PSG ‘have entered the race to sign Sergio Ramos’, with Real Madrid star a free agent this summer

PSG ‘have entered the race to sign Sergio Ramos’, with Real Madrid star a free agent this summer having failed to sign a new deal… but ‘he hasn’t given up on agreeing fresh terms’

  • Paris Saint-Germain are keen on signing Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos
  • Ramos is in dispute with Real over a contract extension and could leave on a free
  • PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino said the club wants to improve ‘certain positions’ 

Paris Saint-Germain have signalled their interest in signing Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos.

The defender, who has spent 16 years with the Spanish giants, remains at loggerheads with Real over a contract extension, which if unresolved will see him leave on a free transfer this summer. 

While several clubs are said to be keen on securing the 35-year-old’s services, PSG have emerged as Ramos’ most likely destination, according to Spanish outlet AS

Paris Saint-Germain have entered the race to sign Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos

The sticking point for Ramos is the length of his contract extension. While he has said he would like to see out his career with Real Madrid, the club is only prepared to give him a one-year contract, whereas the defender wants two years. 

With the LaLiga season ending in two weeks, and Ramos’ contract expiring a month after that, Real Madrid are holding firm on their offer, leaving the Spaniard open to a free transfer elsewhere.

PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino did not deny his interest in Ramos when addressing the situation in a press conference earlier this week. 

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino said Ramos is 'a Real Madrid player' but did not deny an interest

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino said Ramos is ‘a Real Madrid player’ but did not deny an interest

‘Sergio Ramos to PSG? I’m not going to answer because anything could be misinterpreted… Sergio is currently a Real Madrid player,’ he said. 

‘But what I can tell you is that, like every team, we all want to improve certain positions.’  

A number of Premier League clubs will be interested in Ramos’ experience and leadership qualities – having seen the positive impact of Thiago Silva at Chelsea – but PSG have potentially greater funding than any of their competitors. 

Manchester United are also linked with Ramos – but he has deviously used the club’s interest to win a new contract with Real once before, back in 2015, which left a bitter taste. 

Real have offered Ramos, 35, a one-year contract extension, but the defender wants two years

Real have offered Ramos, 35, a one-year contract extension, but the defender wants two years 

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Marquinhos hits out at ‘unacceptable’ PSG display in Rennes draw

Marquinhos hits out at ‘unacceptable’ PSG display in Rennes draw and says players ‘need to talk’ as Ligue 1 title defence slips away

  • PSG captain Marquinhos has said the players ‘need to talk’ after Rennes draw 
  • Mauricio Pochettino’s side could only manage a point after Neymar’s opener 
  • PSG are now three points behind Ligue 1 leaders Lille with two matches to play

Captain Marquinhos has said the Paris Saint-Germain players ‘need to talk’ after a draw with Rennes saw them lose more ground in the Ligue 1 title race.

Despite talisman Neymar giving Mauricio Pochettino’s side the lead from the penalty spot, they were unable to hold their lead and Serhou Guirassy headed an equaliser in the second period. 

Things went from bad to worse for the current Ligue 1 champions as defender Presnel Kimpembe was sent off and they were fortunate to end the match with a point.

PSG’s Ligue 1 title hopes have faded after they drew 1-1 away at Rennes on Sunday

PSG captain Marquinhos has said the players 'need to talk' to address their shortcomings

 PSG captain Marquinhos has said the players ‘need to talk’ to address their shortcomings

PSG are now three points behind league leaders Lille with two matches remaining. The Parisians are reliant on their title rivals dropping at least three points from two very winnable matches against Saint-Etienne and Angers.

But captain Marquinhos has still not given up hope of PSG making a dramatic late surge for another French league title.

The defender told Canal+: ‘Of course it’s a blow to morale. We will believe until the end, but we have to do a lot better at PSG. 

‘We know it’s difficult and Lille win every game, but we have to believe we can win the title and win our last matches.

PSG are now three points behind league leaders Lille with two matches remaining

PSG are now three points behind league leaders Lille with two matches remaining

‘We had chances and we couldn’t score. Football is like that, it’s details. If you can’t be decisive… We repeat it every time, but it’s the truth. We have chances and we don’t score. They score on a corner.

‘It’s football, but we realise that we have to do better when we see the results of the season. We lost games that we shouldn’t. We lost too many points at home and it hurts us in the end.

‘During the next week, we will have to talk. Because when you’re at PSG, it’s unacceptable to let points go like that. One, two, three times… It’s starting to happen a lot.

‘It’s clearly not our best season. We weren’t very strong and we have to do a lot better. We need to talk to each other for next season.’

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L’Equipe slam ‘astonishing waste’ Neymar and hand him lowly 3/10 rating in Manchester City defeat

Now it’s Neymar’s turn for a 3/10! PSG star follows in Kylian Mbappe’s first-leg footsteps with lowly L’Equipe rating in defeat at Manchester City – as French media pan ‘CATASTROPHIC’ display and accuse him of getting ‘carried away by his emotions again’

  • PSG were knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-finals by Man City
  • French giants needed Neymar to be on form but he endured a disastrous night
  • L’Equipe gave him a 3/10 – like Kylian Mbappe in the first leg last Wednesday
  • They labelled him an ‘astonishing waste’ who was ‘crushed’ by the expectation 

Leading French newspaper L’Equipe slammed Neymar’s disastrous performance in PSG’s Champions League defeat by Manchester City, giving him a measly 3/10 and claiming he was an ‘astonishing waste’.

With Kylian Mbappe on the bench, the onus was on Neymar to provide the miracle PSG needed to go through to the Champions League final, but instead the team capitulated and the Brazilian was anonymous in his attempts to shine.

Mbappe was awarded a lowly 3/10 for his first-leg performance, and Neymar has now followed that up with his own 3/10 in the second leg at the Etihad, being slammed for his woeful display.

Neymar received 3/10 from notoriously hard-to-impress L’Equipe, while Mauro Icardi was 2/10

Neymar struggled to make an impact at the Etihad on a night when PSG needed to score two

Neymar struggled to make an impact at the Etihad on a night when PSG needed to score two

Explaining their low mark for the Brazilian, L’Equipe wrote that he was an ‘astonishing waste from the first minutes’, lamenting his constant moans to the referee and claiming that he was ‘crushed by the load’ put upon him.

Away from Neymar, though, there was special criticism reserved for Mauro Icardi, the only player who scored lower than the Brazilian with his 2/10. 

The paper called him a ‘total disaster’, citing his ’13 miserable touches’ in the first half, and none in the final 20 metres of the pitch.

PSG went into the match 2-1 down on aggregate, knowing that they needed two goals to have a chance to making it to Istanbul for the final.

Despite that, they didn’t manage a single shot on target throughout the entire 90 minutes, with L’Equipe reflecting their poor performance in their damning ratings on Wednesday morning.

The highest mark of the entire team was the 6/10 afforded to centre back and captain Marquinhos, while Icardi was the lowest with his 2/10.

The Brazilian was an 'astonishing waste', 'crushed' by expectation, according to L'Equipe

The Brazilian was an ‘astonishing waste’, ‘crushed’ by expectation, according to L’Equipe

Oleksandr Zinchenko (second right) dives to block a Neymar shot during the semi-final clash

Oleksandr Zinchenko (second right) dives to block a Neymar shot during the semi-final clash

Neymar and right back Alessandro Florenzi were the next-worst with 3/10, while Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Abdou Diallo was got a measly 4/10 for their performances.

Despite City’s brilliant display, the notoriously harsh l’Equipe also handed out some 4s and 5s to Pep Guardiola’s men, the likes of Ederson, John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho all scoring low.

England’s future superstar Phil Foden, meanwhile, picked up a 7/10, while the highest score of the night was reserved for Riyad Mahrez – the scorer of both goals – who netted himself a rare 8/10 from the French paper.

Mauro Icardi (L) was the only player on the pitch at the Etihad to get a lower score than Neymar

Mauro Icardi (L) was the only player on the pitch at the Etihad to get a lower score than Neymar

Riyad Mahrez top-scored for City, receiving an 8/10 after netting both of his side's goals

Riyad Mahrez top-scored for City, receiving an 8/10 after netting both of his side’s goals

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Sir Alex Ferguson spotted at the Lowry Hotel before meeting Mauricio Pochettino

Fergie’s Pep(-stopping) talk with Poch! Man United’s legendary boss Sir Alex visits PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi at the Lowry Hotel ahead of Manchester City clash

  • Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino at the Lowry Hotel
  • The legendary Manchester United coach spent just over an hour at the venue 
  • He was later seen leaving the hotel alongside PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi
  • PSG take on Manchester City in the second leg of Champions League semi-final 

Sir Alex Ferguson has been spotted at the Lowry Hotel today and is understood to have spoken to PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The hotel is the usual haunt for Manchester United, who Ferguson memorably led between 1986 and 2013, but it is Ligue 1 giants PSG who are staying there now before their Champions League semi-final clash with City.

Sportsmail can reveal that Ferguson and Pochettino met during the legendary former manager’s fleeting visit at the luxury venue, which is located in Salford.

Sir Alex Ferguson visited the Lowry Hotel and spoke to PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino today

Legendary former Manchester United coach Ferguson is said to have stayed for over an hour

Legendary former Manchester United coach Ferguson is said to have stayed for over an hour

PSG face an uphill task to secure a spot in the final after losing 2-1 in the first leg in Paris despite having taken the lead.

And Ferguson, who is no stranger to enjoying iconic comebacks in the competition, visited the hotel on the morning of the showdown.

He is said to have stayed for just over an hour before leaving.

The 79-year-old, who was wearing a face mask branded with the United badge, was snapped walking out alongside PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

After his fleeting stay, Ferguson was seen leaving next to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi (L)

After his fleeting stay, Ferguson was seen leaving next to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi (L)

Alongside the Qatari businessman, the smartly-dressed Ferguson was seen being helped down a flight of steps.  

It has been reported by MEN that the hotel is currently only hosting the PSG squad with other guests currently barred due to coronavirus restrictions.

The exact contents of the discussion between the two tacticians is unknown, although Ferguson will likely hope Pochettino’s team are able to stun United’s notorious ‘noisy neighbours’.

Both men have enjoyed a good relationship over the years. After Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, they chatted over a bottle of red wine at a Mayfair restaurant.

Pochettino has labelled Ferguson as a 'very special person' as part of their good relationship

Pochettino has labelled Ferguson as a ‘very special person’ as part of their good relationship

Pochettino went on to describe their time together as a ‘dream come true’ and labelled Ferguson a ‘very special person’.

He also revealed that he paid for the meal after being asked to name the scorers for Argentina in their 1930 World Cup final triumph over Uruguay. 

Their positive rapport has continued with Ferguson believed to have been left ‘saddened’ after Pochettino was overlooked for the United hotseat in 2019. 

The Mail on Sunday reported in May 2019 that Ferguson is adamant the club he guided so successfully should always try to hire the very best available.

Ferguson memorably led United to a host of trophies during his spell between 1986 and 2013

Ferguson memorably led United to a host of trophies during his spell between 1986 and 2013

In that instance, the initial prime candidate looked to be Pochettino after Jose Mourinho’s dismissal.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was later handed the job on a permanent basis.

Should Pochettino help PSG pull off a sensational comeback, they will face the winners of Chelsea and Real Madrid’s final-four tie on May 29. 

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Kylian Mbappe travels to Manchester despite calf problem ahead of PSG’s second leg against City

Kylian Mbappe DOES travel to Manchester ahead of PSG’s Champions League semi-final second leg against City… with French star hoping to be involved despite calf problem which saw him miss weekend win against Lens

  • Kylian Mbappe is not 100 per cent fit heading into the semi-final second leg
  • The PSG star was rested as a precaution for the weekend win against Lens 
  • Mbappe has travelled to Manchester ahead of Tuesday night’s showdown
  • PSG are looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit and reach the final in Istanbul on May 29

Kylian Mbappe has travelled with the PSG squad to Manchester on Monday as the French champions look to overhaul a first-leg deficit tomorrow night. 

Manchester City hold a 2-1 lead going into the Champions League semi-final second leg at the Etihad and Mbappe’s involvement is currently up in the air after he picked up a calf problem. 

Mauricio Pochettino rested his star forward on Saturday for the 2-1 win against Lens in Ligue 1, with the PSG boss able to call upon an otherwise fully-fit squad on Tuesday, aside from long-term absentee Juan Bernat and the suspended Idrissa Gueye. 

Kylian Mbappe has travelled to Manchester and is hoping to be involved despite a calf injury

Mbappe posted an Instagram of himself on the plane to Manchester with Presnel Kimpembe

Mbappe himself posted on his Instagram page a photo of himself talking to Presnel Kimpembe on the plane over to Manchester on Monday. 

The only other person missing from the squad is Gueye, who is banned following his red card last week.  

The PSG midfielder received his marching orders after a poorly-timed tackle on Ilkay Gundogan as the game slipped away from the hosts at the Parc des Princes.

Despite the deficit, defender Alessandro Florenzi insists the team are desperate to give the fans ‘something magical’ as the Parisians strive to reach the final for the second year running. 

‘In these types of games you don’t feel fatigue,’ Florenzi said. ‘The truth is that you don’t feel fatigue because everything is at stake, motivation, pride, there is a team, there is a city that all want a good result.

‘Obviously we’ll do everything we can to give the fans something magical. That’s what we want, so what Ney said about fatigue is absolutely right. It will be above all a mental game and we want to take it really home. 

Mbappe watched on from the stands as his team-mates beat Lens in Ligue 1 on Saturday

Mbappe watched on from the stands as his team-mates beat Lens in Ligue 1 on Saturday 

‘I think that the less you prepare for these games mentally the better it is. If you start thinking about it 3 or 4 days before I think you arrive exhausted.

‘There are games that prepare themselves as we say and this is one of them. We’re going to go into it with a lot of heart, pride and desire to win to try and make history.’

City, meanwhile, are trying to reach the final for the first time in their history, as Pep Guardiola’s side chase glory on the European stage.   

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CHRIS SUTTON: Keeping the champagne for winning the Premier League on ice is bad news for PSG

CHRIS SUTTON: Keeping the champagne for potentially winning the Premier League on ice is bad news for Paris Saint-Germain – Mauricio Pochettino would have loved to seen City celebrating before their semi-final

  • Manchester City could have formally sealed their Premier League title on Sunday
  • But Liverpool and Manchester United’s clash was postponed due to fan trouble 
  • And not winning the title yet will be a good thing ahead of their European clash
  • It will mean Pep Guardiola’s city will be fully focused against French giants PSG 

The postponement at Old Trafford means City have to wait a little longer to be crowned champions. 

But, in a way, that might be a good thing. The silver lining for Pep Guardiola is none of City’s players will have been cracking open the bubbly last night. 

None of them will have been indulging or celebrating their title win into the wee hours. 

Manchester City all but sealed their Premier League title with a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace

But hundreds of Manchester United fans stormed the pitch at Old Trafford in protest against the club's American owners the Glazer family on Sunday, causing their match against Liverpool - which could have confirmed City as champions - to be postponed to an as yet unknown date

But hundreds of Manchester United fans stormed the pitch at Old Trafford in protest against the club’s American owners the Glazer family on Sunday, causing their match against Liverpool – which could have confirmed City as champions – to be postponed to an as yet unknown date

Instead, they’re all fully focused on the biggest game of their season — the Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain tomorrow night.

City hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg but when Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are in town, that can be wiped out in a flash. 

I’m sure if you had given PSG a choice — City win the Premier League title two days before your clash or they don’t — they would have chosen the former. 

Chris Sutton said that is bad news for Paris Saint-Germain, who face City in Europe on Tuesday

Chris Sutton said that is bad news for Paris Saint-Germain, who face City in Europe on Tuesday

Mauricio Pochettino would have loved to see pictures of City’s players partying on the eve of their trip to the Etihad. 

There will be plenty of time for Guardiola and his team to celebrate their Premier League title later. 

For now they can focus on the task at hand, which is to reach their first Champions League final. 

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Mauricio Pochettino ‘optimistic’ Kylian Mbappe WILL be fit for semi-final clash with Manchester City

Beware Manchester City! Mauricio Pochettino is optimistic Kylian Mbappe WILL be fit for PSG’s Champions League semi-final showdown with Manchester City after picking up calf problem in first leg

  • PSG face a season-defining second-leg clash with Manchester City on Tuesday 
  • The Ligue 1 side lost 2-1 in the first match of the Champions League semi-final 
  • Kylian Mbappe suffered a calf issue in the match and missed out against Lens 
  • PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is confident he will have Mbappe in his line-up  

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is banking on Kylian Mbappe winning his race to be fit for the French Champions’ Champions League semi-final comeback attempt against Manchester City.  

Tuesday night is another critical night in PSG’s history as the club chase European glory, after the Ligue 1 side lost the first-leg 2-1 to Pep Guardiola’s men. 

Kylian Mbappe played the full 90 minutes but walked off the Parc des Princes pitch nursing an injury in his right calf, and missed PSG’s 2-1 victory over Lens on Saturday. 

PSG are desperate to have Kylian Mbappe fit for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final

The forward came out of the first-leg loss to Manchester City last week with a calf problem

The forward came out of the first-leg loss to Manchester City last week with a calf problem 

‘Will Mbappe be there? I’m optimistic,’ Pochettino told Canal+

‘We think he will be there. We will see how it evolves tomorrow. We will decide before the match.’  

Neymar and Marquinhos made-up for Mbappe’s absence by guiding PSG through the newly-promoted over-achievers, but the World Cup winners power and pace will be crucial on Tuesday. 

Pochettino’s side had led at half-time in the first-leg but a petulant second-half saw the Parisians throw their lead. The Argentine now knows exactly what’s required of his side at the Etihad.  

Mauricio Pochettino believes he will have the World Cup winner's services for the critical game

Mauricio Pochettino believes he will have the World Cup winner’s services for the critical game

The Frenchman had to miss-out of PSG's 2-1 victory over Lens in Ligue 1 on Saturday afternoon

The Frenchman had to miss-out of PSG’s 2-1 victory over Lens in Ligue 1 on Saturday afternoon 

‘We had to win today, and Tuesday (we have to) score two goals and not concede,’ Pochettino continued. 

‘The most important thing will be to win, more than playing good football. We’re going to give it a try and we’re focused on this City game and the tactics we should put in place.’

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Mauricio Pochettino at a loss to explain ‘disappointing’ and ‘really painful’ mistakes from PSG

Mauricio Pochettino at a loss to explain ‘disappointing’ and ‘really painful’ mistakes from PSG in Manchester City defeat… insisting they are ‘difficult to accept’ in a Champions League semi-final

  • Paris Saint-Germain did take the lead against Man City through Marquinhos 
  • But two errors means they now trail in the semi-final ahead of the second leg 
  • Kevin De Bruyne’s cross was not dealt with as City improved in the second half
  • Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick found a gap in the wall to score the second goal for City 

Mauricio Pochettino admits his Paris Saint-Germain side were ‘very disappointed’ with the mistakes which handed Manchester City two away goals in their win at the Parc des Princes.

Having taken the lead through Marquinhos’ header, the Ligue 1 side conceded twice to trail at the halfway point in the Champions League semi-final ahead of next week’s second leg in Manchester.

Kevin De Bruyne’s floated cross found the corner of Keylor Navas’ net after the defenders failed to deal with it, before Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick went through Presnel Kimpembe and Leandro Paredes in the wall for City’s second.

Mauricio Pochettino admitted he was ‘very disappointed’ with PSG’s mistakes against Man City

The PSG defenders failed to deal with Kevin De Bruyne's cross which ended up in the corner of the net

The PSG defenders failed to deal with Kevin De Bruyne’s cross which ended up in the corner of the net

And speaking after the game to BT Sport, former Tottenham boss Pochettino admitted the errors were ‘really painful’ and ‘difficult to accept’ in a game of such magnitude.

‘[It was] two accidents for the two goals,’ the Argentine said.  

‘I think we feel very disappointed. It was difficult to accept that it happened in the semi-final, and that is really painful that it happened in this moment.’

The mistakes came after a first half which the French champions dominated, but Pochettino admitted they struggled with the physical demands of keeping Pep Guardiola’s side at bay in the second half. 

Riyad Mahrez then found a gap between Presnel Kimpembe and Leandro Paredes to score

Riyad Mahrez then found a gap between Presnel Kimpembe and Leandro Paredes to score

‘It is difficult for them to explain why we were better in the first half, but they were more consistent in second half,’ he added.

‘I think it was difficult for us to cope with the demand and the physical condition. 

‘They were a little bit more aggressive, and it was difficult for us to recover the ball, sometimes it was a lot of possession for Manchester City, and of course it made it difficult to play.

‘We didn’t show the energy you need when you recover the ball to keep possession and try to force them go deep.’

All that came after defender Marquinhos had given the hosts a first-half lead in Paris

All that came after defender Marquinhos had given the hosts a first-half lead in Paris

Pochettino admitted his side struggled with the physical side of the game in the second half

Pochettino admitted his side struggled with the physical side of the game in the second half

Pochettino’s night was made worse with 13 minutes remaining when Idrissa Gueye was sent off for a horrible challenge on the back of Ilkay Gundogan’s Achilles tendon.

Opta state it was the first time since Alvaro Arbeloa in 2012-2013 that a player had received a second red card in the same Champions League campaign after the former Everton midfielder’s sending off against RB Leipzig in the group stages.

PSG tried to argue on the field De Bruyne should have met the same fate eight minutes later after he stepped on the top of substitute Danilo Pereira’s foot, but Pochettino had no complaints about either decision. 

Asked if the sending off showed PSG’s building frustration, Pochettino added: ‘No, it was an action like De Bruyne, it can be yellow, it can be red. 

‘I am not going to complain about that, only maybe that it was an action… you cannot stick this action with the game. It was an individual action.’ 

Idrissa Gueye also saw red after a horrendous challenge on City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan

Idrissa Gueye also saw red after a horrendous challenge on City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan

PSG players believed De Bruyne should have met the same fate, but Pochettino had no complaints

PSG players believed De Bruyne should have met the same fate, but Pochettino had no complaints

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