Aaron Ramsey has revealed he sought the advice of a Juventus legend before he accepted the iconic No 8 shirt after joining the club this summer.
The Welshman was officially unveiled by the Italian champions on Monday afternoon in Turin and he was quizzed on the responsibilities that come with wearing the No 8 shirt worn by Claudio Marchisio, Antonio Conte and Didier Deschamps.
Ramsey wore the shirt number while at Arsenal and was keen to retain it in Italy after a meeting with Marchisio at the club’s medical base.
Striker Mauro Icardi has left Inter Milan’s pre-season camp by mutual consent and will play no part in the pre-season tour of Asia, ahead of a likely messy departure from the San Siro.
Former club captain Icardi has fallen out with chiefs at the club and is understood to have been told by new manager Antonio Conte that he does not feature in plans and is up for sale.
The player’s wife-and-agent Wanda Nara has been hawking her husband around top European clubs and has held talks with Juventus this summer.
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The top seeds for next season’s Champions League group stages will be Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and FC Zenit.
Napoli will be in pot 2 alongside the likes of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham and Shakthar Donetsk with Ajax and Porto likely to join them via the qualifying rounds.
Inter will be in pot three and will be joined by Benfica, Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Salzburg, Valencia with Dynamo Kyiv and Celtic expected to qualify also.
Atalanta will play their Champions League home games at San Siro this season after AC Milan gave their seal of approval.
Atalanta made the request as their stadium is currently being renovated to meet UEFA standards.
Despite being initially hesitant, the Rossoneri are now in agreement with Inter and Milan’s city council over letting the Dea use the arena.
“We can confirm that we accept Atalanta’s request to be able to play their Champions League home matches at San Siro,” they told ANSA.
“Our decision comes in compliance with the positive opinion of Milan mayor Giuseppe Sala and after having understood the strong desire of the Bergamo club.
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Rightly regarded as European royalty, seven-time European Cup winners AC Milan will be returning to America this summer to play in the 2019 edition of the International Champions Cup.
The Rossoneri will meet Bayern Munich in Kansas City before traveling east to Boston where they will meet Portuguese side Benfica. From there, Milan will travel to Cardiff Wales to meet Manchester United in another glamor friendly.
“It is the sixth time we participate in this beautiful summer competition” said Daniele Massaro during the event in New York
In a late surprise for Napoli fans in the US, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will play two games in the US against Barcelona this summer as part of the first LaLiga Serie A Cup.
The first match will take place in Miami on August 7th before the two clubs head to Ann Arbor Stadium at the University of Michigan on August 10th.
The inaugural competition will see Napoli make a long-awaited return to the States.
Napoli recently announced friendlies against Liverpool and Olympique Marseille, and Aurelio De Laurentiis told Radio Kiss Kiss that two more with Barca had been lined up.
Gonzalo Higuain is still refusing to join Roma or consider any other Serie A offer, as he believes he can convince Maurizio Sarri at Juventus.
Higuain returned to Juventus after two failed loan spells last season at AC Milan and Chelsea.
Even though there is no room for him in the Bianconeri squad, Sky Sport Italia insist Higuain will not even think about accepting a move to Roma.
He even hired a personal trainer to work with him during the summer, ensuring he’ll be in good shape to impress Sarri.
Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit for Matthijs de Ligt with the Ajax captain having agreed personal terms with Juventus.
De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola confirmed the news late on Sunday night, before stating that the onus is now on Ajax to decide the next course of action.
‘De Ligt has agreed terms with Juventus and now it’s up to Ajax on how they deal with this situation,’ Raiola told De Telegraaf.
It is believed that Juventus tabled a bid of €65million in the middle of last week.
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AC Milan have completed the €20 million signing of Real Madrid left-back Theo Hernandez as the Spanish club’s relentless summer of sales and purchases continues.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Real Sociedad, where he made 24 appearances in all competitions, and is one of seven players offloaded by Zinedine Zidane since the end of the 2018-19 campaign.
Theo had been on Atletico Madrid’s books as a youngster before swapping for city rivals Real in 2017 for €24m. However, just two years later, he’s been deemed surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu.
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Real Betis goal keeper Pau Lopez is expected to join AS Roma today after completing a medical with the Serie A side.
The Spanish international has been omitted from the Real Betis squad for pre-season training, as he negotiates personal terms, after the La Liga side accepted a €28m fee for the former Espanyol stopper.
According to reports from Sky Italia this weekend, the deal includes a €20m fee up front for Lopez, as well as €7.5m to transfer the remaining 50% of ownership rights for Real Betis midfielder Antonio Sanabria after he joined the club in 2016.