Football gossip column: Mourinho, Rooney, Guardiola, Ozil, Sanchez

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Manchester United's players have been stunned by manager Jose Mourinho's hands-off and distant approach and are surprised by some of the Portuguese's methods at the club's training ground. (The Times - subscription required). external-link

Mourinho has told striker Wayne Rooney he must leave Old Trafford if the 31-year-old wants regular first-team football. (Sun)external-link

And Mourinho has called on his players to prove they are "men and not kids" as the Manchester United manager attempts to halt the club's alarming slide. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea are keen on Roma's Antonio Rudiger, 23, in a potential £35m deal but Manchester United are also monitoring the German defender. (Daily Mail)external-link

Juventus are keen on signing Oscar from Chelsea as the 25-year-old playmaker struggles to hold down a regular starting spot at Stamford Bridge. (Calciomercato via Goal)external-link

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is lining up a £20m move for Bayern Munich's Spanish full-back Juan Bernat, 23. (Sun)external-link

And City captain Vincent Kompany, 30, says he has made a commitment to the club's medical staff in a bid to overcome his persistent injuries. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

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The Sun leads on a story which claims Jose Mourinho has told Wayne Rooney he will need to leave to guarantee himself first-team football

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis claims the Gunners are beginning to compete with their leading rivals over player wages as they look to extend the contracts of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Manchester United's Spain midfielder Juan Mata, 28, has said the club's players "must remain strong" in his first blog post since their 4-0 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. (Juan Mata blog)external-link

Watford are ready to cash in on Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo, 27, amid interest from Napoli. (Watford Observer)external-link

Sunderland manager David Moyes says that he "understands" why some fans want him sacked after the club's failure to win a game in the Premier League this season. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Wolves boss Walter Zenga could be sacked if his side lose to Blackburn on Saturday despite the Italian retaining the support of the club's players. (Express and Star)external-link

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan, 32, is at a loss to explain the champions' indifferent league form this season. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Marseille are keen to sign Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 31, who is on a season-long loan with the French club, on a permanent deal. (Wales Online)external-link

West Brom are set to make a £4m move for Leeds left-back Charlie Taylor in January. The 23-year-old has rejected an extension to his current deal at Elland Road that expires in the summer. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

West Ham are preparing a £1.5m move for Millwall defender Mahlon Romeo, 21. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Seventeen-year-old Atletico Penarol striker Agustin Davila is keen to sign for Liverpool after completing a two-week trial at the club. (IBTimes)external-link

Arsenal are ahead of Paris St Germain and Manchester City in their attempts to lure promising 16-year-old striker Moise Kean away from Juventus. (Calciomercato)external-link

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has strongly criticised the attitude of the club's players in the aftermath of their 4-0 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday. (ESPN)external-link

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The Daily Mirror leads with a story in which ex-Barcelona midfielder Xavi warns Jose Mourinho not to cause a war while trying to improve the fortunes of Manchester United

Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl is confident the Bundesliga club can keep on-loan Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, 20, long-term. (Daily Mail)external-link

Barcelona legend Xavi has told Jose Mourinho how to solve the crisis at Manchester United, warning the former Real Madrid manager not to "start a war". (Daily Mirror)external-link

RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick has confirmed he held talks with the Football Association over the England job following Euro 2016, but added that the governing body had wanted to appoint an English manager. (Der Tagesspiegel via ESPN) external-link

Leicester full-back Christian Fuchs, 30, still aims to finish his career in the United States despite signing a new three-year contract with the Premier League champions.(Daily Star)external-link

Best of social media

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, 25, was in nostalgic mood on Monday, looking back at the anniversary of his debutexternal-link in Brazil, aged 18. "So much has changed. But sometimes it feels like yesterday," he tweeted.

Roberto Firmino

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot suffered a serious knee injury in March but is in positive mood after recommencing training. He tweeted:external-link "Nice to be back diving around today. Even better to be back with the goalies!"

Rob Elliot

Leicester attacker Riyad Mahrez and his wife Ritaexternal-link celebrated their daughter's first birthday with an elaborate Willy-Wonka themed party.

Riyad mahrez party

Great Britain's Olympic gold medal-winning hockey goalkeeper Maddie Hinch seems to have a fan in ex-England boss Fabio Capello. She tweeted:external-link "When Fabio Capello asks you for a photo!"

Fabio Capello and Maddie Hinch

Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic, 26, told fans he was putting in extra training on his day off, tweeting: "Day off? There's no rest if you always want to be at your best."


And finally...

It's not just players who look at a move to the United States to prolong their careers. Former Premier League referee Howard Webb is to be interviewed for the role of head of Major League Soccer's officials. (The Sun)

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