Rio Ferdinand hopes Cristiano Ronaldo gets overly emotional in Real Madrid’s clash with Manchester United on Wednesday.

It is the first time the Portuguese will face his former club and Ferdinand hopes the occasion is big enough to affect his performance.

Rafael Benitez says he can understand some of the hostility towards him from a proportion of Chelsea fans since he became interim manager.

The Spaniard said his successes with Liverpool over the Blues, as well as inconsistency on the pitch, were always likely to cause some anger in the Stamford Bridge crowd.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he was never likely to sign David Beckham when he was training with the Gunners.

The Frenchman also admitted to being puzzled as to how his new club PSG will be able to utilise the former England captain.

Lewis Holtby insists Tottenham Hotspur are not overly reliant on in-form Welsh star Gareth Bale.

The Spurs January signing said credit must go to Bale’s teammates for facilitating his brilliance – the winger has been the White Hart Lane club’s only goalscorer in their last three games.

Roberto Mancini reportedly refused to enter the dressing room after Manchester City’s loss to Southampton.

Mancini described the defeat as possibly the worst performance of his time in charge at Etihad Stadium and now reports claim he instructed a member of staff to collect his bag from the dressing room before he flew home to Italy.

Barcelona striker David Villa was this week admitted to hospital to undergo treatment for kidney stones.

Villa scored in the 6-1 thrashing of Getafe on Sunday at Camp Nou but is now doubtful for the clash with Granada at the weekend.

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