Thursday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending…
ARSENAL: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told beIN SPORTS how he visited Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe at his home last year in an attempt to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.
– Wenger says he is ready “for peace” with Jose Mourinho as the two managers renew their long-standing rivalry this weekend.
– Mesut Ozil kicked a door at White Hart Lane in anger after Sunday’s defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, saying it showed his frustration at losing.
– Olivier Giroud has not been in contact with Marseille about a move and his future does not directly depend on whether Wenger stays, his agent has told footmercato.net.
JUVENTUS: Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim credited Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon’s “incredible saves” for his side’s 2-0 Champions League semifinal first-leg loss on Wednesday.
– Max Allegri praised the likes of Buffon and Dani Alves, but remains “angry” with playmaker Miralem Pjanic.
MAN UNITED: Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Manchester United could have as many as five players returning from injury against Celta Vigo in Thursday’s Europa League semifinal first-leg in Spain.
– United left-back Luke Shaw will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury, manager Mourinho has announced.
TOTTENHAM: Sol Campbell “did absolutely nothing wrong” when he joined Arsenal from Tottenham Hotspur and should have been invited to the farewell to White Hart Lane, his agent has told talkSPORT.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: CONMEBOL chief Alejandro Dominguez has said discussions are under way over reintroducing the Intercontinental Cup.
LIVERPOOL: Liverpool have announced plans to name a stand at Anfield in honour of club legend Kenny Dalglish.
– Christian Benteke has said he is not angry with Jurgen Klopp despite the Liverpool manager cutting short the Belgium international’s stay at Anfield.
ICC: Two-time Grammy Award winner and seven-time Latin Grammy winner Marc Anthony will headline the half-time show when La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid meet in the International Champions Cup (ICC) in Miami this summer.
BARCELONA: Everton boss Ronald Koeman has told Diario Sport that taking charge at his former club Barcelona is one of two dreams he has in management.
– A Barcelona supporter who has been ordered to stay away from football grounds in Spain after firing a fake gun during the derby win at Espanyol has told El Periodico he did so because he was scared.
– Arda Turan has no intention of leaving Barcelona this summer, according to his agent Ahmet Bulut.
PREMIER LEAGUE: A growing number of players are seeking help for mental health problems as awareness of the issue grows, according to the Professional Footballers’ Association.
– The Football Association has encouraged England’s lower-level leagues to trial sin bins from next season in the hope of cutting out dissent at the grassroots level.
BAYERN MUNICH: Thomas Muller said he wants to become indispensable for Bayern Munich again after struggling to find his form in front of goal this season.
– Douglas Costa’s agent has again hinted the Bayern Munich winger could be in line for summer move away from the Allianz Arena.
MLS: The MLS aspirations of St. Petersburg, Florida received a boost on Tuesday, with voters overwhelmingly approving a plan to renovate Al Lang Stadium.
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