Sergio Ramos sends best wishes to Mohamed Salah after Champions League final incident

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Sergio Ramos has wished Mohamed Salah a quick recovery from the shoulder injury which forced the Liverpool striker off the pitch just 30 minutes into the Champions League final.

Reds player of the year Salah left the field in tears in Kiev after damaging his shoulder following a tussle with Real Madrid captain Ramos.

Salah sustained the injury after Ramos kept hold of his arm as they fell to the floor, with some critics suggesting the Spain defender should have been punished for the incident.

It remains to be seen if the Egypt international will be able to feature in this summer’s World Cup, but after his side won the match 3-1 to secure a 13th European title, Ramos hopes to see the 25-year-old back in action soon.

He wrote on his official Twitter account: “Sometimes football shows you its good side and others the bad. Above all we are fellow pros. Get well soon, Salah. The future awaits you.”

The early loss of Salah was a huge blow to Liverpool’s hopes of victory in Kiev, with the forward going into the match having scored 44 goals during a remarkable debut season at Anfield.

And it was Madrid who would go on to claim the trophy for a third successive year, with two glaring errors by Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius either side of Gareth Bale’s wonder goal.

Amid Madrid’s celebrations, the Bernabeu futures of both Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo were brought into question by comments the pair made during post-match interviews.

Bale, who started the final on the bench despite being in rich goalscoring form in recent weeks, said he wants to be playing regularly and would speak to his agent this summer.

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Barcelona congratulate Champions League winners Real Madrid

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Barcelona congratulated rivals Real Madrid on their Champions League triumph against Liverpool.

Madrid earned a third successive Champions League title after defeating Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev on Saturday.

Real Madrid substitute Gareth Bale scored twice – including a brilliant overhead kick – to earn Los Blancos their 13th European crown.

Former captain Carles Puyol also tweeted to congratulate Zinedine Zidane’s side on their win.

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A look at the talking points as Aston Villa and Fulham battle it out for a place in the Premier League

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Aston Villa and Fulham play at Wembley in Saturday’s Championship play-off final, with a place in the Premier League the reward for the winners.

Here we look at some of the talking points ahead of the game.

Cash prize

The financial rewards on offer for victory in the play-off final are huge, dwarfing those in Saturday’s other big game, the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool.

The victorious team at Wembley stands to receive at least £160million in revenue, Deloitte estimates. Survival for more than one season in the top-flight would see that rise to £280m.

But let’s not forget this is also an occasion for the romantics, with two historic clubs battling for a top-flight return.

Robert Snodgrass of Aston Villa

Brucie bonus

Steve Bruce knows what it takes to win at Wembley. The former Manchester United captain is set to manage in his third play-off final and he has won the previous two (with Birmingham in 2002 and Hull in 2016).

The third manager to take charge of teams in three play-off finals, Bruce has won four promotions to the top-flight, a joint-record with Cardiff boss Neil Warnock. Surely that experience will come in handy on the big day.

Steve Bruce,

Cottagers Wembley wait over

Fulham have played at Wembley once before, losing the 1975 FA Cup final to West Ham. No wonder Shahid Khan, their owner, wants to buy the national stadium – although it will not become Fulham’s home.

The Cottagers have been unsuccessful in three previous play-off campaigns, but will hope to carry the momentum from their third-placed finish, above Villa, and the semi-final victory over Derby.

Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham celebrates with team mate Stefan Johansen

Feeling the Blues?

Chelsea supporters and officials may be among those keenly watching the action at Wembley, in particular two former Blues players.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has been linked with Chelsea in the last week, but there is currently no vacancy at Stamford Bridge as Antonio Conte remains in charge.

If Villa are promoted, there is the prospect of John Terry facing Chelsea, the side with whom he is synonymous. The 37-year-old last summer left for Villa Park after 22 years at Stamford Bridge.

John Terry of Aston Villa

Young talents

One is portrayed as a hell-raising party animal, the other as a clean-cut professional who washes and irons his own kit. Villa’s Jack Grealish showed glimpses of his potential in the Premier League previously, but made more headlines for his off-field party lifestyle.

He is now maturing into a playmaker who can cut open defences.

On the other hand, Ryan Sessegnon is much admired and coveted, despite only just turning 18.

The left-sided player is renowned for his pace and power and surely will grace the Premier League next season. Whether it is with Fulham depends on Saturday.

Sessegnon

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