BREAKING NEWS: Icardi tells Inter he wants to stay

By Sports Desk May 17, 2019
Mauro Icardi has reaffirmed his commitment to Inter after "repeatedly" telling the Serie A club of his desire to stay beyond this season.

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    Sanchez scored for the first time since January in the two-time defending Copa America champions' victory in Sao Paulo.

    The Manchester United attacker was sidelined late during the Premier League season with a knee injury, but was on the scoresheet in his first appearance since early May.

    Rueda was pleased with what he saw from Sanchez, who netted just twice in 27 games for United in 2018-19.

    "He's on the right track. We wanted to reserve him for the next games, but he's recovered well," he told a news conference.

    Chile started their title defence in style as Eduardo Vargas netted a brace to go with goals from Erick Pulgar and Sanchez.

    Rueda was happy with his team, who moved top of Group C ahead of Uruguay.

    "Chile have very experienced players, they know each other very well, with a base of many years," he said.

    "The current champions usually make a bad debut, but we worked hard not to suffer with that."

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    Arturo Vidal felt Alexis Sanchez needed his goal for Chile against Japan after a "difficult" season with Manchester United.

    Sanchez scored his first goal since January as the two-time defending Copa America champions beat Japan 4-0 in Sao Paulo on Monday.

    The Manchester United attacker headed in a cross from Charles Aranguiz in the 82nd minute before setting up Eduardo Vargas a minute later.

    Vidal said the goal was just what Sanchez, who netted twice in 27 games for United in 2018-19, needed.

    "Alexis needed the goal. He had a difficult year and this gives him confidence," the midfielder said.

    The late goals wrapped up Chile's win after Erick Pulgar's first-half header and Vargas' deflected strike in the 54th minute.

    Vidal, whose team face Ecuador in Group C on Friday, urged Chile to continue improving.

    "We must focus from now on that game," he said.

    "We know that if we keep improving we can be a very dangerous team."

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    According to Globo Esporte, Barca may pay €100million and give PSG players to bring Neymar back to the club he spent four seasons at.

    Tite, who is without the forward at the Copa America due to an ankle injury, urged Neymar to go where he felt happiest.

    "I would go to a team where I always felt happy – as a person, as a human being and as a family, because there I will be professionally better," he told a news conference.

    "They are very particular situations. It is a professional issue. It has to do with where you feel good, where you feel happy."

    Without Neymar, Brazil opened their Copa America campaign by beating Bolivia 3-0 in Group A.

    Ahead of facing Venezuela in Salvador on Tuesday, Tite was giving nothing away about his team's approach.

    "The biggest meaning and the most important thing is not to give opportunities to give the opponent an idea about how we are going to play," he said.

    "We don't want to make it easier for the opponent, since the players know who will play."

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