The Weekend Gossip: All You Need To Know

The Weekend Gossip: All You Need To Know
Jan 15, 2017

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Sources from Stamford Bridge have claimed that Russian owner Roman Abramovich believes that he has to take a stand against the massive spending power of the Chinese Super League and has made it clear to Costa and his agent Jorge Mendes that he will not be bullied into selling the Spain international.   -The Mirror

Nearby in London, Andy Carroll blasted another want-away star after his spectacular scissors kick sealed a stunning win against Crystal Palace. Said Carroll: ‘I don’t think any player is bigger than the club. That’s what the lads believe, the manager, all the staff, and the fans. We showed we’re a tight group and got three points for it.” -DailyMail Football

Also in London, Arsenal club officials hope to tie long-serving manager Arsene Wenger to a further two years at the helm. Club officials hope the debate over their manager’s future can come to a satisfying conclusion in March with Wenger penning a two-year deal. -The Mirror 

And…across the city, Spurs gaffer Mauricio Pochettino heaped praise on hat-trick hero Harry Kane as his side move second in the Premier League table after an “amazing” display that saw them sweep aside West Brom 4-0 at White Hart Lane. -BBC Sport

Tottenham’s Ben Davies has emerged as a surprise top target for Manchester City, with City Boss Pep Guardiola keen on bringing in the versatile £20 million defender, who can play as a left-back or in the centre to provide some much-needed cover for injury-prone Vincent Kompany. -The Sun

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson believes that José Mourinho will not even need a team talk against Liverpool as he reckons United are more than eager to put on over their historic rivals. Robson revealed: “We’re playing Liverpool, it’s going to be an unbelievable atmosphere and I’m sure the players will really raise the tempo of the game at home. They know how important it is. I don’t think Jose will have to have too much of a team talk to raise the performance of the players. I am sure they will go out and give it everything.” -manutd.com

On the other hand, Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet is relishing the hostile reception that Liverpool are sure to receive as they step out onto the ground of their fiercest rivals. “Manchester United is always a big game and you cherish it as a football player because that’s what you want to do, you want to play in these big games on the big stage. We’ve got a big chance to go there and get the points we want and that’s the only thing we have to focus on, and not think this is a big game in the race for the title.” said the Liverpool keeper. -liverpoolfc.com

Antonio Conte faced a barrage of questions on Diego Costa’s Chelsea future following his side’s 3-0 win at Leicester with the Chelsea boss stating that he “can’t be concerned with nothing” and “I don’t know and the club doesn’t know anything about the reports of Costa to China. The truth is what I told you before.” -BBC Sport

As for their downed opponents of the day, Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri felt that his side’s performance was good, and defended his decision to reshape his team in a new 3-5-2 formation. -BBC Sport

Sevilla are said to be desperate to land Manchester United’s teenage sensation Marcus Rashford, should the striker be made available during this transfer window. Jose Mourinho is said to rate the teenager very highly, but consistent game time could be more beneficial for his development. The 19-year-old has captured the attention of the world ever since he burst onto the Premier League scene last season under ex-boss Louis van Gaal netting a memorable brace on his debut against Arsenal. -The Sun

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba believes that connections between him and his teammates have been the factor leading to United’s current run of form. Said the world’s most expensive footballer: “I think it’s because we know each other even more now, we’ve been playing together for some time now so we have this connection and combinations on the pitch” -manutd.com 

José Mourinho is also said to be eyeing a shock reunion with Nemanja Matic who he coached at Chelsea and sees as the ideal replacement for departed Morgan Schneiderlin and the aging Michael Carrick.  -The Mirror 

Also in Manchester, City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that he is conscious of the fact his squad are among the oldest in the Premier League, being still heavily reliant on key players well into their thirties and he is clearly aware of the need to lower the average age of the squad soon. -Manchester Evening News

Last but not least…

Joey Barton made a dream return to the Premier League yesterday, scoring what turned out to be the winner just four minutes into his Burnley return. While his career has been marked by crazy moments, most recently being his bizarre short spell at Rangers, the returning Burnley hero had simple words on his Premier League return, explaining that he’s just happy to be back playing football. –ESPNFC.com 

 

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