Football News For September 10, 2016

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Brazil forward Neymar, 24, was close to joining Manchester United or Paris St-Germain in the summer but chose to stay at Barcelona on less money, says his agent. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he was always “clear and direct” with Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, during their time at Barcelona, despite the Swede claiming otherwise. (Daily Mirror)

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The Daily Mirror’s back page on Saturday

Manchester United’s hopes of signing Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci could be over, with the 29-year-old set to sign a new contract.(Manchester Evening News)

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 25, is set to sign a new deal with a £76m release clause, just weeks after Chelsea and Everton were linked with him. (Sport Mediaset via Daily Express)

Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus and Paris St-Germain were interested in Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, 24, before he signed a new four-year contract. (London Evening Standard)

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has warned his players no-one is guaranteed a starting place. (Daily Express)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes 29-year-old centre-back David Luiz, a surprise summer signing from Paris St-Germain, can become one of the best defenders in the world. (Guardian)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed midfielder Jack Wilshere, 24, to be a future Gunners boss, despite loaning him to Bournemouth. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom boss Tony Pulis says the five players chairman John Williams said he was “happy with” were not the “marquee players” he wanted to sign. (Times – subscription required)

The prospect of a breakaway tournament of Europe’s best clubs has only increased following Uefa’s reforms of the Champions League, according to the head of Spain’s La Liga. (Daily Telegraph)

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The Daily Mail’s back page on Saturday

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants the club’s fans to mark the opening of Anfield’s new main stand by bringing their “best performance” against Leicester City on Saturday. (Liverpool Echo)

After helping Iceland knock out England at Euro 2016, Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27, expects the country’s footballers to get even better as “facilities and coaching have improved a lot”. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United forward Memphis Depay is hoping to paint the town red on Saturday by winning the derby against Manchester City.

Memphis Depay on Twitter

Sheffield-born Tottenham and England full-back Kyle Walker showed his support for Sheffield boxer Kell Brook before his world title fight against Gennady Golovkin on Saturday.

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he will never re-grow the ponytail for which he was known during his playing career. (London Evening Standard)

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