Paolo Maldini confirms that there is an & # 39; automatic renewal clause & # 39; is in the AC Milan contract of Zlatan Ibrahimovic if they qualify for the Champions League
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed a six-month contract with AC Milan on December 27
- A season extension will start when Milan reaches the Champions League
- Milan has risen from the lower half of the Series One to seventh place since his arrival
- The Rossoneri are nine points behind fourth place Atalanta after one loss in eight
The 38-year-old striker returned to his old side on December 27 in a surprise change that many considered a show of despair by a club languishing in the lower half of the table after collecting a meager 21 points from 17 games.
After having suffered their worst defeat five years earlier with a 5-0 win over Atalanta, Milan has only lost once in eight league games since influential Ibrahimovic returned, and even that defeat saw them give it title chasing arch rivals Inter a real shock before they surrender a biweekly lead in the San Siro to the San Siro two weeks ago.
Technical director of Milan Paolo Maldini, who once co-mpared Ibrahimovic against Milan legend Marco van Basten, told Sky Sport Italia : & # 39; There is a six-month contract with an automatic renewal clause in case we reach the Champions League.
& # 39; Otherwise, we We sit down with him. There must always be an open dialogue with Ibra and this exists, otherwise he would not have come first. & # 39;
Ibrahimovic scored 42 goals in 61 games for Milan between 2010 and 2012, but was not expected to drastically transform the club's fortunes this season, despite scoring 53 goals for former club LA Galaxy and the name in the MLS teams of the year in 2018 and 2019.
He played 90 minutes while Milan was held to a 1 -1 draw at Fiorentina on Saturday, leaving the Rossoneri nine points behind in fourth place Atalanta, who holds a competition.
Milan has not participated in Europe & # 39; s most prestigious c smear match since they were eliminated in the round of 16 by Atletico Madrid in 2014, although Ibrahmovic helped them to reach the quarterfinals reach in 2012 when they were eliminated by Barcelona.
The Swede, who will be shy of 40 months at the end of next season and scored twice in seven Series A games since his return to Italy, netted five times in that Champions League campaign during a formidable season in which he finished with 28 goals in 32 games.
Speaking for Saturday's stalemate, Milan trainer Stefano Pioli, who replaced the fired Marco Giampaolo in October, said: "I have built a relationship with Zlatan in the greatest respect and admiration."
& # 39; There is mutual trust. It can only do us good to have such an example of great determination and ambition.
& # 39; The reason he became champion is because he was always hungry and wanted to improve. & # 39;
Milan will be looking to get closer to the top four when they host relegation-threatened Genoa next Sunday.
Three of their next four games are against parties in the bottom six, although their ambitions to qualify for the Champions League will be rigorously tested by meetings with Juventus, Roma, Lazio and Napoli in the following month.
Karim Benzema & # 39; signs one-year contract extension with Real Madrid & # 39; but LaLiga giants will not announce a deal until the end of the season
- Karim Benzema has signed a new contract until the summer of 2022
- The French striker has extended his current deal by one year
Benzema has made 240 goals in 497 games since Lyon exchange for Madrid
The previous deal from the French striker was due to expire in 2021, but he signed a new deal to stay on the Bernabeu until the following year.
According to a report from AS the club and player are waiting until the end of the season to make it official.
With the attacker who is already 32 years old, it is thought that the one-year extension is in line with the club's policy.
Benzema has scored 18 goals in 32 games for Los Blancos this season and has been their top scorer. since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.
He scored 240 goals in 497 games since joining Real Madrid in 2009 in Lyon.
Timo Werner extends his contract with RB Leipzig until 2023 after interest from Bayern Munich and Liverpool
- Timo Werner has committed his future to RB Leipzig after signing a new contract
- The attacker had attracted interest this year from Bayern Munich and Liverpool
- RB Leipzig wanted to keep him, hit the £ 50 million price tag on him
Forward Timo Werner has put pen on paper on a new contract with RB Leipzig, extension of his stay until 2023.
The new deal was announced shortly before the kick-off of their Bundesliga match against Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.
The Germany stood in line before his side after he had linked his future to them for a few more years, and ended in a 2-1 victory.
& I am happy that I have signed with RB Leipzig and therefore act with my control, & Werner said in a statement.
& # 39; Of course this process has been going on for a long time, but I really wanted to be absolutely sure that I could take the next steps in the development of this club.
& # 39; And for the right reasons you just need a little more time. Now I can fully concentrate on playing with our team as successful as possible season. & # 39;
Werner was the club's highest scorer in the past three seasons and achieved 21 in 2016-17, 14 in 2017-18, and 16 in 2018-19.
& # 39; We are pleased that the negotiations with Timo Werner have now been concluded positively and he has decided to extend the contract with us & quot ;, said RB Leipzig director Oliver Minstzlaff.
We have had many intensive discussions over a long period and are very attentive and appreciated by Timo. We are happy that we now have clarity and are happy that Timo remains an important part of our team. & # 39;
He had come under the watchful eye of Bayern Munich in the summer, but they never made a formal offer for his services, which should have been £ 50 million to reach Leipzig's appreciation.
Liverpool was also in the race to sign Werner after Bayern had cooled their interest, but a deal never went ahead.
& # 39; Of course we are pleased that Timo Werner has decided to extend his contract with us and to continue the path that we have followed with our club & # 39 ;, said sports director Markus Krosche.
& # 39; This is a very positive signal and also underlines our aim to bind our core staff to us in the long term and to establish ourselves permanently in the Bundesliga. That of course was a radical decision for his own future, and that is why he took the necessary time for it, which we also gave him. & # 39;
Give me freedom! Lewis Hamilton reveals the most important requirement in talks about a new contract if six-time world champion must stay with Mercedes
- Lewis Hamilton lets Mercedes wait to open contract discussions
- His current contract of £ 40 million a year expires at the end of the coming season
- A contract extension – or a move to Ferrari – may be worth £ 60 million a year
Lewis Hamilton makes Mercedes waiting to open contract discussions, although he revealed that & # 39; freedom & # 39; will be a central requirement when the negotiations finally begin.
Stop testing in Barcelona, where his Silver Arrow looks ominously fast, the six-time world champion spoke to life after his current £ 40 million annual deal ending at the end of the coming season.
& # 39; We have not yet sat down, & # 39; said Hamilton. & # 39; I know that Toto (Wolff, the main team) wants to talk, but right now my focus is on making sure I am fit and ready for the season. The contract is not something I want to get stuck in at this stage. & # 39;
WHEEL OF FORTUNE
Lewis Hamilton has a new toy – a steering wheel that not only moves left and right but also moves forward and backward. Code name DAS (two-axle steering) changes the angle of the tires, offers extra speed on straights and an ideal arrangement for turns. Race stewards must decide whether it can be used in Melbourne on March 15.
A contract extension – or a move to Ferrari – can be worth as much as £ 60 million a year. But almost as important for Hamilton is a repeat of the light rein that he negotiated in 2017. He is obliged to do only a small number of media tasks, but has the autonomy to pursue external interests, such as his design by Tommy Hilfiger.
A relaxed Hamilton, 11 pounds lighter at 11 pounds 5 after his winter training, said: “People talk about freedom as if it's a bad thing, but it's not at all. Mercedes has allowed me to be who I want to be instead of narrowing me down and asking me to speak or dress in a certain way.
& # 39; There were question marks about all the different things that I do, but everyone can see the results I have had over the past two years. The flexibility helps me to be more involved and an even better driver than I thought I could be.
& # 39; It's now about trying to figure out what the next five to ten year plan is, and how the decision made I now take will affect the future.
"Do I allow me to set up certain things so that I can continue to pursue other interests when I put on my helmet? That is in the fine print of what we agree on and what we usually talk about. & # 39;
How will he negotiate? "Last time, Toto and I were just sitting on my couch shooting the wind," said Hamilton. & # 39; He is trying to ask something, I am fighting it – it is back and forth. It took eight to 10 hours. "
Sergio Ramos wants & # 39; contract extension with two years & # 39; at Real Madrid, but negotiations are & # 39; complicated & # 39; between club and veteran defender
- Sergio Ramos, 33, wants to agree new conditions for his Real Madrid contract
- The Spanish center defender is looking for two more years on the Bernabeu
- But the club is in no hurry and likes to wait until next season to discuss the conditions
The 33-year-old central defender wants to close a new deal for two years, but the club is in no hurry and waits for the summer.
According to AS Ramos is calling for a two-year extension that is at odds with Real's policy of only giving out one-year deals to players older than 32 years.
Ramos' current contract expires in 2021 and will then be 35.
The veteran has always made clear his intention to end his career with Real, where he has spent the last 15 years.
But given his high wages, only matched by Gareth Bale at Real, the club should not spoil Ramos.
Last May he was associated with a move but spoke at a press conference to announce his wish.
He said: & # 39; It is true that I have an offer from China on the table, I will not lie about it.
& # 39; I don't care about the wage. I would play for Real Madrid for free.
& # 39; We have not discussed the economic issue. For me, the relationship with a club is always about trust and affection. & # 39;
& # 39; I'm desperate that he stays … but we can't get there right now & # 39 ;: Steve Bruce admits that Newcastle has a & # 39; impasse & # 39; has reached an attempt to resolve Matty Longstaff's contract situation
Steve Bruce has revealed that Matty Longstaff & # 39; s contract with Newcastle has a & # 39; deadlock & # 39; hit but says he won't intervene.
The 19-year-old's deal ends in the summer and he is now free to talk to foreign clubs. expected Longstaff to sign a new contract after his stunning winning goal on his debut against Manchester United in October.
The future of Matty Longstaff in Newcastle United would be a & # 39; impasse & # 39;
Bruce, however, has no good news in that area and there is a real danger that the midfielder could leave his home club.
& # 39; Of course he has advisors who will advise one thing, & # 39; Bruce said. & # 39; I am desperate that he stays, but ground must be given on both sides, I thought. But we can't get there right now.
& # 39; Both parties must be happy and at the moment there is a bit of an impasse, but I am convinced that we will still be able to do it. & # 39;
Steve Bruce is & # 39; desperate & # 39; for him to stay, but said he wasn't going to do it & # 39;
Asked if he could intervene to keep the distance, Bruce said: & # 39; I will keep abreast of the situation, but one thing I'm not going to deal with today is contracts, I used to have some rows on contracts and money … & # 39;
Meanwhile, the Longstaff's older brother, Sean, has also seen talks about a new deal breaking off in recent months and there has been no progress to report.
His deal expires in 2022 but was signed before making his senior debut in January last year and the player wants a new contract to reflect his status as the first team.
Christian Eriksen & # 39; rejected any new contract offer from Tottenham in the summer while waiting for Real Madrid to make their switch & # 39;
- Christian Eriksen is now in the final year of his contract in Tottenham Hotspur
- Danish star has reportedly rejected any contract offerings in the summer
- The 27-year-old is determined to move to Real Madrid
- He will be free to talk to other clubs about a transfer from January
The Danish playmaker remains with the London club but disagrees with conditions and now has less than a year on his Spurs contract.
And according to the Spanish newspaper Marca the 27-year-old will end his current deal in an attempt to try interest from the Bernabeu.
Christian Eriksen & # 39; awaits Real Madrid's approach because it rejects Spurs contract offers & # 39;
Although Real has contacted Eriks earlier and about a possible move, no official offer has been made .
The two clubs held talks for the first time in the summer of 2018 when Tottenham president Daniel Levy demanded more than £ 100 million for Eriksen.
This summer Tottenham reportedly offered Eriksen to Real, but Zinedine Zidane rejected the opportunity when he chased Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba .
Eriksen is free to speak with other clubs from January and his representatives are already interested in the continent.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce & # 39; insist on new Andy Carroll contract & # 39; despite the fact that striker only made four starts
- Steve Bruce allegedly wanted to extend the stay of striker Andy Carroll on Tyneside
- The 31- birthday boy came back in the summer after being released by West Ham
- Carroll's short deal means he will be a free agent again at the end of the season
- An injury-hit season led to the attacker starting only four games
Steve Bruce allegedly wants Andy Carroll's future on Tyneside and insists that the veteran striker gets a new deal.
Carroll rejoined his boys club Newcastle in the summer after being released by West Ham although an injury has hampered the emotional return very much.
Carroll has written a short-term one-year deal in the summer of 2019, which means that he will become a free agent again at the end of the season.
He still has to score since he made the switch to the northeast and found his chances limited when appropriate.
Bruce would be impressed by Carroll's behavior, both on the field and as a player and also behind the scenes around the club.
Carroll & # 39; s understanding of the club and deep-rooted ties with New Castle are said to be major factors behind Bruce & # 39; s determination to have another deal canceled.
This season, Carroll secured his return by agreeing to a pay-as-you-play deal so that Newcastle could manage his finances.
Any potential new deal would also follow this system and the encourage the player to show their fitness.
Wolf Manager Nuno Espirito Santo admits that he is still waiting for a new contract offer whose current deal expires in 2021
- Nuno guided Wolves to the seventh last year and is tied to 2021
- The former Porto manager signed a contract extension for a year last summer
- Wolves are ninth in the Premier League and in the last 32 of the Europa League
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo has admitted that he is still wait for a new contract offer, but remain relaxed about his future.
The current deal from the manager expires in 2021 with nothing new on the table.
The former Porto manager wrote a one-year contract extension last summer, but while Aston Villa boss Dean Smith, Leicester & Brendan Rodgers and Chris Wilder of Sheffield United recently wrote new terms, Nuno is still waiting an offer.
& # 39; They don't have that, I didn't have a proposal. There was no proposal for that, "Nuno said when asked about new talks, prior to Friday's visit to Leicester.
" I have another contract year, so I don't think about that.
& # 39; I signed last season, I extended another year and I have another year. If you sign something, you stay with it.
& I am happy with the group of players, our way of working. Yes, I am settled.
& # 39; We started three seasons ago, not just me, but many people moved and changed their lives to come to Wolverhampton.
& # 39; Players came with us since day one, that's why I say it's my life, because I'm 100 percent here and I give everything I have to help the players improve and help the club.
& # 39; We signed it and we are committed to it. They (the fans) can be fully insured every day. Wolves is my obsession, I think of nothing else. & # 39;
Wolves are ninth in the Premier League and in the last 32 of the Europa League – where they will face Espanyol next week.
The foxes are third and the victory would bring Wolves to sixth for the weekend games and Nuno believes the established order in the division can be upset.
& # 39; I am reluctant to de & # 39; big six & # 39; because I think it's a very, very, very good competition, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Every team is very difficult. What happens this season can happen again next season, but you never know.
& # 39; I think the game is changing. There is not much difference between the teams now.
& # 39; All squadrons are impressive in quality and the managers, the way they prepare their teams, improve the quality of the matches, so I see smaller gaps between teams.
& # 39; Why? Because of the quality of the players, the financial strength that the clubs need to have to get talented and quality players. & # 39;
Tottenham plan to SELL Eric Dier if he fails to write new contract, because England fears star lack of playing time means he could miss Euro 2020.
- Eric Dier is reluctant to sign a new deal deal amid concerns about his lack of playing time
- Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wants to prevent another player entering the last year
- As was the case with Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld
- The 26-year-old wants guarantees for his first team in Tottenham
Spurs sells Eric Dier this summer unless he commits himself . his future for the club.
Sportsmail understands that the English star is reluctant to sign a new deal amid concerns about a shorter playing time under Jose Mourinho.
Dier & # 39; s contract expires in 2021 and chairman Daniel Levy wants to avoid a situation where another player enters the final year of his deal, as has been the case with Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld .
The 26-year-old wants guarantees about his status as the first team, but has not started before in the Premier League Christmas, they are not forthcoming. It is thought that Dier would prefer to play centrally instead of holding midfield.
He would have no shortage of suitors if the summer arrives without a new deal being signed and sources have suggested that moving abroad could appeal.
Dier made his professional debut at Sporting Lisbon before transferring £ 4 million to Spurs in 2014. He has since played more than 200 games for the club in North London and won 40 England caps.
However, his continued presence on the bench at Spurs means that it is unlikely that he will be seen in Gareth Southgate & # 39; s team for Euro 2020, and that is also frustrating for the player.