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WF Quotes of the Week: Bayern Warn Allianz Support, Berbatov Happy at Monaco

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2014

WF Quotes of the Week: Bayern Warn Allianz Support, Berbatov Happy at Monaco

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    With the January transfer window now firmly in the rearview mirror, normal service has resumed in the football fraternity and the quotes keep rolling in.

    This week, Monaco's latest signing Dimitar Berbatov has opened up about his decision to leave Fulham for the French Riviera, while Bayern Munich have sent a warning to some of their less loyal fans.

    A rejuvenated Darren Fletcher also lifts the lid on how things have been in the Manchester United dressing room, and Arsene Wenger talks about his first-day tube travels to Highbury.

    All that and more to come in the world football quotes of the week.

Per Mertesacker: '[Luis] Suarez Is Like a Cheeky Boy'

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    There was a time when it looked as though Per Mertesacker and Luis Suarez may have ended up playing alongside each other this season but a summer move to the Emirates wasn't to be for the Uruguayan.

    However, that hasn't stopped the German defender from longing after the Liverpool man, with Mertesacker recently praising the striker's talents, per the Guardian (h/t Metro's Jamie Sanderson):

    Suarez is like a cheeky boy. He looks like a cheeky boy who can really switch on and off how he wants to be, so that is really something. When he is on the pitch, what is going on around him doesn’t bother him.

    When we heard that Arsenal might be interested in him, obviously we [the squad] were up for it and we thought he would fit in. He is a pure striker that is what comes out after the transfer requests.

    Given the reputation that Suarez has cut out for himself as being one of Europe's deadliest finishers, "cheeky" may not be the first word that the player would use to describe himself.

    However, that doesn't seem to stop giant Mertesacker from looking upon the poacher as something less harmful.

Leyton Orient React to Fan's £150,000 Will Donation

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    Last May, John Burman passed away at the age of 55, a season-ticket holder at Leyton Orient and lifelong fan of the club.

    However, this week, it emerged that Burman had left the Os a substantial offering of £150,000 in his will, Orient subsequently dedicated this weekend's matchup against Peterborough to his memory.

    The London Evening Standard report club chairman Barry Hearn as saying the following:

    This is a wonderful gesture from John who was by all accounts a remarkable man. He was a true Orient supporter and we will be celebrating his life on Saturday, while the significant money he has left will ensure that his legacy lives on and the club he so passionately supported can live on and continue to grow.

    Compared to the inordinate sums of cash we may be more used to hearing among the Premier League, £150,000 may not seem like a significant amount, but one can be assured that Burman's contribution will go a long way.

Bayern Munich Statement on Home Support Penalties

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    Bayern Munich have fired a warning to those fans who aren't turning up for home matches as regularly as they should be, saying that season tickets can be revoked should a supporter not meet certain criteria.

    The Daily Mail's Kit Holden published text from a Bayern Munich statement, which reads:

    "Should the season ticket holder not be in the stadium for at least eight games in the current season, the club retains the right to cancel the ticket," the communication reads.

    The move has been made in a bid to stop fans only showing their faces for the more glamorous fixtures, and thus leaving their seats empty for the less popular matches.

    One can understand Bayern's frustration, in part, with new season-ticket hopefuls all probably waiting to pounce on any seats that may become vacated.

Darren Fletcher: 'There Have Been a Few Snaps'

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    Darren Fletcher admits that a frustrating 2013-14 campaign at Old Trafford has led to spats in the Manchester United dressing room.

    The Sun (h/t ESPN) report the Scotland international as saying that there has been a few low moments this term, but he is confident of seeing things liven up again:

    Spirits are down at times. There is no doubt about that. The players are hurting. The dressing room is full of good character but it's not the liveliest at the moment and that is understandable.

    We would be more concerned if people were coming in happy, accepting the situation. A lot are angry, there have been a few snaps. Different things like that are understandable. I like to see that. Once the success comes back, that is when the dressing room becomes a fun and lively place again.

    So, while the Red Devils midfielder is pleased to see people so upset, Fletcher would undoubtedly be happy to see the current mood receive a boost, something which only a top four finish might provide.

Dimitar Berbatov on Monaco Move: 'I Like to Do Beautiful Things on the Pitch'

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    Dimitar Berbatov's deadline day move to Monaco wasn't a massive shock, given the Bulgarian's previous hints at a move away from the west London club.

    However, the forward has rubbed some extra salt in the wound after opening up about his Ligue 1 switch, per Neil McLeman of The Mirror:

    I was looking for something new. When Monaco contacted me, I spoke about it with Patrice Evra, one of my very good friends, and he said good things about the team. I know Ricardo Carvalho - I played against him in England - so I don't feel like a new player.

    In fact, it was easy for me to chose. It is a great team and I know the coach (Claudio Ranieri) who worked in England. It is a new adventure.

    Football is for intelligent people. I feel in form. We will see in the upcoming matches and and weeks if I am the same. I like to do beautiful things on the pitch, I like to entertain and make people dream. I have seen good things in training and I hope my style will gel the team.

    Going from a relegation fight in the English top flight to a title challenge in France is a remarkable turn of events for the striker, who evidently has higher hopes in his new surroundings.

Arsene Wenger: 'You Know What? I Have Taken the Tube Once'

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    Arsene Wenger has grown to become one of the most recognisable faces in football, an icon to some in the sport. But it wasn't always the case.

    In fact, the Gunners chief recently told of how his first day at Highbury began with a trip on the tube, according to The Mirror's John Cross:

    You know what? I have taken the tube once, as Arsenal manager.

    When I arrived, Pat (Rice) told me to go to Potters Bar and take the tube to go to Highbury, so I took the Tube. At the time nobody knew me. I sat there. It was when I arrived the first week. But it changed quickly!

    After 18 years in the English top flight, Wenger is now the longest-serving active manager in the division, and he is certainly one of the longer club staples in Europe.

    Things have come a long way from Potters Bar, though.

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