Toni Kroos Announces Film Titled ‘KROOS’ Will Be Released in July

​Real Madrid star Toni Kroos has announced that a new film about him will be released in Germany on 4 July.

The Germany international made 43 appearances in all competitions in what was a generally disappointing season for Los Blancos, though he recently signed a new four-year contract at the Bernabeu.

That deal indicates that the midfielder remains an integral part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans moving forward, having become a mainstay in the ​Madrid engine room since joining the club from ​Bayern Munich in 2014.

A World Cup winner with Germany, ​Kroos has also won three Bundesliga titles, one La Liga crown and lifted the Champions League on four occasions between his spells in Bavaria and Madrid. As revealed by the 29-year-old on ​Twitter, he is also set to have his own film release.

The midfielder wrote: “Coming sooooooo!! !! !! Very excited to present you the cover of my movie KROOS which will be released in Germany on July 4th! Love it! You too?”

Kroos becomes the latest footballer to have a personal film released, with the likes of Madrid icon Zinedine Zidane and ​Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish also given biopics in recent years.

However, it is less common for stars who are still at the peak of their playing career to be given such coverage, and KROOS is an acknowledgement of the achievements of one of the most successful players of his generation.


N’Golo Kante Suffers Injury Setback as Blues Sweat Over Star’s Fitness Ahead of Europa League Final

​N’Golo Kante has suffered another injury setback in a potential blow to Chelsea ahead of the Europa League final.

The France international had been set to recover from a calf strain in time to face London rivals Arsenal in Baku, having sustained the problem during the Blues’ Premier League clash with Watford in May.

Kante had stepped up his recovery and returned to full training as ​Chelsea prepare for the Europa League final on Wednesday but, according to ​Goal, the 28-year-old suffered a fresh knock in training on Saturday which leaves his fitness in doubt ahead of the showdown.

It’s thought the midfielder suffered a blow to his knee which makes his involvement in the game in Baku doubtful after Maurizio Sarri had recently confirmed that he expected Kante to return in time to face ​Arsenal.

Kante’s potential absence would leave Chelsea significantly short on options in midfield, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek having suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during a recent friendly game against New England Revolution in the United States.

N'golo Kante

Callum Hudson-Odoi is also ruled out of the final with the same injury, whilst defender Antonio Rudiger has had surgery on a knee problem and will also miss out against the Gunners.

However, young defender Ethan Ampadu has returned from a back injury and is likely to be in the squad to take on Unai Emery’s side.

Arsenal have a number of selection issues themselves, though, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan left out of the squad due to concerns over his safety and security in Baku, whilst Aaron Ramsey, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Denis Suarez remain out for the remainder of the season.


James Milner Reveals What Lionel Messi Called Him During Barcelona’s UCL Semi-Final Breakdown

Lionel Messi repeatedly called James Milner a ‘donkey’ during ​Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final clash with Barcelona, according to the Reds defender.

Barcelona went into the second leg of the semi-final fixture at Anfield up 3-0 and were cruising toward the final when Milner and the Reds spoiled the Spanish club’s party and came back to book their spot in Madrid. 2019 marked the second season in a row in which Barca blew a huge lead going into the second leg of a knockout fixture, losing to Roma on away goals in the 2018 quarter-finals. 

​​With the final just under a week away, ​Milner has revealed how Messi called him a ‘donkey’ after coming off the pitch at half-time, furious with the Englishman. Speaking with the ​Daily Mail, Milner claimed: “He wasn’t happy. He was giving me plenty in Spanish going down the tunnel at half-time as well. He was calling me ‘burro’.

“It translates as donkey but I think it’s also used in Spanish football as a general term for someone who goes around kicking people. I asked him if he was all right, but he wasn’t having it. I don’t think he realised I understood his Spanish.”

The 33-year-old reiterated his respect for ​Messi but continued by revealing what the Argentine said to him. “He [Messi] said: ‘That foul you did, that’s because I nutmegged you.’ I left him to it at that point and went into the changing room. Look, I’ve only got admiration for him. He has earned the right to say what he wants. The stuff he did in that game, stuff he has done his whole career, it makes him tough to play against.


“If you try and stop him, you can’t be scared of being made to look foolish. I’ve done it. I’ve been nutmegged by him and it has been viewed a million times. I wasn’t the first and I won’t be the last. He’s an incredible player. 

“But with players like that, you have to let them know you’re there and not let them have everything their own way. You just need to try to disrupt their rhythm. You don’t want to hurt him but it’s a physical game and, if he’s running the game, you try and knock him out of his stride. It’s part of the game, the mental side.”

Milner and the ​Reds will look to avenge their loss in last season’s ​Champions League final when they take on Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Saturday.


Josep Bartomeu Admits Barcelona Will Be ‘Moving Players on’ in Summer Overhaul

​Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has admitted that the club are working to move players on from Camp Nou this summer as they prepare to make further signings.

The Catalans have already completed the £75m signing of Ajax star Frenkie de Jong and have been heavily linked with adding his fellow Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt to their ranks, whilst a likely move for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann is set to cost in excess of £100m.

Star names including Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Malcom and Andre Gomes are all reported to be among the players which could be sold to fund ​Barcelona’s further investments. As quoted by ​Sky Sports, Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final defeat to Valencia: “The season ends with the La Liga title.

“It wasn’t to be in the Copa del Rey and we keep moving forward. Every year new players come in. So far we have confirmed De Jong’s signing and now we will work on bringing in others and moving players on, as is normal every summer.

“Now is not the moment to do anything. There are always new signings, but now is not the moment to talk about it.”

Clement Lenglet

A 2-1 defeat to Valencia on Saturday meant that Barcelona suffered another disappointment in their bid to add further silverware to their La Liga crown, with the likes of Coutinho struggling to deliver once more.

A 4-0 capitulation at Anfield which sealed Barcelona’s elimination from the Champions League at the hands of ​Liverpool appeared to be another significant turning point for the current Barcelona squad.

The Blaugrana have struggled to compete on all fronts this season and appear set for a significant overhaul over the summer.


Conflicting Reports Suggest Man Utd Are Set to Miss Out on Matthijs de Ligt to Barcelona

​Manchester United have launched a stunning £70m bid for Matthijs de Ligt in an ambitious bid to beat Barcelona to sign the Ajax captain, though conflicting reports also suggest that United will miss out on the defender’s signature.

The Dutchman has shot to prominence as the most highly-rated young centre back in Europe this season after leading the Amsterdam-based side to the Champions League semi-finals, turning in some commanding defensive displays and scoring key goals along the way.

The 19-year-old is subsequently in high demand among Europe’s elite sides, with ​Barcelona widely reported to be leading the chase. However, according to the ​Mirror, the La Liga champions have refused to pay De Ligt’s agent’s £12m fee to oversee the transfer.

That has apparently also brought ​Manchester City back into the fray for his signature, though local rivals ​United have sought to steal a march on fellow suitors by agreeing to outbid any other club, whilst also agreeing to meet Mino Raiola’s demands.

The deal would see the Red Devils pay De Ligt a whopping £350,000-a-week, whilst also matching Raiola’s agent fee.


It was widely assumed that De Ligt was primed to join Ajax teammate Frenkie de Jong in moving from Amsterdam to Catalonia in the summer, though Raiola’s involvement has complicated the deal as Barcelona are refusing to do business on his terms.

The situation has paved the way for United to muscle in on the race, though the player’s insistence that he would only join a club competing in the Champions League could complicate any move from the Red Devils.

​Sky Sports have suggested that United have themselves ruled out any move for De Ligt, whilst a further ​report has revealed that the Red Devils expect to miss out to Barcelona in the race to sign the defender, despite the Dutchman being their top target.

It is said that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side believe that Barcelona have already struck an agreement with the player two months ago, which would seemingly make his move to Catalonia a formality, despite United offering a more lucrative deal.