A host of Bayern Munich players have been left unhappy with new coach Nico Kovac’s rotation policy and some Tottenham players are worried by Mauricio Pochettino’s training methods, all in the papers.
BAYERN STARS WANT OUT
New Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac is already feeling the heat, according to a report in Bild.
The German paper claims Kovac, who left Eintracht Franfurt in the summer, is in danger of losing the dressing room with James Rodriguez, Mats Hummels, Sandro Wagner, Niklas Sule and Leon Goretzka are all reportedly upset at a lack of playing time.
And the rotation policy has meant that Hummels is looking at a transfer to Manchester United over lack of playing time with the Bundesliga champions, who are winless in three games.
James, who is on loan from Real Madrid, has also been linked with United in the past, while Liverpool were believed to be in the running for midfielder Goretzka before he left Schalke.
The report claims several players also feel that Kovac has yet to instill a clear tactical plan in attack.
AND THE REST
A number of Tottenham players have expressed concerns Mauricio Pochettino’s energy-sapping training sessions are causing injuries to key players. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal youngster Emile Smith-Rowe wants to emulate Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount by breaking into the England squad. (Daily Mail)
Roy Hodgson says Mamadou Sakho is back to the form which earned him a move to Liverpool, despite his mistake in Crystal Palace’s defeat to Bournemouth on Monday. (Daily Mail)
Paris St-Germain’s Brazil playmaker Neymar has approached Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to sound him out over a potential move to the Ligue 1 champions as speculation continues over the 25-year-old France international’s future. (Goal)
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says the Eagles would be interested in signing Chelsea and England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who had a loan spell with them last season, if the 22-year-old becomes available. (Talksport)
Chelsea and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 31, hopes to be offered a new deal by the Blues as his contract expires in the summer. (Guardian)
Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill, 32, has hinted he is prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge for the rest of the season, having previously indicated he was looking to leave in January. (Evening Standard)
Maurizio Sarri has criticised Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s tactical nous, and says Gareth Southgate made the right call by dropping him from the England squad. (Telegraph)
Southampton are interested in a move for Cahill, whose contract is up next summer. (Mirror)
Southampton are also hoping to fend off interest from Marseille and Lille in 17-year-old French winger Enzo Robise. (Sun)
Manchester City and Manchester United are being asked to pay a transfer tariff, making players more expensive than they would be to other clubs. (Times)
James Rodriguez, 27, is angry at being left out of the Bayern Munich team and has threatened to leave. The Colombia forward is on loan at the German side from Real Madrid. (Bild)
But Bayern manager Niko Kovac has denied there is a rift between himself and Rodriguez. (AS)
Brentford manager Dean Smith says he has “no plans” to leave the club, after being linked with the vacancy at Aston Villa, the club he supported as a boy.(Birmingham Mail)
Newcastle board members, including managing director Lee Charnley, insist the club is still up for sale and remain focused on keeping manager Rafael Benitez. (Newcastle Chronicle)
Everton boss Marco Silva says he will not consider making signings in January until he has been able to assess each member of his squad. (Liverpool Echo)
Arsenal’s Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi says the squad are united in their desire for Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, to stay despite the collapse in contract talks between the club and the player. (Evening Standard)
Manchester City and Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 27, says the Premier League champions will not face a tougher game this season than Sunday’s trip to Liverpool. (ESPN)
While travelling to sign for Manchester City, midfielder Bernardo Silva, 24, was told by a Manchester United fan he was making the right move in coming to Old Trafford – having been linked with the Red Devils. (Sun)