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'It hurts to be linked with Tottenham'

ESPN staff
June 1, 2014
Angel di Maria will have endeared himself to Arsenal fans this week © Getty Images
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In the latest edition of our favourite quotes of the week, Angel di Maria is not happy with being linked to Tottenham, George Groves' taunts come back to bite him at Wembley and Fernando Torres goes back to basics

"If there is such a big offer from Real Madrid, it would be very difficult to say no. Luis Suarez has always had a predisposition for Spain"
After these comments from Luis Suarez's lawyer, Alejandro Balbi, we're sure that Liverpool fans will understand

"He's used the excuse in the first fight saying he wasn't ready. If he's ready this time, it doesn't make a difference. We can go all night long"
Looks like Carl Froch was ready this time, George Groves

"You're the caretaker of the jersey and it is your job to continue that aura"
Ex-All Black Joe Rokocoko on what it's like to play for New Zealand

"Many things were said, sometimes you think a lot and it hurts you when you are trying to always do your best for a club and then it comes out that you might be going to Tottenham"
Being linked to Spurs seems to have upset Angel di Maria

"At one point, I even sat myself down to watch videos of my goals: I wanted to understand what I was doing before when I was scoring"
Fernando Torres taking the term 'back-to-basics' to new heights

"I'm trying but not many people want to work with me! It's not that easy, so hopefully soon"
Andy Murray cracked out the jokes when asked when he would finally appoint a new coach

"I haven't gotten past the fourth round of a grand slam this year. I have a couple words to describe it, but I think that would be really inappropriate so I'm going to leave it at that"
Serena Williams wasn't best pleased with her early French Open exit

"We lacked maturity... We weren't able to adapt to the big teams, and we often went off the rails in big games"
OIivier Giroud with a frank assessment of Arsenal's title flop

"The English are just as sceptical and still hark back to their past - 'We can't do penalties' or 'We always lose against Germany.' Stuff like that"
Germany's Per Mertesacker can't help but have a dig at England ahead of the World Cup

"During a game he assumes the persona of an animated fan who has accidentally strayed from club bar to commentators' box. He fires from the hip and asks questions later"
Brendan Gallagher shows he is not the biggest fan of BT pundit Austin Healy

"So we have one natural talent, who is very emotional, and we have another guy who is doing the same job in another way"
Nico Rosberg is not emotional then, according to Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda

For more of ESPN's favourite quotes from the sporting world, visit our Quote/Unquote section.

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