World Football Gossip Roundup: Eden Hazard, Jose Mourinho, Wilfried Zaha
Eden Hazard is in hot water, Jose Mourinho reportedly has a revolt in his dressing room and Manchester United are reportedly close to signing a promising English youngster.
Those stories lead this Thursday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have updates on Fernando Llorente's move to Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur's quest to sign Lewis Holtby earlier than originally expected.
Read on for all the details.
Eden Hazard Apologizes to Swansea Ball Boy
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Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard apologized for kicking at a ball boy during Chelsea's 0-0 draw with Swansea City on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup semifinals (via ChelseaFC.com).
The ball boy, 17-year-old Charlie Morgan, refused to give up the ball for a goal kick late in the second half. He fell on it before Hazard kicked at the ball.
Hazard received a red card for his actions.
"The boy put his whole body onto the ball and I was just trying to kick the ball and I think I kicked the ball and not the boy," said Hazard. "I apologise."
He added: "The ball boy came in the changing room and we had a quick chat and I apologised and the boy apologised as well, and it is over. Sorry."
Meanwhile, the Telegraph is reporting that Morgan's parents own 22.5 percent of Swansea City.
Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos Want Jose Mourinho out of Real Madrid?
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Goalkeeper Iker Casillas and defender Sergio Ramos have reportedly told Real Madrid president Florentino Perez that "it's Mourinho or us" (via Marca).
Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho joined Real Madrid in 2010 after leading Inter Milan to the Champions League title that May. He also led Porto to the Champions League title in 2004.
Widespread reports have suggested Mourinho and Casillas have clashed throughout the season. According to the Marca report, "several" top players will put in transfer requests if Mourinho remains the manager next season.
Juventus Confirm Deal with Fernando Llorente
Spain international striker Fernando Llorente will join Juventus from Athletic Bilbao in the summer. Juventus confirmed the deal on Thursday at Juventus.com.
Llorente, 27, will leave Athletic as a free agent when his contract expires at the end of the season. He has agreed to a four-year deal with Juventus, according to the club.
Wilfried Zaha Set for Manchester United Medical?
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Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha will undergo a medical at Manchester United "in the next 48 hours," according to Sky Sports.
Zaha, 20, has been capped once by England. If he signs with United, Zaha is expected to be loaned back to Palace for the rest of the season.
According to ESPN FC, the transfer would cost £15 million.
Schalke Reject Improved Tottenham Bid for Lewis Holtby?
Schalke have rejected Tottenham Hotspur's latest bid for German international midfielder Lewis Holtby, according to Goal.com.
Holtby, 22, has signed a pre-contract with Tottenham and will join the London club on a free transfer in the summer. After an injury to Brazilian midfielder Sandro, Spurs have offered to pay a transfer fee to bring in Holtby this month.
"Spurs have increased their offer for Holtby, but only slightly," said Schalke executive Horst Heldt. "But it is still not acceptable. We have to wait."