Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossip This Evening

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

  • Manchester United rejected the chance to sign Atletico Madrid playmaker Saul Niguez three years ago, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

  • David Seaman believes Mesut Ozil should remain a regular starter for Arsenal even if he doesn’t play well in every game because the midfielder is a “quality player” and cares about the club.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

  • Jurgen Klopp has admitted he does not like leaving out summer signing Fabinho from his Liverpool squad, but hinted the Brazil international is unlikely to make his debut at Tottenham this weekend.
  • Everton have been handed an injury boost ahead of this weekend’s visit of West Ham as Yerry Mina – who has yet to make an appearance for the club – has joined first team training.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

  • Rolando Aarons has vowed to let his football do the talking during his loan stint with Slovan Liberec.
  • Jack Ross says new contracts for young talents such as Josh Maja and Denver Hume are now ‘top of the agenda’ as Sunderland look to ward off any potential suitors.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly keeping tabs on Benfica midfielder Pizzi ahead of the January transfer window.
  • Albert Adomah still has a part to play in Aston Villa’s promotion push despite the loan deadline day chaos.
  • Ritchie De Laet has sent a thank you message to Aston Villa fans after he departed for a season-long loan at Melbourne City.

EXPRESS & STAR

  • Free agent Wes Hoolahan is set to join West Brom on a short-term contract after impressing on trial over the international break.

FOOTBALL.LONDON

  • Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong looks certain to be on the move next summer amid talk of a big-money transfer to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
  • Chelsea have the option to recall Mason Mount from his loan at Derby, but only if he fails to play a certain number of games.

THE DAILY ECHO

  • Manolo Gabbiadini is on standby to make his first Premier League start of the season in Southampton’s Monday night trip to Brighton.

LEICESTER MERCURY

  • Harry Maguire does not have a release clause in his new Leicester City contract, manager Claude Puel have revealed.

THE ARGUS

  • Brighton fans will get their first look at summer signing Florin Andone, with the Romanian due to run out for the club’s U23s against West Ham on Friday.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

  • Burnley have taken the option to extend Steven Defour’s contract that will keep the midfielder at Turf Moor until the summer of 2020.

WALES ONLINE

  • Neil Warnock hinted that Cardiff City could chase the loan signature of Chelsea and Wales starlet Ethan Ampadu in January.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

  • Burton Albion have signed former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov on a short-term deal.

EVENING TIMES

  • Leigh Griffiths has vowed to help Celtic complete 10-in-a-row after agreeing a new four-year deal that will keep him at Parkhead until 2022.
  • Celtic new boys Filip Benkovic and Youssouf Mulumbu are both in contention for Friday night’s clash against St Mirren.

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VIDEO: Jose Mourinho Attacks Media With Barrage Of Rashford Statistics

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Jose Mourinho Attacks Media With Barrage Of Rashford Statistics

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho turned on the media once more on Friday as he launched a detailed defence of his use of England international striker Marcus Rashford.

The 20-year-old forward impressed for the Three Lions over the international break as he started, and scored, against both Spain and Switzerland.

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That led to questions over whether Mourinho was making the most of Rashford’s abilities as he has struggled to hold down a regular place in the United side where he faces stiff competition from Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial.

Rashford will definitely be missing when Mourinho’s men travel to Watford on Saturday, though, as he begins a three-match ban after being sent-off against Burnley before the international break.

“I think I can expect that Sunday I’m going to be highly criticised for not playing him tomorrow because some of the boys are really obsessed with me and, some of them, they have I think a problem with some compulsive lies,” said Mourinho.

The Portuguese coach then reeled off a stream of statistics detailing Rashford’s 105 appearances in Mourinho’s first two seasons in charge before pointedly suggesting other managers should be quizzed for their use of young English players.

“Marcus Rashford is not (Liverpool forward) Dominic Solanke, he’s not (Chelsea midfielder) Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he’s not (Everton striker) Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

“He’s Marcus Rashford, Manchester United player, with an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions.”

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Mourinho has faced stinging criticism in the first few weeks of the season after defeats to Brighton and Tottenham saw the Red Devils lose ground on title rivals Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City.

But despite righting the ship at Burnley and a two-week international break to ease the pressure, Mourinho again took aim at the press.

“The ones that wake up in the morning and the first thing that comes into their mind is Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, I feel sorry for them because there are much more interesting things to wake up and to be happy (about) in the morning than to speak immediately about us and about football.

“But for the Manchester United supporters, I think it is important they have the right idea of how things are in reality.”

Mourinho also confirmed left-back Luke Shaw could return to action at Vicarage Road just a week after suffering a concussion in England’s Nations League loss to Spain.

“Contrary to some news, to some opinions, by the protocol point of view and according to our doctor, he will be free to play,” added Mourinho.

“The only situation we have to analyse is if you are going to play him when during the week he was not training with the team.”

AFP

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Kante: Loftus-Cheek Ready For Chelsea Shot

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Chelsea midfield marshal, N’golo Kante believes teammate, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is ready to grab his shot at Chelsea.

The England international impressed on loan with Crystal Palace last season, earning a call-up to the England world cup squad.

Loftus-Cheek did not leave Chelsea during the summer transfer window and hopes to force his way Intl Sarri’s plans.

“When I came to Chelsea Ruben was already here and for sure he is a good player,” the World Cup winner told Sky Sports. “Now he’s in the England squad. He did well last season at Crystal Palace and I think he’s ready to play.

 

“He’s played some good games and now it’s the manager’s decision. We all have the chance to be at Chelsea and to play with some of the best players in the league.

 

“We can all learn from that but he needs to keep working, to keep improving and I hope it will come at the right time.”

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Kante: Loftus-Cheek Ready For Chelsea Shot

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Chelsea midfield marshal, N’golo Kante believes teammate, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is ready to grab his shot at Chelsea.

The England international impressed on loan with Crystal Palace last season, earning a call-up to the England world cup squad.

Loftus-Cheek did not leave Chelsea during the summer transfer window and hopes to force his way Intl Sarri’s plans.

“When I came to Chelsea Ruben was already here and for sure he is a good player,” the World Cup winner told Sky Sports. “Now he’s in the England squad. He did well last season at Crystal Palace and I think he’s ready to play.

 

“He’s played some good games and now it’s the manager’s decision. We all have the chance to be at Chelsea and to play with some of the best players in the league.

 

“We can all learn from that but he needs to keep working, to keep improving and I hope it will come at the right time.”

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Real Madrid are set to splash out £330m on the next Galactico, with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe targeted.
  • Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is wanted by French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Arsenal and Real Madrid are set to battle it out for Porto star Hector Herrera.
  • Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been dealt an injury blow and faces at least two weeks on the sidelines.
  • Barcelona want to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.
  • Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is a ‘show-off’ but he backs it up, says Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.
  • Liverpool’s Brazilian trio Alisson, Firmino and Fabinho are set to face Tottenham after racing back from Brazil duty in the US by private jet.
  • Manuel Pellegrini is growing increasingly frustrated that news of his team selections at West Ham is routinely being leaked before he has announced it to his players.
  • An independent inquiry has been launched into Everton’s recruitment of Marco Silva that could result in the club facing a substantial fine or even a points deduction.
  • Raheem Sterling is seeking a substantial hike on his £175,000-a-week contract that expires in 2020.
  • West Ham co-owner David Gold wants a reduction in agent power to stop them sucking money out of the game.
  • Arsenal manager Unai Emery has challenged Mesut Ozil to do more and raise his performances.
  • Liverpool are planning to appoint a former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Jack Robinson to Jurgen Klopp’s backroom staff.
  • Mauricio Pochettino has warned Hugo Lloris he was lucky to escape with only a criminal conviction and a fine after drink-driving.
  • Hundreds of Manchester United season-ticket holders are being moved out of their seats for the Champions League clash with Valencia.
  • Jack Wilshere has missed the last two days of training at West Ham after suffering an ankle injury and faces a battle to be fit for Sunday’s game against Everton.
  • The Premier League are understood to have had a long list of 35 candidates to succeed Richard Scudamore as chief executive.
  • Roy Hodgson has revealed Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek is still wanted at Crystal Palace.
  • John Terry will not be joining Derby, his former Chelsea team-mate and Rams manager Frank Lampard has confirmed.

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Rakitic: Modric Should Win All The Awards Messi Will Miss

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Ivan Rakitic believes Luka Modric should get all the awards Messi will miss out on this year.

The Croatia international claimed the World Cup Golden Ball and has gone on to be named UEFA’s best player. He has also been nominated for the FIFA Best Award.

Rakitic’s Barcelona teammate, Messi is missing out on the nomination and he believes his compatriot, Modric should get the awards.

Rakitic believes Modric deserves the Best award, and any other honour his Barcelona team-mate Messi cannot win.

“If there is an individual prize that Lionel Messi can’t win, then there’s no doubt that this season it should go to Luka Modric,” he told Marca.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he were to win with many more votes. This has been his year and I am really happy for him.

“If Messi isn’t the best, then it has to be Modric.”

As well as leading Croatia to the World Cup final, Modric helped Madrid win the Champions League last season.

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Alves: Neymar Will Learn From World Cup Criticism

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Brazil international, Dani Alves has assured that his compatriot and teammate, Neymar will learn and mature from the criticism of the World Cup.

The PSG forward was criticised for his diving and theatrics at the World Cup, drawing the annoyance of coaches and fans creating a meme from his actions.

Even footballers, with DeAndre Yedlin referencing the World Cup after the referee gave a foul in the friendly between USA and Brazil.

And Alves, Neymar’s international and club team-mate at PSG, is of the belief the experience will help shape Neymar into a better person.

“In life, sometimes things happen that make you mature and make you realize that you have to improve as a professional,” Alves said.

“I’ve talked a lot with Neymar. I think he’s gained experience and the little shots he’s received during the World Cup will make him even more mature – [a] change of behavior.”

“You leave the kid aside and you become a man, and when you start becoming a man, your decisions and attitudes become more weighty,” Alves added. “And I told him that if everyone tells you the same thing and not only one or two people, something is wrong.

“We all have flaws, but we must not stay in one’s flaws. In life, we must try to evolve, because we are all intelligent.”

Neymar returns to PSG after scoring a pair of goals during the international break in Brazil victories over the United States and El Salvador.

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Guardiola: De Bruyne Has A €250 Million Release Clause

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Manchester City gaffer, Pep Guardiola has stated that Kevin De Bruyne is not for sale and has a release clause of €250 million.

The Belgium international was pivotal to Man City’s title success last season.

City are without De Bruyne who is out till November and Guardiola insists only a world record fee can take the star away.

The 27-year-old versatile midfielder just put pen to paper on a six-year deal this year.

“He’s very good. He’s a very dynamic player,” Guardiola said in an interview with Universo Valdano.

“[Leeds United boss] Marcelo Bielsa told me he was his favourite player. He does everything.

“The other day, I met his parents and you often understand how the children are when you know the parents.

“He’s an incredible boy. The clause is €250m. I’m sorry, he’s not for sale.”

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez is a Manchester United transfer target and they may launch another move in January. France international Hernandez, 22, has established himself as a regular for club and country and signed a new contract with Atletico in the summer until 2024. United and Manchester City both tried to tempt the player during the first week of August, with United offering €80m (£71.17m) and planning to double his salary. He has no plans to leave but interest is still there. (Marca)

Barcelona have first refusal on Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, should he ever seek a move away from the club. The Spain international has a €150m (£133.61m) release clause but Barca made a verbal agreement with Atletico when they sold David Villa to the club in 2013 that they would be the first option for Saul. (Mundo Deportivo)

Barcelona’s attempts to bring Frenkie De Jong to the Camp Nou in January are likely to fail, claims Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars. The former Arsenal winger confirmed Barca made an offer in the summer for the 21-year-old but their valuation fell well below what Ajax wanted. Having persuaded De Jong to stay in Amsterdam for at least one more season, Overmars has declared no players will be sold by the Dutch giants in the middle of the season. (Sport)

Tottenham risk losing out in the battle to sign Porto midfielder Hector Herrera on a free contract after Real Madrid and Roma joined the race. Mexico international Herrera, 28, is already wanted by Spurs and Internazionale but there is concern in Italy that Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has already met with his former player and convinced him to come to the Bernabeu when his deal in Porto expires next summer. (AS)

Pep Guardiola has declared he will finish his coaching career at the place where it all started, Barcelona’s La Masia academy. Guardiola was appointed Barcelona B coach in 2007 before graduating to take over the first-team in 2008. Having worked for Bayern Munich and now Manchester City, Guardiola said he wants to return to Catalonia one day. He said: “My final steps in my coaching career will be in La Masia with Barcelona.” (Movistar)

Italy

AC Milan are considering an approach for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, with the Wales international out of contract at the end of the season. Milan sporting directors Leonardo and Paolo Maldini hopes their strong relationship with Ivan Gazidis, who is also wanted by Milan as new CEO, can help negotiations for the 27-year-old. (Tuttosport)

Inter must raise €40m (£35.62m) in transfer sales if they want to avoid falling foul of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play obligations. The Nerazzurri have been operating under FFP restrictions since 2015/16 but are still being monitored by the governing body and will have to force through player sales by the end of the season to break even. Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa and Portugal midfielder Joao Mario will almost certainly leave in January and left-back Dalbert could also follow. (Corriere dello Sport)

Germany

Bayern Munich fear they won’t be able to keep hold of James Rodriguez beyond this season with the Colombian concerned over a lack of playing time at the Allianz Arena. Bayern have the playmaker on a two-year loan from Real Madrid and, under the terms of the agreement, funds have been made available to sign him permanently next summer. But if the 27-year-old doesn’t want to stay, Bayern can activate the clause and then sell him back to Madrid at a profit. (Kicker)

FIFA want to cap the amount of players clubs can send out on loan to just eight. A FIFA task force has been established to review the loan activities across the world with the governing body concerned by clubs who buy and hoard young talent only to loan them around Europe without using them in the first team. (Sport Bild)

France

Paris Saint-Germain right-back Colin Dagba has emerged as a target for Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. The 20-year-old made his Ligue 1 debut this season but is out of contract in 2020 and Leipzig hope they can convince PSG to sell and tempt him to Germany. However, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel is a big admirer of the young defender and talks are also underway to extend his deal at the French champions. (L’Equipe)

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Real Madrid Manager Julen Lopetegui Meets Up With Transfer Target Hector Herrera In Portuguese Hotel

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Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui recently met with Porto midfielder Hector Herrera at a hotel in Portugal, according to Diario AS.

Julen Lopetegui reportedly stayed at the luxurious Yeatman Hotel in Rua do Choupelo with his wife for a few days, where he is also said to have met with Hector Herrera, who is understood to be a good friend from his time coaching Porto.

Mexico international Herrera has entered into the last year of his contract with the Primeira Liga outfit and has no plans on renewing

Inter Milan made attempts to sign Hector Herrera during the summer but Porto president Pinto da Costa saw to it that he was kept by Porto.

Meanwhile other reports claims Arsenal, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are all interested.

The 28-year-old player, who is also Porto’s captain, is reported as having ambitions to play for a bigger club next year and Madrid could be the ideal destination.

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Mariano Diaz Speaks About The Pressure Of Replacing Cristiano Ronaldo At Real Madrid

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Mariano Diaz has insisted that being labelled as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid only motivates him

Mariano rejoined Real Madrid for a reported €23m after spending a season at Lyon, where he scored 18 goals in Ligue 1.

Diaz came through Los Blancos’ youth system, before being sold under Zinedine Zidane,

In an interview with ‘El Partidazo’ on the radio station COPE Mariano said: “Well, many people have told me [I am brave for taking the shirt], other people have also told me bad things.

“It’s a pressure to carry that number, but others have told me that I should not have chosen it. I’ve had everything [said to me].

The one-cap Dominican Republic international revealed it was the ‘challenge’ to follow in the footsteps of club legends which motivated him to choose the number.

He continued: “It was a number that was free and to me it is a number that I like. It’s a personal challenge and I’m happy to wear the number that has been worn by many stars, like Amancio [Amaro], Juanito, [Emilio] Butragueno, Raul, and Cristiano, of course.

“Ever since I was little, I’ve seen them play and I’m happy.”

While hinting at the criticism and even anger his signing in the wake of Ronaldo’s exit has received from some fans, Mariano added that being labelled as a ‘replacement’ for the Portuguese only motivates him

He said: “It does not piss me off, it motivates me, if anything, it motivates me to be here every day.

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Manchester City Announce Record Breaking Revenues in Excess of £500m

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Premier League defending champions Manchester City have become only the second English club in history to surpass £500m in revenues.

Manchester City’s 2017/18 campaign on the pitch was a historic one for several reasons, they have also confirmed that things are good off the pitch too, with revenue breaking the £500m mark.

The club also reported a profit for the fourth season in a row, this time of £10.4m, and managed a wage-revenue ratio of 52%.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak emphasised that the club still had a lot to do.

“Our journey is not complete and we have more targets to fulfil. We will always strive for more.” He said as quoted by BBC Sport.

This financial news means that only Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United generate greater income than Manchester City, placing them firmly amongst Europe’s elite in financial terms.

The revenue also marks an increase of 44% over the last five years, meaning that City’s trajectory appears to be upward.

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Manchester United Would Be Fine If Paul Pogba Leaves – Gary Neville

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Gary Neville has insisted that Manchester United ‘would be fine’ if Paul Pogba left the club

Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, with the France international reported to be desperate to join Barcelona.

The World Cup winner suggested that he wants to leave with his comments during the recent international break, and it is widely thought that he will seek a move in either January or at the end of the season.

Former Manchester United Captain Gary Neville has insisted that the Red Devils would move on if the 25-year-old was sold.

“There are four ways to look at it,” Neville told The Times. “Pundit, owner, fan and a personal word. Neville the pundit would say: he’s a talented player but I want to see more consistency and leadership.

“As a fan, honestly, part of me says that no one is bigger than the club and I am not interested in people who are looking left and right. So, Paul, if you want to go play somewhere else, let’s make that work for you because Manchester United will be fine, don’t worry about that.

“The owner in me would do what United are doing at the moment, saying he is not for sale. They have to protect their asset but privately they might be doing a deal because they want to get their £90m back.

“If I was still in that dressing room giving personal advice it would be: ‘Paul, it’s obvious you want to play somewhere else but be professional.’ Don’t be someone who is seen as a mercenary or a mutineer. You don’t need to do that.”

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Arsenal Manager Unai Emery Confirms Contract Extension Talks With Nacho Monreal

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed that talks are ongoing with Nacho Monreal over a new contract

Nacho Monreal has featured over 200 times for Arsenal since arriving from Malaga in 2013 but will be out of contract next summer.

Monreal revealed this week that he is “really happy” at The Gunners and wants to stay on for longer, and the feeling is mutual as Emery hopes to reach an agreement on fresh terms.

“First, I knew Nacho Monreal in Spain when he was playing for Malaga. I knew him,” he told reporters at his pre-Newcastle United press conference.

“After two months now, I can say I am happy with him. He is 32 years old, physically the performance with us, Nacho is playing with a very good level.

“The reason for that, for me, we need to find a new contract with him to stay together with the Arsenal team.”

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Report: Atletico Madrid Defender Lucas Hernandez Rejected Chance To Join Manchester United This Summer

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Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez rejected the chance to join Manchester United during the summer transfer window, according to reports

Lucas Hernandez played a vital role in France winning the 2018 World Cup, and only signed a new long-term contract with Atletico this summer.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Red Devils were interested in signing the Frenchman, and would be prepared to pay his £72m release clause to complete a deal.

According to Spanish publication Marca, United made an offer for Hernandez during the summer transfer window, but the defender turned down the chance to move to England as he is happy at the Wanda Metropolitano.

They also claim that United will return with a bid during the January transfer window.

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Evening

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is set to ignore transfer interest from Barcelona as he eyes a new contract at the Etihad.
Pep Guardiola has revealed his intention to go back to where it all began and finish his coaching career at Barcelona.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Ilkay Gundogan could have been a Manchester United player had Sir Alex Ferguson continued at Old Trafford, with the Germany international one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s final targets before retirement.
Sergio Aguero was a target for Tianjin Quanjian – but the mega-rich Chinese Super League club wanted to convert him into a winger.
Manchester City midfielder David Silva has revealed that he would like to leave the club when his contract expires, in order to return to his homeland of Gran Canaria with Las Palmas.
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has accused Chelsea of lacking class for failing to tell him that Tammy Abraham wouldn’t be joining the Welsh club last month.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Jurgen Klopp is set to add to his Liverpool backroom staff with the appointment of former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Jack Robinson.
Young Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is facing at least one month on the sidelines due to a calf injury sustained in training.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
No decision has yet been made on the futures of free agents Wes Hoolahan and Russell Martin, West Brom head coach Darren Moore has confirmed.

THE DAILY ECHO
Southampton have injury doubts over strike duo Charlie Austin and Shane Long ahead of Monday’s south-coast clash with Brighton.

WATFORD OBSERVER
Troy Deeney has revealed Walter Mazzarri attempted to sell him during the Italian’s short-lived spell as Watford manager.

THE SENTINEL
Peter Crouch confesses it would tarnish the latter stages of his career if he departed Stoke City before helping them back into the Premier League.

WALES ONLINE
Manchester United failed to finalise a move for Wales international Ethan Ampadu when Alex Ferguson and David Gill left the club in 2013.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Matej Vydra believes the hard work is only just beginning after returning to the Premier League with Burnley.

COVENTRY TELEGRAPH
Coventry boss Mark Robins has revealed he would jump at the chance of signing Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah on loan.

THE STAR
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has predicted Martin Cranie’s experience of winning promotion from the Championship will prove invaluable as his new club continues its pursuit of Premier League football.

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Neville: United Will Be Fine If Pogba Leaves

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Manchester United legend, Gary Neville has stated that the club will be fine if Pogba leaves and no one is bigger than the club.

There has been reports of fraction between the midfielder and the Portuguese manager, with the France international saying he cannot say some things for fear of being fined.

Pogba has also not tried to curb any rumours of his exit, with a move to Barcelona seriously discussed.

“There are four ways to look at it,” Neville told The Times. “Pundit, owner, fan and a personal word.

“Neville the pundit would say: he’s a talented player but I want to see more consistency and leadership.

“As a fan, honestly, part of me says that no one is bigger than the club and I am not interested in people who are looking left and right.

“So, Paul, if you want to go play somewhere else, let’s make that work for you because Manchester United will be fine, don’t worry about that.

“The owner in me would do what United are doing at the moment, saying he is not for sale.

“They have to protect their asset but privately they might be doing a deal because they want to get their £90 million back.

“If I was still in that dressing room giving personal advice it would be: ‘Paul, it’s obvious you want to play somewhere else but be professional.’

“Don’t be someone who is seen as a mercenary or a mutineer. You don’t need to do that.”

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Silva: I’ll Leave City In 2020

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Manchester City ace, David Silva has stated that he will leave Manchester City at the end of his contract in 2020.

The Spain international midfielder believes his time at City is coming to an end and he will like to play for boyhood club of Las Palmas.

Silva has 345 appearances for Manchester City and was instrumental to the three PL titles they have won.

“For City, two more seasons – what’s left on my contract,” he told BBC Sport  when asked how much longer he is likely to continue playing.

“After that, I don’t know. It depends how I feel physically and mentally.

“I’ve always said that I’d like to play for Las Palmas – my local team. But we’ll see how things go in two years and take it all from there.”

Silva says he has enjoyed his experience in England and says the move to City came at the right time.

“City wanted me. They had been calling me since December, asking me to come and play for them,” he said.

“I thought: ‘Who wants me? City want me, so that’s where I’ll go.’

“Back then I was living with my parents and they were getting divorced and it was the right time to get away from there, from Spain, and live a new experience. It turns out I made the right move.”

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De Vrij: Mbappe The Best I’ve Faced, Not Ronaldo

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Inter Milan defender, Stefan de Vrij has rated Kylian Mbappe ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo as the better player he has faced.

Ronaldo switched to the Serie A, in a move that has improved the league, joining Juventus from Madrid.

Many see his addition as a positive towards ending Juventus UCL drought.

“I confess, at first I did not believe he was coming to Italy,” the Dutchman told  Corriere dello Sport .

“But when they [the media] kept saying it, then I started to take note. For Italian football, his arrival in Serie A was positive because it gives a great boost to the whole competition.

“I played against him with the national team in a friendly against Portugal before the 2014 World Cup. It finished 1-1 and he scored on a corner.”

When asked who the best attacker De Vrij has played against, the experienced Dutchman simply said: “That’s Mbappe.”

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Silva: Guardiola Is A Football Genius

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David Silva has described Pep Guardiola as a genius of football and says he is successful, because he predicts things before they happen.

The former Bayern manager joined City in 2016, but his first season was woeful.

Guardiola’s second season saw him win the title and break records with Manchester City.

“Pep Guardiola sees things before they happen and that’s an advantage – a massive plus,” Silva told BBC Sport.

“It’s like, he explains it to you and you grasp it straight away, something that I’d never seen before. And this goes for all areas, from the goalkeeper through to the striker.

“In the past, some of my coaches had focused more on attack, others more on defence – but he covers the whole pitch.

“I think I’ve learned to be more patient on the pitch. I used to move around a lot and wanted to be all over the place.

“Guardiola has taught me to stick to a more determined zone and wait for the ball to get to me to give us the upper hand. So, yes, I’ve improved in that sense. He’s a footballing genius.”

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Loftus-Cheek: Leaving Chelsea Not An Option

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek says the thought of leaving Chelsea has not crossed his mind, despite limited minutes under Sarri.

The midfielder was out on loan at Crystal Palace last season and impressed enough to play for England in the World Cup.

However, he has only played 33 minutes under Sarri, that has not spurred him to look for a new home.

Indeed, asked if he is thinking of a move back to Palace in January, he replied: “Possibly, but it is still far away, there are still a lot of games to play and I just have to see what happens.

“Right now, I am at Chelsea and my focus is at Chelsea and learning at Chelsea. That is in the future and we will deal with that when it comes.

“I’m not sure when I am going to play. It is just down to me working hard in training, I don’t know whether I am going to play or not play but for me it stays the same, I still train well and do everything the right way in case I do play.”

There is a busy period on the horizon for Chelsea, and during it he hopes to make his mark.

“There are a lot of games coming up so I think there will be more opportunities coming for players that are not playing every week,” he added.

“We have to be ready and do our best when we get the chance. We had a lot of talks in the past couple of weeks and Sarri said to me that I need to learn tactically so a lot of my focus and effort is learning his tactics and his ways in training.

“I think the quicker I get then the more opportunities I will get to play. He is helping me and [assistant manager] Gianfranco Zola is helping me every day to learn it as quickly as possible and that is great for me.”

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Shaqiri: Liverpool Must Copy Bayern’s Mentality

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Xherdan Shaqiri believes Liverpool is lacking the mentality to win titles, which Bayern Munich have.

Liverpool reached the final of last season’s UCL, only to lose 3-1 to Madrid, making it the third final the Reds have lost since Klopp joined.

The Reds last won a title in 2012 and Shaqiri believes they need to mirror Bayern’s mentality.

Shaqiri, who joined from relegated Stoke City in pre-season, feels Liverpool are missing the mentality Bayern have.

“Liverpool need to have the goal to play for titles,” the former Bayern winger told reporters ahead of Saturday’s clash with Tottenham. “We are a big team – big teams have to have the goal to win titles.

“It’s difficult in the Premier League, because you have a lot of big teams, so competition is there. You need to have a really, really good season to compete.

“At Bayern they only have the mentality of winning titles. Liverpool are one of the biggest teams in the world.

“Last year they had a very good year. Sadly, they didn’t win a title, but now we try to make a step forward and win honours. That’s the most important goal now. To win titles.

“We need to keep working hard. We are still a young team. Every player wants to go forward and try to be better and to help this big club to be successful.

“To be successful you need to play for titles. That has to be our aim.”

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Chelsea and Arsenal both failed in an attempt to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe as a youngster.
  • Xherdan Shaqiri has called on Liverpool to adopt the Bayern Munich approach to winning.
  • Arsenal could lose midfielder Aaron Ramsey to AC Milan if chief executive Ivan Gazidis heads to the Serie A club.
  • Gareth Southgate has admitted Jack Butland faces an uphill battle to stay in England’s squad as a Championship player.
  • Gareth Southgate insists England are doing everything to stop Ademola Lookman switching allegiances to play for Nigeria.
  • Marcus Rashford is determined to stay at Manchester United and fight for a first-team place.
  • Watford skipper Troy Deeney has revealed manager Javi Gracia has brought in fines if the players are late for training – £100 per minute.
  • John Terry could become a coach at Chelsea after turning down a move to Spartak Moscow.
  • Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has opened the door for a potential return to Crystal Palace on loan.
  • A number of Premier League clubs have been accused of providing inflated figures for their attendances based on ticket sales, not fans at the game.
  • Premier League chairmen will push for a ban on clubs paying agents as an investigation reveals that four out of every five deals in the top flight last season involved the same agent being paid by player and club.
  • Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has demanded an improvement from his players amid relegation fears.
  • Tottenham target Ryan Sessegnon could be set for contract talks with Fulham as the club bid to keep the 18-year-old.
  • Xherdan Shaqiri has said he is not fazed by his lack of playing time at Liverpool and says he is adjusting well to life on Merseyside.
  • Russia and Valencia midfielder Denis Cheryshev is under investigation by the Spanish anti-doping agency.
  • Hugo Lloris is expected to be picked for Tottenham’s blockbuster clash with Liverpool if he is fit, despite admitting to drink-driving.
  • The FA need to install new floodlights at Wembley to make it fit to host seven games at Euro 2020 as current lights do not meet UEFA standards.
  • A crucial meeting is scheduled for Friday to try and resolve the £150m impasse threatening to derail the Wembley sale.
  • Gareth Southgate may be forced into picking players based solely on Carabao Cup and Europa League form.
  • Everton face a selection nightmare ahead of West Ham’s visit after Seamus Coleman’s latest injury scare.
  • Scotland’s referees are seeking urgent clarification from football’s lawmakers over what constitutes a straight red card ahead of the return of the top flight this weekend.

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Toivonen: Swedish Racists Brought Us Together

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Sweden attacker, Ola Toivonen has revelead that the action of racist Swedish fans against Jimmy Durmaz in Russia, played a role in their success.

Durmaz caused the foul that resulted in Kroos netting the winner for Germany in the 2-1 World Cup loss, the Swede was attacked on social media.

Durmaz denounced the attack and his teammates stood with him, Toivonen believes it played a role in their win over Mexico.

“My biggest [World Cup] memory is when Germany beat us 2-1 and one team-mate got a lot of racist abuse after the game,” Toivonen said in his first press conference after joining Australian A-League side Melbourne Victory.

“We had a decisive game three or four days later against Mexico, we did a terrific game, we won 3-0 and advanced to the final 16. I think those four days will be in my memories for a long time.

“As a group we came together and did an amazing performance against Mexico.”

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Mane: My Parents Told Me To Drop Football

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane has revealed his parents did not support his football dream, urging him to drop the sport as a career move.

The Senegal international has developed into a household name at Liverpool, alongside Firmino and Salah.

But Mane said his parents did not believe in his dream and told him to try as a teacher instead.

“I was born in a village where there had never been a footballer who’d made it in the major championships,” Mane told Bleacher Report .

“I remember that when I was little, my parents felt that I should study to become a teacher. They thought football was a waste of time and I’d never succeed at it.

“I always said: ‘This is the only job that will enable me to help you. And I think I have a chance to become a footballer.’

“They weren’t sure about it because I was a long way from the capital and almost nobody from there had succeeded. So they were against the idea, and they never believed it, right up until the day when I signed my first professional contract.”

The winger said his parents eventually accepted his career choice and supported his decision.

“For them, it wasn’t possible. They weren’t exactly wrong because it really wasn’t straightforward, but I wanted to realise my dream of becoming a footballer,” Mane said.

“I gave it everything. It got to the point where they didn’t really have a choice, so they started helping me, and it worked. Today, they’re all proud.”

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