Kevin-Prince Boateng hints at Bundesliga return

The Rossoneri star, who is still in regular contact with Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, says he could imagine returning to Germany’s top flight

AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng says Jurgen Klopp “is like a friend” to him and there is a possibility that he will play for Borussia Dortmund again in the future.

The Ghana international, who came out of national retirement in June, played under the German trainer whilst on loan at Signal Iduna Park in 2009 from Tottenham.

Boateng, whose deal with the San Siro outfit expires in June 2015, has suggested he could imagine returning to Germany’s top flight in the future, and that he still keeps in regular contact with Klopp.

“Bundesliga is always interesting to me,” he told Eurosport.

“However, at the moment, I’m still wearing the red-and-black jersey of Milan.

“At the moment Klopp is still busy with his pre-season preparations, so he doesn’t have much time. We both have a lot of things to do.

“But we chat regularly. And that won’t change, as he is like a friend of mine.”

The 26-year-old praised die Schwarzgelben and treble-winners Bayern Munich for their impressive display in the Champions League last term, and also in last month’s DFL-Supercup final where Dortmund ran out 4-2 winners in Pep Guardiola’s debut as Bayern coach.

“They made it to the Champions League final – so of course they are the benchmark at the moment,” he added.

“You could see it again during the Super Cup clash at which pace they are playing football, it’s gigantic!

“Even Barcelona and Real Madrid had to upgrade.”

Rooney ruled out of Manchester United friendly through injury

The England international, who was the subject of a rejected bid from Chelsea over the weekend, was expected to return against AIK but he has been hit by another set-back

Manchester United have confirmed that Wayne Rooney will miss the club’s friendly with AIK due to a shoulder injury.

The Premier League champions had earlier advertised on their Twitter account that the striker would make his return from injury in Tuesday’s match.

But Rooney, who was the subject of a fresh bid totalling nearly £30 million from Chelsea over the weekend, has suffered a set-back.

“Wayne hurt his shoulder in a fall during a match on Saturday,” David Moyes told the club’s official website. “It’s not too serious and I don’t expect it to keep him out for too long.

“I’m disappointed he’s missing the game because we were keen to get him back involved and ready to play.”

The England international has scored 197 goals in 401 appearances for United since his move from Everton in 2004.

Palace look to strike duo

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has admitted the newly-promoted club are looking into the possibility of signing strike duo Darren Bent and Marouane Chamakh.

Despite already breaking their transfer record with the signing of striker Dwight Gayle from Peterborough, Palace are still in the market for more firepower in their bid to assemble a squad capable of maintaining their top-flight status this season. They are currently 7/5 in the latest Paddy Power relegation odds to avoid the drop next season.

Bent is expected to leave Aston Villa in the near future and has reportedly been holding talks with Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear, but Palace are also monitoring the situation should the former Tottenham forward not head to the North East, possibly as the result of being called ‘Dean Brent’ too many times by Kinnear. Newcastle are 10/1 at the moment to finish in the top six next season.

While the signing of Bent might be a step too far for Palace, it looks more realistic that the club will be able to tempt Arsenal flop Chamakh to Selhurst Park. The Moroccan ‘striker’ has failed to prove himself so far in the Premier League; first struggling to make an impact at the Emirates before a lacklustre loan spell at West Ham last season.

Palace co-chairman Parish admitted his admiration for both strikers, refusing to rule out moves for either player over the next couple of weeks during the remainder of this transfer window.

“Darren’s a fantastic player isn’t he? I think that you know again there’s a number of players that we are looking at. What is fantastic for our football club is to be linked with the kind of players that we are being linked with.”

“Marouane is obviously a fantastic player. I think things haven’t worked out maybe as well as they could have done in the latter part of his Arsenal career so that’s one we are keeping an eye on along with a number of others.”

Tottenham confirm Soldado capture

The Valencia striker agreed to sign for Tottenham on Friday, after the Londoners made him one of their key transfer targets this summer

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Roberto Soldado from Valencia on a four-year-contract.

Spurs agreed a fee with the Liga outfit on Friday, having met the Spain international’s £25.9 million release clause, and the deal has now been confirmed after Soldado successfully completed a medical and agreed personal terms.

The 28-year-old, who spent three years at the Mestalla and scored 81 goals in 141 matches, could make his bow in Spurs’ final pre-season match against Espanyol on Saturday.

“We are delighted to confirm the signing of Roberto Soldado from Valencia after the player successfully completed his medical,” read a statement on Tottenham’s official website.

“The Spain international striker is expected to be available for the first time when we face Espanyol in our final pre-season friendly at White Hart Lane next weekend.”

Soldado scored 24 goals in La Liga last season and joins a strikeforce that already includes Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Real Madrid academy product has won 11 caps for the Spanish national team, scoring six times, and becomes Tottenham’s record signing, smashing the £17m spent on Paulinho.

BREAKING NEWS: Tottenham confirm Soldado capture

The Valencia striker agreed to sign for Tottenham on Friday, after the Londoners made him one of their key transfer targets this summer

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Roberto Soldado from Valencia on a four-year-contract.

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