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All the news, views and transfer talk from the regional newspapers.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez admits the intensity of English football is exhausting but insists he is happy in the Premier League/
Luis Suarez has revealed he left Liverpool because he was tired of the English media.
Jurgen Klinsmann claims DeAndre Yedlin is already an “important” player for Tottenham, even though he has yet to make a first-team appearance.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out for around a month with a hamstring injury.
Shakhtar Donetsk star Douglas Costa still hopes to complete a switch to Chelsea and be reunited with former team-mate Willian this summer.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce admits that if they lose to Arsenal, people will say the squad’s trip to Dubai was a waste of money.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj has admitted he is spending more time in the gym to improve his wing play.
Fernandinho has dismissed talk of a rift with Vincent Kompany as Manchester City prepare for the biggest week of their season.
LIVERPOOL ECHO
Roberto Martinez insisted Everton’s 2-1 Europa League win over Dynamo Kiev must be a “turning point” for their season.
Arouna Kone insists Everton FC must go for the win in Kiev next week – even though a draw will see them progress to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Jan Molby believes Liverpool can beat ‘unravelling’ Manchester United for a Champions League spot but warns they have to be at their best when they face Swansea on Monday.
THE CHRONICLE
Jack Rodwell wants a strong finish to the campaign, after seeing his first season at Sunderland disrupted by injury.
Newcastle’s exciting teenager Callum Roberts has shrugged off talk that the Magpies’ season is as good as over – insisting Toon youngsters will never get a better chance to play.
THE JOURNAL
Connor Wickham admits Sunderland are still some way away from turning Gus Poyet’s vision into a reality.
NEWHAM RECORDER
Sam Allardyce says the lack of genuine interest in defender Winston Reid and the lure of the Olympic Stadium could have helped West Ham keep their key man.
EVENING GAZETTE
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka won’t rule out making a loan signing before the end of the window and admits Boro have a goalscoring problem, but would not be drawn on the possibility of a move for Jordan Rhodes.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Brendan Rodgers reckons Garry Monk will continue the Swansea success story by turning his team into European regulars.
BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Tim Sherwood has challenged Aston Villa to drag Sunderland and the teams above them into the “most exciting relegation battle”, and lift themselves out of it.
Sherwood insists he would be prepared to replay Villa’s FA Cup quarter-final tie against West Brom if that’s what the authorities decided.
West Brom boss Tony Pulis believes it’ll be a big psychological block the Baggies are to overcome if they are to beat Stoke this weekend.
EXPRESS & STAR
Kenny Jackett has challenged Wolves to seize the moment and admitted it is “now or never” for their Championship play-off challenge.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Neil Redfearn expects talks over his Leeds future to wait for the conclusion of Massimo Cellino’s ownership ban, insisting he would “bat on” as head coach until the club approach him about a new contract.
PINK UN
Norwich central defender Michael Turner has linked up with Fulham on an emergency loan deal until the end of the season
Alex Neil has told his Norwich players to forget about any more favours from Championship promotion rivals over the run-in.
THE SENTINEL
Geoff Cameron is on standby for the heart of Stoke’s defence at West Bromwich Albion tomorrow because of fitness doubts over both Ryan Shawcross and Philipp Wollscheid.
BOLTON NEWS
Bolton boss Neil Lennon admits he will “be glad to see the back of this season and start bringing my own players in.”
LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Gary Bowyer has confirmed Blackburn owners Venky’s share his stance on not letting Jordan Rhodes leave on loan to a rival Championship club.
THE STAR
Stuart Gray has set Sheffield Wednesday a target of finishing the season as the Championship’s top Yorkshire side.
EVENING TIMES
Ronny Deila has praised the decision to overturn the red card shown to Virgil van Dijk in last weekend’s Scottish Cup clash with Dundee United.
Anthony Stokes insists he has had nothing to apologise to Ronny Deila for after being dropped last month following a trip to Dublin.
New Rangers boss Stuart McCall has told his under-performing players they can turn their season around and win promotion to the SPFL Premiership.
THE SCOTSMAN
Stuart McCall has admitted he’s taken a gamble with his career by agreeing to become Rangers manager on an initial short-term contract.
Police Scotland have now launched an investigation into an offensive tweet that newly appointed Rangers director Chris Graham sent to an Islamist preacher.

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