Paper Review: Mourinho Hits Back, New Wenger Deal, No Reina Return

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterSeptember 28, 2013

Paper Review: Mourinho Hits Back, New Wenger Deal, No Reina Return

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    The feud between Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas continued in Saturday's newspapers as the Chelsea manager hit back at his Tottenham counterpart ahead of their Premier League clash at White Hart Lane.

    Villas-Boas outlined the details of how the pair's relationship fell apart after he had worked with Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan. But Mourinho was in spiky form as he returned fire.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking to extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium, but which former Gunners star is looking to the continent to begin his career?

    Why won't Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina be returning to the Anfield club when his loan deal at Napoli expires?

    Manchester United manager David Moyes is considering a new contract for one of his young stars and Sunderland caretaker boss Kevin Ball is already making his mark after replacing Paolo Di Canio.

    But who else is making the headlines on Saturday? Read on to find out more.

Jose Mourinho Source Hits out at Villas-Boas Claims over Broken Relationship

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    Chelsea manager Mourinho ended his relationship with Villas-Boas after hearing that the Spurs boss has been talking behind his back, claims David Woods of the Daily Star.

    Woods quotes a source close to Mourinho as saying that Villas-Boas did not speak directly about his future role under the former Real Madrid coach, as the White Hart Lane boss claimed earlier this week (via BBC Sport).

    The pair will meet for the first time as club managers on Saturday, but Mourinho refused to become too embroiled in a row when asked about his former "apprentice" ahead of the game, as Woods reported.

    It's a personal thing. I don't care about what he says.

    I had so many assistants in my career, I was always an open book to all of them. I'm not a kid to discuss these things with the media.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata insists his self-belief remains strong, despite not featuring regularly under Mourinho, reports Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph.

Arsene Wenger Targets 20 Years, as Sol Campbell Begins Manager Career Abroad

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    Arsenal manager Wenger is celebrating 17 years in charge of the club this weekend but is now looking to extend his stay to 20 years, reports Mark Irwin of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Gunners boss was sitting at the top of the Premier League table heading into this weekend and looking for an eighth successive league win away from home when they travel to Swansea.

    Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke wants Wenger to stay beyond his current deal, which ends next year, and the Frenchman also wants to remain in charge.

    I will sign when we find the time. I don’t know when that will be but it is straightforward and I don’t think it’s the most important problem at the moment.

    I would love to stay at Arsenal for ever because that would mean I am immortal, but in this job you work like you are always going to be here while knowing that it can end any day.

    Meanwhile, former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell will look abroad to begin his coaching career after becoming frustrated at the archaic attitudes to black managers in English football, as Sachin Nakrani of The Guardian reported.

    I want to start abroad. There are no opportunities for me here, not until attitudes change anyway.

    Everyone has to ask themselves why there are not more black managers in this country...I've spoken to other black players who want to coach and they feel the same, that attitudes here are archaic.

    I hope and pray the environment changes.

    Former Arsenal star Robert Pires is training with the Gunners, leading Jack De Menezes of The Independent to speculate on a possible return for the 39-year-old.

Pepe Reina Will Not Return to Liverpool After Napoli Loan Ends

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    Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina will not be returning to Anfield when his loan spell at Napoli ends, writes Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail.

    Reina has been a key figure for Napoli manager Rafael Benitez in Serie A this season and saved a Mario Balotelli penalty against AC Milan last weekend to ensure victory for his new team.

    But the Spaniard claims his days at Anfield are now numbered with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers preferring Simon Mignolet as his No. 1 this season.

    Meanwhile, Liverpool will challenge Arsenal for the signature of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore in January, reports Gary Jones of the Daily Star.

David Moyes Preparing New Deal for Manchester United Starlet Adnan Januzaj

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    Manchester United manager Moyes is set to offer Adnan Januzaj a new contract at Old Trafford, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

    The 18-year-old has made an impressive impact on the first team during his appearances so far this season.

    But Januzaj has also attracted the attention of Juventus and Manchester City, as John Edwards of the Daily Mail reported, and Moyes is keen to keep the player at United.

    He’s a Manchester United player and I’m sure he will be.

    We think this is the best place for producing and giving young players an opportunity. It’s part of my remit to promote young players and Adnan has been promoted already.

    The next part is to become a regular first-team player. He’s keen to stay but he has some­ influences around him.

    United have also been linked with a move for Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

Bits and Pieces: Sunderland, Champions League, Diego Costa, Salomon Kalou

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    Sunderland caretaker manager Kevin Ball has reintroduced tomato ketchup to players' meals as he makes changes in the wake of Paolo Di Canio's sacking last weekend, reports Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror.

    Di Canio introduced a number of strict rules during his short tenure at the Stadium of Light before his departure and Ball has relaxed a number of those measures, according to the report.

    Fulham are set to challenge Sunderland for the services of Gus Poyet as manager, reports Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star.

    ITV Sport is facing an anxious wait on its future Champions League coverage after UEFA awarded French broadcast rights to subscription channel beIN Sport rather than terrestrial television, reports Charles Sale of the Daily Mail.

    Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa could be at the centre of a World Cup tug of war between Brazil and Spain, claims Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required).

    Former Chelsea midfielder Salomon Kalou is eyeing a return to the Premier League from Lille, claims John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    Everton are considering a move for Valencia and Mexico winger Andres Guardado, writes Gary Jones of the Daily Star.