Griezmann rates chance of Man Utd move 6/10

Atletico Madrid hitman Antoine Griezmann said on French TV that there is a "six" out of 10 chance he will join Manchester United this summer.

He later rated his odds of staying at Atletico Madrid slightly higher.

Reports continue to swirl that United have offered £85 million for the services of the 26-year old,  while the Frenchman’s agent has said Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona have also expressed interest.

Just last week Greizmann said that he was happy at Atletico, but speaking on French television show Quotidien on Monday night, he said that a move could happen "within two weeks."

When asked what he would reply if the presenter said "Manchester United," the France striker said only: "Possible."

When asked to rate the possibility of a move from one to 10, Griezmann replied: "Six."

However, shortly afterwards Griezmann rated his chances of staying with Atleti as a "seven."

The former Real Sociedad player has a contract with Atleti that runs to 2021.

The speculation comes after Atletico boss Diego Simeone announced after the club’s final game of the season that "everyone is going to stay."

"It'll depend on Atletico, whether they can sign players, because perhaps they'll have a ban," Griezmann said.

The reported arrival of fellow French forward Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon was not a deciding factor in a move, he added.

"I don't think the fact a player comes is going to make me stay or leave."

Leno reveals lofty dream

Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno has set his sights on becoming one of Europe's best - and believes Real Madrid can help him achieve that dream.

The Germany international has seen his stock rise since joining Leverkusen from Stuttgart in 2011, his performances earning him international recognition four years later.

Leno was previously linked with a move to the Spanish capital after catching the eye during his team's Champions League campaign, and he's keen to emulate compatriot Marc-Andre ter Stegen by making a name for himself in La Liga.

The 25-year-old has revealed a desire to play abroad after spending eight seasons in his homeland, with the Santiago Bernabeu his dream destination.

"It is now my goal to become one of the best goalkeepers around in Europe," he told T-Online.

"We are regularly playing European football with Leverkusen, but it remains my dream to one day play for a major club abroad. And Real Madrid are the team I have supported since my childhood."

Zidane: Happiest day of my life

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was understandably happy after clinching his first La Liga title as manager on Sunday.

Zidane described winning the league crown as 'the happiest day of his life' after Los Blancos recorded a 2-0 win at Malaga to become champions.

Goals from Ronaldo and Karim Benzema earned Madrid a sixth consecutive league win to fend off Barcelona’s challenge and win the title for the first time in five years.

The Frenchman added that the sense of achievement surpassed that of winning La Liga in 2002-03 and the Champions League in 2001-02 as a player.

"We are very happy," Zidane said after Sunday’s game. "We have conquered one of the most beautiful leagues in the world and to win it here and with this setup has been wonderful.

"As a coach there is no higher professional achievement. This is the happiest day of my life.

"It has been very special, and although the merit belongs to everyone, it is mostly the players. The key to success has been there, in the group."

Zidane now has to prepare his squad for the Champions League final against Juventus in Cardiff on June 3.

But first, the players will take some time out to enjoy their domestic triumph.

"I'm going to enjoy what we did today," he said. "I do not think about Cardiff today.

"There are no words to define this. I would like to come up here and dance, but I will not do it. I'm very happy inside.

"Being a Madrid coach you know the expectations. They are tall and we know that. I like that.

"I have lived as a player and for me today is the happiest day, professionally. The coach totally changes things. I won everything with this shirt, but winning the league today is the maximum."

Real Madrid are La Liga Champions

Real Madrid ended their five-year wait for their 33rd La Liga title with a 2-0 win over Malaga at the Estadio La Rosaleda on Sunday evening.

  • Málaga 0 Real Madrid 2
  • Ronaldo on target on two minutes
  • Benzema adds a second on 55'

Match summary

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with his second touch of the match before Karim Benzema netted with ten second half minutes played.

Barcelona's come-from-behin 4-2 win over Eibar was of no concern to Real who just needed to win their game to claim the league title.

Full report

Before the fans were fully in their seats, Ronaldo had given his side the lead, as he picked up an Isco pass after a mistake by the Malaga defence before rounding the goalkeeper and stroking the ball into an empty net, for his 40th goal of the season.

Danilo then shot into the side netting before Keilor Navas did well to keep out Sandro Ramírez with a low shot at his near post.

Benzema saw a 14th minute shot deflect wide after some good work from Marcelo as Navas made an excellent one-handed save from a Ramirez effort.

Ramos powered a header just over the bar from a Danilo cross from the right as Real continued to dominate the chances.

Carlos Kameni then ensured the score remained at just the one goal as he made a brilliant save to deny Ronaldo from close range after he had been set up by Isco.

Toni Kroos was the next to test Kameni, on 36 minutes, who gathered his rasping drive at the second attempt.

Malaga so nearly netted at the end of the first half, as first Navas had to alert to punch clear a Ramirez corner that was heading in on goal before the same player saw his curled effort take a deflection off of Keko before going out of play.

Navas was called into action at the start of the second half as he kept out a low Recio effort, but it was Real to double their lead, on 55 minutes, as Kroos' right-sided corner was tapped home by Benzema after Kameni had saved Sergio Ramos' close-range volley.

Navas did well to keep out an Ignacio Camacho header as Malaga looked to end strongly, while Benzema had a 71st minute goal ruled out for offside.

Real manager Zinedine Zidane looked on angrily as Camacho came close to reducing the deficit with a powerful header that landed on the roof of the net in the 78th minute.

Malaga substitute Charles then volleyed wide of the near post as he connected to a cross from the left from Federico Ricca while Kameni kept out Luca Modric late on, but the last chance of the game saw Navas palm a deflected shot from Gonzalo Castro onto the crossbar.

All Sunday's La Liga results:

%u200BAtlético Madrid 3 - 1 Athletic Club

Valencia 1 - 3 Villarreal

Celta de Vigo 2 - 2 Real Sociedad

Barcelona 4 - 2 Eibar

Málaga 0 - 2 Real Madrid

Barca win but Real claim title

Barcelona showed their class as they came from behind to beat a spirited Eibar 4-2, although the win wasn't enough as Real Madrid claimed the Primera Division title.

  • Barcelona 4 Eibar 2
  • Inui grabs two goals
  • Junca nets an own goal
  • Suarez equalises
  • Messi hits brace

Match summary

Barcelona missed a host of golden chances and Takashi Inui made them pay with the first goal. He added a superb second as the theme of missed chances continued for Barca.

Yet, the home team rallied superbly to find the back of the net four times through an own goal, a solitary strike by Suarez and a brace from Lionel Messi.

Match report

Eibar showed they were up for the occasion and they came out of the blocks quickly as they harrassed and pressed Barca. The pressure paid dividends in the seventh minute when Ander Capa's cross found Inui at the far post and he guided home a smart finish off the underside of the crossbar.

Two minutes later the home side missed a golden chance to level matters when Anaitz Arbilla's poor pass was intercepted by Luis Suarez and he was through on goal in a one-on-one situation. Yet, he put his strike wide of the post past Yoel.

Predictably, it was a passing procession for Barca as they had up to around 70% of the ball although it wasn't until the 36th minute when the next real chance came along when Suarez again got into a one-on-one situation but Yoel guessed correctly and saved his strike down to the right.

Just before the break, Ruben Pena missed an absolute sitter to make it 2-0, with the goal at his mercy from around two yards out after Marc-Andre ter Stegen had saved Inui's shot into his path. After the interval, the Japan international forced ter Stegen into another save at his near post.

Yoel then made another superb stop at the other end when he clawed away Andres Iniesta's powerful low strike from the edge of the area in the 52nd minute. Incredibly, Lionel Messi then fluffed a sitter from in front of goal after being played in by Suarez, as he inexplicably put the ball wide.

However, it was 2-0 in the 61st minute when the impressive Inui lashed home a thunderous left-footed shot which left the keeper with no chance. This sparked Barca into life and within 15 crazy minutes they would be 3-2 up.

First, David Junca scored an own goal when he defelected in Neymar's shot which had crashed off him after hitting the post. In the 70th minute Messi then missed a penalty after a seemingly dubious decision on Jordi Alba being fouled in the box.

In the 73rd minute it was 2-2 as Suarez tapped in at the far post from Paco Alcacer's flick on following Neymar's corner from the left. In the 75th minute it was 3-2 as Ander Capa brought down Neymar in the box and this time Messi slotted home.

Messi then produced a stunning solo run which left five players in his wake to add a fourth deep into injury time to put an exclamation mark on the victory. 

All Sunday's La Liga results:

Atlético Madrid 3 - 1 Athletic Club

Valencia 1 - 3 Villarreal

Celta de Vigo 2 - 2 Real Sociedad

Barcelona 4 - 2 Eibar

Málaga 0 - 2 Real Madrid

Aulas: Lacazette has agreement with Atleti

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admits there is no certainty that Alexandre Lacazette will join Atletico Madrid, despite a deal having been agreed.

The 25-year-old striker confirmed earlier this week that he was looking to leave Parc Olympique Lyonnais during the off-season and that he wanted to link up with France team-mate Antoine Griezmann in the Spanish capital.

Aulas had previously confirmed he was willing to sell Lacazette for the right price and it appears Los Colchoneros have matched Les Gones' demands.

However, the move depends on whether Atletico are successful with an appeal to have their transfer ban lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Frenchman bagged a brace on the final day of the campaign as Bruno Genesio's side drew 3-3 with Nice, taking his tally to 28 goals from just 30 league games.  

"Alex has a verbal agreement with a club, Atletico, but there is no certainty, since we have to wait for CAS to lift the ban," the 68-year-old told L'Equipe.

"We accepted Alex's request to discuss exclusively with this club, but the other side of that is that this transfer is made on our terms."

Sampaoli: I'm not leaving for money

Sevilla head coach Jorge Sampaoli has defended his decision to pursue the Argentina job after just one season at the Spanish La Liga club.

The Argentine was appointed to the helm at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on a two-year contract in July, just six months after resigning as manager of the Chile national team.

But Sampaoli seems destined to return to international football after announcing his intention to take charge of his county's World Cup qualifying campaign.

Los Blanquirrojos completed their campaign on Saturday with a 5-0 thrashing of Osasuna to qualify for the Champions League preliminary rounds via their fourth-placed finish in the league.

The Andalusians spent much of the season in the top-four and found themselves unlikely title challengers at one point before a dip in form saw Real Madrid and Barcelona widen the gap at the summit.

The Argentine Football Association has yet to reach an agreement with Sevilla, but Sampaoli insists his actions should be seen as patriotic and nothing else.

"The way of accepting that I go to Argentina does not depend on me exclusively, it's not up to me," the 57-year-old said.

"Argentina has to resolve my contract with Sevilla. I cannot generate pressure for someone to hire me. The AFA will have to be bound to my obligations and rights in that contract.

"I'm not leaving here for money or as a mercenary; I'm going to the national team of my country."

Saturday's La Liga round-up

Sevilla finished the La Liga season with a bang, but relegated Sporting Gijon were unable to signal their departure with a win on Saturday.

Sevilla signed off in style as they romped to a 5-0 win over Segunda Division-bound Osasuna at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

A brace apiece from Vitolo (10', 80') and Franco Vazquez (20', 60') helped the hosts cruise to victory, while Stevan Jovetic (35') also got his name on the scoresheet.

Los Blanquirrojos secured a fourth-placed finish in the league, and with it a spot in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League. Los Rojillos finished 13 points adrift of safety in 19th spot.

Elsewhere, Sporting Gijon surrendered an early lead to draw 2-2 with Real Betis in their final game in Spain's top flight.

The Rojiblancos got off to a good start when Douglas Pereira (7') opened the scoring early on, but the visitors hit back to equalise through Ruben Castro (22', 59') who struck again in the second half to give Betis the lead.

However, Carlos Carmona (79') rescued a point for the hosts, who bowed out on a three-match unbeaten run, while the Andalusians finished eight points better off in 15th position.

Deportivo La Coruna ended a disappointing campaign on a positive note as they recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Las Palmas at the Riazor.

Florin Andone's brace (4', 28') and a 39th-minute goal from Carles Gil handed victory to Depor, who close the season in 16th place, three points adrift of Los Amarillos in 14th.

Alaves were denied a final-day win after they drew 1-1 with struggling Leganes at Butarque, where a late equaliser from Timor (89') cancelled out Nenad Krsticic's 64th-minute opener for the visitors.

The Babazorros end the campaign on a seven-game unbeaten run in ninth spot, with the Pepineros just managing to stave off relegation after finishing four points above the bottom-three in 17th position.

Saturday's results:

Sporting Gijon 2-2 Real Betis

Leganes 1-1 Alaves

Deportivo La Coruna 3-0 Las Palmas

Sevilla 5-0 Osasuna

Berizzo set to depart Balaidos

Celta Vigo have announced that Eduardo Berizzo will step down from his position as head coach at the end of the season.

The former Argentina international spent the latter stages of his playing career with Celta before returning at the helm of the Spanish club nine years later, in 2014.

The Galicians are set for a disappointing end to the campaign as they head into Sunday's final-day clash with Real Sociedad on the back of a six-match losing streak.

Berizzo guided Celta to a sixth-placed finish last term to qualify for the Europa League, where they reached the semi-finals before narrowly losing to Manchester United.

But European football has affected their domestic form, and Berizzo's side will finish 13th in the table regardless of the result against La Real - a far cry from the lofty achievements of the previous season.

The 47-year-old has been heavily linked with La Liga rivals Sevilla, who could lose Jorge Sampaoli to the Argentina national team.

A statement from the club read: "Eduardo Berizzo and his technical team will not continue at Celta next season.

"It concludes a wonderful three-year period of continued growth in the sporting, social and institutional aspect and three seasons in which a dream has been pursued that not only fuelled excitement and hope but was rooted in the soul of 'celtismo'.

"Eduardo Berizzo left a notable footprint as a player now another, deeper one as a coach, one of the best, without doubt, in the history of Celta.

"The club can only show its gratitude for his commitment, his application and the passion he has put into his work during this period."

Lacazette: Atleti can take me to next level

Alexandre Lacazette has given his biggest hint yet that he could be joining Atletico Madrid during the off-season, as the Lyon striker looks to take the next step in his career.

The 25-year-old is a product of his hometown club's academy, having racked up 274 appearances in all competitions and scoring 127 goals since making his first-team debut in July 2010.

Lacazette has been linked with a move away from Parc Olympique Lyonnais for quite some time after scoring at least 15 goals in each of the last four Ligue 1 campaigns - Arsenal holding a long-term interest in the France international, who has also attracted the attention of Atletico more recently.

Les Gones owner Jean-Michel Aulas revealed earlier this week that he would allow their star forward to leave for the right price, and Lacazette believes he can reach a new level with Diego Simeone's side playing alongside compatriot Antoine Griezmann.

"I think that's [the upcoming transfer window] the right moment [to leave]," he told L'Equipe. "I want to discover something else, to put myself in danger and to get to the next level.

"People say in passing that I score goals, but I know very well that on the European level I am not very well known. I want to see if I can answer the questions that people are asking, and to make further progress.

"It's totally me [who will decide where I sign]. It's [Atletico] a club that is in the last stages of the Champions League for several years.

"It is a great team, in a new stadium, and it is also a club that makes the players progress. And there is Antoine Griezmann."

Lacazette has netted 26 league goals this term to sit second in the scoring charts, nine behind Paris-Saint German frontman Edinson Cavani.