Today on Quotes of the Day, we’ve rounded up the most interesting articulations and assertions for your delectation:
Christine Lampard, speaking on Loose Woman about why husband Frank is ‘relishing’ the chance to manage Derby County.
“At Derby, this will be his first managerial move. And it’s very different, as much as it’s a world that’s he’s been in his whole life. But being on that side of it is incredibly different to being a player but it’s one he’s relishing. He’s wanted it, he’s been studying it for long enough so he’s been given this incredibly opportunity.”
France international Kylian Mbappe on how close he came to joining Arsenal last season and why he chose PSG:
“I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach. He has a great reputation here in France, he’s well-respected and knows how to develop young players. This was a real option for me. We weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of all the clubs but my family told me it had to be my decision and one I needed to make. It also had to be a long-term decision. So it was up to me and I decided to come here [to PSG] in order to develop. I dream of being managed by Arsene Wenger. He is French, he’s had a great career and now he is free because he has left Arsenal.”
Transfer guru Ian McGarry on how Roman Abramovich has ordered the Chelsea board to look at ‘cheaper options’ in their search for a new manager:
“At the moment the obvious candidate to replace Conte, Luis Enrique, is demanding around €15-16m net per season. He believes there is only one club left who can afford him and the club needs a coach of his particular status. But what I’m told is Abramovich has told his generals ‘let’s think outside the box, let’s look at other option’s – and by that I mean cheaper options. So, two names which have been mentioned are credible and realistic are Tite, the Brazilian coach who has turned Brazil around and secured a very comfortable passage to the World Cup – and Jorge Sampaoli too at Argentina. He’s someone who is desperate to work in Europe and particularly in England. If either of those managers has a good World Cup, then I think Abramovich could take a gamble. I think we might be waiting a while longer to see who Conte’s successor will be and we might have to wait for a few World Cup matches to be played and then see who comes out on top.”