Here are the latest stories for Monday.
MAN UNITED: Gary Neville believes EFL Cup hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic has the same aura as Eric Cantona at Manchester United.
– Jose Mourinho admitted that Manchester United’s 3-2 win in the EFL Cup final was “unfair” on Southampton on Sunday. Ander Herrera hailed the performances of teammates Ibrahimovic and David De Gea.
– Ibrahimovic has said his future does not depend on the club qualifying for next season’s Champions League and also insisted he “feels like a lion” after inspiring United to their EFL Cup final triumph.
– Mourinho has claimed Manchester United supporters may be forced to plead with Ibrahimovic to extend his stay at Old Trafford by “going to his house and staying there all night.”
LEICESTER: Jamie Vardy has joined Kasper Schmeichel in denying any involvement in Claudio Ranieri’s sacking as Leicester boss.
– Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has told the BBC he will not replace the sacked Claudio Ranieri at his former club Leicester City.
– Nantes president Waldemar Kita has said coach Sergio Conceicao is staying put after being linked with Leicester City amid reports that Guus Hiddink has been asked to take over at the struggling Premier League champions until the end of the season.
LIVERPOOL: Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been ruled out of Monday night’s game at Leicester City with a foot injury, a source has told ESPN FC.
– Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not believe players are getting more powerful and instead expressed concerns about the direct communication between a club’s boardroom and the squad.
TOTTENHAM: Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier says the moment of rashness that saw Dele Alli sent off against Gent in the Europa League will not be his last.
– Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane has everything it takes to be one of Europe’s top strikers and is well on his way to becoming a club legend.
– Tottenham will assess defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen on Monday but Pochettino has suggested neither suffered a serious injury against Stoke City on Sunday.
SOUTHAMPTON: Southampton manager Claude Puel felt Manolo Gabbiadini had a perfectly good goal disallowed for offside in the Saints’ 3-2 loss to Manchester United in the EFL Cup final on Sunday.
CHELSEA: Tianjin Quanjian have set “no limit” on what they are willing to spend in the summer and will pursue players at the same level as January target Diego Costa, billionaire owner Shu Yuhui has said.
– Cesc Fabregas admitted that the lack of game time when Antonio Conte first took the reins at Chelsea really upset him, but maturity has helped him cope.
MAN CITY: Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has said he does not know whether this season will be his final one at the club.
EVERTON: Romelu Lukaku’s ambition is to help Everton achieve “greatness,” but he believes the only way to do that is if every player pushes each other to the limit.
CRYSTAL PALACE: Crystal Palace supporters vandalised their own team’s coach after mistaking it for the one used by Saturday’s opponents Middlesbrough.
– Palace will be rewarded for their return to form with a warm-weather training camp in the coming weeks.
STOKE: Geoff Cameron made his long-awaited return for Stoke toward the end of Sunday’s English Premier League game at Tottenham.
AC MILAN: Gianluigi Donnarumma’s agent, Mino Raiola, has said he cannot commit the AC Milan goalkeeper’s future to the Serie A club until he knows what their new owners’ plans are.
BARCELONA: Brazil forward Neymar insists Barcelona are only focused on themselves and not La Liga league leaders Real Madrid.
REAL MADRID: Sergio Ramos said he would be surprised if Lionel Messi had made controversial posts to Twitter about referee decisions, but that the ones his Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique made are just more of the same.
PSG: Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Adrien Rabiot has said he would consider an offer to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
WOLFSBURG: Bundesliga club Wolfsburg have hired Arsenal’s academy head Andries Jonker as their new coach on a contract that runs until 2018.
DORTMUND: Borussia Dortmund attacker Mario Gotze has been ruled out for the foreseeable future as medical tests revealed the muscular problems he has been suffering in the last few months have caused “metabolic disturbances.”
BAYERN MUNICH: Arjen Robben has told kicker a move to China “isn’t an issue” and did not rule out retiring when his contract with Bayern Munich ends.
– Robben has hit back at critics who claim he always does the same trick on the pitch.
SERIE A: Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan believes Roma deserve to be second in the Serie A table after he scored twice in a 3-1 win over Inter Milan which closed the gap on leaders Juventus to seven points.
LIGUE 1: Marseille owner Frank McCourt has said he will add major stars to the squad if it helps the club towards his “ultimate aim” of winning the Champions League.
– Memphis Depay said there was more to come from him after scoring twice as Lyon thrashed Metz 5-0 at the weekend.
– Lyon are to take to court a 15-year-old boy who took an on-pitch selfie with the Ligue 1 club’s stars Alexandre Lacazette and Depay.
MLS: Kaka scored the first goal at Orlando City’s new stadium in a preseason victory against Saint Louis FC, a week before it hosts its first MLS game.
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