Andrea Ranocchia extends at Inter Milan
Andrea Ranocchia extends at Inter Milan

Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia has signed a four-year extension to his contract, according to the Serie A club.

Nice defender Souleymane Diawara released on bail
Nice defender Souleymane Diawara released on bail

Nice defender Souleymane Diawara, held in custody for two-and-a-half months in relation to an extortion investigation, was released on bail on Friday by a court in Digne.

Javier Mascherano believes Neymar was kicked out of Copa America
Javier Mascherano believes Neymar was kicked out of Copa America

Seasoned Argentine defender Javier Mascherano on Saturday said Brazil skipper Neymar was kicked out of the Copa America after the latter was suspended for four games in a decision by the South American football governing body, CONMEBOL.

Phil Jagielka signs one-year contract extension with Everton
Phil Jagielka signs one-year contract extension with Everton

Everton defender Phil Jagielka has signed a one-year extension to his contract that will keep him at the English football club until the summer of 2018.

Vicente del Bosque upset at Gerard Pique being booed during Spain win
Vicente del Bosque upset at Gerard Pique being booed during Spain win

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said on Friday he was upset to see FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique booed by a section of fans as Spain defeated Costa Rica 2-1 in Leon on Thursday.

Atsuto Uchida`s knee surgery irritates Schalke
Atsuto Uchida`s knee surgery irritates Schalke

Japan star Atsuto Uchida`s decision to fly home and undergo surgery in his native country for a knee injury has put the defender offside with his Bundesliga club.

Leonardo Bonucci wants to forget Berlin as Croatia looms
Leonardo Bonucci wants to forget Berlin as Croatia looms

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has admitted he has misplaced the loser`s medal he was given after the Turin giants` 3-1 defeat to Barcelona in the final of the Champions League.

Lawyer seeks release of Nice defender Souleymane Diawara
Lawyer seeks release of Nice defender Souleymane Diawara

The lawyer acting for Nice defender Souleymane Diawara said on Saturday that he is to make a new bid for the release of the Senegalese international, who was arrested last month for attempted extortion.

Pablo Armero cleared to join Flamengo on loan
Pablo Armero cleared to join Flamengo on loan

Colombia international defender Pablo Armero has been cleared by Italian club Udinese to join Brazilian football giants Flamengo on loan.

Phil Jagielka dents Southampton`s top four bid
Phil Jagielka dents Southampton`s top four bid

Everton defender Phil Jagielka delivered a major blow to Southampton`s bid to qualify for the Champions League as his first-half goal secured a 1-0 win at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Greek football federation backs injured Jose Holebas
Greek football federation backs injured Jose Holebas

The Greek football federation on Friday insisted that international defender Jose Holebas had been dropped from team training in Austria because of injury and not for any other reason.

Newcastle`s Massadio Haidara to miss rest of season
Newcastle`s Massadio Haidara to miss rest of season

Newcastle defender Massadio Haidara underwent surgery on his right knee in Lyon and will be ruled out until the end of the season, a medical source said on Friday.

Cologne defender Kevin Wimmers to join Tottenham Hotspur: Reports
Cologne defender Kevin Wimmers to join Tottenham Hotspur: Reports

Cologne defender Kevin Wimmers is set to join Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in a transfer worth six million euros (US$6.5m), according to reports in the German media on Sunday.

I didn't spit at Cisse, says United defender Evans
I didn't spit at Cisse, says United defender Evans

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans says he did not spit at Newcastle United`s Papiss Cisse during Wednesday`s 1-0 Premier League victory at St James` Park.

Sunderland appeal against Wes Brown dismissal
Sunderland appeal against Wes Brown dismissal

Sunderland announced on Sunday that they will launch an appeal against the red card shown to defender Wes Brown during their 2-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester United.

Juventus wary of Dortmund, but confident in last 16 chances: Giorgio Chiellini
Juventus wary of Dortmund, but confident in last 16 chances: Giorgio Chiellini

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has warned over the counter-attacking threat of Borussia Dortmund, but believes the Italians` Champions League ambitions will shine through in their last 16 clash in Turin on Tuesday.

Borussia Dortmund seek Bundesliga boost ahead of Juventus
Borussia Dortmund seek Bundesliga boost ahead of Juventus

Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic believes that a win in the Bundesliga against Vfb Stuttgart on Friday will provide the perfect boost ahead of their Champions League showdown with Juventus.

Defender Jason McCarthy signs new Southampton deal
Defender Jason McCarthy signs new Southampton deal

Defender Jason McCarthy confirmed Friday he has penned a new two-and-a-half-year deal with Premier League side Southampton.

Winning is even more important this week: Jordi Alba
Winning is even more important this week: Jordi Alba

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba said that when two direct rivals for the title race such as Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid come face to face, "it is even more important to win for his team to win."

Losing Madrid derby wouldn't end La Liga hopes: Diego Godin
Losing Madrid derby wouldn't end La Liga hopes: Diego Godin

Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin said that losing Saturday's 'derby' against Real Madrid would not entail his team giving up in the race to win the coveted Spanish La Liga championship.