football news round-up – monday, october 1

09:00    01 Oct 2018

Adel Amrouche, coach of Libya during the 2019 African Cup Of Nations Qualifier match between South Africa and Libya at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 08 September 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Monday, October 1.

International and European club football

Libya coach Adel Amrouche has named a 22-man squad for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group E qualifying matches with Nigeria later this month; Real Madrid find themselves in the midst of a minor injury crisis as four of the club's star men missed Sunday's flight to Russia ahead of their Champions League encounter with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday; and France manager Didier Deschamps has praised Paul Pogba’s leadership and insists he cannot wins game alone at Manchester United.

Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville defended the club’s beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho on Sunday but accused those above him of having no long-term plan to restore former glories; manager Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that Leeds United's run of one win in their last five games is concerning him; and Dolly Menga's first goal for Livingston was enough to give them a 1-0 victory over Rangers in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.

Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Angel Di Maria has backed team-mate Kylian Mbappe to one day win the Ballon d’Or; Luuk de ong was delighted to see PSV claim a tough win against NAC Breda in the Eredivisie; Ghanaian player Isaac Sackey received his marching orders in his club side Alanyaspor's Turkish Super Lig game with Akhisar this past weekend; and Wayne Rooney says DC United have ‘been building momentum at the right time’ in the MLS playoff race.

Transfer rumours & gossip

Chelsea have joined the hunt for Eden Hazard's kid brother Ethan; Genoa will attempt to re-sign teenage sensation Pietro Pellegri on loan when the transfer window reopens; Rafa Benitez wants to bring SPAL defender Francesco Vicari to Newcastle in January; Liverpool will lead the chase for Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey after having a summer enquiry for the Wales international knocked back; and Senior sources at Manchester United have dismissed as ‘nonsense’ claims the club have approached Zinedine Zidane over the prospect of replacing Jose Mourinho.

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