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Super-agent Jorge Mendes in court over Falcao ‘tax evasion’

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Pozuelo de Alarcón (Spain) (AFP) – Football super-agent Jorge Mendes arrived in court near Madrid Tuesday for questioning over a probe into striker Radamel Falcao’s alleged tax evasion, just one of his clients to fall foul of Spain’s judiciary.

As Spanish authorities tighten the net around footballers such as Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, another Mendes client suspected of fiscal fraud, their advisers and agents are coming under scrutiny too.

Super-agent Jorge Mendes in court over Falcao ‘tax evasion’

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Pozuelo de Alarcón (Spain) (AFP) – Football super-agent Jorge Mendes arrived in court near Madrid Tuesday for questioning over a probe into striker Radamel Falcao’s alleged tax evasion, just one of his clients to fall foul of Spain’s judiciary.

As Spanish authorities tighten the net around footballers such as Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, another Mendes client suspected of fiscal fraud, their advisers and agents are coming under scrutiny too.

Super-agent Mendes summoned over Falcao tax evasion

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Madrid (AFP) – Footballing super-agent Jorge Mendes, who manages Cristiano Ronaldo among others, has been summoned before a Spanish court as part of the probe into Colombian striker Radamel Falcao’s alleged tax evasion, legal sources said on Wednesday.

Monaco’s Falcao is suspected of failing to correctly declare 5.

Antoine Griezmann extends Atletico deal until 2022

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Madrid (AFP) – French star Antoine Griezmann has extended his contract with Atletico Madrid by a year, the Spanish club announced on Tuesday.

Griezmann’s contract now runs until June 30, 2022, and ends rumours linking him with a move away from Atletico.

“The first thing that I want to do is apologise to the people who misunderstood my statements,” the 26-year-old said.

Antoine Griezmann extends Atletico deal until 2022

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Madrid (AFP) – French star Antoine Griezmann has extended his contract with Atletico Madrid by a year, the Spanish club announced on Tuesday.

Griezmann’s contract now runs until June 30, 2022, and ends rumours linking him with a move away from Atletico.

“The first thing that I want to do is apologise to the people who misunderstood my statements,” the 26-year-old said.

Griezmann extends Atletico deal until 2022: reports

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid’s French star Antoine Griezmann has extended his contract with the Spanish club by a year, according to press reports in Spain on Monday.

“Antoine Griezmann signed a contract with Atletico until 2022,” Madrid sports daily Marca reported.

According to As newspaper, “Atletico has revised the player’s salary to reward his performance” and made an “economic effort” to convince the player to stay.

Griezmann extends Atletico deal until 2022: reports

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid’s French star Antoine Griezmann has extended his contract with the Spanish club by a year, according to press reports in Spain on Monday.

“Antoine Griezmann signed a contract with Atletico until 2022,” Madrid sports daily Marca reported.

According to As newspaper, “Atletico has revised the player’s salary to reward his performance” and made an “economic effort” to convince the player to stay.

Case against Real-bound Hernandez dismissed

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Madrid (AFP) – No charges were brought against French wonder kid Theo Hernandez on Tuesday after a complaint of sexual assault had been made against the 19-year-old whilst on holiday in Marbella, a judicial source confirmed.

The court in the southern Spanish city “decided to provisionally dismiss the case,” indicating there “had been no signs of a crime,” a spokesperson for the Andalusian High Court of Justice told AFP.

Case against Real-bound Hernandez dismissed

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Madrid (AFP) – No charges were brought against French wonder kid Theo Hernandez on Tuesday after a complaint of sexual assault had been made against the 19-year-old whilst on holiday in Marbella, a judicial source confirmed.

The court in the southern Spanish city “decided to provisionally dismiss the case,” indicating there “had been no signs of a crime,” a spokesperson for the Andalusian High Court of Justice told AFP.

I’m staying at Atletico, insists Griezmann

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Paris (AFP) – Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann intends to stay at the Spanish club next season amid ongoing speculation about his future, the striker told French television station TF1 on Sunday.

Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move away from Atletico, all the more so since the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a transfer ban that means the club will not be able to sign any new players until January next year as a punishment for irregularities in the signing of foreign players under 18.

‘Spectacular’ Ronaldo revels in Madrid’s dream finale

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo soaked up the acclaim after his brace fired Real Madrid to a 4-1 Champions League final demolition of Juventus and capped his “spectacular” end to the season.

Ronaldo led Madrid to their first La Liga and Champions League double since 1958 by scoring 16 goals in his last 10 games of a memorable campaign even by his sky-high standards.

Tops and flops in Champions League final

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Following Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Juventus to win a third Champions League crown in four years, AFP Sport looks at who were the Tops and Flops on the night in Cardiff.

TOPS

– Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

The Portuguese maestro bagged a brace to leapfrog Lionel Messi as top scorer in this season’s Champions League - to earn that accolade for the fifth season in a row.

Tops and flops in Champions League final

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Following Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Juventus to win a third Champions League crown in four years, AFP Sport looks at who were the Tops and Flops on the night in Cardiff.

TOPS

– Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

The Portuguese maestro bagged a brace to leapfrog Lionel Messi as top scorer in this season’s Champions League - to earn that accolade for the fifth season in a row.

Ronaldo comes full circle to cement legacy

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Back on the Cardiff turf where he won the first major silverware of his astonishing career, Cristiano Ronaldo cemented his legacy as one of the game’s all-time greats with a decisive brace in Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final.

Ramos ready for Real’s date with destiny

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sergio Ramos says Real Madrid are ready for their appointment with history as the Spanish club aim to become the first team for 27 years to win consecutive Champions League titles.

Not since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990 has a side conquered Europe two years in a row, but holders Real can equal that impressive feat if they defeat Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday.

Five key duels in Champions League final

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Real Madrid face Juventus in Saturday’s Champions League final in Cardiff aiming to become the first side ever to retain the trophy in its current format.

However, the Italian champions have already shown their might in dumping out Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona on route to the final.

Man Utd cool interest in Griezmann – reports

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London (AFP) – Manchester United have cooled their interest in signing Atletico Madrid’s French forward Antoine Griezmann, according to British media reports on Thursday.

Europa League winners United were reported to be plotting an approach for 26-year-old Griezmann.

But several media outlets, including the BBC and Britain’s Press Association, said United were instead shifting their focus towards a more conventional centre-forward, citing an internal source.

CAS upholds Atletico Madrid transfer ban

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid will be unable to sign new players until January 2018 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday upheld their transfer ban.

Atletico and city rivals Real Madrid were barred from registering new players for two transfer windows in January 2016 for irregularities in the signing of foreign players under 18.

Manchester City chief slams talk of Aguero sale

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London (AFP) – Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak insists reports that Sergio Aguero could be sold are ridiculous because the Argentine striker remains a key player for the Premier League club.

Aguero lost his place in Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up following the arrival of Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus in January.

Manchester City chief slams talk of Aguero sale

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London (AFP) – Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak insists reports that Sergio Aguero could be sold are ridiculous because the Argentine striker remains a key player for the Premier League club.

Aguero lost his place in Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up following the arrival of Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus in January.

Griezmann is ‘Europe’s busiest player’

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Lausanne (AFP) – Atletico Madrid’s France striker Antoine Griezmann played 63 games this season racking up 5,454 minutes on the pitch, making him the most used player in Europe, the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) said on Tuesday.

Griezmann, thought to be close to a transfer to Manchester United, played all but two league games and racked up 12 Champions League matches combined with domestic cup and international appearances to top the heap of most minutes played.

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Reports: Atletico Madrid interested in signing out of contract Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Atletico Madrid are interested to sign out of contract Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to reports from Spanish outlet Sport.

The 35-year-old played a starring role for Manchester United last season, scoring 28 goals from 46 appearances to guide the club win the EFL Cup and the Europa League.

Lampard: Chelsea will find it hard to replace Costa

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa played an influential role in the club’s Premier League win last season, and hence, it was surprising to see him announce that he was not in manager Antonio Conte’s plans for the future.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has weighed in with his views and has said that the Spaniard will be a difficult player to replace.

Griezmann Signs New Contract With Same Release Clause

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Antoine Griezmann will sign a new five-year contract with Atletico Madrid that will retain his €100 million release clause, according to the club's president.

The France international had looked on course to join Manchester United for a fee reportedly in the region of €100million (£88m) the release clause in his Atletico contract with Griezmann at one point saying there was a 'six out of 10' chance of him moving to Old Trafford this summer.

Manchester United target signs new contract, release clause still in place

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Antoine Griezmann has penned down a new one-year contract extension at Atletico Madrid to keep him at the club until 2020.

The France International was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, who were reportedly willing to trigger his £87 million release clause but Griezmann has instead opted to prolong his stay after Atletico Madrid failed in their attempt to overturn their transfer ban.

Griezmann stance changes but why has United only just remembered Zlatan’s injury?

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Today was the day that many Manchester United fans have been waiting for. With Antoine Griezmann move to Old Trafford feeling almost like a done deal, we just needed to find out whether Atletico Madrid's transfer ban would be upheld or not.

The Spanish club had been found guilty of multiple breaches of global football's rules on the registration of under-18s and had appealed the decision which denied them the opportunity to sign any new players in this transfer window.

Aletico ban upheld – will Griezmann still leave?

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At the end of the season, it felt as though Antoine Griezmann's move to Manchester United was a case of when rather than if.

However, one stumbling block was Atletico Madrid's transfer ban. The club had appealed the decision and were waiting for this week to get the final word.

Unfortunately for them, and possibly us, the ban has been upheld until January 2018.

Mourinho will trigger 26-yr-old's release clause, Man Utd optimistic about transfer

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is looking to add some cutting edge to his attack and has identified Antonio Griezmann as his priority target this summer.

According to Manchester Evening News, the Old Trafford boss is set to trigger the Atletico Madrid’s star release clause and the club hierarchy are optimistic about signing the French forward.

Wednesday Kickoff: Wenger, Gignac, Ibrahimovic and more

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On Wednesday, Arsene Wegner's extension initiated a projected busyArsenal summer rolling,whilea French forward denied reports of an incident with a journalist.

Despite Arsenal failing to qualify for a Champions League spot for the first time in 20 years,Arsene Wenger has agreedto remain in North London on a new two-year deal.

Antoine Griezmann, The Object Of Man Utd’s Affections, Has Told Atletico Madrid He Wants To Leave

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With Manchester United hovering, it's being reported in Spain that Antoine Griezmann has finally told Atletico Madrid of his intention to leave the club this summer.

According to Antonio Ruiz, a very well-connected and reliable Atleti correspondent, the French forward hasinformed the club that he wishes to move on.

Reports from Spain claim Griezmann has asked to leave Atletico

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Antoine Griezmann has been linked with a move to Manchester United for some time and last week claimed that there was a 60% chance of playing for us next season.

Spanish journalist, Antonio Ruiz, who has very good links with Atletico Madrid, has claimed that the player has told the club that he wants to leave.

English Premier League

Diego Costa: Conte Does Not Want Me

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa looks set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer after revealing Antonio Conte messaged him to tell him he wasn't in his plans.

The 26-year-old scored 26 goals for Chelsea last season on their way to the Premier League title but has previously been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League and a return to Atletico Madrid, who are under a transfer registration ban.

Diego Costa set for Chelsea exit after Conte tells him he’s not wanted

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has told Diego Costa that the striker is not a part of his plans next season. The latter revealed in an interview yesterday that the Blues boss conveyed the message to his via text. The Telegraph relayed Costa’s comments, made after Spain’s 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday.

Pick a super club

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It's the 2016-17 Champions League final on Saturday and it's Juventus as the underdog against Real Madrid. It's easy enough to question how the Serie A champions are anybody's underdog, but that's the situation against a team like Real Madrid. They spend to win, and they do it well.

Juventus is once again in an interesting situation.

Tottenham odds-on favourites to land La Liga star, signing him would be a masterstroke

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Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro was linked with a move to Tottenham earlier this season.

Tottenham are now odds-on favourites to sign the La Liga forward this summer. Bet Victor have made Pochettino’s side favourites to land the 16-goal striker.

Apparently, the La Liga giants are closing in on a deal for Alexandre Lacazette and therefore Gameiro might have to play second fiddle to the Lyon star next season.

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‘The Ruling Is Unfair And Causes Irreparable Damage’ – Atletico Madrid Unable To Sign New Players Until January 2018 After Transfer Ban Upheld

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The big news emanating from Spain this morning is that Atletico Madrid have had their transfer ban upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Back in January of last year, Atleti (along with rivals Real Madrid) were banned from signing players for two consecutive transfer windows for breaching FIFA regulations over the registration of minors.

Atletico Madrid: Tom Cruise Drops By To Check On Progress Of Metropolitano Arena (Photos & Video)

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No hard hats? That's risky business (Photo: Atletico Madrid/Ángel Gutiérrez)

In town for the premiere of his new movie, 'The Mummy', teeny tiny Tom Cruise stopped by Atletico Madrid's new humble abode to check on the progress.

Cruise and fellow cast members Annabelle Wallis and Sofie Boutellawere given a VIP tour of Atleti's half-built Wanda Metropolitano stadium by Saul Niguez and club president Enrique Cerezo.

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Monday Kickoff: Reus sets sights on 2018, Costa still wants Atletico move, and more

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One oft-injured star's return timetable has been confirmed while one of the game's top forwards continues to push towards a new club.

Marco Reus will officially be out until 2018 after suffering yet another knee injury. (REPORT)

Diego Costa says he could still join Atletico Madrid despite the club's transfer ban by joining a different club on loan until January.

Friday Kickoff: Dortmund, UEFA, Griezmann and more

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Borussia Dortmund's search for a manager may have hit a roadblock while UEFA is making a push to host a World Cup.

Nice has stated that the club will not allow manager Lucien Favre to join Borussia Dortmund. (REPORT)

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the federationwill "fight" for a European nation to host the 2030 World Cup.

Fans’ View: Sleeping giants

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We all know that teams go through lots of ups and downs... but when do those fortunes change? Collin Deckert uses history to try and see similarities of Spanish giants and little old Philadelphia.