When talking about the eventually shot-down possibility of André Villas-Boas joining Paris Saint-Germain, we hinted at the prolonged game of dominoes that would be set up if Spurs (or whomever PSG plundered) withheld their release while finding a replacement coach. But in tapping Laurent Blanc to take control at the Parc de Princes, the Parisians avoided that carousel. Blanc was unemployed, so the second the ink’s dry on his deal, Carlo Ancelotti can book his flight to Madrid.
There were, according to Marca, a couple of loose ends. On Monday, Ancelotti’s representation started tying those up, with his agent in Paris to finalize an separation agreement that included a €4.5 million buyout. Real Madrid will probably help him cover the bill on that one, though curiously, the way Marca is depicting it, Ancelotti was going to leave Paris Saint-Germain regardless of Real Madrid’s interest:
Since the end of the season, Carletto has stood firm in his decision not to stay on at PSG, despite having won the league and president Nasser Al Khelaifi blocking his exit.
Ancelotti made it clear that Leonardo has been aware of his decision to leave since January, despite the fact that his contract could be automatically extended for another season if the club finished in the top three spots. Differences of opinion arose due to a lack of trust on the part of the club at the beginning of the year. Ancelotti decided that he could not stay on for another season.
It’s no secret Leonardo, PSG’s director of football, and Ancelotti won’t be recombining their BFF locket any time soon, but the narrative does run contrary to what we were led to believe at season’s end. That general tale starts with José Mourinho agreeing to leave Madrid before Real turned to Ancelotti. Not that the two stories are incongruous, but one side has been far more prominent than the other.
Regardless, everything has fallen into place. PSG has a new boss. Real Madrid has their man. Now we can get back to the important stuff: Worrying about the ridiculous sums each club might spend on players.
Victor Guzman used Pachuca’s first shot on target of the game to score the deciding goal in stoppage time, and Tuzos are champions of Liga MX after a 1-1 draw in Sunday’s second leg of the Liga MX Liguilla final versus Monterrey.
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Pachuca entered the game with a 1-0 lead, but found things level early before going down a man. But Guzman out-jumped USMNT left back Edgar Castillo for the title-winning goal, giving fellow U.S. back Omar Gonzalez his first Liga MX crown.
Here’s the goal:
Gonzalez was left out of Jurgen Klinsmann’s final 23-man roster for the Copa America Centenario, which begins Friday against Colombia. Castillo was, too, but was called into replace injured Timmy Chandler.
We doubt Gonzalez is thinking about that much right now. He’s more likely thinking about dancing some more:
There’s been a quick resolution to the kidnapping of Olympiacos and Mexico striker Alan Pulido, who has been freed by police after a “rescue operation”.
Pulido was kidnapped early Sunday while leaving a party with his girlfriend. Their car was blocked from advancing by the kidnappers, and his girlfriend was let go.
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The kidnapping lasted for several hours, as police organized quickly to find the 25-year-old striker.
From the BBC:
Pulido, 25, appeared with a bandaged hand and told reporters he was “very well”.
Officials said the rescue operation was carried out on Sunday night, without giving more details.
The high profile case clearly took priority, and tracking down this kidnapping victim was apparently fairly simple. Good to see.
PARIS (AP) Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier has been arrested following an argument with police after a night out in a Paris, a police official told The Associated Press on Monday.
The official said Aurier was arrested at 5:50 a.m. local time after he spent the night at a club with friends near the Champs-Elysees. The official said Aurier was put in a holding cell for “using violence on a police officer.”
The police official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly of the case.
[ MORE: Kidnapped Pulido freed after police operation]
PSG officials said the club will wait until receiving further information before making any comment on the incident, “which did not take place during a competition period.”
Aurier was suspended for six weeks in February after a video emerged on social media showing him making derogatory comments about PSG coach Laurent Blanc, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and other players.
The Ivory Coast defender is widely regarded as one of the best right backs in Europe.
Kasper Schmeichel is a Premier League-winning goalkeeper, just like his even-more-famous father, Peter, and no one can ever take that away from him.
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What can always be taken from the big Danish shot-stopper, though, is his starting job at Leicester City. That’s where Ron-Robert Zieler, a six-times-capped goalkeeper and 2014 World Cup winner with Germany, comes into play.
27 years old and out of contract after the expiration of his deal with Hannover, Zieler is set to become the Foxes’ first signing of the summer as Claudio Ranieri and Co. prepare to defend their PL title next season. (It’s still weird to say that, in case you were wondering.)
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Zieler arrived in Leicester on Sunday, according to Hannover’s official website, and was set to undergo a medical examination before signing a long-term contract. An established Bundesliga starter since the age of 22 (started all 34 league games each of the last five seasons), Zieler will arrive at the King Power Stadium with expectations far loftier than those of the man he’ll battle for the starting job next season, if not comparable name recognition.
With neither ‘keeper north of 30 years old as of yet (Schmeichel will turn 30 in November), it would seem that Ranieri can do no wrong in choosing either one of the combatants his no. 1 ahead of the 2016-17 season.