Quite a coup for Napoli as they have hired Carlo Ancelotti to replace Maurizio Sarri, who led Napoli to two second-place and one third-place finish during his three seasons in charge, as their new manager
‘SSC Napoli is delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached with Carlo Ancelotti for him to become the head coach of the first team for three seasons starting in 2018-19,’ the club said in a statement on its website.
Ancelotti, who is back managing in Italy for the first time since leaving Milan in 2009, says he is coming to Napoli with “the aim to conquer the Scudetto 28 years later” at “one of the greatest teams in Italy.”
AC Milan are in danger of being banned from European competition for breaching financial fair play rules after their case was referred to the adjudicatory chamber of UEFA’s club financial control body.
The 18-time Serie A champions have been under the regulatory body’s microscope ever since Chinese investors Rossoneri Sport bought them for more than £600million in April 2017, with the scrutiny increasing when they spent more than £200m on players last summer.
The club had hoped to make a voluntary agreement with UEFA to restructure their finances but that was rejected in December, and the investigatory chamber of the club financial control body (CFCB) has now decided to escalate the matter.
Inter completed the most incredible, dramatic turnaround in Rome on Sunday to beat 10-man Lazio 3-2 and enter the Champions League.
For 77 minutes Inter were second best on the night. Lazio had went ahead in the ninth minute when Adam Marusic’s strike was heading for the corner flag before it smacked Ivan Perisic in the face and ricocheted into the far bottom corner. It was the sort of goal that had Inter fans wondering if this was going to be one of those nights,
Mario Balotelli is back in the Italy squad after receiving a summer call-up from Roberto Mancini, his former boss at Manchester City.
The 27-year-old Nice striker, who has scored 13 goals across his 33 appearances for the Azzurri, last featured for Italy at the 2014 World Cup, subsequently being overlooked by Antonio Conte and Giampiero Ventura.
New national team head coach Mancini knows Balotelli well from their time together at City — a three-year collaboration during which the forward produced some of the best football of his club career.
Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco is ‘convinced’ Liverpool target Alisson will remain at the club this summer.
Alisson has been heavily linked with a move to Jurgen Klopp’s side after impressing throughout the season and was a key player for Roma as they reached the Champions League semi-final.
Despite the strong form of Loris Karius in recent months, Klopp is still on the look out for a new No 1 with worries still existing over the German and his goalkeeping rival Simon Mignolet.
However, ahead of Roma’s final Serie A match of the season against Sassuolo on Sunday, Di Francesco has reassured his club’s supporters that Alisson will stay put this summer.
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There were emotional scenes in Turin on Saturday as Gianluigi Buffon played his final game for Juventus after 17 years with the Italian champions.
Buffon announced this week that he would leave Juventus at the end of the season – although he would not retire from football, as was expected.
The home game at Juventus Stadium against Hellas Verona was his final match for the Serie A winners, and there were tears from both player and fans before the game, and then when he was subbed off to a standing ovation after 64 minutes.
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Juventus are said to be preparing a move to take Alvaro Morata back to Serie A after a tough first season at Chelsea.
Morata began life at Stamford Bridge in prolific fashion after his move from Real Madrid last summer, scoring six goals in his first six appearances, but has struggled to maintain his form.
The January arrival of Olivier Giroud brought fresh competition for the Spaniard which has saw him reduced to the bench on five occasions.
The Independent has reported that Massimiliano Allegri would be interested in offering Morata a route out of west London with a return to Turin.
Gianluigi Buffon will play his final game for Juventus on Saturday after 17 years with the club.
The World Cup winner will lift his ninth Serie A title against Hellas Verona at the Allianz Stadium.
Buffon said he changed his mind about retiring 15 days ago and has received job offers on and off the pitch.
“Next week, after two or three days of reflection and serenity, I will take my decision,” he said.
Buffon is facing a Uefa ban for comments made about English referee Michael Oliver, who sent him off during the Champions League quarter-final defeat by Real Madrid last month.
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Juventus may be old and ugly but they always end up winning, defender Giorgio Chiellini said after they clinched a seventh successive Serie A title on Sunday.
The 33-year-old, who has never been afraid to speak his mind, also taunted runners-up Napoli, saying they had celebrated too early after winning 1-0 at Juventus three weeks ago.
Chiellini is one of five players who have been involved in all seven title-winning campaigns alongside goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Claudio Marchisio.
AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has hinted that under-fire teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma could possibly be sold in future if the price is right.
Donnarumma quickly established a reputation as one of world football’s most promising young talents after making his debut aged just 16 and Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain both chased his signature last summer before a protracted contract saga ended with the player performing a U-turn and signing a lucrative new four-year deal.
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