"I wasn't lying on a sun lounger on a beach over the summer crying and fretting over the fact that we lost the league." Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looking ahead to the new campaign instead of dwelling in the past.

"Now I can say I am very sorry for this match and winning at Stamford Bridge. I apologise to have scored and eliminated Chelsea." Diego Costa, referring to the goal he scored for Atletico Madrid against his current club in the semi-finals of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League

"I don't know if I can parade the Claret Jug and the Wanamaker Trophy at the same time at Old Trafford on Saturday but I will try." Rory McIlroy on bringing his latest golf trophies to Manchester United’s English Premier League opening match against Swansea City

"21 today! Time flys... I can remember making my debut for saints vs Huddersfield aged 16 with my terrible trim like it was yesterday" Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade Chamberlain on Twitter

"We have won in spite of that we have played our worst game." An underwhelmed Louis van Gaal after Manchester United's 2-1 win over Valencia

"'Friends never gets old!” USA defender Geoff Cameron reminiscing about the popular American television programme on Twitter

"Today is a special day." Pope Francis, a San Lorenzo supporter referring to the Argentinian club winning the 2014 Copa Libertadores

"I think Hierro is the best signing Madrid has done for the 2014/15 season. He knows a lot about the club and that is very important for the players. For me in particular, he is a player I always admired. He is a great person and I'm very happy." Pepe, Real Madrid defender, about the capital club's new assistant coach

"Best of luck to @AyozePG (Ayoze Perez) in his new adventure in the UK, but after Sunday!" Manchester City's David Silva wishing the fellow Spaniard well on Twitter, while the midfielder remains mindful of City's Premier League opening match against Newcastle United

"His footballing qualities; his aerial ability, his goal threat, his understanding and his tireless commitment are second to none, and yet I have barely seen a player who is so much about modesty and team spirit. For Miro it was always an honour to play for the national team and he has given everything to Germany. He will be missed as a footballer and a person and I am happy and grateful I was able to work with him." Joachim Low on Miroslav Klose’s retirement from international football

"I lived so much. Now is time to move forward and we have seen at the World Cup there is no trouble for the future of French team. Do not worry." Franck Ribery, explaining his decision to retire from international football