players this summer. Neves has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Arsenal but has remained under Bruno Lage this season. He has made 28 appearances in the Premier League, contributing four goals and two assists. He has been out since mid-March with a knee injury and is under contract with Wolves until 2024. The 23-year-old has caught the attention of clubs across Europe this season with his form, which has netted 17 goals in 29 games. and there seems to be competition for his signature with many deliberations for new forward options. - Ten Hag are looking to make Tyrell Malacia his first signing in the summer, reports The Mirror. The Ajax Amsterdam manager will join Manchester United at the end of the season and having already scouted the 22-year-old Feyenoord left-back, it looks like he will try to lure him into the Premier League. - Benfica want to sign 25-year-old winger David Neres, reveals Nicolo Schira. Neres is reportedly keen to join the Liga NOS side after joining Shakhtar Donetsk in January before the season was cut short by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He had previously made just five starts for Ajax before the turn of the year and scored four goals in a further 16 appearances. - Barcelona want to take advantage of Kenan Yildiz's contract situation, Mundo Deportivo report. The 16-year-old midfielder's contract at Bayern Munich expires in the summer and although the Bundesliga club are looking to sign him on a new contract, it now looks like the Blaugrana will try to secure him on a free transfer when his deal is up. The Serie A team have been negotiating a deal for the 24-year-old midfielder with Lille since January after making a late attempt to sign him during the winter transfer window.