Evening Report: September 17

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Rio Ferdinand has rejected the assertion that Manchester United have become more conservative under the stewardship of David Moyes.

The Premier League champions appear to be adopting a tighter approach this season, but Ferdinand says this proves only that the team is capable of adapting to the opponent.

Aleksandar Kolorov has hailed the return of Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany as 'very important' to the team.

Kompany has been missing with a groin injury, and Kolorov is delighted to welcome the central defender back into the City squad.

Real Madrid midfielder Isco has described fellow summer acquisition Gareth Bale as a 'cracking' addition for the club.

Bale joined Los Blancos in a world record €100 million transfer, and Isco is expecting great things from the Wales international.

Romelu Lukaku expects Samuel Eto'o to be an excellent signing for Chelsea.

Eto'o moved to Chelsea in the final days of the transfer window, prompting Lukaku to leave on loan to Everton, and the youngster believes the experienced striker will be a hit at Stamford Bridge.

Arsene Wenger admits he was 'reluctant' to sign Mathieu Flamini this summer.

The Frenchman rejoined the Gunners after five years at AC Milan, with Flamini's attitude convincing Wenger that he was worth recruiting.

Lionel Messi will be fit to face Ajax this week, according to Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino.

The Argentina international has been struggling with a hamstring injury, but Martino insists Messi will be fully fit for the meeting with the Dutch champions on Wednesday.

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