BBC Soccer Gossip: De Gea, Martial, Mangala, Austin, Kaboul


Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, will be given a new start by manager Louis van Gaal, even if the Spaniard fails to sign a new deal. (Mirror) 

The Red Devils paid the £36m fee to sign 19-year-old teenager Anthony Martial from Monaco to beat off competition from Barcelona, Paris St-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City. (Daily Mail) 

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson says the club’s fans are entitled to feel cheated by the lack of activity in the transfer market.(SkySports) 

Gunners midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22, says he has been playing in agony for the last two years because of a series of knee and groin problems. (Mirror) 

Chamberlain’s favourite TV pundit is Gary Neville despite the former Manchester United full-back’s criticism of manager Arsene Wenger.(Daily Star) 


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Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, 24, says he has learnt from a difficult first season in the Premier League and will keep improving. (Manchester Evening News) 

Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro, who lost her place on the bench after being criticised by manager Jose Mourinho, has not returned to work since the controversy erupted.(Telegraph) 

Liverpool will meet with a prominent supporters group as they look to resolve a row about flags at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo) 

Former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy says Brendan Rodgers’s side will fall short of Champions League qualification again this season. (Daily Mail) 

Roma left-back Ashley Cole, 34, reportedly has no plans to cancel his contract with the Italian club despite being left out of their Champions League squad. (Mirror) 

Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal, 28, has been issued an ultimatum by Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli, but denied reports he has left the national team because of “personal problems”. (ESPN) 

QPR striker Charlie Austin, 26, wants a 100% pay rise in his contract as well as a buyout clause if the club fail to achieve promotion to the Premier League. (Get West London) 

Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul, 29, says he had a “hard time” at Tottenham after being made to train alone by manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Sunderland Echo) 

Defender Marc Muniesa, 23, says he never had any doubt that Stoke is the right place to help him fulfil his potential after being handed a regular first team spot. (Stoke Sentinel) 

World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst has praised West Ham’s dealings at the end of the transfer window as the Hammers brought in four players on transfer deadline day. (Evening Standard) 

Striker Moussa Sow, 29, says he turned down offers from West Ham and Sunderland before completing his £11.7m move from Fenerbahce to UAE side Al Ahli. (TalkSport) 

Left-back Jordan Amavi, 21, has promised to donate his Aston Villa shirt to fan Tom Griffiths who is battling leukaemia. (Birmingham Mail) 

Cherries boss Eddie Howe says the signing of 31-year-old striker Glenn Murray will add a “different dimension” to their side. (Bournemouth Echo) 

Best of social mediaSaido BerahinoStriker Saido Berahino posted this picture on Twitter  as the 22-year-old jetted off having been given time away from West Brom after failing to secure a move away from the club in the transfer window.ChicharitoStriker Javier Hernandez thanked former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and the club’s fans on Instagram  after joining Bayer Leverkusen, but failed to acknowledge current boss Louis van Gaal.

And finally…

Manchester United have upgraded their IT systems, just days after goalkeeper De Gea’s move to Real Madrid collapsed. The Spanish side were unable to access Fifa’s Transfer Matching System to complete the deal. (Metro) 

Liverpool midfielder James Milner is the hardest working player in the Premier League after running an average of 12.29km per game so far.(Daily Mail) 


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