Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed the club have dropped their interest in Alexis Sanchez
“We are no longer involved. We have agreed with our coach that we won’t add [new players] in attack. It wouldn’t make any sense.”
Leonardo Jardim gave an update on Kylian Mbappe’s future at Monaco
“I want him to stay. As a coach, I want him to stay, like all the other players.
“Our philosophy is to help and train young players with talent to be a competitive team.”
Robert Pires hopes Olivier Giroud remains at the club
“It will be very difficult for Olivier Giroud but I think he’s a big professional.
“Competition is very important for strikers so I hope Giroud will stay at Arsenal because he’s really important and he scores a lot of goals during the season, but I don’t know what will happen at the end of the market.
“It’s not easy for Olivier because in one year he will want to play in the World Cup with France, but he is a big professional for Arsenal and it’s better if he stays.”
Theo Walcott has said he is relishing the competition at the club next season
“I’m 28 now. I’ve dealt with competition throughout the years. I always welcome it.
“It always gets something out of you as well when other players become involved. You will see Alexandre coming in and other centre-forwards in the dressing room will be thinking, ‘right, I need to step up.’ That’s always the way it is.
“It is healthy. You have got good options then as well. But who knows who else the manager will bring in. We don’t know. We just get on with our job and try to get fit.”
Nelson Semedo’s former youth coach believes Barcelona signed the Benfica player as he is a more suitable Dani Alves replacement than Hector Bellerin
“He has a lot of Alves qualities. I think that, of all the players they were talking about, including Bellerin, maybe Semedo is closest to Alves than the others.
“He’s very strong on the wing, he’s able to get good combinations with the players infield and on the outside, so I don’t think he’ll have any big problems.”