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What's trending: LVG 'disappointed,' Jerome Valcke banned 12 years

Here are the top stories from Friday:

MAN UNITEDLouis van Gaal directed questions to the boardroom when asked if he believes he can remain manager of Manchester United next season, a day after saying both he and Manchester United's ownership are "disappointed" by results this season.

- Van Gaal also piled pressure on Leicester City and Tottenham, claiming there will come a time when the inexperienced title-challengers "have to win."

- United suffered a triple injury blow with Phil Jones, Adnan Januzaj, Guillermo Varela added to the injury list and will head to Sunderland on Saturday without eight players.

FIFA: Former secretary general Jerome Valcke has been banned for 12 years by FIFA's ethics committee -- four years more than were given as punishment to Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini.

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi has been named La Liga's Player of the Month for January -- surprisingly the first time the Barcelona star has received the award.

- Meanwhile, Messi returned to training with his teammates following treatment for a kidney stones and is expected to play on Sunday against Celta Vigo.

CHELSEA: - Diego Costa suffered a broken nose when he collided with an academy player in training, but he will still play this weekend with a mask. However Alexandre Pato is not yet ready to play, and neither is fellow new signing Matt Miazga, Guus Hiddink said.

- The club have reportedly made Gonzalo Higuain a top summer transfer target after a secret bid was rejected for the striker in January. Find out more in Transfer Talk.

MAN CITY: Vincent Kompany and David Silva will both be able to return to action for Sunday's crucial Premier League clash with Tottenham.

- Arjen Robben says Pep Guardiola would not ask him or any other Bayern Munich players to follow him to Manchester City next season.

- Mike Goodwin says it's getting increasingly harder to believe that Man City are ever going to fire on all cylinders this season.

REAL MADRID: Shanghai SIPG manager Sven Goran Eriksson is predicting that players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney could play in the Chinese Super League in the future.

- Zinedine Zidane says he is not worried about Gareth Bale's ongoing calf muscle problems, while confirming the Welsh winger will not feature this weekend against Athletic Bilbao.

- Club blogger Eduardo Alvarez says Real Madrid's La Liga title bid is still on if they take advantage of a soft fixture.

ARSENAL: Arsene Wenger hopes fans will not boycott the first five minutes of Arsenal's crucial game against Premier League leaders Leicester on Sunday, saying "football is a moment of happiness, so don't miss it."

- Arsene Wenger says Danny Welbeck could be ready to make his first appearance of the season in Arsenal's FA Cup game against Hull next weekend.

- Clug blogger Tom Adams says the future of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be up for debate at the end of the season.

BAYERN MUNICH: Matthias Sammer hit back at VfL Bochum coach Gertjan Verbeek, who accused Arjen Robben of diving in the DFB-Pokal quarterfinal on Wednesday, calling the attacks "outrageous."

- Pep Guardiola said he did not meet with incoming Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti during the Italian's time in Germany this week and said the Italian's rendezvous with the club was "not a problem."

- Bayern announced that two magazines both signed cease-and-desist letters and will no longer claim that Arturo Vidal earns about "€8 million net per annum" or that the Bayern midfielder returned to the club's training camp in Qatar appearing to be "under the influence of alcohol."

BAYER LEVERKUSEN: The Bundesliga's latest scoring machine Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez faces three weeks out with the injury he suffered in midweek.

LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp has welcomed the decision by Liverpool's owners to back down over ticket price rises after the walkout by supporters in last Saturday's game against Sunderland -- and the manager insisted they "really care."

- Klopp remains wary about relying too much on Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Philippe Coutinho as they build up their fitness.

- Liverpool fans' successful walkout protest over ticket prices is a "game-changer," according to the Football Supporters' Federation.

EVERTON: Utility man Bryan Oviedo's recent impressive performances have been rewarded with a new three-and-a-half-year contract.

SUNDERLAND: The club have terminated the contract of Adam Johnson after the midfielder pleaded guilty to one charge of grooming and another of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. His trial began on Friday and is expected to last two weeks.



Come back tomorrow for another round up of the trending stories across world football.


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