Edinson Cavani insisted he wants to see out the remainder of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.

It has been a difficult end to the campaign for PSG, but Thomas Tuchel's side cruised to a 4-0 victory over Dijon in their final home match of the season.

Cavani scored the second goal four minutes in, after Angel Di Maria had put the Ligue 1 champions ahead, taking his goal tally for the season to 23 in all competitions.

The 32-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season, and had been linked with a move away from Parc des Princes, with former club Napoli cited as a potential destination, although those rumours were shot down by his agent.

And Cavani has now stated his intention to remain in Paris for at least the duration of his current deal.

"It's beautiful [being Ligue 1 champions], these are things you keep in memory," Cavani told Canal+.

"The fans give us love. It's beautiful, I thank them. The future? The first thing is to respect my contract.

"I like this club, this city, I'm happy with my family. Football does not only depend on me, but I would like to stay and finish my contract. 

"A return to Naples? No, I do not say anything. Of course I will be here next year."

Cavani is PSG's all-time record goalscorer, having joined from Napoli in 2013, winning five Ligue 1 titles, five Coupes de la Ligue and four Coupes de France since then.

Paris Saint-Germain will need to compete with several European heavyweights if they are to sign Tanguy Ndombele, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says.

Ndombele played the entire 90 minutes in Lyon's final home game of the season in Ligue 1, as they hammered lowly Caen 4-0 to confirm their place in the Champions League for next season.

It looks set to have been the midfielder's last appearance for Lyon at Groupama Stadium, however, with Aulas – who has previously claimed that Serie A giants Juventus would be his preferred destination for Ndombele – again reiterating that the 22-year-old France international will leave the club in the close season.

And Aulas has now revealed that Lyon have had up to three offers for Ndombele, though Ligue 1 champions PSG have not yet matched the bids submitted by other clubs.

"I am negotiating with the biggest European clubs for Ndombele," Aulas, who also confirmed that Sylvinho will take over from Bruno Genesio as head coach for next season, told L'Equipe.

"I'm the one who revived the PSG talks so that they don't feel dismissed. If PSG aligns with the three offers received and Tanguy agrees, it would be nice if he goes there."

As well as Juve and both Manchester clubs, Tottenham have also been credited with an interest in Ndombele, who has made 48 appearances in all competitions for Lyon this term, scoring twice.

Lyon have confirmed former Brazil defender Sylvinho will succeed Bruno Genesio as head coach and club icon Juninho Pernambucano shall return as sporting director.

Genesio confirmed in April that he will not renew his contract – which expires in June – and Ligue 1 side Lyon were subsequently linked with a host of coaches.

Jose Mourinho was among them and the former Manchester United manager even seemed to encourage the links.

But Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed after Saturday's 4-0 win over Caen they have gone for a more left-field option in Sylvinho – assistant to Brazil coach Tite – with Juninho making the choice after agreeing to become Lyon's new sporting director.

Speaking to reporters, Aulas said: "We saw Juninho two times in Los Angeles to obtain his agreement and we have it.

"He will come, even though some financial details remaining. He has a love story with Lyon. He chose Sylvinho as coach and we have his agreement too.

"He has this aspiration of high-level talent. We had to convince him because he had a lot of offers."

Sylvinho represented Manchester City, Barcelona and Arsenal during his career, while Juninho – known for his free-kick ability – spent eight years at Lyon as a player, winning seven Ligue 1 titles.

 

Kylian Mbappe moved two behind Lionel Messi in the race for the Golden Shoe as his brace helped Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain to a 4-0 victory over Dijon.

World Cup winner Mbappe, back from a three-match ban following his red card in the Coupe de France final, scored in either half to move onto 32 goals for the season, two adrift of Barcelona striker Messi's haul of 34 in LaLiga, ahead of their respective teams' final fixtures.

PSG passed the 90-point barrier in their final home fixture of the campaign, Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani both netting inside the opening four minutes.

Mbappe then struck either side of the interval to become the first Frenchman to score 32 league goals in a Ligue 1 season since Philippe Gondet did so for Nantes in 1965-66.

PSG's form since being confirmed as champions had been patchy, and their win over Angers last time out was just their second in seven Ligue 1 games, but their rapid start ensured they could coast to three points at the Parc des Princes.

Di Maria's third-minute effort deflected off Wesley Lautoa to leave Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson stranded as the ball hit the net.

The goalscorer then turned provider a minute later, crossing the ball to the back post for Cavani to head in from close range.

Teenager Loic Mbe Soh was denied a first senior goal by the post when he nodded Thomas Meunier's cross against the woodwork before Mbappe stabbed in his first from virtually on the line after Cavani had almost turned in Layvin Kurzawa's cross.

Nine minutes after half-time, Mbappe displayed his ruthless streak again, racing onto Leandro Paredes' throughball and dinking over Runarsson to make it 4-0.

On an otherwise flawless night, the 20-year-old then squandered a chance to score his hat-trick, heading wide from a corner when unmarked before Runarsson denied him again late on.

 

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin vowed planned changes to club competitions, including the Champions League, will not harm European football.

Changes, including the introduction of a third European competition, are set to be introduced by UEFA after 2024, with a reformation of the Champions League also being discussed.

A proposal by Juventus chief executive Andrea Agnelli for 24 of the 32 Champions League teams to automatically retain their places in the competition has been met with strong opposition, as the new format would involve expanded eight-team groups, meaning fixtures would be played on weekends.

But Ceferin has promised UEFA will not play club competition matches that would disrupt domestic league fixtures.

"This was an important meeting with our member associations to get their views on how our club competitions should be designed in the future," Ceferin said after meeting the presidents and general secretaries of the 55 member associations of UEFA in Budapest.

"There were many different opinions expressed and we will feed these into our thinking on this issue.

"I was encouraged by the positive response to the consultation process and by the solidarity among associations.

"I was happy to repeat our commitment not to play UEFA club competition matches at weekends, with the exception of the Champions League Final.

"The consultation process is ongoing and we look forward to receiving the thoughts of other stakeholders directly, rather than having to piece them together from media statements.

"We will not decide anything without taking everyone's views into account.  We would never accept changes that would harm European football."

Following weeks of speculation, Massimiliano Allegri confirmed on Friday that he is to leave Juventus at the end of the season after five years at the club.

Allegri will have won the Serie A title in all five of his seasons with Juve - having done likewise in his first campaign with AC Milan in 2010-11 - while also lifting the Coppa Italia on four occasions.

But the 51-year-old's future at the Allianz Stadium had been uncertain ever since Juve crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Ajax.

Following a meeting with president Andrea Agnelli this week, Allegri has decided to step down and seek a new challenge away from Turin.

Given his success in Italy, a number of teams - including some of those he has faced regularly in Serie A - could be interested. Here, we assess potential landing spots for Allegri.


Bayern Munich (current boss: Niko Kovac)

Bayern could be another side soon to be in the hunt for a new man at the helm as questions continue to be asked of Kovac. Despite being on course for a domestic double, with Bayern two points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga with a game to go ahead of the DFB-Pokal final, Kovac reportedly does not fit the profile for the type of man the German giants are after - something which would not be a problem if Allegri is appointed.

Chelsea (current boss: Maurizio Sarri)

Sarri appears to be living on borrowed time at Stamford Bridge even if, like Kovac, he can reflect on a debut campaign at a new club with plenty of positives. He guided Chelsea to third in the Premier League, a Wembley appearance in the EFL Cup - they battled with Manchester City for 120 minutes before losing on penalties - and to the final of the Europa League, where domestic rivals Arsenal await on May 29. Should they turn to Allegri, he will become the seventh Italian coach to have managed the club in the past two decades.

Paris Saint-Germain (current boss: Thomas Tuchel)

Tuchel has been unable to shake off rumours that he will be on his way out following a solitary season in charge, not helped by his side's poor run of form towards the end of the campaign. PSG retained their Ligue 1 crown with plenty to spare, but they were unable to do likewise in the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue, while they also exited the Champions League at the last-16 stage. As a two-time finalist in UEFA's showpiece club competition, PSG's ambitious owners may see Allegri as the right fit to at least take them beyond the quarter-finals - something they have failed to achieve under Qatari ownership.

AC Milan (current boss: Gennaro Gattuso)

Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis is reportedly in the process of meeting candidates to take over from Gattuso, who has had his coaching credentials questioned in a season that has seen the fallen Italian giants struggle for consistency. With surprise package Atalanta three points better off in the race for the final Champions League qualifying spot, Milan face the prospect of another season away from European football's top table. Given his San Siro past, where he won the Serie A title and the Supercoppa Italiana, could Allegri be tempted by a return to Milan to help revive his former side's faltering fortunes?

Inter (current boss: Luciano Spalletti)

Allegri may take the controversial option of managing Milan's bitter rivals should he not fancy a return to the club he left in 2014 when sacked midway through the campaign. Lifting the Serie A title with a third different club may appeal to him, particularly as Inter are rumoured to be ready to spend big in the next transfer window as they aim to challenge for major honours once again. Spalletti is the man in charge at the Nerazzurri, but an underwhelming 2019 has seen his future called into question.

Arsenal (current boss: Unai Emery)

Perhaps the only one of the clubs listed where the top job is not under immediate threat, although Arsenal chiefs may opt to twist should they lose their huge Europa League final showdown with Chelsea. Allegri was tipped to succeed Arsene Wenger at Emirates Stadium last year, only for Emery to get the nod, and the Spaniard worked through a mixed campaign in the Premier League. The big question is, though, would Allegri be happy to join a club in need of improvements but without huge funds available to spend?

Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel have quelled reports that Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain will be rivalling Barcelona for Antoine Griezmann's signature.

Griezmann and Atletico Madrid confirmed on Tuesday that the 28-year-old's stay in the Spanish capital would be coming to an end after five years at the club.

Last June, the France forward signed a new contract to keep him at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2023, with a documentary titled 'The Decision' having been made to publicise Griezmann's choice not to move to Camp Nou.

However, following his change of heart, reports have suggested Premier League champions City were considering challenging any renewed interest from Barca by activating the forward's release clause, reportedly set at €120million.

But Guardiola insists the fee would be too much for City, who are under investigation by UEFA for alleged Financial Fair Play (FFP) breaches. The club vehemently deny any wrongdoing.

"People from Barcelona don't have to be worried, we are not going to buy Griezmann," Guardiola told reporters on Friday. "We don't have the money."

PSG, too, have been linked with interest in Griezmann but, like his counterpart in Manchester, Tuchel was quick to deny the reports, stressing that his priorities are to strengthen his side's defence, not attack.

"Griezmann can play with every team in the world," the PSG coach told a news conference.

"It would please any coach, but right now it's not realistic. We are looking for players with certain profiles. We need defensive profiles, and we have to start with that."

Griezmann has scored 21 goals in all competitions this term and could play his last game for Atleti against Levante on Saturday in their final LaLiga fixture of the season.

Gianluigi Buffon confirmed Paris Saint-Germain have offered him a contract extension.

Buffon, 41, was expected to retire at the end of the 2017-18 campaign with Juventus before PSG persuaded him to move to France, and now he is considering a further extension to his career.

The Italian has featured 24 times across all competitions for the Ligue 1 champions this season, sharing first-choice responsibilities with Alphonse Areola.

He only signed a one-year deal with PSG, but has shown himself to still be capable of performing at the highest level despite his age.

And PSG seem intent on keeping him around until he is 42.

Speaking to Sky Uno, Buffon said: "The club has offered me an extension, which makes me really happy.

"We will look in a few days to examine this project and see if we both believe that it is good to continue together.

"It's going well in Paris. I live an exceptional life experience at 41 years old. I arrived convinced that I would be involved as a player and as a person, and I found what I came for."

Should Buffon stay at PSG for another year, he will enter his 25th season as a professional.

The French Football League (LFP) and the German Football League (DFL) have signalled their opposition to proposed Champions League changes.

Plans for a major revamp of the tournament are being considered by the European Club Association (ECA), including the possibility of increasing the number of group stage games.

The Premier League released a statement in April to reveal all 20 clubs are unanimously against such alterations to the Champions League.

And on Wednesday both the LFP and DFL followed suit in airing their concerns about the ECA's proposals for Europe's leading club competition.

"French football is worried about the sporting and economic consequences of the current project for the national championships," said the LFP.

The LFP's statement said 32 members voted against the ECA's proposals, while there were also three abstentions, with the body to put forward alternative arrangements.

The ECA also proposed changing the qualification system, with the DFL's chief executive Christian Seifert joining the LFP in opposition of the plans.

"The presently discussed concept... would have unacceptable consequences for the national leagues in Europe and should therefore not be implemented in this form," he said.

"We must not allow the traditional national leagues to be damaged in their attractiveness for millions of people across the continent.

"In all discussions, two points are of crucial importance: the number of games in the football calendar and, above all, access to international competitions.

"Changes to these must not jeopardise the relevance and future of the national leagues in Europe."

Youri Djorkaeff says changes are needed at Paris Saint-Germain after the "craziest" end to the season.

Thomas Tuchel's champions stumbled over the line despite a commanding lead in the Ligue 1 title race, and they lost the Coupe de France final on penalties to Rennes, even though they were 2-0 up in the first half.

PSG also failed to retain the Coupe de la Ligue, having been knocked out at home in the quarter-finals by Guingamp, who went on to be relegated from Ligue 1, while Tuchel's men suffered a last-16 loss to Manchester United in the Champions League.

Speculation continues to link Neymar with a move away from the French capital, while record goalscorer Edinson Cavani is reportedly a target for Atletico Madrid.

And after another season of European disappointment, Djorkaeff - who played for the club in 1995-96 when they won the Cup Winners' Cup - feels the off-season is crucial for the Ligue 1 champions.

Djorkaeff, speaking courtesy of the UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour – Driven by Kia, told Omnisport: "Some changes must happen within the club. The main question in my opinion is to know who is at Paris Saint-Germain and what they're doing there.

"I speak about players, entourage and staff. At some stage you need to put in place people who want to be there and help the club to improve. Once we'll answer this question, many issues will be fixed."

Tuchel's place at the club has been questioned, partly due to PSG's below-par performance in the Champions League.

The former Borussia Dortmund coach masterminded a first-leg victory at Old Trafford but then saw his side collapse, as they have in Europe in previous seasons, with Marcus Rashford's late penalty sealing a sensational comeback for United.

"There is not much to think about because he's the best in a league where they did not play many big games," Djorkaeff said of Tuchel, whose side have lost three of their past six Ligue 1 games.

"Not to diminish Marseille, Lyon or Lille, the competition didn't scare PSG. In Europe it didn't go well. The end of the season is the craziest. It didn't go according to plan at all. That a club like Paris let the team end the season that way is not allowed at such level.

"Paris Saint-Germain's ambitions are to reach that level of the competition [Champions League semi-finals]. That’s why we are more concerned about what they lack than what they possess. It can be built.

"The Champions League is every year a learning experience. The issue that Paris Saint-Germain is facing is that at the same stage [of the competition], they make the same mistakes. We then questioned ourselves about why Paris are not going through.

"I think that people in the club know why and that one day they’ll have to change their philosophy. The club's identity must be [to] push more forward."

Guingamp have been relegated from Ligue 1 after Sunday's 1-1 draw away to Rennes.

The fate of Jocelyn Gourvennec's side looked to be sealed when they were still trailing 1-0 to Ismaila Sarr's early goal with three minutes remaining.

But Alexandre Mendy struck to give them hope, with referee Karim Abed then awarding Guingamp a penalty for handball in added time.

Marcus Thuram - son of World Cup winner Lilian - could not convert the penalty, though, as goalkeeper Tomas Koubek made the save.

Guingamp, who lost the Coupe de la Ligue final to Strasbourg on penalties in March, therefore cannot climb out of the relegation zone.

It is the third time they have been relegated from Ligue 1 and the first time they have fallen out of the top flight since 2003-04.

With two rounds of games to go, Dijon occupy 19th place in the table with Caen two points above them.

Monaco are only above the relegation play-off place on goal difference.

Liverpool fans must be wondering what more their team could have done after they picked up 97 points and still did not win the Premier League, yet the Reds are not alone in coming up just short in a title race despite performing superbly.

Jurgen Klopp's side won 30 of their 38 matches and lost just once, only to miss out on the title by one point as Pep Guardiola's Manchester City retained the trophy on Sunday.

Liverpool's 97-point haul is the best accrued by a team that has finished second in the Premier League's 20-club era.

But how does it compare to other runners-up in Europe's major leagues, who racked up the points but still finished without winners' medals?

Scottish Premier League 2002-03: Celtic (97 points)

Finishing second with 97 points has been done before, and Celtic came even closer than Liverpool. Celtic and their Glasgow rivals Rangers finished with identical records (31 wins, four draws and three defeats) but the Gers, who scored 101 times, had a +73 goal difference, one better than the Bhoys' +72. The two had the same goal difference heading into the final round of games but Rangers' 6-1 victory over Dunfermline meant they got the trophy instead of Celtic, who could only win 4-0 against Kilmarnock.

LaLiga 2009-10: Real Madrid (96 points)

After bringing in Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema before the season, Real Madrid would surely have expected to end the campaign with some silverware. Yet it was Guardiola's Barcelona who once again won the title. Madrid scored 102 goals and had 31 victories - as many as Barca. However, four defeats, including two to their great rivals - proved costly in the final standings as Barca finished three clear on 99 points.

Serie A 2017-18: Napoli (91 points)

A 5-0 win over Cagliari at the end of February moved Napoli four points clear at the top of Serie A, yet they were reeled in by a Juventus team that went on to make it seven Scudettos in a row. Maurizio Sarri's Napoli even won at Juventus in April but dropped points in six of their final 12 fixtures, leaving them four adrift of the Bianconeri in the final standings.

Premier League 2011-12: Manchester United (89 points)

Seven years ago City were involved in an even more dramatic title race when they ended a 44-year wait to win the top flight by scoring twice in stoppage time to beat QPR. Their cross-city rivals Manchester United had beaten Sunderland and were waiting on the full-time whistle at the Etihad Stadium but, with 93:20 on the clock, Sergio Aguero rifled in a winner to seal the title for City on goal difference.


Ligue 1 2016-17: Paris Saint-Germain (87 points)

PSG have won six titles in the previous seven seasons, but they were pipped to the crown in 2016-17 by a Monaco team featuring Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Fabinho. Monaco, who also reached the Champions League semi-finals, won 18 of their final 20 games, drawing the other two, to clinch the title with an eight-point gap to the Parisians. PSG's response was to splash the cash and sign Neymar and Mbappe in the off-season.

Bundesliga 2015-16: Borussia Dortmund (78 points)

A relentless pace caused by a Guardiola team once again proved too much for the nearest challengers as his Bayern Munich side retained the title by taking 88 points from a possible 102. Dortmund impressed in Thomas Tuchel's first campaign at the helm, winning 24 of their 34 matches, but they still finished 10 adrift of Bayern, whose 5-1 victory in October showed the gulf between Germany's two leading clubs.

Real Madrid would be "the best place" for Neymar according to the president of his former club Santos, Jose Carlos Peres, who said the Brazil forward was "totally wrong to league Barcelona".

The 27-year-old dropped his biggest hint yet that he might remain at Paris Saint-Germain when he posted a message on his Instagram account after his side's 2-1 victory over Angers SCO on Saturday that said: "See you next time, Ligue 1."

But Peres, who was involved with Santos during Neymar's emergence as a young player at the Brazilian club, said Neymar should not have moved to Ligue 1 in the first place and called for him to return to Spain. 

"I hope Neymar goes to Real Madrid, it would be the best place for him," Peres told Marca.

"He was totally wrong to leave Barcelona, he was still growing as a player. He hasn't done well since he left.

"I'm a follower of Real Madrid and it's a club that does things in a perfect way. If he gets the chance to wear the Real Madrid shirt, then he shouldn't think twice."

Peres underlined his support for Madrid by giving his full backing to the club's signing of Santos starlet Rodrygo Goes.

The 18-year-old has agreed a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu that will be completed in July and Peres predicted the forward will be a hit in LaLiga.

"Rodrygo is going to be a great player," said Peres.

"I was very happy when he signed for Madrid. He's not a star, he is always willing to learn.

"He loves football, and that is very important."

Peres went on to rank Rodrygo alongside Santos' greatest exports, adding: "The best players to come through here are Pele, Robinho, Neymar and now Rodrygo."

Thomas Tuchel reiterated he has full faith in Thiago Silva and Marquinhos and is unsure why Neymar has been tipped to take over as Paris Saint-Germain's captain.

The PSG boss ruled out the possibility of handing Neymar the captain's armband when speaking to reporters on the eve of his side's trip to Angers.

But after the Brazil forward delivered a reminder of his quality with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win at the Stade Raymond Kopa, Tuchel was again pressed on the topic.

"We have two captains, with Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, and we are not going to change," he told Canal Plus. "For me, he does not have the profile to be the captain with the armband. 

"He is a technical leader and attacker. I do not understand why everyone is talking about this thing. We have Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, they are fantastic."

Saturday's victory against Angers was PSG's first away win in four attempts since the end of March and just a second win in eight matches overall in a season that has fizzled out.

The win came at a cost, though, as Marquinhos was shown a straight red card for bringing down Wilfried Kanga in the box with five minutes remaining and PSG two goals to the good.

And Tuchel feels the officials got the decision wrong as awarding a penalty, which Flavien Tait converted at the second attempt after Gianluigi Buffon saved the spot-kick, should have been punishment enough.

"We are all very surprised by the decision because we have the impression that the rule is not like that," he said. "He tries to get the ball and he is late, there is a foul but the red is severe.

"It's always good to win. We had a bit of luck because Angers had opportunities to open the scoring, but we won and there were many good moments."

PSG face Dijon in their final home match next weekend, before concluding their campaign with a trip to Reims on the final day.

Neymar scored one and set up another as 10-man Paris Saint-Germain returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Angers at the Stade Raymond Kopa on Saturday.

Angers had taken twice as many points from their last five Ligue 1 games than PSG had managed, but it was the recently crowned champions who came out on top thanks in large part to the work of Neymar.

A week on from scoring his 50th goal for the club, the Brazilian forward broke the deadlock with a diving header 20 minutes in before teeing up Angel Di Maria just before the hour.

PSG held on to put an end to their three-match winless run, despite having Marquinhos sent off and conceding a late goal from Flavien Tait.

Brought back into the side after missing the draw with Nice last week, PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon produced fine saves to keep out Tait and Stephane Bahoken in the opening 16 minutes of the match.

But the visitors had chances of their own in a lively start as Edinson Cavani was denied by Ludovic Butelle and then had a goal rightly ruled out for offside.

The Parisians made their spell on top count as Dani Alves delayed his cross and picked out Neymar, who guided the ball away from Butelle with a header into the bottom corner.

After plenty of toiling from Thomas Tuchel's side, Neymar set up the second after 58 minutes by drifting past Vincent Manceau and clipping the ball into the centre of the box for Di Maria to easily head home.

Tait converted at the second attempt following Buffon's save from his late penalty, awarded after Marquinhos brought down Wilfried Kanga in the box, but PSG held firm for the win.

 

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