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Former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard, 35, claims Tottenham, Paris St-Germain and David Moyes's Real Sociedad wanted to sign him before he decided to join Los Angeles Galaxy.(Daily Mail)external-link

Gerrard also says he cried uncontrollably in the back of his car after Liverpool lost out on the chance of winning the Premier League title in 2014. (Daily Mail)external-link

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Saturday's Daily Express back page

Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross says his old Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney deserves more credit than he is getting for breaking England's all-time goalscoring record.(Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, has exiled himself to train with the under-21 side rather than training with the first team.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says it was not his decision to sign defender Papy Djilobodji, 26, from Nantes on transfer deadline day.(Independent)external-link

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew does not want his team to play in the Europa League until the format is changed because of the difficulties of juggling it with the Premier League. (ESPN FC)external-link

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes midfielder Lucas Leiva, 28, is emerging as a key figure for Brendan Rodgers's squad. (Daily Express)external-link

Romelu Lukaku's old Anderlecht coach, Ariel Jacobs, says the 22-year-old Everton striker's weaknesses are sometimes masked by his goals. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Ex-Manchester United defender Gary Neville says that if Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was getting the same results at Bayern Munich or Barcelona "he would be in significant trouble".(Telegraph)external-link

Saturday's Daily Mirror back page
Saturday's Daily Mirror back page

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes new £54m signing Kevin de Bruyne, 24, will make an immediate impact at the club.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Bundesliga clubs will struggle to keep hold of their best players because of the wealth of many Premier League teams. (Bloomberg)external-link

Tottenham Hotspur are open to entering a Wembley ground share agreement with Chelsea to avoid the London clubs trying to outbid each other. (Telegraph)external-link

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren believes the resumption of the Premier League this weekend will feel like a "new start" for his side following the international break. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez, 24, is negotiating to try to cancel his £65,000-a-week contract having been told by manager Ronald Koeman he does not have a future at St Mary's. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann, 28, has set his sights on an England call-up in the build up to Euro 2016. (Telegraph)external-link

Queens Park Rangers boss Chris Ramsey says the club would consider selling striker Charlie Austin, 26, if a team meets their £15m valuation in January.(Evening Standard)external-link

European governing body Uefa says it will introduce "the strongest anti-doping programme ever seen in European football" this season. (ESPN FC)external-link

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri would like the chance to live up to his 'Tinkerman' tag - by naming 11 substitutes.(Daily Express)external-link

Tim Sherwood expects Aston Villa's current longest-serving player, forward Gabby Agbonlahor, 28, to finish his career with the club. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka thought it would be "impossible" to convince winger Stewart Downing, 31, and striker David Nugent, 30, to sign for the club.(Teeside Gazette)external-link

Brazilian midfielder Allan, 18, signed by Liverpool in the summer, has scored a wonder goal in the Finnish top flight, where he is playing on loan at Seinajoen Jalkapallokerho. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Best of social media

Manchester United keeper David De Gea, 24, signed a new four-year deal at the club and tweeted his gratitude.

David De Gea happy to stay at Old Trafford

Injured Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 23, has tweetedexternal-link from his hospital bed, saying: "I will work hard to recover as soon as I can."

And finally...

Former Liverpool striker Paul Walsh says he was "a drunkard" for much of his last season at the club before his move to Tottenham in 1988. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Former Manchester United keeper Peter Schmeichel, 51, says he is proud his son Kasper, 28, of Leicester, has followed in his goalkeeping footsteps, but insists he is not a pushy parent. (Mirror)external-link

Biggleswade United, from the ninth tier of English football, are hoping to pull off an FA Cup shock with the help of some La Liga-based stars.(Sun-subscription required)external-link

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