Football: Manchester United Koulibaly and Martial latest, Everton back Silva & Pep praises Foden

We look at the latest football gossip ahead of the international break around the North West, including Manchester United’s pursuit for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

Juan Mata says his Manchester United team-mate Anthony Martial has a big future ahead of him and backs the French forward to turn their season around.

Martial joined the club for an initial £36m in 2015 and has gone on to score 36 goals in 116 league games.

Despite some frustrations regarding his time at the club, Mata still believes the Frenchman – who has missed the last nine games with a hamstring injury but is expected to return in the next couple of weeks – will have a great career.

Mata said: “He is an incredibly talented player. In every training session, the way he treats the ball, the way he takes on people, the way he can win a game by himself.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are also interested in Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly in a bid to reshape their defence.

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January target: Kalidou Koulibaly has kept three clean sheets in seven appearances this season.

The 28-year-old has featured five times for the Serie A giants so far this campaign, helping the club to fourth.

Everton have no plans to sack Marco Silva after the club’s derisory start to the 2019-20 campaign, with the Toffees losing their last four Premier League games, conceding nine goals and scoring only twice.

The club sit in 18th place in the table with just seven points from their opening eight games, despite spending £107 million on summer signings.

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In trouble: Everton’s Marco Silva is feeling the heat at Goodison Park.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted he would not sell midfielder Phil Foden for £450 million, with the 19-year-old to become the natural successor for David Silva.

Guardiola apologised to the young prospect for not handing him the minutes this season, with the midfielder impressing for City in his last outing, scoring the second goal in their 2-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League.

“We didn’t give him (Foden) a new contract by accident,” Guardiola said.

“When David (Silva) leaves, we know exactly who our knew magician will be. He’s one of us and he’s going to be brilliant – one of the Premier League’s best.”

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The future: Phil Foden (left) celebrates scoring his goal with team-mate Raheem Sterling (right).

Guardiola’s side travel to West London to face Crystal Palace after the international break, sitting eight points behind runaway leaders Liverpool.