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#SoccerChat256 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury-time penalty put holders Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals after holding off a stunning Juventus comeback.

Massimiliano Allegri defended Gianluigi Buffon’s reaction after the Juventus captain and goalkeeper was sent off for protesting Real Madrid’s stoppage-time penalty in the Champions League.

Zinedine Zidane hopes Gianluigi Buffon has not played his last Champions League game after he was sent off in Juventus’ dramatic quarter-final exit to Real Madrid.

Lucas Vazquez is adamant referee Michael Oliver made the right decision to award a stoppage-time penalty as Real Madrid overcame Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will sign a one-year contract extension before the end of the season.

Marcelo insisted Real Madrid were never going to capitulate like fierce rivals Barcelona after the Champions League titleholders dramatically survived against Juventus.

Bayern Munich had Barcelona’s Champions League collapse in mind as they closed out a semi-final place at Sevilla’s expense, according to experienced winger Arjen Robben.
A goalless draw on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena was enough to seal a semi spot for the sixth time in the past seven seasons for Bayern, who were 2-1 winners against the LaLiga side last week.

Tottenham, Manchester United, Everton and Newcastle are interested in signing Southampton’s 28-year-old England left-back Ryan Bertrand.

David Luiz has started training with a ball at Chelsea as he tries to get back from knee and ankle injuries in time to secure his place in Brazil’s World Cup squad.

Giorgio Chiellini said Juventus should not be surprised by their dramatic Champions League exit against Real Madrid as Bayern Munich experienced the same last season.

Chelsea and Manchester City are interested in signing Nice’s 26-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, who has a 40m euro (£34.8m) release clause in his contract.

Pep Guardiola could take his spending at Manchester City beyond £600m with three more big-money signings this summer – a defensive midfielder, a versatile forward and a centre-back.

Gianluigi Buffon described referee Michael Oliver as having a “trash can” for a heart after awarding a controversial penalty that saw Real Madrid progress to the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Juventus.

Jose Mourinho has already told Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward the three players he wants to sign this summer

Manchester United’s 22-year-old forward Anthony Martial will seek assurances over his future at the club. He has been offered a new five-year contract but is refusing to sign until he is guaranteed more playing time.

Cristiano Ronaldo says he does not understand why Juventus players including Gianluigi Buffon protested so vehemently against the award of a penalty that ultimately saw Real Madrid progress to the Champions League semi-finals.

Manchester United scouted Swansea defender Alfie Mawson in their 1-1 draw with West Brom last weekend.

Manchester United will have to move out of Old Trafford to realise their dream of increasing the stadium capacity to almost 90,000.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is weighing up summer moves for Riyad Mahrez, Leon Bailey and Thomas Lemar.

Roma president James Pallotta has donated £200,000 for repairs and damages after being fined £400 for celebrating their Champions League win over Barcelona by leaping into a fountain.

Former England midfielder Leon Osman believes Martial and fellow Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford, 20, should both leave Old Trafford for regular starts.

United have sent scouts to watch Swansea’s 23-year-old English defender Alfie Mawson.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli accused referee Michael Oliver of being in “total chaos” after a controversial penalty call saw the Serie A leaders knocked out of the Champions League by holders Real Madrid.

Reports in Spain claim that some of Philippe Coutinho’s team-mates have been left disappointed with his start at Barcelona.

Juventus are ready to open talks with Chelsea after being given an indication that the Blues are prepared to sell Alvaro Morata after just one season

Former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini has declared an interest in becoming part of the coaching set-up for the Italy national side

Chelsea’s 28-year-old English midfielder Danny Drinkwater will consider his future at the club at the end of the season.

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone believes winning the Europa League title would be the ideal way for Fernando Torres to leave the club.

Memphis Depay, Domenico Berardi and Jose Maria Callejon head AC Milan’s summer shopping list

Real Madrid have agreed a €5m deal to sign teenager Ramon de Araujo Siqueira from Fluminense

Paris St-Germain loanee Jese Rodriguez’s time at Stoke appears to be over after the 25-year-old Spaniard did not go to training on Wednesday.

Paris Saint-Germain have issued a strong denial following reports the Ligue 1 leaders could be sanctioned over UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

Lionel Messi turned on both Umtiti and Jordi Alba after their surprise exit to Roma, with reports suggesting the Argentine claimed the France defender was ‘distracted’ by talk of interest from Man Utd

Benfica are expecting a call from Besiktas over the permanent transfer of Talisca. The Brazilian has also been linked with Man Utd, Liverpool and Wolves

Newcastle are keen to sign 22-year-old Brazilian Kenedy, who is loan from Chelsea, on a permanent basis but may face competition from Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain for the winger.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah seemingly reacted with surprise after the Premier League moved to award Tottenham striker Harry Kane a 25th goal of the season.

Manchester United target Samuel Umtiti still has no official new contract offer on the table from Barcelona – enhancing talk he could move on this summer

Tottenham and West Ham want Barcelona’s 24-year-old Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes.

Ivan Rakitic suffered a fractured finger during Barcelona’s Champions League defeat to Roma on Tuesday, the club have confirmed.

Gareth Bale has bought a house in England and has opted for a return to Tottenham this summer

Former Paris St-Germain boss Laurent Blanc is a target for Chelsea, Everton and Lyon if they decide to change manager for next season.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been charged with improper conduct after he was sent to the stands by referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz during Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to Liverpool, UEFA has confirmed.

Manchester City and Juventus target Isco is expected to leave Real Madrid this summer but his destination is undecided

Juventus will open talks with Real Madrid over a double deal to sign Mateo Kovacic and Isco just as soon as their Champions League tie has been decided

Very few MLS clubs are interested in signing Atletico Madrid’s 34-year-old Spanish striker Fernando Torres at the end of the season.

Roma president James Pallotta has moved to ease the club’s fans worries that £65million-rated goalkeeper Allison will leave the club in the near future.

Manchester City have agreed a £174.5m (€200m) summer deal to sign Pep Guardiola’s “ideal player” Sergio Busquests, with his wages expected to be £180,000 a week

Arsenal will launch a €40million move for long-term target Karim Benzema this summer, with the potential arrival of the France striker leaving Alexandre Lacazette facing an early exit from north London

Manchester City have agreed a £174.5m (€200m) summer deal to sign Pep Guardiola’s “ideal player” Sergio Busquests, with his wages expected to be £180,000 a week

Arsenal will launch a €40million move for long-term target Karim Benzema this summer, with the potential arrival of the France striker leaving Alexandre Lacazette facing an early exit from north London

Roma president James Pallotta has apologised and agreed to pay a fine after jumping into a fountain in the Italian capital when celebrating the team’s Champions League quarter-final win over Barcelona

Chelsea and Spurs target Jann-Fiete Arp, rated in the £25million bracket, will be allowed to leave Hamburg this summer if the side are relegated from the Bundesliga

Inter have been given fresh hope of securing a permanent €35million deal for Barcelona star Rafinha

Manchester City outcast Yaya Toure has been linked with a summer move to Fenerbahce

Arsenal have made an approach to sign Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez and are willing to meet his £130m release clause

Jose Mourinho is ready to sanction the surprise sale of Marcus Rashford this summer, according to reports in the Spanish media. AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: April 12, 2018 at 01:23PM

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