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Summary

  1. Wenger news conference ahead of match v Everton
  2. Scottish chief Regan steps down
  3. French referee banned for six matches
  4. Gossip: Mahrez misses training again

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

You've heard from everyone and that is your lot for today.

Come back on Saturday for Premier League action.

Until then.

Conte wants to 'respect contract'

Watford v Chelsea, Mon (20:00 GMT)

Chelsea

A final bit from Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, which is very interesting.

Asked if he understands why people are linking him with Italy or PSG or Real Madrid, Conte said:

“No, I don't know why. I don't know why. I repeat, my intention, my will, is to respect the contract. We signed a three-year contract. I think our desire is to continue and to respect the contract.

"But, from the start of the season, after our defeat against Burnley there was a lot of speculation about me being sacked. But I'm not interested in this. My only desire is to work and try and do my best for this team.

"We know very well the difficulty we are in, and may have in the future. But we must be prepared. We know very well our path this season.”

Warnock says Guardiola criticism is 'unfair'

Manager Neil Warnock is not happy about the coverage Cardiff City have received after Joe Bennett's lunge on Leroy Sane.

"It's disappointing. It didn't surprise me, certain tabloids," Warnock told BBC Sport Wales.

"I said it was a bad tackle at the time. If you look at Kevin De Bruyne's tackle on Jazz [Richards], his studs are right on his thigh.

"You look at Fernandinho's booking, that was a bad tackle. You look at West Brom this week [in which Matt Phillips and James McClean committed bad fouls on Brahim Diaz and De Bruyne].

"We were the only game worth commenting on because Chelsea-Newcastle was a foregone conclusion, so we took the brunt. There's only one bad tackle really in the game."

However, Warnock is going to make Bennett train alone this weekend as a punishment for his "stupid," red card.

Read the full story here

Bennett's foul on Sane
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Mahrez will be dealt with

Leicester v Swansea, Sat (15:00 GMT)

Leicester City

Leicester manager Claude Puel has been addressing the media after Riyad Mahrez missed training for a fourth day.

The Foxes turned down a bid from Premier League leaders Manchester City on transfer deadline day.

Puel said: "The club took the decision for the best interest of Leicester, we needed to respect this decision. It is the best decision for our squad.

"The position with Riyad, we will assess. After the transfer window, it is a tough decision for us to mange now. It is important now to move on and to keep our focus on the pitch. I hope Riyad can clear his head and come back with us as he is a valuable player for us and crucial in our play.

"We need to stay united after all this, it is a situation we need to manage but other things will stay inside the club. We will deal with his side and the club, not in public."

More from Moyes

Brighton v West Ham, Sat (15:00 GMT)

West Ham United

West Ham boss David Moyes has also been talking about the January transfer window and Saturday's match at Brighton.

On the transfer window: "We would have liked one more player.

"We have enough cover if we get players back. Marko (Arnautovic) is not too far away. We were in for Slimani, but he chose to go to Newcastle. We had interest in Dendonker and Amadou and would have been happy with one, but for whatever reason they didn't come off."

On Brighton: "We will go there and try to win, but you need to keep picking up points. That's really important.

"I'd like to look up and challenge the teams above us, but we cannot afford to lose because the trapdoor is not far below us."

Injury update

Burnley v Man City, Sat (12:30 GMT)

Manchester City

What's the news from the treatment table?

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said: "Benjamin Mendy is much, much better. Today he is in New York. I think in two months, maybe March, he will be available and start to train with us.

" Yesterday David Silva could not train - he was recovering. He has a painful kick in the side. We will see today how he feels."

'No prejudice' - Moyes

Brighton v West Ham, Sat (15:00 GMT)

West Ham United

West Ham boss David Moyes has been answering questions after the suspension of the club's director of recruitment Tony Henry.

Henry allegedly said the club would not sign any more African players, but Moyes says the comments are wrong.

"Joseph Yobo I think was my first signing at Everton. I signed Steven Pienaar three times," said Moyes.

"I don't think any Premier League club has more African players than West Ham and we tried to sign two on deadline day.

"We have a multicultural squad and we always try to sign the best players available."

David Moyes
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'Not over yet'

Burnley v Man City, Sat (12:30 GMT)

Manchester City

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is in his seat.

The Spaniard is not taking anything for granted.

He said: "There is 13 games, 39 points to play, we are 15 ahead, It’s not over. We have tough games left to play. We cannot deny and everyone knows how tough it is at Burnley. We have Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea to play."

Jose concedes title defeat

Man Utd v Huddersfield Sat, (15:00 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

For the first time, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has conceded that the title race is over.

Defeat at Tottenham on Wednesday left United 15 points adrift of Manchester City with only 13 games remaining.

"We are trying to become first of the last," he said. "We want to finish second."

It must be galling for Mourinho to say such a thing, after all it is only 2 February.

Hammers team news

Brighton v West Ham, Sat (15:00 GMT)

West Ham United

Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario should be in the starting XI for his first away Premier League appearance as a West Ham player since arriving on loan from Inter Milan.

"We hope Antonio will have a chance of being available. Winston Reid is coming on a bit," said Hammers manager David Moyes. "Jose Fonte could do with a couple of reserve games, but he's training, and we need all the numbers we can."

'Nothing true' on Zlatan

Man Utd v Huddersfield, Sat (15:00 GMT)

Manchester United

What about the future of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been linked with a move to MLS side LA Galaxy?

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said: "I don't speak with players about the media. I see him every day. Today I was with fitness coaches watching him. He has never mentioned anything to me. I presume there is nothing true. I suppose if there was any truth I would be the first to know."

Moyes faces questions

Brighton v West Ham, Sat (15:00 GMT)

West Ham United

West Ham boss David Moyes is set to speak, but unlikely to address the suspension of the club's director of recruitment Tony Henry.

Henry allegedly said the club would not sign any more African players.

At West Ham, waiting for Moyes' press conference to start. Already said in his column for Evening Standard he's not… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

'I give credit'

Man Utd v Huddersfield, Sat (15:00 GMT)

Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho seems to have given up on the Premier League title...in February:

He said: "Manchester City are doing so well. Not letting the others come close. With the number of points we have in normal conditions that would leave the fight open. It is open for second, third, fourth but practically closed for the first.

"City started strongly. Managed to win matches even when they didn't deserve. I give credit. Last minute in extra time. If you tell me all the six want to be champion so the the other five have failed. I don't think that is correct."

'Better than last season

Man Utd v Huddersfield, Sat (15:00 GMT)

Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is asked if it important to bounce back from the defeat against Tottenham last time out:

"Not because of this Munich disaster that the game becomes important for us. Important for us because we need points to be the first of the last. Try to finish second, we have been in this position all season.First for a few weeks but we have been second for the rest.

"It has been better than last season in every aspect. We have to try to stay there and it is not easy because there are some very good teams. Chelsea is the champion, fantastic market, Liverpool are good.

"Arsenal had a good market. Tottenham are fantastic. They are five points behind us. We are doing better than last season."

Conte focussed on Chelsea

Watford v Chelsea, Mon (20:00 GMT)

Chelsea

There has been plenty of talk about Conte's future at Stamford Bridge and rumours he could be in line for the Italy national team job, but he insists he is focussed on the job in hand.

"There was a lot of speculation that I could be sacked [after the Burnley loss]," he says. "But I'm not interested in this."

Antonio Conte
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'Bring joy for people'

Man Utd v Huddersfield, Sat (15:00 GMT)

Manchester United

Saturday's fixture against Huddersfield is Manchester United's last before Tuesday's 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster.

Manager Jose Mourinho said: "This is something that is part of my life and football culture before I become Manchester United manager. Such a tragedy, stayed in last 60 years. Obviously it means much more as United manager but belongs to every sportmen.

"One of the biggest tragedies. Reaction, strength, union. Passion and respect for the club and families. It will be a day to play well and bring joy for people to be together and enjoy their colours and show all the respect for the people."

Morata ruled out

Watford v Chelsea, Mon (20:00 GMT)

Chelsea

According to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, striker Alvaro Morata remains out injured, but Olivier Giroud might not be ready to start in his place.

Andreas Christensen will miss the game through injury but it is not as serious as first feared.

The manager says he will also have to check a couple of other players before Monday although Willian is in line to return.

Alvaro Morata
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News on Mahrez?

Leicester v Swansea, Sat (15:00 GMT)

Leicester City

Leicester boss Claude Puel is set to address the waiting media. We're expecting the word 'Mahrez' to feature.

Foxes forward Riyad Mahrez missed training for a fourth day running, after a potential deadline day move to Manchester City fell through.

Watch this space.

Conte calls

Watford v Chelsea, Mon (20:00 GMT)

Chelsea

Off to hear from Chelsea boss Antonio Conte now after a week which saw the Blues lose 3-0 to Bournemouth...

One out, two in?

Man Utd v Huddersfield, Sat (15:00 GMT)

Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says midfielder Marouane Fellaini is out through injury again, but hopes defender Eric Bailly and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic can return to action by the end of the month.

'I'm sure Jamie needs to lose a bit of weight'

Liverpool v Tottenham, Sun (16:30 GMT)

Liverpool

Klopp is hoping that the Liverpool side which beat Manchester City will be the one which shows up to face Spurs.

"It's the most similar game to playing City," he admits. "When you play one of the best teams in the world you have to put in your best performance."

The German also has his say on Jamie Carragher's suggestion that Virgil van Dijk needs to get fit and lose weight. "I'm sure that Jamie needs to lose a bit of weight. It's not an issue."

Jurgen Klopp
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'We will see his best after the summer'

Liverpool v Tottenham, Sun (16:30 GMT)

Liverpool

Klopp is asked about various Reds players...

On Virgil van Dijk: “Very happy. A few ups and downs. We will see his best after the summer. The defending style is different to Southampton and Holland so it makes sense you get used to it."

On Adam Lallana: "Adam trains today. In an ideal world he shouldn't be involved at the weekend. He wasn't out too long. It would be better for him to train for next 10 days before Southampton game."

Virgil van Dijk
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'A lucky start'

Liverpool v Tottenham, Sun (16:30 GMT)

Liverpool

Liverpool face their opponents again after the first meeting in October resulted in a 4-1 win for Spurs at Wembley but Liverpool are currently two points ahead of their London rivals in the table.

The speedy start Spurs made against Manchester United on Wednesday where Christian Eriksen scored after 11 seconds has also given Klopp something to think about.

“The situation in the table and our targets it is clear it is an important game," he says. "They know it was a lucky start (against Manchester United) but they were sharp for 90 minutes. You don’t keep Manchester United so often away from your own goal."

Jurgen Klopp
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'Would we want to keep Coutinho?'

Liverpool v Tottenham, Sun (16:30 GMT)

Liverpool

Klopp reflects back on the January transfer window, which was a mixed one for Liverpool.

“We did what we thought was right," he says. "Would we want to keep Phil Coutinho? Yes."

“Senior players on loan made sense: Daniel Sturridge wanted to leave as well and we have Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings, Dom Solanke and Mo Salah."

Klopp ready to go

Liverpool v Tottenham, Sun (16:30 GMT)

Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is ready to brief the media ahead of Sunday's home game against Spurs...

Ref gets six month ban

Tony Chapron
BT Sport

A referee who aimed a kick at a player then sent him off has been banned for six months, half of which is suspended.

Tony Chapron fell to the ground when his heels were clipped - apparently accidently - by Nantes' Diego Carlos during a league match last month.

Chapron, 45, kicked out at the player, then booked him for a second time.

The referee - who was suspended after the game - was given his punishment by a French league disciplinary committee on Thursday.

Carlos' booking was rescinded at Chapron's request.

Meeting Pochettino

Nihal Arthanayake

BBC Radio 5 live reporter

Nihal and Pochettino
BBC

Maintaining journalistic professionalism while fanboying inside is something I often grapple with.

I am very lucky to have a job that allows me to meet and interview some seriously inspirational individuals from all walks of life - I hope I have nearly always maintained a veneer of calm and respectful interest.

This was sorely tested by the opportunity to sit in front of Mauricio Pochettino.

As a Spurs supporter, this man has given me more reasons to put my hands in the air and scream for joy than a thousand drum and bass raves ever could. He has given my 10-year-old son a justifiable swagger as he struts into his school, taking it for granted that we have Alli, Eriksen and Kane running rings around almost every other team in the Premier League on a weekly basis.

So when he was there, sitting in front of me, smiling that warm smile, exuding confidence and power, I was more than a little nervous.

Read the full piece here

Waiting for Mourinho

Man Utd v Huddersfield, Sat (15:00 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho will be speaking shortly ahead of Manchester United's Premier League game with Huddersfield.

Both sides will wear black arm bands ahead of the game and there will also be a minute's silence as United commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, when eight players were amongst the 23 people who died.

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Mahrez gone for good?

BBC Radio 5 live

Earlier this week...

Former England and Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas said we might not see Riyad Mahrez again "for the rest of the season" after the Algerian's proposed move to the Etihad broke down.

Mahrez misses training again

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Riyad Mahrez
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Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez has failed to turn up for training for a fourth day running.

It is not known whether the Algerian, who was denied a deadline day move by Leicester following an approach by Manchester City, has permission to be absent.

Manchester City pulled out of a move for the player on Wednesday afternoon as they did not believe there was any chance of an agreement being reached.

They had set a ceiling of £60m on the deal and thought Leicester were asking for an overall package of £95m, which included a player, believed to be striker Patrick Roberts, who is on loan at Celtic.

In fact, Leicester would have accepted a straight £80m transfer for Mahrez. This was still more than Manchester City were prepared to pay.

KICK-OFF

That was a one hour, 47 minute interval. Has there been a longer half-time in the history of the game? I am sure one of you will let me know.

Anyway I am back and we plenty of Premier League news conferences to get through this afternoon.

But first, an update (a serious one) on Riyad Mahrez.

HALF-TIME

That is where we leave it for now.

I'll be back later in the day when we will have words from Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

Until then.

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Riyad Mahrez
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We have a significant update on the whereabouts of Riyad Mahrez...

Battling against the drop

Bournemouth v Stoke, Sat (15:00 GMT)

Bournemouth

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe on facing Stoke:

"Stoke have changed their system and mentality slightly and the signs look good for them after their opening two games under Paul Lambert.

"They have a very good squad and they will be very difficult to beat."

"I think the bottom of the table was very tight last year, but there seems a whole host of clubs down there this year."

'Just positives'

Bournemouth v Stoke, Sat (15:00 GMT)

Bournemouth

Bournemouth trounced Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in their last league game.

Boss Eddie Howe said: "We've been in really good form. Confidence has returned to the group. The manner of the performances against Arsenal and Chelsea was very strong.

"Either way, if you win, lose and draw, you'll always have another game to prove yourself.

"The real high is in the changing room after the game when you can celebrate what has been achieved in the last 90 minutes."

"We just need to make sure there's no negative effects after the Chelsea game and just positives."

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Riyad Mahrez
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'A tight squad'

Bournemouth v Stoke, Sat (15:00 GMT)

Bournemouth

There were no incomings for Bournemouth during the January transfer window.

Manager Eddie Howe said: "I always find deadline days so different and the priority is always the game. The players involved were excellent.

"I always maintain that I have total belief in my players and we want to develop those that are here.

"We've got a tight squad, there's no denying that. Having a huge squad is never a good mix for a vibrant dressing room."

And Eddie Howe has been in front of the press this morning too.

Numbers down

Arsenal v Everton, Sat (17:30 GMT)

Everton

Everton boss Sam Allardyce on the shape of the squad:

"Our search for a left-sided full-back, we were unable to find.

“We reduced the squad numbers, we have about 14 players out on loan now which eases the numbers on a day-to-day basis which can be a distraction."