Evening Report: August 16

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Nemanja Vidic has lauded new Manchester United boss David Moyes ahead of the Premier League champions' first opening fixture against Swansea.

Vidic is hopeful United can carry on from where they left off under the former Everton boss.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has told Scott Sinclair that he is free to leave the club on a temporary basis.

Sinclair was limited to just three Premier League starts last season - so is eager to seal a move away from the Etihad Stadium.

Jose Mourinho has reiterated Chelsea's stance over Brazilian defender David Luiz.

Barcelona were reportedly set to make an offer for Luiz but Mourinho has stated the player will be staying at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future.

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen believes his side's clash with Aston Villa will be a tricky challenge.

Vermaelen will miss Saturday's game due to a back injury but he has warned his teammates over a possible upset.

Xavi has lavished praise on Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino by calling the Argentine an 'influential leader'.

The midfield maestro is particularly happy with the way his side have pressed the opposition during their pre-season friendlies.

And finally, Tottenham manager Andre-Villas Boas has called new striker Roberto Soldado 'world-class' ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

The Spaniard is expected to make his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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