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Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, 42, does not want to return to Swansea following Garry Monk’s sacking because he hopes to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager next summer.(Times – subscription required)
Ex-Swansea defender Sam Ricketts believes Rodgers would be taking a “backward step” if he returned to Swansea. (Talksport)
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, 64, could be sacked if his side do not finish in the top three of the Premier League this season.(Daily Express)
Liverpool have agreed personal terms with Galatasaray winger Kevin Grosskreutz, 27, who Reds boss Jurgen Klopp managed at Borussia Dortmund. (Takvim – in Turkish)
Premier League leaders Leicester City want to sign former Manchester City midfielder and Netherlands player Nigel de Jong, 31, from AC Milan.(Calciomercato.com)
West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22, is again set to miss out on a move to Tottenham – because the Baggies are refusing to deal with the Londoners. (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United have joined Tottenham in showing a strong interest in Fulham’s 19-year-old forward Moussa Dembele.(London Evening Standard)
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, 21, says he studies Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo closely to “learn as much as I can” from them. (Guardian)
Arsenal want to sign Deportivo La Coruna’s Spanish winger Lucas Perez, 27.(El Ideal Gallego – in Spanish)
Manchester United believe the Premier League’s £5.14bn broadcast deal has significantly reduced English clubs’ hopes of winning the Champions League because TV companies are reluctant to move games to Friday nights to assist clubs. (Guardian)
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho “has been a great coach in the past but, as a person, he is fake”, says former Blues striker Adrian Mutu who briefly played under the Portuguese at Stamford Bridge in 2004.(Daily Mirror)
Striker Daniel Sturridge is “a luxury Liverpool cannot afford”, according to former Reds midfielder Dietmar Hamann who played with the 26-year-old at Manchester City. (Talksport)
There are no Manchester United, Liverpool or Chelsea players in the Premier League team of the season so far.(Daily Mail)
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Chelsea midfielder Ramires celebrated his side’s progress in the Champions League by writing: “Well done, guys. That’s the spirit. Come on Chelsea.”
Following Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Olympiakos to reach the Champions League last 16, Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez said: “So happy for the victory of the team, we are in the next stage.”
Sanchez’s Arsenal team-mate Jack Wilshere said: “What a performance. Breathtaking. Well done lads.”
After former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard described Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey “as the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League”, the Welshman responded:“Honoured to hear that from a legend like Gerrard.”
Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo posted a ‘thumbs-up’ picture from his hospital bed after a shoulder operation he called a “success”.
Former Cardiff and Wales defender Danny Gabbidon said Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins made the right decision to sack Garry Monk because “he had lost the dressing room”.
Southampton defender Florin Gardos tweeted: “I am on the search for a nickname. Can anyone help? Much appreciated.”
Manchester City players including captain Vincent Kompany and midfielders Yaya Toure and Fabian Delph have read out a series of ‘mean tweets’ from fans in which they have been severely criticised.(Manchester City YouTube channel)
A 90-year-old Everton fan, who has been supporting the club since the mid-1930s, was invited to sit next to Toffees boss Roberto Martinez in the dugout during Monday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. (Liverpool Echo)