Marcelino eyes a great prize

Valencia boss Marcelino hopes to see his side cap an 'outstanding' season by winning the Copa del Rey for the eighth time in their history.

Los Che finished their league campaign by winning 2-0 at Real Valladolid to secure fourth place in La Liga, earning themselves a place in the Champions League group stage for next season.

However, their season is not yet over, with a Copa del Rey final clash with Barcelona coming up in Seville next Saturday.

And Marcelino is hoping to see his team maintain the momentum which they built up during the second half of the campaign as they rose up the standings to clinch fourth place.

Marcelino told his club's official website: "We had a lot of problems this season, but this group have turned around the situation and earned fourth place when three places were already decided – having ended the first half of the campaign ten points off the Champions League spots.

"We always gave priority to La Liga. Valencia have to get into the Champions League repeatedly in order to grow and become one of the best teams in Europe, but that isn't easy.

"I would undoubtedly say that this has been an outstanding season.

"Qualifying for the Champions League is a very important morale-booster ahead of the Copa del Rey final and winning that would be a great prize."

Valencia are 11/4 to lift the Copa del Rey, while they are 11/2 to win the final in normal time.

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Icardi pledges future to Inter

Argentinian striker Mauro Icardi has vowed to remain with Inter Milan next season, having been heavily linked with a summer departure from the San Siro.

The 26-year-old joined the Nerazzurri in the summer of 2013 and has since scored 123 goals in 211 appearances in all competitions, with Icardi finishing as joint top scorer in Serie A both last season and during the 2014/15 season.

However, having lost the Inter captaincy during the current campaign, there had been plenty of speculation that Icardi could move on, with Real Madrid reported to have shown a strong interest in the South American.

Icardi responded to such suggestions by posting on social media: "In response to incorrect media reports linking me with an exit from Inter Milan, this does not reflect my thoughts.

"I have repeatedly told the club that I want to stay and I want fans to know that. I hope this will end any more misunderstandings, I have told Inter my feelings – Inter Milan are my family."

Meanwhile, Inter are reported to be interested in adding to their strike options by tempting veteran Bosnia international Edin Dzeko away from Serie A rivals Roma.

The 33-year-old has netted 87 times during his four seasons in the Italian capital, being crowned Capocannoniere in 2016/17 as he scored 29 times in Serie A.

The Nerazzurri face a tough trip to Napoli on Sunday evening, with Inter battling to ensure a top-four finish and a place in the Champions league next season.

Inter are 15/8 to win the game in Naples, with the draw available at 5/2.

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Favre content despite falling short

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre believes his side have enjoyed a fine season, despite the disappointment of having just missed out on the Bundesliga title.

BVB ended their domestic campaign by winning 2-0 at Borussia Monchengladbach, with Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus their goalscorers.

However, Bayern Munich swept to a 5-1 home victory against Eintracht Frankfurt to secure a seventh straight league crown, finishing two points ahead of Die Schwarzgelben.

And, while admitting to a tinge of disappointment at missing out, Favre was also full of praise for the way his side performed over the campaign as a whole.

He told reporters: "In the end it is clear that we are a little disappointed by the result of the championship, but we won our game.

"There was a little missing to the title, but we are still very happy with our season. Nobody would have thought that we would get 76 points.

"It was tight this season. We haven't missed much, overall you can say that we conceded unnecessary goals.

"But we must not forget that we had good luck in the first half of the season. We turned around some games at the very end. That's why I always said that we still have much to do.

"Of course we always want to have another good season like this – 76 points is not easy to reach, that is clear."

Meanwhile, Bayern are 2/7 to defeat RB Leipzig in the final of the DFB-Pokal, with Die Roten Bullen priced at 5/2 to lift the trophy for the first time in their history.

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Kompany confirms City departure

Veteran defender Vincent Kompany has played his last game for Manchester City, having skippered them to a unique domestic treble this season.

The 33-year-old Belgium international centre-back bows out in style, having featured in the 6-0 FA Cup final victory over Watford at Wembley on Saturday.

Kompany joined the Citizens in the summer of 2008 from Hamburg and has gone on to score 20 goals in 360 appearances in all competitions, having battled against a number of serious injuries during his time in Manchester.

During his 11-year stay at the Etihad Stadium, City have secured the Premier League title four times, as well as lifting the FA Cup on two occasions and winning the League Cup four times.

Kompany told his club's official website: "As overwhelming as it is, the time has come for me to go and what a season to bow out.

"I feel nothing but gratefulness. I am grateful to all those who supported me on a special journey at a very special club.

"I will never forget how all Man City supporters remained loyal to me in good times and especially bad times. Against the odds you have always backed me and inspired me to never give up."

This season Kompany was restricted to 16 appearances in the Premier League this season, but he contributed a vital winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Leicester City in the penultimate game of the campaign.

Meanwhile, City are priced at 8/11 to win the Premier League title again next season, with Liverpool priced at 11/4 and Manchester United 16/1.

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Kelly welcomes Cherries chance

England Under-21 international Lloyd Kelly is relishing the challenge of establishing himself in the Premier League, having left Bristol City to join Bournemouth.

The versatile 20-year-old defender has signed a long-term contract at Dean Court, having scored twice in 43 first-team appearances for the Robins, who finished just outside the Championship play-off places this season.

And Kelly is pleased to have be given the opportunity to test himself in the top-flight and is determined to make the most of the chance on offer.

He told his new club's official website: "It's a fantastic club. The move has come around quite quickly, but I'm happy to be here and can't wait to start playing.

"Premier League football is what I've always wanted to achieve. I want to play as many games as possible and I feel like this is the right place for me to try and do that."

Meanwhile, Cherries head coach Eddie Howe added: "Lloyd is an exciting talent and a player of real potential, while at the same time already possessing good experience for someone so young.

"He is athletic, versatile, physically excellent and has a very bright future ahead of him. I'm delighted that we have been able to strike so early in the summer."

Bournemouth are 7/2 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table next season, while they are 7/2 to be relegated.

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Zidane unclear on Bale future

Zinedine Zidane says he is not sure whether Sunday's final La Liga game of the season will be Gareth Bale's last for the club.

With the title long since sealed by Barcelona, Real Madrid host Real Betis on Sunday with little to play for, consigned to finishing third in the table, well behind Barca and Atletico Madrid.

Zidane was not responsible for that relative failure, only returning to the Bernabeu in March and the team starting next season is likely to be somewhat different to the side that ends the current campaign on Sunday.

One player whose future has been the subject of constant speculation in recent months is Bale with the Welshman having not played since a match against Rayo Vallecano last month.

The 29-year-old is back in the squad to face Real Betis but Zidane wasn't prepared to discuss his future at the club beyond that.

In a press conference ahead of the game Zidane said: "He'll be part of the squad tomorrow and that's all I can tell you.

"You'll see the team that we put out. I don't know whether this will be his last game.

"We're at the end of the season and next year there'll be changes, but I don't know whether this will be his last game or not."

Bale has long been linked with a move back to the Premier League with Manchester United and previous club Tottenham likely to be interested if he does become available.

Others in the Real squad including Keylor Navas, Toni Kroos and Isco could also be on the move in the summer as Zidane seeks an improvement after failing to challenge Barcelona in La Liga and also not reaching the finals of the Copa del Rey or the Champions League.

"They always win a lot of things here, and it's very difficult when you're not playing for anything, but we want to have a good game against a good Betis side who will also want to finish the season well," Zidane added.

Real Madrid are 1/2 to sign off with a win on Sunday with Real Betis 17/4 and the draw 4/1.

Barcelona play Valencia in the Copa del Rey final next weekend and are 4/9 to make it a league and cup double while Valencia are priced at 11/2.

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Adkins keen to keep duo

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins is keen to hold talks with Fraizer Campbell and David Marshall about signing new contracts with the club.

However, that will not happen until Adkins has confirmed whether he will be staying with the Tigers.

The former Southampton and Reading manager, who is out of contract this summer, said in March: "I am looking at the whole picture of where we are moving as a football club. I think that is important."

Meanwhile, Callum Burton, Adam Curry, Evandro, Will Keane, Ondrej Mazuch, Liam Ridgewell and James Weir have been told they will not be retained by the club.

Todd Kane and Chris Martin have returned to their parent clubs following the end of their season-long loan spells at the KCOM Stadium.

Hull City finished 13th in the Championship this season after seemingly being set for a battle to avoid relegation in the opening months of the campaign.

The Tigers only won two of their first 14 matches and were still in the bottom three at the end of November.

However, Adkins' team won six matches in a row from mid-December to mid-January and, despite picking up just two points from their last five games, finished the season in a comfortable mid-table spot.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa and Derby County will meet in the Championship play-off final on Monday 27th May. The Villans are 8/13 to secure promotion, with the Rams available at 13/10.

Muscat could quit after Hiroshima clash

Coach Kevin Muscat is reported to ready to leave Melbourne Victory after their final match of the season next week.

Muscat will lead last season's A-League Champions against Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Wednesday in the club's final Asian Champions League match.

But the man who has been captain, assistant coach and head coach of the club is widely expected to part company with Victory after that game.

Muscat has been associated with Victory for 15 years but is understood to want some time clear of the game to reload for the next phase of his career.

The coach, who has one year left on his contract, led the team to Grand Final success last season against Newcastle Jets.

They finished third in the league this season and beat Wellington Phoenix to reach the semi-finals, but they were then crushed 6-1 by Big Blue rivals Sydney FC last weekend.

Victory have done poorly in the Asian Champions League, picking up just one point from their five games so far in Group F.

Their last two away games in the ACL have produced 4-0 defeats, against Guangzhou Evergrande and Daegu FC.

Wednesday's match will be against a Hiroshima side who have already secured their place in the knockout phase with four wins from five matches.

It will be the last match for captain Carl Valeri, who is retiring.

Muscat was the first player signed for Victory by inaugural coach Ernie Merrick ahead of the 2005-06 season, and captained the club to Grand Final victories in 2007 and 2009.

He has been in charge of the club for more 200 games since taking the job in October 2013.

Meanwhile, this season's minor premiers Perth Glory are 7/10 to win the A-League Grand Final.

The Glory are 11/8 to win in 90 minutes, with Sydney FC 2/1 and the draw 12/5.

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Big names leave Swansea

Swansea City manager Graham Potter has released five members of his first-team squad, including Leroy Fer, Wayne Routledge and Wilfried Bony.

Martin Olsson and Luciano Narsingh have also been allowed to leave the Swans after seeing their contracts come to an end.

Routledge made 260 appearances for the club and scored 27 goals in his seven years at the Liberty Stadium. He was part of the team that won the League Cup 2013.

Fer scored 10 goals in 101 appearances for the Swans after initially joining the club on loan from QPR in February 2016, while Bony has been allowed to leave after enduring a very disappointing second spell in south Wales.

In his first stint with Swansea, Bony scored 25 goals in 54 league appearances before moving to Manchester City for £28million in January 2015.

However, he failed to impress in the north-west and was loaned out to Stoke City before returning to the Swans two years ago. The 30-year-old only started nine league matches in his second spell with the club though and spent four months on loan with Qatar club Al-Arabi this season.

Olsson joined the club from Norwich City in January 2017 but the left-back has not played since rupturing his Achilles five months ago, while Dutch winger Narsingh leaves after scoring two goals in 40 appearances since arriving from PSV Eindhoven in January 2017.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa and Derby County will meet in the Championship play-off final on Monday 27th May. The Villans are 8/13 to secure promotion, with the Rams available at 13/10.

Santalab set for last ‘great battle’

Brendon Santalab is glad that the final game of his career will come against old rivals Sydney FC in the A-League Grand Final.

Though the Perth Glory veteran did have a two-year stint with the Sky Blues that ended a decade ago, it's what he's done against Sydney FC since his return to the competition in 2013 that has been perhaps more memorable.

The 36-year-old will be hanging up his boots after Sunday's A-League decider at Optus Stadium, and Steve Corica's team are well aware of his potential to deny them the championship.

Santalab scored two winning goals in derbies against them during his time with Western Sydney Wanderers, whom he helped to win the 2014 Asian Champions League final.

Having followed coach Tony Popovic from Wanderers to Perth this season, he's been their nemesis again as he scored in a 3-1 win for the Glory in January.

"I've had some great battles with Sydney, and there's one last battle to go," he said. "There's some great memories from those games; the derbies were amazing, when I played at the Wanderers.

"But this season I scored against Sydney at home as well and we really dominated that game. If we can play like we did in that game, where we held a lot of the possession and pressed up high, we're going to be in a good position.

"We go into the game confident after a great season, and it's all about preparation and focus now. I'm predicting another crazy, epic match over in Perth."

Santalab, who was twice Western Sydney's leading scorer in a season, is likely to have a place on the bench in the Grand Final.

Perth Glory are 7/10 to win the Grand Final.

The Glory are 11/8 to win in 90 minutes, with Sydney FC 2/1 and the draw 12/5.

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