Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho offered no guarantees on Tuesday night that Wayne Rooney would be at the club beyond next week, declaring: "You'll have to ask him. Mourinho, who also offered a bleak assessment of full back Luke Shaw’s prospects, offered no warmth for Rooney - refusing to answer when asked if the captain was desperate to play in Sunday's EFL Cup final with his club Wembley opportunities running out. Mourinho’s indifference to the 31-year-old’s availability will make bleaker reading for Rooney - who was considered integral to the United side just a year ago - than his comments on China, which the player is far more likely to be tempted by next season than next week.
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci will be left in the stands for Wednesday's Champions League match against Porto as punishment for his outburst aimed at coach Massimiliano Allegri. Allegri announced the move on Tuesday at the pre-match news conference, saying he had agreed it with club officials as "a fair decision, out of respect for the squad, the fans and the club." Bonucci became embroiled in a heated argument over substitutions with Allegri after a 4-1 win over Palermo on Friday. Allegri also will punish himself for his angry reaction to Bonucci, announcing a donation to charity. It was the third time in three weeks that players had questioned Allegri's decisions
Claudio Ranieri looked up and smiled, having clearly just realised he had the perfect answer. Sitting in the press room of the Sanchez Pizjuan ahead of Leicester City’s Champions League last-16 first leg with Sevilla, the Italian had predictably been asked - given the traditions of the city - whether his players were matadors or bulls. Ranieri deliberately misinterpreted the question, and possibly played on some of the culinary traditions around bullfighting itself, by wondering if he was being asked whether his side “have the balls”.