Here are the latest stories for Thursday.
MAN UNITED: Manchester United are weighing up a move to bring Burnley defender Michael Keane back to Old Trafford, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.
– Sir Alex Ferguson says he did not rule by fear at Manchester United, claiming he only used his infamous “hairdryer” treatment six times in his 27 years at Old Trafford.
– Manchester United engage with their fanbase and global community on a level that is “akin to religion,” according to managing director Richard Arnold.
– Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann says he would like to play alongside France teammate and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba at club level and spoken of his admiration for the Red Devils.
– Henrikh Mkhitaryan has said that he will never give up on achieving his “dream” at Manchester United.
BELGIUM: Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany pulled out of Belgium’s 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands just minutes before kickoff on Wednesday.
ARGENTINA: Edgardo Bauza has defended his decision to exclude Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero from Argentina’s starting XI against Brazil.
– Brazil coach Tite reckons no team can ever stop Lionel Messi or Neymar in their tracks as he prepares for the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier against Argentina.
ARSENAL: Arsenal star Mesut Ozil says Arsene Wenger is constantly telling him he needs to score more often because “he knows that I’m ice cold in front of goal.”
– Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has withdrawn from the Spain under-21 squad after missing training on Tuesday and been replaced by Javier Manquillo.
– Arsenal striker Lucas Perez will continue his injury rehabilitation at his former Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna, and has criticised the tackle that damaged his ankle.
ENGLAND: England interim boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will captain the side for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland and said the Manchester United forward is “in a better place” than the last international break.
– Adam Lallana has called for the Football Association to make a swift decision on the next England manager so that a clear identity can be implemented.
– England Under-21 captain James Ward-Prowse is eyeing a senior call-up, but admits he may be forced to bide his time.
LIVERPOOL: Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey says that the Merseyside club have the attacking firepower to win this season’s Premier League title, but he has genuine concerns about their defensive frailties.
– Liverpool’s Lallana has the credited the arrival of Jurgen Klopp at Anfield as the spark for the upturn in the midfielder’s fortunes.
MAN CITY: Former Barcelona striker David Villa lauded Pep Guardiola as “one of the greatest coaches in the history of football,” and backed Manchester City to win the Champions League.
LEICESTER: Leicester City goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler has warned his teammates to not to take their eyes off the Premier League.
PREMIER LEAGUE: The average price of a Premier League match ticket is now £31, new data has shown. The Premier League has published a list of ticket prices at all 20 of the division’s clubs, with research research revealing that more than half of those attending matches pay £30 or less for a ticket.
DORTMUND: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has heaped praise on Borussia Dortmund and coach Thomas Tuchel, adding in 11 Freunde: “The fans are crazy.”
MEXICO: Jared Borgetti has been patiently waiting to pass the baton of Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer on to Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who needs just one goal to level his record of 46.
UNITED STATES: Christian Pulisic says his meteoric rise with both Borussia Dortmund and the U.S. men’s national team is a bit of a surprise, but added he knows he deserves to be where he is.
– United States midfielder Michael Bradley says he will always be grateful to Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio.
FRANCE: French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has offered another olive branch to Karim Benzema, suggesting he has been subjected to unfair criticism.
– Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman has withdrawn from France’s squad ahead of Friday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier with Sweden.
MLS: Colorado Rapids and Republic of Ireland forward Kevin Doyle has defended Major League Soccer’s level of play against critics from abroad, and says the negativity coming from Europe toward the North American league is misplaced.
– Toronto players and coaches have reacted strongly to Italy national team coach Giampiero Ventura’s comment that he didn’t call up Sebastian Giovinco because he “plays in a league that doesn’t count for much.”
– Giovinco’s agent Andrea D’Amico has accused Italy coach Giampiero Ventura of showing ignorance in leaving the Toronto FC forward out of his latest squad selection because he plays in Major League Soccer.
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