Football Gossip For September 13, 2016


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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes the Premier League makes it “difficult” for English clubs to be successful in the Champions League. (Daily Mail)

Mourinho allowed his players to argue among themselves at half-time during Saturday’s derby defeat by Manchester City to clear the air. (Sun)

Jamie Carragher described Manchester United’s world-record signing Paul Pogba, 23, of playing like “the best kid in the schoolyard” in “one of the most ill-disciplined performances you will see” during Saturday’s Manchester derby defeat. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says they will open talks with Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, both 27, about extending their contracts at Emirates Stadium. (Daily Express)

Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt, now leading the club’s academy, says there is the talent to produce another crop of youngsters like the ‘Class of 92’ that he was a part of. (Manchester Evening News)

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says Manchester United and Chelsea “failed” Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, 30, who had spent two ignominious loan spells in England in the last two years. (Daily Mail)

Match of the Day presenter and Leicester City fan Gary Lineker believes Foxes striker Jamie Vardy would “walk” into Arsenal’s team. The 29-year-old rejected a move to London in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Lineker says his former club Tottenham’s Champions League chances may be hurt by playing their homes games at Wembley. (BT Sport)

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Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola dominate the Sun’s back page

England midfielder Adam Lallana, 28, could be set for a new Liverpool contract after his impressive start to the season. (Daily Express)

Real Madrid’s Wales forward Gareth Bale, 27, is hoping his side can defend the Champions League at Cardiff in May. (Sun)

West Ham are concerned they spent too much on French left-back Arthur Masuaku, 22, when they paid Greek side Olympiakos £6.2m for him during the summer. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has denied reports of a rift between him and his squad following their shock La Liga defeat by promoted Alaves. Enrique used key players Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta only as substitutes during the match. (AS)

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has criticised the team that lost 4-0 to Tottenham at home on Saturday, but backed manager Mark Hughes to turn his side’s fortunes around. (Stoke Sentinel)

West Brom manager Tony Pulis wants talks with the club’s new owners to clarify his future, with a takeover set to go through on Thursday. (Daily Telegraph)

Former Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan has backed current boss Rafa Benitez to guide the club back into the Premier League this season. (Daily Mirror)

Club Brugge have posted a tongue-in-cheek video welcoming Leicester City to the Champions League. The Belgian club advise Foxes fans to leave their umbrellas behind – and remind them to wear trousers in homage to Gary Lineker presenting Match of the Day in his underwear after last season’s Premier League triumph.

Leicester’s Champions League debut takes place in Bruges on Wednesday at 19:45 BST

Crystal Palace midfielder Bakary Sako tweeted his support for Eagles team-mate Pape Souare after the defender was injured in a car crash on the M4 motorway.

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Pape Souare injured his thigh and jaw bone in Sunday’s crash

Palace striker Connor Wickham was another to back Souare on social media.

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Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer was in attendance as a statue of him, in his trademark goal celebration pose, was unveiled outside St James’ Park.

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The 9ft 6ins (2.89m) tall statue of Alan Shearer cost £250,000

However, not everybody was impressed with the monument, with some saying it looks more like Supermarket Sweep presenter Dale Winton.

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Other suggestions for what the statue looks like include the talking sculpture from ITV children’s show Art Attack and the Michael Jackson sculpture resident at Fulham’s Craven Cottage from 2011 to 2013

Crystal Palace fans are unhappy that the song they used to chant at winger Yannick Bolasie, 27, has been adopted by Everton fans following his move to Goodison Park. (Croydon Advertiser)