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.
Zinedine Zidane says Cristiano Ronaldo's preferred position is on the wing and has backed the Real Madrid star to get back among the goals soon. Ronaldo has failed to find the net in his last two outings, a 3-1 win over Napoli in the first leg of the Champions League's round of 16, followed by the 2-0 LaLiga victory at home to Espanyol. "He's always played out on the flank," Zidane said.
One of Serbia's top football clubs, Partizan Belgrade, has condemned racist chanting during a match that reduced one of its players, Brazilian midfielder Everton Luiz, to tears. He suffered monkey chants and other abuse from fans of rivals Rad Belgrade. "I couldn't hold back the tears because I was racially insulted from the stands for 90 minutes," said Everton, 28. A Partizan statement backing him said "we strongly condemn the perpetrators of this insane act". At the end of the match Everton made a crude gesture at the Rad Belgrade fans, prompting some Rad players to confront him. A brawl broke out, but staff from both sides managed to separate the players. Rad supporters also brandished a banner