Afternoon Report: June 4

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Manchester United are expected to announce the appointment of former player Phil Neville as a first team coach this week.

Neville played under new Old Trafford boss David Moyes at Everton for eight years after leaving Manchester United.

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has confirmed he is in talks with the Gunners over a new contract but refused to rule out leaving Emirates Stadium.

The France international’s current deal expires next summer and there has been much speculation over whether he stays – Sagna admitted a move back to Ligue 1 was possible should no agreement be made with Arsenal.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has wished Jose Mourinho well on his move to Chelsea and insisted there was no ill will between the pair.

Mourinho and Casillas had reportedly fallen out last season, which resulted in the Spain number one being dropped for Diego Lopez, and some claimed the Santiago Bernabeu veteran had a lot to do with the Portuguese leaving.

Tottenham have turned down a chance to meet Real Madrid sporting director Zinedine Zidane to talk about the future of Gareth Bale.

There has been much speculation over the future of the Welshman but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is determined to hang on to his prized asset and will drag out any potential sale for maximum profit.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has told critics to “tweet all they want from their sofas” about England’s recent performances and insisted the players doing the business on the pitch take no notice of it.

The Three Lions were uninspiring during a 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland last week and were largely outplayed against Brazil on Sunday, despite coming away with a 2-2 draw.

Brazil superstar Neymar has insisted he is ready to knuckle down at Barcelona and is only thinking about helping Lionel Messi to continue being the best player in the world.

The 21-year-old completed his €57m switch to Camp Nou from Santos on Monday and insisted he was not aiming to become the best in the world because Messi was already there.

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