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Footy Talk: Football news and rumors - 9th December 2016

Updated: 09 December 2016 18:29 IST - Published: 09 December 2016 10:04 IST
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That's all we have for today in this edition of Footy Talk, we will be back again on Monday with the post match reactions and results from all the top leagues around Europe. Also tune in for the latest transfer news and updates. Until then, this is Nived Zenith signing off! 

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On this day in 2012, Lionel Messi broke Gerd Muller's record for most goals in a calendar year. He went on to score 91! 

On this day in 2012, Lionel Messi broke Gerd Muller's record for most goals in a calendar year. He went on to score 91! 

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Manchester United are front of the pack to sign £30m-rated defender Stefan de Vrij from Lazio next summer, according to Il Messaggero in Italy. The Dutchman, who has also been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City, has reportedly told Lazio he wants a move.

Manchester United are front of the pack to sign £30m-rated defender Stefan de Vrij from Lazio next summer, according to Il Messaggero in Italy. The Dutchman, who has also been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City, has reportedly told Lazio he wants a move.

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"[If I go back to England] for sure not Liverpool. Because I found myself [performing] very badly in Liverpool. I said the team was good and the fans are amazing but I would never go back to Liverpool. The first one I think in England is Manchester City and the second team I always like is Arsenal. That doesn't mean I'll go to play there. I just like them." - Balotelli on England

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“I’m very disappointed – I feel s*** to be honest with you. We need to do much better, especially in the first half. We knew how they were going to play – we needed to do much better especially with chances we had, and every time they broke on us it was a bit dangerous.

“I’m very disappointed – I feel s*** to be honest with you. We need to do much better, especially in the first half. We knew how they were going to play – we needed to do much better especially with chances we had, and every time they broke on us it was a bit dangerous. " - Virgil Van Dijk on Southampton's Europa League exit

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"You have to respect the fans a lot. They're not earning the money we are earning and pay to come into the stadium, sometimes away trips, plus transport. It shows you how much they love this club and you have to give them respect for that." -  Shkodran Mustafi on Arsenal fans

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He's a very big personality; you can see why he’s a legend and a big name in the football world. He has a very high level of intelligence of football and especially for strikers. He tries to help me a lot; trying to optimise my qualities and use them in an efficient way. So these are all positive things and I’m very happy he’s with the national team.”  - Divock Origin on Thierry Henry's coaching position at the Belgium National Team

He's a very big personality; you can see why he’s a legend and a big name in the football world. He has a very high level of intelligence of football and especially for strikers. He tries to help me a lot; trying to optimise my qualities and use them in an efficient way. So these are all positive things and I’m very happy he’s with the national team.”  - Divock Origin on Thierry Henry's coaching position at the Belgium National Team

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"I don't know how I can explain that moment. But it was the best moment I think in my life when I signed with Chelsea because it was my dream to come here. Yes, it was difficult (to turn down Tottenham). But I didn't sign. When at the last moment Chelsea call me, I say I'm sorry but I go to Chelsea, that's my dream. I have to go there, I don't care. I go there." - Willian on Tottenham snub

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"I think he is one of the top two defenders along with Koscielny in this league and he does weigh in with a goal here or there." - Rio Ferdinand on Toby Alderweireld

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"He has a strong mentality. He was very determined to fight against his difficult adaptation, and he's doing that in the best way. He fought to improve tactically, he fought to improve physically, and now he is playing good in the Premier League, good in the Europa League and the EFL Cup, and now evolving a bit more happiness for him, so I'm very pleased." - Mourinho on Mkhitaryan

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Chapecoense have announced a new club crest with two stars, one to represent the 2016 Copa Sudamerica and one in remembrance of LaMia flight 2933.

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Hello and welcome to today's edition of Footy Talk! We have got lot of exciting news, stories and gossip to regale you throughout the day! Stay tuned.