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PSG's Neymar: World Cup will show I am better than ever after injury

Following the first surgery of his career, Neymar is positive he will be in good shape for the start of the World Cup in June.
Brazil forward Neymar expects Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard to be among those who impress at this summer's World Cup in Russia.

Neymar has vowed to be fit and better than ever at this summer's World Cup in Russia after revealing he hopes to be cleared to return to action at a May 17 medical examination.

Speaking at a sponsor event in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, the 26-year-old addressed his continued recovery in Brazil from a broken bone in his right foot and acknowledged he was immediately concerned about his future.

"I intend to arrive [in Russia] better than I was before," Neymar said. "Of course, there were doubts -- even...

 By Ian Holyman

Monaco's Fabinho - No contact over Paris Saint-Germain transfer

PSG's Unai Emery reveals he spoke to Neymar and expects the Brazilian to be back in Paris in two to three weeks to continue his rehabilitation.

Fabinho has denied he has had contact with Paris Saint-Germain and says he is focused on getting Monaco into next season's Champions League.

The Brazilian was close to joining PSG last summer, and in January the 24-year-old, who has also been linked to Manchester United, opened the door to a move away from Monaco by saying he wanted a new challenge.

Speculation linking him with PSG arose prior to last Saturday's Coupe de la Ligue final which Monaco lost to the club from the French capital for the...

 By Ian Holyman

Flamengo's Ederson cleared after cancer battle, eyes return to training

Former Lazio midfielder Ederson
Ederson, formerly of Lazio and now with Flamengo, has returned to training after battling testicular cancer.

One-time Brazil international Ederson has told L'Equipe he has beaten cancer and expects to return to the pitch within weeks.

Ederson was diagnosed with testicular cancer eight months ago, but the 32-year-old, who returned to his native country after a career in Europe with Nice, Lyon and Lazio, has been given cleared and has resumed training with his current club, Flamengo.

"I can say today that I'm cured," Ederson said. "I have faced many battles, but that was the most difficult. Beating that...

Andres D'Alessandro, Maicon Souza in heated exchange before Internacional vs. Gremio

Internacional captain Andres D'Alessandro joined the club back in 2008.

Internacional captain Andres D'Alessandro and his Gremio counterpart, Maicon Souza, needed to be restrained by officials from going after each other during the coin toss before their Brazilian city derby.

The two players had a heated exchange in the prematch protocol for Sunday's league game at Porto Alegre's Bela-Rio stadium.

They refused to shake hands and Argentine midfielder D'Alessandro twice had to be restrained by an official after making aggressive moves towards Maicon.

The "Gre-nal", the...

Barcelona agree €30m purchase option to sign Arthur from Gremio

Barcelona moved closer to the La Liga title with a routine win over 10-man Malaga, while Lionel Messi missed the match for the birth of his third child.

Barcelona have agreed a purchase option with Gremio for Brazil midfielder Arthur Melo after talks took place in the Catalan city throughout the last week.

As part of the agreement, Barca say they have the right to sign Arthur in July for an upfront fee of €30 million plus an additional €9m in potential add-ons.

The two clubs have been in negotiations since December, when a photograph of Arthur with Barca's sporting director Robert Fernandez was leaked to the press.

"FC Barcelona and...