Arsenal Making Last Attempt To Get Mesut Ozil To Sign A New Contract

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Arsenal are making a last push to keep Mesut Ozil, according to the Daily Mirror.

The paper says Arsene Wenger is still hoping a new round of negotiations will persuade the 29-year-old to stay at the club.

Mesut Ozil has impressed in recent weeks and the Gunners are not giving up hope of persuading the Germany international to pen a new contract.

Manchester United and Barcelona are both said to be interested in Ozil, who is free to sign a pre-contract with foreign clubs from January 1.

The new offer will be closer to the £300,000-per-week Ozil is looking for – but it remains to be seen whether the 29-year-old is prepared to sign.

If Ozil does put pen to paper, he will become the highest earner in the club’s history.

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Salah: I Want To Be The Best Egyptian Ever

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Liverpool star, Mohamed Salah has revealed that his goal is to become the best Egyptian footballer ever.

The Egypt international midfielder claimed the BBC African Player of the Year, beating Mane, Aubameyang, Keita and Moses.

Salah joined Liverpool from Roma for a club record fee and has paid dividends, with 13 goals in the EPL.

And Salah has revealed his aim to be the best player to come out of the north African country.

“I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard,” Salah told BBC.

“I always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way.”

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

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  • Manchester United and Tottenham are in the race to sign Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.
  • Antonio Conte is under renewed pressure to keep his job at Chelsea and is losing the board’s faith.
  • Arsenal will launch a final attempt to re-sign Mesut Ozil with the January transfer window just three weeks away.
  • Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed he is planning for life after retirement by getting his coaching qualifications.
  • Crystal Palace are confident of agreeing a deal to sign Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez.
  • Swansea are stepping up their interest in Barnsley’s Andy Yiadom.
  • Islam Slimani is fed up at Leicester and ready to quit the club in January.
  • Sunderland defender Papy Djilobodji is a target for Celta Vigo.
  • The two Manchester clubs are rowing with each other over what happened in the Old Trafford tunnel, with different versions of events.
  • Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has revealed he will consider his future once again in January as he looks to keep his World Cup dreams alive.
  • Real Madrid will make a decision on whether to lure Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Spain this month.
  • Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng will put contract talks on hold to focus on the club’s relegation scrap.
  • Players traded insults and punches in the tunnel melee that ensued at Old Trafford after the Manchester derby.
  • Chelsea are planning another bid to lure Everton’s Ross Barkley to Stamford Bridge in January.
  • Chelsea scouts also watched Philipp Max play for Augsburg on Sunday as they look for a new left-back.
  • Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is open to the possibility of moving abroad in the January transfer window.
  • Sam Allardyce will hold a series of one-to-one meetings with Everton’s players and has urged them to be honest as he prepares to trim his squad.
  • West Ham striker Diafra Sakho is a target for Championship side Cardiff City in January.
  • Arsenal are reluctant to let Olivier Giroud leave the club In January.
  • Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.
  • Romelu Lukaku was accused of acting ‘like a second-row rugby player’ as he tried to get to Manchester City’s players during the extraordinary tunnel bust-up at Old Trafford.
  • Mark Hughes is facing two potentially crucial games as he fights for his future at Stoke.
  • Roy Hodgson says Christian Benteke must win over disgruntled Crystal Palace supporters after making peace with his manager and team-mates following his weekend penalty miss.
  • Man Utd have denied Romelu Lukaku threw the drinks bottle that cut Mikel Arteta as it was thrown into the Man City dressing room.
  • Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is targeting RB Leipzig centre-half Marvin Compper.
  • Preston boss Alex Neil is set to win the race for Motherwell striker Louis Moult.
  • A survey has revealed only 15 per cent of fans want Scotland games and cup finals to remain at Hampden Park.
  • Roberto Mancini wanted Brendan Rodgers as his right-hand man during his time as Man City boss.
  • Hearts boss Craig Levein believes Jamie Walker could be plotting a move away from Tynecastle in January.

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Van Gaal: United Are More Boring Under Mourinho

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Former Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal believes that the club is way more boring under Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United lost 2-1 to City last weekend, dropping 11 points behind Guardiola’s men.

Mourinho was accused of employing defensive tactics and Van Gaal who was often criticised for dull football, insists Mourinho’s team is worse.

Speaking to Fox Sports Netherlands, Van Gaal said: “If you ask me how did I do at United, I will say it was my best year ever, given the circumstances I was working under.

“We played football that was quite alright. But it’s not football that is appreciated in England.

“And yet, right now, looking at United, I have to conclude Mourinho is not being criticized while it’s far more boring football.

“What United produce now is defensive football. I always played attacking football. The proof is that the opposition were always parking the bus.

“They don’t do that now because Jose Mourinho plays so defensive.”

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Zidane: Reputation Will Not Win CWC For Madrid

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Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane believes that Real Madrid must grind hard to win the Club World Cup and should not expect to win it on reputation..

The defending champions will face Al Jazeera in the semifinals of the competition, on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.

And Zidane is hoping to hold on to the trophy and add to their UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup.

“It will not be easy and last year we had a lot of problems before we managed to win it,” Zidane said.

“There will not be easy games and for just being Real Madrid we are not going to win. We have time to prepare for the game and there are no excuses.

“This is the calendar and whoever we face we need to look at doing what we have to do well.

“It is normal that during the season you have ups and downs, but what we have done so far is very positive. We have won two titles and we are trying to win a third.

“After this we will have six months to fight for La Liga, the Champions League and the cup.”

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Salah Beats Moses, Mane, Others To Win BBC African Footballer Of The Year Award

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Egypt and Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah, has won the prestigious BBC African Player of the Year award for 2017 on Monday, December 11.

The in-form striker defeated the likes of Super Eagles star, Victor Moses, Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinea’s Naby Keita, and Sadio Mane of Senegal to win the award.

The Egypt international, who has racked up a double figure goal tally since moving to the Premier League from Roma, was presented with his award by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at the club’s Melwood training ground.

“It’s always a special feeling when you win something,” Salah told BBC Sport, following the announcement by television presenter Mimi Fawaz. “You feel like you did a great year, so I am very happy.”

And Klopp added: “It’s well deserved. The good thing is that he is still young, there is a lot of space for improvement, a lot of potential still that we can work on, but that’s how it should be.”

Salah’s form at club level as been every bit as impressive as it has in internationals.

In Italy, he scored 15 goals and made 11 others as he helped Roma finish second in Serie A, their best league placing in seven years, prior to joining Liverpool and scoring 13 times in his first 16 league games.

“I would like to thank my Liverpool team-mates and I also had a good season with Roma so I have to thank my team-mates there and my team-mates in the national team,” said Salah.

Previous winners of the award include Didier Drogba, George Weah and Yaya Toure.

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Manchester United Invite Vancouver Whitecaps Wonderkid Alphonso Davies For A Trial

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Manchester United have reportedly invited highly-rated Vancouver Whitecaps youngster Alphonso Davies for a trial with the club.

Alphonso Davies is said to be interesting a number of Europe’s top clubs but Adam Cook of CTV Edmonton claims that the Whitecaps are yet to give their approval to the move.

Davies made his debut for Vancouver Whitecaps in MLS at the age of 15 and is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in North America.

And he has already made his mark on the international stage with a series of impressive displays for the Canada senior team in last summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

He has scored three goals in six games for his country, finishing the tournament as joint-leading scorer and being named in the competition’s best XI.

Davies’ road to the MLS has been a difficult one, as explained by The Sun’s Duncan Wright: “He was born in a refugee camp in Ghana after his parents fled the civil war in Liberia.”

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I Always Look To Pass To Lionel Messi – Jordi Alba

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Jordi Alba has revealed that he ‘always looks to see where Lionel Messi is’ when he picks up the ball in an attacking area of the field.

The Spanish fullback has registered six assists in La Liga this season, and five of those have come for Lionel Messi

Jordi Alba has claimed that his relationship with Messi on the field means that he is always looking to set up “the best player in the history of football”.

“Whenever I have the ball, I always look to see where Messi is,” Marca quotes Alba as saying. “He scores so many times, he is a very important player in our team and he is the best player in the history of football.”

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Chelsea Needs To Be 120% To Beat Barcelona – Antonio Conte

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Antonio Conte believes that his team will “have to be at 120%” in order to stand a chance of overcoming Barcelona in the last-16 stage of the Champions League.

Chelsea were paired with Barcelona in Monday’s draw, with the first fixture to take place at Stamford Bridge on February 20.

Conte was keen to stress that his immediate focus was on the Premier League, but the Italian conceded that his team had been handed a very difficult draw against the La Liga leaders.

“We must be ready to play at home. Impossible to see an advantage of playing at home first. Against Barca you have to be at 120%,” Conte told reporters.

“Our priority is the league and to stay up and fight for the Champions League place – at this moment. When it is the moment to play Barcelona then we will start thinking about it.”

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

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NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle could reignite their interest in Michy Batshuayi if Chelsea let the striker leave on loan in January.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Antonio Conte missed out on signing two players in the summer transfer window because they feared the Chelsea boss would not be at the club next season.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester United target Gareth Bale is set to leave Real Madrid in the summer, according to reports in Spain.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Yannick Bolasie’s return to first-team action edged closer on Monday after the winger came off the bench for Everton’s U23 side.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Aston Villa are weighing up a January move for Sunderland striker Lewis Grabban.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Aston Villa defender Neil Taylor would love to see the club buy on-loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone from Manchester United on a permanent basis.
Wolves face a battle with Leeds United, Everton and West Ham to sign Leicester forward Josh Eppiah.

THE SENTINEL
Stoke chairman Peter Coates refused to be drawn on Mark Hughes’ future, but admitted the club has two “big games” coming up against Burnley and West Ham.

LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester manager Claude Puel revealed he tried and failed to sign Foxes winger Demarai Gray while he was Southampton boss last season.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Paul Clement simply replied “no comment” when asked about Swansea’s pursuit of Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar.

GET WEST LONDON
Marcus Bettinelli says he wants to stay at Fulham for the foreseeable future but admits he hasn’t featured regularly enough for his liking this season.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton says he is receiving “really good” support from the board as they pursue targets in the January window.

THE BOLTON NEWS
Derby have been linked with a move for Bolton midfielder Josh Vela.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE
The Blackpool Supporters’ Trust has launched a fundraising initiative as they look at the possibility of buying shares in Blackpool.

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Tottenham, Manchester City Interested In Lorient’s 18-year-old Midfielder Matteo Guendouzi

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Manchester City and Tottenham are both keen on FC Lorient youngster Matteo Guendouzi, according to Sky Sports News

Matteo Guendouzi, 18, broke into Lorient’s first team last season, and both City and Spurs are closely monitoring the progress of the France U20 defensive-midfielder.

Last week it was reported that Spurs are scouting for an eventual replacement for Mousa Dembele and Guendouzi (centre, pic below) fits a similar profile.

Guendouzi, who is of Moroccan dissent, was previously a youth product at PSG, but left for Lorient in 2014 and has played 17 times for the senior side since his first team debut in 2016.

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UEFA Champions League Draw: Real Madrid To Face PSG, Sevilla Vs Manchester United, Chelsea Vs Barcelona In Last-16

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Chelsea have been drawn against Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League While its London neighbours Tottenham get Juventus

Manchester City will face FC Basel in a more favourable outcome, while Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are to take on Portuguese side Porto.

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United will come face to face with Spanish side Sevilla

Uefa Champions League Two-year reigning champions Real Madrid were drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in what is perhaps the most mouthwatering clash for the neutrals.

Champions League last 16 fixtures in full:

Juventus vs. Tottenham Hotspur
FC Basel vs. Manchester City
Porto vs. Liverpool
Sevilla vs. Manchester United
Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Roma
Chelsea vs. Barcelona
Bayern Munich vs. Besiktas

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UCL Last-16: Chelsea vs Barcelona, Tottenham vs Juventus, PSG vs Madrid, Man Utd vs Sevilla

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The UCL last-16 draws held today has thrown some fantastic duels into the mix. With Chelsea facing rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid taking on PSG.

Manchester City must overcome Basel and city rivals, Manchester United take on Sevilla. Tottenham has the tough task of playing Juventus.

Liverpool will try their luck against Porto, Roma will face Shakthar Donetsk and Bayern Munich take on Besiktas.

The first legs will be contested on February 13/14/20/21 and the second legs will be played on March 6/7/13/14.

Draws In Full

Juventus vs Tottenham

Basel vs Man City

Porto vs Liverpool

Sevilla vs Man United

Real Madrid vs PSG

Shakthar Donetsk vs Roma

Chelsea vs Barcelona

Bayern Munich vs Besiktas

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Barcelona Intrested In Juventus Midfielder Miralem Pjanic

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Barcelona have turned their attention to Juventus star Miralem Pjanic in case they fail to strike a deal for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Barcelona are still understood to regard Coutinho as their number one transfer target having missed out on the Brazilian during the summer, despite the player handing in a transfer request at Anfield.

However, Barcelona have begun to look elsewhere in case Liverpool once again refuse to sell the playmaker, with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Christian Eriksen and Leon Goretzka having also been linked with a move to the Camp Nou.

Spanish outlet Don Balon reports that Pjanic is the latest to draw the interest of the Liga leaders, although Juventus would be similarly reluctant to lose the Bosnian playmaker.

The 27-year-old has quickly established himself as an important part of the Juve midfield since his 2016 switch from Roma, and already

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Barcelona Intrested In Juventus Midfielder Miralem Pjanic

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Barcelona have turned their attention to Juventus star Miralem Pjanic in case they fail to strike a deal for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Barcelona are still understood to regard Coutinho as their number one transfer target having missed out on the Brazilian during the summer, despite the player handing in a transfer request at Anfield.

However, Barcelona have begun to look elsewhere in case Liverpool once again refuse to sell the playmaker, with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Christian Eriksen and Leon Goretzka having also been linked with a move to the Camp Nou.

Spanish outlet Don Balon reports that Pjanic is the latest to draw the interest of the Liga leaders, although Juventus would be similarly reluctant to lose the Bosnian playmaker.

The 27-year-old has quickly established himself as an important part of the Juve midfield since his 2016 switch from Roma, and already

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West Brom Manager Alan Pardew Hints At Spending In January

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Alan Pardew has revealed he will look at striking options this January transfer window if West Brom’s problems in front of goal continue, with the Baggies having scored just 12 goals in 16 Premier League games this campaign.

“January is not far away and we are going to have to look at that area if we can’t increase our goalscoring ratio,” Pardew said, as quoted by the Telegraph.

“It’s not great and we need to improve on it. We have a difficult Christmas programme but if we can get a couple of wins it may look different.”

Pardew has quickly realised the attacking options are limited. “I’ve used every offensive player I’ve got pretty much, and I still haven’t found a moment,” Pardew said. “My teams have always managed to score. Sometimes you could question my defensive record, but my teams have always got goals.”

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West Brom Manager Alan Pardew Hints At Spending In January

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Alan Pardew has revealed he will look at striking options this January transfer window if West Brom’s problems in front of goal continue, with the Baggies having scored just 12 goals in 16 Premier League games this campaign.

“January is not far away and we are going to have to look at that area if we can’t increase our goalscoring ratio,” Pardew said, as quoted by the Telegraph.

“It’s not great and we need to improve on it. We have a difficult Christmas programme but if we can get a couple of wins it may look different.”

Pardew has quickly realised the attacking options are limited. “I’ve used every offensive player I’ve got pretty much, and I still haven’t found a moment,” Pardew said. “My teams have always managed to score. Sometimes you could question my defensive record, but my teams have always got goals.”

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Thibaut Courtois Give Chelsea Contract Renewal Hope

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois insists he wants an agreement over his future before the end of the season and admits he will “consider all options”.

Thibaut Courtois, whose contract is due to expire in 18 months, recently decided to postpone talks on an extension but confirms he is “happy” at the London club amid reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

The 25-year old says a decision on his future may be influenced by personal circumstances with his two children living in Spain with his former girlfriend.

I want to take my time,’ Courtois, 25, told Belgian TV show Stadion on VTM.

‘Of course there’s the situation with my children.

‘I love my children to death. When you miss them, you are sometimes wondering, “shouldn’t I play in Spain in the next few years?”

‘But I’m happy here. I don’t see a reason why I wouldn’t sign a new deal.

‘There’s no pressure. I want to have an agreement before the end of season.

‘It’s not the right moment to make decisions. Not for me, not for Chelsea. In a few months we’ll sit around the table again.’

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We Can’t Always Rely On Vincent Kompany

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Pep Guardiola has admitted that his team cannot count on Vincent Kompany for any lengthy period of time due to his injury problems.

Vincent Kompany was withdrawn at half time against Manchester United having picked up another injury during the first half

City still went on to register a record 14th consecutive Premier League win, but Guardiola suggested that he could be forced to do business in the January transfer window in order to cover for Kompany.

“Vinnie is always like this – unfortunately we can’t count on him for a long time,” he told Sky Sports News.

Guardiola also refuted suggestions from opposite number Jose Mourinho that his players went down easily during the derby, adding: “It’s not true that my players go down easily. That is not an argument I believe.”

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Lionel Messi Equals Gerd Muller Goalscoring Record

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Barcelona’s legend Lionel Messi has equalled Gerd Muller’s record of scoring 525 goals for a single club across all competitions.

Lionel Messi scored the landmark in the 83rd minute of his side’s 2-0 win over Villarreal this evening

Messi has now found the back of the net 525 times in 606 appearances for Barca across all competitions, drawing level with Muller’s record from his 14-year Bayern Munich career, which ended in 1979.

Muller, who is regarded as one of the game’s greatest ever goalscorers and penalty-box predators, reached his tally in just 572 games, including a top-scoring season of 67 goals in 49 appearances during the 1972-73 campaign.

Messi’s best season came in 2011-12 when he netted 73 times in 60 outings, while so far this term he has scored 18 goals in 23 appearances to continue breaking records.

No players has ever scored more goals for a single club amongst the top European leagues, and Messi will now look to set his own mark when Barca return to action against Deportivo La Coruna next weekend.

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The Title Race Is Probably Over – Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho has conceded that the Premier League title race is “probably” over following his side’s 2-1 defeat at home to leaders Manchester City this afternoon.

Manchester City have only dropped just two points all season, and Mourinho acknowledged that his side are unlikely to breach the gap which now separates them from their local rivals.

Asked whether the title race is now over, Mourinho told BBC Sport: “Probably, yes. Manchester City are a very good team and they are protected by the luck, and the gods of football are behind them.”

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Jose Mourinho Involved In Fight With Ederson, As Lukaku Injures Mikel Arteta With Bottle

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was reportedly involved in an angry dressing-room bust-up with Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson following his side’s 2-1 derby defeat at Old Trafford this afternoon.

Goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi saw City come away from the home of their local rivals and closest challengers with a record-breaking 14th consecutive Premier League win, opening up an 11-point gap at the top of the table in the process.

City’s dressing-room celebrations after the match reportedly irritated Mourinho, and The Telegraph claims that the Portuguese went to the door of his opponents to ask them to show more respect by turning their music down.

Mourinho allegedly had water squirted at him and was hit on the head by an empty plastic bottle while a melee ensued involving more than 20 players and staff.

Some players tried to swing punches at each other while police looked on in disbelief.

United’s security staff were forced to disperse the brawl as United players blamed City’s for ‘rubbing their noses in defeat’ by ‘whooping and cheering’.

City insiders say their players and staff did nothing wrong and were reacting to Mourinho’s aggressive manner.

Mikel Arteta received a cut eyebrow and another employee was injured when Romelu Lukaku threw a bottle.

Jose Mourinho accused Ederson of play-acting to waste time then screamed at him, “You fucking show respect. Who are you?”

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

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  • Jose Mourinho has held crisis talks with Marouane Fellaini in a last-ditch bid to get him to sign a new Manchester United deal.
  • Luke Shaw wants a £5m pay-off to leave Manchester United in January.
  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has sensationally revealed that he ‘cannot rely’ on club captain Vincent Kompany.
  • Leicester forward Josh Eppiah is wanted by Everton, Bournemouth, West Ham and Stoke.
  • Mikel Arteta was left bleeding after a tunnel row between Jose Mourinho and Manchester City players at full-time at Old Trafford.
  • Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is back kicking a football again, if only in a playful manner, as his lengthy rehabilitation from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament continues.
  • Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has apologised for his highly-charged ‘discussion’ with a supporter after his club’s draw with Bournemouth on Saturday.
  • Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland is still dreaming of an England call-up for the World Cup despite letting five in against Tottenham.
  • Jose Mourinho was covered in milk and water in a tunnel bust-up with City players after the Manchester derby.
  • Alan Pardew has hinted at strengthening West Brom’s strike-force in January following their 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Swansea.
  • Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he is keen to be drawn against any of the European big guns in Monday’s Champions League draw.
  • Roy Hodgson has challenged Christian Benteke to repay his team-mates after a penalty miss by Crystal Palace’s record £32m signing cost his team a vital victory against Bournemouth.
  • Chelsea goalkeeper Thibault Courtois has denied holding the club to ransom and says he wants a new contract.
  • Crystal Palace owner Steve Parish was involved in a bust-up with his own supporters at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
  • Antonio Conte is desperate for Chelsea to avoid Barcelona and PSG in Monday’s Champions League draw to stop their season turning sour.
  • Swansea striker Oliver McBurnie is a target for Championship side Aston Villa.
  • Leeds are eyeing-up Sporting Lisbon centre-back Tobias Figueiredo.
  • Bolton are keen to re-sign Zac Clough back on loan from Nottingham Forest.
  • Cardiff City will offload out-of-favour Anthony Pilkington in January.
  • Pep Guardiola defended his public support of Catalonia’s independence following Manchester City’s derby win on Sunday, days after Jose Mourinho questioned whether managers should be allowed to make such political statements.
  • West Ham defender Jose Fonte has accused club owner David Sullivan of ‘ignorance’ for suggesting signing the defender was a mistake.
  • David Moyes has admitted that his “compassion” for Joe Hart’s position as England No 1 made it difficult to leave the West Ham loanee out of their 1-0 win against Chelsea on Saturday.

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De Bruyne: Man City Cannot Relax

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Manchester City man, Kevin De Bruyne is quite happy with the 2-1 win over city rivals, Manchester United.

Pep Guardiola’s men have stormed to the top of the table, opening an 11 point lead and 14 straight wins.

City scored from two set pieces, as Silva and Otamendi scored either side of a Rashford goal.

Speaking afterwards, City’s Belgian star De Bruyne said: “Lots of teams lost points this weekend so it is a big one for us [the win] just to put more pressure on the rest.

“We have to enjoy it and then focus again for Wednesday [against Swansea City].

“It is a big gap. If we slip up we are still in the lead. We can’t be complacent. We need to do what we have all year.

“I prefer to be 11 points ahead than 11 points behind, that’s for sure.”

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Rakitic: Messi Is The Best Of All Time

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Barcelona midfielder, Ivan Rakitic has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo, but insists that Messi is the best of all time.

Ronaldo claimed his fifth Golden Ball on Thursday, to level with Messi on the number of awards won.

And even though Rakitic respects the Madrid star, he stands with his teammate, who he believes is the best.

“You already know my opinion and I have a lot of respect for Cristiano, who is one of the best in history,” the Croatia international said, via Mundo Deportivo, after a 2-0 win over Villarreal on Sunday.

“But he has played with the best player in history, which is Leo Messi. There is only one number one, Messi.

“Those who come behind are unlucky enough to have coincided with him.”

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