Coutinho tips Salah and Neymar to shine in Russian Federation

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Real Madrid midfielder, Marco Asensio, has admitted he "can't imagine playing without Cristiano Ronaldo", as the Portugal captain is again linked with a move away.

Reports in Spain have indicated that negotiations are underway as Real plot a major squad overhaul this summer.

Philippe Coutinho is backing Mohamed Salah to develop into a "hero" at Liverpool FC in the years to come. "We are concentrated on that and not on speculation regarding what a player will or will not do". "This is not going to affect any of our players".

Ronaldo will play Thursday when Portugal host Algeria in Lisbon in a friendly.

Many games in worldwide tournaments are decided by a single goal or mistake, and the most defensive teams tend to fair pretty well as a result - Iceland, Northern Ireland and Portugal were all examples of it working well at Euro 2016.

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Salah is now facing a race against time to be fit for the World Cup as he bids to help Egypt progress in the tournament in Russian Federation. But he and his agents could be seeking a salary increase in a market that has boomed since Neymar's record transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

"Cristiano has been, is and will be very important for us and Madrid and he must always go hand in hand". "Cristiano wants to return to Manchester United alongside Mourinho", the former Madrid and England manager told Sky Sport 24.

After claiming his fifth Champions League title with victory over Liverpool last month, Ronaldo gave an eye-opening post-match interview that suggested his Madrid future was not assured.

Ronaldo was accused of defrauding tax authorities of 14.7 million euros ($17.1 million) from 2011-14.

Ronaldo and his agents have denied any wrongdoing.