Monday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending …
– Schalke would “definitely consider” welcoming back Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil to the club, but would not be able to bring him in next summer.
– Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi has hit out at the transfer speculation that surrounded him this summer.
– Hector Bellerin said Arsenal “shut some mouths” with their 2-0 derby win over Tottenham on Saturday.
– Team of the Weekend: Mustafi, Ozil, Wenger, Hazard and Morata make Team of the Weekend
– Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he hid the true extent of his injury, and added that if it was known there would be “shock” that he has managed to return to professional football.
– Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial rarely start together because they are too similar, according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
– Marcus Rashford says that he used to enjoy playing in goal, with former United keeper Tim Howard a childhood hero.
LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp has said Mohamed Salah is a now thriving as a “man” at Liverpool having been a “kid” during his unsuccessful spell at Chelsea.
– Liverpool copped criticism after a heavy defeat at Tottenham but have responded well and with Mo Salah in fine form, teams should fear them, writes David Usher.
WEST BROM: West Bromwich Albion have announced that they have dismissed Tony Pulis from his role as head coach of the club.
– Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill is interested in the vacant manager’s job at West Bromwich Albion and is on the club’s list of potential options, sources have told ESPN FC.
– Sacking Tony Pulis removes a safety net against relegation but there was no other choice with the club not moving forward, writes John Brewin.
– WATCH: What next for Tony Pulis?
CHELSEA: Antonio Conte claimed that Chelsea have found a “new balance and solidity” by switching to a 3-5-2 formation after watching his team demolish West Brom 4-0 at The Hawthorns.
– Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata remaining healthy appears key to Chelsea’s chances of staying in touch with Manchester City this season, writes Mark Worrall.
PSG: Thiago Silva says he used the recent international break to try and convince Brazil teammate Philippe Coutinho to team up with him and Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain.
BAYERN MUNICH: Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has said Bayern Munich are unlikely to make an attempt to sign Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.
– Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim have confirmed talks over a January transfer of Germany international Sandro Wagner.
REAL MADRID: Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos’ broken nose will keep him out of Tuesday’s Champions League group game at Apoel Nicosia, with Keylor Navas, Gareth Bale and Mateo Kovacic also still on the club’s injured list.
BARCELONA: The club will appeal against the yellow card shown to Gerard Pique in Saturday’s win against Leganes in an attempt to enable him to play against Valencia next weekend.
JUVENTUS: Coach Massimiliano Allegri says he does not regret his decision to leave out Paulo Dybala after his goal came too late to save a much-changed Bianconeri side from falling to a 3-2 defeat at Sampdoria.
– Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City appreciate Raheem Sterling even if other supporters may not.
– Once ditched by Jose Mourinho, Kevin De Bruyne is now approaching Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira and Steven Gerrard levels of influence at Manchester City, writes Mark Ogden.
SUNDERLAND: New Sunderland boss Chris Coleman has insisted he left his job as Wales manager with no bitterness over the difference of opinion which prompted his exit.
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