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Matthias Ginter confirms Chelsea interest but German says he’s staying at Borussia Monchengladbach

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Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter confirmed Chelsea have enquired about his availability this summer but has committed to the Bundesliga club.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is desperate to improve his defence to compliment the attacking signings of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig and Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech, while the Blues could also move for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz this year.

The 26-year-old has starred for Marco Rose’s side this term, guiding Gladbach to next season’s Champions League, with the German admitting he is happy with his current surroundings.

Defender Matthias Ginter announced he is staying at Borussia Monchengladbach this summer

Defender Matthias Ginter announced he is staying at Borussia Monchengladbach this summer

Chelsea have enquired about Ginter (right) this year, with the Blues also in for Kai Havertz (left)

Chelsea have enquired about Ginter (right) this year, with the Blues also in for Kai Havertz (left)

Ginter told German publication Kicker: ‘I’m definitely staying in Gladbach. Of course I heard of the enquiries and was flattered by this attention. 

‘But I’ve said often enough how good things are for me in Gladbach. The current team has great potential and the coach has brought a huge added value for us. 

‘The club is in the process of building something with the great fans and the environment. I also have big goals with the club and of course I’m still tied into a contract.’ 

Ginter, who has been capped nearly 30 times by his country, has been at Gladbach since moving from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 for around £15million.

This is a bloe for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard (above), who is desperate to improve his defence

This is a bloe for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard (above), who is desperate to improve his defence

Since then, he has made 102 appearances for the Bundesliga side in all competitions, including 31 last season.

The 26-year-old’s contract at Borussia-Park ends in just over a year’s time but the defender insists there is no rush to sign a new deal straight away.

Asked whether Gladbach are looking to tie him down to a new contract, Ginter added: ‘I can imagine that but there is no hurry. Discussions have yet taken place on this topic due to the coronavirus pandemic.’ 

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Lionel Messi’s former agent reveals he was close to following Cesc Fabregas to Arsenal

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Lionel Messi’s former agent says the Barcelona legend came close to following Cesc Fabregas to Arsenal back in 2003.

Fabian Soldini says then Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger identified Fabregas, Messi and Gerard Pique as potential signings when they were academy prospects.

Wenger succeeded in luring Fabregas to Arsenal, while Pique joined Manchester United, though Messi opted to stay at Barcelona. 

Lionel Messi's former agent says he was tempted to join Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal in 2003

Lionel Messi's former agent says he was tempted to join Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal in 2003

Lionel Messi’s former agent says he was tempted to join Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal in 2003

Wenger succeeded in luring Fabregas to Arsenal and also attempted to persuade Messi

Wenger succeeded in luring Fabregas to Arsenal and also attempted to persuade Messi

Wenger succeeded in luring Fabregas to Arsenal and also attempted to persuade Messi 

But Soldini says Messi was tempted by the prospect of a move to the Emirates, such was the closeness of his friendship with Fabregas,

‘[Messi] was tempted to go to Arsenal, but he didn’t go,’ Soldini told Marca.

‘I remember the day that Cesc asked to leave [Barcelona]. Messi was also asked to go, but he didn’t want to leave.’  

Wenger himself revealed last year that he attempted to sign Messi but admitted that the Argentine was ‘untouchable’ at that time.

Messi stayed at Barca but the pair were reunited at the Nou Camp when Fabregas returned

Messi stayed at Barca but the pair were reunited at the Nou Camp when Fabregas returned

Messi stayed at Barca but the pair were reunited at the Nou Camp when Fabregas returned

Messi (front row, far left) and Fabregas (back row, second from right) were originally team-mates in one of the great La Masia youth teams

Messi (front row, far left) and Fabregas (back row, second from right) were originally team-mates in one of the great La Masia youth teams

Messi (front row, far left) and Fabregas (back row, second from right) were originally team-mates in one of the great La Masia youth teams

Wenger told BeIN Sports: ‘We were in discussions with [Messi] when we bought Fabregas, because Messi played [with him].

‘You can realise sometimes what fantastic youth teams you had before when you’re a club like Barcelona. In the same team, Messi, [Gerard] Pique and Fabregas.

‘Pique and Fabregas came to England [with Manchester United and Arsenal respectively], Messi stayed in Spain. We were interested in him, but he was untouchable at the time.’  

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Barcelona ‘RETURN for Norwich full back Max Aarons and have a five-year agreement with the defender’

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Barcelona have made fresh contact with Norwich over right back Max Aarons and have reportedly already agreed a five-year contract with the defender.

The LaLiga side look to have lost out to Bayern Munich in the race for Ajax full back Sergino Dest and SPORT claim they have now turned their attentions back to Aarons.

Barca first contacted the Canaries two weeks ago but the Championship side are holding out for a £20million bid after rejecting an offer of a loan deal without an obligation to buy. 

Barcelona have reportedly made fresh contact with Norwich over right back Max Aarons

Barcelona have reportedly made fresh contact with Norwich over right back Max Aarons

Barcelona have reportedly made fresh contact with Norwich over right back Max Aarons

The LaLiga side are said to already have a five-year agreement with the 20-year-old defender

The LaLiga side are said to already have a five-year agreement with the 20-year-old defender

The LaLiga side are said to already have a five-year agreement with the 20-year-old defender

Norwich would reportedly accept a loan deal for this season as long as a permanent transfer was agreed for the end of the campaign.

Ronald Koeman is a fan of the 20-year-old after watching him in action last season and is now the Dutchman’s preferred option with Dest set to join Bayern.

Aarons played in all 36 Premier League games for Norwich last season and covered more distance than Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Norwich are holding out for a £20million bid after rejecting a loan offer from the Catalans

Norwich are holding out for a £20million bid after rejecting a loan offer from the Catalans

Norwich are holding out for a £20million bid after rejecting a loan offer from the Catalans

His passing accuracy in the final third was one of the highest among the league’s full backs despite his side finishing the season bottom of the table.

The defender has played in both of Norwih’s Championship fixtures this season which have included a draw against Preston and a victory over Huddersfield.

Aarons has also been linked with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen but it is understood his preference is to complete a move to the Nou Camp.

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Steven Gerrard and Tyson Fury send heartfelt messages to teenage Celtic fan fighting brain cancer

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Steven Gerrard, Tyson Fury and a host of other star names from the world of sport have sent messages of support to a teenaged Celtic fan fighting brain cancer. 

Daniel Caplan, 17 from Glasgow, has been diagnosed with a brain tumour known as DMG (diffuse midline glioma, grade 4), which is currently incurable. 

However, via a Glasgow based neurological research charity called Funding Neuro, there may be opportunities for treatment trials in the future and as such, a fundraising page has been set up and a charity match took place at Hamilton’s Foundation of Youth stadium on Saturday. 

Daniel Caplan, a 17-year-old Celtic fan from Glasgow, has been diagnosed with brain cancer

Daniel Caplan, a 17-year-old Celtic fan from Glasgow, has been diagnosed with brain cancer

Daniel Caplan, a 17-year-old Celtic fan from Glasgow, has been diagnosed with brain cancer

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard sent a message of support to the young Celtic supporter

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard sent a message of support to the young Celtic supporter

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard sent a message of support to the young Celtic supporter

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was amongst a number of stars to send their support

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was amongst a number of stars to send their support

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was amongst a number of stars to send their support

Virtual streaming tickets for the event cost £5 and all proceeds went to charity, with over 900 tuning in.  

As well as Rangers boss Gerrard and world heavyweight champion Fury, Celtic captain Scott Brown, manager Neil Lennon, former defender Kieran Tierney and ex-Scotland international Graeme Souness also sent their heartfelt messages of support to Daniel. 

Gerrard, in a short video where he announced Angel Revive (of which Gerrard is an ambassador) would provide the water for the charity game at the weekend, sent a strong message of support to the youngster. 

‘I want to give a special mention to Daniel. I know you have had a tough time of late and you have spent some time in hospital so I want to send you some love and support,’ Gerrard said. 

‘I hope you have a good day. I also want to say how proud I am that Angel Revive are going to sponsor the event and provide all the water, which makes me feel really good. 

‘Thirdly, I hope the match got well and you all have a fantastic evening at the event. All the best.’

Arsenal defender Tierney said: ‘Just like to say, you are in my thoughts and in my prayers.

Former Celtic defender Kieran Tierney said that Daniel was in his 'thoughts and prayers'

Former Celtic defender Kieran Tierney said that Daniel was in his 'thoughts and prayers'

Former Celtic defender Kieran Tierney said that Daniel was in his ‘thoughts and prayers’

Ex-Scotland international and Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness also sent his support

Ex-Scotland international and Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness also sent his support

Ex-Scotland international and Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness also sent his support

‘I hope you are staying strong and positive always. Keep up the good fight. The charity match going ahead this week is for a great cause and I hope everyone taking part has a great day.’

Celtic legend Frank McAvennie coached one of the sides during Saturday’s match, and also spoke at a fundraising dinner afterwards alongside Rangers hero Willie Henderson. 

Daniel’s father, Brian, organised the match with the help of friends and family and explained how the idea came to fruition. 

Daniel is a Celtic fan and received a message from the skipper of the Scottish champions

Daniel is a Celtic fan and received a message from the skipper of the Scottish champions

Celtic boss Neil Lennon sent his support Daniel's way

Celtic boss Neil Lennon sent his support Daniel's way

Celtic captain Scott Brown (left) and manager Neil Lennon (right) also sent their support

‘We brought the idea from the kids talking about a football game into the masterplan that was executed on Saturday in terms of the game going on, the referee and organisation and strips. It was a proper game of football,’ Brian said. 

‘It was on pay-per-view and I think around 900 logged in to it and paid the £5 for it so that was more money for charity which was great. It was all in aid of finding a solution for my boy Daniel who was diagnosed with this condition which is very challenging.

The charity match at Hamilton's Foundation of Youth stadium on Saturday was a great success

The charity match at Hamilton's Foundation of Youth stadium on Saturday was a great success

The charity match at Hamilton’s Foundation of Youth stadium on Saturday was a great success

‘I played in it and lasted 13 minutes before I hobbled off with a hamstring injury! But I enjoyed my 13 minutes of fame. I used to play quite a lot of football but I’ve not played in years and my legs couldn’t handle it!

‘The boys had a brilliant time. The score was 5-3 and Daniel handed out the Man of the Match award and everyone got their medals.

‘And Daniel watched the game along with my wife and my mum and dad so it was an emotional time really. The main goal is to get something workable. As a family we’ve got to look outside the box.’ 

You can donate to Daniel’s fund and post a message of support here.

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