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Gregorio Manzano: No official approach over China coach vacancy

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Gregorio Manzano says he is concentrating on the Chinese Super League.

Shanghai Shenhua coach Gregorio Manzano has said he has not been contacted by the Chinese Football Association about the national team vacancy.

Speculation is growing that Manzano is a candidate to take over from Gao Hongbo, who resigned last week after picking up one point from China's first four matches in the final phase of World Cup qualifying.

However, the Spaniard, who joined Shenhua at the start of the year after two seasons at Beijing Guoan, stressed his focus remained on Shanghai.

"I haven't...

Valderrama: Real Madrid's negativity to James Rodriguez is 'strange'

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Ex-Colombia star Carlos Valderrama says it is "strange" how much criticism James Rodriguez gets at Real Madrid, adding that it is about time the "crack" (top player) was left alone to get on with fighting for his place at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

James joined Madrid for €80 million from Monaco after winning the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and had an excellent first season under then Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti.

But more recently he has struggled for playing time under...