Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Saturday, September 1.
International and European club football
Cristiano Ronaldo has been rested by Portugal for their friendly against Croatia and Uefa Nations League opener against Italy, by his own choice; Hernan Crespo believes English teams are currently the best in the world and has tipped Manchester City to win the UEFA Champions League this season; and Unai Emery is confident Arsenal can make a big impact in the Europa League, despite the long distances they must travel for away games.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Jurgen Klopp has criticised Simon Mignolet for publicly questioning Liverpool's decision to prevent him from going out on loan; Jose Mourinho has defended his record at Manchester United and insisted he remains one of the best managers in the world; Ipswich have signed Everton defender Matt Pennington on a season-long loan; and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says it is ‘highly unlikely’ Moussa Dembele will face Rangers on Sunday.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
Kevin Trapp has rejoined Eintracht Frankfurt on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain; Eric ten Hag, the coach of Eredivisie giants AFC Ajax, says a new contract for Moroccan star Hakim Ziyech is in the works; Following Siphiwe Tshabalala’s transfer to Turkish Super Lig side BB Erzurumspor from Kaizer Chiefs this week, a former teammate has revealed how the veteran’s healthy lifestyle has prolonged his career; and Montreal Impact attacker Saphir Taider has been called up by the Algerian national team.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has signed a new five-year contract extension; Livingston attacking midfielder Adam Watson has joined Edinburgh City on loan until January; Middlesbrough winger Marvin Johnson has joined Sheffield United on a season-long loan; and Real Madrid striker Borja Mayoral has joined Levante on a season-long loan deal.