Mangala will improve, Pellegrini insists

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that it is only a matter of time before central defender Eliaquim Mangala adapts full to the demands of the Premier League, Sky Sports has reported. Due to a lack of match fitness, Mangala – who was signed from FC Porto in the summer for £32m – did not make his competitive debut for the champions until the home encounter with Chelsea on September 21. He emerged from that game with credit, but was criticised for his next performance at Hull City, in…

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Toure offers backing to Liverpool teammate Balotelli

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has backed teammate Mario Balotelli to prove that he is one of the world’s best strikers after the Italian ended his goal drought on Tuesday, reports the Liverpool Echo. Having arrived from Milan in August for a fee of £16m, Balotelli has struggled so far in a Liverpool shirt and as a result has been heavily criticised for his lack of goals and a perceived lack of work rate. Before scoring his side’s equaliser in the 2-1 victory over Swansea City in the Capital One Cup,…

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Defoe surprised at Newcastle link

Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe has admitted that he is surprised at being linked with a loan move to Newcastle United, the Newcastle Chronicle has reported. The 32-year-old will become available for a two-month loan deal in January, opening the door to any potential suitors from the Premier League. He has had contact with Queens Park Rangers over the possibility of a deal, with their manager Harry Redknapp having already worked with Defoe at three clubs – West Ham United, Portsmouth and Tottenham. In recent days, Newcastle have been linked.…

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West Ham can qualify for Europe, believes Carroll

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll thinks that the club has the potential to qualify for Europe this season as he prepares to return to training, the Daily Mirror has reported. The East London club were among the favourites to struggle at the beginning of the campaign with manager Sam Allardyce under pressure from supporters to deliver a more attractive style of football as well as results, but a run of four wins in six matches since September has seen them move up to fourth place. Key to their improved…

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Harry Kane assured over Tottenham future

Harry Kane has received assurances over his future at Tottenham Hotspur from manager Mauricio Pochettino with the forward failing to start despite red hot form, according to Sky Sports. Kane has started cup games this season and been in super form – bagging six goals and a hat trick against Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League last week. Despite this, he has had to settle for time on the bench and substitute appearances behind Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, who have only scored four goals between them so far. Reports…

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Man Utd on alert with Real Madrid willing to sell Bale

Manchester United could make a huge move for Gareth Bale after it emerged that Real Madrid could be willing to sell the Welsh ace, the Daily Star has reported. United have been repeatedly linked with Bale in recent weeks and it is said that Louis van Gaal is a huge admirer of the player. Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti had previously stated that he and the club would not be particularly interested in parting with the world record signing but fresh reports have suggested that both club and manager have changed…

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QPR owner Tony Fernandes says Harry Redknapp’s job is safe as manager

Following Queens Park Rangers’ 2-0 win against Aston Villa, owner Tony Fernandes has revealed manager Harry Redknapp is safe in his position, reports ESPN. “I believe stability is the best way. If you look at the clubs who have succeeded, they have had consistency in managers. It’s up to Harry whether he wants to continue as well. Harry is my man. It is not in vogue to say that, but I stand by my manager,” he said. Queens Park Rangers were enduring a tough Premier League campaign following their promotion…

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Ex-Man Utd manager David Moyes could be next Real Sociedad manager

According to ESPN, David Moyes could be appointed the new manager of La Liga side Real Sociedad. Current head coach Jagoba Arrasate has been struggling with the club after being promoted from the youth team last year, with Sociedad having been knocked out of the Europe League to minnows FC Krasnodar, and picking up just one win in nine league games. “It is true that we are working on finding other alternatives and possibilities. I have spoken about that with the coach (Jagoba Arrasate), who knows that already. A club…

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Man Utd plan audacious swoop for ‘unsettled’ Ashley Cole

Manchester United are planning to capitalise on reports that former Chelsea and Arsenal defender Ashely Cole is unsettled and make a shock move to bring him back to the Premier League, according to the Daily Express. Cole left Stamford Bridge in the summer after Chelsea chose to not renew the ex-England International’s contract. A host of clubs were interested in the left back but Cole opted for new challenge abroad with Roma, but reports have emerged that all is not well in Italy. Roma boss Rudi Garcia is apparently unconvinced…

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Newcastle’s Remy Cabella admits he needs to improve

Newcastle attacking-midfielder Remy Cabella has admitted that he must prove his worth to manager Alan Pardew, reports Sky Sports. Cabella lost his place in Newcastle’s starting eleven due to a lack of goal contribution, but made a notable introduction off the bench against Tottenham that saw him setting up a goal in their recent 2-1 away win. “Not being in the starting XI against Tottenham and for three matches now was not a sanction. It was logical. The manager played me in the starting XI during the first two months…

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Barcelona’s Alex Song hoping to remain in England following loan spell with West Ham

West Ham’s on-loan midfielder Alex Song wants to stay in the Premier League when at the end of his temporary stay with the Hammers, reports Sky Sports. “I think my future will be here. My family, everyone is happy here. I’m very happy to come back to England. I’ve always said if I move from Barcelona, I’ll come to England and my future is here anyway. I just want to enjoy playing at the moment and we’ll see what is happening at the end of the season.” Song, 27, has…

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White Hart Lane pitch ‘too small’ according to Pochettino

The pitch at White Hart Lane could be the cause of Tottenham’s current poor showing in front of their own fans according to their manager Mauricio Pochettino, ESPN is reporting. Three of Spurs’ four losses this season have come at their famous home ground and they were in fact booed off by supporters in their latest humbling at the hands of Newcastle. It has been a tough period for new manager Pochettino with his transition and ideas taking time to implement on his new playing staff. But the Argentinian believes…

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Stoke City’s Robert Huth could be out for several weeks with calf injury

Stoke City defender Robert Huth is having a scan on his calf after picking up an injury in training, reports BBC Sport. The former Chelsea centre-back, 30, has been on the periphery this season, with Huth having failed to play in any Premier League for Stoke so far. Ryan Shawcross has formed a partnership with Marc Wilson in the backline under manager Mark Hughes, and Huth’s latest setback could see him missing until December. The out-of-favour veteran, who has represented Germany 19 times, has spent more time on the bench…

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Tottenham’s Kyle Naughton returns from injury ahead of Capital One Cup clash

After recovering from injury, Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton could feature in Spurs’ Capital One Cup clash against Brighton tonight, reports BBC Sport. The young full-back has been out of action with an ankle injury, but is likely to feature in the team, with manager Mauricio Pochettino set to ring the changes. It is expected to be a more youthful looking side to face their Championship opponents, and Naughton’s return will be a big boost to an out-of-form Tottenham side. Naughton, 25, has missed Spurs’ last two Premier League games, and…

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West Brom Alan Irvine disappointed with performances of his fringe players in the League Cup

After Bournemouth earned a shock 2-1 win against West Brom in the Capital One Cup last season, manager Alan Irvine revealed his disappointment with a host of fringe players, reports BBC Sport. “It was an opportunity for a number of our players who have been desperate for a game to show me they should be in contention. Some did, but not enough of them,” he said. The West Bromwich Albion head coach made 10 changes for the Capital One Cup clash against Bournemouth, but saw his side go behind twice…

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Pochettino dismisses need for psychologist at Spurs

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed suggestions that his players could see a sports psychologist in a bid to change their poor form, insisting he is the man they need to talk to should they need one, according to the Daily Star. The current crop of Spurs stars have received criticism since last season when a major influx of players joined the squad following the departure of Gareth Bale. They have put in a series of indifferent performances under Andre Villas Boas and Tim Sherwood – and life hasn’t become…

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Mario Balotelli carried an injury prior to his game-changing introduction in the Capital One Cup

Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe admitted super-sub Mario Balotelli picked up an injury before coming on to help turn the game in the Reds favour last night, reports BBC Sport. “We had to assess Mario, but he’s fine. It was just a precaution. But the way he was moving about, I don’t think there was much wrong with his knee,” he said. Balotelli was dropped for the Swansea City clash in favour of fellow summer signing Rickie Lambert, but proved to be the game-changer when he came off the bench…

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Newcastle players back under-fire manager Alan Pardew

Newcastle right-back Daryl Janmaat says the players are all behind manager Alan Pardew, despite their slow start to the season, reports BBC Sport. “The pressure has eased. We want him as the manager. The manager was under a lot of pressure so it’s nice that we have given him some points. I now expect the pressure to ease on him. We do not want another manager,” said Janmaat. Newcastle were languishing around the relegation zone earlier this campaign, but consecutive Premier League victories has now taken the pressure of Pardew’s…

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho unimpressed with performances of his fringe players in last night’s League Cup

Following Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Shrewsbury in the Capital One Cup fourth round, manager Jose Mourinho revealed a selection of his fringe players underperformed, reports BBC Sport. “I expect people that have not been playing a lot to raise their level and create problems. I love problems of choice, but it’s easy to choose my team for Saturday,” he said. The likes of Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah considerably underperformed for the Blues in their league cup clash, and Mourinho has hinted that he won’t be making any drastic changes…

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Referee Mark Clattenburg dropped for this weekend’s fixtures

Referee Mark Clattenburg has been dropped for this weekend’s Premier League features following a two breaches of conduct surrounding West Brom’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last week, Sky Sports is reporting. A series of stories in the national papers claimed that Clattenburg firstly travelled to the Hawthorns in a separate car to the rest of the officials for the match as he wanted to be able to leave in time to attend an Ed Sheeran concert. But under Premier League regulations, all match day officials have to travel to…

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Crystal Palace owner Steve Parish denies takeover rumours

Crystal Palace co-owner Steve Parish has played down rumours of an imminent takeover, reports BBC Sport. The Eagles aren’t officially up for sale, but Parish is entertaining offers from wealthy investors who can provide more in the way of financial incentive for managers than he can. “There are always people who want to buy football clubs. Sometimes people approach you and it gets out, sometimes people approach you and it doesn’t, but there is no imminent takeover.” Crystal Palace’s miraculous survival from the drop last season has meant they are…

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Manchester City winger Samir Nasri returns from injury ahead of Capital One clash against Newcastle

Manchester City winger Samir Nasri is back in contention for the Sky Blues following surgery on a groin injury, reports the Express. The French international has missed City’s last eight games, but could well feature in their Capital One Cup clash against Newcastle tomorrow night. He is also likely to play against Manchester United the following weekend. “Samir is working normally now and he is in the squad list. We will see tomorrow – I haven’t decided who will start yet. Samir is just coming back from an important injury.…

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Tottenham lining up a bid for Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez

According to the Telegraph, Tottenham are considering signing Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez in January. Rodriguez, 25, has been out of action with a cruciate injury suffered in spring time last season, but Tottenham have been keen on his services ever since former Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino made the move to White Hart Lane. Scoring 15 goals in 33 Premier League for Southampton last season, Jay Rodriguez was one of England’s most prolific forwards, and looked on course to represent his country in this summer’s World Cup, while earning himself a…

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Hull City’s Tom Ince to join Nottingham Forest on short-term loan

According to the Nottingham Post, Hull City winger Tom Ince will be joining Nottingham Forest on a month’s loan. The son of former Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince signed for Hull City on a free transfer in 2014 from Championship side Blackpool. But the 22-year-old has only made three league appearances for the Tigers since his arrival. As a result, manager Steve Bruce is happy to loan him out on a short-term basis to get some game time. Playing in the second tier saw Ince showcase his best…

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Marouane Fellaini “finally getting to grips at Man Utd”

Former Manchester United player Bryan Robson thinks Marouane Fellaini is showing his best form in a United shirt, reports Manchester Evening News. “I think it’s early but I do see signs. He’s found where he is. He knows what’s expected now and he seems to have settled down and is playing the football he was playing for Everton,” said Robson. The Belgium midfielder, 26, recently scored his first Manchester United goal, and has been singled out for praise in his last two matches for the Red Devils. “I think Fellaini…

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