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  1. Radamel Falcao news conference from 16:30 BST
  2. Daniel Sturridge out for up to three weeks - Rodgers
  3. Hull City "for sale", says owner
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By Gary Rose

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That's a wrap for today's Sportsday. We've learned that Falcao is hopeful of Champions League football for Manchester United next season, Tom Cleverly promises to "prove people wrong" at Aston Villa and Napoli reveal a new denim football kit. Join us tomorrow for all the latest sports news and build up to the weekend's Premier League action.

'Torres more useful than Balotelli'


Fernando Torres will be "more useful" to AC Milan than Mario Balotelli, according to the club's goalkeeper Diego Lopez.

Milan signed Torres on loan from Chelsea following Balotelli's £16m departure to Liverpool during the transfer window.

"We're talking about a player who has done amazing things, who has experience, speed, and will be important. Balotelli? Torres will be more useful as he has shown the characteristics needed to win,"

Lopez told Milan Channel.

Players will adapt to philosophy - Van Gaal


Louis van Gaal on his new signings: "They have to perform our philosophy. The players we have selected will do it better, otherwise we don't have to buy those players."

Falcao confident of Champions League spot


Radamel Falcao: "Every player wants to play in the Champions League. This year's it's not possible, but we have confidence to achieve qualification fort next season's Champions League."


Radamel Falcao: "Manchester United has very good players and that reason makes it easier to play football. I am used to life in cities like this. I don't think I will have an adaptation problem."

Falcao has no concerns about adjusting


Radamel Falcao: "I feel very good in myself, I am very happy to be here. When you talk about a settling in period, when you are surrounded by quality players it makes any settling in period a lot easier."

Van Gaal wants to give players a chance

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: ""First of all, how do you fit all the players? We bought five players and one player on loan and maybe we can buy him, that's Falcao, and we let go 14 players.

"How to fit in these players is not so difficult when you let go 14 players. When you don't let go players to another club then you are never allowed to give youth player a chance, because of this policy we give youth players a chance.

"But the question is if they take the chance. It's of course more risky but it's the only way to do it and Manchester United has always home-grown players in the squad."

Blind happy to play anywhere


Daley Blind: "I can play as a defender and as a midfielder. I want to play and where I play is up to the coach and I will try do my best."

No concerns over injury - Falcao


Radamel Falcao: "I started to play two months ago with Monaco, I improved in the last couple of months, I have scored goals and I am confident with my physical form and I am comfortable with my knee."

Man Utd move dream come true - Falcao


Radamel Falcao: "I'm very happy to be here, it's a big challenge for me, for my career and I always dream to be in a club like Manchester United."

Man Utd news conference

Louis van Gaal, Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind have settled into their seats at the Manchester United news conference, their words coming up now...

Monk has 'no problem' with Mourinho


Swansea manager Garry Monk insists there is no problem between him and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as they prepare to face each other in the Premier League on Saturday.

Mourinho failed to shake hands with Monk after a controversial Liberty Stadium contest between the two clubs last April, which Chelsea won 1-0.

Chico Flores was sent off early on after picking up a second yellow card, with Monk complaining the Swansea defender only saw red after the Chelsea bench and manager put pressure on the fourth official and their players surrounded referee Phil Dowd.

"It's not a big deal for myself," Monk said. "I'm probably not the only one who he hasn't shaken hands with."

West Brom have injury concerns


West Brom head coach Alan Irvine has refused to rule any of his injured players out of facing Everton.

The Hawthorns chief has been sweating on 12 first-team players ahead of the Toffees' Premier League visit on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster has trained after injuring his thumb on England duty as has Joleon Lescott, who suffered a knee problem in pre-season. Gareth McAuley (ankle), Chris Brunt (calf) and Graham Dorrans (heel) are also available after injury scares on international duty.

He said: "They will all be in the squad but I'm not saying any are 100% because they have not done enough work with us."

Man Utd news conference


BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Old Trafford: "In the next 10 minutes we are expecting to hear from Manchester United's two latest recruits - Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind - alongside a beaming Louis van Gaal.

"As you would expect, the Europa Suite here at Old Trafford is brimming with crews from across the world. The players are currently having their pictures taken with club shirts and scarves down by the pitch. A little earlier I spotted one of the club's sport marketing men dashing down the tunnel with a pair of branded trainers for one of the two new boys.

"I'll bring you more news a little later."

Falcao and Blind to speak to media


Manchester United's new signings Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind took part in training with their new team-mates earlier today.

Manchester United
Manchester United

They will be speaking to the media soon and we will have their quotes right here in Sportsday.

Brandle wins stage five


Austria's Matthias Brandle won the fifth stage of the Tour of Britain, a 177.3km (110.3 mile) stage around Devon from Exmouth to Exeter.

The 24-year-old, the lone survivor of a breakaway, held on for a stage victory for the IAM Cycling team ahead of Shane Archbold and Maarten Wynants. Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski finished seventh to retain the lead, with no change in the overall standings.

Meanwhile, Britain's Ben Swift was fifth for Team Sky. His team-mate Sir Bradley Wiggins remains sixth overall.

Cleverley out to prove doubters wrong


Midfielder Tom Cleverley says he has to prove "a lot of people wrong" during his season-long loan move to Aston Villa.

"The last 12 months haven't been easy," said Cleverley, who has joined Villa from Manchester United. "When you're at a big club like United and don't win trophies it never is.

"I've got a lot of people to prove wrong and I'm excited by that. It's probably made me have a tougher personality."

Sometimes agents are irresponsible - Cleverley


Midfielder Tom Cleverley admits his loan move from Manchester United to Aston Villa was delayed because of his agents but says it was out of his hands.

Villa have signed the 25-year-old on a season-long loan, with the

deal struck late on transfer deadline day.

"It was just a case of what was going to be the best deal for me and honestly it was more out of my hands than anything," he said.

"It's a modern day part of football. Agents are massively involved and sometimes they don't act as responsibly as they should do. It's a tough one, it was a crazy day."

Orient sign Petrasso


Leyton Orient sign Queens Park Rangers winger Michael Petrasso

on a one-month loan deal.

The 19-year-old Canada Under-20 international had spells on loan at Oldham and Coventry last season.

"Orient did very well last season and caught my eye and I just want to help here in anyway I can," Petrasso says. "I've had two loans in League One before which were great for me. This season I want to keep getting games under my belt and keep improving."


Rory McIlroy has won the Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month award for the third time this year following his August triumph at the US PGA Championship.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman clinched the fourth major championship of his career at Valhalla, where he won by one shot from Phil Mickelson.

It followed his Open Championship victory in July, and his BMW PGA Championship win in May, both of which were followed by McIlroy being handed the monthly European Tour award recognition.

Tiote in Newcastle squad

Southampton v Newcastle (13 September 15:00 BST)

Newcastle's Rolando Aarons will miss Saturday's match against Southampton because of a hamstring injury but Cheick Tiote will be included in the squad.

"Tiote will be in the squad (for Saturday) if he comes back fit from international duty," says Pardew of the Ivory Coast midfielder who has recovered from a hamstring injury.

"Southampton away is a fixture that has been hard on us the last couple of years and we need to improve on that."



It is evidently team photo day in the Premier League today, with the Arsenal squad following on from Everton to pose for their official shoot.

Lots of smiles on the right side of the picture, not so much on the left.

Pardew - Newcastle working hard


Newcastle boss Alan Pardew responds to reports that he has two games to save his job following a disappointing start of the season, saying: "I am afraid it is part and parcel of the Premier League.

"We have not won a game yet. The pressure is on because we were not good enough towards the end of last year but in the short term of this year I think we have played well. I know on the training ground we are working very hard."

Southampton news conference


More from Southampton boss Ronald Koeman, about this weekend's opponents Newcastle: "Newcastle have not had the best start but they have some very good players. Maybe they're under pressure to win now. More importantly, I'd like to see what we're going to do to beat Newcastle."

Schneiderlin is a pro - Koeman


Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says Morgan Schneiderlin has shown a professional attitude after being convinced to stay at the club.

The 24-year-old midfielder had criticised the club on Twitter during a summer in which he has been linked with moves to Tottenham and Arsenal.

"Morgan Schneiderlin is a very important player for us," says Koeman. "He had a difficult two weeks but he's shown he is professional."

Saddlers sign Butler


Injury-hit Walsall

re-sign former skipper Andy Butler on a month's emergency loan from Sheffield United.

The 30-year-old centre-half rejected a new Walsall deal to sign for the Blades this summer, thereby ending a daily commute from his South Yorkshire home.

But Butler has found his first-team opportunities limited at Bramall Lane in the opening weeks of the new season.


Hull City
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President Francois Hollande promises that France will stage a 2016 European Championship to remember.

Speaking during a lunch at the Elysee Palace which included French and European football leaders, Hollande says: "It's an opportunity for France, our clubs, our territories, an opportunity for our host cities or base camps and also an opportunity for our football."

Didier Dechamps
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France head coach Didier Deschamps was among the guests present at the lunch.

Martin extends Rams stay


Scotland striker Chris Martin

signs a new four-year deal at Derby County, tying him to the club until the summer of 2018.

The 25-year-old scored 25 goals last season to help the Rams reach the Championship play-off final and has four from six starts so far this term.

Head coach Steve McClaren said: "He is the focal point of our attack but there is so much more to his game than goals."

Liverpool news conference


More from Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: "Knowing Daniel Sturridge well, you can't throw a blanket over them all and think one recovery fits everyone. It is about the individual.

"Hopefully we can communicate more in the future. We certainly feel it [the injury] could have been prevented."

Liverpool news conference


Brendan Rodgers says Daniel Sturridge could be out for 'up to three weeks' with a thigh injury, while Emre Can could be absent for six weeks because of an ankle injury picked up on international duty with the Germany Under-21s.

Sturridge's injury happened while he was away with England, and Rodgers says: "With Daniel, it would have been a recovery day [if he was at Liverpool]. It is individualised here and for him to pick up a thigh injury when he did was disappointing for us.

"I speak regularly with [England manager] Roy [Hodgson], but he is probably being led by some of the sports science people around him and for whatever reason Dan was deemed able to train."

Soldado doubt for Tottenham

Sunderland v Tottenham (13 September, 15:00 BST)

Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado is a doubt for Spurs' match with Sunderland on Saturday because of injury.

"Soldado is still a doubt because of a continuing problem with his neck," says manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Say cheese



Everton: That time of year again - it's the annual team photo shoot!

Pochettino not spoken to board over move


Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he will always support a decision which will provide the club's supporters and players with better facilities.

Spurs announced

they will spend a year away from White Hart Lane before switching to their new home because of a legal wrangle.

Speaking on the club's link with a move to MK Dons, Pochettino said: "Every decision is to improve the club for better facilities. It is a very good stadium nothing more. At the moment we don't speak (with the board) about the decision."

Hull City 'up for sale'


BBC Radio Humberside: Assem Allam says there is interest in buying Hull City. "I want to make sure the club is moving to a good home." Allam says his preference is "to remain at Hull City as its owner".

Assem Allam news conference


Assem Allam adds: "We have also begun the appeal against the FA's decision via the Court of Arbitration for Sport."

Assem Allam news conference


A proposed name change to Hull Tigers had been rejected by the Football Association Council in April, and Assem Allam told a news conference today: "Lately there have been a lot of rumours and that is not a good thing so I decided it was better to have a face-to-face conference and clear the air.

"We stated earlier this year, that the club would be for sale should our attempt to globally promote Hull Tigers as a brand name and as a playing name be blocked. As a consequence of the FA decision on 9 April I announced on 10 April, within 22 hours, that Hull City is for sale."

Hull City 'up for sale'


Assem Allam

Hull owner Assem Allam tells a news conference that the Premier League side has been up for sale for five months.

Football fallen behind society - Wenger


Arsene Wenger concedes there is plenty of hard work still to do if homophobia is to be eliminated from football.

The Arsenal manager - whose players will lace their boots with rainbow colours against Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend, in support of the anti-discrimination campaign Rainbow Laces - admits the game has fallen behind society in the fight against homophobia.

Wenger says: "I think in some values we are in front of normal society (and) with some we are a bit behind compared to what is the trend of society. This (tackling homophobia) is one where maybe we are a bit behind and we have to work on it, of course."

Napoli reveal denim kit


Napoli kit

Napoli have revealed their new away kit - which is made from denim. Style is all in the genes.

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