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03/02/2012 10:43

Papers: Dreaming of Messi

The Daily Express reports...

Bobby: I'd love to see Messi in red
Sir Bobby Charlton last night saluted the outrageous talent of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and admitted he would love to see him in the red shirt of his beloved Manchester United. But Sir Bobby accepts it is futile to covet the little genius. He said: “Messi would be great for anybody... great playing for anyone. I doubt very much whether anybody will ever prise him away from Barcelona but, if they could, they are getting the best player in the world. It is there for all to see and he is just a wonderful, wonderful player.” Charlton, speaking as a member of the Laureus Academy, can only admire Messi’s attributes as a footballer: "He’s a tiny little player and I don’t know if it’s his low body weight, but he seems to be able to stay on his feet when everybody around him seems to be falling. And some of the goals that he’s scoring are so exciting."

The Times report that Arsenal are ready to steal Javi Garcia from United's clutches with the Benfica midfielder expected to leave the club in the summer.

Ezekiel Fryers has rejected an initial contract offer at Old Trafford, according to The Daily Mail, who are repeating an initial story in the Sunday People's Gossip column from the weekend.

Several newspapers suggest that Barclays Premier League fixtures will be moved in order to avoid a clash with this season's FA Cup final at Wembley.

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