Evening Report: August 14

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Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists he understands the rivalry between England and Scotland ahead of the friendly fixture between the two nations this evening.

Roy Hodgson's men take on the Scots for the first time in 14 years, but the 19-year-old is predicting an entertaining & high-tempo encounter.

Chelsea are preparing to battle with Paris Saint-Germain in the hopes of securing Real Madrid star Sami Khedira.

Reports in France claims the two big-spending clubs are going to go head-to-head for the 26-year-old, who was linked to a move to the Premier League earlier this summer.

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa continued his preparation for the new season, scoring as Japan lost 4-2 to Uruguay.

Kagawa's goalscoring form is good news for United, who kick-off their Premier League campaign away to Swansea on August 17.

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany is looking forward to the start of the Premier League this weekend, and says Manuel Pellgrini's side are in the best possible shape.

City are desperate to reclaim their title from arch-rivals Manchester United, and Kompany insists that the Citizens have a squad capable of returning to the summit of English football.

Wales boss Chris Coleman says Gareth Bale will not change even if he becomes the most expensive footballer in the world.

Real Madrid have offered Tottenham in excess of £80m for his services, but Coleman - who had a spell in Spain as coach of Real Sociedad - says the Wales winger is mature enough to deal with the expectation.

And finally, Barcelona's Lionel Messi has revealed his delight at meeting the Pope this week.

The Argentinian superstar met his fellow countrymen ahead of his countries' friendly clash with Italy on Wednesday evening, and says he was honoured to have met such an iconic figure.

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