Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Monday, September 17.
International and European club football
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has hailed Thomas Tuchel as the best manager in the world and backed the German to navigate the club through a challenging Champions League group; and the Republic of Ireland management team are ready to meet key players in the coming week to restore harmony and numbers in the squad ahead of next month's Nations League home double-header against Denmark and Wales.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Crystal Palace’s Ivorian star Wilfried Zaha has hit out at match officials for a lack of protection, claiming he will need to have his leg broken before he is offered protection from aggressive challenges; Frank Lampard says he will look back at the rulebook after he saw red in Derby's 1-0 defeat at Rotherham; and Dundee boss Neil McCann will challenge the SFA's Judiciary Panel with an appeal against Kenny Miller's red card.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
West Ham were turned down by Hatem Ben Arfa in the summer, as the French midfielder chose to join Ligue 1 side Rennes instead; AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord drew 1-1 in the AFAS Stadion in a game marred by a bad ankle injury suffered by Myron Boadu in the first-half; and Lionel Messi is reportedly a top target for David Beckham’s Inter Miami team, and the Englishman wants to bring in the Barcelona star for their debut season in 2020.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Wayne Rooney has revealed he is keen to follow Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard into management once he ends his playing career; David Moyes feels he "couldn’t have done a better job" at West Hamand is disappointed he was not given the chance to stay at the club beyond the end of last season; Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has confirmed Paris Saint-Germain made an approach for him during the summer window; and Jose Mourinho says he is "in the dark" over Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United, but insists the French midfielder has never told him he wants to leave.