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  • I'll be personally hurt if #Januzaj, #Raiola on #Man City boss #Guardiola.., #Redknapp #Manchester derby… #Lebouef #Pogba must do more to justify… #Chelsea to use #Costa to beat #Man Utd to.. #Keown: #Holding could end #Chambers #Arsenal career

    ited academy chief Nicky Butt admits he'll be personally "hurt" if Adnan Januzaj flops.

    This summer Jose Mourinho decided to let him leave on a temporary basis again and the Belgian wideman linked up with former boss Moyes at Sunderland. Speaking to The Times about the recent departures of youth team products Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett, Donald Love and Will Keane, Butt said: "They're really good lads and will have a good life, nice houses but they weren't at the level for United.

    "It doesn't hurt me as much as, say, if Adnan Januzaj went and never came back. "He's got the level to play for United and win leagues and Champions Leagues." However, Class of 92 hero Butt did point to one area that his fellow academy graduate could improve upon. "Maybe he's not been as dedicated, a case of too much too soon, a millionaire now," he added.

    Raiola on Man City boss Guardiola: Everyone knows I don't like him!
    The agent of Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken aim at Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

    Italian-born agent Mino Raiola fell out big time with the Manchester City manager when Guardiola bombed Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of Barcelona in the summer of 2010. "Everyone knows I don't like him," Raioa told Cadena Cope. "I like people who have a different character to Guardiola. "I don't hate him... because hate consumes you. But I don't like him. He's a good coach but his football is a bit boring to me..."

    And asked if they'd ever work together again after the Ibrahimovic fall-out, Raiola didn't seem positive. "Me, I'm a professional. I want to do the best for my clients. "He? He doesn't have the b**** to sit down with me," Raiola said.

    Redknapp: Manchester derby could turn nasty if...
    Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola must not make things personal for Saturday's Manchester derby.

    Redknapp wrote in the London Evening Standard: "Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola clearly don't like each other but they have a responsibility to set the right tone in Saturday's Manchester derby.

    "There shouldn't be any hatred between the players because most of them will have known each other for years. The biggest aggro will probably be on the touchline and if it kicks off between them, things could turn nasty.

    "I've never been in that position where I've really disliked someone I managed against. Mourinho and Guardiola are both very animated on the touchline — they shout, jump around and can go out of their technical area sometimes. When you are in the dugout, you are aware of what the other manager is doing but I always had Joe Jordan with me.

    "If they started jumping about, Joe would shout over to them: “Oi, you! Sit down!" They'd take one look at Joe and normally do as they were told!"

    Lebouef: Pogba must do more to justify €100M Man Utd price-tag
    Former Chelsea defender Franck Lebouef feels Paul Pogba needs to do more to justify his price-tag at Manchester United.

    Pogba left Juventus over the summer in a world record €100 million deal. Speaking with L'Equipe, Leboeuf argued: "Pogba is young? That's right. But at his age, others have already won the FIFA Ballon d'Or, the prize of which Pogba dreams of openly.

    "He needs time to explore all of his talents, but it is a pity that he wastes many chances." He added: "If Pogba is worth €120 million, then Patrick Vieira at the present time would be worth €500 million."

    Chelsea to use Diego Costa to beat Man Utd to Griezmann deal
    Chelsea are willing to send Diego Costa back to Atletico Madrid - in exchange for Antoine Griezmann.

    The Telegraph says the Blues are set to do battle with Manchester United over the France international. Costa could hand the west London outfit an immediate advantage over their Premier League rivals if a bidding war ensues.

    The fiery hitman was heavily linked with a return to Atletico this summer. And the Spanish giants may well be prepared to let Griezmann leave for Stamford Bridge if it meant Costa moving the other way.


    Keown: Holding could end Chambers Arsenal career
    Arsenal hero Martin Keown feels Rob Holding's emergence has cast doubt on the future of Calum Chambers.

    Chambers has been loaned to Middlesbrough and Keown thinks Holding's development could permanently spell the end for him.

    “Holding looks like a good acquisition because they've only paid £2.5m for him and he looks solid," Keown told FourFourTwo. “But I just feel that when you're a central defender in that position, it's like goalkeepers – do we play young goalkeepers, do we play young central defenders?

    “As soon as it goes wrong there's suddenly a lot of pressure being put on those individuals. “Holding handled it well in the first match, thrown in at the deep end. “You expect Chambers to have coped better because he'd been around longer, and maybe that's why they've shipped him out. Maybe they feel he hasn't developed."

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    Arsenal boss Wenger: Why I am a ‘strong believer’ in Takuma Asano…
    Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal supported the lowdown on summer signing Takuma Asano.

    The Gunners signed the Japanese striker from Sanfrecce Hiroshima in July before sending the 21-year-old to VfB Stuttgart on a season-long loan but he is expected to bring plenty of quality back to North London when he returns. Wenger told Arsenal Player: "What I see in him is the quality of his runs, his pace, his body strength and he is quite aggressive.

    "You do not find many players today who go behind the defenders at every opportunity. "That is one of his strengths. I must say, I'm personally a strong believer in him, because by coincidence I met the national coach of Japan and he is absolutely convinced by him."


    David Luiz: It was my decision to return to Chelsea
    David Luiz admits he was downcast when he left Chelsea in 2014.

    The Brazilian defender returned to Stamford Bridge from French giants PSG on deadline day and is delighted to be back in West London after never getting the chance to say goodbye. "I think that sometimes the life is great but I was feeling sad when I left, especially because of this – because I didn't say goodbye to anybody," he told chelseafc.com.

    "But I can say now that my relationship with everyone here was always amazing, with everyone working here and with the players and I can feel the same respect and the same love now. "So if I had the opportunity to go back into the past, I would say a special thank you to everybody because I spent three-and-a-half years here and they were amazing.

    "I was growing a lot and that is why I just had great memories of here." Luiz, 29, also revealed that it was his choice to leave Parc des Princes to return to Chelsea.

    "It was my decision, yes," he added. "I really wanted to come back because I spent an amazing time here. I loved to be here and that is why I want to come back."

    WATCH: Real Madrid hero Kaka nets double, Chelsea legend Drogba misses penalty in MLS

    Kaka scored a brace as Orlando City defeated Montreal Impact 4-1 in MLS on Wednesday night.

    The Brazilian great masterminded the Lions' come-from-behind win at the Saputo Stadium after Didier Drogba had put the home side head in just the opening minute of the contest.

    Chelsea icon Drogba rocketed home a free-kick from outside the area, which Orlando keeper Joe Bendik failed to keep out, to notch his ninth league goal of the season.

    Montreal's lead, however, was short-lived as Brek Shea levelled for Orlando in the third minute with a simple finish after Carlos Rivas' cross-goal ball fell kindly for him.

    On 36 minutes, Real Madrid and AC Mila great Kaka edged Orlando ahead when he controlled a clever flicked ball from Rivas before coolly slotting home beyond Impact keeper Evan Bush.

    At 2-1, Bendik produced a brilliant reaction save to deny Drogba from pointblank range to make up for his earlier error.

    Six minutes into the second half and Montreal were reduced to ten men when Bush was sent off for upending Rivas in the error, prompting the home side to bring on back-up keeper Eric Kronberg for midfielder Kyle Bekker.

    Kaka stepped up to the spot and expertly sent Kronberg the wrong way to take his season tally to eight goals.

    As the drama continued to build, Bendik was again the hero when diving to his right to keep out Drogba's penalty on 70 minutes before Rivas wrapped it up when racing onto a lovely ball from Julio Baptista before angling a pin-point effort across Kronberg to make it 4-1 with just over 10 minutes remaining.

    The victory sees Orlando move up to sixth position on the Eastern Conference table where they sit just three points behind the Impact after 27 matches.

    Check out the highlights below, courtesy of MLSsoccer.com:

    Yaya Toure intent on proving himself to Man City boss Guardiola
    Yaya Toure will not shy away from his current situation at Manchester City.

    The Daily Mail is reporting that the veteran midfielder is intent on proving himself to City boss Pep Guardiola after being dropped from the club's Champions League squad.

    Toure's agent, Dimitri Seluk, said earlier this week that he would be seeking a pre-contract agreement for Toure in January but it is understood that despite those comments, the player is eager not to rest on his laurels and try and force his way into Guardiola's plans.

    Guardiola sold Toure to City when he was at the helm at Barcelona in 2010 and it appears as though the Spaniard is once again not keen on the services of the 33-year-old. But Toure does not want to throw in the towel and will spend the rest of 2016 attempting to change the manager's views of him before assessing his options in the next transfer window.

    Toure, who was won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups with City, is out of contract at the Etihad Stadium next summer.


    Liverpool Player of the Month award 'means a lot' to Sadio Mane
    Liverpool summer signing Sadio Mane has won the club's Player of the Month award after an impressive first month playing with the Reds.

    The Senegal international claims that the accolade means a lot to him and has thanked the fans for voting for him. The 24-year-old, who signed for the Reds in a £34million deal from Southampton this summer, managed to score one goal in two league appearances in the month of August.

    He told Liverpoolfc.com: "It means a lot. I have been working every day – every day in training and in the games – to give my best for the team. "We have a great team with many qualities. Now we have to work to make the fans happy. We're going to take it game by game and try to win as many as we can.

    "I want to thank everybody for this, especially the fans who voted for me, and I am very happy to win it. "But it deserves to go to the whole team because without them, I would be nothing, so I want to thank them. We will try to give our best for the fans and to win games for them."

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