Luka Jovic leaving Eintracht Frankfurt for Real Madrid is a "real possibility, according to sporting director Fredi Bobic.

Jovic has been linked with LaLiga champions Barcelona, however, Spanish giants Madrid have reportedly emerged as favourites to sign the in-demand Eintracht star.

The 21-year-old Serbia striker has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season and his two-year loan from Benfica became permanent last week.

Amid the growing speculation over Jovic's future, Eintracht director Bobic told ZDF: "There's a real possibility that Jovic signs for Real Madrid.

"I hope and want him to stay here at Eintracht, but I'm also realistic and know that if a big club like Real Madrid want him then we haven't got a chance of keeping him."

Of Jovic's 25 goals, 17 of those have come in the Bundesliga as Eintracht sit fourth in the standings – the final Champions League qualifying spot.

Jovic's eight Europa League goals have also helped Eintracht reach the semi-finals, with Premier League side Chelsea awaiting in the last four.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has not given up hope of Christian Eriksen extending his contract despite the midfielder having only 14 months left on his deal.

Eriksen joined Spurs from Ajax in 2013 and has been a regular ever since, becoming one of the Premier League's best playmakers.

He was decisive on Tuesday, scoring a fine late winner as Spurs took charge in the top-four battle with a 1-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.

Spurs and Eriksen have long been in negotiations but do not appear to be getting any closer to an agreement, with some suggesting they could look to offload him at the end of the season to prevent losing him on a free transfer next year.

When asked if he had any updates on the talks, Pochettino told reporters: "I think I was clear a few months ago.

"It is a very special situation. Christian is a special person. I think we are all special, different and we need to understand that.

"The timing for him or for the club to be agreeing something are maybe different to another player. I hope and I wish Christian can be with us in the future, but I think Christian and us, we are so open to talking and we will see what happens.

"I think it is so close to the end of the season, [there is] a lot of time to talk after and I think the most important thing now, not only for him, is for all the players to be focused and try to achieve the things we want.

"We have a lot of big things ahead and we need to be focused only to try and recover, train and compete."

Eriksen has impressed lately and his winner against Brighton capped a strong all-round performance, with Pochettino paying tribute to his technical ability.

"He has an amazing quality," Pochettino added. "He can shoot from outside of the box and have unbelievable shots with his left and right foot.

"Of course, it's about mentality too, but in the end if you don't have the quality then you can shoot 10 times without the goalkeeper and for sure you're not going to score, but with Christian he can shoot and score."

Brighton were agonisingly close to what could have been a pivotal point in their fight against relegation and Chris Hughton accepted it was painful to slip to such a late loss.

"That's very much the feeling," Hughton told reporters when asked if it was a heartbreaking defeat. "We had a little bit of fortune go our away, they hit the post, we defended well.

"The longer it went I thought we would hold out if we had managed the game better at the end. I thought the centre-halves were both excellent.

"It's a pressurised situation but we have put ourselves in it and we have to deal with it. We have an opportunity now at home against Newcastle [United on Saturday]."

Pep Guardiola insisted Manchester City have not been offered Manchester United star Paul Pogba again despite the Frenchman being linked with the Old Trafford exit.

Pogba has endured another erratic season at United, finding himself in and out of the team under Jose Mourinho, before suffering another dip in form recently.

Although consistency continues to elude Pogba, he has managed to score 13 Premier League goals this term and set up another nine.

Pogba was linked with City last season when Guardiola claimed - just before the derby - his agent had offered him to United's rivals, while Real Madrid are said to be circling following the return of Zinedine Zidane as coach.

But, ahead of Wednesday's Manchester derby, Guardiola refused to stoke any pre-match controversy again, insisting City have not been offered the World Cup-winning midfielder once more by agent Mino Raiola.

"No. No, no, definitely not," Guardiola told reporters when asked if Pogba had been made available to him. "He's a player for Man United."

Guardiola is already spoilt for choice in midfield, even with Kevin De Bruyne expected to miss the derby through another knee injury.

Phil Foden impressed against Tottenham last time out, scoring the only goal of the game in just his second Premier League start and he could start against United for the first time in De Bruyne's stead.

"Yes, he [Foden] is ready," Guardiola said of the Stockport-born 18-year-old.

"I don't know the importance to be a Man City fan or if being involved in that is going to help or not, but he is ready, of course.

"He would not be here [if he wasn't ready]. We'll see [if he starts] - I have to dream tonight."

Gennaro Gattuso has rejected surprise speculation he could take charge of Newcastle United.

AC Milan coach Gattuso this month rubbished claims of a potential move to Serie A rivals Roma.

But the former Italy midfielder has now emerged as a reported target for Premier League side Newcastle.

Media in Italy claimed he held a meeting with agent Jorge Mendes, with a possible switch to Newcastle on the agenda.

Newcastle have been led to Premier League safety by Rafael Benitez once more, but his contract expires at the end of the season.

Should Benitez leave Newcastle, Gattuso says it will not be him who succeeds the Spaniard.

"With Mendes we often see each other," Gattuso said to Rai Sport. "I like good food and talking about football.

"Newcastle? Unfounded rumours. I repeat, with Mendes there is only one great friendship."

Mendes has close links to Wolves, helping to bring Portuguese players including Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho to Molineux.

Milan, meanwhile, are in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification having won only one of their past six Serie A games.

Gattuso's side, fourth in the table, host Lazio in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final on Wednesday, the first game having ended goalless.

"The past is the past, we look to the present. We are playing a very important game," Gattuso told Milan TV of facing Lazio.

"It will not be easy. In the first leg we did a lot of work, we're starting from 0-0, we'll see. For us it would be very important to reach the final, but we will need to work and have a great performance.

"Tired? Just like we are, so are the others. It's a tiring campaign. Tomorrow we will be in front of a great crowd, it's a beautiful spot for Italian football and we'll try to make a good impression. We are thinking only of the game."

Pep Guardiola insists that out-of-favour winger Riyad Mahrez will not be leaving Manchester City at the end of the season.

The former Leicester City favourite has endured a difficult campaign since making a club-record £60million switch to the Etihad Stadium and has made just 13 starts in the Premier League.

He has failed to make it off the substitutes' bench for City's last three games, watching on as Phil Foden – preferred ahead of the Algeria international – scored the only goal in Saturday's vital 1-0 win over Tottenham.

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva's outstanding form in wide attacking positions has not helped Mahrez's cause but Guardiola maintains he has no doubts over his quality and expects him to remain at the club for the foreseeable future.

Speaking at a media conference ahead of City's Premier League clash with Manchester United on Wednesday, Guardiola said: "He will be with us next season, and the next one and the next one.

"I don't need to speak to him; he will be here next season. We are delighted with him and the way he has played.

"Riyad is not going to move, he is going to stay here. Everyone knows the competition here, but he is happy and we are happy. It is not necessary to speak with him."

Mahrez has made 42 appearances in all competitions this season for Guardiola's side – 16 of which have been from the bench – and scored 11 goals.

Wilfried Zaha has the quality to succeed at the highest level, according to Scott Dann, who would understand if his Crystal Palace team-mate wished to leave Selhurst Park.

Zaha starred for Palace against Arsenal on Sunday, scoring the Eagles' second goal in a 3-2 victory at Emirates Stadium.

That performance followed Zaha's acknowledgement that he might have to leave Palace to further his career, with the Ivory Coast international stating that he is "too ambitious" not to play for a big club and compete for major honours.

Roy Hodgson claimed after Sunday's victory that the club have no intentions to sell their star man, while Zaha insisted he remains fully focused on Palace, but Dann understands his team-mate's desire to test himself at a higher level.

"Every player wants to play at the highest level," Dann told the Evening Standard.

"He has not said anything untoward. He is striving to be the best he can be and if that means he has to move on at some stage then that is the way it goes.

"When you have got that type of quality, there is no doubt there are teams who are going to be looking at him.

"But we know, because of the way he trains and the way, that it will not change his performance as long as he is here. He will keep performing like he did against Arsenal. When he is like that, he is unplayable.

"There are not many out there who can do what he can do. He has got the qualities to play at the very top."

Zaha, who has scored nine Premier League goals this term, signed a long-term deal with Palace in August, and Dann added that should the 26-year-old leave, it will only be for a bumper transfer fee.

"Of course we would not want to lose him, but if something happens in the summer and he goes then I am sure it will be in the right way," said Dann.

"And he is not going to go on the cheap, that is for sure."

Palace sit 12th with three games to play and welcome Everton to Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Wilfried Zaha has the quality to succeed at the highest level, according to Scott Dann, who would understand if his Crystal Palace team-mate wished to leave Selhurst Park.

Zaha starred for Palace against Arsenal on Sunday, scoring the Eagles' second goal in a 3-2 victory at Emirates Stadium.

That performance followed Zaha's acknowledgement that he might have to leave Palace to further his career, with the Ivory Coast international stating that he is "too ambitious" not to play for a big club and compete for major honours.

Roy Hodgson claimed after Sunday's victory that the club have no intentions to sell their star man, while Zaha insisted he remains fully focused on Palace, but Dann understands his team-mate's desire to test himself at a higher level.

"Every player wants to play at the highest level," Dann told the Evening Standard.

"He has not said anything untoward. He is striving to be the best he can be and if that means he has to move on at some stage then that is the way it goes.

"When you have got that type of quality, there is no doubt there are teams who are going to be looking at him.

"But we know, because of the way he trains and the way, that it will not change his performance as long as he is here. He will keep performing like he did against Arsenal. When he is like that, he is unplayable.

"There are not many out there who can do what he can do. He has got the qualities to play at the very top."

Zaha, who has scored nine Premier League goals this term, signed a long-term deal with Palace in August, and Dann added that should the 26-year-old leave, it will only be for a bumper transfer fee.

"Of course we would not want to lose him, but if something happens in the summer and he goes then I am sure it will be in the right way," said Dann.

"And he is not going to go on the cheap, that is for sure."

Palace sit 12th with three games to play and welcome Everton to Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Barcelona and Real Madrid target Luka Jovic is a "natural-born killer" who will undoubtedly become one of the best strikers in the world, according to Savo Milosevic.

Jovic has been linked with LaLiga giants Barca and Madrid after taking Europe by storm this season, scoring 25 goals in all competitions for Eintracht Frankfurt.

Only Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski (21) has scored more 2018-19 Bundesliga goals than Jovic (17), whose two-year loan from Portuguese giants Benfica became permanent last week.

Eintracht are reportedly set to cash in on Jovic amid interest from Barca and Madrid, and 102-time Serbia international Milosevic, who hails from the same city – Bijeljina – as his countryman, insisted the 21-year-old striker is destined for greatness.

"Luka is very, very, very special. His capacity for scoring goals is incredible," Milosevic – now head coach of Serbian side Partizan Belgrade – told Omnisport.

"From any position and with any part of the body, he simply senses the goal. He is a natural-born killer.

"You cannot train some of those things. You have them or not. He will be one of the best strikers in the world in a few years, I have no doubt about it.

"He is still a kid. He is showing some incredible things."

Milosevic, who spent time with Real Zaragoza, Espanyol, Celta Vigo and Osasuna during his successful playing career as a striker, added: "Both of the big clubs would be great for him and he would be great for Barca or Madrid.

"It would be a good solution for any of those two clubs."

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Jovic's goals have helped Eintracht up to fourth in the Bundesliga – the final Champions League qualifying spot – as the German side prepare for a blockbuster Europa League semi-final against Chelsea.

Renato Sanches could leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season, says head coach Niko Kovac.

Sanches has started just four Bundesliga games this term and aired his frustrations after a brief cameo in Bayern's 1-0 home win against Werder Bremen last time out.

"I think so," Sanches told Bild when asked if it was time to move on. "Whether a loan or a sale is better, we will see.

"Everyone knows I want to play more. Five minutes is not enough!"

Portugal midfielder Sanches was previously linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Kovac accepts the 21-year-old is frustrated.

"It's not easy for him, he trains hard like everyone else," Kovac told a news conference on Monday.

"What's going to happen in the new season is not certain, we all have a job together now, and he's also part of making this season that way.

"We want to talk about everything in the summer, we'll talk after the last game and sit down together, it's not easy, we won 11 games, one loss, one draw.

"Everybody on the field is doing well, so it's not easy to get a successful, good player out on the field, so let's just wait and see if there are situations where he plays.

"Now we don't need it because we need momentum, not because we need a different type of player - the team is solid at the moment."

Bayern, top of the Bundesliga, continue their double bid when they go to Bremen in the semi-final of the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday.

Arjen Robben remains sidelined by injury but Mats Hummels and James Rodriguez are available to face Bremen, who Bayern have beaten 19 times in a row in all competitions.

"Hummels and James have been back on the training pitch today and look okay," Kovac added. "David Alaba worked individually in the fitness centre.

"I had a chat with Arjen today and he's feeling better and sounds more optimistic. I don't want to make things sound better than they are, but it was nice to hear it from him.

"It will be a different game at their place. I'm expecting a different Werder side looking to hurt us on the counter. It will be more difficult than it was on Saturday.

"The atmosphere is very special in Berlin. The whole world will be watching the final, so the motivation to get there is huge."

Benjamin Pavard is full of confidence ahead of his move to Bayern Munich, insisting that the Bundesliga leaders did not sign him just due to his performances at World Cup 2018.

Pavard signed for Bayern in January after a deal reportedly worth €35million was agreed with Stuttgart, and he will officially join Niko Kovac's side at the end of the season.

Having enjoyed a fine maiden campaign in the Bundesliga last season, Pavard produced a string of impressive displays for France as Les Bleus triumphed in Russia, scoring an extraordinary goal in the last-16 win over Argentina.

The defender is backing himself to be a success at the Allianz Arena, despite Stuttgart enduring a difficult campaign at the wrong end of the table.

"I didn't sign for Bayern just because of that one shot," he told France's Canal Football Club.

"It's because I'm one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga. Defensively, I'm strong – and technically also.

"I'm full of confidence and I'm hungry for titles. After winning the World Cup, I'm hugely motivated to win more. For me, it was only Bayern: I couldn't see myself going to any other club.

"You don't say no to Bayern – they are the best club in Germany and they're always winning lots of titles."

Pavard has made 25 Bundesliga appearances this season, though struggling Stuttgart occupy the relegation play-off spot in the table, having lost 6-0 away at Augsburg on Saturday – a defeat that cost coach Markus Weinzierl his job.

Pavard accepts he has not always been at his best but feels some criticism of his form is unwarranted.

"I knew it wasn't going to be easy staying here – I had expected a tough season," the 23-year-old said.

"A lot of people have been criticising me, but very few of the actually watch my games. It's true that I've made a few mistakes and I accept my share of the responsibility."

Thomas Tuchel reiterated Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe will not leave the Ligue 1 champions despite links with Real Madrid.

Mbappe has reportedly emerged as a target for LaLiga giants Madrid, who are still looking to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo after his move to Juventus last year.

The 20-year-old insisted he will not join Zinedine Zidane's side at the end of the season following his hat-trick in a 3-1 win against Monaco on Sunday, as PSG celebrated their sixth Ligue 1 title in seven seasons.

Asked about Mbappe – who became the youngest player to score 30 Ligue 1 goals in a single campaign – and his future post-match, head coach Tuchel told reporters: "The president [Nasser Al-Khelaifi] has always told me the same thing: there are no opportunities for other clubs to buy Kylian this summer.

"I've always been convinced that he'll always be our player. This is important to achieve all our objectives. To win, we need players like Kylian.

"We need to have Kylian on the team. He's a decisive player for us, he can improve, he shows it every week, every three days. There's nothing else to say about Kylian; I've already said everything.

"If we play for PSG, everyone expects us to win; we expect that from us, too. For that, we need the best players like Kylian in attack. If he plays, everyone is confident of scoring anytime."

PSG retained their Ligue 1 crown before they faced Monaco in Paris following Lille's goalless draw at Toulouse earlier on Sunday.

"I was very, very happy today after Lille's draw against Toulouse because after that we were sure to be champions," added Tuchel, who replaced Unai Emery prior to the start of the season.

"It was a good feeling. Everyone expected us to be champions sooner but when you are finally champions, it's different. This is my first championship and it's really special.

"For that, I say thank you to all the staff and players because without a player, it is not possible to win trophies as a coach."

Kylian Mbappe is adamant he will not join Real Madrid at the end of the season, reassuring Paris Saint-Germain fans he is set to stay.

Mbappe scored a hat-trick in Sunday's 3-1 win over his former side Monaco as PSG celebrated in style after being confirmed as Ligue 1 champions following Lille's 0-0 draw with Toulouse earlier in the day.

The France international has often been tentatively linked with Madrid during his fledgling career, with Los Blancos said to have been interested in him when he was still at Monaco.

Those links resurfaced when Zinedine Zidane returned to Madrid as coach in March, with the Spanish giants reportedly eager to sign a superstar having not adequately replaced Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus last year.

But Mbappe – who became the youngest player to score 30 Ligue 1 goals in a single season on Sunday – is convinced he will be staying at the Parc des Princes.

"Yes, I am sure to stay," he told Canal Plus. "I am invested in this project here.

"It's good for Real Madrid that they have Zinedine Zidane. I will tune in to their matches as an admirer."

Real Madrid defender Marcelo still feels at "home" at the club and appears determined to stay despite rumours linking him with a move away.

It has been a difficult season in general for Madrid, as they are on their third coach of the campaign and likely to finish no higher than third in LaLiga, despite Sunday's 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

Marcelo has also suffered individually, regularly finding himself out of the team under Zinedine Zidane's predecessor Santiago Solari and his form has shown few signs of returning to the high levels of previous seasons.

Transfer rumours were particularly rife before Zidane's return in March, with the Frenchman suggesting earlier this month that he wants to keep Marcelo amid talk of interest from Juventus.

And the Brazilian seemingly has no plans to end his 12-year stay anytime soon.

Speaking to beIN SPORTS after Sunday's victory, the 30-year-old said: "Everyone knows the happiness I have, and I show that every day training or playing, wearing this shirt.

"There are so many things that are said from outside, I think. I don't think about that. Madrid is my home, and those who know me know the truth."

Karim Benzema led the way for Madrid against Athletic, one of few players to impress in what was another underwhelming performance.

The striker scored all three goals as Madrid claimed a flattering victory and Marcelo paid tribute to his team-mate.

"We all know the quality that Karim has, what he brings to the team, getting goals or not," he added,

"He is one of the leaders of this team. I'm very happy about the goals, but Karim will be happier about the victory that we needed a lot, rather than the goals."

Madrid sit third in the table, four points behind city rivals Atletico Madrid in second and 13 adrift of leaders Barcelona with five games to go.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains confident he will be a success at Manchester United and admitted some of his current squad will not be around to see it.

United fell to a humbling 4-0 reverse to Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, a fifth successive away loss in all competitions constituting their worst run of such defeats since March 1981.

The defeat was a blow to the Red Devils' hopes of finishing in the Premier League's top four and means they can ill afford to drop points against Manchester City and Chelsea in the coming week.

Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored in the first half, and Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott notched after the restart to send Everton up to seventh.

Asked if what he saw in the dressing room after the match showed him the players care enough about playing for United, Solskjaer issued a damning response.

"I don't know. You've got to ask them. I've asked them. You're not going to get the answer from me. Of course, if you want to play at this club it's got to mean more," said Solskjaer.

"I've said it: I want my team to be the hardest-working team in the league. That's what we were under Sir Alex [Ferguson]. That's what we've always been.

"Giggsy [Ryan Giggs], Becks [David Beckham], Gary Neville, Dennis Irwin, whoever. [Regardless of] the talent you've got, you ran more than anyone. Every single week you'd shift up and down that pitch for your team-mates.

"We have to stick together as a team. We can't change the whole squad but it's one step at a time. I'm going to be successful here and there are players there that won't be part of that successful team, but there are many of them that do have it."

United were 11 points adrift of the top four when they sacked Jose Mourinho and appointed Solskjaer in December.

The Norwegian, who also masterminded a run to the Champions League quarter-finals, praised the players for their improvements but suggested a number of factors could be behind their run of two wins in eight matches in all competitions.

"We were two points ahead of Everton when I came so I wasn't under any illusions that we could win the league or challenge for the top two or top three," said Solskjaer.

"If you look at the table just before Christmas and look at the table now, yes, we're still in the same position but the amount of points we've taken, that's down to the players. Credit to the players.

"Maybe it's caught up with us, going through in the Champions League, as you're alluding to as well we're not fit enough maybe, because we don't run enough, or does it not mean enough?

"In the end, players will know it has to mean everything for you to play at this club, like it does for the fans. They travelled all the way here and sang for 90 minutes plus and that's everything."

Thomas Lemar hopes Antoine Griezmann will still be an Atletico Madrid player next season, while the winger accepts he has more work to do to fully adapt to life in LaLiga.

Griezmann rejected the overtures of Barcelona to remain with Diego Simeone's side, announcing his decision via a bizarre documentary in June last year.

However, Atleti have once again been off Barca's pace in the fight for the title in LaLiga, while their Champions League hopes were extinguished in the last 16 by Juventus.

That has led to renewed speculation that World Cup-winner Griezmann will depart for Camp Nou in a bid to assuage his desire to win the game's biggest prizes at club level.

Lemar, while urging Griezmann to stay, does not know what his France team-mate has planned, telling Telefoot: "If you want to know, you have to ask him.

"I do not know anything at all. I hope he stays, I just signed, I do not even ask the question for the moment."

Lemar scored an 85th-minute winner as Atleti left it late to down Eibar 1-0 at Ipurua on Saturday.

That was just Lemar's third goal in 26 LaLiga outings since joining from Monaco, while he has contributed only two assists to Atleti's top-flight cause.

Much was expected of a key player in the Monaco side that won Ligue 1 in the 2016-17 campaign, while he too has a World Cup winners' medal on his CV with France from Russia 2018.

And Lemar recognised the need for improvement in a new environment.

"I'm at a new club, I have to adapt to a new game system, a new league, and it does not happen overnight," he added.

"My season is not exceptional, but you have to be very alert defensively, it is the requirement of Atletico. 

"I'm not going to say that it's hard, but it's a strength that will allow me to go above and beyond.

"What can be said about me does not affect me too much. I know what I have to do. The club wanted me."

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