Breakfast Briefing: Champions League on the mind as Red Devils eye redemption and Vertonghen the exit door
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Outgoing captain Nemanja Vidic believes Manchester United can win the Champions League this season. The 32-year-old defender is expected to leave the Red Devils at the end of the season, but is determined to help them do 'something special' in Europe before he goes. Manager David Moyes has also backed him up, saying he sees their tie against Greek side Olympiacos as an opportunity to go on and win the competition this season.
Also hinting at a potential move is Tottenham defender Jans Vertonghen. The highly rated Belgium international has suggested he might consider his future if Spurs fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.
Jose Mourinho is already thinking about his strikeforce for next season, ruling out moves for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani due to their employers Paris Saint-Germain's financial muscle. Chelsea's trio of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba have all failed to impress this season and Mourinho is thought to be eager to bolster his attack.
Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon is in hot water though, after he was charged by the Football Association for comments he made about talkSPORT pundit Neil Warnock. Puncheon, who last played for Warnock in 2011, responded to criticism by posting a series of comments attacking his former boss' team selection and training regime. The tweets have since been deleted but the FA believed Puncheon had a case to answer and opted to act.
Liverpool's on-form midfielder Jordan Henderson has hailed his winner in the thrilling 4-3 triumph over Swansea City as his most important goal for the club since joining from Sunderland. Henderson scored two goals at Anfield on Sunday but although his first was a stunning strike into the top corner, felt that the winning goal 16 minutes from time was by far the more pleasing to him.
Australia captain Lucas Neill has ended his clubless limbo by signing for Championship side Watford until the end of the season. The 35-year-old had been training with former club Blackburn Rovers after his J-League stint came to an end, but elected to join the Hornets to gain some regular football with an eye on the upcoming World Cup.
Barcelona have again denied any wrongdoing in the ongoing saga over the transfer of Brazilian striker Neymar, but have paid an €13.5million to Spanish authorities. The voluntary payment - which the club says is a gesture to 'defend the club's reputation' - comes as investigations continue into allegations of tax evasion.
Juventus manager Antonio Conte says it is his 'duty' to ensure that midfielder Paul Pogba reaches his potential at the club. The French international is in fine form this season and is one of the hottest properties in Europe although Juventus are keen to keep hold of the exciting youngster.
Meanwhile, defender Adil Rami is eager to extend his stay at AC Milan beyond this season. The on-loan defender seems to have rediscovered his spark at the San Siro and does not want to return to parent club Valencia where he fell out with head coach Miroslav Djukic.
Diego Costa is not going anywhere, says Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo. Speaking to journalists at the Complutense University of Madrid, Cerezo expressed his belief that the highly-touted striker would stay at Atletico to cement his place in Spain's squad after choosing to represent the World and European champions instead of Brazil.
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has conceded his side's Bundesliga title hopes are all but over after the loss to struggling Hamburg on Saturday, but is still confident of clinching some silverware as they prepare for their first-leg Champions League last-16 clash with Zenit St. Petersburg. The former German champions are also on contention for the DFB-Pokal and Klopp wants renewed focus from his team.
Scottish club Rangers have confirmed loans of up to £1.5 million in the form of two secured credit facilities after reports of potential administration. The Scottish League One side were the subject of recent speculation regarding their financial position, a mere two years after the once-mighty club were demoted to the Third Division after entering administration.