Dani Alvesleaves Juventus after one season

Manchester City target Dani Alves has left Serie A champions Juventus after one season in Italy.

The 34-year-old Brazilian right-back confirmed his departure via his Instagram account.

“Today our professional relationship ends and I will carry with me all of those who with love and a true heart make Juve a great club,” he wrote.

City have been linked with a move for Alves with Juve saying they would release him from his contract.

Alves added: “I apologise to the fans of Juventus if they at some point thought I did something to offend them. Never had ever the intention, just I have a way of living things spontaneously that few understand. Even if it seems I’m not perfect, but my heart it is pure. ”

“I would like to thank all the Juventus fans for the year I’ve had, to my team-mates who welcomed me like the professionals they are, for a club that wins and reaches finals.”

His final game for Juventus was the 4-1 Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid in Cardiff. Alves made 33 appearances as the club sealed the domestic double for the third successive year.

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Liverpool sign Roma’s winger Mohamed Salah for £34m

Liverpool have completed the 39m euro (£34m) signing of Roma’s former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian, 25, has signed a five-year deal and has been a prime target for manager Jurgen Klopp.

At current exchange rates, the fee is short of the club record £35m paid for Andy Carroll in 2011 but matches the sum they spent in 2016 to make Sadio Mane the most expensive African player.

Salah almost joined Liverpool from Basle in 2014 before moving to Chelsea.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said Salah has “the perfect mix of experience and potential”, adding: “This is a really exciting signing for us.

“I have followed him since he emerged at Basle and he has matured into a really good player.

“His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area. I like that we will make it even more competitive.”

Salah will wear the number 11 shirt, with Roberto Firmino moving to number nine.

After only six Premier League starts following his £11m move, Salah had loan spells at Fiorentina and Roma before joining the latter in a permanent move for about £15m last summer.

He was a key figure as Roma finished second in Serie A last season, scoring 15 goals in 31 league appearances.

Liverpool have already signed Chelsea’s 19-year-old striker Dominic Solanke, who was top scorer as England won the Under-20 World Cup and will join on 1 July.

That fee will be decided by a tribunal after he rejected a new contract at Stamford Bridge, with the fee expected to be about £3m.

Inter Milan makes Luciano Spalletti their New Manager on a two-year contract

Inter Milan names former Roma boss Luciano Spalletti as their new manager.

Spalletti guided Roma to second place in the Serie A last season before leaving on 30 May after 16 months in charge.

Inter offered Spalletti a two-year contract, effectively replacing Stefano Piolo on 9 May.

An Inter statement said Spalletti will take first-team training from 3 July with the three-time champions of Europe.

Last month, Inter Milan refused to comment on reports they were planning to offer Chelsea boss Antonio Conte a deal to replace Pioli.

Juventus Manager Massimiliano Allegri signed a new contract until 2020.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has signed a new contract with the club which will last until 2020.

Allegri’s has had a magnificent track record steered Juve to three successive Serie A titles, two Champions League finals and three Coppa Italia triumphs since replacing Antonio Conte in July 2014.
“Side by side, Juventus and Allegri have created history and legend,” said a Juventus statement.

“Now is the time to make the next step forwards together.”

It added: “Today’s agreement extends a working relationship that has seen the Bianconeri consolidate their position as Italy’s top team and also evolve into one of European football’s major forces.”

Francesco Totti Confirms Retirement

Roma Captain and legendary football player Francesco Totti says his “love for football will never fade” as he prepares for “the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey” on Sunday.

The 40-year-old has finally reached the end 24-year career and become a director at Roma, the only club he has played for.

Totti has achieved 307 goals in 783 appearances since making his Roma debut in March 1993 at the age of 16.

“I can’t tell you in a few words how much these colours meant, mean and will always mean to me,” he tweeted.

“I just feel that my love for football never fades. It’s a passion, my passion. It’s so deep I can’t imagine not fuelling it any longer. Ever.

“From Monday I’m ready to go again. I’m ready for a new challenge. Roma v Genoa, Sunday, 28 May 2017, the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey.”

Totti, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, has won one Serie A title and two Coppa Italias at Roma.
The club’s new sporting director Monchi had already revealed Totti was to retire from playing at the end of the season – but the player himself had until now remained silent on the matter.

“There is an agreement with the club that this will be his last year,” Monchi said in early May.

“Then he will continue as a director. I want him on my side because he is Roma and can teach me what Roma is,” the Spaniard added.

Juventus advance to the Champions League Finals

Juventus had a comfortable Semi-final win over Monaco to reach the Champions League final, their 2nd final in three seasons.

Juventus had a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, and extended their lead when Mario Mandzukic opened the scoreline.

Dani Alves doubled their lead and secured a comfortable victory.

Kylian Mbappe gave Monaco a goal in the second half, but the french side was unable to pull an unlikely comeback.

Juventus, who have not won this competition since 1996 and lost 3-1 to Barcelona in the 2015 final, will face either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in Cardiff on 3 June.

No club has scored more than a single goal against them in a Champions League game this season,

This is due to the excellent form of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defensive trio Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli.
Juventus have three games remaining in Serie A, Starting with second placer Roma on Sunday, 14th May. A draw will seal a sixth consecutive league title.

All is not lost for Monaco as they switch their focus to the domestic League looking to win Ligue 1. They are three points clear of Paris St-Germain with three games left and host Lille on Sunday.
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Juventus
Mandzukic (33′ minutes)
Dani Alves (44′ minutes)

Monaco
Mbappe (69′ minutes)

Barcelona 0-0 Juventus. Champions League, Barca Out

Juventus held their ground and produced an impressive defensive performance, to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. Not giving Barcelona any room to score at the Nou Camp.

With an Aggregate of 3-0 from the first leg, Barca braced themselves for another hard fought match, but they failed to repeat their last-16 heroics when they overturned a first-leg 4-0 deficit to beat Paris St-Germain.

Lionel Messi, who had earlier been denied by Gianluigi Buffon, haphazardly took a shot over the bar while Luis Suarez and Neymar also wasted chances.
Juve’s Gonzalo Higuain fired tamely at Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Juan Cuadrado missed another chance but the final whistle was celebrated wildly by the champions of Italy, who have not conceded a single goal from open play in this season’s Champions League.

Juventus will join Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in Friday’s last-four draw (from 11:00 BST).

Manager Luis Enrique will leave his position at Barcelona this summer, failing to reach the semi-finals for a second successive season.

They will face Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday (19:45 BST) their defeat will leave them six points behind Madrid.

Barca are also in the final of the Copa del Rey but even if his side beat Alaves on 27th May, they know that it will be a scant consolation if they fail to win La Liga following another disappointing European campaign.