Antonio Candreva and Inter Milan had something to applaud for a change. Remember when Inter Milan won the treble? Recall when Jose Mourinho stalked the sideline as his black-and-blue machinery won Serie A for a fifth year in a row – as it would later transpire, in the wake of the Calciopoli scandal and Juventus’s retroactively canceled titles – lifted the Italian Cup and upset Bayern Munich in the final of the Champions League?
Real Madrid defender Pepe is reportedly contemplating a move to Chelsea due to a wrangle over his contract negotiations at the Bernabeu. The Portuguese centre-back will consider a move to Stamford Bridge if talks over a new deal cannot be resolved, according to the Daily Mirror. Pepe’s contract at Real expires at the end of the season, meaning the 33-year-old is free to speak with, and sign pre-contract agreements with, foreign clubs from January 1. This would also suit Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who is said to be keen to add strength to his defense as captain John Terry heads to the end of his playing career. Real is believed to have offered Pepe a one-year extension but the defender wants
ZURICH — Atletico Madrid has accepted it will not sign players in January while it fights a FIFA transfer ban at sport’s highest court. FIFA and Atletico jointly say in a statement they agreed a timetable for the Court of Arbitration for Sport to give a final ruling on the Spanish club’s appeal by next June. Atletico could have sought to freeze its one-year ban pending the verdict but has “waived its right” to try, the statement says. Still, Atletico “completely maintains its position that the transfer ban is unjustified.” FIFA imposed one-year sanctions on Atletico and city rival Real Madrid for signing underage players in violation of transfer rules. During an appeal to FIFA in the offseason,