Roberto Mancini has revealed he had a number of opportunities to leave Manchester City last season. The City boss said he came close to joining seven or eight teams before signing a new five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.

Sir Alex Ferguson has called on Arsenal fans to applaud Robin Van Persie when the former-Gunner faces his old club on Saturday. The Dutchman left Arsenal for United in a £24m deal during the summer.

Roberto Di Matteo has promised his side will be taking the Club World Cup seriously next month. Chelsea fly to Japan next month for the tournament, after qualifying by virtue of their Champions League win last May.

Arsene Wenger admits his Arsenal side need to improve defensively after they conceded five goals against Reading earlier this week. The Gunners have kept only one clean sheet in their last 11 matches, and conceded eight on their last trip to Old Trafford.

Andre Villas-Boas has warned his side that they face a tough test when Wigan come to White Hart Lane. The Spurs boss also confirmed Jermaine Jenas has extended his loan spell at Nottingham Forest, after his bright start to life at the City Ground.

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