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PSG boss on Mbappé exit: ‘We’ll get even better’

Paris Saint-Germain coach Luis Enrique said he was proud to have had Kylian Mbappé in his team and understood the club’s all-time leading scorer’s decision to end his seven-year stay. Mbappé, whose contract expires this season, announced his departure in a video on Friday after months of speculation about his future. The announcement brings Real Madrid closer to ending their yearslong pursuit of the France international, who is widely regarded…

Poch: Not the end of the world if I leave Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino has raised the possibility of walking away from Chelsea at the end of the season and said “it is not going to be the end of the world” if he leaves the club. Sources have told ESPN that the Chelsea hierarchy are waiting for the Premier League campaign to finish before deciding whether Pochettino should see out the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge. – Stream…

Brazil gov. urges national football halt amid floods

Brazil’s sports minister Andre Fufuca has called for the country’s football confederation (CBF) to temporarily suspend all football activities following the unprecedented natural disaster in Rio Grande do Sul. At least 85 people died, 372 were injured, 131 are still missing and more than 159,000 have been displaced from their homes following the heavy rains that led to widespread flooding in the southern state last week, according to local government…

Boehly backs Pochettino as job speculation quells

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has backed manager Mauricio Pochettino amid speculation around his future, saying he has been impressed by the team’s upturn in form and “beautiful football.” Chelsea followed their 2-0 win over Tottenham last Thursday with a resounding 5-0 triumph over West Ham on Sunday to remain in contention for European football next season. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) – Why are Chelsea keeping Pochettino…

Sources: Man Utd eyeing Fulham CB Adarabioyo

Manchester United are interested in signing Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo this summer, sources have told ESPN. Adarabioyo is out of contract at Craven Cottage at the end of the season and could move to Old Trafford on a free transfer. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) Newcastle, Chelsea and Tottenham have also expressed an interest in the 26-year-old, who has made 20 Premier League appearances this season and…

Bar none: Woodwork ‘unfair’ to PSG in UCL exit

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappé gets the credit when his team wins. And to his credit, he took the blame when they lost on Tuesday. The France international said his team’s loss to Dortmund in the Champions League semifinals — which finished 2-0 on aggregate after PSG’s 1-0 loss in the second leg — was down to missed chances, a few of which came from him. – Stream on ESPN+:…

Sources: United won’t rush decision on Ten Hag

Manchester United’s owners will take their time before making a decision about Erik ten Hag’s future, sources have told ESPN. Ten Hag’s position as manager is at risk following a disappointing season, but new co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS team have continued to plan for the Dutchman to be in charge for the FA Cup final against Manchester City on May 25. – Stream on ESPN+: Watch FA…

Belichick burns Brady over Birmingham relegation

Former New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick ribbed his six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday over Birmingham City’s relegation from the Championship into English football’s third tier. Brady became a minority owner of Birmingham in August 2023 after entering into a partnership with the club’s owners, Knighthead Capital Management LLC, and become chairman of the advisory board at the club. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.)…