“I want to thank [Adriano] Galliani for his kind words about me to Florentino Perez last summer. What did he say? ‘Thanks for taking him to Madrid.’”
Jose Mourinho on the AC Milan chief’s delight at him leaving Inter

“The manager is a genius and it is his belief and support that have convinced me to stay. I am signing a new deal in the absolute belief that the management, coaching staff, board and owners are totally committed to making sure United maintains its proud winning history, which is the reason I joined the club in the first place.”
Wayne Rooney

“Losing a World Cup in the Brazil shirt is the most frustrating thing that can happen to you in your career. There was a feeling of total sadness. Only when you’ve played and lost in a World Cup can you understand how much it hurts.”
Luis Fabiano to FIFA.com

“I am staying here until we win the league. We are just at the start of this revolution.”
Felix Magath, coach of struggling Schalke

“Last year this team depended on Diego Milito and won three titles. If we can do the same winning three titles with Samuel Eto’o, I will be happy.”
Rafa Benitez responds to criticism that Inter are becoming too reliant on one player

“I think this success is for all of Spanish football, but if anyone had a clear role in this achievement, it was Luis Aragones. He won the EURO and did an excellent job, and has to be recognised by all.”
Vicente Del Bosque on Spain receiving the prestigious Prince of Asturias award

"It would be hard to say no. I really hope that, if it's not this year, I get to go back there and play again. When I was there I felt loved and accepted, and I think they appreciate the way I play.”
Landon Donovan on the prospect of rejoining Everton

“Gerard Pique has an incredible career ahead of him. Now he is a champion with Spain, as he was with Barcelona. It's been an amazing progression. I've told Louis van Gaal that Bayern lack a central defender like him.”
Franz Beckenbauer

“I think I will call Ronaldinho. I have seen him play well and he is adapting to his new role. Hernanes? I have been following him with great attention. He is already a great player.”
Mano Menezes

“Estudiantes and Velez are two solid teams, with stars who are in top form. A great game will be seen. Veron is such a great player, who is crucial to the spectacle – if it was up it me though, I’d prefer it without him!”
Santiago Silva of El Fortín ahead of the top-of-the-table clash

"It is like when you are a farmer. You want to bring as much hay into your stall as possible for a long winter. That's what we are trying to do."
Roberto di Matteo, West Bromwich Albion manager

“When you’re not able to show what you can do in a country, it’s always a regret. So it would be great to return to the Emirates with Seongnam and show the people there my best football.”
Mauricio Molina to FIFA.com on his desire to reach December’s FIFA Club World Cup

"I want to thank Barcelona and [David] Villa. Villa was in permanent contact with my daughter. That such important people, such important clubs, showed concern for us, I don't know how we can repay that in any way.”
Franklin Lobos, the ex-footballer who was rescued from the San Jose mine

“When my team-mates are happy, I am happy too. Because when I join a team I kill myself for my team-mates. If they win, I win too.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

“Dzeko is one of the best players in the world. I would be happy to play with him in the long term, but I know he has an option to join Juventus in the summer. I think he will end up going there.”
Diego of Wolfsburg

“I would love to be a part of the Chicago Fire [after I finish playing]. My whole career has been about the Chicago Fire. I would do anything. I want to get a shot in MLS as a coach of some sort. The fans have embraced me better than I’ve ever been embraced. And I just want to say thank you to them for giving me the opportunity to play in Chicago.”
C.J. Brown ahead of his upcoming retirement

“We always work with the ball, even when doing fitness work. It’s a good thing and helps us gain the confidence we need to play nice football.”
Denilson to FIFA.com on Arsenal training

“I have been the coach of Zob Ahan for the last three years and the players are like my sons. Today we’re a happy family.”
Mansour Ebrahimzadeh after guiding Zob Ahan into the AFC Champions League final

"The team we had at Leeds was better than the Liverpool team now. Can Liverpool get into a relegation battle? On that performance they probably can.”
Robbie Fowler compares the relegated side he was part of in 2003/04 with the current Reds one following the latter’s loss to Everton

"Ze is a fabulous footballer, a true pro. He’s 36 but still plays at an incredibly high level. I’m looking forward to seeing him again. I have to play against him, which is tough because he’s a great player. But you have to be hard about these things for 90 minutes.”
Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern on his former team-mate and current Hamburg midfielder Ze Roberto

"Messi or Rooney? Rooney is a champion, but Messi is God.”
Samuel Eto’o on who he’d like to play alongside at Inter