World Football Gossip Roundup: Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gerard Deulofeu
Luis Suarez remains in the news after biting an opponent on Sunday. In truth, this is probably only the beginning.
For now, we know Liverpool have fined Suarez but plan not to sell him this summer. The Uruguayan will not face police action but will surely receive a long ban from the Football Association.
The latest on Suarez's situation leads this Monday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have news on Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Gerard Deulofeu and more.
Keep reading for all the details.
Luis Suarez Latest
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has apologized to Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic after Suarez bit Ivanovic's arm during Sunday's 2-2 Premier League draw between the teams at Anfield (via The Guardian).
The apology said:
I am deeply sorry for my inexcusable behaviour earlier today during our match against Chelsea. I have issued an apology and have tried to contact Branislav Ivanovic to speak to him personally. I apologise also to my manager, playing colleagues and everyone at Liverpool Football Club for letting them down.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers called Suarez's action "unacceptable" and said "there is certainly no one bigger than this football club, as a player or a manager."
Police reportedly spoke to Ivanovic about the incident later on Sunday. According to PA Sport (via Yahoo! Eurosport), Suarez will not face police action.
Suarez has scored a Premier League-best 23 goals this season and is a finalist for the PFA Player of the Year award.
UPDATE, 1 p.m. ET Monday, April 22: The FA has charged Suarez with violent conduct (per BBC Sport).
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski will decide between a move to Manchester United or Bayern Munich after finding out United's intentions with Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Lewandowski, a 24-year-old Polish international, is widely expected to leave BVB this summer. According to the Telegraph, Dortmund rejected a bid from United last summer.
Rooney's situation at United is uncertain, with the England international waiting to see whether the club will offer a new contract this summer. Hernandez is reportedly frustrated at being used regularly as a substitute.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says Cristiano Ronaldo will stay with the club and could receive an improved contract (via ESPN FC).
Perez is up for re-election this summer. Ronaldo's current contract runs until 2015.
"There is no problem with Cristiano,” Perez said. “Of course he will stay with us. If necessary, we will put in money.”
Perez was also asked about manager Jose Mourinho's future with the club. He declined to answer.
Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu likely will sign his first professional contract with the club, according to his agent (via talkSPORT).
Deulofeu, 19, came through Barca's youth system and remains on a youth contract, which reportedly has a buyout clause of £8.1 million. Manchester City are thought to be interested.
"I don't think there will be any problem sorting out a renewal here [at Barcelona] when the club wants to talk about it again," agent Gines Carvajal told Radio Marca.
Deulofeu has made one senior appearance for Barcelona in the league this season.
Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda (pictured) has rejected reports linking him with a move to AS Monaco (via ESPN FC).
Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal says he wants to stay with Juventus this summer. Manchester United are reportedly interested (via talkSPORT).
Malaga defender Martin Demichelis, a former Bayern Munich player, has tipped Bayern to win the UEFA Champions League (via Marca).
Andrea Stramaccioni will remain manager of Inter next season, club president Massimo Moratti has revealed (via Football Italia).
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso says he is "undecided" about his future at the club (via Sky Sports).