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Angel Di Maria's Manchester United future is in doubt after manager Van Gaal criticised the way the 27-year-old midfielder played in Sunday's 2-1 Premier League win at Liverpool.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to make a £12m move for Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling, 25, whom he first tried to buy in 2010.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Southampton defender Toby Alderweireld, 26, who is on loan from Atletico Madrid, has hinted at a move to Tottenham this summer by admitting he would like to play with former Ajax team-mate Jan Vertonghen again.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

Scouts from Chelsea watched Lazio forward Felipe Anderson, 21, who is under contract until 2020, score both goals in the recent 2-0 win at Torino.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Chelsea want £10m for goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, who is thought to be looking for a move this summer after losing his first-team place to Thibaut Courtois, 22.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Everton's Scotland international forward Steven Naismith, 28, has refused to rule out a return to Rangers.(Liverpool Echo)external-link

Manchester United's hopes of signing Porto full-back Danilo, 23, have been boosted after he denied any knowledge of an impending move to Real Madrid. (Metro)external-link


England manager Roy Hodgson has criticised photographers after pictures emerged of a suspected team line-up which suggests he plans to start Harry Kane in Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania. (Talksport)external-link

Lithuania's former Hearts defender Saulius Mikoliunas, 30, is not scared of facing England in Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier, having been caught up in an international crisis when Russia invaded Crimea. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

England are capable of winning the 2022 World Cup if more homegrown players are given a chance in the Premier League, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke says. (Guardian)external-link

Arsenal will ask record signing Mesut Ozil, 26, to explain his actions after he was pictured in a Berlin nightclub hours after being declared unfit to play, but insist the midfielder was free to go out on a night off. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling has made more than 100 appearances for Liverpool

Former QPR manager Harry Redknapp says attacker Raheem Sterling, 20, is lucky to play for Liverpool and should sign a new contract.(Talksport)external-link

Sterling will be allowed to miss England's friendly in Italy on Tuesday because he is suffering a toe injury. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Former Tottenham midfielder Micky Hazard says the club deserve credit for showing patience with 23-year-old midfielder Ryan Mason, who has won his first England call-up. (Daily Star)external-link

Former Newcastle striker Mick Quinn has criticised manager John Carver's attack on unnamed ex-Magpies players in the press. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Aston Villa defender Leandro Bacuna, 23, reckons a jovial training ground since the arrival of new boss Tim Sherwood has helped lift the club away from the bottom three.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

Great Britain will not send a women's team to the 2016 Olympics in Rio, because of opposition from the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish FAs. (Daily Mail)external-link

Chelsea Ladies coach Emma Hayes says the disappointment of losing the Women's Super League title to Liverpool on the final day of last season is pushing her to win it this year. (Independent)external-link


Jose Enrique
Liverpool's Jose Enrique swam with dolphins in Dubai

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique, 29, found an unusual alternative to gym work, swimming with dolphins in Dubai, and he tweeted:external-link"Amazing experience. One of the best things ever."

QPR striker Charlie Austin tweetedexternal-link cryptically: "Ouija time" before clarifyingexternal-link soon afterwards: "It's just the film people, I'm not mad."

Midfielder Nabil Bentaleb acknowledged Tottenham team-mate Ryan Mason's England call and said:external-link"Congrats to Ryan Mason on the call-up, you truly deserved it. #HardWorkAlwaysPaysOff."

England captain Wayne Rooney on Instagram:external-link"Good to be back with the England squad and nice to pick up the Player of the Year award this morning, thanks again to everybody that voted."


Ashley Young
Ashley Young joined Manchester United from Aston Villa in 2011

Manchester United winger Ashley Young was informed on Twitter he had accidentally broken a Manchester City fan's phone when taking a selfie with them, and responded by offering to pay for a repair.(Metro)external-link

Google is investigating how an abusive message was pinned to its map of Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is to be handed an award from the Dutch Judo Association.(Inside Futbol)external-link

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