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Footy Talk: Football News and Rumours - 21st December 2016

Updated: 21 December 2016 18:18 IST - Published: 21 December 2016 10:12 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 updates and transfer rumours from around the globe. Until the next time we meet, this is Nived Zenith signing off!

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Players who are suspended during the Christmas period in the premier league:Jamie Vardy, Christian Fuchs, Robert Huth (Leicester City)Diego Costa, N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Pedro Obiang (West Ham), Matthew Lowton (Burnley)

Players who are suspended during the Christmas period in the premier league:

Jamie Vardy, Christian Fuchs, Robert Huth (Leicester City)
Diego Costa, N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Pedro Obiang (West Ham), Matthew Lowton (Burnley)


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SADIO MANE BELIEVES LIVERPOOL CAN COPE WITHOUT HIM“It will not be easy for me to go with Senegal next month,” he said. “I would love to carry on playing with my team-mates and help my team but I think they will understand because it is my country and it is my dream. I will be wishing them good luck but without me the team will be the same, even better. They will cope. [Philippe] Coutinho will come back. [Joel] Matip will come back and [Daniel] Sturridge is back now.

SADIO MANE BELIEVES LIVERPOOL CAN COPE WITHOUT HIM

“It will not be easy for me to go with Senegal next month,” he said. “I would love to carry on playing with my team-mates and help my team but I think they will understand because it is my country and it is my dream. I will be wishing them good luck but without me the team will be the same, even better. They will cope. [Philippe] Coutinho will come back. [Joel] Matip will come back and [Daniel] Sturridge is back now." 

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Congratulations to Jeje Lalpekhlua who was voted as the 2016 AIFF player of the year.

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OFFICIAL: DAVID ALABA HAS BEEN NAMED AUSTRIA'S FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR FOR THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR. CONGRATULATIONS!

OFFICIAL: DAVID ALABA HAS BEEN NAMED AUSTRIA'S FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR FOR THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR. CONGRATULATIONS!

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JOSE MOURINHO SET TO BE OFFERED A NEW CONTRACT!Manchester United are considering a move to extend Jose Mourinho’s contract already, according to The Guardian. The former Chelsea boss signed a three-year deal when he joined United last summer, but Old Trafford officials have reportedly been left “delighted” by the start he’s made and it could lead to fresh terms on a longer contract. 

JOSE MOURINHO SET TO BE OFFERED A NEW CONTRACT!

Manchester United
are considering a move to extend Jose Mourinho’s contract already, according to The Guardian. The former Chelsea boss signed a three-year deal when he joined United last summer, but Old Trafford officials have reportedly been left “delighted” by the start he’s made and it could lead to fresh terms on a longer contract. 

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ZAZA IN TALKS WITH VALENCIA Sky in Italy understand negotiations between Valencia and Simone Zaza took place in London on Tuesday. West Ham are expected to let Zaza return to parent club Juventus in January, with Valencia in talks to bring him to Spain. The contract is likely to have the same obligation to buy clause as Zaza’s current West Ham deal – 14 appearances triggers a £17m fee. 

ZAZA IN TALKS WITH VALENCIA

Sky in Italy understand negotiations between Valencia and Simone Zaza took place in London on Tuesday. West Ham are expected to let Zaza return to parent club Juventus in January, with Valencia in talks to bring him to Spain. The contract is likely to have the same obligation to buy clause as Zaza’s current West Ham deal – 14 appearances triggers a £17m fee. 

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Monchengladbach have had a bad start to the season after just 4 wins in the league so far this season!

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OFFICIAL: BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH HAVE PARTED COMPANY WITH MANAGER ANDRE SCHUBERT!

OFFICIAL: BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH HAVE PARTED COMPANY WITH MANAGER ANDRE SCHUBERT!

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ARSENAL PLOTTING A MOVE FOR JOSE GAYAArsenal are considering a January move for Valencia left-back Jose Gaya, according to the Daily Mirror. Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs have failed to impress this season, and the Gunners are reportedly looking to strengthen the position. 

ARSENAL PLOTTING A MOVE FOR JOSE GAYA

Arsenal
are considering a January move for Valencia left-back Jose Gaya, according to the Daily Mirror. Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs have failed to impress this season, and the Gunners are reportedly looking to strengthen the position. 

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Borussia Monchengladbach's twitter bidding farewell to Granit Xhaka in the truest way possible!

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"These players have put personal interest above those of the national team and the federation reserves the right to take action against the players in accordance with Fifa regulations," Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said in a statement. 

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BREAKING: JOEL MATIP TO FACE POSSIBLE SUSPENSION AFTER AFCON SNUB!Liverpool defender Joel Matip could face a three week suspension over his decision to snub representing his nation in the AFCON scheduled to be held next month. The Cameroon football association (Fecafoot) have suggested that they could look to take action against the players, with their options including asking FIFA to suspend them from club duty for the duration of the three-week tournament.

BREAKING: JOEL MATIP TO FACE POSSIBLE SUSPENSION AFTER AFCON SNUB!

Liverpool
defender Joel Matip could face a three week suspension over his decision to snub representing his nation in the AFCON scheduled to be held next month. The Cameroon football association (Fecafoot) have suggested that they could look to take action against the players, with their options including asking FIFA to suspend them from club duty for the duration of the three-week tournament.

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YAYA TOURE ON WANTING CITY TO TOPPLE UNITED:

YAYA TOURE ON WANTING CITY TO TOPPLE UNITED: "I want this club to change, I want this club to be bigger than United. I know it's going to be a lot of work, but that's my dream,"

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LEIPZIG IN FOR SESSEGNON?Surprise German title challengers Red Bull Leipzig have joined Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in pursuit of highly rated Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon according to reports. 

LEIPZIG IN FOR SESSEGNON?

Surprise German title challengers Red Bull Leipzig have joined Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in pursuit of highly rated Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon according to reports. 

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JAMES RODRIGUEZ POISED FOR PREMIER LEAGUE MOVE?Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez has been spotted at the British Embassy in Colombia ahead of potential move to Chelsea or Manchester United. The Premier League clubs are on red alert with Rodriguez being offered to sides after Zinedine Zidane told the Real Madrid outcast he can leave.

JAMES RODRIGUEZ POISED FOR PREMIER LEAGUE MOVE?

Real Madrid
forward James Rodriguez has been spotted at the British Embassy in Colombia ahead of potential move to Chelsea or Manchester United. The Premier League clubs are on red alert with Rodriguez being offered to sides after Zinedine Zidane told the Real Madrid outcast he can leave.

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EVERTON SET TO OFFER LUKAKU A NEW DEALEverton are hopeful striker Romelu Lukaku will sign a new long-term deal that would make him the highest-paid player in the club's history. His current contract is worth around £75,000 a week and it is believed the new deal would see him earn around £100,000 a week. Lukaku is under contract until 2019 but optimism is growing that he could now be close to agreeing an improved new deal, with a lot of clubs monitoring his situation at the moment. 

EVERTON SET TO OFFER LUKAKU A NEW DEAL

Everton
are hopeful striker Romelu Lukaku will sign a new long-term deal that would make him the highest-paid player in the club's history. His current contract is worth around £75,000 a week and it is believed the new deal would see him earn around £100,000 a week. Lukaku is under contract until 2019 but optimism is growing that he could now be close to agreeing an improved new deal, with a lot of clubs monitoring his situation at the moment. 

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SLAVEN BILIC WANTS MARCUS RASHFORD AFTER LOSING OUT ON BATSHUAYI!West Ham boss Bilic wants to try and lure Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford away on loan according to reports. The 19-year-old English striker has failed to adapt on the flanks and has been told to improve by Mourinho. Rashford has not scored a goal since his goal in the 4-1 victory against Leicester City. However, it is highly unlikely that United will let him leave despite the fact that he hasn't featured in the first-team on a regular basis this season. 

SLAVEN BILIC WANTS MARCUS RASHFORD AFTER LOSING OUT ON BATSHUAYI!

West Ham
boss Bilic wants to try and lure Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford away on loan according to reports. The 19-year-old English striker has failed to adapt on the flanks and has been told to improve by Mourinho. Rashford has not scored a goal since his goal in the 4-1 victory against Leicester City. However, it is highly unlikely that United will let him leave despite the fact that he hasn't featured in the first-team on a regular basis this season. 

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CONTE TO RE-UNITE WITH ARTURO VIDAL?Don Balon report that the Blues are lining up a €50 million bid for the 29-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder, Arturo Vidal, who is open to a transfer next summer. Vidal played under Chelsea boss Antonio Conte for three years during their time at Juventus and reportedly wants a new challenge and the chance to link up with Conte could be too good to turn down. It is believed that Chelsea have an offer of £42million on the table to tempt him to move to Stamford Bridge. 

CONTE TO RE-UNITE WITH ARTURO VIDAL?

Don Balon report that the Blues are lining up a €50 million bid for the 29-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder, Arturo Vidal, who is open to a transfer next summer. Vidal played under Chelsea boss Antonio Conte for three years during their time at Juventus and reportedly wants a new challenge and the chance to link up with Conte could be too good to turn down. It is believed that Chelsea have an offer of £42million on the table to tempt him to move to Stamford Bridge.