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Ashley Young says Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard reminds him of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jurgen Klopp - Paper Talk

Plus: Antony has opened up on the support Cristiano Ronaldo has given him since his transfer to Manchester United; Tottenham want to secure Antonio Conte's future and intend to open contract talks with their head coach next month

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Ashley Young says Steven Gerrard reminds him of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jürgen Klopp and thinks Villa should keep faith with him.

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard (left) and Ashley Young after the Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. Picture date: Saturday September 3, 2022.
Image: Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard (left) and Ashley Young

Erik ten Hag has told Marcus Rashford he needs to be more clinical but has backed the striker to rediscover his goalscoring touch after failing to find the net in his previous two matches.

There are growing signs that a licensing body which sits in or alongside the FA and oversees the financial regulation of football could be agreed as a compromise deal to avoid a government-imposed regulator.

Neymar and his parents are due in court in Spain on Monday to stand trial on fraud and corruption charges over his signing by Barcelona in 2013, with prosecutors demanding jail terms.

The PFA has appointed Alejandro Cárdenas as the director of its new business school, which aims to prepare players for careers after football.

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Wasps and Worcester Warriors players who are forced to move abroad following the financial collapse of the clubs will be eligible for England selection up until the 2023 World Cup.


Antony has opened up on the support Cristiano Ronaldo has given him since his big-money summer transfer to Manchester United.

Bayern Munich are 'optimistic' they will complete the signing of RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer next summer.

Newcastle appear to be 'preparing a new contract for Bruno Guimaraes', just days after sporting director Dan Ashworth hinted he may have to leave amid interest from Real Madrid.

Tottenham want to secure Antonio Conte's future and intend to open contract talks with their head coach next month.

Tottenham's head coach Antonio Conte gestures during the Champions League Group D match between Tottenham Hotspur and Eintracht Frankfurt
Image: Tottenham's head coach Antonio Conte

Virgil van Dijk can shut up the doubters by pocketing the rampant Erling Haaland, says Graeme Souness.

West Brom shareholders are angry at the secrecy surrounding the club after being denied information about why those in charge have set up a new holding company, the Jersey-based Fairway Trust.

Nuno Espirito Santo is facing an uphill battle to secure a dream return to Wolves with the club turning to other targets.

The FA is set to advertise for a new head of diversity following the departure of Edleen John last summer.

Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke is convinced the colour of his skin has stalled his progression as a football manager.

Jose Sa in action against Fulham
Image: Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa

Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa has been playing with a broken wrist for almost the entire season.

AC Milan are reportedly monitoring Blackburn Rovers forward Ben Brereton Diaz, with the 23-year-old now into the final year of his contract at Ewood Park.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta is adamant that the club will continue to spend in the upcoming winter transfer market, despite having to sell several of their assets to fund their most recent spending spree.

Romelu Lukaku will remain out of action for Inter after further tests ruled him unable to return to the squad on Friday for training.

The ECB is set to investigate allegations that Azeem Rafiq used anti-Semitic and homophobic language during his playing career, which could lead to the former Yorkshire spinner being put on another misconduct charge.


Kyle Walker is "confident" of winning his race to be fit for the World Cup after having surgery.

England's Kyle Walker
Image: England's Kyle Walker


Leicester City's Belgium defender Wout Faes says he turned down an offer to join Chelsea in the summer before deciding to move to the King Power Stadium.

Steven Gerrard is running out of time to save his Aston Villa job and Villa owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens are expected to be at Villa Park on Sunday for the visit of Chelsea.

The long-awaited Yorkshire racism inquiry is descending into chaos as star witnesses threaten an 11th-hour boycott.

Wasps have received an offer for the club but fear it will fall through if their 'P' share is not retained.


Trent Alexander-Arnold's grandmother used to date Man Utd legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

Amazon bosses are reportedly growing in confidence over sealing Premier League giants Chelsea for the next instalment of the All of Nothing docuseries.

Former Barcelona team-mates Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho are set to reunite for a star-studded friendly match in honour of Diego Maradona.


Wayne Rooney was back in Cheshire to see his wife and children after the MLS season ended without success for his DC United team.

The ref who awarded Diego Maradona's Hand of God goal against England is trying to sell the match ball for £3m.

Chelsea want to sign Konrad Laimer in a triple raid of RB Leipzig next summer, according to reports.

A Brazilian investment firm has called for Neymar to be put in prison for five years on fraud and corruption charges.

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 11: Reece James of Chelsea leaves the pitch after receiving medical treatment during the UEFA Champions League group E match between AC Milan and Chelsea FC at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on October 11, 2022 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Image: Reece James will have a scan on his knee this weekend

Reece James will discover his World Cup fate this weekend.

Arsenal are reportedly set to battle rivals Manchester United and Tottenham for Brazilian wonderkid Marcos Leonardo.

Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan is being targeted by Juventus with the midfielder's contract expiring at the end of the season, reports say.

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho could be staying with the Blues after his agent said he is "prioritising" the club.


Marko Arnautovic turned down Manchester United, rather than the reverse, according to the player's agent.

Former Premier League star Robbie Savage wants VAR gone after another week of controversies, including Fikayo Tomori's red card against Chelsea in the Champions League.

Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix has been linked with a January exit amid reports of issues in his relationship with manager Diego Simeone.

Patrick Vieira has called on football to move faster to address the lack of Black people in decision-making positions.

Paul Merson has admitted that "nobody is scared of Virgil van Djik anymore".

Frank Lampard has rejected Richarlison's claims that Everton lack ambition ahead of their reunion on Saturday.

Frenkie de Jong reportedly feels 'disgusted' by his treatment at Barcelona, while Manchester United retain an interest in signing him.


Representatives of Ronaldo approached Brentford about the possibility of buying the club in 2017.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has insisted the impact of Joe Shields was "not the biggest", with Southampton's head of recruitment set to join Chelsea.

Mason Mount will undergo a scan on a thigh issue but it is hoped he will be fit for Chelsea's trip to Aston Villa on Sunday.

An independent review into the Kanjuruhan Stadium disaster, which saw 132 people lose their lives, has claimed the league's stakeholders are unprofessional and do not understand their duties.

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante will miss the World Cup with a hamstring injury he suffered in training, which is expected to rule him out for around three months.

The final 20 players have been shortlisted for the 2022 Golden Boy award, with Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham and Bayern Munich's Jamal Musiala the standout nominees.


Ashley Williams has been charged by his local Football Association with improper conduct and violent, threatening behaviour after being accused of attacking a coach at an under-12s match.


Ryan Porteous can win a move to Celtic by impressing for Hibs at Parkhead, according to Tam McManus.

Crystal Palace have joined English Premier League rivals West Ham United in trailing Partick Thistle youngster Aiden McGinlay.


Rangers have had their worst fears eased over Connor Goldson's injury.

A senior Rangers employee who was pictured celebrating in the away end during the Ibrox side's 7-1 defeat to Liverpool has left his role with immediate effect.

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