Gossip column: Ibrahimovic, Toure, Vardy, Mourinho, Griezmann, Balotelli

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Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, has spoken to manager Jose Mourinho about taking his coaching badges next year. (Sun on Sundayexternal-link)

The agent of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, says new manager Pep Guardiola has "humiliated" his charge by leaving him out of his Champions League squad. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, 29, says it was an "easy" decision to reject an offer from Arsenal this summer, as both his "head and his heart" wanted to remain with the Premier League champions. (Guardian)external-link

Real Madrid's players are close to mutiny with Gareth Bale over the 27-year-old Wales forward's request for an improved contract. (Sport - In Spanishexternal-link)

Liverpool have made "special arrangements" for attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 24, to return early from international duty with Brazil, in time for next weekend's Premier League match against Leicester. (Liverpool Echoexternal-link)

Everton's new majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has questioned his club's failure to land major transfer targets this summer. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Manchester United manager Mourinho has already made Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, 25, his top transfer target for next summer. (Sunday Mirrorexternal-link)

United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 27, is a doubt for the Manchester derby next weekend after the Armenian FA confirmed he suffered a thigh injury which could take about 10 days to heal.(Sunday Expressexternal-link)

The Armenian tweeted to ease fans' fears about the injury.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan tweet

Czech Republic captain Marek Suchy says he did not deliberately injure Mkhitaryan in the challenge which sidelined him.(Daily Expressexternal-link)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's decision to allow Joe Hart to leave the club was influenced by the emergence of the club's 20-year-old keeper Angus Gunn. (Sunday Mirrorexternal-link)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told midfielder Jack Wilshere, 24, he was playing for his Gunners future before his loan move to Bournemouth. (Sun on Sundayexternal-link)

Wilshere made his non-competitive Bournemouth debut in a friendly defeat by AC Milan. (Twitterexternal-link)

Another Arsenal youth product, England left-back Kieran Gibbs, 26, is considering his future at the club, after starting the season on the bench. (Sun on Sunday)external-link

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates is angry with penalty calls in Potters games this season, pointing to decisions during the games against Manchester City and Everton. (Stoke Sentinelexternal-link)

Mario Balotelli's agent, Mino Raiola, is not happy with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's treatment of the 26-year-old striker, who joined Nice on deadline day. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italianexternal-link)

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane is in talks over a new contract with the north London club which could double his wages to £100,000 a week. (Sunday Mirrorexternal-link)

West Brom's new signing Nacer Chadli made his friendly debut against Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos at The Hawthorns. (West Brom websiteexternal-link)

The Baggies also gave starts to former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh, 32, and ex-Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko, 31, who are on trial at the club. (Sky Sportsexternal-link)

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle believes Wilshere and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 22, can still be their country's future after their omission from Sam Allardyce's first squad.(Mail on Sundayexternal-link)

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Hull City will find out if a takeover bid from a Chinese consortium has been ratified by the Premier League on Tuesday and are confident the new owners will be in charge by the end of the month. (Sunday Peopleexternal-link)

Manchester United have made a move for West Ham's Idris Kanu, 16, after taking the forward on trial. (Mail on Sundayexternal-link)

Tottenham's Danny Rose has credited his club manager Mauricio Pochettino for his rise on the international scene with England. (Daily Expressexternal-link)

West Ham co-owner David Gold said the club did not entertain any offers for attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet, 29, during the summer transfer window. (West Ham websiteexternal-link)

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Nice striker Balotelli has criticised former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who lambasted the Italian following his departure from Anfield. (Twitterexternal-link)

Mario Balotelli tweet

The Welsh FA celebrated external-linkWales and Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley's facial hair on World Beard Day.

FA Wales Tweet

Meanwhile, England forward Harry Kane was in transitexternal-link

Harry Kane tweet

And finally...

Former Arsenal striker Kanu scored a hat-trick on his return to the club in a charity friendly against an AC Milan legends team. (Daily Mailexternal-link)

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