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Manchester United convinced Jose Mourinho will stay with club

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Manchester United have no concerns that club coach Jose Mourinho could leave next summer to take up the managerial position with another club.

There had been also those who work closely with him who believe that the Portuguese retains the drive to win the Premier League for the club.

Although it is a known fact that Mourinho was a long-term target of Paris Saint-Germain and other leading sides, United’s board would welcome Mourinho staying for a decade or more, as this would mean a long period of success had been established.

However, Manchester United are currently second in the Premier League and eight points behind Manchester City — and had lost 1-0 at Chelsea before the international break in what was their second league defeat of the opening 11 matches.

Their first defeat had been the shock 2-1 loss at newly promoted Huddersfield Town on 21 October.

In the week of the game against Chelsea, Mourinho caused some surprise by praising “special” PSG and ruling out spending the remainder of his career at United.

But at the moment, there is no concern among the United hierarchy that a manager whose longest spell at a club was just over three seasons during his first Chelsea tenure will depart in the close season.

It is a general feeling around the board that he is energised by the challenge of managing United, who on Thursday announced record turnover of £141m for the third quarter of 2017, and by trying to claim the club’s first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in May 2013.

Prediction:

Manchester United 2:0 Newcastle United

Bayern Munich sacks head coach Carlo Ancelotti after defeat to PSG

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Bayern Munich have sacked Carlo Ancelotti after the German Champions Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes.

Ancelotti, who had been appointed to replace Pep Guardiola last summer, was dismissed after a meeting of the club’s board on Thursday despite leading Bayern to the Bundesliga title last season.

“The performance of our team since the start of the season did not meet the expectations we put on them,” said Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “The game in Paris clearly showed that we had to draw consequences. [Sporting director] Hasan Salihamidzic and I had an open and serious discussion with Carlo today and informed him of our decision.” – Cara Daftar Sbobet

“I would like to thank Carlo for his cooperation and regret what has happened. Carlo is my friend and will remain so, but we had to make a professional decision for the benefit of FC Bayern. I now expect the team to have a positive development and absolute performance, so we can reach our goals for this season.”

In the game against PSG, the Ligue 1 runners-up took the lead in only the second minute when Neymar swerved his way into the penalty area and teed up Dani Alves, with Kylian Mbappe then assisted both Edinson Cavani and Neymar after half-time.

Mbappe also provided the assist for Neymar, tricking his way into the box in the 63rd minute before playing the ball across goal for the Brazilian to pounce from close range.

Rummenigge had quickly called for “consequences” following the loss at the Parc des Princes, which was the club’s heaviest defeat in the Champions League group stages for 21 years. “What we’ve seen tonight was not Bayern Munich,” he said.

Bayern, who were Bundesliga champions in each of the past five seasons, are also having a hard time maintaining their stranglehold over the German top flight title, losing at Hoffenheim in their third match and being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Wolfsburg last Friday.

They are currently third in the German top flight table, three points behind Borussia Dortmund, with four wins, one draw and one defeat from their first six matches.

Bayern will next play away to Hertha Berlin on Sunday in the Bundesliga.

Kylian Mbappe: I turned down Manchester City, not Pep Guardiola

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French striker Kylian Mbappe revealed that he turned down a possible move to Manchester City before he left Monaco for Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappe, 18, revealed that he met with Guardiola at a time when he was still intent on staying at Monaco and was impressed by the Spaniard’s passion for the game, but he opted against joining forces with the Premier League club rather than the manager.

“When the season finished in May, my idea was to stay. There was not another possibility in my head,” Mbappe told L’Equipe.

“When I met with some coaches, I told them, and they can confirm, that my priority is Monaco. And if Monaco does what I expect, I wouldn’t want to leave. After that, something happened and I changed my position.”

“I didn’t say no to him [Guardiola] but I said no to Manchester City. When I saw him, we talked about tactics, how he could use me. That’s really a coach that feels football.”

“He has won everywhere and transmits a passion to you. I love coaches that just talk about football. He’s like the [PSG] coach [Unai] Emery.”

Over the summer following a successful debut season, Mbappe was targeted by European elite clubs in the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal and City before joining PSG on an initial loan move that is expected to be made permanent at the end of the season for €180 million.

The France international was expected to head to Real Madrid for much of the window, but instead opted for a loan move to PSG as he believed there would be greater opportunities for valuable minutes on the pitch.

“Here, I can continue to progress and play. What I want is to play, so you go to a club where you can do that,” Mbappe added. “I’m French and I choose a French team. People must be happy to keep a French player in the league.”

Kylian Mbappe to join PSG on loan with option to buy for €155m

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Paris Saint Germain have reached an agreement in principle with Ligue 1 rivals Monaco to loan striker Kylian Mbappe, an agreement which includes a €155m purchase option.

PSG had been negotiating with Monaco and UEFA over the past week as all parties try to reach a deal that would not contravene financial fair play rules after they signed Neymar from Barcelona for €222m (£198m) earlier this summer, with a deal concluded on Sunday night with green light from UEFA.

The agreement would see Mbappe joining on an initial loan deal with a purchase clause for the young Frenchman, a clause that could is not attached with any obligation to be fulfilled by next summer.

There is, however, a significant loan fee that PSG has to pay for Mbappe, who had produced a brilliant show consistently for Monaco both in the Champions League and in Ligue 1, as the teenager prepares for his medical in the French Capital later today.

On the other hand, it would mean that Monaco’s roster is once again being thinned after members of their Ligue 1 winning squad in Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy all joined Premier League clubs.

UEFA had been clear that its Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules do function and the president, Aleksander Ceferin, said on Friday that it would punish clubs “severely” if they do not comply with the rules.

“I am very serious,” he said last Friday. “We will try to help [the clubs understand the rules]. We will try to advise them on FFP. But if they don’t comply we will punish and we will punish severely.”

“I am not talking about [just] PSG. I am talking about every club in Europe. We are monitoring the situation, the transfer window is not closed yet. Trust me, we’re working on it.”

FFP was introduced by UEFA seven years ago to stop clubs involved in European competition from spending more than they earn, with the core principle that beyond a small loss currently set at €5m over three years, clubs’ outgoings must match their incomings.