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Zinedine Zidane to join Bayern Munich at the end of season

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He just returned to the Bernabeu in some form, playing a legends match against Porto last month, and explained his departure from the Spanish capital, paving the door for current manager Carlo Ancelotti to take over. In recent weeks, Zidane has been extensively connected with a return to management, with Bayern Munich being mentioned as a possible next destination. The Bavarians and Thomas Tuchel have already agreed to split ways on June 30, and Xabi Alonso, a prospective replacement, was removed off the table when the Spaniard renewed his contract with Bayern's Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid star Zinedine Zidane is “one step away” from taking over as head coach of Champions League semifinalist Bayern Munich.

According to anonymous sources “familiar with the talks” between Bayern and Zidane, negotiations are “practically done” to the point that the Frenchman has already requested additional additions.

Zidane has been out of a job since he left Madrid as manager for the second time, in 2021.

He just returned to the Bernabeu in some form, playing a legends match against Porto last month, and explained his departure from the Spanish capital, paving the door for current manager Carlo Ancelotti to take over.

In recent weeks, Zidane has been extensively connected with a return to management, with Bayern Munich being mentioned as a possible next destination.

The Bavarians and Thomas Tuchel have already agreed to split ways on June 30, and Xabi Alonso, a prospective replacement, was removed from the table when the Spaniard renewed his contract with Bayern’s Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen.

During a tremendously spectacular campaign in which his club went undefeated, Bayern and Real Madrid icon Alonso won Bayer’s first German championship, ending Bayern’s 11-year supremacy.

In 2024/2025, it appears that Zidane will be the guy in charge of restoring Bayern to their domestic league dominance.

This is because, according to Mundo Deportivo, Zidane is only “one step away” from manning their bench, a formal signing away.

The former Ballon d’Or winner and Julian Nagelsmann were in a two-horse race for the Allianz position, but Nagelsmann renewed his contract with the German national team until after the 2026 World Cup, ending the contest sooner than planned.

MD talked with unnamed people “familiar with the talks” between Bayern and Zidane, and while nothing has been inked, they are “practically done”.

Zidane has allegedly requested reinforcements throughout a team in need of a facelift, with a particular emphasis on defence.

This is one area where Zidane may lose Alphonso Davies, a well-known Madrid target, this summer.

The Canadian’s contract does not expire until 2025, so he might stay for at least one season before moving to the Spanish capital on a free transfer.

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Thiago and Matip will depart Liverpool at the conclusion of the season

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"I had the opportunity to be a part of an exciting history with a fantastic coach and an incredible squad at an unbelievable club. We have won several titles and have the finest fans in the world." The former Cameroonian international was a member of Liverpool's Champions League-winning team in 2019, setting up Divock Origi for the second goal as they defeated Tottenham in the final. The next year, Matip won the Premier League championship, the club's first in 30 years. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp stated, "In all the years I've been involved in football, I don't think I've come across many players that are more liked than Joel Matip.

Liverpool have revealed that midfielder Thiago Alcantara and defender Joel Matip will depart the club at the end of the season.

Thiago, 33, joined Liverpool from Bayern Munich in 2020 and has made 98 appearances at Anfield.

Matip, 32, has made 201 appearances and scored 11 goals for Liverpool since joining from Schalke in 2016.

Injuries have reduced the pair’s playing time this season.

Centre-back Matip hasn’t played for the Reds since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) against Fulham in December.

Thiago, a former Barcelona player, returned to action in February against Arsenal after missing the first six months of the season due to a hip injury, but a muscle problem during his brief comeback has kept him out since.

“It has been eight wonderful years here in Liverpool,” Matip stated.

“I had the opportunity to be a part of an exciting history with a fantastic coach and an incredible squad at an unbelievable club. We have won several titles and have the finest fans in the world.”

The former Cameroonian international was a member of Liverpool’s Champions League-winning team in 2019, setting up Divock Origi for the second goal as they defeated Tottenham in the final.

The next year, Matip won the Premier League championship, the club’s first in 30 years.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp stated, “In all the years I’ve been involved in football, I don’t think I’ve come across many players that are more liked than Joel Matip.

“I’m not even sure it would be possible to say anything bad about him.”

German Klopp will also quit following Liverpool’s final game of the season, against Wolves at Anfield on Sunday.

Matip and Thiago both won the FA Cup and EFL Cup with Liverpool in 2022.

Liverpool lost short of a quadruple that season, losing the league title to Manchester City by one point and the Champions League final to Real Madrid.

Thiago viewed his time at Liverpool as a “life-changing experience”.

“Appreciation and gratitude – they are two words that come to mind on the day I have to say goodbye to all of you, Reds,” he wrote in a social media post.

Klopp stated, “Before he ever got to Liverpool, I thought that if you truly love football, you should watch Thiago Alcantara play.

“I understand that injuries have been frustrating for him and us, but the level at which he could play while he was available was fantastic. “This is what I’ll remember.”

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Antoine Semenyo identifies players he sees role models

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In an interview with Premier League TV, the 24-year-old emphasised the importance of Gyan and Ayew in his career. "Obviously, Andre Ayew is still with the club, and Gyan is frequently present at games. I routinely speak with [Dede Ayew], and he pushes me to keep trying, reminding me of my potential and stating he didn't have the same talents at my age. He tells me to keep pushing and not settle for any level."

Ghana attacker Antoine Semenyo has named Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew as his role inspirations.

Semenyo, now in his second Premier League season, has been in outstanding form for AFC Bournemouth, scoring eight goals and assisting twice.

Semenyo hopes to extend his strong club success into his international duty with the Black Stars as they prepare for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Mali and the Central African Republic next month.

In an interview with Premier League TV, the 24-year-old emphasised the importance of Gyan and Ayew in his career.

“Obviously, Andre Ayew is still with the club, and Gyan is frequently present at games. I routinely speak with [Dede Ayew], and he pushes me to keep trying, reminding me of my potential and stating he didn’t have the same talents at my age. He tells me to keep pushing and not settle for any level.”

“Asamoah Gyan has also offered me similar advice, encouraging me to keep working hard. He advises me to enjoy my scoring opportunities while continually pushing myself to achieve new heights. Growing up as a Ghanaian, seeing them compete in World Cups and the Premier League was motivating. “They are great role models,” he remarked.

Semenyo has two goals for Ghana, the most recent coming in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola in March 2023.

He is anticipated to join the Black Stars team for the forthcoming qualifications.

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My first season in the Premier League is a success – Mohammed Kudus

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In an interview with the club's official website prior of their last home game against Luton Town, he thanked his teammates for their assistance in settling him in and underlined his desire to continue growing in the next season. "I liked my first season in England. Everyone at [the Club] has helped me adjust well, so it's been a pleasant experience. I've been here for over a whole season, but I still have a lot to show, and I feel this is only the beginning."

Mohammed Kudus, a Ghana international, considers his maiden season in the Premier League a success.

The 23-year-old, who moved from Ajax to West Ham United last summer, has emerged as an important player for the Hammers, scoring 13 goals in 43 games.

Despite recent struggles for the squad, Kudus remains optimistic about his time in England’s top flight.

In an interview with the club’s official website prior to their last home game against Luton Town, he thanked his teammates for their assistance in settling him in and underlined his desire to continue growing in the next season.

“I liked my first season in England. Everyone at [the Club] has helped me adjust well, so it’s been a pleasant experience. I’ve been here for over a whole season, but I still have a lot to show, and I feel this is only the beginning.”

He added, “I followed my gut and dream to move here and believed I was ready. When I decided to make this move to the best league in the world, I knew I was ready to take that step and I wanted to test myself. There have been ups and downs throughout the season, but I know there are more ways to improve my game. I’ve definitely announced myself here and I am happy that it has gone in that direction for the first season.”

Looking ahead, Kudus emphasised the team’s growth and the need to finish the season on a positive note.

He replied, “We can only look forward to what is ahead. Our position [in the standings] improved from the previous season to this season, so we simply need to finish as high as possible with excellent performances in the last two games and then see what happens next season.”

Kudus is expected to play a key part in West Ham’s upcoming match against West Ham, as they want to recover from a recent devastating setback to Chelsea.

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