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Paper News and Gossip: Giggs Denies Moyes Rift, Kroenke's Faith in Wenger

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterApril 1, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Giggs Denies Moyes Rift, Kroenke's Faith in Wenger

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    Manchester United play host to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, but Old Trafford player-coach Ryan Giggs leads the back-page agenda.

    The United legend has dismissed reports of a rift with Manchester United manager David Moyes over coaching methods at the club ahead of the visit of the German and European champions.

    Elsewhere, Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has offered his backing for manager Arsene Wenger, while there are some further interesting tales for Apr. 1.

    But who else is making the headlines on Tuesday? Read on to find out more.

Ryan Giggs Dismisses Reports of Rift with David Moyes at Manchester United

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    Manchester United player-coach Ryan Giggs has shrugged off reports of a rift with manager David Moyes, claims Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.

    According to the article, the former Wales international had reportedly fallen out with the Old Trafford boss over "football issues" in a disappointing season for the club.

    But, ahead of the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich, Giggs is quoted as saying: "There is no problem with the manager; I don't know where that came from. The relationship is good."

    However, Giggs refused to accept Bayern were favourites for the tie, and added:

    Bayern are a fantastic team, they are the holders and Pep Guardiola has taken over and added a few new players and they are a very strong team; favourites in most people's eyes.

    But we are Manchester United, and at Old Trafford we have had so many great nights.

    We don't see ourselves as underdogs, we see ourselves as Manchester United playing at home.

    Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola joked former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson might have offered him the chance to take over at Old Trafford, but he could not understand his Scottish accent, reports Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star.

    The former Barcelona boss is quoted as saying:

    He invited me to a super restaurant. We spent a very good time together but my English is not so good.

    So when Sir Alex spoke quickly I didn't understand him. So maybe I didn't understand if I received an offer or not.

    It was a friendly dinner, like always he has with me. He was so gentle and we spent a very good time together.

Arsenal Owner Stan Kroenke Backs Arsene Wenger with £100M Transfer War Chest

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    Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has given his full backing to manager Arsene Wenger to remain at the club, reports Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph.

    The Gunners boss will see his contract at the club expire at the end of the season, and, according to the article, the Frenchman has hinted that he will leave.

    However, Cross reports that Wenger will be given a £100 million windfall to bring in new players to the Emirates Stadium in the summer if he extends his stay.

    Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler will not be among the players coming into the Arsenal squad, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

Tottenham Hotspur to Target Real Madrid Head Coach Carlo Ancelotti

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    Tottenham Hotspur will consider a move for Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti if they dispense with the services of Tim Sherwood in the summer, reports Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail.

    The report claims Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been unhappy at Louis van Gaal talking openly about the role at White Hart Lane in recent weeks.

    Now the Tottenham chief is monitoring the situation at the Bernabeu after Ancelotti's team fell off the La Liga title pace with recent defeats to Barcelona and Sevilla.

Rafael Benitez Reopens Conflict with Jose Mourinho in New 'Fact' Interview

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    Former Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has opened up his rift with current Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.

    The ex-Liverpool boss hit back at reports that long-time adversary Mourinho had criticised the Blues' performances in Europe last season, despite their Europa League win.

    Benitez is quoted as saying:

    Mourinho talks a lot about a lot of people, but I prefer to talk about facts.

    At Liverpool, with a squad half of the value of Chelsea, we twice knocked his Chelsea side out of the Champions League.

    Later, with the most expensive squad at Real Madrid, he did nothing in the Champions League.

    Now he says if there is an offer of hundreds of millions for Hazard and Oscar, maybe he can build a strong squad to win something.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea defender David Luiz will be sold in the summer to fund a transfer spree by Mourinho, reports Lipton.

    Chelsea striker Fernando Torres could be sent out on loan next season, claims Andrew Dillon of The Sun (subscription required).

WBA Striker Saido Berahino Suffers Reported Head Injury in Dressing-Room Row

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    West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino suffered a head injury during a dressing-room row after the draw with Cardiff on Saturday, claim Shaun Custis and Graeme Bryce of The Sun (subscription required).

    According to the report, the England Under-21 international was the subject of team-mates' anger after his mistake allowed the Bluebirds to claim a late equaliser at The Hawthorns.

    Custis and Bryce claim tempers were raised in the dressing room after the game and punches were thrown, with Berahino suffering a head injury in the process.

    Albion chairman Jeremy Peace remained in the stadium for several hours after the game to sort out the issue, according to the article.

Raheem Sterling Dreaming of Premier League Title with Liverpool

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    Liverpool star Raheem Sterling is daring to dream of ending Liverpool's 24-year wait for the Premier League title, reports David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.

    The England international has been in excellent form for the Reds this season, and the goals of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have fired the Anfield club to the top of the table.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has consistently played down title talk, but Sterling is quoted as saying:

    It’s all to dream about. We all know what the dream is and we are all working to make the dream a reality.

    Hopefully we will do it, and there is a really good atmosphere around the training camp.

    There is a real belief amongst the fans, a real togetherness with the fans and the players. It’s a really good atmosphere and long may it continue.

Fool's Gold: Arsenal, Spurs Groundshare, Sir Alex Goes Blue, Plymouth Go Orange

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    Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have sealed a deal to groundshare at the Emirates Stadium from 2016, reports James Dickenson of the Daily Express.

    According to the article, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has acted alone in agreeing the move with Gunners officials, which will see the club leave White Hart Lane.

    Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has ordered the club to change the team's kit from red to blue in a bid to halt the slump in form this season, claims Jack Wilson of the Daily Star.

    Plymouth Argyle have painted their pitch orange to prevent a colour clash with their green home shirts, reports Justin Allen of The Sun (subscription required).

    Officials at the League Two club have become concerned that the Home Park squad are struggling to find the right pass to team-mates because of the colour clash.

    England will wear a special one-off yellow shirt in one match at the World Cup finals in tribute to Brazil, claims Gethin Shirtie of the Daily Mail.

    Sadly, the Daily Telegraph's report that the real England kit replica will cost up to £90 is not an April Fool.

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