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Premier League Round-Up: 23rd July

23 July 2013


As the countdown continues to the start of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season, we take a look at the news surrounding Palace's top flight rivals. 

CHELSEA

Jose Mourinho has hinted that Spanish trio Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta could sit out the opening game of the Premier League season. 
Spain are due to travel to South America to face Ecuador just days before Chelsea’s opening fixture of the season against Hull on Sunday 18th August.
Mourinho said: "The players who go for their national teams two days before the opening of the Premier League, it depends a lot on that.
“Some have to go to Ecuador and come back and arrive in London on Saturday without having slept after a 15-hour flight to train on Saturday morning.
“I don't think he is going to play on Sunday. If a player plays for England on Wednesday against Scotland, plays for 45 minutes at Wembley and then an hour after the game he is at home in Cobham sleeping, he is in a better condition to play.”

MANCHESTER CITY

Man City captain Vincent Kompany is confident his team can regain the Premier League title this coming season.
The Belgian international believes the squad is the sharpest it has been “in a long time” under new boss Manuel Pellegrini. 
The Chilean has subsequently brought in high-profile signings Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stefan Jovetic.
And Kompany is pleased with the way the squad is progressing during pre-season. He said: "I can sense this team is hungry and there's been a great group atmosphere.
"At the same time, we've worked really hard in training and it has been really positive. It's probably the sharpest I've seen the team in a long time.”

MANCHESTER UNITED

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes Manchester United are “wasting their time” trying to sign Cesc Fabregas. 
United are believed to have made a bid of £30m plus add-ons for the former Arsenal midfielder.
But Pique told The Sun: “United are wasting their time.
"It took a long time for Cesc to get his dream move back home and he won't give it up.
"This is home. It is where his family is, and he is playing with his closest friends.
"He has told us he is happy and that he intends to stay with Barcelona."
New Old Trafford supremo David Moyes has also been linked with moves for Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, plus Everton duo Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed his interest in Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. 
The Portuguese is looking to increase his attacking options, with Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor his only two current senior front men. 
Spanish international Soldado has a £25.8m release clause in his contract – a fee that would smash Spurs’ transfer record. 
Speaking at a press conference in Hong Kong ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy, Villas-Boas said: "At the moment, he's just one of the players we are interested in. 
"Roberto is one of the players we have been following and his career speaks for itself. He's a great striker.
"But there isn't a deal being struck at the moment, it's just interest and conversations."


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