Afternoon Report: May 23

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Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck says he wants a more central role and believes his poor goal return this season was down to him mostly being played out wide.

Welbeck scored just twice as the Old Trafford club secured the Premier League title and he admitted this was not good enough.

Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata says Jose Mourinho is a born winner and the whole squad at Stamford Bridge would welcome him as their new manager.

Mourinho has been confirmed as leaving Real Madrid this summer and is heavily tipped to take over at Chelsea for a second time.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed he has made an approach to recruit Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Current Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri has left his post and Villas-Boas is regarded as the perfect replacement, though Spurs are keen to hang on to the 35-year-old.

Gremio director of football Rui Costa is not confident of sealing a permanent deal for Arsenal left-back Andre Santos.

The Gunners sent the Brazilian back to his homeland on a six-month loan in January and Gremio are keen to make the switch permanent, but Costa claimed negotiations with Arsenal had not gone well.

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has praised the style of football played by Manuel Pellegrini teams.

It has been confirmed that Pellegrini will leave Malaga this summer and he is expected to take over at Manchester City following the dismissal of Roberto Mancini.

Barcelona are too late to sign Brazil international Thiago Silva, according to his agent.

The Camp Nou club are reportedly interested in the centre-back but Paulo Tonietto claimed it was too little, too late as PSG do not want to sell and have given him too high a salary.

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