As the Premier League gears up for another night of excitement the football world continues to throw up stories off the field. Here’s what’s been happening today.
UEFA President Michel Platini has hinted that the Europa League could be scrapped from 2015 in favour of a bigger Champions League involving 64 teams. Read more here.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas Boas has today issued a ‘hands off’ warning to new Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp regarding striker Jermain Defoe. He said the forward is in form and happy at the club and rates the diminutive England international very highly, saying he is as good as Chelsea target Radamel Falcao.
Redknapp does want to add firepower to QPR following last night’s 0-0 draw away to Sunderland. But has said he is happy with the result and is much more confident about Premier League survival than he was when he joined the club on Saturday.
Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has escaped a touchline ban for his actions during the match against Millwall earlier this month. He has instead been fined £2,000 and warned about his future conduct.
Scottish manager David Moyes has admitted today that he will start talking about a contract extension at Everton after January. He said he wants to see if the club are planning on moving in the right direction first. His current deal runs out at the end of this season and I’m sure he won’t have to look far for interested clubs if he does leave.
Arsenal defender Andre Santos is considering his future at the club today amidst interest from Turkey. He insists if he does leave he wants to stay in Europe, telling reporters today: “I still have many objectives on this continent, some clubs from Turkey have called me, but there is nothing concrete.”
French club Monaco have admitted an interest in Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who’s current contract expires at the end of the season. When asked about their interest by French newspaper L’Equipe a club official said: “there is nothing concrete.”