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Kylian Mbappe makes transfer promise as he prepares for Real Madrid meeting

Paris Saint-Germain are preparing for their Champions League return and are focused in Paris on finally getting their hands on the crown of the European giants, while their next opponents, Real Madrid, are increasingly confident of taking on Kylian Mbappe this summer oblige (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridParis Saint-Germain are preparing for their Champions League return and are focused in Paris on finally getting their hands on the crown of the European giants, while their next opponents, Real Madrid, are increasingly confident of taking on Kylian Mbappe this summer oblige. Mbappe applause PSG supporters insist after the 5-1 win over Lille Kylian Mbappe has not yet made a decision on his future as he prepares to knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League. The France international is expected to join the Santiago Bernabeu on a free transfer when his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires this summer. Mbappe is Los Blancos' No 1 target and Madrid president Florentino Perez is desperate to bring the 23-year-old to the Spanish capital for free - after offering PSG £170m on the last day of the summer transfer window in August, a move which the enraged French giants. Since January 1, the world champions have been free to negotiate and sign a preliminary contract, with a five-year deal worth £200m reportedly already signed. Still, PSG publicly insist they remain hopeful that Mbappe will sign a new deal at Parc des Princes. Mbappe, who has been booed at points by PSG fans this season, has been in superb form during a somewhat turbulent season for Mauricio Pochettino's side, scoring again in Sunday's 5-1 win over Lille, his 19th goal of the season for PSG . Will Mbappe swap Paris for Madrid in the summer? Speaking after the game, he was asked if he could join the club he supported as a child. Mbappe again claimed he still had a decision to make and promised that if the two clubs meet in the Champions League round of 16, his only focus will be to end Carlo Ancelotti's hopes of greater European glory. “Playing against Real Madrid changes a lot of things. "I'm focused on winning against Real Madrid. PSG's victory moved 13 points clear of the top of Ligue 1, with Lionel Messi scoring just his second league goal since joining from Barcelona last summer. And Pochettino insists Messi remains the best player in the world after a difficult debut season. "I had no doubt Leo is the best player in the world," he said. He needed time to regain his best physical condition after not playing for a month due to Covid. PSG host Madrid des Princes on February 15 at the Parc in the first leg of their last 16 game before returning to the Spanish capital on March 9.

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Rafael Nadal's allegiance to Real Madrid

Hodgson literally explains why he's in Watford; Coleman chalks up another gaffer (Author: Gardener)

Rafael Nadal'sRafa Nadal has spent much of his time on earth explaining why he is a Real Madrid fan, while his uncle Miguel Angel Nadal, aka 'The Beast', was a Barcelona legend. He addressed the subject in his autobiography 10 years ago, and the explanation was simple enough. "Although I adore my uncle, I have always been and still am a Real Madrid fan. He also wrote about how his family never stopped teasing him about the day he was photographed in a Barca shirt aged 10 visiting his uncle at the Nou Camp and his face in that photo suggested that it was quite an agonizing experience. One person who will obviously never forgive him for being a Madrid fan is Barcelona Foundation vice-president Alfons Godall. “[ER] made me uncomfortable from day one. I have him in the same group as La Roja [the Spanish national team], Real Madrid, [FERNANDO] Alonso and everything that represents the enemy state." Thank you!!" Head-de-ball. "It was literally the siren call of the Mermaid, as the sailor passed by on his ship." Literally, Roy Hodgson explains why he found the offer to manage Watford irresistible. 10 - That's how many managers Seamus Coleman has had in his 13 years at the club now at Everton, caretaker and permanent gaffer "He doesn't impress me much. He scores a lot but he doesn't produce a lot of stuff in the game. He's a good player but not at the level of people like Mbappé."Cameroon's Vincent Aboubakar on Mo Salah Vincent has to go to SpecSavers "He plays every game with a small clove of garlic stuck in his socks for good luck. When I first saw him doing it, I asked him, 'Are you going to have some basil and pasta halfway through the game.' Kidderminster Harriers' Mark Carrington on his team-mate Geraldo Bajrami's rather quirky, and perhaps most vague, superstition. That's what the owners of Pizza Wolke near Frankfurt would enjoy after they were threatened with legal action by Uefa for selling a pizza called "The Champignons League" - i.e. "The Mushroom League". assume Uefa have better things to do, but Pizza Wolke received a letter from the governing body's lawyers suggesting the 'Champignons League' is a little close to the 'Champions League' for consolation. Did Pizza Cloud tremble in her boots? "We won't stop until we're baked in every stomach and in every oven! Let's see how far Uefa goes! BUY THE HOTTEST PIZZA IN THE WORLD, folks!" Shortly afterwards, a statement from Uefa: "Of course we take the protection of our intellectual property seriously, but this case seems to be a case of an overzealous local brand agent acting too hastily." "I liked it wasn't how he walked onto the field with what he was wearing. I thought he just got dragged off the street, to be honest.” Glenn “old school” Hoddle was a little unfazed by Dele Alli's attire as he took to the square at Goodison Park to introduce himself to the crowd on Saturday , after signing from Spurs. "I said in the summer I thought Declan Rice was £100million. This was your chance to get Declan Rice cheap. You're going to need a lot of money now to get close.” At this rate, David Moyes won't accept less than a billion. "I didn't dare look at him, to be honest, but when I did I thought, 'He looks fake,' you know what I mean? But he is so beautiful in real life. We need another name.” A decidedly angered Jose Mourinho after Roma ruled out a late “winner” against Genoa. var ball?

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10-man Barcelona beat Atlético Madrid 4-2 as Real Madrid beat Granada to extend lead

Barcelona defeated Atletico Madrid 4-2 to end their five-game winless streak against Diego Simeone's men. Marco Asensio's late winner helps Real Madrid extend their lead for the title. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridThe Catalan club defeated Atletico Madrid 4-2 in the Spanish league to end a five-game winless streak against Diego Simeone's side on Sunday (6 February). Barcelona overtook Atletico for fourth place and are back in the Champions League qualifying spots for the first time since the third round. Later, Real Madrid increased their deficit at the top of Sevilla to six points with a 1-0 home win against Granada. Xavi Hernandez's side conceded early but took a 4-1 lead before Atletico threatened to get back into the game in the second half. Luis Suarez, playing in front of Barcelona fans at the Camp Nou stadium for the first time since joining Atletico, pulled the visitors closer in the 58th, then Dani Alves was sent off with a direct red card in the 69th, after stepping on Yannick in the video review Carrasco's leg from behind. However, Barcelona persevered and clinched the win that could prove to be a turning point in what has been a challenging season so far. "It was an important win against the defending champions," said Xavi. "It was the best Barcelona of the season in some parts of the game. Barcelona hadn't beaten Atletico since a league game in December 2019. There were 11 games in a row without beating Atletico or Real Madrid in any competition. Atletico have had Barcelona since 2006 no longer beaten at the Camp Nou Atlético clinched a league win against Valencia but had lost their last three games in all competitions "We have to find a way to improve defensively," said Simeone. "We have to keep working on that." Top of the league but started the weekend as the 11th-best goal Barcelona came on a point behind Atlético in the standings Barcelona are 15 points behind Madrid with a game in hand "It was an important game We're glad we got the win to return to the Champions League spots," said Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo, who scored one of the goals for the hosts. Both sides caught the c They got off to a quick start and created chances back and forth, but it was Atletico who came on first after Suarez set up a Carrasco shot from inside the box in the eighth minute. Barcelona equalized two minutes later with a superb volley from Jordi Alba from one of the corners of the box following an Alves pass. Alves scored his first goal since returning to Barcelona with a low strike from the box in the 49th minute before Suarez drew Atletico closer with a header around 10 minutes later. Suarez didn't celebrate after the goal and gestured forgiveness to the Barcelona fans by putting his hands together. Traore made his debut after returning to Barcelona on loan from Wolverhampton until the end of the season. Forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, signed at the end of the transfer window, replaced Traore in the 61st round. Ousmane Dembele, who was included in Xavi Hernandez's squad despite refusing to sign a new contract or secure a move to a new club in the transfer window, stayed on the bench and was jeered by Barcelona fans. Madrid had a tough time against relegation-threatened Granada, with Marco Asensio scoring the winner in the 74th goal. Madrid have been unbeaten in their last two games, being eliminated by Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals and being drawn by Elche at home in the league. Villarreal won 2-0 at third-placed Real Betis to end Manuel Pellegrini's winning streak in all competitions. Pau Torres and Etienne Capoue scored in each half for Villarreal, who have won twice in a row and moved up to sixth place. Valencia's LaLiga winning streak lasted five straight games after being ended in a 0–0 draw by Real Sociedad. The result kept seventh place Sociedad with just one win in their last nine league games.

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Three answers and three questions on Real Madrid's win over Granada

Some of the talking points of the 1-0 win. (Author: Gardener)

Real Madrid'sA typical miracle goal from Marco Asensio earned Real Madrid a 1-0 win over Granada on Sunday night, a win that makes it their 14th consecutive win against these opponents. 1. Can Real Madrid overcome their four key absences? Real Madrid had six players in this game and four of them were very important as they were without Ferland Mendy, Casemiro, Karim Benzmea and Vinícius. Aside from Thibaut Courtois, these could be the four players Real Madrid can least afford to lose, partly because of their talent and partly because of a lack of solid substitutes. Well they had Marcelo for Mendy, Camavinga for Casemiro and then Rodrygo and Isco on the left flank and in the center of attack. 2. Would Latasa even come on the pitch? When Real Madrid's squad list was announced ahead of this game, there was one name that stood out as it included Castilla's Juanmi Latasa. He was the only B-Team outfielder on this weekend's squad list, with the striker included due to the absences of Karim Benzema and Mariano. While it might seem wild for a player to move straight from the B team to the first team, we've seen this before and Ancelotti obviously called him out for a reason. In the end, Latasa was not introduced but was sent on to warm up in the second half, suggesting the manager was considering using the 20-year-old should the need arise. 3. Would Marcelo jump at the chance to captain the team? Marcelo has been Real Madrid captain since the summer and had previously worn the captain's armband on various occasions. However, that game was the first home game in which the Brazilian was in the starting XI since becoming full-time captain following the departure of Sergio Ramos. So this was the first time ever that Marcelo led Real Madrid out as full-time captain at the Bernabéu instead of filling in for someone else. It may not sound like a big deal but this was certainly a special moment for Marcelo and he went out and had a good game in front of his home crowd. 1. Why is Isco Jović preferred? In Karim Benzema's absence, it was Isco who led the line and not for the first time. Well, Ancelotti tried to downplay this controversy by claiming after the game that the Serbia striker is still not fully fit after contracting the coronavirus last month. "Jović is still not at his best after having COVID-19," said the coach. That may be true, but there are certainly other reasons why Ancelotti prefers the midfielder to the centre-forward. 2. Was it the change of position or the introduction of Valverde that made the bigger difference? It's easy to take away from Camavinga-for-Valverde's half-time substitution that the Uruguayan's introduction changed the game. At the same time that Valverde came on for Camavinga, Toni Kroos moved into the middle to fill the Casemiro role the Frenchman has held so far. It could have been a mix of the two, but perhaps Camavinga could have been as effective as Valverde if he had been allowed to play his optimal role as a central midfielder. 3. Is there a team that beats Real Madrid as many times as Granada? That win was Real Madrid's 14th in a row against Granada, a streak that dates back to 2013 and with all those wins in LaLiga. Home or away, Los Blancos simply know how to beat the Andalusians and they have done just that again here. In the entire history of Real Madrid, there is only one club against whom they have a better run of consecutive league wins, having achieved 17 consecutive wins over Rayo Vallecano in 18 years between 2000 and 2018.

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Barcelona end a winless run, Real Madrid struggle against relegation-threatened Granada

Barcelona defeated Atletico Madrid 4-2, while Real Madrid extended their lead over Sevilla to six points in the top La Liga. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridThe Catalan club defeated Atlético Madrid 4-2 in the Spanish league and ended a five-game winless streak against Diego Simeone's side on Sunday. Barcelona overtook Atlético for fourth place and are back in the Champions League qualifying spots for the first time since the third round. Later, Real Madrid increased their deficit at the top of Sevilla to six points with a 1-0 home win against Granada. Xavi Hernández's side conceded early but took a 4-1 lead before Atlético threatened to get back into the game in the second half. Luis Suárez – playing in front of Barcelona fans at the Camp Nou stadium for the first time since joining Atlético – pulled the visitors closer in the 58th, then Dani Alves was sent off with a direct red card in the 69th, after stepping on Yannick Carrasco's leg from behind following a video review. However, Barcelona persevered and clinched the win that could prove to be a turning point in what has been a challenging season so far. "It was an important win against the defending champions," said Xavi. “It was the best Barcelona of the season in some parts of the game. Barcelona had not beaten Atlético since a league game in December 2019. Eleven games in a row had gone by without defeating Atlético or Real Madrid in any competition. Atlético haven't beaten Barcelona at the Camp Nou since 2006. It came to a league win over Valencia but had lost its last three games in all competitions. Atlético's defense is usually at the top of the league but went into the weekend 11th best in terms of goals conceded. Barcelona came into play a point behind Atlético in the standings. Barcelona are 15 points behind Madrid with a game in hand. "It was an important game and we're happy to return to the Champions League spots with the win," said Barcelona defender Ronald Araújo, who scored one of the goals for the hosts. Both teams got off to a quick start and created back and forth chances, but it was Atlético who came on first after Suárez set up a Carrasco shot from inside the box in the eighth minute. Barcelona equalized two minutes later with a superb volley from Jordi Alba from one of the corners of the box following an Alves pass. Alves scored his first goal since returning to Barcelona with a low shot from the box in the 49th minute before Suárez drew Atlético closer with a header around 10 minutes later. Suárez didn't celebrate after the goal and waved forgiveness from the Barcelona fans by putting his hands together. Traoré made his debut after returning to Barcelona on loan from Wolverhampton until the end of the season. Forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, signed at the end of the transfer window, replaced Traoré in the 61st round. Ousmane Dembélé, who was included in Xavi Hernández's squad despite refusing to sign a new contract or secure a move to a new club in the transfer window, stayed on the bench and was jeered by Barcelona fans. Madrid had a tough time against relegation-threatened Granada, with Marco Asensio scoring the winner in the 74th goal. Madrid have been unbeaten in their last two games, being eliminated by Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals and being drawn by Elche at home in the league. Villarreal won 2-0 at third-placed Real Betis to end Manuel Pellegrini's winning streak in all competitions. Pau Torres and Étienne Capoue scored in each half for Villarreal, who have won twice in a row and moved up to sixth place. Valencia's LaLiga winning streak lasted five straight games after being ended in a 0–0 draw by Real Sociedad. The result kept seventh place Sociedad with just one win in their last nine league games.

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Liverpool take Bayern Munich's Serge Gnabry seriously?; Real Madrid vs Erling Haaland?; Manchester United pursue Matthijs de Ligt; PSG bring back Christopher Nkunku; and more!

This message from Manuel Neuer came out of nowhere, didn't it? (Author: Gardener)

Bayern Munich'sLiverpool may be contemplating what life without Mo Salah might be like - and a possible solution to that problem could be Bayern Munich's Serge Gnabry. One who is a big supporter of this is Rio Ferdinand: speculation is mounting that Liverpool wants to bring a certain Serge Gnabry to Anfield. The Reds have already signed Luis Diaz on the left flank to rival Sadio Mane. However, the Merseysiders could sign a long-term replacement for Mohamed Salah even now. According to Sky Germany, Jurgen Klopp is interested in signing the Bayern Munich winger, who came for just £6.8m in 2017. And if this goes through, Rio Ferdinand says Liverpool will have a "world-class" and "phenomenal" talent. But speaking live on BT Sport during the analysis of a win against Lyon, Ferdinand gushed about the former Arsenal academy starlet. He came to Germany and set the place on fire, he was absolutely stunning tonight. I would even go so far as to say that he is one of the most improved players in football at the moment. RB Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku has made himself a very valuable asset this season and while Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann thinks the Frenchman could be too expensive for Bayern, Paris Saint-Germain don't bother with trivial things like that Budget: Despite RB Leipzig's mixed performance, Christopher Nkunku is playing a strong season. So it shouldn't be surprising if various top clubs try to win over the 24-year-old. He himself wants to go on a discovery tour with Leipzig in the summer and think about how to proceed. “Leipzig is a big club. It's not the Springboard Club anymore. Two years ago we were in the semi-finals of the Champions League," Nkunku told L'Équipe. Nevertheless, at the end of the season he will "sit down with the club, my advisor and my family to make a decision." A return to Paris Saint-Germain, where he had gone through almost all youth departments, is also possible. "I don't close doors," said Nkunku, whose contract with RB runs until 2024. FC Bayern Munich will start again after the international break, but the news about the squad didn't stop because the team was out. * Chelsea FC's Andreas Christensen is plan A for Bayern Munich to replace Süle and that there may not be a plan B. * Recap of Cobra Kai Season 4! When you think of great trios, you might often think of Moe, Larry and Curly (and/or Shemp - we don't mention Joe or Curly Joe from The Three Stooges); Han, Luke and Leia (Star Wars); McNulty, Bunk and Kima (The Wire); or even Tony, Paulie and Syl (The Sopranos). But... did you ever imagine the trio of me... Tom Adams... and Leon Goretzka??? It seems that the three of us are big Peaky Blinders fans: congratulations also to Tom on growing the BFW Twitter account to over 25,000 followers... ON BEHALF OF THE PEAKY BLINDERS! Sky Sports compiled reports from the weekend and a couple had (loose) ties to Bayern Munich. Firstly, Real Madrid have – reportedly – ​​dropped out of the race for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland. Secondly, Manchester United could be interested in Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt. Both players have been linked with Bayern Munich: Real Madrid have put Premier League clubs on red alert after abandoning the race for Erling Haaland. Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus in the summer. Of course, Manchester United once famously passed on De Ligt because they predicted he would be fat at some point in his career. FC Bayern Munich defeated RB Leipzig 3-2 in front of 10,000 fans in the Allianz Arena and scored three valuable points in the process. Julian Nagelsmann opted to start his team with the same back three that clinched a resounding win over Hertha Berlin last month, but the results were a bit more mixed this time. Leipzig, as the most in-form side of 2022, gave Bayern a real scare several times in the game, managing to equalize twice before an own goal from Gvardiol finally secured all three points for the home side. * The big defensive issues right now - has Nagelsmann improved them at all? * The problem with ball development and attacking at the moment. * How many players have been extremely volatile this season. * Why Nagelsmann doesn't seem to want to change players anymore. * What do we want from a Bayern Munich coach? When word broke last week that Manuel Neuer was dictating his own training schedule to the club, we should have known something was wrong. Of course we all wanted to believe this was a New Age thought process to give a veteran star direct input into his training schedule, but in reality it was just a ruse - Neuer was probably already injured and would make a tough one more game, to make sure he can play against RB Leipzig. Don't get me wrong... Bayern Munich - and Neuer - did exactly what they needed to do to ensure this situation remained under wraps while also giving the Germany international a chance to take on RB Leipzig.

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Real Madrid vs Granada live stream, start time, how to watch

How to watch Real Madrid vs Granada. (Author: Gardener)

GranadaKarim Benzema and Real Madrid face Granada at 3pm on Sunday. in La Liga action. Fans can watch via ESPN+, available on smart TVs and streaming devices via the ESPN app. Benzema leads Real Madrid with 17 goals and seven assists. Jorge Molina leads Granada with seven goals. Real Madrid tops the table while Granada is 16th. How to watch Real Madrid vs Granada (La Liga) Instead, fans can watch via ESPN+, available on smart TVs and streaming devices via the ESPN app. Live Steam Options: ESPN+ - While the game will not be televised, it can be streamed in both English and Spanish via ESPN+. This is a separate service from regular ESPN and requires a separate subscription starting at $5.99 per month. Fans can sign up for ESPN+ here. Leicester continue their FA Cup defense away at Nottingham Forest in the fourth round, bolstered by the return of Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho from the Africa Cup of Nations. Second division side Forest ousted Arsenal last month. Liverpool signing Luis Diaz may only be on the bench for the Cardiff visit. Jurgen Klopp's side have already reached one final this season - Chelsea await the climax of the League Cup on February 27. Fifth tier side Boreham Wood faces a tough game at Bournemouth. Barcelona host Atlético Madrid in a battle for fourth place in the Spanish league and last place in the Champions League. Barcelona signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adama Traoré could make their debuts against Atlético. Leaders Real Madrid host Granada and third-placed Real Betis meet Villarreal. Real Sociedad visit Valencia and try to stop their decline in the table. The Basque country club have recorded just one win in their last eight league games. Runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain have a point to prove when visiting holders Lille after losing and drawing against the north side last season without scoring a goal. PSG are 10 points ahead of second-placed Marseille and 11 ahead of third-placed Nice, who play Clermont at home. Lille have improved after a poor start to the season but are only mid-table and have conceded 30 goals in 22 games - seven more than all of last season. He was ineffective and had a poor game in Monday night's French Cup quarter-final loss to Nice. Dortmund are without the injured Erling Haaland, but American striker Gio Reyna could return after missing 25 games on international duty with an injury last September. Leverkusen's attack is the best ever in the Bundesliga (49 goals in 20 games) and coach Gerardo Seoane appears to have addressed the side's defensive weaknesses. At the end of the 21st round, Wolfsburg, threatened with relegation, welcomes Greuther Fürth, bottom of the table. Wolfsburg are without a win in 11 games in all competitions, while Fürth are improving. Napoli have a chance to level on points with second-placed AC Milan if they beat weak Venezia in the Italian league. Serie A leaders Inter Milan are a point clear of city rivals Milan. Fourth-placed Atalanta receives relegation-threatened Cagliari. In other games, fifth-placed Juventus host Verona and Torino play at Udines

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Player Ratings: Real Madrid 1st

Marco Asensio's long-range effort helped Madrid take a six-point lead over Sevilla at the top of the table (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridReal Madrid now lead La Liga by six points after beating Granada 1-0. The difference came from a goal from Marco Asensio's deadly left foot. There would be no starts for Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale or Luka Jovic as Isco received the nod forward in the wrong nine position. A lackluster first half was followed by a more intense Real Madrid in the second stanza, fueled by the momentum of Fede Valverde in midfield. Aside from Valverde, there were some other standout performances including Eder Militao, Marco Asensio and good guest appearances from Hazard and Jovic. Thibaut Courtois - 6: Had relatively little to do in terms of stopping the shot but made it big with a save on Antonio Puerta's early shot. The distribution with his feet went down tonight, with a poor footplay that fell squarely on a Granada player outside the box. Dani Carvajal - 5.5: Came back for the first time since recovering from COVID. Had some good counterpressing sequences to stop Granada from counterattacking but looked exhausted by the end of the game. Went headlong into duels he had no right to win, pressing aggressively and nullifying every attack Granada was trying to piece together. David Alaba—6: Relatively quiet performance as Alaba had little to do given the lack of threats from Suarez and Collado. Camavinga – 5: Almost caught the ball in the first minute of the game, just in front of Madrid's penalty area. After a shaky start, he grew into the game by venturing into a more classic #8 role, rather than a central defensive midfield role. Was sent off at half-time for the introduction of Fede Valverde. Luka Modric – 6: Greatly improved in the left-central midfield position in the second half as he worked alongside Valverde and Kroos. Toni Kroos – 8: Coaxed a shot after a corner kick recovered that almost broke the deadlock. Rodrygo Goes—5: Had to play his usual left wing position but rarely beat Quini at 1-1. In the first half, he combined well with Camavinga, resulting in a short shot off the post. Marco Asensio – 8.5: Made a team high of 8 shots, 6 of them on target. His volume of shot eventually scored, a scream from outside the box - which has become a Marco Asensio special. Isco—7: Started in the wrong 9-roll and funnily ended up headed at the end of a series of crosses and corners. Played well but would have preferred to see him in a diamond role, in midfield or on an inverted left wing. This was Fede Valverde's 2019/2020 season as he ousted Luka Modric. Created two great chances for Jovic and almost deserved a penalty after a counterattack. Luka Jovic - 7: Immediately combined with Hazard after they were introduced into the game and created a left foot shot that looked wide of the near post. Had another opportunity late in the game, dealt again by Hazard but saved the shot with his weaker left foot. Dani Ceballos - N/A: Played the last 5 minutes of the game in place of Luka Modric.

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Mbappe denies agreeing to a move to Real Madrid

Kylian Mbappe has denied he has already made up his mind to join Real Madrid at the end of the season. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridThe Paris Saint-Germain striker opened up about what the future might hold after his beautiful goal on Monday (AEDT) sealed a 5-1 Ligue 1 win over Lille. Mbappe's contract at PSG expires at the end of the season and while the French club are keen for him to sign an extension, it's unclear if that will be considered. Madrid's interest is no secret after they tried to sign Mbappe in August. Mbappe, 23, could go on a free transfer but the fact that PSG Madrid drew in the Champions League round of 16 seems to have halted all direct talks. The European giants will face off in Paris on February 16 and Madrid on March 10, with Mbappe adamant he wants to help PSG win this clash. Asked if he has already decided his next move or if the Madrid game could influence his club choice, Mbappe said: "No, my decision hasn't been made yet. "The fact that we play Real Madrid changes a lot of things . Even if I can do whatever I want at the moment, I will not talk to the opposition or do anything like that. "I'm focused on beating Real Madrid to make the difference. Mbappe and Lionel Messi are building a strong relationship on the pitch, with Messi aiming to find Mbappe 12 times during the win in Lille and Mbappe making eight passes." to the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner who only sought out Marco Verratti more often (10 passes). Messi scored his second Ligue 1 goal and first since November, ending a six-game dry spell in the competition that could be a cause for concern in Madrid give. He also played a more central role than has often been the case and Mbappe, who scored a team-high 11 La Liga goals that season, liked what he was seeing from the former Barcelona star. But Leo, he's a player who has to touch the ball to feel the game and the match, to be involved too," Mbappe said. He's free, he can move, pick up the ball, he's close Goal Neymar will be back soon after injury and Mbappe said: "We will also have to configure with Ney because he is also an important player. He changes our team so we will see when he comes back. We hope that he comes back." as soon as possible."

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Might come back on Saturday

LeBron James from the Lakers: Could return on Saturday (Author: Gardener)

SaturdayJames (knee) plans to do a pregame warm-up ahead of Saturday's game against the Knicks to see if he can try, reports ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin. James initially drew a dubious label for Saturday's game. The 37-year-old has missed the Lakers' last five games.

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