Here are the latest stories for Thursday.
MAN UNITED: In a statement, Wayne Rooney has dismissed talk of a possible move to China and said he wants to remain at Old Trafford. Earlier, it was reported that Rooney’s agent has travelled to China amid reports he is trying to negotiate a transfer.
– Jose Mourinho is ready to restore Rooney to his Manchester United squad for Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Southampton, if the 31-year-old is able to prove his fitness, sources have told ESPN FC.
– Mourinho has revealed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan and fellow midfielder Michael Carrick are likely to miss Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Southampton. Both players were both taken off in the 1-0 Europa League victory over St Etienne.
– Mourinho has slammed the timing of his side’s FA Cup quarterfinal match against Chelsea, but said he wouldn’t disrespect the competition.
– United could play Manchester City in the United States this summer in the first “derby” between the teams played outside England.
REAL MADRID: Los Blancos conceded two early goals as they were stunned 2-1 by Valencia in La Liga on Wednesday night.
– Zinedine Zidane admitted his team had “lacked many things today” and “lost the game in the first 10 minutes.”
BARCELONA: Jordi Alba says Isco would be welcome at Barcelona as the Real Madrid player dallies over his future at the Santiago Bernabeu.
ARSENAL: Santi Cazorla will miss the rest of the season as his recovery from foot surgery is taking longer than expected, a source has told ESPN FC.
– Laurent Koscielny has told RMC the team have a “mental problem” in maintaining consistency against big teams.
– Liam Brady believes that Arsene Wenger continues to deliver what the ownership requires and warned fans calling for his exit: “Be careful what you wish for.”
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Jamie Vardy’s first Champions League strike gave Leicester a crucial away goal in a 2-1 defeat at Sevilla, giving them a foothold in a tie in which they had trailed 2-0.
– Juventus struck twice in the second half to take control of their Champions League round-of-16 tie against 10-man Porto, winning 2-0.
LEICESTER: Boss Claudio Ranieri was very satisfied with the resilience his side had shown against Sevilla.
LIVERPOOL: Adam Lallana hopes to help Liverpool win honours after committing his long-term future to the club.
– Frank de Boer has told the Daily Mail that he once rejected the chance to manage Liverpool because it was “too soon” in his career.
BUNDESLIGA: RB Leipzig’s CEO has said “there is no nervousness” about the prospect of a ban from European competition for having the same owner as Austrian side RB Salzburg.
– Hoffenheim executive Peter Gorlich has told ESPN FC he believes several Bundesliga clubs are waiting for the end of the 50+1 rule.
MLS: The New York Red Bulls rallied to salvage a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first leg of the teams’ CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal.
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