Paper News & Gossip: Ashley Cole, Joe Hart Fury, Barcelona-Messi Row Brewing?

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterDecember 14, 2013

Paper News & Gossip: Ashley Cole, Joe Hart Fury, Barcelona-Messi Row Brewing?

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    England teammates Ashley Cole and Joe Hart are furious with their respective clubs, Chelsea and Manchester City, after being sidelined, claims one report on Saturday.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could be set to hand striker Luis Suarez the captain's armband for the game at Tottenham on Sunday.

    And one report claims there could be trouble ahead at Barcelona between superstar names Neymar and Lionel Messi.

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

Ashley Cole and Joe Hart 'Anger' at Being Dropped from First Teams

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    Chelsea defender Cole and Manchester City goalkeeper Hart fear they may be facing World Cup heartbreak after being dropped from their respective first teams, reports Martin Blackburn of The Sun (subscription required).

    Blackburn claims both England international are angry at being dropped from their teams for Premier League matches this weekend.

    Cole and Hart both played in the Champions League this week but are expected to return to the bench on Saturday, claims the report.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has laughed off a transfer link with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    Mourinho is also monitoring the future of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, reports Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

Luis Suarez Set to Captain Liverpool in Absence of Steven Gerrard

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    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could hand the captain's armband to striker Suarez for the game at Tottenham on Sunday, reports David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.

    With club skipper Steven Gerrard injured and vice-captain Daniel Agger just returning to fitness, the Anfield boss is considering the Uruguay international for the captaincy at White Hart Lane:

    Would Luis be ready for the captaincy? One hundred and fifty per cent. Absolutely.

    We shall see who will be captain. Daniel Agger is fit. He didn’t train at the start of the week because he was ill, but he has been training now and he’s available for selection.

    You’ll just have to wait and see what my decision is at White Hart Lane.

    Liverpool have been linked with a move for FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah, reports Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

Trouble Ahead for Barcelona over Neymar and Lionel Messi?

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    Barcelona might have scored a spectacular own goal in a potential row with Lionel Messi over the transfer fee and salary for Neymar, claims Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required).

    According to Kastrinakis, Messi's contract "must be revised every time a player joins on a higher wage," but this has not happened since the Brazil international arrived from Santos in the summer.

    The article claims Messi and his agent and father Jorge are "furious" at the matter.

    Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is also becoming a frustrated figure at the Camp Nou due to a lack of playing time, according to Kastrinakis.

Adnan Januzaj Wants to Stay at Manchester United

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    Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj says he never wants to leave Old Trafford, reports Chris Richards of the Daily Mirror.

    The 18-year-old has been a highlight in a disappointing start to the season for United manager David Moyes, but the player insists he sees his career at the club:

    It was my first choice and I have signed for them.

    I am happy here.

    If I could play all my life at Manchester United I would do it for the club.

    Meanwhile, Moyes is confident United striker Rooney will remain at the club beyond his current deal, reports Martin Blackburn of The Sun (subscription required).

    Moyes is also eyeing transfer moves for Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin, reports Paul Gorst of the Daily Mirror.

Bits and Pieces: Bacary Sagna, Manuel Pellegrini, Mario Balotelli, Andy Carroll

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    Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna is set to sign a new two-year deal at the Emirates Stadium, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    The France international has been an integral part of the Gunners' success so far this season and is poised to end any speculation over his future at the club.

    Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has offered a fascinating look at his life in an interview with Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph.

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted his Champions League error at Bayern Munich this week, reports Graham Chase of the Daily Telegraph.

    Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio could be allowed to leave the club as the Italian giants count the cost of Champions League dismissal this week, claims Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    AC Milan and Italy striker Mario Balotelli is determined to prove himself as one of the world's best at England's expense at the 2014 World Cup finals, reports Phil Thomas of The Sun (subscription required).

    West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan says the club would not have signed Andy Carroll if they had known he would have been injured for so long, reports Thom Drake of the Daily Mail.