Spain national team stars vaccinated against covid-19 by military this morning after Busquets, Llorente tested positive

La Roja were vaccinated this morning at Las Rozas by the Armed Forces according to a statement from the Spanish Football Federation.

The players of the Spanish national team either received or completed their vaccination against covid-19, depending on their personal situation and whether they’ve received a dose yet or not.

A dozen health professionals, supported by a dozen uniformed officers, travelled to Las Rozas to administer the doses.

The vaccination was fast-tracked in collaboration between the Spanish Football Federation and the Ministry for Health after Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente, two first-teamers, returned positive PCR tests this week, throwing La Roja’s preparations for Euro 2020 into chaos.

Thomas Tuchel identifies alternative to Achraf Hakimi as Inter Milan reject Chelsea £56m bids

Tuchel is reportedly eyeing Wolves star Adama Traore as a potential alternative to Achraf Hakimi.

According to Sky Italia, Inter Milan have rejected £56m bids for wing-back Hakimi from both Chelsea and PSG.

The Serie A champions believe the Morocco international is worth close to £70m – but Tuchel may have other plans in mind.

According to The Telegraph, Tuchel views Traore as a potential candidate to strengthen Chelsea’s right flank, along with Hakimi.

The report claims the manager has been delighted with Reece James, and neither Hakimi nor Traore would be a replacement for the England international.

Traore, 25, could be sold by Wolves this summer as the Molineux club look to raise funds for new manager Bruno Lage.

Paul Pogba opens up on Olivier Giroud-Kylain Mbappe rift ahead of Euro 2020

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has played down talk of a possible rift between Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe and insists there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.

The Chelsea striker was clearly frustrated after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bulgaria on Tuesday, and complained about a lack of service from his team-mates.

Keen to avoid any unwanted pre-tournament drama, Didier Deschamps looked to diffuse the situation and insisted Giroud’s observation was not meant as a direct swipe at Mbappe during his post-match press conference.

Pogba – who got 90 minutes under his belt versus Bulgaria – joined his manager in rubbishing rumours of possible friction between the two attackers as he addressed the media on Thursday.

Asked whether there has been any tension between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba joked: ‘No, the only tension is on the back and legs!

“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me.

“Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly.

“You know Kylian, you know his qualities.

“He can score and make great passes. He does amazing things at his age.

“He is an altruistic player. But I always tell him that it would be good if he defended more to help the midfielders (laughs).

“In any case, I did not see anything and we do not feel any tensions. Nothing came out.”

Roman Abramovich makes his choice between Harry Kane and Erling Haaland

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly put Harry Kane above Erling Haaland on his transfer wishlist this summer.

The Blues have made contact with both Borussia Dortmund and Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola over a move for the striker, Goal reported on Wednesday.

But according to Gianluca Di Marzio , Abramovich favours signing Kane, believing a move for Haaland would be too complicated.

The difficulty for Chelsea is that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to sanction a sale for his club’s London rivals, while Kane himself is said to be eyeing a move to either Manchester United or Manchester City.

Serie A player arrested over gang rape case

Juventus youth product Manolo Portanova, who was sold to Genoa in January, is reportedly under house arrest accused of participating in a gang rape.

The 21-year-old midfielder is the son of former Bologna, Genoa and Napoli defender Daniele Portanova.

According to TGR RAI Toscana, Manolo Portanova is one of three men under house arrest following a rape allegation from a 22-year-old woman.

The alleged incident took place at a house party in Siena, while Portanova was arrested on vacation in Messina.

There are others who are also under investigation, including a teenager and a relative of Portanova.

Football Italia reports that it was immediately reported that one of those under arrest was a Serie A player.

Of the other two, one claimed he had consensual relations with the woman, while the other chose not to answer questions.

There will be a forensic search of the mobile phones of those at the party and police are questioning those who were present.

A request to release the trio from house arrest was rejected by the public prosecutor.

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Antonio Conte explains why Tottenham move collapsed, reacts to his obsession with money allegation

Talks between Antonio Conte and Tottenham collapsed due to his reservations about their prospects of winning silverware while the club were concerned he wouldn’t provide youngsters with first-team opportunities.

The Italian, who usually demands a salary of £15m, hinted at the reasons why he didn’t take up the post but suggested that money was never an issue.

“The market sets the price. It is based on the results achieved and work done over the years,” Conte said in his interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

“If my problem or my obsession was money, I would have stayed where I was in the past. I would have accepted compromises and perhaps earned contract renewals.

“Instead I look at the projects and I am willing to stay at home if they do not convince me. It is a question of vision, professionalism, intellectual honesty and principles that cannot be ignored.”

Kylain Mbappe remains unconvinced by Olivier Giroud’s apology, tension in Les Bleus camp despite manager’s intervention

There are reports Kylian Mbappe was left feeling unconvinced by Olivier Giroud’s apology despite the Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps’ intervention to calm frayed nerves after the Chelsea striker criticised the PSG star’s performance in France’s 3-0 win over Bulgaria.

Giroud came off the bench to score twice in the final 10 minutes of the match on Tuesday night. However, in his post-match interview, the striker aired his frustrations over the number of passes he received from his team-mates.

According to RMC Sport, Mbappe was so livid at Giroud’s comments that he wanted to give a press conference on the matter but this was rejected by France manager Didier Deschamps.

The outlet now claims Giroud attempted to clear things up with Mbappe in Thursday’s training session but that the Paris Saint-Germain star remained hostile.

Giroud is said to have admitted his words ‘ran away with him’ and that his comments were directed at a number of players but it doesn’t appear to have sufficed for Mbappe.

After the victory over Bulgaria, Giroud told reporters: “Sometimes you make the runs and ball is not arriving. Perhaps we could have found each other better, there it is.”

France boss Deschamps attempted to cool down the situation after the match and refused to blame either player, saying: “If you received the ball after each time you called for it, it is always the same.

“The attacker says: ‘I am making runs, but it’s on the midfield.’ The midfielders will say that it is on the attackers. Sometimes, the pass isn’t forthcoming, sometimes it is down to the movement. But this is not a stigmatisation of Kylian or whoever.”

Deschamps also reportedly called a meeting between the two players to attempt to resolve the situation, with the manager concerned about how it could affect his team’s chances at the Euros.

He is then said to have held a group meeting with the full squad, telling them it was important to move on. But the uneasy feeling is still in the air and threatens to overshadow France, the World Cup holders, as they begin Euro 2020.

France are the favourites to win the tournament after their World Cup triumph in 2018 but the rift between Mbappe and Giroud threatens to disrupt their preparations.

There have been fall-outs in the France camp in previous tournaments, with Nicolas Anelka sent home from the 2010 World Cup after clashing with coach Raymond Domenech.

After the team meeting, Giroud is said to have forced a hug upon Mbappe after providing him with two assists in a small-sided game at the end of training.

However, the 22-year-old remained ‘moody’ and there is reportedly still tension between the pair.

REVEALED: Chelsea players to suffer from Blues move for Achraf Hakimi as Aston Villa, AC Milan move in

Chelsea are reportedly closing in on Inter’s Achraf Hakimi after matching Paris Saint-Germain’s £56.1 million ($79m) reported approach.

One player who could suffer from Hakimi’s arrival is Chelsea Academy Player of the Year, Valentino Livramento, who was said to be mulling over his future, with AC Milan monitoring his situation.

The youngster could see his path to the first team severely restricted if Chelsea go ahead to sign Hakimi

Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has been playing at wing-back and generally been out of favour under Tuchel, is one squad member who could also see his opportunities limited further. The 20-year-old forward would like to stay at Chelsea but the club would listen to offers for him.

According to Goal and the Guardian, Aston Villa are the latest club looking at the highly rated 18-year-old, who may leave this summer because of a lack of opportunities.

Tino Livramento has been contacted by AC Milan but Aston Villa are among clubs that seem more viable options for the young full-back, whose future could be thrown into doubt by signing Hakimi