Evening Report: November 9

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Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola will begin talking to clubs about his next job in January, according to his representative.

Guardiola took a sabbatical at the end of last season, and has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City.

Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at suggestions that Manchester United have become too reliant on striker Robin van Persie.

The Dutch striker has scored 11 goals in 14 appearances since moving to Old Trafford from Arsenal during the summer.

Didier Drogba has revealed that Chelsea's desire for new blood led to his exit from Stamford Bridge during the summer.

Drogba left London for Shanghai at the end of last season, but had wanted to finish his career with Chelsea.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere admits he was surprised by his call-up to the England squad, having only just returned from injury.

Wilshere is in Roy Hodgson's squad to face Sweden next week, despite only making three appearances for Arsenal in the past 18 months.

Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel says he was wary about Andre Villas-Boas after the Portuguese endured a disastrous spell at Chelsea.

Friedel has, however, been impressed with the 35-year-old during his time at White Hart Lane.

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