Paper Round: Nani told to be quiet

Manchester United midfielder Nani has reportedly been told by the club to stop complaining about his contract and concentrate on football.

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Paper Round: Nani told to be quiet
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The Daily Mirror claim that the Portuguese star has been unsettled by a proposed move to Zenit St Petersburg falling apart as the transfer window closed, and by contract talks breaking down with the Red Devils.

According to the paper, Nani feels let down by the club over the lack of a new deal, while United are angered by reports that the player intends to run down his contract and leave for free.

So with all that ‘he said, she said’ fare played across the papers, perhaps the only sensible thing to do is to stop bickering and play some football.

There’s talk of another foreign player seeking a move away from the Premier League, as Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu eyes a return to Spain with Valencia.

Despite being highly thought of at Stamford Bridge, the Daily Star claims, the 20-year-old has not played a great deal under Roberto Di Matteo, and Valencia sent scouts to watch him in Under-21 action for his country last night.

He can return to Barcelona, his former club, for £12m thanks to a clause in his Chelsea contract, but the Catalan side are apparently prepared to step aside and let Valencia make their move.

The Sun, meanwhile, report that clear-the-air talks are in the air. Hugo Lloris and Andre Villas-Boas will attempt to smooth things over at Tottenham over the position of the France goalkeeper, while elsewhere in the back pages David Moyes and Marouane Fellaini will do exactly the same over comments from the Belgian suggesting that he fancies a move away from Everton. Expect all of that air to be cleared by the time the Premier League resumes in earnest on Saturday.

Elsewhere in a sparse day for football news, with Olympic parades and British Grand Slam champions ever-so-slightly overshadowing the beautiful game, there’s a charming story about Adam Lallana believing his England call-up was a hoax.

In a textbook piece of being boyishly overexcited at the prospect of an England debut, the Southampton player ticks off the ‘thought his manager was having a laugh’ and ‘every player's dream’ boxes.

“I didn’t think the gaffer was being serious,” said Lallana. “I was at home, about to head into the training ground. I must have asked if he was having me on a dozen times. I’m totally shocked, to be honest. To be called into the senior squad is probably the proudest moment of my career so far.

“It is every player’s dream. I’m realistic in accepting I might not be that heavily involved, but the fact I will be around such experienced players is something I am really excited about. It reflects really well on the club. It shows just how far Southampton have come.”

Still, when the biggest football-related story on the back pages aside from that is the fear that England players might catch a virus from the ‘violently ill’ Theo Walcott, give us an upbeat story about Lallana almost day.

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