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Spalletti: Roma game will not decide Inter's fate

The Nerazzurri are enduring an awful run in Serie A and face Roma on Sunday, but their coach does not see this as a decisive fixture

Spalletti: Roma game will not decide Inter's fate

Spalletti: Roma game will not decide Inter's fate

Spalletti: Roma game will not decide Inter's fate

Spalletti: Roma game will not decide Inter's fate

Rafinha cleared by Barcelona to complete Inter switch

The Brazilian midfielder has seen fitness issues drop him down the pecking order at Camp Nou, but he will be hoping to impress in Serie A

Rafinha misses Barca training with Inter closing in

Rafinha misses Barca training with Inter closing in

Rafinha misses Barca training with Inter closing in

Ernesto Valverde allowed Inter target Rafinha to miss training with Barcelona on Saturday to "sort out a contractual matter".

Rafinha misses Barca training with Inter closing in

Rafinha misses Barca training with Inter closing in

Spalletti: Roma game will not decide Inter's fate

The Nerazzurri are enduring an awful run in Serie A and face Roma on Sunday, but their coach does not see this as a decisive fixture

Spalletti: Roma game will not decide Inter's fate

Inter are enduring an awful run in Serie A and face Roma on Sunday, but Luciano Spalletti does not see this as a decisive fixture.

Spalletti: Roma game will not decide Inter's fate

Spalletti: Roma game will not decide Inter's fate

Spalletti: Roma game will not decide Inter's fate

Spalletti: Roma game will not decide Inter's fate

Report: Zidane Claims There's 'No Problem' With Real Madrid Directors After Kepa Transfer Saga

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has claimed that no rift has been opened up with the club's hierarchy following the recent transfer speculation linking Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with a move to the Santiago Bernabéu.

The Frenchman appeared to land himself in hot water with Real Madrid's president, Florentino Pérez, after suggesting that Kepa was not needed in the Spanish capital - something which was rumoured to be in connection with Luca Zidane's future at the club.

However, Zidane confirmed that there would be no new additions to the Los Blancos squad and the 45-year-old has since appeared to reach an understanding with Pérez - who was the driving force behind Madrid's interest in Kepa.

"There is no problem between club [hierarchy] and me," Zidane said, as quoted by ESPN writer Dermot Corrigan.

"We are not going to sign anyone. If you ask someone else they might answer, but for me there is no difference of opinion between club and coach."

Real Madrid have been having a tough time in La Liga this season and Zidane's side currently sit just one point ahead of fifth place Villarreal.

Currently with the worst goal difference in the top four, it had been rumoured that Kepa would come into the squad to offer a long-term option in between the sticks at the Santiago Bernabéu.

It was also suggested that Real Madrid would look to bolster their attacking line, with Inter Milan goal machine Mauro Icardi the name on everyone's lips.

However, Zidane is keeping his faith in the current crop of players and will be hoping a successful run in the Champions League could save his job come May.

Report: Crystal Palace Launches Bid for Inter Striker Eder

Crystal Palace have made a bid of £9.75m for Inter striker Eder, according to Calciomercato.com.

The Italy international is reportedly open to a January exit despite having only signed a new contract with the Nerazzurri in November.

Eder has been linked with a move to the Premier League on previous occasions, turning down Leicester in 2016 before the Foxes went on to win the title.

But having scored just once in 17 appearances for Inter this season, it appears the 31-year-old could soon be on his way to England.

Eder, who has yet to start a game in Serie A this season, is reportedly seeking out a new challenge after two years in Milan.

The former Sampdoria man also found his opportunities limited last season, starting only 13 games, but has fallen significantly down the pecking order since the arrival of coach Luciano Spalletti.

Eder may not address Palace's goalscoring issues, although he has often played as a second striker and could be used to link up with target man Christian Benteke.

Inter, meanwhile, are hopeful of raising funds so as to bring in players during the January transfer window, with winger Joao Mario also linked with a move to West Ham.

The Italian giants are, according to the Guardian, interested in Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, although may not be able to afford the required fee.

Report: Inter Milan Agrees Deal With Barcelona to Sign Rafinha on Loan

Inter have struck a deal with Barcelona to sign Brazilian playmaker Rafinha on loan, with an obligation to buy should the Serie A side qualify for the Champions League at the end of the current campaign.

Mundo Deportivo have followed up reports from Gianluca Di Marzio that the deal is agreed, and Inter will pay an initial fee of €35m on July 1 should they be successful in returning to Europe's premier club competition. The option is also available to be exercised by Inter should they not reach the UCL, but it will not be mandatory in that case.

They will also owe another €3m in variables after reaching an agreement with Barca officials earlier this week - with two thirds of that being paid upon two further qualifications for the Champions League, while the final part will be paid out should Inter win Serie A.

Barcelona had initially wanted €38m, but the negotiation from Inter was accepted on Friday morning. The player is expected to arrive in Milan on Saturday in order to undergo a medical, while it is expected that he'll be in attendance as Inter play Roma in Serie A this weekend.

Rafinha will sign for the initial six remaining months of the season, and then sign a three-year contract with the Nerazzurri should the deal be completed.

The 24-year-old's arrival at San Siro could pave the way for Joao Mario to leave Inter and join West Ham, as talks have reopened over the possibility of bringing the Portuguese midfielder to London.

Roy Hodgson interview: The key to his longevity and why the suffering of a manager never stops

Roy Hodgson smiles when asked whether, in his 42nd year as a football manager, it is almost a sadistic pleasure. “Yeah, that’s a clever way of putting it,” he says. “It is that to some extent. The suffering never stops, that’s the problem. A lot of young coaches who respect the fact I have been doing it a long time, that is often their question: ‘Does it get any easier? Can you relax more during the games? Can you take it all a little bit more philosophically and put it more in perspective?’ The tragedy is that I have to tell them: ‘No. If anything it gets worse’.” It is said in a self-deprecating manner but, while the pain may never stop, neither does the enjoyment. Crystal Palace are Hodgson’s 20th assignment, his first since resigning as England manager following the Euro 2016 exit. Since he was appointed in September last year, he has led them out of the chaotic despondency of losing their first seven matches to sitting 12th in the Premier League. Sitting down with him, ahead of Palace’s visit to Arsenal on Saturday, there is a common theme that emerges and one that helps explain why, aged 70, Hodgson has the “energy and enthusiasm” to still compete. He still has that self-deprecation, but also an uncluttered positivity and a key, resonant phrase that he repeats: “I try very hard not to look back.” Even when it comes to Palace. The son of a Croydon bus driver, Hodgson has returned to his roots. It was here, growing up a mile from Selhurst Park in Sydenham Road, he fell in love with football and first dreamed of being a player. Most of us would believe his appointment represented the completion of a circle and the ideal place to restore a damaged reputation. Not for him; although there is, perhaps, more emotion in his answer than he intended. “I’ve had that question before and I’ve never really known how to answer it quite as honestly as I should,” Hodgson ponders. “It should, I suppose, have more of a ring to it because walking here with my dad, all the years we did, every week, to watch the games, reserves one week, first team the next, standing on the Holmesdale Road, collecting programmes and waiting for autographs in front of the changing rooms after the game. All those things.” It would have meant everything to his Geordie father, Bill: “He had two teams: Newcastle from his youth, and then when he came down to Croydon, he was Crystal Palace all the way,” Hodgson says. “He watched the games. I think he’d have been... well, he was very proud. Fortunately, just before he died, we knocked Inter out of the European Cup [in 1989-90 with Malmo] and I was really happy he lived at least to see that moment.  “He was very proud of that. But I’m sure he’d have been very proud of this. He’d have loved it. It would have been great, if he’d been able come to the games.” Han förde Malmö FF till fem ligasegrar i rad och två SM-guld. Den 9 augusti är Roy Hodgson värd för Sommar i P1. Obligatorisk lyssning! pic.twitter.com/u3QOLhDqJS— Malmö FF (@Malmo_FF) June 14, 2017 The closest Hodgson goes to admitting he had a point to prove is this: “When you have been lucky enough to move up the ladder, all you see really is the slide back down. You don’t see the further steps upwards. Certainly I suffer during games. I notice it with the other managers, too.” There is a long discussion about motivation; about money; about the modern game and whether young players earn too much. “It’s something for people to tut over, over their coffee,” Hodgson says, adding that money has never been a motivation for him. “I remember when I wanted to leave Malmo for [Swiss club] Neuchatel – and of course they did pay a lot more money than Malmo but that wasn’t the reason for going. I’d been in Sweden for 12 out of my 14 years and this was an opportunity to go to another country. “But I remember the president of Malmo saying: ‘Look I am offering you a job for life. You can only eat three meals a day. Have you got a nice roof over your head? Do you drive a nice car? Do you have clothes on your back? Do you go on nice holidays? What more do you want?’ “And that has always stuck with me. I have always had those words in my ear and I’ve never had that desire to accumulate more or compare myself with other people – ‘he gets more than me, why should he?’ It’s not in me.” At Malmo, they even named part of the stadium after Hodgson: Roy’s Corner. “There’s been one or two nice things like that which have come my way but the important thing is the present and the future,” he says. “Looking back – it doesn’t serve a great deal of use unless, like Churchill suggested, you use it to benefit what you are doing in the present. I don’t think you should ever live in the past. Once you do start living in the past then you really have no chance of doing a good job in the present.” So, what is it that he loves about football? “That’s a tough one,” Hodgson says. “I think I like the artistry of the game. I still get a lot of pleasure watching the good-quality teams play, where the movements of the players are coordinated. It’s almost ballet-like, although ballet-like is a bit of an exaggeration. I like seeing those movements and the fact that there is so much interaction.” And the people. Hodgson talks of being “energised” around the Palace staff, around chairman Steve Parish and the American co-owners, Josh Harris and David Blitzer. But, above all, he revels in the company of the players and there is one final laugh as he tells a story about Steven Gerrard.  Roy Hodgson says he has been re-energised at Crystal Palace Credit: REUTERS “He had a wicked sense of humour, he could put anyone down with a one-liner. He could certainly make me laugh,” Hodgson says. England were playing Chile in a Wembley friendly and the manager had told his players to stop passing the ball back to goalkeeper Joe Hart. “I thought I would make the point that I had never seen a keeper with a No 10 on his back, he’s our No 1,” Hodgson says. “So, we tried to press high and our front players are pushing on. But Claudio Bravo [the Chile goalkeeper] was picking us off, outplaying us. At half-time, Steven came in and said, ‘You said you’ve never seen a keeper with a No 10 on his back? Well you f------ have now’.” There remains that boyish love of the game. “The longer you are in it, you realise it isn’t something you can give up lightly,” Hodgson says. “It’s not something you can walk away from.”

Roy Hodgson interview: The key to his longevity and why the suffering of a manager never stops

Roy Hodgson smiles when asked whether, in his 42nd year as a football manager, it is almost a sadistic pleasure. “Yeah, that’s a clever way of putting it,” he says. “It is that to some extent. The suffering never stops, that’s the problem. A lot of young coaches who respect the fact I have been doing it a long time, that is often their question: ‘Does it get any easier? Can you relax more during the games? Can you take it all a little bit more philosophically and put it more in perspective?’ The tragedy is that I have to tell them: ‘No. If anything it gets worse’.” It is said in a self-deprecating manner but, while the pain may never stop, neither does the enjoyment. Crystal Palace are Hodgson’s 20th assignment, his first since resigning as England manager following the Euro 2016 exit. Since he was appointed in September last year, he has led them out of the chaotic despondency of losing their first seven matches to sitting 12th in the Premier League. Sitting down with him, ahead of Palace’s visit to Arsenal on Saturday, there is a common theme that emerges and one that helps explain why, aged 70, Hodgson has the “energy and enthusiasm” to still compete. He still has that self-deprecation, but also an uncluttered positivity and a key, resonant phrase that he repeats: “I try very hard not to look back.” Even when it comes to Palace. The son of a Croydon bus driver, Hodgson has returned to his roots. It was here, growing up a mile from Selhurst Park in Sydenham Road, he fell in love with football and first dreamed of being a player. Most of us would believe his appointment represented the completion of a circle and the ideal place to restore a damaged reputation. Not for him; although there is, perhaps, more emotion in his answer than he intended. “I’ve had that question before and I’ve never really known how to answer it quite as honestly as I should,” Hodgson ponders. “It should, I suppose, have more of a ring to it because walking here with my dad, all the years we did, every week, to watch the games, reserves one week, first team the next, standing on the Holmesdale Road, collecting programmes and waiting for autographs in front of the changing rooms after the game. All those things.” It would have meant everything to his Geordie father, Bill: “He had two teams: Newcastle from his youth, and then when he came down to Croydon, he was Crystal Palace all the way,” Hodgson says. “He watched the games. I think he’d have been... well, he was very proud. Fortunately, just before he died, we knocked Inter out of the European Cup [in 1989-90 with Malmo] and I was really happy he lived at least to see that moment.  “He was very proud of that. But I’m sure he’d have been very proud of this. He’d have loved it. It would have been great, if he’d been able come to the games.” Han förde Malmö FF till fem ligasegrar i rad och två SM-guld. Den 9 augusti är Roy Hodgson värd för Sommar i P1. Obligatorisk lyssning! pic.twitter.com/u3QOLhDqJS— Malmö FF (@Malmo_FF) June 14, 2017 The closest Hodgson goes to admitting he had a point to prove is this: “When you have been lucky enough to move up the ladder, all you see really is the slide back down. You don’t see the further steps upwards. Certainly I suffer during games. I notice it with the other managers, too.” There is a long discussion about motivation; about money; about the modern game and whether young players earn too much. “It’s something for people to tut over, over their coffee,” Hodgson says, adding that money has never been a motivation for him. “I remember when I wanted to leave Malmo for [Swiss club] Neuchatel – and of course they did pay a lot more money than Malmo but that wasn’t the reason for going. I’d been in Sweden for 12 out of my 14 years and this was an opportunity to go to another country. “But I remember the president of Malmo saying: ‘Look I am offering you a job for life. You can only eat three meals a day. Have you got a nice roof over your head? Do you drive a nice car? Do you have clothes on your back? Do you go on nice holidays? What more do you want?’ “And that has always stuck with me. I have always had those words in my ear and I’ve never had that desire to accumulate more or compare myself with other people – ‘he gets more than me, why should he?’ It’s not in me.” At Malmo, they even named part of the stadium after Hodgson: Roy’s Corner. “There’s been one or two nice things like that which have come my way but the important thing is the present and the future,” he says. “Looking back – it doesn’t serve a great deal of use unless, like Churchill suggested, you use it to benefit what you are doing in the present. I don’t think you should ever live in the past. Once you do start living in the past then you really have no chance of doing a good job in the present.” So, what is it that he loves about football? “That’s a tough one,” Hodgson says. “I think I like the artistry of the game. I still get a lot of pleasure watching the good-quality teams play, where the movements of the players are coordinated. It’s almost ballet-like, although ballet-like is a bit of an exaggeration. I like seeing those movements and the fact that there is so much interaction.” And the people. Hodgson talks of being “energised” around the Palace staff, around chairman Steve Parish and the American co-owners, Josh Harris and David Blitzer. But, above all, he revels in the company of the players and there is one final laugh as he tells a story about Steven Gerrard.  Roy Hodgson says he has been re-energised at Crystal Palace Credit: REUTERS “He had a wicked sense of humour, he could put anyone down with a one-liner. He could certainly make me laugh,” Hodgson says. England were playing Chile in a Wembley friendly and the manager had told his players to stop passing the ball back to goalkeeper Joe Hart. “I thought I would make the point that I had never seen a keeper with a No 10 on his back, he’s our No 1,” Hodgson says. “So, we tried to press high and our front players are pushing on. But Claudio Bravo [the Chile goalkeeper] was picking us off, outplaying us. At half-time, Steven came in and said, ‘You said you’ve never seen a keeper with a No 10 on his back? Well you f------ have now’.” There remains that boyish love of the game. “The longer you are in it, you realise it isn’t something you can give up lightly,” Hodgson says. “It’s not something you can walk away from.”

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter in pole to sign Sturridge

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

January transfer news & rumours: Rafinha to Inter a done deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

Batshuayi and Joao Mario talk curbed by West Ham boss Moyes

Rumours had suggested the Chelsea striker and Andy Carroll could be involved in a swap, while Inter's Portuguese forward is another mooted target

Chelsea hold talks over double deal for Roma's Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri

Chelsea will hold more talks with Roma over a potential double deal for Emerson Palmieri and Edin Dzeko next week. Left-back Palmieri is hoping to complete a move to Stamford Bridge to compete with Marcos Alonso, despite the fact Chelsea would ideally like to take the Brazilian on loan. Roma want £22 million for Palmieri, but there is optimism on all sides that a deal for either a loan or permanent transfer can be agreed. Chelsea’s interest in Dzeko is less advanced and has come about as the club attempt to find a target man to help out Alvaro Morata, who is suspended for Saturday’s trip to Brighton. Morata’s suspension means Michy Batshuayi, who could move in the opposite direction to Dzeko, will start against Brighton. And Roma face Inter Milan on Sunday, which means discussions have been put on hold during the weekend. The Premier League champions had been hopeful of signing Andy Carroll, but the West Ham United centre-forward's ankle injury has forced them to look elsewhere. There is an outside chance of Chelsea reigniting their interest if the 29-year-old can recover by the end of the month. Emerson Palmieri, who is eligible to play for Italy though Brazilian by birth, is close to leaving Roma for Chelsea Credit: Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP Dzeko would not be eligible to play in the Champions League, but he could play for Chelsea in the Premier League and all of the cup competitions. Having made an inquiry over his potential availability, Chelsea will hold more talks over Dzeko next week, but they also continue to explore other options. Crystal Palace have already warned Chelsea that they do not want to loan out Christian Benteke, although that may change if Roy Hodgson can sign a striker, while a move for Stoke City’s Peter Crouch has not been discounted. Antonio Conte’s interest in Dzeko was confirmed by the former Manchester City forward’s agent, Irfan Redzepagic, who told Italian media: “All I can say is that Conte likes Dzeko. But then who doesn’t like Edin? “Have I spoken to Conte or Chelsea? My role means I can’t reveal certain transfer market dynamics. I understand the question, but I have a very specific role. “Look, every time we talk about Dzeko the names of clubs like Chelsea, Chinese clubs, Mexican clubs come up. These are just rumours. The truth is that Dzeko wants to stay at Roma.”

Chelsea hold talks over double deal for Roma's Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri

Chelsea will hold more talks with Roma over a potential double deal for Emerson Palmieri and Edin Dzeko next week. Left-back Palmieri is hoping to complete a move to Stamford Bridge to compete with Marcos Alonso, despite the fact Chelsea would ideally like to take the Brazilian on loan. Roma want £22 million for Palmieri, but there is optimism on all sides that a deal for either a loan or permanent transfer can be agreed. Chelsea’s interest in Dzeko is less advanced and has come about as the club attempt to find a target man to help out Alvaro Morata, who is suspended for Saturday’s trip to Brighton. Morata’s suspension means Michy Batshuayi, who could move in the opposite direction to Dzeko, will start against Brighton. And Roma face Inter Milan on Sunday, which means discussions have been put on hold during the weekend. The Premier League champions had been hopeful of signing Andy Carroll, but the West Ham United centre-forward's ankle injury has forced them to look elsewhere. There is an outside chance of Chelsea reigniting their interest if the 29-year-old can recover by the end of the month. Emerson Palmieri, who is eligible to play for Italy though Brazilian by birth, is close to leaving Roma for Chelsea Credit: Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP Dzeko would not be eligible to play in the Champions League, but he could play for Chelsea in the Premier League and all of the cup competitions. Having made an inquiry over his potential availability, Chelsea will hold more talks over Dzeko next week, but they also continue to explore other options. Crystal Palace have already warned Chelsea that they do not want to loan out Christian Benteke, although that may change if Roy Hodgson can sign a striker, while a move for Stoke City’s Peter Crouch has not been discounted. Antonio Conte’s interest in Dzeko was confirmed by the former Manchester City forward’s agent, Irfan Redzepagic, who told Italian media: “All I can say is that Conte likes Dzeko. But then who doesn’t like Edin? “Have I spoken to Conte or Chelsea? My role means I can’t reveal certain transfer market dynamics. I understand the question, but I have a very specific role. “Look, every time we talk about Dzeko the names of clubs like Chelsea, Chinese clubs, Mexican clubs come up. These are just rumours. The truth is that Dzeko wants to stay at Roma.”

Inter make 'serious' push for Sturridge as Sevilla consider offer for Liverpool striker

The Serie A side have made a proposal to secure the forward until the end of the season, with their Spanish rivals for his signature playing catch up

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