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Real Madrid face battle to land Lyon fitness coach Antonio Pintus

Antonio Pintus has worked at clubs in France, Italy and England.

Lyon are resisting Real Madrid's attempt to hire experienced fitness coach Antonio Pintus to the Bernabeu.

It has been reported in Spain and France that Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane has identified Pintus as the man to improve the club's recent worrying fitness record and wants the Italian in place for Madrid's return to preseason training on July 15.

However, Lyon do not want to lose the physical preparation specialist, who recently signed a three-year contract to join the French club, with director...

 By Mark Rodden

Leicester to battle PSG, Sevilla and Lyon for Hatem Ben Arfa - Aulas

Hatem Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa has attracted attention from clubs across Europe after revitalising his career at Nice.

Premier League champions Leicester City have entered the race to sign France international Hatem Ben Arfa, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas believes. 

Ben Arfa, 29, is in high demand after getting 17 league goals and six assists to help Nice finish fourth in Ligue 1.

This week Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla were confirmed as the favourites to sign the player after Nice admitted that they had given up hope of persuading him to sign a new contract.

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner is delighted that Jamie Vardy is remaining at Leicester City.

Ben Arfa is now a free agent and Aulas...

 By PA Sport

Jorge Sampaoli vows to play attacking football at Sevilla

Jorge Sampaoli parted company with Chile in January.

Former Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli has promised Sevilla fans his team will play attacking football after being unveiled as their new head coach to replace Unai Emery.

Sampaoli takes up his first managerial role in Europe after signing a two-year contract with the Europa League winners and aims to continue the club's run of recent success.

The Argentine, who made his name in club football in South America, guided the Chile national team to the Copa America title last year before resigning in January.


Ex-Barcelona president Joan Laporta suffers setback in Neymar deal case

The government agency that agreed a deal with Barca has urged the court to reject Joan Laporta's legal challenge.

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has hit a setback in his attempt to challenge the club's agreement with local tax authorities over the signing of Neymar.

Barca signed Neymar from Santos in 2013 but allegations followed that the complex transfer had been designed to hide the true cost of the deal

Earlier this month, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed that an agreement had been reached with the central Spanish authorities to pay €15 million in back taxes and...