Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp put to rest rumors of unrest surrounding the future of Emre Can at the club.
Reports suggested Can was in a contract standoff with the club after demanding the club double his current wage package of £35,000-a-week with Juventus monitoring the 23-year-old's current contract situation. But with more than a year still left on his current deal, Can is expected to sign a new deal with talks ongoing, according to Klopp. "It actually makes no sense to talk about it, but because I obviously heard there was a story out there… yes, we are in talks, what can I say? They are good, because Emre likes to be here. We really like him as a person and as a player. So there are talks, there is nothing else to say."
Dimitri Seluk, the agent of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has raised more controversy with his recent comments.
Toure is entering the final months of his contract and, after reviving his career at Manchester City over the last few months, Seluk said he is in talks with clubs from Italy and Spain over a free transfer. However, Seluk said if Manchester United came calling he would negotiate despite the two clubs' rivalry: "Why not? Jose Mourinho is a very good coach. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was together with Yaya in Barcelona...We waited until March 15 for what Manchester City will say but until now Manchester City don't say anything. Before March, we didn't negotiate with anybody because Yaya does a lot with Manchester City, so we waited. But we cannot wait until the last minute, until June and have no negotiations with anybody."
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy scored his sixth goal for England to help them to a 2-0 2018 World Cup qualifying win over Lithuania at Wembley Stadium on Sunday evening.
Vardy was introduced on the hour mark for Jermain Defoe and needed just six minutes to make mark his, as the Foxes No.9 tucked home a close-range in the 66th minute to wrap up all three points. The goal was Vardy's fourth in his last five matches across all competitions, having scored a brace against Liverpool on February 27 and the winner during Leicester's 3-2 victory over West Ham prior to the international break. Vardy, who has scored eight league goals this term, will look to extend his form when Leicester face Stoke City at home on Saturday.
Thibaut Courtois will miss Belgium's friendly against Russia on Tuesday due to a minor hip problem but is not expected to miss anytime for Chelsea.
Courtois played the full 90 minutes but sustained a hip injury in the 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Greece in Brussels on Saturday. However, according to Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur, Courtois is expected to be fit for Chelsea's clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday. Terreur tweeted: "Thibaut Courtois won't play against Russia due to a minor hip problem. Expected to be fit against Crystal Palace, though." In the event Courtois is unable to recover in time for this weekend, Conte will likely hand Asmir Begovic his first league start of the season.
Manchester United are facing a potential midfield crisis when they take on West Brom at Old Trafford this weekend.
Marouane Fellaini becomes the latest addition to the United treatment room after he was released from the Belgium squad because of a "minor" toe complaint. The news follows quickly on the heels of Bastian Schweinsteiger who left for pastures new [MLS side Chicago Fire] last week, while Jose Mourinho’s men will definitely be without Ander Herrera due to suspension in game week 30. With Paul Pogba [hamstring] struggling, Wayne Rooney maybe called upon as a makeshift midfielder. The setback caps a miserable seven days for the club who lost Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to injury while Zlatan Ibrahimović is also serving a domestic ban. Fortunately, Jesse Lingard [ankle] and Henrikh Mkhitaryan [hamstring] appear to be over their recent problems with United facing a hectic month of Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League fixtures.
Chelsea were left on tenterhooks yesterday when Diego Costa was sent for an X-ray after sustaining an ankle injury in training.
Fortunately, the Spanish Football Federation have confirmed that Costa did not suffer a serious injury and he will remain with the squad for the game with France tomorrow, although it remains unclear whether the in-from striker will be involved. Costa scored during Spain's 4-1 win over Israel to help maintain top spot in Group G, on goal difference from Italy, but there will be no point in taking any unnecessary risks for the friendly in Paris. Domestically, Chelsea face Crystal Palace this weekend, and despite the Blues sitting ten-points clear of their nearest rivals, Antonio Conte will be keen to ensure he has a full squad at his disposal. Chelsea have been boosted further by the news that Eden Hazard looks set to be available: "I have had a week of treatment with my club. I think I will be ready for the next match."
The future of Manchester United defender Luke Shaw at the club is thought to be intertwined with Man City's hunt for Spurs' Danny Rose
The former Southampton man has fallen out of favour at United this season under new manager Jose Mourinho and has been subject to much speculation of late. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is understood to believe that he has a good chance of luring England international Danny Rose to the Etihad in a deal worth £50 million, with Spurs looking to draft in Luke Shaw to replace him.
West Ham United are preparing a bid for Hull defender Josh Tymon according to media reports.
Tymon, 17, has caught the eye of a number of potential suitors with his performances for the senior team this season including the Hammers. It's unlikely that his name will stop circulating in the media until he signs his first professional contract, which has been under negotiation for a number of months.