Real Madrid still blame me for not selling them Mbappe – Vasilyev

Real Madrid remain disappointed at having missed out on Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint-Germain, with Florentino Perez airing that frustration to Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev on a regular basis.

Once it became apparent that the teenage forward could be on the move in the summer of 2017, a scramble for his signature was sparked among Europe’s leading clubs.

Those at the Santiago Bernabeu believed for a while that they were leading the chase, with a sizeable offer accepted by Monaco.

Mbappe was, however, to remain in France and link up with PSG on an initial loan, which has since become a €180 million (£159m/$213m) permanent agreement.

The 19-year-old is now a World Cup winner and global superstar, with Vasilyev revealing that Real are still cursing their luck at failing to get a deal done.

He told RMC Sport: “These two clubs are friends. I have spoken with [Real president] Florentino Perez and every time he sees me he always blames me for not selling him Kylian Mbappe.”

Vasilyev was in attendance on Wednesday as Madrid suffered a 4-2 UEFA Super Cup defeat to arch-rivals Atletico.

While there was no Mbappe on show in that contest, another former Monaco man did feature.

Thomas Lemar left Stade Louis II over the summer to link up with Atleti, with a €60m deal taking him to Spain.

The 22-year-old winger is expected to star in La Liga, with Monaco hoping to benefit in the future from a sell-on clause which could land them even more money if the France international moves on.

Vasilyev added to RMC: “Thomas has just left and I wish him all the best, along with everybody else at Monaco… because we have kept a significant percentage of his next transfer!”

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Video: Kevin De Bruyne – Career in Numbers

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After the news of Kevin De Bruyne’s potentially serious knee injury, we take a look a the stats behind the magic Belgian

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Cerezo: Atletico’s objective is to reach Champions League final

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo said the club’s objective is to reach the Champions League final after winning the UEFA Super Cup.

A Diego Costa brace and Saul Niguez’s late stunner helped Atletico to a 4-2 extra-time win over rivals and Champions League holders Real Madrid in Tallinn on Wednesday.

It was Atletico’s third Super Cup title and head coach Diego Simeone’s seventh trophy since being appointed in 2011 as they gear up for another La Liga push this term.

With another piece of silverware secured, Cerezo and Atletico are eyeing a spot in the Champions League decider at their home on June 1 following last season’s group-stage exit.

“The objective is to improve on last season, which is already difficult,” Cerezo told Movistar Plus .

“And also try to reach the final of the Champions League that is so tough on us and played in our stadium.”

Cerezo added: “We are happy and happy to have a great result and a Super Cup that is very important for us.”

Costa was on target twice before extra time, the Spain international striker scoring the fastest Super Cup goal after just 49 seconds before equalising with 11 minutes remaining.

Saul then netted a sensational volley – latching on to Thomas Partey’s cross to put Europa League champions Atletico ahead in the 98th minute before Koke settled the contest.

It was a sweet moment for Saul and Atletico, who suffered losses to Madrid in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals.

“It was time, it was time to win,” Saul said. “We won the Super Cup, we had lost two finals in Europe.

“We have very good players that we have to put at the service of the team. If we can get the players to play more for the team than for themselves, we will go the right way.”

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Malcom lost for words after successful Camp Nou bow alongside Messi

Barcelona forward Malcom was very happy after scoring and playing with Lionel Messi in his first match at Camp Nou.

Malcom and new captain Messi were among the goalscorers as La Liga champions Barca defeated Boca Juniors 3-0 to win the Joan Gamper Trophy on Wednesday.

It was Malcom’s Camp Nou debut following his arrival from Bordeaux and the Brazilian star opened the scoring with a low drive in the 18th.

Reflecting on his appearance alongside five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, Malcom said: “I have no words to define it.

“He’s the best in the world and to start a game with him and that he sets you up a goal makes me very happy.”

Malcom added: “Very happy to be a champion and to see this stadium with so many fans. It’s my first game at Camp Nou I have my family in the stands and I scored a goal, it’s a dream.

“Although it was a friendly I’m very happy, because it’s important to start off scoring.”

Barca open their La Liga title defence at home to Deportivo Alaves on Saturday.

“We were anxious to start La Liga,” Malcom said. “We have great players and I am very happy for how they received me. I hope to score many goals.”

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MLS Review: Altidore hat trick leads TFC to Canadian title, Rooney hits double

Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco proved to be more than the Vancouver Whitecaps could deal with as Toronto FC ran to a 5-2 win in the Canadian Championship final second leg.

The result gave TFC a 7-4 aggregate win in the two-legged final and handed the club its third straight title and seventh overall. 

Altidore was the star man on the night with his hat trick, though Giovinco set up two of those goals and scored one for himself along the way. 

Toronto opened the scoring in the 39th when Altidore finished off a flick from Marky Delgado. 

Five minutes later it was Giovinco’s turn as he nodded home a Jonathan Osorio cross to put his side two goals to the good. 

A slick finish from Altidore gave him his second of the night just after the break and he would add his third and the club’s fourth of the night with a glancing header from a corner. 

Kei Kamara pulled one back for Vancouver just after the hour mark and Brek Shea’s goal in the 77th cut the lead in half, but Michael Bradley set up Tosaint Ricketts in the 80th to kill off any hopes of a comeback. 

In midweek MLS action, Wayne Rooney netted a brace as D.C. United took a 4-1 win over the Portland Timbers to make it four games without a loss. 

Rooney’s heroics at the weekend made headlines, but a smooth finish when played through on goal and a stunning free kick showed that he still has plenty of class in front of goal. 

The positive form has seen United close the gap on the playoff places to just six points with games in hand on the teams above them in the playoff race. 

Christian Ramirez netted his first two goals for LAFC as Bob Bradley’s side took a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake. 

Ramirez joined LAFC earlier in the month and opened his account for the club with a brilliant first touch and a perfect finish 13 minutes in. 

He bagged his brace 17 minutes later when he turned home from close range from Eduard Atuesta’s low cross. 

LAFC sits three points back of Western Conference leader FC Dallas. 

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