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What's trending: Benzema to miss Euros, rampant Ronaldo leads Madrid

Here are the latest stories from Wednesday.

FRANCE:  Karim Benzema will not be selected for France's Euro 2016 squad.

The Real Madrid striker initially announced the news on his Twitter page, before the French FA confirmed it. France coach Didier Deschamps and FFF president Noel Le Graet had met to discuss Benzema's future on Wednesday.

The development comes in the aftermath of the Mathieu Valbuena blackmail case.

PREMIER LEAGUE:  The PFA Players' Player of the Year award nominations have been announced with Dimitri Payet, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Mesut Ozil, N'Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez named.

Kane is also in contention to retain the Young Player of the Year gong he won 12 months ago and he features on a six-player shortlist alongside Spurs team-mate Dele Alli, Everton duo Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley, Stoke's Jack Butland and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.

REAL MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo reflected on a "perfect night" after his latest hat trick qualified Real Madrid for the Champions League semifinals with Wolfsburg beaten 3-0 at the Bernabeu on the night and 3-2 on aggregate.

- Sergio Ramos said matchwinner Ronaldo had "deserved a magic night."

- Zinedine Zidane said he was keeping a level head after Real Madrid rallied to defeat Wolfsburg, something he also claimed -- a little disingenuously -- to have done as a player.

- Gareth Bale is set to snub a contract extension at Real Madrid, which has alerted both Manchester United and Man City, paving the way for a transfer tug-of-war this summer, according to Tuttomercatoweb. Transfer Talk >>>

- Former Real midfielder Guti has weighed in on the latest heated tweet exchange between Pique and Arbeloa, when Pique pointed out Arbeloa has barely played for Madrid all season: "You are the funniest guy in the world when Madrid lose, and when Barca lose nobody can write a tweet about it? You should be a man and take these tweets when you lose."

WOLFSBURG: Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking said his team were disappointed after their Champions League loss to Real Madrid, but that they left the Spanish capital with heads held high.

MAN CITY: Sergio Aguero was delighted to reach the Champions League semifinals because it showed the progress Manchester City have made under manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Pellegrini says there is no reason why City cannot win the Champions League after his side reached the semifinals with a victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

- Goal scorer Kevin De Bruyne said Manchester City did not let Aguero's penalty miss affect them as they overcame the challenge of PSG.

PSG: Zlatan Ibrahimovic blamed the tactics of his coach Laurent Blanc after Paris Saint-Germain crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday.

- PSG captain Thiago Silva and president Nasser al-Khelaifi have both backed Blanc despite Ibrahimovic's criticism.

- A disorganised defence dooms PSG in UCL quarterfinal at Manchester City. Player Ratings >>>

BARCELONA: Barcelona are prepared for the atmosphere that awaits them at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon on Wednesday, Luis Enrique says.

- Javier Mascherano does not want to make a big issue of Lionel Messi's current four-game scoring drought ahead of Barcelona's Champions League quarterfinal second leg: "[Messi] has shown many times who he is. It makes me uncomfortable talking always about him."

- Neymar has spoken about representing Brazil at this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as a potentially serious club vs. country row still looms given there is also a Copa America Centenario being played this summer.

BAYERN MUNICH: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says his side have "bigger problems" than Benfica when it comes to the amount of players they have missing for their Champions League quarterfinal second leg.

- Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has said he and his teammates are "hungry for goals" ahead of their trip to Benfica in the Champions League.

AC MILAN: AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has explained his decision to sack Sinisa Mihajlovic at such a late stage of the season, saying action had to be taken to try to rescue something from a third straight disappointing campaign.

- Milan sacked head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic with youth-team boss Christian Brocchi replacing him until the end of the season.

LEICESTER: Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy says he is not allowed to participate in shooting practice during training.

- Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri knows he is five games away from making history, but says they are going to be five "horrible" matches that will require the very best from his team to get through.

- Tickets for Premier League leaders Leicester City's final home game of the season against Everton sold out within 90 minutes and are now reportedly being sold for £15,000 ($21,350) a pair.

FRANCE: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is optimistic about his chances of being allowed to play for France at Euro 2016. French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet and France coach Didier Deschamps are meeting on Wednesday to decide if the player's suspension from the national team should be lifted.

MAN UNITEDManchester United fans could be talking about a Class of '16 in the future in the same way as they do about the Class of '92 today, according to the club's under-21 manager Warren Joyce.

Wayne Rooney is set to be on the substitutes' bench for Manchester United's FA Cup tie with West Ham United on Wednesday, according to British newspaper reports.

- Manchester United's American teenager Matthew Olosunde is a player the club are "really excited about," according to academy manager Nicky Butt.

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he has some "hard decisions" to make for Thursday's Europa League quarterfinal second-leg at home to former club Borussia Dortmund.

- Bayern Munich fitness coach Andreas Kornmayer is set to join Liverpool in the summer, according to corresponding media reports in Germany and England. Kornmayer, 41, will replace Ryland Morgans, who left the club last month, as part of the backroom staff, Bild and the Daily Mirror both reported.

FIFA: FIFA has announced that Gordon Derrick, the general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, failed an integrity check and won't be allowed to run for president of CONCACAF, the sport's regional governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

- Nigeria face being suspended by FIFA for the third time since 2010 over a court ruling that ordered the removal of the head of the national football federation.

MLS: Bruce Arena gave an update on injured LA Galaxy players Steven Gerrard and Robbie Rogers, with the former Liverpool midfielder expected to be available for Friday's match at the Houston Dynamo.

- Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe has a medial sprain of his left ankle, and no fracture, coach Caleb Porter has confirmed, though the amount of time Nagbe is expected to spend on the sidelines is still to be determined.



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