Paper News and Gossip: Jose Mourinho Anger, Rooney Targets 2nd Champions League

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterFebruary 25, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Jose Mourinho Anger, Rooney Targets 2nd Champions League

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho heads the back-page agenda on Tuesday after some comments from an interview with French television found their way into the public domain.

    The Stamford Bridge boss drops a heavy hint at a move for Radamel Falcao and admits he has no forwards, according to reports.

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is eyeing a second Champions League title ahead of the tie against Olympiacos.

    But who else is making the headlines on Tuesday? Read on to find out more.

Jose Mourinho Fury as 'Private' Radamel Falcao Hint Is Revealed

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been left furious that a conversation he believed was private was recorded by a French television channel, reports Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph.

    According to Wilson, Mourinho did not realise a conversation with the owner of Swiss watch manufacturer Hublot was being recorded by Canal Plus.

    The Chelsea boss was caught making comments about Monaco striker Radamel Falcao and bemoaning the lack of forwards at Stamford Bridge and is quoted in the Telegraph report as saying:

    He (Falcao) doesn’t have a team.

    Who wants to play in front of 3,000 supporters?

    If I was one day to go to Monaco it would be the end, perhaps to prepare for retirement.

    According to the article, Mourinho also said of his own strike force:

    I have a team but no striker.

    The problem at Chelsea is that we are lacking a goalscorer.

    I have one (Samuel Eto’o) but he is 32, possibly 35, who knows?

    But former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba credits Mourinho as the best manager he has had, ahead of his Champions League reunion with the Blues in the tie against Galatasaray, reports Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required).

Wayne Rooney Targets 2nd Champions League Title Win with Manchester United

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    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney wants a second Champions League title with the club to enhance his legacy, reports Neil Custis of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Old Trafford star signed a bumper new deal with the club on Friday and now wants to add another European Cup to the 2008 win over Chelsea in Russia.

    Rooney is quoted as saying:

    To win one is never enough. Especially at this club, you need to keep trying to get into those finals. 

    The feeling you get as a player when you win those finals is incredible so there is no way you would want to stop at one.

    I think every player wants to win and I’m no different. 

    I grew up all my life wanting to win trophies — that’s my main aim. At Manchester United that’s what we aim to do — win trophies. 

    That is what you will be judged on when you’ve finished your career — not  just me but the whole team.

    Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have warned that midfielder Toni Kroos will be "going nowhere" after he was linked with United, reports Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star.

Arsenal Midfielder Mesut Ozil Set for Extended Break to Recharge

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will give record-signing Mesut Ozil an "extended break" from first-team duties to allow him to "recharge," reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    The Germany international was omitted from the squad for the Premier League win over Sunderland on Saturday, after a disappointing display in the Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich last week.

    According to Cross, Ozil suffered a dead leg in the loss to Bayern but is hopeful of being fit for the game at Stoke City this weekend.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal and Tottenham have been joined by Manchester United in the chase for Roma defender Mehdi Benatia, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

England Manager Roy Hodgson Considers Taking Psychologist to World Cup Finals

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    England manager Roy Hodgson is considering taking a psychologist to the World Cup finals to prevent further penalty woe for the team, reports Dominic Fifield of The Guardian.

    The Three Lions have lost major matches on six occasions, winning only one since the 1990 World Cup finals, and Hodgson is looking at ways to ensure the team does not suffer the same fate in Brazil.

    Hodgson is quoted as saying:

    I'm not averse to using a psychologist.

    We are considering the possibility of inviting someone with us but I think it's very important they're someone who is part of the group.

    I'm not sure just suddenly shipping someone in to give the players a lecture would work.

    I think there's another possibility, we should be encouraging players to know their penalty, to practise that penalty.

    When you practise penalties within your group the goalkeeper knows the players, so maybe we won't do it with a goalkeeper.

    Hodgson will also channel the Olympic spirit for England by inviting Team GB cycling chief Sir Dave Brailsford to speak to his squad, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

Marco Verratti Pledges His Future to Paris Saint-Germain

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    Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti insists he does not want to leave the Ligue 1 champions, despite reported interest from Manchester United, reports Colin Harvey of the Daily Star.

    But the 21-year-old Italian admits that his future with the French club will not be his decision to make, according to the article.

    Midfielder Verratti is quoted as saying:

    There is nothing that can make me leave PSG.

    I'm very comfortable both on and off the pitch. Not everyone has the opportunity to start with a great club like this one and grow and improve as a player.

    Next season I will still be in Paris, it’s not up to me but if it was my intention is to stay here.

West Brom Striker Nicolas Anelka Faces FA on Tuesday over Controversial Gesture

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    West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka will face a Football Association hearing on Tuesday into his controversial goal celebration against West Ham United earlier in the season, reports Ben Rumsby of the Daily Telegraph.

    The French striker made a "quenelle" gesture after scoring at Upton Park.

    The gesture is deemed to be anti-Semitic, but Anelka insists he was offering support for a comedian friend in France.

    But Rumsby warns that the FA verdict in the case could have wide-ranging implications for football and beyond.

    Rumsby wrote in his Telegraph article:

    The case promises either to validate or undermine the FA’s attempts to strengthen its stance on racism after the punishments given to John Terry and Luis Suarez.

    It has a significance well beyond football; Simon Johnson, interim chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council and a former FA director with responsibility for equality, argues it is “a vital test case for the whole fight against racism in this country”.

    It threatens to incite further unrest in France, where the government has banned the performances of Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, Anelka’s friend and the comedian who invented the quenelle, a gesture he insists is “anti-establishment” but the authorities judge to be anti-Semitic.

Bits and Pieces: Zinedine Zidane Junior, Mauricio Pochettino, Scott Sinclair

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    The son of Real Madrid and France legend Zinedine Zidane has chosen to pledge his international career to the same country as his father, reports The Guardian.

    Bernabeu youngster Enzo Alan Zidane Fernandez, who is known as Enzo Fernandez, has been called up to the France Under-19 side, although he could also have represented Spain and Algeria.

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has earmarked former club Paris Saint-German as a possible future destination in his career, reports Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star.

    Pochettino is quoted as saying:

    I liked coaching Espanyol where I was also a player, so I’d like to have the opportunity one day to lead Paris.

    I enjoyed my time there and had the chance to be captain. I spent three wonderful years there.

    I always look at the results of the club and their evolution.

    Scott Sinclair has held clear-the-air talks with West Brom head coach Pepe Mel after failing to make a mark on the first team since joining on loan from Manchester City last summer, reports Dave Armitage of the Daily Star.