Paper News & Gossip: Mandela Tributes, Moyes Denial, Suarez Stays

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterDecember 6, 2013

Paper News & Gossip: Mandela Tributes, Moyes Denial, Suarez Stays

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    The passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela dominates the newspaper headlines on Friday morning and the world of football has also been paying tribute.

    The announcement of Mandela's death at the age of 95 came late on Thursday night and major names in the game have paid their respects.

    Elsewhere in the papers, Manchester United manager David Moyes has denied making an insulting remark about Everton supporters after the defeat at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has voiced his desire to stay at Anfield after a sparkling performance against Norwich City on Wednesday.

    Who else is making the headlines on Friday? Read on to find out more.   

World Football Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela

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    The passing of Nelson Mandela has been greeted with numerous tributes across the football world, as Neil Rowlands of the Daily Mirror reported.

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter led the tributes to the man who spearheaded the fight against apartheid in South Africa:

    It is in deep mourning that I pay my respects to an extraordinary person, probably one of the greatest humanists of our time and a dear friend of mine: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

    He and I shared an unwavering belief in the extraordinary power of football to unite people in peace and friendship, and to teach basic social and educational values as a school of life.

    Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo thanked Mandela for his "legacy and example," while numerous major names such as Ruud Gullit offered their tributes, as Rowlands reported.

David Moyes Denies Insult to Everton Fans After Manchester United Defeat

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes has denied calling Everton supporters a "disgrace" after he was alleged to have made comments during a conversation with a Toffees fan in a Manchester hotel following his side's 1-0 defeat on Wednesday, report Chris Bascombe and Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph.

    The Old Trafford boss is alleged to have made the insulting remark after some travelling fans mocked him during the Premier League match, according to the report.

    Moyes angered Everton supporters with his transfer chase for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines during the summer, in which United offered £28 million for the pair.

    As the Telegraph noted, Moyes' comment that he would have found it difficult to keep both players if Sir Alex Ferguson had made an approach also infuriated Everton fans.

    Meanwhile, United midfielder Shinji Kagawa needed treatment for breathing problems at his home after the match, reports Guy Patrick of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Japan international did not require hospital treatment and United have confirmed that the player is back at full health.

    In transfer news, United midfielder Anderson has been linked with a loan move to FC Porto, according to John Cross of the Mirror. Meanwhile, Moyes and Arsenal are on alert after a Borussia Dortmund official admitted Ilkay Gundogan could leave the club, according to Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

    Elsewhere, Athletic Club Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera insists he will not be leaving amid talk of interest from United, claims Ed Malyon of the Mirror

Luis Suarez Wants to Stay at Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers Eyes Turkish Defender

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    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has fully put a summer of discontent behind him and voiced his desire to stay at Anfield, reports Paul Gorst of the Mirror.

    The Uruguay international has been in excellent form since returning from a 10-match suspension and is now looking at the Champions League with the Reds next season, according to the article.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Suarez can become a club legend like Kenny Dalglish if he stays with the Merseysiders, reports John Edwards of the Daily Mail.

    In fact, fellow Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani claims clubs would have to break the world-record transfer fee set by Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid to land Suarez, reports David Kent of the Mail.

    Meanwhile, Rodgers is considering a move for Fenerbahce and Turkey left-back Caner Erkin, Nick Lustig reports in the Star

Tottenham Manager Andre Villas-Boas 'Wanted' by FC Porto

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    Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is being considered for a possible return to FC Porto, reports Geoff Sweet of The Sun (subscription required).

    The former Chelsea boss has come under pressure after the 6-0 drubbing by Manchester City last month after a massive summer spending spree on his squad, claims the article.

    However, the Portuguese club are ready to welcome Villas-Boas back with open arms, according to Sweet.

    Matt Law of the Telegraph also reports that the White Hart Lane boss is under pressure from some board members and coaching staff to switch to a two-man forward line.

    Tottenham have scored just 13 goals in 14 Premier League games this season and Law claims there is a "strong feeling" in the club that Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe can help each other by playing together. 

Bits and Pieces: Roy Hodgson, Radamel Falcao, Roberto Di Matteo, Arsenal

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    England manager Roy Hodgson has upset dignitaries in the Brazilian town of Manaus after claiming he did not want to play in the tropical area of the country, report Donna Bowater and Ben Rumsby of the Telegraph.

    Hodgson was concerned that England would receive an unfavourable World Cup draw later on Friday, which would mean playing in the heat and humidity of northern regions of Brazil.

    However, his comments did not go down well with the mayor of Manaus, Arthur Virgilio Neto, who told the Telegraph:

    We Amazonians also prefer that England do not come.

    We hope a better national side comes, with more football and a more sensitive, cultured and educated coach.

    Here is one of the few people in the world who isn’t curious about the Amazon and doesn’t dream of knowing Manaus.

    Monaco have placed an £80 million price tag on striker Radamel Falcao, but would accept either Fernando Torres or Demba Ba in an exchange deal for the Colombia international, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    Fulham could offer their long-term managerial role to Roberto Di Matteo after placing Rene Meulensteen in charge of first-team affairs following the sacking of Martin Jol, reports John Cross in the Mirror.

    Arsenal are weighing up a transfer move for Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi, reports Alan Wilson of the Mirror.

    Gunners winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has started running again after a knee problem in preparation for a first-team return at Christmas, Cross claims in the Mirror.