Last season's Bundesliga top scorer was widely tipped to leave Dortmund after the 2016-17 campaign, with clubs all over Europe and in China credited with interest. "I have no dream," the 28-year-old said when asked if he still dreams of a move to Real. "I shall no longer speak of Madrid.
Ivan Rakitic says it was a “bad decision” for Barcelona to sanction the record-breaking €222 million sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain. The Liga giants found themselves forced into a corner once the Brazilian made it clear that he wanted out and PSG stumped up the cash to trigger his release clause. Having parted with one of the leading performers in the world game, Barca quickly set about trying to bring in cover.
Jurgen Klopp has indicated that the early season success of the Manchester clubs in the Premier League is putting more pressure on Liverpool. Klopp’s team have suffered a disappointing September, failing to win any of four matches, falling five points adrift of the league leaders and going out of the Carabao Cup at Leicester City on Wednesday. The manager has acknowledged his team have to improve the way they start matches, having conceded the opening goal in all four of those games, recovering to avoid defeat in two of them as they drew 2-2 with Sevilla in the Champions League nine days ago and 1-1 with Burnley at Anfield last weekend.