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Five-time defending Serie A champion Juventus will make its second appearance at Gillette Stadium when it meets AS Roma in an International Champions Cup soccer match on July 30.

Roma, which will be making its fourth Boston-area appearance since 1972, stands in second place with a 21-6-2 record (65 points). The Giallorossi’s president is Boston-based James Pallotta, who also is a Celtics co-owner and heads Raptor Group Holdings.

“For years people were worried about friendly games and whether or not big players were going to be there,” said Relevent Sports chairman Charlie Stillitano, a tournament organizer.

When Diego Simeone redid his contract with Atletico Madrid late last year, Tempo De Juego had confirmed recently that El Cholo had a €50 million clause put into his new deal. The same contract saw him get a pay rise but have his stay at the Calderon shortened by two years. Now, the former Inter and Lazio player can leave as of June 2018.

But according to Calciomercato.com, that is no longer the case and that Simeone will be allowed to leave the Vicente Calderon for nothing this summer!

According to reports out of Spain, Real Madrid have grabbed Juventus striker Paulo Dybala right from under bitter rivals Barcelona’s noses.

The Argentine striker has grown in stature under Allegri, attracting the attention of bith Spanish giants. Dybala scored 23 goals for Juventus last season and has bagged 14 goals this year. There is no doubt that the Argentine forward is a world class talent and would be a stunning addition to any side in world football.

Italy Commissario Technico Giampiero Ventura belives that the Azzurri ‘can win again’ under his charge.

His side take on Albania at home on Friday in a World Cup qualifier, and then travel to the Netherlands next Tuesday in order to play a friendly.

The Coach revealed his thoughts ahead of the back-to-back fixtures, and revealed ‘everyone has a chance to play’.

“The fixture list? To have only two league games before Spain weren’t many,” the CT told la Repubblica. “In the friendly on September 1 the French had played three.

Superagent Agent Mino Raiola warned Gianluigi Donnarumma’s future is up in the air.

“He is a Milan player, but we know the situation there. These investors are just embarrassing.”

The goalkeeper won’t even discuss a new contract until the club’s future is clarified, as a takeover by Sino-Europe Sports was postponed yet again this week.

“It’s easy when it comes to Donnarumma – I made a mutual agreement with Milan a month ago to not talk about him,” Raiola told Radio CRC.

Stefano Pioli rues Inter passing mistakes in the 2-2 draw with Torino and admits “the Champions League is further away now.”

The Nerazzurri got two goals in Turin thanks to Joe Hart howlers on Geoffrey Kondogbia and Antonio Candreva, but were pegged back by Afriyie Acquah and Daniele Baselli.

“We played against a very aggressive side, but we also didn’t adjust to fit that tempo until later in the game,” Pioli told Mediaset Premium.

“We made mistakes when playing out of defence and that prevented us from getting any fluidity. Undoubtedly there are regrets for the missed opportunities, as we wanted to win and we didn’t manage it.

Juan CuadradoJuan Cuadrado’s seventh-minute goal helped Juventus preserve their dominant lead at the top of the Serie A table while ending Sampdoria’s unbeaten run.

The 1-0 victory at the Marassi means Juve are once again 10 points clear of Napoli, who beat Empoli earlier on Sunday, with only nine games of the season remaining.

Chelsea loanee Cuadrado missed last week’s victory over AC Milan but featured in the Champions League win over Porto, and that 45-minute outing put the energy in his legs he needed to race in behind the Samp back line and nod in a sumptuous Kwadwo Asamoah cross.

The Champions League never disappoints and there are some huge ties in the this year’s quarter-final.
The draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League has been made with the pick of the ties arguably the mammoth clash between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. The sole representative of the Premier League, champions Leicester City, have been drawn with Atletico Madrid, who have reached the final in two of the last three seasons, both times losing to city-rivals Real Madrid.

Here is the draw in full, with the first leg set to take place on April 11th and 12th, with the reverse leg the following week:

Luciano Spalletti believes Roma “deserved to go through” to the Europa League quarter-finals after losing 5-4 on aggregate to Lyon.

The first leg proved disastrous, as they went from 2-1 up to losing 4-2, so tonight’s 2-1 victory was not enough.

“There are never regrets. You go out, certainly over the two legs we went out because of some naïve errors and right now we don’t have the nous you need in these games that can give you a big advantage,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

Inter Milan vice president Javier Zanetti has dismissed recent speculation that club owners the Suning Group want to leave the San Siro and build a new stadium.

“We definitely want to stay at the San Siro and renovate it,” Zanetti, speaking at a University of Milan conference, said.

“It’s clearly the best choice for us. What we do want to build is a new, state of the art academy.

“We have a lot of projects as part of this new journey and we want to complete them.”