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GUARDIAN – Barcelona’s Luis Suárez claims he left Liverpool because of the English press

• ‘I went because I was tired of them’, says Uruguayan• Striker also claims Barcelona are ‘the best club in the world’• Barcelona president and club to stand trial over Neymar tax caseBarcelona’s Luis Suárez has claimed that he left Liverpool last summer because he felt mistreated by the English press.The striker was a controversial figure during his time in England, and was criticised for his conduct in a number of incidents – namely his bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and the racism scandal with Patrice Evra. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend | Ian McCourt and Toby Moses

Arsenal will need to be on Song, Swansea must not be so narrow-minded in midfield against Liverpool and time Rafael got his chance for Manchester UnitedThe injuries are starting to bite again for Arsenal. Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy, Mathieu Flamini and Abou Diaby are all long-term absentees; Aaron Ramsey has only just returned; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s hamstring went against Manchester United; the similarly hamstrung Gabriel Paulista is unavailable to provide respite for the overused centre-backs; and Jack Wilshere’s still missing after having some bolts removed from his ankle.• Valencia could miss Arsenal visit after cutting big toe on broken teacup• Podolski: Arsenal is still an open chapter for me• Crystal Palace’s Jedinak given four-game ban for Sakho elbow• QPR director of football Ferdinand charged with misconduct by FA• Gomis returns to training with Swansea following collapse• Johnson has talks with foreign clubs over transfer• Leicester and Football League continue financial fair play talks• Bruce set to sign new Hull contract ‘in next 24 hours’• So, Louis van Gaal, what exactly is your Man Utd ‘philosophy’?• Mourinho v Ferguson: how to leave a club in good shape• Van Persie left out of Holland squad for upcoming fixtures• Falcao struggles as United’s Under-21s are held by Spurs• Chelsea are not panicking but must rediscover spark • Blanc proves worth to Qatari backers as Chelsea are ousted• Mourinho-led ‘aggressivity’ not enough to keep PSG at bay• Southampton players take to the ice hockey rink during break• Everton don’t want Barkley to play for England at Under-21 Euros• Lukaku rouses Everton to secure advantage against Dynamo Kyiv• Everton forget their domestic slumber to keep European dream alive• Villa pitch invasion a disgrace but it doesn’t mark return to ‘dark ages’• Poyet feeling the wrath as perfect storm of problems hits Sunderland• WBA threaten zero tolerance with fans bringing club into disrepute• Stoke’s Walters says that spitting is ‘the lowest of the low• Demichelis signs one-year extension with Manchester City• Kompany and Fernandinho have ‘no ill-feeling’ after bust-up• Burnley secure deal for Norwegian midfielder Fredrik Ulvestad Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to sign PSG’s Marquinhos?

Today’s rumours pay tribute to Sam SimonTo suggest that David Luiz looks like Sideshow Bob is nothing new. But the Rumour Mill would like to go out on a limb and suggest that there’s a touch of the Sideshow Mel – Bob’s clowning replacement – about the Brazilian defender’s compatriot and PSG team-mate, Marquinhos (albeit without the funky hair and bone). As such it should come as no surprise, that much like a more dapper Krusty the Clown, José Mourinho wants to bring in his own Sideshow Mel to replace serial (title-bid) killer Sideshow Bob. It may have taken a year, but the links to PSG’s £40m defender keep on growing, and while Manchester United may harbour an interest Chelsea are ready to swoop. Unless of course this is just the usual pre-match tittle tattle, designed to upset one of your opponent’s key players. Surely not? Continue reading…

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