Paper News and Gossip: Mourinho Wants Extended Chelsea Stay, Cardiff Calm

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterDecember 23, 2013

Paper News and Gossip: Mourinho Wants Extended Chelsea Stay, Cardiff Calm

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is hoping to emulate Arsene Wenger by remaining at the helm for another 12 years, according to reports on Monday.

    Mourinho returned to the Blues in the summer after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season, and is now looking to bring stability to the London club.

    Meanwhile, there appears to be some calm at Cardiff City after a week of turmoil at the Welsh club, claim newspaper articles.

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

Jose Mourinho Targets '12-Year' Stay at Chelsea

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    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is seeking a 12-year stay at Stamford Bridge before bowing out in the international arena, reports Andrew Dillon of The Sun (subscription required).

    Mourinho says his current deal is his "worst of the last six years," according to the article, but his love for Chelsea makes his current role an exciting one:

    I have four years remaining. I hope at the end of those four years we sit, analyse the situation and that will be the point where we are  both — the club and me — happy to carry on or happy to separate.

    My desire and my feeling is to work these four years and, after that, analyse  the situation.

    I would say 12 years. I’m 51 next month. I’d say 12 years, and two more to go to a World Cup with a national team.

    I would prefer the Portuguese team. England second, yes.

    Meanwhile, Mourinho has outlined why he will be preferring Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of Ashley Cole for the Premier League clash at Arsenal, reports David Woods of the Daily Star.

Louis Van Gaal Hints at Tottenham in Summer as Tim Sherwood Confirms Interest

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    Dutch coach Louis van Gaal has hinted at an interest in the managerial vacancy at Tottenham, but insists he will not take on a dual role with his current position as Holland boss, report Neil Ashton and Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail.

    Regardless, current Spurs interim manager Tim Sherwood has voiced his desire to take on the role in a more permanent capacity, according to the report.

    Sherwood changed the Tottenham line-up to include a two-man forward line for the trip to Southampton on Sunday, and was rewarded with a 2-1 win.

    Bleacher Report guest columnist Glenn Hoddle has also thrown his hat into the ring to replace Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane. 

Calm at Cardiff as Malky Mackay Stays After Stormy Week with Owner Vincent Tan

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    The crisis at Cardiff City between manager Malky Mackay and owner Vincent Tan appears to be over, according to Ian Gordon of The Sun (subscription required).

    Bluebirds chairman Mehmet Dalman has acted as a peacemaker between the two men after Cardiff fans offered a ringing endorsement of the manager after the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.

    In the article, Dalman is quoted as saying:

    Vincent has agreed I can go into bat to try to find a solution.

    Malky is in charge for the foreseeable future and will be until something else happens.

    The crisis for the time being is over.

    Cardiff fans stayed behind for half-an-hour after the game at Anfield to chant Mackay's name, after being joined by Liverpool fans in backing the Scottish manager during the match. 

Barcelona Boss Gerardo Martino Future Depends on UCL Win over Manchester City

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    The future of Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino could depend on the Champions League last-16 tie with Manchester City, claims Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required).

    According to Kastrinakis, reports in Martino's native Argentina suggest he will leave the Camp Nou in the summer, just a year after being appointed to succeed Tito Vilanova.

    Barcelona president Sandro Rosell says Martino will stay beyond the current campaign, but the manager himself is less certain, claims The Sun article.

    Barca are currently top of La Liga, but Kastrinakis claims that retaining the title will not save Martino's job if they fail to progress beyond City in the Champions League. 

Bits and Pieces: Ross Barkley, Arsenal, Gervinho, Alex Buttner, Shane Long

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    Everton midfielder Ross Barkley scored a tremendous free-kick to claim a 2-1 win for the Toffees at Swansea on Sunday to claim the headlines on Monday.

    Former Everton and England striker Gary Lineker used his Twitter feed (@GaryLineker) to applaud the midfielder as a "prodigious talent," reports Chris Richards of the Daily Mirror.

    Arsenal are set to lose out to Roma in the chase for Barcelona's Antonio Sanabria, reports Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

    Gunners manager Arsene Wenger believes Mesut Ozil can be the club's new Robert Pires, claims John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    Arsenal and Liverpool target Pedro will evaluate his future at the end of the season with Barcelona, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Express.

    Former Arsenal striker Gervinho was guilty of an alarming miss for Roma in the Serie A clash against Catania, notes Elliott Bretland of the Daily Mail.

    Manchester United defender Alex Buttner is wanted by Fulham, claims Darren Witcoop of the Daily Mirror.

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce is targeting another bid for West Brom striker Shane Long next month, according to Paul O'Hehir of the Daily Mirror