The Champions League Group Stage Draw is Thursday. (Getty Images) If there is a true beginning to a given Champions League season, it might as well be now. After the final five qualifying playoffs concluded on Wednesday, the 2017-18 field has been set
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has blocked a loan move to Valencia for Andreas Pereira, reports Marca . Valencia had been keen to take the midfielder for the season, but Mourinho currently wants to keep Pereira as part of his first-team squad. Manchester United are among a host of clubs interested in Valencia centre-back Ezequiel Garay, according to The Sun .
Claudio Marchisio has confirmed that he is staying Juventus, despite links with Chelsea. Reports earlier this week suggested that the Italy international had aired his desire to leave the Serie A giants, with Antonio Conte's men ready to pounce. Marchisio has now rebuffed any speculation that he could leave Juve, posting a tweet with the translation: "Sometimes words do not work.