Monday Kickoff: Conte could leave Juventus; Man United make bid for Shaw; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Juventus could be searching for a new head coach this summer.

After winning their third straight Scudetto and ending AS Roma’s unbeaten run at home last Saturday, Juventus manager Antonio Conte told Sky Italia that he would take some time as the season comes to a close to decide on his future.

“There will be clarity regarding my position at Juventus over the next few days,” Conte said. “I generally don’t agree with taking a sabbatical, but if there wasn’t a unity of ideas, then I would leave with great affection and respect. I would then evaluate other offers that intrigue me.

“These things go in cycles and I’ve already told the club what I think,” Conte said. “We will soon clarify the situation. I give everything each year to every club I have worked for, as this is who I am.

One of the sticking points for Conte is the lack of success for Juventus in Europe. Despite their success at home, the club has struggled under Conte abroad, failing to make it past the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals in 2012/13 and this season failing to make it out of the group stage.

“I won it as a player and one day I want to win it as a coach,” Conte said. “But if you ask me if it’s possible to do this with Juventus, I would say no.”

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MAN UNITED MAKE BID FOR SOUTHAMPTON’S SHAW

For the second consecutive year, Manchester United are in the running for a new left back.

The club are ready to part ways with incumbent left back Patrice Evra in favor of Southampton youngster Luke Shaw, who impressed in his first full season in the English Premier League. Reports in England state that Man United have already made a £27 million bid for the 18-year-old, who is set to represent England at the World Cup. Chelsea and Manchester City are also reportedly interested in Shaw.

Man United will reportedly offer Shaw a five-year contract in the region of £5.2 million per year, making Shaw the highest-paid teenager in the world.

IBRAHIMOVIC WINS LIGUE 1 PLAYER OF THE YEAR

For the second year in a row Ligue 1’s highest-paid player took home the league’s top individual award.

At the Ligue 1 awards ceremony on Sunday, Paris Saint-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named Ligue 1 Player of the Year, while teammates Salvatore Sirigu and Marco Verratti also took home personal awards too. Ibrahimovic scored 40 goals in all competitions so far this season, including ten in the Champions League.

“For the second year in a row, it is a great honor. I want to thank all the players, the coach, the staff and the supporters,” Ibrahimovic told reporters. “I think this has been my best season. The team have had a magnificent season. In the years to come I hope to win the league again, as well as the two cups, the Champions League and more individual trophies.”

QUICK KICKS

Despite being out of contract this summer, Boca Juniors legend Juan Roman Riquelme has confirmed that he wants to continue playing and isn’t ready to retire again. (REPORT)

American owner Randy Lerner has put Aston Villa up for sale for a reported £200 million. (REPORT)

The Court for Arbitration and Sport has upheld the ten-match ban from FIFA for Croatian international defender Josip Simunic. (REPORT)

Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has been named to Algeria’s 30-man World Cup squad. (REPORT)

Chivas have hired former Morelia manager and Argentine league player Carlos Bustos to be manager for the 2014 Apertura. (REPORT)

Former Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armen Veh has been signed by VfB Stuttgart on a contract through 2016. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? Do you see Antonio Conte leaving this summer? Think Shaw should sign for Chelsea or Man City instead of Man United? Do you believe Zlatan was the Ligue 1 Player of the Year?

Share your thoughts below.

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11 Responses to Monday Kickoff: Conte could leave Juventus; Man United make bid for Shaw; and more

  1. Increase says:

    England Squad out and its a 23 not a 30. I find this odd that they went straight with a 23. It made sense for Brazil to be all cocky and that’s just how Scolari works apparently. I don’t get why England wouldn’t wait for camp first. I mean is Lampard better than Carrick at this point? I doubt it considering the rolls they now play.

    • arsenal says:

      Well, despite only going with a 23-man squad, the team is stacked with talent. Especially, young talent. I think it was a mistake to bring both Gerrard and Lampard. I think it should have been just Gerrard.

      • Bach's Thumb says:

        England never learns. Ever.

        It’s been Lampard over Gerrard for the better part of this century. On one hand, you have a ‘traditional’ English midfielder who goes hard into tackles and runs a lot, and on the other hand you have a deftly technical talisman who dictates play and makes others better in Gerrard.

        England naturally takes the first.

        • Increase says:

          I would agree but you don’t need both. However if keeping the Liverpool pair of Henderson/Gerrard together is something you want then it makes sense. You just don’t need both now and you never should have played both in the past. They really don’t learn.

    • DB says:

      Well, if you wanna be technical they did release a preliminary 30-man squad…just with the 23 fairly set in stone barring injury.

    • SilverRey says:

      Mexico & a few others have done the same.

      The argument is that you build better chemistry if the guys get a full month together without having to swap out to test the last few spots.

      I’m hoping JK doesn’t take too long to make his cuts.

  2. Bach's Thumb says:

    Why would Shaw want to move to a team not playing in European Competition?

    • arsenal says:

      Money? I feel bad for Southampton. They are about to lose the core of their squad — lalana, Shaw, Lovren, schniderlin, and maybe more.

  3. beachbum says:

    article on the Timbers BS? buried behind all the USMNT links we’ve all read and contributed to hundreds of times. whatever

  4. bryan says:

    queue the Riquelme to MLS rumors