Danny Welbeck has expressed his frustrations about the frequency with which he has been played out of position at Manchester United, rejecting the chance to say he wanted to be part of the Louis van Gaal era and making it clear that he is still contemplating leaving the club despite the arrival of the new manager.
Real Madrid won the Champions League for the 10th time thanks to extra time goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo as they came from behind in dramatic circumstances to beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 in Lisbon on Saturday.
Zinedine Zidane's spectacular winner in the 2002 Champions League final provided an iconic moment for Real Madrid. Ever since, the worldwide horde of Madrid fans have been looking forward to the day they could celebrate their landmark 10th European success. 'La Decima' ('The 10th') has never strayed far from their thoughts.
The Liverpool striker was injured in training on Wednesday but has undergone a successful procedure on the external meniscus in his left knee and will play some part in Brazil
It will be hailed as Carlo Ancelotti’s greatest achievement but victory on Saturday over Atletico Madrid would owe as much to domestic failure as superiority in Europe.