‘Rooney launches attack on the media’: Wayne Rooney has described the English media as "disgusting" for being in Portugal to report on the England striker while he is on a break there with his family, as the Guardian reports. The 28-year-old is in the country with his wife, Colleen, and two sons, along with two fitness experts as he keeps himself fit following a groin strain that caused him to miss the last three matches of the season for Manchester United. In a tweet he posted on Sunday the Liverpudlian wrote: "Disgusting that English press have flew out to Portugal to follow me while I'm with my children."
Paper round's view: The forward last featured on 26 April so it is natural that every man and his dog in England will want to know how the star player is shaping up ahead of the World Cup. Does that make this right? Probably not, given that he was desperate for privacy with his family. But while in Portugal Rooney has been posting videos of himself keeping fit with his son Kai, so his tweet regarding the press may lead to accusations of double standards. While posting his own videos of him and his son, it may be argued that he is opening himself up for the media to print photographs. It’s a debate that will rumble on.
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Evra holds talks with Juventus: Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is currently in talks with Juventus over a possible two-year deal, according to the Daily Mail. The Frenchman was reportedly seen in Turin on Friday over proposed contract talks and medical tests, with Juventus hoping to lure the 33-year-old to the Juventus Stadium on a two-year-deal. The Daily Mail report that Louis van Gaal, who is expected to be named as the new Manchester United manager, would ideally like to keep Evra at Old Trafford, even though he’ll get less playing time with the imminent arrival of Luke Shaw from Southampton.
Paper round’s view: After a truly disastrous campaign, there will surely be a radical squad overhaul at Old Trafford. With Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand departing, Louis van Gaal will look to acquire young talent in order to bounce back from a season in which they failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 20 years. It is widely believed that Luke Shaw will complete his move to Old Trafford, which would surely signal the end of Evra’s first-team chances. The Frenchman would undoubtedly be used as back-up only, and, at the age of 33, he may want to get as much playing time as he enters the final few years of his career – and what a better place to do that than in Turin.
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‘Everton and Spurs to move for Milner’ - James Milner is ready to quit Manchester City in a bid to get more first-team football, according to a report in the Metro. The England international is unhappy with the amount of games he is getting at the Etihad under Manuel Pellegrini and is prepared to leave the Premier League champions to get more game time. Everton and Tottenham are both interested in signing the player who left Aston Villa in a £20 million deal in 2010.
Paper Round’s view: Despite appearing in 31 of City’s 38 league games last season Milner started only 17, and would be prepared to give up Champions League football to be a regular. City are reportedly keen to keep Milner but may be prepared to cash in on the 28-year-old to free up some funds to help them comply with financial fair play rules. However, it is unlikely anything will be decided before Milner returns from England duty in Brazil.
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‘This man wants to be new Saints boss’: Oscar Garcia wants to replace Mauricio Pochettino as Southampton boss - if the Argentine quits to join Tottenham – that’s according to a report in the Daily Star. Garcia is keen to make a quick return to management at St Mary's after walking out on south coast neighbours Brighton last week. Pochettino is ready to ignore a lucrative new Saints deal in order to join Spurs and try to help them get into the Champions League, so Garcia should find himself on a list of candidates for the job. Given that he did not manage to get Brighton through the play-offs, though, his stock is not as high as it could have been.
Paper round’s view: Pochettino is poised to make a decision on his future this week, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy determined to lure him to White Hart Lane. Pochettino is believed to feel he has taken Southampton as far as he can after leading them to an eighth place finish this season with their highest ever Premier League points tally. Saints have already apparently started drawing up a shortlist of candidates to take over from Pochettino in case they cannot persuade him to stay and Garcia is set be considered. Former Barcelona star Garcia has also been linked with West Brom having guided the Seagulls into the Championship play-offs before being beaten by Derby.
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