Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Gossip column: Klopp, Hernandez, Benitez, Falcao, Toure, Welbeck

Outgoing Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, 47, is planning a six-month sabbatical, ruling him out of taking over at Liverpool.(Bild - in German

The back page of Tuesday's Sun focuses on the game that led  to Norwich City's return to the Premier League
The back page of Tuesday's Sun focuses on the game that led
 to Norwich City's return to the Premier League
However, Liverpool insist their manager Brendan Rodgers' position is not under immediate threat as the club prepare to launch a review into their "disastrous" end to the season. (Liverpool Echo)

Meanwhile, Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group are enquiring about Aston Villa's Belgium international striker Christian Benteke, 24, who has two years left on his contract and could cost in excess of £20m. (Independent)

Napoli's former Chelsea and Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, 55, is the strong favourite to take over at Real Madrid following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, Real have rejected the chance to sign Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 26, on a permanent deal after he scored seven goals in 23 La Liga appearances while on a season-long loan at the Bernabeu. (Marca)

Managerless West Ham United have switched their attention to Real Sociedad boss David Moyes and Sevilla manager Unai Emery after Ancelotti revealed he will take time out, following his sacking by Real Madrid, to have surgery. (Guardian)

Manchester United defensive target Nicolas Otamendi, 27, wants to leave La Liga club Valencia. (Sun - subscription required)

Monaco's Colombia striker Radamel Falcao wants to remain in the Premier League - favouring a London club - and is prepared to take a significant pay cut. The 29-year-old's representatives have already sounded out champions Chelsea after Manchester United decided not to sign him. permanently. (Daily Mirror)

Former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is interested in a return to the Premier League with West Ham or Newcastle United. The 50-year-old Dane is currently managing in Qatar with Lekhwiya. (Daily Mail)

Hull City are set to lose more than £50m in revenue after being relegated from the Premier League. (Hull Daily Mail)

However, defender Michael Dawson, 31, insists he will not leave Hull this summer, as the Tigers face losing several top stars. (Sun - subscription required)

Tottenham are set to beat Liverpool to the signing of Burnley's 24-year-old £3.5m-rated right-back Kieran Trippier. (Daily Telegraph)

Veteran striker Didier Drogba, 37, said he left Chelsea to have a final season where he hopes to play more first-team football.(GetWestLondon)

The departing Drogba wants goalkeeper Petr Cech, 33, to stay and fight for his place at Stamford Bridge. (London Evening Standard)

Major League Soccer-bound Frank Lampard, says two of his former clubs, Manchester City and Chelsea, will dominate English football next season. (Manchester Evening News)

AC Milan want to keep on-loan Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel, 22, for another season. (Daily Mirror)

Manager Roberto Martinez does not expect Everton to sell any of their top players this summer. (Liverpool Echo)

The back page of Tuesday's Daily Star claims Liverpool
manager Brendan Rodgers' job is safe

Aston Villa and QPR have both made £3.5m bids for Swindon Town midfielders Massimo Luongo, 22, and Ben Gladwin, 22, but the League One club are holding out for a £4m deal. (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure, 34, is set to agree a one-year contract extension at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Liverpool forward Divock Origi, on loan at Lille, has had the dubious honour of being named in Ligue 1's worst team of the season by French daily sports newspaper L'Equipe. (Guardian)

Manchester United right-back Antonio Valencia, 29, has undergone an operation and posted a picture on social media from his hospital bed, though he has not revealed the extent of his injury.(Instagram)

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson, former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, ex-Southampton manager Nigel Adkins and Darren Ferguson, who left Peterborough in February, are the early favourites to take over at Sheffield United after Nigel Clough was sacked. (Sheffield Star)

Southampton will sell Uruguay attacking midfielder Gaston Ramirez, 24, this summer following his loan spell at relegated Hull City. (Talksport)

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, 24, will miss Saturday's FA Cup final against Aston Villa with a knee injury. (Daily Telegraph)

Preston's veteran striker Kevin Davies does not expect to be at Deepdale in the Championship next season - but the 38-year-old does not plan to retire. (Talksport)

Crystal Palace may sell 30-year-old midfielder and captain Mile Jedinak this summer while Eagles striker Dwight Gayle, 24, is attracting interest from Premier League newcomers Bournemouth. (Daily Mail)

Brighton are continuing to monitor their former midfielder Elliott Bennett, 26, now with newly promoted Norwich. (Argus)

Best of social media

Cesar Azpilicueta started 29 of Chelsea's 38 games
on the way to the Premier League title
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 25, celebrated Chelsea's Premier League victory parade by tweeting pictures of himself and his team-mates on the top deck of the bus that took Jose Mourinho's side through west London.

Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 26, posted a picture of himself holding the Premier League trophy along with the message: "The best part of winning a championship is to celebrate it with the fans. Thank you all."

Forward Radamel Falcao, 29, has sent a thank you message to Manchester United fans following the end of his loan spell at Old Trafford, tweeting: "I want to thank all Man Utd fans for all the gestures of support you gave me. I'll never forget it!"

Radamel Falcao's wife Lorelei Taron posted
 a picture from an airport departure lounge

Meanwhile, Falcao's wife Lorelei Taron posted a selfie on Instagram of her husband and their two young children in an airport departure lounge on Monday, the day after Manchester United confirmed the player would be leaving.

Following manager Sam Allardyce's announcement that he is leaving West Ham, 25-year-old Hammers defender Aaron Cresswell tweeted: "Been a disappointing end to the season but just want to thank everyone for your support all year round, week in week out. Also to the gaffer who gave me the opportunity to play for the club and has been brilliant with me."

Former Middlesbrough defender Gary Parkinson, who suffered a severe stroke in 2010 and has since been battling locked-in syndrome, watched Monday's 2-0 play-off final defeat against Norwich with Boro shirts hanging on the doors. "Parky's already got his seat ready for the big match, have you?"tweeted the Gary Parkinson Trust.

Gary Parkinson made 265 appearances in all competitions and scored
eight league goals while at Middlesbrough between 1986 and 1993

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 27, sent a message to his former Everton team-mate Sylvain Distin, 37, who is leaving Goodison Park. "It was the last game of my best friend for Everton... Good luck for your future bro," he wrote on Twitter.

Carlo Ancelotti, sacked as manager of Real Madrid on Monday, tweeted: "I'd like to keep in mind two fantastic years at Real Madrid. Thanks to the club, the supporters and my players."

After Norwich City won promotion to the Premier League with a play-off final win over Middlesbrough, 26-year-old Canaries midfielder Elliott Bennett posted: "Today I feel like the luckiest man alive. To be part of this squad on this special day is something I will never forget! Amazing."

Meanwhile, Norwich forward Cameron Jerome, who scored in the 2-0 win over Middlesbrough at Wembley, tweeted a picture of himself after the game with former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry. "Completed my day with a pic with this great man," wrote the 28-year-old ex-Stoke player.

And finally

A television reporter had celery thrown at him as he reported on Chelsea's parade through west London after winning the Premier League. (Independent)

A victory parade for Bristol Rovers, who won promotion back to the Football League via the Conference play-off final, got off to a bad start with few people appearing to line the streets at the start of the route.(Daily Mirror)

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