Evening Report: September 25

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Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson says that having the faith of Arsène Wenger is "the biggest compliment in football".

The 21-year-old defender has established himself as a key member of the first-team squad at the Emirates, despite reports suggesting the Gunners were looking to bring in a new full-back over the summer.

David Luiz has played down talk of a rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas, as the two tacticians prepare to do battle this weekend.

Tottenham host Chelsea in the early morning kick-off on Saturday, but Luiz insists the connections between the Portuguese duo will play no part in their preparations, as both sides look to continue their good early season form.

Reece James' loan spell at League One side Carlisle has been ended with immediate effect so the defender can re-join parent club Manchester United.

A mutually agreed recall clause means James leaves Brunton Park after just one month, having initially signed a deal until January 2014.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini was delighted with Stevan Jovetic's performance in the 5-0 Capital One Cup success over Championship outfit, Wigan Athletic last night.

Pellegrini has backed the £22 million summer signing to become an integral member of his first-team squad at the Etihad Stadium.

Gerard Pique says Marc Bartra is ready for a spell in the Barcelona team - but the talented youngster must remember to concentrate primarily on his defensive duties.

The 22-year-old replaced the injured Javier Mascherano in Tuesday's 4-1 La Liga win over Real Sociedad, and could be set for an extended run in the side after it was confirmed that Mascherano is set for two-week spell on the sidelines.

And finally, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says that it would be "difficult" for Iker Casillas to depart in the January transfer window.

Carlo Ancelotti started the season with Diego Lopez as his first-choice goalkeeper, but Perez has cast doubt on the skipper being shipped off in the winter.

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