World Football Gossip Roundup: Wayne Rooney, Kevin Gameiro, David Villa
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the squad, Kevin Gameiro has found playing time hard to come by with Paris Saint-Germain this season.
No matter. According to the rumor mill, one of Germany's biggest clubs might be interested in his services.
Which one? That story is part of this Monday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, which also includes updates on Wayne Rooney, David Villa and more.
Keep reading for all the details.
Sir Bobby Charlton: Wayne Rooney Staying at Manchester United
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Wayne Rooney is still a "great player" and will play for Manchester United next season, according to Sir Bobby Charlton (via Daily Mail).
Charlton, 75, is the all-time leading scorer for both United and England. He won the World Cup with England in 1966.
Rooney, 27, started on the bench for United's Champions League match against Real Madrid last week. Since then, intense media speculation has linked him with a move away from Old Trafford.
Said Charlton: "Sir Alex Ferguson said he had no intentions of letting Wayne Rooney travel to anywhere and you have to abide by that, 100 per cent. He’s a great player. Why would we get rid of a great player? I think you’re being a bit premature."
Borussia Dortmund Tracking Kevin Gameiro?
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Borussia Dortmund are watching Paris Saint-Germain striker Kevin Gameiro, according to French newspaper L'Equipe (via ESPN FC).
Gameiro, 25, joined PSG from Lorient in 2011. He has scored five league goals this season in 17 appearances, 13 of which have come as a substitute.
Gameiro's total of five goals is second-best for PSG this season after Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Dortmund are expected to lose Polish striker Robert Lewandowski this summer.
Barcelona: No Arsenal Bid for David Villa
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Arsenal have not bid on Barcelona forward David Villa, according to Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta (via ESPN FC).
Villa, 31, has scored seven league goals in 19 appearances this season after returning from a long-term injury. He was linked heavily with a move to Arsenal in January but a deal never materialized.
“We did not receive a written offer from Arsenal,” said Zubizarreta. “He is an important player for us. We have spoken a lot with him about his situation and his recovery, because he continues to score goals and show his talent for finishing.”
Gareth Barry Expecting Changes at Manchester City
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Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry says he expects a shakeup this summer at the Etihad (via Goal.com).
Premier League champions last term, City trail rivals Manchester United by 12 points this season. City were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League in the group stage.
"Obviously they are the sort of conversations the lads have now and again," Barry said. "We’ve got the rest of this season and then one more year and there have been changes upstairs."
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Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes has signed a new contract with the club. He had been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal (via talkSPORT).
Hamburg are interested in Arsenal's Danish forward Nicklas Bendtner, who has not scored yet this season on loan with Juventus (via talkSPORT).
Barcelona's Dani Alves says he would "bet the kitchen sink we beat Milan" (via Marca).