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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Lionel Messi has pledged to finish his career at Barcelona.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has been impressed by Arsenal this season and believes the Barclays Premier League leaders can sustain their title challenge.

Adel Taarabt did not know much about Rene Meulensteen before his appointment at Fulham, but is loving life under the "unbelievable" new head coach.

Sandro has already thought about quitting once this year and that experience has taught him not to give up on Tottenham's season now.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Michael Carrick has agreed a one-year extension to his current deal, with the option for another year.

Rumoured Manchester United target Will Hughes could be up for grabs after rivals Liverpool said they are not in for the player.

Manuel Pellegrini was impressed by Joe Hart's performance for England in midweek - but will not say when he might recall the goalkeeper to his Manchester City side.

Lionel Messi has pledged his future to Barcelona - meaning any hopes Manchester City had of signing him look doomed to failure.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Duncan Ferguson reckons big Belgian Romelu Lukaku can do damage to Liverpool on Saturday.

Liverpool FC boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to hand Jon Flanagan his derby debut against Everton on Saturday.

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe is wanted on loan by Steve McClaren's Derby County.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Ruel Fox believes there will be an inevitable scramble for Newcastle United's top scorer Loic Remy next summer - but he has backed the former Marseille star to keep getting better at Newcastle United.

THE JOURNAL

Sunderland coach Gustavo Poyet is "excited" about the next transfer window, when he can see how good his working relationship with Roberto Di Fanti is.

Newcastle United are sailing close to their manager's expectations - but are not quite where Alan Pardew wants them to be.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce admits he's concerned that the Black Cats could bring a premature end to Danny Graham's loan spell at Hull City.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Andi Weimann has warned West Bromwich Albion that Aston Villa have a steely determination to succeed this season, ahead of Monday night's derby at The Hawthorns.

West Brom are keen to start discussions with Steve Clarke in January, with a view to extending his deal beyond next summer

EXPRESS & STAR

Wolves are prepared to loan out long-serving promotion stalwarts Kevin Foley and George Elokobi.

Aston Villa are one of several clubs eyeing Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 22. However, Villa face competition from clubs including Athletico Madrid.

THE SENTINEL

Crewe Alexandra have signed Fulham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge on loan until January.

NEWHAM RECORDER

Ravel Morrison needs to keep improving for West Ham before he can think about making the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

Andros Townsend intends to follow the advice of England manager Roy Hodgson and look to drive Tottenham on towards the top of the Premier League and book his place at the World Cup.

Manager Arsene Wenger believes the return of Theo Walcott will bring a new dimension and balance to the Arsenal attack.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Joey Barton star says his upturn in fortunes at Loftus Road is down to QPR's loyal fans.

Kieran Richardson insists he's finally over his injury nightmare and is ready to make Fulham's left-back spot his own.

SOUTH LONDON PRESS

Keith Millen has admitted that Saturday's trip to Hull begins a vital sequence of matches in their bid to stay in the Premier League.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Michael Laudrup has called for Premier League referees to be punished for mistakes - and insisted they should explain contentious decisions to the media.

WALES ONLINE

Cardiff City star Gary Medel insists he's learning to control his temper but he's not going soft.

Michael Laudrup has admitted he will look to add one more to his Swansea City squad come the January transfer window after chairman Huw Jenkins' claims they are ready to make a New Year swoop for Tom Ince.

THE PINK UN

Chris Hughton has no fears his Swedish international duo Johan Elmander and Martin Olsson will be ready for Premier League duty against Newcastle after the crushing blow of their World Cup exit.

THE DAILY ECHO

Arsene Wenger has described Southampton's defensive record this season as "remarkable".

HULL DAILY MAIL

Steve Bruce insists there is no prospect of Hull City cashing in on Sone Aluko during the January transfer window - even if the sidelined forward fails to agree a new contract.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Paddy Kenny says United is a better place on and off the field this season and Is hoping to extend his career at the club.

Brian McDermott said he was untouched by speculation about ownership changes at Leeds United as he looked forward to a welcome game at Elland Road.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has described Derby County star Will Hughes as "wonderful young talent" - but brushed off reports that a deal has already been struck to take the highly-rated midfielder to Anfield.

NOTTINGHAM POST

Stuart Pearce hopes his Nottingham Forest love affair is not over - and today admitted he hopes to return to the City Ground as manager one day.

LEICESTER MERCURY

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson believes his players who are in the last year of their contracts will remain fully focused on the promotion push.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Dougie Freedman believes his side have now developed a mental toughness that has been key to their recent form on the road.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Owen Coyle insists Callum McManaman won't be getting carried away by recent positive comments made by England boss Roy Hodgson.

EVENING GAZETTE

Aitor Karanka has a plan for turning around Boro's fortunes - and he'll stick to it regardless of early results.

THE STAR

Callum McFadzean could be invited to change international allegiance after it emerged the Scottish Football Association (SFA) have been monitoring his performances for Sheffield United this term.

THE SCOTSMAN

New Hibernian manager Terry Butcher faces having to watch his side from the stands as a two-game suspension given to him in his previous job is carried over.

Charlie Nicholas has told Celtic and Scotland captain Scott Brown to "grow up" in the wake of another controversy that could have seen the midfielder sent off.

Former Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels is at the top of Inverness' shortlist for their vacant managerial post.

Gabriel Reuben has not done enough to deserve a place in the St Johnstone first team, Allan Johnston has said.

Kenny Miller has not ruled out making a move to Rangers for a third spell at the club.

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