Rooney hints at United stay: Just a day after he avoided answering questions over his happiness at being a Manchester United player, Rooney has hinted he is willing to pledge his future to the club. The Daily Mail reports that the England international has for the first time suggested that his long-term future may lie at Old Trafford. "I’m happy to be in a position where I get the opportunity to score goals – and long may that continue," Rooney wrote in a post on his official website.
Paper Round's view: Hardly conclusive proof that Rooney is willing to pen a new deal and stay put for the remainder of his peak years, but given his silence on the subject all summer, even the slightest semblance of a hint should be well received by his always faithful fans.
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Spurs to go back in for Mata: Tottenham will make another attempt to sign Juan Mata from Chelsea in January, but will be rivalled by Juventus and Napoli, the Daily Express reports. Spurs "have not abandoned hope" of taking the Spaniard to White Hart Lane, despite Christian Eriksen impressing on his debut against Norwich. Mata was on the bench again during last night's defeat to Basel and the paper says he may be willing to push for a move with the World Cup fast approaching.
Paper Round's view: This is one rumour that is not going to go away as long as Jose Mourinho keeps putting Mata on the bench. There must be a limit to the midfielder's patience, although last night's Chelsea performance by Mourinho's 'egg's may prompt the manager into playing Mata a little more.
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A few of the day's best egg-related Chelsea headlines:
The Sun: Rotten eggs - Mourinho is shell-shocked as Blues fried
Daily Express: Basle faulty - Mourinho left with egg all over his face
Daily Mirror: Jose got egg all over his face - Mix all wrong as Mourinho is scrambled
Daily Mail: Mourinho demanded eggs-elence... but Jose's toothless side crack up in dreadful start to Euro campaign
The Guardian: Mourinho left with egg on his face after Basel demolish the Chelsea masterplan
The Independent: Jose Mourinho's 'eggs' look undercooked as Swiss side force historic win
The Times: Beaten Chelsea far from special
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Suarez will start against United: Liverpoll manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to throw Luis Suarez into the "bearpit atmosphere" of Old Trafford when his bite ban ends next week, the Daily Mirror reports. Well, Rodgers said the Uruguayan striker's inclusion in the team "would be something to consider", despite United fans' general dislike of the player who racially abused Patrice Evra in 2011.
Paper Round's view: Suarez is hardly a wallflower and would most likely relish playing United in their own back yard. That and the fact that he hasn't kicked a ball in anger for Liverpool for ages - he should be desperate to put his 10-match ban behind him and play, no matter where and who against.
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United to trial singing section: The Daily Mail reports that Manchester United are to trial a singing section at Old Trafford during the upcoming Champions League match against Real Sociedad. A 1,400 capacity section will be available in the upper section of the East Stand to season ticket holders and members in a bid to improve the atmosphere. The report says the club had already employed an acoustic engineer in an effort to increase noise levels earlier this year.
Paper Round's view: While United's travelling support is second to none, it is no secret that the atmosphere at Old Trafford has been on the wane for some time, given the size of the stadium, the club's international appeal and the price of tickets. A singing section opposite the Stretford End will not miraculously create a red-hot atmosphere, but it could at least inspire others to get involved. And it'd be fun for those in the middle of it.
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Jacko statue to leave Fulham: The much maligned Michael Jackson statue at Craven Cottage is to be removed by former owner Mohamed Al Fayed, according to the Daily Mail. Despite having told fans they could "go to hell" if they didn't like it, the flamboyant Al Fayed is now set to take the tribute to the late singer somewhere else. "The club’s new owners, who have no desire to keep it, are expecting the arrival of Fayed’s removal team," the paper reports.
Paper Round's view: Shahid Khan will be delighted. Fulham fans will be delighted. And no doubt Chairman Mo will be delighted to have the thing closer to hand in one of his many other properties.
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