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Messi’s PSG transfer to affect Mbappe, Pogba deals

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Lionel Messi’s imminent move to Paris Saint-Germain, could impact the futures of Kylian Mbappe and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, according to ESPN.

The Ligue 1 giants contacted Messi on Thursday, following the shock announcement from Barcelona that he would not be signing a new deal with them.

PSG sporting Director, Leonardo and chairman, Nasser al Khelaifi have been locked in negotiations with Messi’s father, Jorge.

Messi,joining PSG would increase the likelihood of Mbappe signing a new long-term deal with the club. The 22-year-old is into the final year of his current contract.

This would damage Real Madrid’s hopes of signing Mbappe on a free transfer next summer.

The 34-year-old’s arrival in France, would also mean PSG has end their interest in signing Manchester United midfielder, Pogba, which means he would run down his contract at the Premier League side before becoming a free agent next summer.

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EPL: Ronaldo would rather retire than be ‘benchwarmer’ under Rangnick – Agbonlahor

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Former Aston Villa striker, Gabby Agbonlahor, has insisted that Manchester United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, would rather retire sooner than be a ‘benchwarmer’ under manager, Ralf Rangnick.

Agbonlahor believes Rangnick will have a “problem” if he keeps Ronaldo on the Man United bench for upcoming games.

Rangnick has been appointed Man United interim manager until the end of the season.

The 63-year-old German will then take up a two-year consultancy role at the club.

Rangnick is famed for a ‘gegenpressing’ style, an approach many feel will not be suited to Ronaldo, who was left out of Man United’s starting XI against Chelsea last weekend.

Ronaldo was dropped to the bench for Man United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Portugal captain seemed visibly frustrated at the end of the game as he marched straight down the tunnel after being introduced as a substitute.

But Agbonlahor suggested it could get even worse if the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is not a regular starter under Rangnick.

“If Rangnick has to drop Ronaldo, how will that affect the rest of the squad?” Agbonlahor said to Football Insider correspondent, Connor Whitley.

“Ronaldo will be a big voice in that changing room and he won’t want to be on the bench. Rangnick will have a problem if he chooses to leave the talisman on the bench.

“Ronaldo will not accept that, no way. He won’t mind being rested over Christmas when there are two games, three games in a week. That’s different, we all know you’ve to have rest.

“To not play regularly, though, Ronaldo is not that guy. I am sure Ronaldo would rather retire than be a benchwarmer.

“He is not that guy, he wants to play every game. It will be interesting to see what happens. He could end up retiring.”

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Watford vs Chelsea: EPL clash suspended over medical emergency

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The Premier League game between Watford and Chelsea at Vicarage Road, has been suspended temporarily.

This is due to a medical emergency in the stands involving a fan.

Chelsea’s medical staff ran across the field to attend to the victim, who is believed to have suffered a heart attack.

The players were then ordered to leave the field and returned to the dressing room to keep warm while medics administered CPR to the fan.

Watford’s official Twitter account wrote: “There is a break in play due to a medical emergency in the crowd. Both teams have left the field.”

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EPL: Manchester United officially announce Ralf Rangnick as new manager

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Manchester United have appointed Ralf Rangnick as their new interim manager.

Man United disclosed this in a statement via their website on Monday.

Rangnick’s appointment is coming less than 24 hours after Man United played a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in a Premier League tie on Sunday.

The statement read in part: “Manchester United is delighted to announce the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season, subject to work visa requirements.

“Following this period, Ralf and the club have agreed that he will continue in a consultancy role for a further two years.”

Reacting, John Murtough, Manchester United’s football director, told the club’s website: “Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football. He was our number one candidate for an interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching.

“Everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him during the season ahead, and then for a further two years in his advisory role.”

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