James Maddison says Harry Maguire's absence from Leicester City training on Monday was down to an upset stomach.

England defender Maguire has been heavily linked to both Manchester City and Manchester United during the close season and reports circulated that he had skipped training.

That sent the rumour mill into overdrive, but Foxes team-mate Maddison used social media to light-heartedly reveal Maguire will have spent most of the day in the bathroom rather than negotiating a transfer.

Maguire, who started a pre-season game at Stoke City on Saturday, is reportedly valued at £80million by Leicester with Brendan Rodgers confirming they have turned down two bids for their star centre-back.

Antonio Conte's Serie A return with Inter will come at home to promoted Lecce, while Juventus' title defence starts with a trip to Parma.

Serie A announced the fixtures for the new campaign on Monday, with the 2019-20 season set to begin on August 25.

It has been an intriguing close season in Italy, with many of the country's top clubs changing coaches.

Conte is now at Inter and former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is back in Serie A with defending champions Juve after leaving Chelsea.

AC Milan swapped Gennaro Gattuso for Marco Giampaolo and Roma are now under the tutelage of Paolo Fonseca.

Sarri's new side begin by travelling to Parma, while Milan go to Udinese and Roma host Genoa on the opening weekend.

Matchday one fixtures in full

Cagliari v Brescia
Fiorentina v Napoli
Hellas Verona v Bologna
Inter v Lecce
Parma v Juventus
Roma v Genoa
Sampdoria v Lazio
SPAL v Atalanta
Torino v Sassuolo
Udinese v AC Milan

Patrick Cutrone says he is disappointed to be leaving AC Milan but is excited to be joining Premier League side Wolves.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side are reportedly close to sealing a £20million (€21.9m) move for the Italy striker, who confirmed on Monday he is swapping San Siro for Molineux.

Cutrone, 21, looked at home when he broke into Gennaro Gattuso's side two seasons ago, scoring 18 goals in all competitions.

Fewer starting chances resulted in a less prolific second campaign in 2018-19 and a switch to England now beckons.

"Reading all the messages from the fans made me emotional," Cutrone told reporters. "It means that I've done a good thing.

"Am I disappointed? Well, you have seen yourselves. I have nothing to say. I am always ready and charged.

"I wish the best for Milan fans and my team-mates. My departure from Milan affects me as well but that's life and some decisions are taken.

"I will look to do my best. Now I only think about integrating well and doing well there. I'm ready and excited to join Wolves. It's a big challenge for me."

Cutrone joined Milan's academy in 2007 and won his first - and so far only - Italy cap last March against Argentina.

Bournemouth have signed Danish midfielder Philip Billing from relegated Huddersfield Town for a reported £15million.

The 23-year-old has signed a "long-term contract" with the Premier League club.

A former Denmark Under-21 international, Billing has shown promise since joining Huddersfield six years ago and successfully made the transition from the academy to the first-team squad.

He played a rotation role as the Terriers earned promotion from the Championship in 2016-17, and eventually became something of a regular last term, featuring 27 times in the Premier League.

A physically imposing yet technically gifted midfielder, Billing was one of few standout performers for Huddersfield as they finished 10 points adrift at the bottom of the top flight.

He fell out of favour towards the end of the campaign and was less than complimentary about Town boss Jan Siewert in May, calling the German "arrogant" and suggesting he lost the respect of the players within a week of being appointed as David Wagner's successor in January.

Billing is Bournemouth's third signing of the transfer window after Jack Stacey and Lloyd Kelly.

Antoine Griezmann will quickly prove to be a "very important player" at Barcelona, according to ex-team-mate and former Real Madrid man Asier Illarramendi.

Griezmann, who played with Illarramendi at Real Sociedad, has left Atletico Madrid after five years in the capital to join Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Camp Nou.

The World Cup winner is the latest big-money Barca recruit since Neymar's sale to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, with Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho - each bought for over €100million - failing to sparkle so far.

But Illarramendi does not see Griezmann having any issues fitting in with the Blaugrana after his work rate was honed by Atleti coach Diego Simeone.

"I think Griezmann has already shown what a good player he is," Illarramendi told Omnisport. "It is clear that he will contribute a lot to Barca.

"He works well, as we've already seen with Cholo [Simeone], as well as scoring goals, and I think he will be a very important player for Barca."

At Real Sociedad this season Illarramendi is set to link up with Martin Odegaard, another midfielder who struggled to have an impact for Madrid.

Odegaard became Madrid's youngest ever player in LaLiga when he featured at 16 in 2015 but he has yet to kick on, with a loan move to La Real hoped to provide a platform.

Illarramendi said of the 20-year-old: "I met him four years ago - I think he was 16 at the time - he was young and I was young, too. You could see he had good manners and he was a high quality player.

"Now four years have passed, he has already competed in the Dutch league.

"Even though we haven't played many games, you can see with the ball that he's a guy who has a lot of quality; without the ball, he also works very well.

"He has commitment, he works very well and I believe it'll be a good year for him."

Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid's Audi Cup squad following the collapse of his move to the Chinese Super League.

The Wales international looked set to join Jiangsu Suning after his relationship with coach Zinedine Zidane appeared to have broken beyond repair.

That deal fell through on Sunday, however, with Madrid's board reportedly unhappy at the lack of transfer fee involved, while some outlets suggested Bale pulled out over family concerns regarding the move to China. 

Bale was in pre-season training with Madrid on Monday but worked away from the rest of the squad, while agent Jonathan Barnett confirmed he is likely to remain at the club for the 2019-20 campaign.

Zidane has left him out of the squad for the tournament in Munich, though, which means a reunion with former club – and potential suitors – Tottenham on Tuesday has been scuppered.

There is no place in the squad for Thibaut Courtois either, with Los Blancos confirming he has suffered a grade two ankle sprain.

Belgium international Courtois played the first half of his side's 7-3 International Champions Cup thumping by city rivals Atletico Madrid on Friday.

He was replaced at half-time by Keylor Navas, who was Courtois' understudy for much of last season, having previously helped the club to win three consecutive Champions League titles.

The Costa Rica international only made 10 LaLiga starts for the club in the 2018-19 campaign, but with no timescale put on Courtois' return he will hope to stake a permanent claim for the number one spot.

Eder Militao, Casemiro and James Rodriguez also miss the trip to Munich having begun their pre-season preparations on Monday.

Arthur Masuaku has signed a new contract with West Ham that will keep him at the Premier League club until 2024.

The deal with the Democratic Republic of Congo international includes an option to extend for a further two years.

Masuaku joined from Olympiacos in 2016 and has gone on to make 75 appearances across all competitions, scoring once.

"I am very happy and very proud," the 25-year-old told the club's official website. "For me it was an easy decision.

"The club wanted me to stay and so I didn’t even need to think about it – it was just a matter of time."

West Ham have signed Pablo Fornals ahead of the new season, while they broke the club's transfer record for striker Sebastien Haller.

 

Gareth Bale is likely to remain at Real Madrid for the 2019-20 season, according to his agent.

The Wales international was reportedly on the brink of signing a lucrative deal with Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning after falling out of favour under Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

That deal fell through on Sunday, though, with Madrid's board reported to be unhappy at the lack of transfer fee involved in the deal, while other outlets claimed Bale pulled out over family concerns regarding the move to China. 

Bale was in pre-season training with Madrid on Monday, but worked away from the rest of the squad.

Speaking to Omnisport on Monday, Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett indicated the 30-year-old could remain with the LaLiga giants as there are no other offers on the table. 

When asked if Bale would remain at Madrid, Barnett said: "Yes."

And when probed whether there were any other potential moves for the four-time Champions League winner, Barnett responded: "I don't think so."

Bale scored eight goals in 29 LaLiga appearances for Los Blancos in 2018-19 – his second-lowest goal return since joining the club from Tottenham six years ago.

He has three years left on his contract at Madrid and featured in pre-season matches against Arsenal and Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup, the latter a 7-3 defeat.

Joao Felix says one conversation with Diego Simeone was enough to convince him to sign for Atletico Madrid.

The 19-year-old joined the LaLiga side in a blockbuster €126million deal earlier this month from Benfica and has made an immediate impression.

He scored his first goal for the club in their thrilling 7-3 International Champions Cup win over neighbours Real Madrid on Saturday and added two assists in a dazzling display.

Some of Europe's heavyweights were linked with the Portugal international but Joao Felix says the lure of playing for Simeone was enough to convince him to move to the Wanda Metropolitano.

When asked why he joined Atletico, he told AS: "Because it's a big club and because they work really well to develop players.

"It was also because of Simeone, who works well with strikers and that helped me with the decision."

Asked if he spoke to Simeone before he signed, Joao Felix added: "Just once and that was enough. He told me that I can learn a lot, I can grow and other things that will stay between us."

Real Madrid could scarcely handle Joao Felix during the friendly thumping in New Jersey, a game the teenager has described as a "dream".

He added: "It was a dream, really good, and I was really happy. It was my first derby and to do what I did isn't easy.

"I am happy with that and it ended better than I hoped. I never imagined it like that but I'm happy that we won. But it was a pre-season game and it serves as work for the team."

James Rodriguez's hopes for another chance at Real Madrid have been boosted after he took part in the club's 2019-20 pre-season training for the first time on Tuesday.

After spending the past two seasons on loan in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, James had looked set for a permanent departure from the LaLiga giants during the off-season, with Napoli and Atletico Madrid heavily linked with moves for the 28-year-old.

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti has been open about his desire to sign James, with whom he has worked during previous spells in charge of both Bayern and Madrid.

However, a long-term injury to Marco Asensio and a thumping 7-3 friendly defeat to Atleti on Saturday appear to have convinced Zinedine Zidane to keep the Colombia international at Madrid.

James missed Los Blancos' tour of the United States after featuring at the Copa America but played a full part in training, while Gareth Bale worked separately from his team-mates.

The Wales international's proposed move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning collapsed on Sunday and he now looks set to stay in Madrid, unless a deal can be done elsewhere.

Madrid also confirmed striker Luka Jovic trained indoors after his collision with Jan Oblak during the defeat to their city rivals.

The 21-year-old, who has joined from Eintracht Frankfurt, was forced off after 30 minutes but has seemingly not sustained any lasting damage.

New left-back Ferland Mendy and Brahim Diaz were Madrid's other injury absentees along with Asensio, who is expected to miss much of the coming campaign having ruptured his knee ligaments.

Gareth Bale trained separately from his Real Madrid team-mates despite featuring in promotional material for the club's new third kit the day after his proposed move to China collapsed.

The Wales winger "worked inside", Madrid said, as Zinedine Zidane's men hit the track on Monday following their return from a turbulent pre-season trip to the United States.

Bale's relationship with Los Blancos boss Zidane plummeted during the tour and he appeared set to leave the club to take up a lucrative offer at Jiangsu Suning.

But board members at the LaLiga giants reportedly blocked his departure due to their demand for a transfer fee and the deal fell through on Sunday.

Though Bale's status at the Santiago Bernabeu seems to have reached a nadir, the four-time Champions League winner modelled Madrid's new "deep green" third shirt in imagery released by the club.

Whether he will get the chance to wear the new kit during a match remains to be seen.

Jiangsu, however, appear to have completely shut the door to the former Tottenham winger.

Since failing to land Bale, the Chinese Super League (CSL) side have announced the signing of Croatian striker Ivan Santini, who becomes the fifth foreign player on their books.

CSL clubs are only permitted to register four non-Chinese players, meaning one of Alex Teixeira, Eder, Gabriel Paletta will likely make way, with reports suggesting the latter will depart.

Brazil international Miranda joined from Inter last week with the CSL's transfer window set to close on Wednesday.

Paris Saint-Germain should not keep Neymar if he wants to leave the club, says team-mate Marco Verratti.

The Brazil superstar has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, two years after he joined PSG in a €222million deal, with sporting director Leonardo confirming Neymar wants to leave.

Barca have reportedly offered €100m and two of Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Nelson Semedo, Ivan Rakitic and Malcom in exchange.

And Verratti – who came close to joining Barca two years ago – thinks it would be detrimental to PSG if they were to deny Neymar a move.

"I think that if a player wants to leave, in the end he will always find a way to go" he told RMC Sport.

"And it's better like that, otherwise the club will keep someone who does not want [to be there], who will be against the club.

"When a player really wants to leave, the club must let him go, depending on the conditions set by the club, of course. But do not hold back a player who wants to leave."

Leonardo has said the price must be right for Neymar to leave but Verratti hopes the 27-year-old remains in the French capital.

"Of course, I would be disappointed to see him go," he added. "He's a great player. 

"I've never heard him say he wanted to leave but personally, of course, I would prefer to see him stay."

Verratti's agent Donato Di Campli described the midfielder as a "prisoner" at PSG two years ago when he was being strongly linked with Barcelona.

Instead of leaving, Verratti pledged his future to the Ligue 1 champions after receiving reassurances about their ambitions, a decision he does not regret.

"At the time, I needed explanations from PSG," he explained. "I saw things that did not seem to me to be worthy of a club that wants to win major competitions.

"I did not agree with some things, but we talked to each other and I stayed. I'm glad I made that choice."

Neymar has yet to feature for PSG in pre-season and will miss their final warm-up game, against A-League outfit Sydney FC in Suzhou on Tuesday.

Romelu Lukaku has been left out of Manchester United's squad to face Norwegian side Kristiansund in Oslo on Tuesday.

The Belgium international failed to feature at all on the club's tour of Asia and speculation about his future is set to continue following his omission from the 26-man group named to fly to Norway.

United did not offer an explanation for striker Lukaku's absence.

Serie A side Inter have made their interest clear and the 26-year-old fuelled rumours of a move over the weekend as he uploaded a photo to social media showing him alongside his agent Federico Pastorello, captioned: "Soon to be continued."

San Siro might not be his only possible destination, however, with Italian champions Juventus also reportedly weighing up whether to make an offer.

Full-back Matteo Darmian, another player linked to Inter, has also been excluded from United's travelling party.

Eric Bailly will not travel after twisting his knee during last week's 2-1 victory over Tottenham in Shanghai.

The Kristiansund clash is the penultimate match on United's pre-season schedule, with only an International Champions Cup game against AC Milan in Cardiff to follow.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men then begin their Premier League campaign against Chelsea on August 11.

Neymar will head into the new Ligue 1 campaign without any match preparation after being left out of the squad for Paris Saint-Germain's final pre-season friendly.

The wantaway forward is again to remain at the club's training base in Shenzhen when his team-mates take on A-League outfit Sydney FC in Suzhou on Tuesday.

Brazil international Neymar, who has been heavily linked with former employers Barcelona, has not featured for PSG since failing to report on time for pre-season training earlier this month.

He sat out games against Nurnberg in Germany and Inter in Macau in order to continue his recovery from foot and ankle injuries, despite declaring himself to be almost "100 per cent" midway through July.

The 27-year-old's rehabilitation programme has progressed to include ball work but he, Presnel Kimpembe and midfielder Marco Verratti, who is nursing a thigh strain, are being kept in cotton wool.

PSG face Rennes in the Trophee des Champions - a match Neymar would have missed anyway due to suspension - four days after their date with Sydney, before flying back to France for the start of the Ligue 1 season.

Thomas Tuchel's men begin their title defence against Nimes on August 11.

Andy Robertson expects Liverpool to rise out of their pre-season rut when stars including Mohamed Salah return to the squad this week.

Liverpool slumped to a third defeat in four friendly matches on Sunday, losing 3-0 to Serie A side Napoli.

Ten players that featured in the Champions League final triumph over Tottenham were involved in Edinburgh but Jurgen Klopp still has several key men to return.

Salah, Alisson and Roberto Firmino will return for a training camp in Evian starting on Monday, as will fit-again pair Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Sadio Mane, who helped Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final, is due to return after the Community Shield clash against Manchester City.

"The lads coming back, even if they don't play, it gives you a lift when they train and with the way they go about their business," Robertson told his club's website.

"Mo and Bobby are two of our main men and Alisson was magnificent last season. They are huge characters in the changing room as well so that'll be massive for us, and then Sadio will come back the following week. 

"Once we get the whole team back together, and I think Shaq and Naby aren't far off too, they're players that are familiar around the set-up and around the system and that's what we need.

"The quicker we get all of us back together then hopefully the better."

Liverpool play their final pre-season friendly against Ligue 1 outfit Lyon on Wednesday and Robertson warned the Reds not to underestimate the value of a result.

"We need to be a hell of a lot better than we were [against Napoli] and that's what this week coming up is for," he said.

"When the season comes I've got no doubt that we'll be ready, but we can't get in the habit of losing or drawing because then it starts to sink in and you start getting used to it and that's not what we need."

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