Long tours not good for preparations, says Louis Van Gaal

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has bemoaned the club`s lengthy pre-season tour to the United States and said it is not helping preparations for the English domestic campaign.

Ibrahimovic savours second Ligue 1 player of year award

Paris St Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hailed what could be the best season of his career after being named Ligue 1 player of the season for the second year in a row.

Di Natale winner puts brakes on Milan

Veteran striker Antonio Di Natale struck a second-half winner for Udinese to put the brakes on AC Milan`s Europa League qualification push on Saturday.

D`Ambrosio completes Inter switch from Torino

Torino defender Danilo D`Ambrosio signed for Inter Milan on a four-and-a-half-year deal on Thursday.

Italian Series A standings

Following are the Italian Series A standings after Monday`s match (tabulated under games played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), Xinhua reported.

I am not above the law: Seedorf

Former AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf has denied calling the referee a clown during an exchange that led to his injury-time dismissal in Brazil`s Campeonato Carioca last Sunday.

Only Messi is better than me, says Totti

Roma legend Francesco Totti says only Barcelona star Lionel Messi is better than him in world football.

Alexander Pato poised for Brazil recall

Former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato is set to be recalled by national football coach Luiz Felipe Scolari for Brazil`s friendly against Bolivia next month.

Tottenham`s Sandro in Brazil for knee treatment

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Sandro has returned to Brazil to deal with his knee injury.

`Verratti too expensive for Italian clubs`

Few Italian football clubs have the resources to buy Marco Verratti from Paris Saint-Germain, the player`s agent said.

Inter fined for Balotelli racist abuse

Lega Serie A has handed Inter a €50,000 fine for their fans` behaviour in Sunday`s 1-1 league draw against AC Milan after the Nerazzurri supporters were found guilty of a number of violations.

Europa League: Inter`s Cluj win marred by Milito injury concern

Rodrigo Palacio was on target twice for the Italian side but their talismanic Argentine attacker faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering serious ligament damage.

Inter 2-0 Verona: Cassano & Guarin ease Nerazzurri into Coppa quarter-finals

The Colombian`s appearance at half-time turned the match in the hosts` favour, as he scored one and assisted another to advance Stramaccioni`s men into the next round.

Russia warns NATO, world powers not to interfere in Syria

Russia has warned NATO and other world powers not to intervene in Syria`s civil war,or set up buffer zones between the rebels and the government forces.

Silvestre on verge of Inter switch

Palermo are ready to sell Matias Silvestre to Inter in a deal that could be worth €10 million.