Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli has joined Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir just weeks after he faced stiff criticism for breaching coronavirus quarantine rules.

Left-back Bolingoli has left the Scottish champions on loan initially, but the Super Lig switch could lead to a permanent deal.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon confirmed this week that the club had imposed the maximum fine allowed on Bolingoli after he left the Hoops embarrassed in early August.

The 25-year-old Belgian travelled to Spain without Celtic's knowledge and did not follow coronavirus quarantine rules when returning to Scotland, going on to play in an August 9 match against Kilmarnock.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon expressed dismay over the episode, and Celtic at the time said: "It is difficult to imagine a more irresponsible action in current circumstances and we find it beyond explanation."

Two Celtic matches had to be postponed because of Bolingoli's actions, and immediately his future at Parkhead looked bleak, despite him issuing an apology.

Confirmation of his departure on Sunday came as no surprise.

Istanbul Basaksehir announced on their website: "Our club has loaned Belgian football player Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo for a year with the option to buy."

Jamaica forward Dever Orgill will turn out for a new club in Turkey when the Turkish top division gets underway next month.

Mario Balotelli looks to have no hope of a move to Besiktas after club president Ahmet Nur Cebi said the Italian is not wanted by coach Sergen Yalcin.

The Turkish Super Lig giants were reported to have offered Balotelli a lucrative contract, with the striker likely to be on the move again after a turbulent first season with Brescia.

Brescia president Massimo Cellino revealed in May he expected Balotelli to leave his hometown club at the end of the season as the 30-year-old "no longer has his head with us".

Cellino's comments came following reports the former Italy frontman failed to attend training, claims which were denied by Balotellli before Brescia suffered relegation from Serie A.

Cebi suggested Balotelli's name cropped up when transfer targets were discussed, but Yalcin does not want to take the former Manchester City man to Istanbul.

Cebi, quoted widely by Turkish media, said: "Sergen Yalcin does not consider Mario Balotelli as one of his options for the striker position. He told me that.

"Executives usually have initial talks with players and listen to them. This doesn't mean that a move is bound to happen.

"We will make the signings Sergen Yalcin has asked of us but, I want to put it frankly, we will not compromise our financial situation."

As well as Cellino's criticism of Balotelli, the Italy international was reported to have clashed with former head coach Fabio Grosso at Brescia's training ground in November.

He was given permission to leave the club in January, only to stay put before the coronavirus pandemic caused the suspension of the season in March.

Manchester City are reportedly ready to give up two players in a deal for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly.

Koulibaly, 29, has regularly been linked with a move from Naples, with several of Europe's biggest clubs apparently keen to land the centre-back.

And City may know who they are ready to offer up as part of a deal.

 

TOP STORY – MAN CITY PREPARED TO GIVE UP TWO PLAYERS FOR KOULIBALY

Manchester City could use Nicolas Otamendi and Oleksandr Zinchenko in a deal for Napoli star Koulibaly, according to The Sun.

The report says the Serie A club have already contacted City about Otamendi and Zinchenko.

Napoli are said to want €100million for Koulibaly, who has also been linked to Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

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- Liverpool have been repeatedly linked with a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara over recent weeks. However, ESPN reports the Premier League champions will not pursue a deal for the former Barcelona star.

- Speculation around Eric Garcia's future continues. According to Mundo Deportivo, the Manchester City defender is motivated to return to Barcelona, but the Premier League club have offered the 19-year-old a bumper contract, with his current deal expiring in 2022.

- Jonathan Ikone is seemingly attracting some interest. Le 10 Sport reports Chelsea and Inter are interested in the Lille forward. Ikone scored three goals and provided six assists in 28 Ligue 1 games in 2019-20.

- Will Roma get a deal done for Chris Smalling? Gianluca Di Marzio says Roma are in negotiations with Manchester United to make the defender's move permanent. The report says Roma's offer of €3m (£2.7m) to extend the loan for a season before a €15m (£13.4m) offer to make the move permanent has been deemed too low.

- Mesut Ozil wants to see out his contract at Arsenal, with his deal expiring in 2021. The Sun reports the attacker has told friends he will only consider playing in MLS or the Turkish Super Lig after he leaves Arsenal.

- Paris Saint-Germain could be looking to strengthen while weakening one of their Ligue 1 rivals. Foot Mercato reports PSG are interested in Lyon and France defender Leo Dubois.

Fernando Muslera broke his leg during Galatasaray's 2-0 loss to Rizespor in the Super Lig on Sunday.

The Uruguay international was substituted during the first half of the defeat after fracturing his tibia and fibula.

Muslera came off his line to make a brilliant save from Milan Skoda, only to suffer the injury as he collided with the Czech forward.

In a statement, Galatasaray said: "Fernando Muslera, who sustained an injury causing bone fractures in his tibia and fibula, is subject to an examination today and will be planned an operation accordingly."

Galatasaray's loss left them in third place, six points adrift of Trabzonspor and Istanbul Basaksehir.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has approved plans to resume the Super Lig season from June 12.

President Nihat Ozdemir confirmed this month he wanted the top flight to be completed in time for Istanbul to host the Champions League final in August.

The TFF board and health officials met on Thursday and consented to the proposed restart date, with all 18 Super Lig clubs said to be in agreement.

Relegation from the top flight this season will not be scrapped, despite seven clubs putting forward a proposal to the TFF.

Teams will be permitted to use five substitutes, in line with a recommendation from rulemakers the International Football Association Board to reduce the risk of injuries.

Trabzonspor were top of the table, although level on points with Istanbul Basaksehir, when the league was suspended in March following pressure from world players' union FIFPro.

Games had been proceeding behind closed doors despite other major leagues across Europe halting their seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Super Lig hopes to resume the 2019-20 season from June 12, Turkish Football Federation president Nihat Ozdemir has announced, before the Champions League final is then held in August in Istanbul.

Turkey's top flight continued with matches played behind closed doors until March 19, when the competition was finally suspended amid pressure from world players' union FIFPro over player safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

The competition's board of directors held a conference call on Wednesday to outline plans to get the campaign back underway next month.

In a statement published via the TFF website, Ozdemir confirmed he wants football to resume having consulted with Turkey's Ministry of Health, UEFA, FIFA and Turkish clubs.

The intention is to restart the top-four professional leagues and the regional amateur divisions over the weekend of June 12-14, although the TFF has "different scenarios" prepared.

The decision will now rest with the Ministry of Health, which must come to an agreement with the TFF's health officials before firm restart plans can be put in place.

It is hoped the domestic leagues can be concluded before the postponed Champions League final, which UEFA reportedly hopes to stage on August 29.

"We want to turn the new period into an opportunity," said Ozdemir.

"Therefore, we are confident that we will achieve this by respecting decisions with common sense, fulfilling all our individual and social responsibilities.

"Hopefully, we will complete our leagues in the best way at the end of July, we will give our trophies on the pitch and we will crown the season by hosting the UEFA Champions League final in our country in August."

Trabzonspor were top of the Super Lig after 26 matches when the competition was suspended.

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has "terminated" his two-year loan spell at Besiktas amid a disagreement over the payment of his wages.

Karius has been with the Turkish Super League club since August 2018 but announced the end of his stay in an Instagram post on Monday, saying "it is a shame it comes to an end like this".

The 26-year-old will return to Anfield having racked up 67 appearances for Besiktas across all competitions.

He reported Besiktas to FIFA last month, the second time he has done so due to a clash with the club over alleged unpaid wages.

Karius' departure ends a stay that had previously been tipped to end in a permanent transfer.

"You should know that I have tried everything to solve this situation without any problems," Karius added in his post, which was accompanied with a video of some of his memorable moments with Besiktas.

"I was very patient for months telling the board over and over again. Same things happened already last year.

"Unfortunately they haven’t tried to solve this situational problem and even refused my suggestion to help by taking a pay cut."

Karius, who joined Liverpool from Mainz in 2016, did express his gratitude to the Besiktas players, coaching staff and supporters.

"It's important to me that you know I really enjoyed playing for this club a lot," he said.

"Besiktas can be proud having such passionate fans behind them always giving amazing support. You always supported me in good and bad times and I will always remember you in the best way!

"Also I want to say thank you to all my team-mates, coaching staff, including all people working for the club. You welcomed me with arms wide open from day one – thank you so much!”

Brazil’s Roberto Carlos epitomized the idea that hard work brings success and that talent wasn’t everything. But if in that message you missed how talented the left back was, it would be to your peril.

Over the course of a long career with Brazil and with LaLiga giants Real Madrid, Carlos enjoyed immense successes, but his personal performances over the years were a thing to watch.

Blessed with blinding pace, Carlos would make marauding runs down the left side that would leave his opponents hapless. But that wasn’t all. Carlos would learn to adjust to the adjustments made for him.

An intelligent player, Carlos realized that when he received the ball in his own half, his opposition would back right off so as to stop his solo runs. The diminutive left-back then became the proponent of the diagonal pass. Playing that pass accurately over 60 yards meant that on occasion he would scythe through an opposing back line and put his teammates through on goal. The pass became even more destructive than his runs.

Another way opponents tried to stop Carlos was by halting his runs illegally.

But Carlos adjusted to this as well, becoming a real threat from free kicks, making it dangerous to foul him in the wrong place.

Many don’t know, but Carlos began life as a forward before switching to left back because he would have otherwise been surplus to requirements. The decision proved golden as he would go on to play for Brazil 125 times over the course of 14 years, winning the 2002 World Cup. Carlos was also a part of the Galacticos, a Real Madrid unit considered to have the best players in the world in all positions. Giants of the game. There he won four LaLiga titles and three Champions League crowns.

 

Playing Career

Name: Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha (Roberto Carlos)
Date of birth: 10 April 1973
Birthplace: Garça, São Paulo, Brazil

 

International career

  • Brazil: 1992-2006 (125 caps)

 

Honours

  • 1997 Copa America
  • 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup
  • 1999 Copa America
  • 2002 FIFA World Cup™

Individual

  • Bola de Prata: 1993, 1994, 2010
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 1997 (Silver Award)
  • ESM Team of the Year: 1996–97, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1998, 2002
  • Trofeo EFE: 1997–98
  • UEFA Club Defender of the Year: 2002, 2003
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2002, 2003
  • Ballon d'Or: 2002 (Runner-up)
  • Golden Foot: 2008
  • Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade: 2009
  • ESPN World Team of the Decade: 2009
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year: 2010
  • FIFA 100
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame

FIFA World Cup appearances

  • 19 caps; 16 wins; no draws; 3 losses

 

France 1998

  • Brazil 2-1 Scotland
  • Brazil 3-0 Morocco
  • Brazil 1-2 Norway
  • Brazil 4-1 Chile
  • Brazil 3-2 Denmark
  • Brazil 1-1 Netherlands (4-2 Pen)
  • Brazil 0-3 France

 

South Korea & Japan 2002

  • Brazil 2-1 Turkey
  • Brazil 4-0 China PR
  • Brazil 5-2 Costa Rica
  • Brazil 2-0 Belgium
  • Brazil 2-1 England
  • Brazil 1-0 Turkey
  • Brazil 2-0 Germany

 

Germany 2006

  • Brazil 1-0 Croatia
  • Brazil 2-0 Australia
  • Brazil 4-1 Japan
  • Brazil 3-0 Ghana
  • Brazil 0-1 France

 

Club Career

  • 1991–1993 União São João      
  • 1992 → Atlético Mineiro (loan)
  • 1993–1995 Palmeiras     
  • 1995–1996 Inter Milan 
  • 1996–2007 Real Madrid        
  • 2007–2009 Fenerbahçe   
  • 2010–2011 Corinthians  
  • 2011–2012 Anzhi Makhachkala 
  • 2015 Delhi Dynamos     

Honours

Palmeiras

  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 1993, 1994
  • Campeonato Paulista: 1993, 1994
  • Torneio Rio-São Paulo: 1993

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07
  • Supercopa de España: 1997, 2001, 2003
  • UEFA Champions League: 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2001–02
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1998, 2002
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2002

Fenerbahçe

  • Turkish Super Cup: 2007, 2009

Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly eager to extend Kylian Mbappe's contract, while Inter are still doing their all to keep Lautaro Martinez.

Mbappe has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid despite being contracted at PSG until 2022.

Madrid's rivals, Barcelona, meanwhile, want Martinez, but they are facing their own challenges.

 

TOP STORY – MBAPPE EXTENSION A PRIORITY FOR PSG AS TENSIONS RISE

Despite the coronavirus pandemic impacting clubs financially, PSG are prioritising a lucrative new deal for Mbappe, according to ESPN.

Mbappe, 21, is a reported target for Real Madrid, whose interest seemingly remains.

AS reports PSG are prepared to lose Mbappe on a free in 2022 rather than selling him to Madrid before then.

 

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- It remains to be seen whether Martinez will head to Barcelona. The cover of Sport says Inter are responding to Barca's interest by offering the forward an attractive new contract, although the LaLiga club are preparing their "final assault".

- Barcelona could have other plans should they not be able to land Martinez. Mundo Deportivo reports RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, who has been linked with Liverpool, remains a serious back-up option for Barca.

- Seeking support for Casemiro, Real Madrid are apparently considering a move for Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga. The cover of Marca says Madrid could pay €60million for the 17-year-old.

- Arthur is linked with a move away from Barcelona. Tottenham and Inter will chase the midfielder, according to Mundo Deportivo.

- Inter Miami have been eyeing a big-name signing. Goal reports owner David Beckham has been in contact with Real Madrid regarding potentially signing James Rodriguez.

- Loris Karius could be heading back to Liverpool. The Telegraph reports the goalkeeper is close to mutually agreeing a termination of his loan at Turkish club Besiktas and returning to Anfield.

Turkey great Rustu Recber has been hospitalised after testing positive for coronavirus, his wife Isil has revealed.

Goalkeeper Rustu spent much of his club career at Fenerbahce, including a loan stint with the Turkish Super Lig giants during a three-year stay at Barcelona.

A star of the 2002 World Cup, Rustu played just seven times for Barca - all within the 2003-04 season - but retired aged 39 in 2012 with 120 international caps to his name.

The 46-year-old's wife Isil posted on her Instagram page on Saturday to inform fans of her husband's diagnosis.

"I would like to give you more positive news while sharing the truth in the most transparent way, but I'm sorry to say that my husband Rustu is hospitalised with the diagnosis of COVID-19," she wrote.

"We are shocked by the rapid symptoms that developed suddenly when everything was normal. These are critical and difficult times.

"May Allah give emergency relief to all patients, including my dear husband.

"My only request is that people can be a little more conscientious and respectful in the process. In the tests we have done, my daughter and son were negative and only my husband was positive.

"For this reason, we are at home while he's in hospital, and we are not allowed to see him. In fact, this is the most difficult part, not being able to be with him.

"Allah is great and is entrusted to him and the Turkish doctors. I hope this will pass."

Galatasaray head coach Fatih Terim said he is "fine" and optimistic about his recovery after testing positive for coronavirus.

Former Turkey and Milan boss Terim, who has spent much of his coaching career moving between the Galatasaray and national team hot seats, announced on Monday he had COVID-19.

Terim is currently in his fourth stint in charge of the Super Lig giants, and the 66-year-old wrote via Twitter on Wednesday: "I feel so beautiful and special that I feel every prayer in my heart.

"This is a test for all of us and we will pass this test with your prayers and your good wishes. I'm fine, and I hope I'm going to get better. I thank every one of you in my heart."

Galatasaray sat third in the Turkish top flight when football in the country was put on hold, three points adrift of Trabzonspor and Istanbul Basaksehir after 26 rounds of games.

The Turkish Super Lig has been postponed until further notice in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Most European nations had already called a halt to domestic competitions, but Turkey's football authorities continued with matches behind closed doors this week.

Earlier on Thursday, world players' union FIFPro called for the campaign in Turkey to be stopped amid the continued spread of COVID-19.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) later confirmed the four tiers of professional football in the nation would be suspended.

A TFF statement said the leagues will be postponed to a "later date" after "the works to be carried out in line with the developing conditions".

John Obi Mikel had his contract with Trabzonspor cancelled by mutual consent after publicly declaring he did not feel safe to keep playing, while Besiktas' on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius wrote on Instagram: "I do not feel comfortable and don't want to play football in this situation."

Europe's top five leagues in England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France, as well as the Champions League and Europa League, are among the competitions to be paused during the pandemic.

Euro 2020 and the Copa America have been pushed back to next year to make it easier for the 2019-20 club season to be completed once the suspension on games is lifted.

There have been 192 confirmed cases of the virus in Turkey, with three people having died.

FIFPro has called on Turkey's football authorities to postpone the domestic season as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

While most European nations have paused the season due to the spread of the virus, the Turkish Super Lig has continued this week behind closed doors.

Midfielder John Obi Mikel had his Trabzonspor contract cancelled by mutual consent after stating publicly that he did not feel safe to keep playing.

FIFPro, the global professional footballers' union, has urged Super Lig organisers and the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) to review the decision to carry on. 

In a statement released on Twitter, the union said: "FIFPRO has written to the Turkish #SuperLig and federation asking them to urgently reconsider the decision to continue matches and training during the #coronavirus outbreak

"Numerous foreign players have contacted us to say they are uncomfortable continuing as #COVID19 spreads."

Europe's top five leagues in England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France, as well as the Champions League and Europa League, are among the competitions to be paused during the pandemic.

Euro 2020 and the Copa America have been pushed back to next year to make it easier for the 2019-20 club season to be completed once the suspension on games is lifted.

There have been 191 confirmed cases of the virus in Turkey.

John Obi Mikel has left Trabzonspor after having called for the Turkish Super Lig season to be cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Chelsea midfielder stated via Instagram on Saturday that he did not feel comfortable continuing with the domestic season while other competitions in Europe were postponed due to the outbreak.

There have been 98 confirmed cases of the virus in Turkey.

"There is more to life than football," he said. "I do not feel comfortable and don't want to play football in this situation.

"Everyone should be home with their families and loved ones in this critical time. Season should be cancelled as the world is facing such turbulent times."

Trabzonspor have now confirmed Mikel's contract, which was due to run until May 31, 2021, had been terminated by mutual consent.

The former Nigeria captain, who retired from international football after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, joined Trabzonspor last July after a short spell with Middlesbrough.

Matches in the top flight in Turkey have continued this week despite professional football being postponed across much of Europe.

England, France, Spain, Germany and Italy are among the nations to pause their domestic seasons, while UEFA has put the Champions League and Europa League on hold.

Euro 2020 and the Copa America have been pushed back to next year to allow a chance for the 2019-20 club calendar to be completed.

There have been close to 200,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide and more than 8,000 deaths.

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