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Football Rumours on Saturday 22nd February 2014

last updated Saturday 22nd February 2014, 10:05 AM


  • Manchester City will make a move for Liverpool's Slovakia centre-back Martin Skrtel, 29, if the Reds fail to reach the Champions League, while City defender Joleon Lescott is set to join Besiktas in the summer.
    ( Daily Mail )

  • Chelsea are considering a bid for Marseille's Belgian midfielder Giannelli Imbula, 21, as they look at alternatives to John Obi Mikel, 26.
    ( Metro )

  • In his forthcoming autobiography, Barcelona's Brazil forward Neymar, 22, claims he turned down the chance to join Real Madrid in 2006.
    ( Marca )


  • Manchester United's commercial staff could help striker Wayne Rooney get individual sponsorship deals as part of his new contract.
    ( Daily Telegraph )

  • United manager David Moyes told Rooney, 28, he had "gone a bit soft" in the summer as he attempted to persuade the striker to stay.
    ( The Guardian )

  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to rest Mesut Ozil, 25, after the Germany midfielder's penalty miss in the Gunners' 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
    ( Daily Mirror )

  • Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claims England right-back Glen Johnson, 29, who has a year left on his £110,000-a-week contract, could still earn a new deal at Anfield.
    ( Liverpool Echo )

  • Alan Pardew has admitted having concerns about his future as Newcastle manager despite the club dismissing claims he would be sacked if they lost Sunday's home game against Aston Villa.
    ( Daily Express )

  • Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is backing Wilfred Zaha, 21, their on-loan winger from Manchester United, to force his way into England's World Cup squad.
    ( The Sun )

  • Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 29, is playing despite a dead leg injury that requires regular treatment to help bid to qualify for the Champions League.
    ( London Evening Standard )

  • Aston Villa full-back Alan Hutton, 29, is desperate to leave after being frozen out of the first team because of his high wages.
    ( Daily Mirror )

  • Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson, 34, would consider ending his international retirement after battling back from a blood clot on his lung.
    ( Daily Mirror )

  • Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is hoping to secure a new contract for Dutch defender Ron Vlaar, 29.
    ( Daily Mirror )

  • Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 21, who has been on loan at Atletico Madrid since 2011, will start next season at Stamford Bridge and compete for their number one goalkeeping spot.
    ( Daily Telegraph )


  • Argentina legend Diego Maradona, 53, is set to make a comeback with fifth-tier side Deportivo Riestra, 16 years after he retired.
    ( Daily Mirror )

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