Here are the latest stories for Monday.
BARCELONA: Lionel Messi told Barcelona in the summer that he wouldn’t consider a new deal with the defending La Liga champions until his current one runs out in June of 2018, according to Spanish daily Marca.
MAN UNITED: Ander Herrera has defended Jose Mourinho’s tactics, saying that avoiding reckless attacks does not make the Manchester United boss a defensive manager.
– Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that Ronaldo was someone he tried to copy as a youngster because the Brazilian was capable of “magic.”
– Manchester United have the highest wages in world football according to a global sports salary survey, produced annually by the Sporting Intelligence website.
– Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has been defended as “mentally and physically strong” by former Southampton teammate Adam Lallana.
MLS: Steven Gerrard has suggested he is leaving LA Galaxy by writing that he will “miss” the city.
– Manchester United and former Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger is in talks to join Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire, multiple league sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.
– The right adductor injury sustained by U.S. men’s national team goalkeeper Tim Howard is more severe than first thought, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
REAL MADRID: Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Phil Babb has recalled how he once “knocked out” a teenage Cristiano Ronaldo during their time together at Sporting Lisbon.
ENGLAND: England trained without captain Wayne Rooney and left-back Ryan Bertrand on Monday ahead of the international friendly with Spain.
– Gareth Southgate has called on the Football Association to decide whether they want him to carry on as England manager within a month.
SPAIN: Spain coach Julen Lopetegui is keeping his cards close to his chest as to which players will be in his starting XI for Tuesday’s friendly against England at Wembley.
ARSENAL: Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is back in training with Chile despite a thigh injury and could try to play in their midweek World Cup qualifier against the wishes of club manager Arsene Wenger.
PORTUGAL: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to lead Portugal to a 4-1 win at home over Latvia in UEFA World Cup qualifying Group B on Sunday.
LIVERPOOL: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has hit out at critics of his work rate, insisting he has a responsibility to score and create goals.
– Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo has been pictured in first-team training as he looks to return from a back injury.
BAYERN MUNICH: Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said the club are “very worried” about Arturo Vidal after the midfielder vowed to play for Chile next week “no matter what” despite picking up an injury.
– Arjen Robben has said he does not believe his latest injury is “anything serious” after being substituted at half-time in his first game for Netherlands in over a year.
ATLETICO MADRID: Antoine Griezmann did not suffer a broken foot while on international duty with France, Atletico Madrid have confirmed.
– Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke says his team cannot afford to fall nine points behind in the La Liga title race by losing next weekend’s “dangerous derbi” at home to leaders Real Madrid.
DORTMUND: Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt will train with the club.
BUNDESLIGA: Werder Bremen sporting executive Frank Baumann has said the club will not sell Serge Gnabry during the winter transfer window.
BELGIUM: Romelu Lukaku said he’s having “fun” with Roberto Martinez’s attacking set-up after Belgium dominated Estonia 8-1 in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday.
ARGENTINA: Argentina manager Edgardo Bauza remains confident about their chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup ahead of the game against Colombia on Tuesday.
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