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Antonio going nowhere
David Moyes has insisted that veteran forward Michail Antonio is going nowhere, despite the goalscorer suggesting otherwise in a recent interview.
As reported by LiveScore yesterday, Antonio said he was open to the idea of leaving West Ham this month because of a lack of minutes in East London.
On The Footballer's Football Podcast, he said: "Honestly, I’ve not ruled anything out. That’s all I can say, nothing has been ruled out. There are talks so whatever happens, happens."
But the Scottish boss has since declared that the Jamaican international will still be playing in claret and blue when the window shuts on Tuesday.
Moyes said: "Well, it’s not the club talking about Micky Antonio, I think Micky is the one talking about it.
"Micky said it but we here have got no intention of doing anything. Sometimes players choose to do that, some of them want to go.
"But at the moment we want Mick here, we want him playing well, we want him scoring goals, and we’re happy to have him."
Guardiola admits Arteta bust-up inevitable
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has conceded that a touchline bust-up with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is inevitable as the pair prepare to meet for the first time this season.
City host the Gunners in the FA Cup fourth round tonight and the former colleagues are also going toe-to-toe in the Premier League.
The Spanish duo worked together at the Etihad with Arteta taking up the role of assistant manager under Guardiola before being offered the job in North London.
But the master has admitted he is likely to have an altercation with his apprentice sooner rather than later.
Guardiola, 52, said: "He’s a rival, of course he is. He wants to beat me and I want to beat him.
"I know how we both are and in defeat we are not the best friends in the world.
"From my point of view, I have a huge respect for him as a person, as a manager. That’s not going to change if we’re going to fight on the touchline.
"Sooner or later it’s going to happen, I guess, but when that is going to happen it’s not going to change the respect I have [for him] or anything.
"Anything can happen on the touchline in the moments of the game."
Sancho in line to face Reading
Jadon Sancho could feature for Manchester United this weekend when they take on Reading in the FA Cup fourth round.
The England international has not played for the Red Devils since October 22 and was sent abroad to work on a training and fitness programme.
But Erik ten Hag has hinted that the winger could be involved in some capacity against the Championship outfit tomorrow night.
Speaking ahead of the meeting with Paul Ince's Royals, Ten Hag said: "He is training with the team and we will see.
"So, he’s improving, he’s making steps and we will make the decision after training.
"He’s back in team training and now we have to see when he’s ready to go back into the games."
The former Borussia Dortmund star last played in the 1-1 draw at Chelsea and has scored twice in the Premier League this season.
His return would mark some much-needed competition for summer signing Antony, who has not found the net in his last eight league appearances.
Beattie calls it quits
Scotland and Arsenal defender Jen Beattie, 31, has called time on her international playing career.
Beattie scored 24 goals in 144 appearances for her country and was part of the squad that participated at the 2019 World Cup.
She has had two spells at Arsenal and one at Manchester City, winning a magnitude of titles and trophies in her illustrious career.
The MBE recipient made her debut for Scotland in 2008 and retires from international football after recently recovering from breast cancer.
On receiving the award for her services to football, she said: "It’s unbelievable. I think when you go through your career, you never expect to be recognised among such incredible names, you just never put yourself in that category.
"I’m beyond proud. It’s something I never even dreamed of or expected, it’s just an incredible feeling."
Beattie will continue to play for Arsenal in the Women's Super League this season — she has featured five times for the Gunners who sit three points behind leaders Manchester United.
Parrott hails Kane
Tottenham striker Troy Parrott has hailed Harry Kane as one of the best in the world.
Parrott, 20, is currently on loan at Preston, who are set to host Spurs in the FA Cup on Saturday and is not able to feature against his parent club.
But that has not stopped the Irishman from heaping praise on the England captain ahead of the match.
When asked how to stop Kane — who is one goal short of breaking Jimmy Greaves' all-time club goalscoring record — Parrott said: "For me, my answer would probably be you can’t stop Harry.
"But that is because I have seen him work every day, seen how good he is and he is up there with the best.
"For Harry, it is an unbelievable achievement for when he does break that record, whether it be this weekend or the next game, but I think the lads are just focused on putting a good performance in on Saturday."
Parrott was also asked whether he can be a success in the Premier League despite being out on loan in the second tier.
He said: "It doesn’t matter how many attempts it takes, if you keep knocking on the door and keeping doing what you have to there is a path there.
"I feel like obviously right now I am where I am because of my level, so I just need to keep getting better, keep doing more extras and ultimately become better every day.
"I will keep trying to improve and my end goal will always be to go back to Spurs and play there."