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Exclusive: Fabrizio Romano’s Daily Briefing – Lionel Messi Inter Miami links, Joao Felix approaches, and more

Exclusive: Fabrizio Romano’s Daily Briefing – Lionel Messi Inter Miami links, Joao Felix approaches, and more

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AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli has signed a new long-term contract valid until June 2025. Agreement completed and signed as he’s considered a key part of AC Milan’s project.

Official. Ajax has notified Mohamed Ihattaren that the option to purchase will not be exercised — he’ll be back to Juventus.

“Ihattaren’s loan will run out on 3 January, 2023 and not be extended”, club statement confirms.

There’s been talk of a failed summer bid from Bayern Munich for Joao Felix. I’m told there were many approaches for Felix in the summer but no official bids. Also, it would make no sense to bid just €100m for Joao as Atleti would never sell him for that fee, they invested €120m for Felix and the board is still protecting him.

Both Barcelona and Franck Kessie are sure that he’s not going anywhere in January. He continues to adapt to new ideas, a new system, a different league and he’s only focused on Barca. There have been no talks over loan move as of today. Remember – Kessie only signed a four-year deal at the Nou camp last July.

There’s no change at all to Frenkie de Jong’s situation, as he always said. Frenkie’s situation could only change if he decides to leave; as of now, it’s still the same as June, July and August so there are no ongoing negotiations. There is a lot of interest as always by many clubs, but nothing else.

Bayern Munich are rumoured to have made a big bid for Joao Felix in the summer. I’m told there were many approaches for Felix, but no official bids submitted to Atletico Madrid. Also, it would make no sense to bid just €100m for Joao as Atleti would never sell him for that fee, they invested €120m to sign Felix from Benfica and the board is still protecting him.

Inter Miami for sure and also Barcelona are dreaming of Lionel Messi, they will try to convince him. But as I’ve always mentioned, Leo won’t decide now or in December. His decision of him will be in 2023, and Paris Saint-Germain will also try their best to extend his contract of him. Personally, I’d love to see Messi at least for one more year in Europe! He’s been back to his best for PSG this season and he clearly still has so much to offer on the big stage.

New muscle injury for Romelu Lukaku – he’ll miss the Champions League game vs Bayern Munich, but he’s expected to be fit for the World Cup.

No change to Lukaku’s January plans – he will 100% complete the current loan season to Inter from Chelsea.

Paul Pogba will miss the Qatar 2022 World Cup due to a new injury, as confirmed by his agent Rafaela Pimenta.

Pogba has not played one single official game with Juventus since he signed from Manchester United in July.

This means no Pogba or N’Golo Kante now for France at this World Cup. It’s a big issue for Les Bleus as they are two fantastic players when they’re fit. It’s a big blow to Didier Deschamps’ plans, but at the same time they have an incredible squad and I still rank them among the favourites for the tournament.

In midfield as well, they have arguably two of the top young players in the world – Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga. We’ll see what kind of team Deschamps goes for, but I believe these two can step up and have an important tournament.

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