‘Batistuta wants Middlesbrough job’

A unnamed source close to Gabriel Batistuta claims the former Fiorentina striker wants to become the next Middlesbrough Coach.

Batistuta has his coaching badges but has no prior managerial experience, although he did work as a technical director for Argentine side Colon back in 2013.

“Gabi has a fantastic record both as a world leading player and technical director,” they told the Hartlepool Mail.

“He has discussed the potential of a move to England as his first managerial appointment and he is very keen to work with the right club next season.

“The future for Gabi is huge having completed his coaching badges last year and any club in England would be privileged to have him as their manager.”

The newspaper adds the 50-year-old has expressed a particular interest in taking over Middlesbrough.

The English club will spend another season in the second tier after finishing just outside the playoffs.

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Willems: ‘Roma and Newcastle interested’

Eintracht Frankfurt left-back Jetro Willems confirmed that Roma and Newcastle United “are interested” in signing him this summer.

The 25-year-old spoke to Dutch TV channel RTL about his prospects for next season.

“Roma and Newcastle are interested,” said Willems.

The Dutch international has two years left on his contract, but is apparently unhappy at the lack of playing time he is getting with the Bundesliga club.

He has fallen down the pecking order at the German side since the arrival Filip Kostic, and could be open to a move to the Stadio Olimpico.

The defender has 22 caps for his country and joined Eintracht from PSV Eindhoven for €5m in 2017.

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Zaniolo drops Roma hint

Nicolò Zaniolo shrugged off transfer speculation and said he’ll try to “achieve the things we were unable to this season” at Roma.

The teenager took to Instagram to thank the Lega Serie A after he won the Young Player of the Year Award.

“I would like to thank the Lega Serie A for naming me best young player of the year. I know that I still have a lot of hard work to do and that is what I plan on doing every day with the sole objective of achieving the things we were unable to this season.

“Forza Roma!”

The teenager burst on to the scene this year, scoring six times in 36 appearances for the Giallorossi, including a memorable brace in the Champions League against Porto.

He has been heavily linked with moves to Juventus or Tottenham Hotspur.

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Pallotta: ‘Never met Al-Khelaifi’

James Pallotta denied reports he met with Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaifi about the possibility of selling Roma to Qatar Sports Investments.

The Giallorossi President told RomaPress today that he has “never met Al-Khelaifi” after a story was published in Italian news agency Adnkronos claiming that the pair met in April.

QSI has recently been heavily linked with the potential purchase of the capital club, as Pallotta was reportedly considering selling due to difficulties in building a new stadium.

The article claims that the meeting apparently took place in Rome in the middle of April, but Al-Khelaifi wasn’t willing to deal at the price Pallotta wanted, although it also claimed that negotiations could reopen after the end of the season.

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Allegri: ‘I don’t want a year off’

Max Allegri revealed when he was told that his Juventus career was over. “I will only take a year off if I have to, but the plan is to find a project that convinces me.”

Today’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta was the final home game of the season and saw the Bianconeri presented with the Serie A trophy.

The club announced on Friday afternoon that he would not remain on the bench next season, even though his contract ran until June 2020.

“I spoke to the President after Ajax and we had the plans to continue, but over the last six weeks or so we all came together and reached the same conclusion,” Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.

“We never got to contracts or anything like that, but I realised that for the good of Juventus, it was right to move on and change. Otherwise we’d run the risk of reaching September or October next season and hit problems, so it was best to leave on a high.

“I was told on Friday morning. When I left the meeting on Thursday evening, I knew that I was no longer the Juventus Coach. I wasn’t told, I just knew.”

The Coach was asked if he will take a Sabbatical, but made it very clear he’s looking for work.

“I am not particularly looking for a year off. I’ll only take a Sabbatical if I have to, but otherwise the idea is to find a project that convinces me. Life is full of surprises and you have to be ready for anything.

“I train with joy and fun, because if I am not convinced by the squad at my disposal, I try changing things around, moving players into new positions and finding something different, otherwise I get bored.”

Simone Inzaghi, Maurizio Sarri and Sinisa Mihajlovic have been mentioned as candidates to take over, but Allegri assures he has no idea who will be his replacement.

“The club will certainly make the best choice to carry on this winning squad. The Champions League was tough, we reached the two legs against Ajax with so many injuries.

“I won’t say that after Atletico Madrid we had to make a choice, but I did need to get Serie A under lock and key. The comeback with Atletico Madrid seemed like something that could never be repeated, except then Liverpool did it with Barcelona…

“In a season where you have muscular problems and injuries, you have to predict what will happen and focus on priorities. Our priority was to get the Scudetto secured. People kept asking me about Atletico Madrid and I was thinking about Bologna.

“When you have a big squad like this at your disposal, you have to make choices. I think we had 37 different line-ups in 38 rounds, as I had to rotate, keep everyone involved and fit.

“People say it’s easy to win, but it certainly is not, especially an eighth in a row. The players just made it look easier than it was.

“This squad is capable of a great Champions League run, there has been a constant growth on and off the field. I believe the key will be facing the Champions League with joy and not worry.”

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