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Monday Kickoff: Verratti, Aurier, Matip and more


Paris Saint-Germain is all the buzz this Monday morning, for both good and crazy reasons, after a weekend full of action.

Italian midfielder Marco Verratti, 23, has inked a contract extension with PSG that will see him stay with the Ligue 1 club until the summer of 2020. (REPORT)

Following the dismissal of Serge Aurier, who was indefinitely suspended by Paris Saint-Germain after making insulting remarks towards head coach Laurent Blanc, the club released a statement saying his statements were “clearly unacceptable.” (REPORT)

Schalke defender Joel Matip, 24, will join Liverpool at the end of the 2015-16 season. (REPORT)

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has given his players a week off to rest, with the English Premier League leader’s next game scheduled for Feb. 27. (REPORT)

Following Barcelona’s 6-1 win against Celta Vigo on Sunday, Neymar told reporters Lionel Messi’s penalty-kick pass was meant for him instead of Luis Suarez, who subsequently scored. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich centerback Holger Badstuber fractured his ankle on Saturday, and will be sidelined for three months. (REPORT)

Colombian international James Rodriguez, 24, had his contract details with Real Madrid leaked, revealing his wage of $166,700 (€149,000) per week. (REPORT)

Feyenoord captain Dirk Kuyt called his teammates a “laughing stock” following his club’s most recent loss in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday. (REPORT)


The Seattle Sounders are reportedly nearing a deal to transfer 31-year-old Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. (REPORT)

The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Mexico, 1-0, in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying after Carli Lloyd netted the game’s decisive goal following a controversial penalty decision. (REPORT)

American striker Joshua Perez, 18, scored another goal for Fiorentina in Italy’s top youth level, Campionato Primavera Tim, on Saturday. (REPORT)

The Chicago Fire sent 24-year-old midfielder Harry Shipp to the Montreal Impact in exchange for general and targeted allocation money. (REPORT)

What do you think of Verratti’s extension? How will Matip fare with Liverpool?

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