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Negredo recovery on track

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Negredo joined Valencia from Man City on loan in the summer. Credit: PA

Valencia say Alvaro Negredo's recovery from a broken metatarsal remains on track despite the Spain striker having to pull out of training on Monday morning after suffering a blow to his foot.

Negredo joined Valencia from Manchester City on transfer deadline day but has yet to feature for his new club as he battles back from undergoing foot surgery in late July.

The 29-year-old, who was expected to be sidelined for three months, was forced to leave training early on Monday with pain in his foot but tests have confirmed that it is nothing serious.

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Mourinho refuses to be drawn on Pellegrini taunt

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Mourinho's tactics at Man City frustrated Pellegrini. Credit: PA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho declined the opportunity to respond to Manuel Pellegrini's "small team" taunt, but suggested the Manchester City manager should commit to his own vow of silence when it comes to discussing rivals.

I don't have a reaction. I think you (the media) should, not me.

It was not once or two or three times that he said he doesn't speak about referees. He killed Mark Clattenburg (after City's draw at Arsenal).

It was not one, two, three, four times, he said he doesn't speak about me or my team's opponent.

He did it once more. I think it's for you to comment. When I said I don't want to speak about him. That's what I try to do.

If you want the story you have to speak with him not with me. I keep in my place. I follow my line.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Steve Bruce reckons Frank Lampard in his prime would be worth £70m in current climate

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Lampard has scored three goals in two games at Man City. Credit: PA

Hull manager Steve Bruce believes Frank Lampard at his peak would have been worth up to £70million in the current climate.

The former Chelsea midfielder has returned to centre stage with three goals in a week for Manchester City, who signed him on a short-term loan following his move to New York City.

How much would Frank Lampard be worth now if he was in his pomp? A 20 goals a year man for the last 15 years? He'd be worth £60 or £70million," said Bruce.

He's been quite a remarkable player. Every young player with any aspiration in the game should maybe have a look at him.

He's 36 now and his fitness levels are staggering. He's been a staggering player.

Frank has been a great player for the Premier League. The word great is used too much but if you look at his record, he's been a phenomenal player. Still doing it now at 36 is incredible.

– Hull City manager Steve Bruce
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