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Summary

  1. Premier League returns this weekend
  2. Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Maurizio Sarri and Pep Guardiola news conferences
  3. Latest football news and talking points
  4. #bbcfootball or text on 81111

Live Reporting

By Steve Sutcliffe and Mantej Mann

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right that's us done for today.

    It's been a pretty busy day with a dozen Premier League news conferences and at one point the calculator was out.

    You'll see why when you look through today's top stories:

    Thanks for joining us and see you soon.

  2. Gudmundsson and Ward fit to face Wolves

    Wolves v Burnley (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

    Burnley

    Stephen Ward

    Burnley are currently in 19th place in the table after claiming just a single point from their opening four games.

    Speaking ahead of the Clarets' trip to Molineux on Sunday, manager Sean Dyche has confirmed defender Ben Gibson will see a specialist because of a groin injury.

    Meanwhile, midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson and defender Stephen Ward are fit to face the West Midlands club.

    "Some of the lads went away with their countries, and others stayed behind and continued training," said Dyche.

    "I think the break was was needed to refresh ourselves mentally and physically."

  3. 'They have players that can make a difference'

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Newcastle United

    Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is confident fellow Spaniard, and opposition manager, Unai Emery "will do well" at Arsenal.

    "The way Arsenal play is very similar to when I was at Valencia and Liverpool – organised, pressing, passing the ball," said Benitez.

    "I have known him (Emery) for a long, long time. He enjoys his job and I think he will do well.

    "(Arsenal) have players with ability – one v one, they can make the difference. They can play a counter-attacking game and a possession game, because they have enough quality.

    "With the fans pushing and supporting, we have a chance – for sure."

  4. 'I had the bottle all the time'

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Newcastle United

    Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez says midfielders Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie have been involved in training and both will be in the squad.

    "There are no big issues – everyone was training," said Benitez.

    "We have to decide now who can play."

    Magpies skipper Jamaal Lascelles became a father this week, and Benitez was in reminiscent mood this afternoon.

    "He was not sleeping at the beginning, but the last two days it has settled down," added Benitez.

    "I was sharing my experience of when my daughter was born – I had the bottle all the time."

  5. 'We support Lookman'

    Everton v West Ham (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

    Everton

    The Everton manager, Marco Silva has also been chatting about Ademola Lookman who was the subject of interest from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig over the summer.

    Lookman, 20, spent part of last season in Germany with the club but Silva did not entertain offers for him during the summer.

    "What I expect not just from Ademola, but all the players is a big commitment once they come through that gate here," Silva said.

    "The market was not just for him. He had a club with a big interest in him, that’s finished now it’s the moment for him to keep focused on his job, the club supports him every time and to give 100% every day."

  6. 'We have to believe we can do what we did last year'

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Newcastle United

    Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez wants his squad to "believe" they can emulate last season's victory over Arsenal at St James' Park.

    “I think confidence is high in terms of mentality, team spirit and the way we work," said Benitez.

    "We know that we have to win, and with every game we are closer.

    "We are playing against a very good team but we have to approach it with the belief that we can do what we did last year.”

  7. 'I do not lose focus'

    Everton v West Ham (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

    Everton

    Everton manager Marco Silva says he will not "lose focus" amid claims Everton made an illegal approach for the Portuguese while he was in charge of Watford.

    "I don’t have thoughts about this situation," said Silva.

    "I am calm with the situation and the focus for us as a club is the next game, and to prepare the squad for the next fixture.”

    Asked about potential punishments, Silva said: "I haven’t heard anything. It is not important for me as a manager or the players or the club.”

  8. 'It's down to the club, Raheem and his agent'

    Man City v Fulham (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    There have been suggestions that Raheem Sterling would like an extra £100k a week to commit his future to Manchester City moving forward.

    And manager Pep Guardiola was asked about that at his news conference earlier.

    He said: "It's well-known we are delighted with him. We'd like to continue, the club knows my opinion and we share that. After that it's down to them and Raheem and his agent. I am not involved.

    "Sometimes this kind of thing needs it's own time [to be resolved]. It's important they know how delighted we are with him [Raheem]."

  9. 'We have to maintain those standards'

    Wolves v Burnley (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

    Wolves

    Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo says the international break has not effected his side's momentum, after they claimed their first win of the season in their last outing at West Ham.

    "The international break was in the calendar so we knew it was coming," said the Wolves manager.

    "The most important thing is that we established standards in the last game, and we have to maintain those standards.

    "Winning is always good and makes things a lot easier when you are trying to establish an identity like we are. We won in the last minute as well, which gave us a bit more of that push, but we have to do it again."

  10. Sheikh Mansour is the main man at City

    Man City v Fulham (Sat, 15:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    A day after Manchester City confirmed owner Sheikh Mansour had invested an eye-watering £1.3bn in the club since his takeover in 2008, I asked Pep Guardiola about him.

    The City boss said, in his opinion, Sheikh Mansour is the most important person at the club, that he watches all their games and is extremely knowledgeable about Guardiola and his players even though he rarely comes to games at the Etihad Stadium.

    The one thing Guardiola was surprised at is his age.

    Sheikh Mansour is 47, two months older than Guardiola himself.

    "He is a young person. I thought he would be older."

  11. Silva refuses to be drawn on investigation

    Everton v West Ham (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Radio 5 live

    It's welll known now that the Premier League has opened an investigation into a claim Everton made an illegal approach for Marco Silva when he was Watford manager.

    The Portuguese boss was asked to offer his insight the issue but understandably refused to be drawn on the situation that faces Everton.

    Attempts at mediation haven’t reached or found a conclusion. So it’s a process they have to go through.

    In terms of on pitch matters, Silva was happy to provide updates on the Blues walking wounded.

    James McCarthy is back training after his double leg break and Seamus Coleman has been ruled out for one or two weeks after suffering a stress fracture on international duty with Republic of Ireland.

  12. Pep clarifies Kevin de Bruyne comment

    Man City v Fulham (Sat, 15:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Kevin de Bruyne

    So, Pep Guardiola says he did not mention a release clause for Kevin de Bruyne earlier this week - and doesn't know if he has one.

    What the Manchester City boss said he did say was that he wouldn't sell De Bruyne, even for £250m.

  13. Post update

    Chelsea v Cardiff (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Chelsea

    The Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is now asked about the £100 per minute fines at Watford for being late. He laughs and say "it's too much".

    He then says he has decided who will be the captain, but he would like to speak to the players and the club first, before making an announcement

    "I would like to speak to the players, face-to-face with the club but at the moment this is not possible. I'll tell you the final one [captain] after I've done that."

  14. 'We need another step to challenge'

    Chelsea v Cardiff (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Chelsea

    Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has now been asked about challenging for the Premier League title, he said: "At the moment I think Manchester City or Liverpool. We need another step I think to be at the same level. I think so, I hope not.

    "But it's very difficult the gap was 30 points at the beginning of the season so to cover 30 points in one season is very hard. We need to improve.

    "My feeling is that we are not a very solid team in the defensive phase. we can improve and that's what I feel in training."

  15. Pep's up now

    Man City v Fulham (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Pep Guardiola is up at the moment.

    In an interview earlier this week, he revealed Kevin de Bruyne has a 250m Euro release clause in his Manchester City contract.

    As Barcelona found out with Neymar, these release clauses can be dangerous. Lucrative. But dangerous.

  16. Chelsea return for Terry?

    Chelsea v Cardiff (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Chelsea

    Maurizio Sarri has now been talking about the possibility of John Terry joining the coaching staff at the club.

    He said: "The last time I spoke to him he told me that he wants to play for another season. But I don’t know now the situation, I am talking about one week ago. But Chelsea is his home of course."

    Would he be welcome?

    "Of course. For sure he would be a point of reference for me and everybody here I think. I don’t know he told me he wants to play so I don’t know I have to speak to him.

    "It's up to him because if he wants to play for another season I think it's right he tries to play. But if he wants to help us I'm really very happy."

  17. 'Fabregas ready for the bench'

    Chelsea v Cardiff (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Chelsea

    Right let’s hear what the Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has to say ahead of their game against Cardiff.

    The Italian starts by talking about the fitness of Cesc Fabregas who is "very well" and has trained with the squad.

    "Fabregas, can be available for the bench but I want to speak to him because I think he may be better with two days of training. We have had a little problem for [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek after international duty.

    "I don’t know if he’ll be able to play tomorrow, I have to speak with the Doctor."

  18. Post update

    Today would have been the late Ray Wilkins' 62nd birthday... Former club QPR have posted a video in tribute to their former midfielder, and manager, on Twitter.

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  19. Arter row 'will get sorted'

    Chelsea v Cardiff (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Cardiff City

    Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock is convinced midfielder Harry Arter will play for the Republic of Ireland again.

    Arter, on loan from Bournemouth, pulled out of the Republic's recent squad, with manager Martin O'Neil admitting a dispute with his assistant Roy Keane contributed to Arter's withdrawal.

    But Warnock is sure Arter, 28, will settle his differences and return to the international fold.

    "He loves his country and wants to play for them again," said Warnock.