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Russia want coach Leonid Slutsky to rethink resignation

The pressure will be on Russia as hosts of World Cup 2018, after a dismal performance at Euro 2016.
Russia coach Leonid Slutsky appeared to announce his resignation "I think after a type of tournament like this you need someone else to take charge of the national side for significant major competitions".

Russia are giving coach Leonid Slutsky time to change his mind before they accept his offer to resign.

Slutsky said the 2018 World Cup host nation would be better with a new coach after they exited in the group stage of Euro 2016 with defeats to Slovakia and Wales.

Russian Football Union head Vitaly Mutko, who is also the country's sports minister, suggests he wants Slutsky to change his mind.

Mutko told Russian media: "Let's give him a bit more time, everyone's still emotional,'' but admits Slutsky...

Lyon sign Poland defender Maciej Rybus from Russian side Terek Grozny

Lyon have signed Poland defender Maciej Rybus.

French club Lyon have completed their first signing of the summer by securing a deal for Poland defender Maciej Rybus.

The 26-year-old left-back, who can also play as a winger, joined from Russian side Terek Grozny.

He has been hired by the French league runner-up as a replacement for Henri Bedimo, who left for Marseille.

Rybus has 41 caps with Poland but is not playing at the ongoing European Championship because of a shoulder injury.

 By Mark Rodden

Zenit St Petersburg's Axel Witsel eyes Serie A, Premier League move

Belgium defender Thomas Meunier praises teammates Axel Witsel and Romelu Lukaku for helping Belgium recover.

Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has revealed how AC Milan once tried to sign him, saying that he would give it serious consideration if they or another club in Serie A or the Premier League were to make a move for him this summer.

The Belgian has played the last four seasons in Russia since joining Zenit from Benfica in 2012, but he told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport that now might be the right time to move on.

And England and Italy are the two destinations he says he would consider.

"I...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

European league champions and European qualification 2015-16

Barcelona celebrate after securing the La Liga title.

A comprehensive list of all the champions, European qualifiers and relegated teams across the major leagues.

PREMIER LEAGUE
Champions League: Leicester City (champions), Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur
Champions League final qualifying round: Manchester City
Europa League group stage: Manchester United (FA Cup winners) and Southampton
Europa League third qualifying round: West Ham United
Relegated: Aston Villa, Norwich City and Newcastle United
Promoted to top flight: Burnley,...





Roma's Seydou Doumbia open to CSKA Moscow return

Seydou Doumbia says he does not regret his loan spell at Newcastle despite failing to make an impact.

Roma forward Seydou Doumbia says he is open to a move back to CSKA Moscow following a disappointing loan spell with Newcastle United.

Ivory Coast international Doumbia, 28, still has three years left to run on his contract at Roma, where he struggled to make his mark after joining from CSKA.

He was subsequently loaned back to the Russian club, for whom he scored five goals in 13 league appearances and a further three in the Champions League, before joining Newcastle in the winter.

He said the experience...