WORLD FOOTBALL TID-BITS - 11TH FEB 2015
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ADHIRAJ DUTTA : Aston Villa suffered a 2-0 defeat at fellow Premier League strugglers Hull City on Tuesday that saw the Villans slip into the Premier League's relegation zone. The defeat means that Villa have now went ten games within a top-flight win, which is an alarming statistic.
The Football Association is once again Jose Mourinho's target after the Chelsea boss blasted perceived evidence of double standards. Jose Mourinho believes he would be hit with a stadium ban if he were involved in the kind of touchline scrap that saw Nigel Pearson appear to choke James McArthur. Leicester City boss Pearson escaped punishment for a bizarre tangle with the Crystal Palace midfielder, and subsequently clung onto his job despite intense reports of his sacking at the King Power Stadium over the weekend.
A pair of late goals saw The Strongest get past Morelia in the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday, while Huracan also advanced. Pablo Escobar's late brace helped The Strongest to a 2-0 win over Morelia, securing the Bolivians' place in the Copa Libertadores group stages on Tuesday.
Northern Ireland international defender Paddy McNair has signed a new contract at Manchester United which will keep him at Old Trafford until the summer of 2017. McNair, 19, came up through United's Academy, and has made 12 appearances in all competitions for the club this season.
Siem de Jong's injury nightmare continues after Newcastle United confirmed the Dutchman has suffered a collapsed lung. Injury-plagued Newcastle United forward Siem de Jong is set for another two months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a collapsed lung.
Marco Reus rejected a double-your-money offer from abroad to remain at Borussia Dortmund last month. The 25 year old put pen to paper of a new POUND 140,000 per week deal with Jurgen Klopp's side in January though Real Madrid had line up a contract worth twice that, while there was also interest in the midfielder from the Premier League. Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool had all been linked with the former Borussia Monchengladbach man, who has racked up over a hundred appearances since signing for Dortmund in the summer of 2012.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic often courts criticism, but Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has backed his former striker, hailing him a "Leader". Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has defended Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic by claiming he is a "great professional" who is misinterpreted.
Real Madrid have once again been linked with a move for Liverpool star Raheem Sterling. The 20 year old is currently considering a new deal posed by Reds - the club he has spent the entirety of his short career so far.
Real Madrid and Portugal legend Luis Figo has backed compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo amid the fall-out surrounding his 30th birthday party. Luis Figo has hit out at critics of Cristiano Ronaldo's partying following Real Madrid's comprehensive 4-0 derby defeat to Atletico on Saturday. Ronaldo attended a pre-arranged gathering for his 30th birthday hours after playing in Real's humiliating loss at Vicente Calderon, with a number of the club's fans protesting against the party at training on Monday.
Ronald Koeman refused to rule out a return to Barcelona, but insists he will fulfil his contract as Southampton boss. Ronald Koeman has insisted he will see out his contract at Southampton despite talk of a potential reunion with Barcelona.