World Football Gossip Roundup: Isco, Thomas Muller, Pepe Reina, Arsene Wenger

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterFebruary 19, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Isco, Thomas Muller, Pepe Reina, Arsene Wenger

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    While Isco hints that he might be heading for a bigger club, Thomas Muller is making it clear he's happy to stay where he is.

    The tales of those two attacking midfielders lead this Tuesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside, we also have updates on Arsene Wenger, Roberto Mancini, Pepe Reina and more.

    Keep reading for all the details.

Isco Open to Move Away from Malaga

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    Spanish midfielder Isco says he is open to leaving Malaga, if the move helps the club (AS via ESPN FC).

    Isco, a 20-year-old playmaker, signed a new contract with Malaga in January. But widespread reports have continued to link him with a move away from the financially troubled club following the season. Isco's new contract is thought to have a €35 million release clause.

    “I am not afraid, because my head is focused here,” Isco said. “Any club who pays that much money will surely be a big club. Then, if it is to help Malaga, I would not have a problem accepting a departure which would be good for everyone.”

    Malaga visit Porto in the Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday.

Arsene Wenger Denies Reports of New Arsenal Contract

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied reports that he will be offered a two-year contract extension with the London club (via BBC Sport).

    Wenger, 63, has managed Arsenal since 1996, and has won three league titles and four FA Cups in 16-plus seasons. The Gunners have not won a trophy since 2005.

    "It's the wrong information," Wenger said of the report from The Sun. "I think I deserve a bit more credit than wrong information that has only one intention—to harm."

Thomas Muller Wants to Spend His Whole Career with Bayern Munich?

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    German international midfielder Thomas Müller says he wants to remain with Bayern Munich for his entire career (Kicker via Goal.com).

    Müller, 23, turned professional with Bayern in 2008 after coming through the club's youth system. He has secured a regular first-team place this season, and his current contract runs until 2017.

    "I'm rooted here and would only have to challenge that stance if I am deteriorating," Müller said. "…I see an extremely bright future here. I feel support at Bayern now, and do not feel that I am on probation games the whole time, and will be dropped at the slightest wobble."

    Müller has scored 15 goals with 10 assists in all competitions this season.

Pepe Reina Denies Barcelona Rumors

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    Liverpool and Spain international goalkeeper Pepe Reina says he will not join Barcelona this summer, contrary to widespread reports concerning his future (via Sky Sports).

    Reina, 30, joined Liverpool from Villarreal in 2005. Victor Valdes, Barcelona's current No. 1 goalkeeper, has said he will not re-sign with the club when his contract expires in 2014.

    "Any talk of me joining Barca is just speculation," said Reina. "I've got a contract at Liverpool and I'm very happy here."

Roma Offer Roberto Mancini Return Route to Serie A?

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    AS Roma are ready to offer Italian manager Roberto Mancini a £4.5 million-per-year contract this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    Mancini, 48, took over from Mark Hughes at City in 2009. He formerly managed Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter Milan in his native Italy.

    Mancini signed a new five-year contract less than one year ago and reportedly makes £7.5 million per season with City.

    Roma fired manager Zdenek Zeman earlier this month. Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly another possible candidate for the Roma job.

Quick Kicks

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    Chelsea captain John Terry calls for owner Roman Abramovich to give Frank Lampard (pictured) a new contract (via Daily Telegraph).

    Potential strike threatens renovations on Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium ahead of the 2014 World Cup (via The Guardian).

    Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko could take a paycut to join Germain champions Borussia Dortmund (via The Sun).

    Tottenham Hotspur are interested in Aston Villa's Belgian forward Christian Benteke (via Daily Mirror).

    On-loan Bayern Munich forward Nils Petersen again says he wants to stay with Werder Bremen (via ESPN FC).

    Arsenal target Bayern's Luiz Gustavo for £15 million summer move (via Goal.com).