Eintracht Frankfurt sensation Luka Jovic would be even more lethal in front of goal for Real Madrid or Barcelona, according to Felix Magath.

Jovic – who has been linked with Barca – is reportedly set to join LaLiga giants Madrid in a €60million deal after taking the Bundesliga and Europe by storm this season.

The 21-year-old in-demand Serbia international forward has scored 27 goals, 10 of those in Eintracht's run to the Europa League semi-finals.

Former head coach Magath – who led Eintracht from 1999 to 2001 – expects Jovic to improve further away from Commerzbank-Arena.

"Luka Jovic scored both in Bundesliga and Europa League on a very consistent basis all season long," Magath told Omnisport.

"For me there is no doubt that a player like him can be even more deadly in front of the goal playing for Real Madrid or Barcelona, where his team-mates surely would provide even more talent."

Jovic has played a key role in Eintracht's remarkable season, both domestically and in Europe as the Bundesliga side fly the German flag abroad.

While Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund struggled in the Champions League, Eintracht defied the odds en route to the Europa League semi-finals before losing to Chelsea on penalties at Stamford Bridge – where Jovic scored to level the tie and force a shoot-out.

It was Eintracht's best European run since winning the 1980 UEFA Cup. Amid the club's continental exploits, they have also threatened to qualify for the Champions League.

Up until week 33, Adi Hutter's Eintracht occupied the fourth and final qualifying spot but they are now sixth, though only one point adrift of Borussia Monchengladbach heading into the final match of the season.

"Obviously, I was as surprised as anyone by Eintracht Frankfurt, especially in the first half of the season," three-time German Manager of the Year Magath, who won the Bundesliga with Bayern and Wolfsburg, said.

"In my opinion, this team provided the best and most attractive style of football within the Bundesliga. Before the winter break only Borussia Dortmund could keep up with Eintracht Frankfurt.

"Hutter's team were not focused on excessive ball possession play, but thrilled everyone with their approach to attack the opponents' goal constantly. Hence they surprised many teams and often dominated their opponents.

"Too bad they only missed out on playing in the Europa league final because of two penalty misses against Chelsea in the semis. I truly believe they would have had a pretty good shot at winning it all this year. Nevertheless, I am pretty sure we will see some more strong showings of Eintracht Frankfurt next season."

Eintracht sporting director Fredi Bobic has been heavily praised for his work, having lured Jovic to the team on an initial two-year loan deal from Benfica before triggering a purchase option reportedly worth €6m last month.

Bobic also completed the shrewd acquisitions of Ante Rebic, Sebastien Haller, Filip Kostic, Sebastian Rode and Kevin Trapp – either on cheap transfers or loan deals.

Magath added: "Bobic clearly improved the club in terms of their sporting direction. Up to now, he has made a lot of very good calls regarding the squad and the coaches selection.

"At the same time, the supporters not only created a sensational atmosphere within the Commerzbank-Arena but around the club over the course of the entire season – in my eyes they impacted heavily on the success of Eintracht Frankfurt."

Lucien Favre feels the high stakes for both of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich's final-day opponents will be a factor in a Bundesliga title race going down to the wire.

Stumbles for both champions Bayern and Favre's Dortmund have made a battle between two flawed teams utterly compelling, although Niko Kovac's men remain favourites heading into Saturday's concluding round of fixtures.

Bayern boast a two-point advantage over their rivals as they target a seventh consecutive Bundesliga crown – a title that would already be secure had they not been held to a 0-0 draw by RB Leipzig last weekend.

Third-place Leipzig are already assured of a Champions League spot next term but two of the teams still in the running for fourth place – Borussia Monchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt – are Dortmund and Bayern's respective weekend foes.

"The title race is open until the end. Many games and many teams are still fighting for the Champions League and Europa League," said Favre at a pre-match news conference ahead of BVB's trip to face Gladbach, a club he coached between 2011 and 2015.

"Also, some are fighting for the title. It is very interesting this season and it will be exciting in Gladbach."

In an intriguing parallel within the prospective last-day drama, Kovac is facing an Eintracht side he led to DFB-Pokal glory against Bayern a year ago.

"We have to be fully concentrated on our game and hope that good things happen on the other pitch," Favre said. "The game has to be our focus and we have to win it. Period.

"Everything is possible. How high are the chances? It's hard to say and I don't really want to talk about it.

"We have to win in Gladbach. As you said, Gladbach also want to win. We will have to play on a high level and win in the end."

Dortmund will be boosted by the return of captain Marco Reus from suspension, although Marius Wolf remains banned after the pair were sent off in the derby defeat to Schalke.

Goalkeeper Roman Burki is expected to play after overcoming a thigh problem but Favre said defender Abdou Diallo is a likely absentee as he continues to struggle with the muscular complaint that forced him to miss the 3-2 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf last time out.

Niko Kovac is not interested in speculation he could be sacked by Bayern Munich if they fail to retain the Bundesliga title.

Bayern must win at home to Kovac's old club Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday to guarantee they cannot be caught by Borussia Dortmund.

They could still complete a domestic double as Kovac has led Bayern through a rocky DFB-Pokal campaign to a final against RB Leipzig.

Regardless of the potential for Bayern to end the campaign with two trophies, reports have claimed Kovac's job is on the line this weekend.

Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag, who previously coached Bayern's reserve team, is among those linked with succeeding Kovac.

But the Croatian is ignoring speculation about his future ahead of Saturday's game, which will be the last at the club for Arjen Robben, Rafinha and Franck Ribery.

"These are side issues that I'm not interested in," Kovac told reporters on Thursday when asked about rumours he could be sacked. 

"We now have two tasks to focus on, we could become champions, our full focus is not on what's being told, I'm not interested.

"I have a contract that will run for another two years and I want to fulfil that, we have developed well and we only lost twice after the Dusseldorf game."

With so much at stake Bayern could give Robben, Ribery and Rafinha the perfect farewell by claiming the title in front of their own fans.

But Kovac was unwilling to divulge whether he would play the long-serving trio, while James Rodriguez and captain Manuel Neuer are ruled out due to injury.

"We do not have to say too much about the three of them, they did a lot for the club," Kovac added.

"I will not tell you who's playing, we want to get the fans excited, it's a final, I'm pretty sure our team will feel the extra motivation. We hope the spark will jump us over the line.

"Javi Martinez will train again tomorrow. [Joshua] Kimmich had a reduced workload today, but everything is fine. Thiago Alcantara is doing well too and already took part in some of yesterday's session.

"Manuel Neuer made good progress. He's on the road to recovery, but he won't play on the weekend. James Rodriguez is also still out."

James Rodriguez has stepped up his recovery from a calf injury by playing a full part in Bayern Munich training on Sunday.

The Colombia international has not appeared since having to be replaced shortly after coming on as a substitute against Nurnberg on April 28.

But the midfielder could be available to play a part in Bayern's final Bundesliga game of the season at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bayern need to beat Niko Kovac's old club at the Allianz Arena on Saturday to defend their Bundesliga title once more and hold off the challenge of Borussia Dortmund.

Javi Martinez and Manuel Neuer trained individually as they continue their own recovery programmes.

And there was more good news for Bayern as tests found Thiago Alcantara did not sustain a serious injury in their draw at RB Leipzig.

Bayern head into the final weekend two points ahead of Dortmund, who travel to Borussia Monchengladbach.

Willian does not know what the future holds for Real Madrid target Eden Hazard but he hopes the Chelsea star remains at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard scored the winning spot-kick as Chelsea edged Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 on penalties to reach the Europa League final after the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate.

Chelsea attacker Hazard has been linked with LaLiga giants Madrid throughout the season and reports in Spain claim the Belgium international is close to agreeing a deal.

Asked if it was Hazard's last game at Stamford Bridge following Thursday's 1-1 draw, Willian told reporters: "I don't know, I don't think so.

"For me I hope he stays, but in football you never know. I think his head is here, to play for Chelsea.

"Then after he's finished the season maybe he can talk about his situation. I don't know anything about him leaving so for me I hope he can stay.

"He's very important, a special player, he's very important for us, he helps us a lot. And he's one of the best players in the world."

After Ruben Loftus-Cheek's first-half opener was cancelled out by Luka Jovic, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga saved two penalties in the shoot-out.

"I'm happy with them, with my team-mates," Willian said. "We always try to do our best job on the pitch, Kepa was brilliant, Hazard was brilliant.

"It wasn't our best performance but we did what we needed to do to get to the final."

Chelsea – who lost to Manchester City in the EFL Cup decider – will now face London rivals Arsenal in an all-English Europa League final in Baku on May 29.

"It means a lot, one more final," Brazil international Willian added. "It's always good to reach a final and fight for titles. We have one more opportunity this season. We got to a final against City but we didn't win, so now we've got to fight for it."

It is the first time the European Cup/Champions League and UEFA Cup/Europa League finals will be feature four teams from the same nation as Liverpool and Tottenham prepare to meet in Madrid.

"I can believe it," Willian said. "For me I think it's the best league in the world, the Premier League. All of these teams, they have great players doing a great job, and all of them deserve it."

Adi Hutter was left disappointed and hurt after Eintracht Frankfurt were denied a spot in the Europa League final on penalties, though he swiftly turned his attention to Champions League qualification.

Frankfurt's fairytale European run was dramatically ended at Stamford Bridge, where the Bundesliga side lost 4-3 on penalties to Chelsea following Thursday's 1-1 draw.

Luka Jovic's 10th Europa League goal of the campaign and 27th in all competitions cancelled out Ruben Loftus-cheek's opener and levelled the tie 2-2 on aggregate, eventually forcing extra time and penalties.

But the German team were unable to complete the comeback in London as Kepa Arrizabalaga saved two spot-kicks to send Chelsea through to a decider against Arsenal in Baku.

"I would like to congratulate Chelsea, of course we are very disappointed that our dream didn’t come true," Frankfurt head coach Hutter told reporters.

"We wanted to get to the final. The penalty shoot-out showed we couldn't make it but I am very proud of my team and they gave everything and we almost beat Chelsea. It hurts but we have to be proud."

While Frankfurt's Europa League campaign is over, Hutter's men still have plenty to play for in the Bundesliga, with Champions League qualification on the line.

Frankfurt are fourth with two matches remaining – only ahead of Bayer Leverkusen on goal difference following last week's 6-1 humiliation.

Hutter continued: "The disappointment is very big, the heads are hanging low. It was a dream to get to the final, that didn't happen.

"You have to get the boys up again and be proud of what they have done. We have the chance in the Bundesliga to reach the Champions League."

"We have to pick ourselves up and play Mainz, that we have to win so the players had 120 minutes and we have to recuperate," the Austrian said. "There has been criticism that the team are tired, we have focused on the Europa League but we have to use the four days for the next game and I am very proud."

On Frankfurt's Europa League campaign, Hutter added: "It was fantastic. The performance we had, six wins and knocked out some Champions League teams and we almost embarrassed the top team at home, but we have nothing to show for it. It was a sensational international campaign, the fans were wonderful and we know what they are like."

Maurizio Sarri is not happy that Chelsea have to travel to the United States for a friendly before their Europa League final against Arsenal.

Chelsea reached the Baku decider after edging Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

Sarri's Chelsea will face London rivals Arsenal in Baku on May 29, not before Sunday's Premier League finale against Leicester City and a May 15 friendly against MLS side New England Revolution in Massachusetts.

It is a situation that frustrates head coach Sarri following a gruelling campaign, with the Italian telling reporters: "It will be very difficult for Sunday. But we need to consider that our best match, in my opinion, was here in Stamford Bridge against Tottenham, three days after 120 minutes in the cup final against Manchester City.

"Of course, now it's more difficult, I think. We played 61 matches, so it's very difficult. We need to rest, of course.

"Unfortunately, we have to go to the US to play a match. And then we have, after the US, 10 days to prepare the last match."

For the first time in history, the European Cup/Champions League and UEFA Cup/Europa League will feature four teams from the same nation – England.

Premier League giants Liverpool and Tottenham will contest the Champions League decider in Madrid on June 1, with Chelsea and Arsenal to do battle in the Europa League showpiece.

"Here the level is very high. Very high," Sarri – in his first season at Chelsea – said. "If you think that, for getting to the final of the League Cup, we had to play against Liverpool, against Tottenham the finalists of the Champions League, then we played against the best team in Europe in the final, Manchester City.

"So, you can understand the level here is very high. At this moment, the Premier League is the best championship in Europe and, as a consequence, in the world. It's not easy for an English team to arrive in the last month in a very good condition, physically, because here we play more than in the other countries.

"We played the match number 61 today. In Italy you can play 50/52 matches, but it's a big difference. 10 matches of difference is a big difference. Two and a half months without training, so a big difference."

Chelsea lost the Community Shield to Manchester City and they were also beaten by Pep Guardiola's men in the EFL Cup decider on penalties.

Sarri added: "A final. A final. We played the first final against Manchester City and lost. So now we want to win. In our opinion, our group deserves to win.

"We were in trouble three months ago and, here in England, if you're in trouble the level of opponents is very high and it's not easy to overcome difficulties. We were able to do it. So now we deserve to win a trophy."

Eden Hazard claimed he still does not know whether he will stay at Chelsea after firing the club into the Europa League final.

Hazard hit the winning penalty after Chelsea played out a second 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt, Kepa Arrizabalaga having made shoot-out saves from Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia.

Thursday's semi-final may have been the last time Hazard plays at Stamford Bridge, with the Belgium forward close to agreeing a deal to join Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.

Hazard's contract with Chelsea expires in 2020 but his situation is complicated by the club's two-window transfer ban, which the Blues are appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Chelsea would be unable to buy a replacement for Hazard were the sanction to stand and the 28-year-old indicated he remains willing to discuss staying at the club.

"I don't think [about] that. I'm only thinking about trying to win something for this club," Hazard told BT Sport when asked about his future, having helped secure a Baku showdown with Arsenal later this month. 

"If it's my last game [the final] I will try to do everything. In my mind I don't know yet, so I will just try to win games for Chelsea."

Chelsea were second best at times in both legs against Eintracht but battled through to a second final of Maurizio Sarri's first season in charge, having been beaten by Manchester City on spot-kicks in the EFL Cup at Wembley. 

"It was hard but when you start a game you think you can reach the final, especially when you draw the first game away," added Hazard. "At home it's a bit easier but today it wasn't.

"I think we played a great game but the semi-final of the Europa League is not easy. At the end we won on penalties and we're just happy. Now we go to Baku and will try to win the trophy.

"In the first half, yes, I think we were the better team, but then as keeps happening we concede a goal after five minutes of the second half. It was 50-50 in the end and penalties is 50-50 as well.

"It's a penalty, you never know, but I always take my responsibility. I scored and the boys are happy, the fans are happy, but it's not finished.

"We have a game to play against Arsenal. We need to go to Baku and play with quality and win the game."

Kepa Arrizabalaga insisted his Wembley row with Maurizio Sarri was in the past but was happy to redeem himself by becoming Chelsea's Europa League hero.

Shoot-out saves from Eintracht Frankfurt's Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia sent the Blues through to a Europa League final against London rivals Arsenal in Baku.

Chelsea's last cup final appearance saw incredible scenes at Wembley as Kepa, seemingly injured, refused to follow the instructions of Sarri and be substituted.

Manchester City went on to win the EFL Cup on spot-kicks, but Kepa made amends somewhat with his two saves enabling Eden Hazard to score the winning penalty at Stamford Bridge, where Thursday's second leg finished 1-1 to make it 2-2 on aggregate. 

"Penalties is a bit of luck, we lose in the other final and win [today] – it's football," Kepa told BT Spot.

"The atmosphere was really good, we played against a difficult strong team and we are very happy.

"We always prepare for all the games, all the penalty shoot-outs, but we are lucky today.

"Wembley was the past, I learned, I said sorry to all the people but always we keep our work and today was another game, another semi-final and we are very happy to qualify for the final in Baku."

Both the Europa League and Champions League finals will be contested by four clubs from the same country for the first time in football history, with Liverpool and Tottenham set for an all-English showdown in Madrid. 

"Football! In the last semi, in the EFL Cup versus Tottenham we won on penalties, we win today also," added Kepa.

"Arsenal win? We have a strong final and a London derby.

"I think our season was a little difficult but we are in two big finals, qualified for the Champions League, so it's a good season."

Kepa Arrizabalaga saved two spot-kicks as Chelsea squeezed into the Europa League final with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out triumph over Eintracht Frankfurt after second leg of their semi-final tie finished 1-1.

The villain of the dramatic EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester City turned hero on Thursday, denying Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia after Cesar Azpilicueta's saved attempt left the hosts with work to do.

David Luiz and Jorginho also made amends for their misses at Wembley and it was left to Eden Hazard, featuring in perhaps his final Stamford Bridge appearance, to stroke in the winner and send Maurizio Sarri's men into a date with Arsenal in Baku on May 29.

Luka Jovic earlier cancelled out Ruben Loftus-Cheek's first-half opener to force a 2-2 aggregate draw and additional 30 minutes, but the Bundesliga club fell short as Chelsea ensured a second all-English final in Europe's top competitions.

Sarri felt Chelsea should have had a penalty as early as the 11th minute following Danny da Costa's nudge on Loftus-Cheek.

The appeals went unheard and Da Costa almost rubbed salt into the wound with a rasping volley that Kepa tipped over the crossbar.

Loftus-Cheek had the last laugh, the midfielder gliding unnoticed onto Hazard's intelligent pass and finishing coolly across Kevin Trapp in the 28th minute.

Frankfurt had shouts for handball against Mateo Kovacic waved away after the restart but Jovic soon gave them reason to celebrate.

The striker chested the ball down to Mijat Gacinovic, raced in behind David Luiz to receive the return pass and clinically finished past Kepa.

Adi Hutter's men got on top after the equaliser and received another boost when Andreas Christensen limped to the bench, with Sarri preferring Davide Zappacosta to Gary Cahill as his replacement.

Extra time beckoned but first substitute Sebastien Haller saw two chances cleared off the line, first by David Luiz and then Zappacosta.

Azpilicueta wheeled away in celebration five minutes from the end but referee Ovidiu Hategan deemed the defender to have illegally knocked the ball out of goalkeeper Trapp's hands.

The captain's mood nosedived when the German then denied him with the fourth effort of the subsequent shoot-out, but Kepa came to his Spanish compatriot's rescue and Hazard fittingly booked the Blues' place in their second Europa League final in seven seasons.

Kepa Arrizabalaga saved two spot-kicks as Chelsea squeezed into the Europa League final with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out triumph over Eintracht Frankfurt after second leg of their semi-final tie finished 1-1.

The villain of the dramatic EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester City turned hero on Thursday, denying Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia after Cesar Azpilicueta's saved attempt left the hosts with work to do.

David Luiz and Jorginho also made amends for their misses at Wembley and it was left to Eden Hazard, featuring in perhaps his final Stamford Bridge appearance, to stroke in the winner and send Maurizio Sarri's men into a date with Arsenal in Baku on May 29.

Luka Jovic earlier cancelled out Ruben Loftus-Cheek's first-half opener to force a 2-2 aggregate draw and additional 30 minutes, but the Bundesliga club fell short as Chelsea ensured a second all-English final in Europe's top competitions.

Eden Hazard starts for Chelsea in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt having been on the bench last week.

Hazard has been used sparingly in the competition this season, with Maurizio Sarri only naming him in his side twice before Thursday's tie at Stamford Bridge.

But, with Chelsea having already secured Champions League qualification by guaranteeing a top-four Premier League finish, Hazard comes into the Blues XI.

He will provide support to Olivier Giroud, the top goalscorer in the competition with 10, and Willian is also in attack with Gonzalo Higuain benched. Ruben Loftus-Cheek starts in midfield with N'Golo Kante injured.

It could be Hazard's last appearance at Stamford Bridge as there are reports in Spain he is close to sealing a long-rumoured move to Real Madrid.

Eintracht welcome back Ante Rebic to their team after he missed the first leg, a 1-1 draw in Frankfurt, due to suspension.

He forms a dangerous duo in attack alongside the in-demand striker Luka Jovic, who has been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, with Sebastian Haller on the bench after missing the first leg because of injury.

Jovic was rested for Eintracht's Bundesliga game at the weekend but was introduced from the bench by Adi Hutter before half-time with his side 6-1 down to top-four rivals Bayer Leverkusen.

The Serbia striker has hit nine goals in the Europa League this term, including netting against old club Benfica in the quarter-finals, with only Giroud more prolific in the tournament.

Head coach Adi Hutter is confident Eintracht Frankfurt will bounce back from a 6-1 thrashing in the Bundesliga when they face Chelsea in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final.

Eintracht earned a 1-1 draw in last week's opening leg, despite being without Ante Rebic due to suspension, but the Blues have the upper hand due to their away goal.

Hutter rested star striker Luka Jovic at the weekend and his side were demolished 6-1 at Bayer Leverkusen, a direct rival for Champions League qualification via league placings.

"I expected this question right at the beginning," Hutter told a news conference when asked about the heavy defeat.

"We spoke about this [defeat], we analysed it, but I am not going to reveal everything that we spoke about. 

"We have tried to put this behind us but it is not normal that we lose a game like that. Yesterday we trained and we had a day off. We have a good feeling in the team.

"I am happy with the way things are going. We have a different competition, a different task and I am confident we will play a good game."

European inspiration for Eintracht ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge could come from Liverpool, who overturned a three-goal deficit to beat Barcelona 4-0 and reach the Champions League final on Wednesday.

Hutter confirmed he had spoken to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp following the Anfield classic, which saw the Reds progress to the Madrid showpiece on June 1 after a 4-3 aggregate triumph.

"Yes, he wished everything well for Eintracht Frankfurt," Hutter added. 

"I watched the game and I was enamoured with the match. If you believe something then you can put that across to the team. His team played great. They had passion and were brave. They have been like that all year. That’s what I hope my team play like.

"In the Europa League and Bundesliga we have played like that. Everything is possible. The favourite is Chelsea, but everything is possible and we can get to the final. 

"We are the least expected team to be in the semi-finals but to achieve this you have to play very well. We are at Stamford Bridge and it is possible that we can achieve something historic."

Maurizio Sarri hopes to remain in the Premier League regardless of his Chelsea future amid reports he could be targeted by Roma.

Former Napoli coach Sarri has endured a mixed first season in England, seeing his methods criticised by many but guiding the Blues to the top four of the Premier League, the EFL Cup final and potentially a Europa League final as well.

It appeared for a time as though his spell at Chelsea would be brief and Serie A side Roma, who have Claudio Ranieri in charge until the end of the season, are reportedly set to make an offer.

But Sarri insists he is happy in England and suggested he could even manage a Premier League rival if he left Chelsea in the future.

"As I said in every press conference, I want to stay here," he told a news conference ahead of his side's European semi-final second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt.

"I like English football very much and the atmosphere. If I can, I want to stay, my target is to stay in English football. I can try with another English club. I don't know."

Chelsea held Eintracht to a 1-1 draw in Germany in the first leg, but Sarri acknowledges there is still work left to do back at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

This is despite a weakened Frankfurt side losing 6-1 at Bayer Leverkusen in their last league outing, with all seven goals coming in the first half.

"I know we have to play a semi-final and, in a semi-final, you play a strong team with very strong players," he said. "It's difficult to be favourites.

"I know it will be a very difficult match. In their last match in the Bundesliga, they played probably [thinking about] the last match in the Europa League. But tomorrow, they can play at their best. It's very difficult.

"They have two very good strikers, [Luka] Jovic and [Ante] Rebic, so we need to be careful."

Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Gelson Fernandes believes the punishment for racist abuse in a football match should be a forfeit defeat.

Fernandes thinks more needs to be done to tackle the issue following a series of incidents throughout Europe, including those involving Chelsea supporters abusing Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and Lazio fans directing discriminatory chants towards Franck Kessie and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

The Switzerland international opened up about his own such experiences, saying he received abusive messages via Instagram in the wake of receiving a straight red card just three minutes after coming on as a substitute in Frankfurt's DFB-Pokal semi-final against Schalke in April 2018.

Fernandes also stated his car was vandalised by racists while playing on loan at Chievo during the 2010-11 season, and he feels stronger punishment is needed to eradicate racism from the game.

"Racist incidents in football [make me sad]," he told Blick.

"FIFA president Gianni Infantino calls for the game to stop immediately in the case of racist incidents.

"I would go further; there should be a forfeit defeat for that club straight away. Then the fans would think twice about insulting someone racially. And many clubs would do more to ensure that doesn't happen.

"These are things you do not want to experience as a footballer and as a person."

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