Afternoon Football Report: August 16

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Brendan Rodgers says he will refuse to speak about Luis Suarez again until the Liverpool striker is available for selection.

The future of Suarez has been under intense speculation this summer, and Rodgers has now taken the stance to rebuff questions about the Uruguayan.

Manchester United manager David Moyes is excited by the prospect of welcoming Shinji Kagawa back into his squad.

Kagawa missed much of pre-season due to his international commitments with Japan, and Moyes is looking forward to seeing the player at close quarters.

Andre Schurrle insists he will not suffer the same fate as compatriot Marko Marin at Chelsea.

Marin struggled to make an impact during his first season at Stamford Bridge, but Schurrle is confident he can become an immediate success for the Blues.

Joleon Lescott says Manchester City are determined to wrest the Premier League title from the clutches of Manchester United.

City gave up their league crown with a whimper last term, but Lescott says they will be ready for the fight when the new campaign begins.

New Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado says the most important thing for him this season will be making the fans happy.

Soldado scored on his home debut in friendly draw with Espanyol last weekend, and has promised supporters there will be more to come.

Lionel Messi is a serious doubt for Barcelona's opening league match with Levante on Saturday.

The Argentine suffered a left thigh strain during pre-season training, and may not recover in time for the weekend clash.

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