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Footy Talk: Football news and rumors - December 14th, 2016

Updated: 15 December 2016 10:11 IST - Published: 14 December 2016 10:23 IST
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That's all we have in today's edition of Footy Talk. We will be back again tomorrow with the latest news and updates from all around Europe. This is Nived Zenith signing off, have a good night!

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Kashima Antlers (Japan) become the first ever Asian club to reach the Club World Cup final!

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JURGEN KLOPP BACKING LIVERPOOL YOUNGSTERS

JURGEN KLOPP BACKING LIVERPOOL YOUNGSTERS

"I love our young players. They are brilliant but West Ham was not a game to bring them in. We believe in them, of course, and we will use them for sure. It's not perfect but what can I talk about?" he said. "We cannot change it in this moment, because you will start asking about what I will do in the transfer window. Players will come back, we will see how another one develops and take our decisions. We take what we get."

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TOTTENHAM PLANNING TO LAUNCH A BID FOR ZAHATottenham are weighing up a January bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to reports. The £25m-rated player is said to want a move elsewhere and White Hart Lane is his ideal destination after Spurs reportedly had a £21m bid turned down for him in the summer. 

TOTTENHAM PLANNING TO LAUNCH A BID FOR ZAHA

Tottenham
are weighing up a January bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to reports. The £25m-rated player is said to want a move elsewhere and White Hart Lane is his ideal destination after Spurs reportedly had a £21m bid turned down for him in the summer. 

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MICHAEL OWEN HITS BACK AT MOURINHO!“I think my goals were of more value to Man United because I got about 10 per cent of what Zlatan is on a week!”

MICHAEL OWEN HITS BACK AT MOURINHO!

“I think my goals were of more value to Man United because I got about 10 per cent of what Zlatan is on a week!”

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JOSE MOURINHO WILLING TO SELL UNSETTLED PLAYERS IN JANUARYManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he won't stand in the way of any player who wants to leave the club in January.

JOSE MOURINHO WILLING TO SELL UNSETTLED PLAYERS IN JANUARY

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he won't stand in the way of any player who wants to leave the club in January. "I am always open to listen to offers for every player. More than listen to offers, I am always ready to listen to the players themselves," he said. "So any player who knocks on my door and is not happy and wants to move, when the offers are correct, I will never stop a player from leaving even if it is to a rival. When [Juan] Mata left Chelsea to come to Manchester United [in 2014], in my mentality, [it's] no problem at all. I am always open."

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We can confirm that Eden Hazard is set to miss the trip to the Stadium of Light due to a light injury. Chelsea will be without the services of their star Belgian winger, and will be hoping to not grab three points in his absence. 

We can confirm that Eden Hazard is set to miss the trip to the Stadium of Light due to a light injury. Chelsea will be without the services of their star Belgian winger, and will be hoping to not grab three points in his absence. 

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PL FIXTURES TONIGHT

Crystal Palace v Manchester United
Manchester City v Watford
Middlesbrough v Liverpool
Sunderland v Chelsea
Stoke City v Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City
West Brom v Swansea
West Ham v Burnley

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PEP: MY JOB IS NOT SAFE

PEP: MY JOB IS NOT SAFE

"The last month I have to accept the results have not gone well. It's the first time in my life that I don't win regularly," he said. "Our job is not easy. For all the managers around the world this kind of situation happens. The boss and the chairman are going to decide. I feel like they trust me but the reality is that you have to win. Our position depends on the results. But I don't leave. When I arrived here, the same as Barcelona, I stay all my contract. I have never been sacked. We won a lot. Next season will be better, two years will be better," he said. 

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HAPPY 37TH BIRTHDAY MICHAEL OWEN!

HAPPY 37TH BIRTHDAY MICHAEL OWEN!



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MARIO BALOTELLI BELIEVES

MARIO BALOTELLI BELIEVES "IT IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE" FOR HIM TO WIN BALLON d'Or

"Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi are in this moment the best and nobody's like them. But if I had a good year, without injury and [fully] focused, I think it's not impossible [for me] to win," he said. "But even if one day I win, I think Ronaldo and Messi are the best because they won four or five times."

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CHELSEA AND BAYERN MONITOR ERIC DIERChelsea and Bayern Munich are alerted by Eric Dier's situation at Tottenham Hotspur, according to reports. Dier has endured a tough season after being displaced by Victor Wanyama at Tottenham and the 22-year-old is concerned that the lack of game time will hamper his progress. 

CHELSEA AND BAYERN MONITOR ERIC DIER

Chelsea
and Bayern Munich are alerted by Eric Dier's situation at Tottenham Hotspur, according to reports. Dier has endured a tough season after being displaced by Victor Wanyama at Tottenham and the 22-year-old is concerned that the lack of game time will hamper his progress. 

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ALAN PARDEW GEARING UP FOR JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOWCrystal Palace have placed Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede and Tottenham Hotspur left-back Ben Davies on their list of January transfer targets. 

ALAN PARDEW GEARING UP FOR JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

Crystal Palace
have placed Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede and Tottenham Hotspur left-back Ben Davies on their list of January transfer targets. 

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RONALD KOEMAN REACTS TO WENGER'S POST-MATCH COMMENTS

RONALD KOEMAN REACTS TO WENGER'S POST-MATCH COMMENTS

"I'm not surprised at Wenger's comments, its the third time I've beaten him at home and the third time he has made it about the ref."

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Poland striker Robert Lewandowski has extended his contract at Bayern Munich until 2021!

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OSCAR SET TO LEAVE CHELSEA IN MAMMOTH DEAL?Shanghai SIPG are looking to tempt Oscar to China with a £60million bid in January, according to various reports. Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is at the helm in Shanghai now and he’s shown an interest in the midfielder who has not been very actively involved in Antonio Conte's plans so far this season. 

OSCAR SET TO LEAVE CHELSEA IN MAMMOTH DEAL?

Shanghai SIPG
are looking to tempt Oscar to China with a £60million bid in January, according to various reports. Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is at the helm in Shanghai now and he’s shown an interest in the midfielder who has not been very actively involved in Antonio Conte's plans so far this season. 

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Antonio Conte's thoughts on Azpilicueta's contract extension at Chelsea. Check tweet below!

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EPL RESULTS

AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Leicester City 
(Pugh 34')

Everton 2-1 Arsenal
(Coleman 44', Williams 86'; Sanchez 20')

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