World Football Gossip: Sir Alex Ferguson, Steven Gerrard, Kaka, Francesco Totti

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 4, 2013

World Football Gossip: Sir Alex Ferguson, Steven Gerrard, Kaka, Francesco Totti

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    Sir Alex Ferguson is set to miss the start of Manchester United's Premier League title defence next season, but what will be keeping the Old Trafford boss sidelined?

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has lit the blue-touch paper ahead of the Merseyside derby against Everton with his view on the Goodison Park club finishing above their city rivals for a second successive season.

    Why does Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes feel "exploited" after his club's relegation?

    And why could Brazil international Kaka be facing a difficult decision this summer?

    Read on to find out more.

Sir Alex Ferguson

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is facing the prospect of not being in the dug-out for the start of next season due to surgery (The Mirror).

    The 71-year-old has been troubled by a hip problem for some time, according to reports, but he did not want to miss the team's preseason schedule in Thailand, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong this summer.

    Ferguson will undergo surgery when the team returns on July 30 and before the Community Shield against either Manchester City or Wigan Athletic ahead of the new Premier League season, which means it will be unlikely that he will be moving freely again at the start of the campaign.

Steven Gerrard

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    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard claims Everton can never be considered the best team on Merseyside as they don't win as many trophies as their city rivals (The Metro).

    The Anfield midfielder hit out at the Goodison Park club ahead of the Merseyside derby, where the Blues can secure a second successive Premier League finish above the Reds.

    But Gerrard has dismissed any thoughts that Everton can consider themselves the top dogs on Merseyside due to their lack of silverware.

    Gerrard's relationship with Everton supporters has rarely been comfortable, but his latest words are certain to anger visiting fans at Anfield on Sunday.

Kaka

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    Real Madrid star Kaka is determined to force his way back into the first team, despite calls from Zico to quit the Bernabeu this summer.

    The Brazil international has failed to hit the heights since joining the La Liga giants for a then world record fee of £56 million in 2009 from AC Milan.

    Kaka is refusing to leave Real without proving himself in front of the supporters (Yahoo.com), but Brazil legend Zico believes the 31-year-old should cut his losses and return to his home country with Flamengo (Marca via Goal.com).

    The return of Kaka to Brazil would be a great boost for the country ahead of the 2014 World Cup Finals, but the future of Real coach Jose Mourinho remains unclear, which may open the door to the player staying in Spain.

Queens Park Rangers

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    Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes has admitted he was "exploited" as the club attempted to avoid relegation from the Premier League (BBC Sport).

    The Loftus Road side will drop into the Championship for next season after two years in the top flight.

    Fernandes spent big in a bid to ensure QPR remained among the elite of English football, spending £50 million of his personal fortune.

    Fernandes also concedes allowing midfielder Joey Barton to join Olympique de Marseille on a season-long loan this year was a mistake.

Francesco Totti

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    AS Roma striker Francesco Totti has assured supporters they will not see him lining up against their team in a competitive match (L'Equipe via Goal.com).

    The veteran striker has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, but the 36-year-old believes his next destination is likely to be the MLS in the United States rather than anywhere else in Europe.

    Totti also insists his respect for Roma fans will ensure he never plays for another Serie A club.