WF Quotes of the Week: Jose Mourinho Slams Arsene Wenger, Paolo Di Canio Vents

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2014

WF Quotes of the Week: Jose Mourinho Slams Arsene Wenger, Paolo Di Canio Vents

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    With the FA Cup once again taking a grip on England, the Bundesliga returning from its winter break and a raft of transfer dashes being made, it was a busy week in football.

    And as is only right, all that action comes with a tantalising sample of easy-to-digest soundbites and tit-bits that can't help but go down well.

    That is unless you're Arsene Wenger, who this week drew some unexpected criticism from Jose Mourinho, sparking a spat between the two Premier League bosses that any fight fan can get along with.

    If that wasn't enough, Paolo Di Canio may be without a club at present, but it didn't stop the controversial manager from making headlines with some big claims of his own.

    Read on for all that and more in the world football quotes of the week.

Yaya Toure: 'Would I Sign for PSG? Why Not?'

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    As one of Europe's finest midfielders, it's only natural that Yaya Toure draws the attention of some of the continental big guns; it's part of the day-to-day for such a talent, after all.

    However, it's far from advisable to actually admit where one would like to find themselves playing in the future, especially if your side are currently in the midst of an extremely tight league campaign and chasing silverware across numerous tournaments.

    However, the Ivorian didn't pay any mind to those rules and, when quizzed by French radio station RMC on his chances of moving to Paris Saint-Germain, Toure is reported by the Metro's Jamie Sanderson as saying:

    "Would I sign for PSG? Why not? I have great respect for them. In life you never know what will happen."

    It's something that Citizens won't be over the moon to hear, but at least Manchester City are in a position of power where they're in no dire need of the funds and can at least strive to keep their star around until his contract expires in June 2017.

Samuel Eto'o: 'I Personally Prefer Mallorca'

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    With his one-year deal at Stamford Bridge set to come to its end this summer, it seems Samuel Eto'o has already made his mind up regarding where he's moving next.

    Having spent four years with Mallorca between 2000 and 2004, the Cameroonian international is eager to return to his former stomping grounds, according to the Express' Ben Jefferson:

    I'll always like Barca, but I personally prefer Mallorca.

    My son has pressured me to finish my career there, as he is from there.

    I have signed on at Chelsea for the entire season and will try to enjoy it. Later we will see.

    Eto'o has just written himself into the good books at Chelsea after netting a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Manchester United, but West Londoners may not want to get too used to the sight of their striker in blue.

Paolo Di Canio: 'The Most Unprofessional Players I've Ever Worked With'

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    Paolo Di Canio's first foray into Premier League management was far from the success he will have been hoping for, spending just six months at the Sunderland helm.

    Given his past reputation for controversy, it wasn't such a shock to hear that the former Lazio and West Ham attacker didn't go down so well with all in his squad, however.

    Sky Sports have quotes from the manager lifting the lid on what he sees as some of the reason for his Stadium of Light failure:

    These two players (Cattermole and Bardsley) were rotten - the most unprofessional players I've ever worked with. What Bardsley has done in the last year speaks volumes. Photos of him lying on the floor in a casino covered by £50 notes and laughing at the team losing on the opening day, that's public.

    It's no surprise these players were kicked out of my plans. The reason Sunderland stayed up at the end of last season was because Cattermole was injured and Bardsley played very little.

    The Italian elaborated on his relationship with Steven Fletcher, too, who's alleged to have stated that he was unable to smile or laugh in training:

    This is a man who was filmed spitting on the back of a rickshaw driver in London. What sort of role model is that, who behaves like this? I don't like people fooling around when we're having a serious discussion about strategy. I don't like people who laugh when they keep missing the goal in training or miss a tackle that leads to conceding a goal.

    Say what you like about his proficiency as a tactician or a moulder of men, but one thing Di Canio can always be relied upon for is a nugget of verbal gold.

Louis van Gaal: 'I Want To Work In The Premier League'

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    Louis van Gaal sits as one of the most respected figures in European football management, so to hear that the Dutchman is interested in a Premier League position in the future is an extremely exciting prospect.

    The 62-year-old has, by large, produced on a mass scale wherever he's been boss, whether it's with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Ajax, AZ Alkmaar or indeed the national team.

    Now, it seems, van Gaal is keen to enter English waters. Sky Sports (via Andy Hodgson of the London Evening Standard) has the quotes:

    I want to work in the Premier League because that is the league I have not worked in yet.  I want to coach here in the Premier League because I think Spain, Germany and England are the strongest competitions. That is an ambition and who knows.

    The English top flight just underwent a massive change of management among its biggest clubs this past summer, so it's difficult to see which club may next have an opening that would pull van Gaal's gaze.

    That being said, the experienced tactician would be a major coup for any outfit able to land him, with Tottenham known to have made an approach for his services earlier this season, per Hodgson's report.

Mike Ford: 'He Fell out of a Tree When He Was Trying to Get a Cat'

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    Oxford City were struck with a freak injury blow this week after it emerged that goalkeeper Victor Francoz had been injured attempting to rescue a cat from a tree.

    However, manager Mike Ford failed to see the funny side of matters, and told the Oxford Mail's Nick Farrant:

    It’s ridiculous. I’ve not got any sympathy for him at all because he’s done it to himself. He fell out of a tree when he was trying to get a cat.

    He’s got a deep cut and unfortunately now we don’t have Victor because he’s gone back to France for a couple of weeks to have treatment.

    You just don’t get professional players climbing trees. It’s annoying because I wanted to have a choice with the keepers. Did I want to go with Victor, who is like an outfield player with gloves or Mark? Unfortunately, now I’ve got no alternative.

    As the manager of a Conference North side attempting to gain prominence, it's an extremely frustrating revelation.

    As the average neutral looking for a laugh? Hilarious.

Jose Mourinho: 'Wenger Complaining Is Normal, Because He Always Does'

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    Jose Mourinho retaliated in more than equal portion to claims fired in his direction from Arsene Wenger, who took a slight swing at the Chelsea boss for the way in which they conducted Juan Mata's sale to Manchester United.

    Earlier in the week, the Gunners' boss had stated that Chelsea "could have sold him last week," per BBC Sport, hinting that there were tactical motives behind the decision to delay a deal past their most recent meeting with the Red Devils.

    Mourinho would hit back, though, as that report states, saying:

    Wenger complaining is normal, because he always does. Normally he should be very happy that Chelsea sold a player like Juan Mata, but this is also a little bit his nature.

    When he says this is not fair, I think what is not fair is that his team always has the best days to play. This week, a week without midweek games, what everybody wants to do is to play earlier to have more time to rest for the next week.

    This is not fair, and when you go to the fixtures during the season, it's never fair, because they always get the right time to rest, the right time to play.

    It's a fairly low blow from the Blues boss, considering Wenger could of course have no influence over exactly when his team play their matches.

    That being said, who doesn't love a good cat fight? Especially when the two contenders are some of the biggest names in world football.

Ian Evatt on Paul Ince's Sacking: 'Absolutely Delighted'

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    Having left Bloomfield Road last July, it's been a number of months since Ian Evatt last had to deal with Blackpool manager Paul Ince and whatever controversies he brought to the club.

    However, that didn't stop the Chesterfield defender from commenting on Ince's recent sacking via his Instagram account, which the Independent's Simon Rice reported as reading: "Absolutely delighted this arrogant bozz eyed joke of a manager has got the sack!! Sacked from a text message glad he got shown the same respect I got from him #justice."

    It's safe to say there can't have been much love lost between the ex-Tangerines.

Franz Beckenbauer on Mario Mandzukic: 'He Can Pack His Bags'

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    Mario Mandzukic's position at Bayern Munich has become far less secure than what was previously thought after a drop in training motivation would appear to have hurt the striker's first-team chances.

    The Croatian was left in the stands for the Friday night fixture against Borussia Monchengladbach, and Sky Sports quote honorary Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer as hinting his time at the Allianz Arena could be done:

    Mandzukic could pack his bags. I see Lewandowski in the attack, his playing style is suited for (Pep) Guardiola's ideas than that of Manduzkic.

    There are even more reasons why he could leave - even without him, Guardiola could still count on Thomas Mueller and Mario Goetze in attack.

    The announcement of Robert Lewandowski's impending summer arrival at the Bavarian club could undoubtedly have had its impact on the player, who now seems much more available on the market.

    It's a big loss for Bayern, considering all that Mandzukic has contributed in his two seasons with the side, so it's just as well they've got one of the world's finest finishers soon to arrive as a free transfer.