Afternoon Report: February 8

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Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has rubbished speculation linking striker Roberto Lewandowski with a move away from the Bundesliga club.

Lewandowski has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich and Manchester United in recent weeks.

Jordi Alba says people must stop talking about Barcelona's rivalry with Real Madrid  - and give proper respect to Atletico Madrid.

Atelitco currently sit in second place in La Liga behind Barcelona, and Alba views Diego Simeone's side as their biggest threat.

Chelsea have been handed a boost ahead of their weekend tie against Wigan after Demba Ba was declared available for selection - a week after breaking his nose.

The Senegalese striker will wear a mask in the game after being kicked in the face by Newcastle defender Fabricio Collocini last weekend.

Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United need to keep on scoring to make up for their defensive shortcomings if they are to win the league.

The England forward also called on his United team-mates to be more ruthless and kill off their opponents when they have the chance ahead of their weekend clash against Everton.

Sergio Aguero has praised Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, and says the Italian's achievements at the Etihad Stadium should be respected.

Arsenal face a defensive crisis going into their game against Sunderland this weekend.

Thomas Vermaelen will miss the trip to the Stadium of Light, while Laurent Koscielny faces a late fitness test.

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