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Six Real Madrid players have made UEFA's shortlist for the best footballers in each positional category who played in the Champions League last season, the sport's European governing body said on Friday.

Spanish champions Real, who won Europe's elite club competition for the second year in a row, were awarded half the total slots on the shortlist.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who was the tournament's top scorer last season, was named among the three best forwards of the 2016-17 campaign alongside his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and Juventus's Argentina international striker Paulo Dybala.
The best midfielder is sure to be from Real with their trio of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric the only names shortlisted for the position.
Real full-back Marcelo and centre-back Sergio Ramos have been named in the best defender category alongside Juventus's Leonardo Bonucci, who has since moved to AC Milan.

Goalkeeper is the only category where Real do not have a single contender, with Juventus stopper Gianluigi Buffon, Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak in contention.
The winners will be announced at the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage draw on August 24 along with the Men's and Women's Player of the Year honours, the nominees for which will be announced on August 15.
The nominees were selected by a jury of 32 coaches from last year's Champions League participants and 55 journalists chosen by the European Sports Media (ESM) group.

UEFA will announce the Europa League Player of the Season award on August 25 with all three nominees - striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and midfielders Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba - chosen from last year's winning Manchester United team.

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Neymar from Barcelona in a £198million deal that has smashed the transfer world record.

Speculation had been rife over Neymar’s proposed move to the Ligue 1 club and – just hours after the player’s release clause at Barca was triggered – PSG confirmed the deal.
The 25-year-old leaves behind a star-studded Barcelona side, but said in a statement that he is delighted with his move to Paris:

" I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain. Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates, is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want. "
The transfer will make Neymar one of the highest earning footballers in the world, with an annual salary of £26.8m.
The money involved is eye-watering, but the Brazil international has pointed to different motivations behind his move:

" Paris Saint-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings. I played 4 seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge. From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teamates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world."
The cost of PSG's purchase dwarfs the previous world transfer record, set by Manchester United when they bought Paul Pogba last summer.
The signing is a huge statement of intent by PSG, coming after the club missed out on the Ligue 1 title to Monaco last season.

And club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the addition of Neymar moves PSG close to "realising our greatest dreams".

"It is with immense joy and pride that we welcome Neymar Jr to Paris Saint-Germain," Al-Khelaifi said. "Neymar Jr is today one of the very best players in world football. His winning mentality, strength of character and sense of leadership have made him into a great player. He will bring a very positive energy to this club.

"In six years, we have built a very ambitious project that has already taken us to the highest level of national and European football. Today, with the arrival of Neymar Jr, I am convinced that we will come even closer, with the support of our faithful fans, to realising our greatest dreams."

Neymar is set to fly from a promotional tour in China to Paris ahead of completing his move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to Le Parisien.
The 25-year-old Brazilian would become the most expensive footballer of all time if Ligue 1 club PSG sign him for a fee more than double the one Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last summer.

Neymar has a contract with Barca running until 2021 that contains a €222m release clause, which ambitious PSG, deposed by Monaco as French champions last term, appear prepared to activate.
Last week Neymar added fuel to the speculation about his long-term future at Barca by storming out of training following an angry confrontation with team-mate Nelson Semedo. Hours later PSG defender Silva said details of a possible transfer might emerge "soon".

Neymar, who was the catalyst for Barca's famous Champions League comeback against PSG in March, has scored over 100 goals in all competitions for the Spanish giants.

However, COPE radio report that it was the PSG match that acted as the catalyst for the proposed move.
The Brazilian reportedly feels that despite providing the decisive interventions in that match, it was in fact Lionel Messi that was lavished with praise.

Later on his Instagram Neymar confirmed that he was in Dubai...

Phil Jones has been banned for two matches and Daley Blind fined by UEFA after the Manchester United pair were found guilty of breaching the governing body's doping regulations after the Europa League final in May.

Jones was understood to have been verbally abusive towards a doping control officer after he was requested to attend drug-testing after the final in Stockholm on May 24, and will now miss the UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid next week and United's first Champions League group stage match in September. He has also been fined 5,000 euros (£4,450).
It is understood Blind was reluctant to take a test as requested because he wanted to celebrate with his team-mates, whose 2-0 victory over Ajax ensured their qualification for this season's Champions League. He was fined 5,000 euros (£4,450).

United have been fined 10,000 euros (£8,900) over the rule breaches.
There is no suggestion that either player was guilty of doping.

The club are understood to be aware of UEFA's decisions, and have three days to appeal against them. However, they have not yet indicated to UEFA whether they will or not.

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Nemanja Matic for a reported £40 million, bringing an end to a lengthy transfer saga.

The Serbian midfielder, 28, has signed a three-year deal.

The move reunites Matic with boss Jose Mourinho, who brought him back to Chelsea in 2014, and takes United’s summer spending to over £140 million following the arrivals of Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof.
"Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a Jose Mourinho player. He represents everything we want in a footballer; loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player," Mourinho told the club’s official website.

"I would like to thank him for his desire to join us because without that, it would be impossible to have him here. I am sure our players and supporters will love him. A big welcome to our new number 31."
Matic won two Premier League titles under Mourinho during his second spell at Chelsea.

He will be primarily tasked with freeing Paul Pogba, who has only shown flashes of brilliance since his world record move to Old Trafford.
"I am delighted to have joined Manchester United. To work with Mourinho once again was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down," Matic added.

"I have enjoyed my time at Chelsea and would like to thank the club and the fans for their support. I cannot wait to meet my new team-mates and to start training with them.

"This is a very exciting time for the club and I am looking forward to playing my part in creating more history for this great club."

Alvaro Morata will start for Chelsea against Inter Milan in their International Champions Cup pre-season friendly.

The £70million forward came on from the bench in the 3-2 defeat to Bayern but will now partner Michy Batshuayi in attack in Singapore’s National Stadium.

Gary Cahill will captain the side while Manchester United target Ivan Perisic will start the game for Inter.

Inter: Padelli; D'Ambrosio, Skriniar, Miranda (c), Nagatomo; Valero, Gagliardini; Candreva, Brozovic, Perisic; Jovetic.
Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Morata.

Cristiano Ronaldo will not face Barcelona in the International Champions Cup due to 'personal reasons'.

The Portugal star and Ballon d’Or winner is the only big-name Real Madrid player that will not feature in the Clasico although he had reportedly hoped to attend.
Charlie Stillitano, the chairman of Relevant Sports, the company organising the ICC, told the Miami Herald that Ronaldo had made a last-minute decision not to play.

"Unfortunately, Ronaldo's personal commitments precluded him from being here," said Stillitano.

" He really wanted to be here. This is not a diva situation. He was hoping that he could make it. "
"He waited until today to let us know, but it just didn't work out."

RSE Ventures founder and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was a leading figure in bringing the ICC event to the Hard Rock Stadium and Stillitano said he left no stone unturned to get Ronaldo to feature, but to no avail.

"Mr. Ross did everything possible to get him here," he added. "And Cristiano said he was very grateful for that. I'm extremely disappointed, but we still have the two best teams and the top stars minus one."

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti insists the "conversation is over" when it comes to a potential move away from San Siro for in-demand winger Ivan Perisic.

Croatian Perisic, 28, has been linked to Premier League club Manchester United this summer but Inter have taken him on their pre-season tours and appear unwilling to consider any sale.

Before Saturday's friendly against Chelsea in Singapore, Spalletti said he "strongly opposed" the prospect of Perisic leaving Milan in the transfer window.
"There has been no more significant contact in the last few weeks," he told "So for me the conversation is over.

"The more days that go by, the more difficult it becomes for us to replace him and therefore I would strongly oppose his departure."

Former Wolfsburg player Perisic scored 11 Serie A goals for the Nerazzurri last season.

Neymar has walked out of a Barcelona training session after a clash with the Liga club's new signing Nelson Semedo.

It was reported last week that the Brazil captain had agreed terms with PSG on a world-record £195m move to the Qatar-backed Ligue 1 giants, and the on-field joust with new signing Semedo will do little to dispel rumours about the player's happiness.
The Daily Mail have obtained footage of the incident from a training session in Miami as Neymar and former Benfica player Semedo clash before the players have to be dragged apart.

Javier Mascherano appears to intervene before Neymar appears to be restrained by Sergio Busquets.

The incident ends with Neymar walking away after tearing off his bib.

New Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde looks on as Neymar wanders away clearly still unhappy with the events. Neymar then heads for a car park after crashing a football off a training goal before departing the scene.

Suggestions that the Brazilian might have weighty matters on his mind increased when Chinese travel agent Ctrip posted on its official Weibo account that it has had to cancel an event with Neymar because he is "busy with transfer business".

Ctrip said the event was scheduled for Shanghai next Monday and that anyone who had bought tickets would be refunded.
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has stressed that Neymar is not for sale.

In an interview Bartomeu insisted: "He is not on the market...He is part of this trident."


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