Chelsea’s hopes of a reunion with Jose Mourinho appear to be dashed after the ‘Special One’ claimed that he is content at Real Madrid. Mourinho feels he has the backing of the directors, supporters and will therefore be willing to sign a new contract at the Bernabeu.
Elsewhere in the news Arsene Wenger has revealed that Robin van Persie won’t be going anywhere this summer; Harry Redknapp has denied reports of a new contract at Tottenham, while Mario Balotelli has called on City supporters to lay off Carlos Tevez.
Arsene Wenger insists that Robin van Persie will not be leaving Arsenal for Manchester City, or anyone else in the summer – Guardian
Harry Redknapp has denied reports that he has opened talks over a new contract at Tottenham Hotspur – Guardian
Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Roy Hodgson was always on a hiding to nothing at Anfield – Guardian
Roberto Di Matteo claims he has no friends at Chelsea but believes he has got the backing of the dressing room at Stamford Bridge – Daily Telegraph
Future club owners and directors will be vetted by stringent new rules set-up by the FA in their recent reforms – Daily Telegraph
Kolo Toure says that the title race is too close to call this season – Independent
Jens Lehmann is set to return to Arsenal as a coach on a part-time basis as the German looks to obtain his UEFA coaching licenses – Daily Mail
Jose Mourinho has pledged his future to Real Madrid claiming he is prepared to sign a new deal at the Bernabeu – Daily Mail
Mario Balotelli has called on Manchester City fans to back Carlos Tevez and not boo him on his expected return to the first team squad – Daily Mail
Marcelo Bielsa has reportedly turned down the Chelsea job twice as he doesn’t like speaking to intermediaries – Mirror
Martin O’Neill has hit out at reports that suggest his Sunderland side is too physical – Sun
Arsenal are reportedly lining up a move for Ukrainian International Andriy Yarmolenko, who currently plays for Dynamo Kiev – Metro
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