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!
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)
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."
Congratulations to Jeje Lalpekhlua who was voted as the 2016 AIFF player of the year.
OFFICIAL: DAVID ALABA HAS BEEN NAMED AUSTRIA'S FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR FOR THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR. CONGRATULATIONS!
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.
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.
Monchengladbach have had a bad start to the season after just 4 wins in the league so far this season!
OFFICIAL: BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH HAVE PARTED COMPANY WITH MANAGER ANDRE SCHUBERT!
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.
Borussia Monchengladbach's twitter bidding farewell to Granit Xhaka in the truest way possible!
"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.
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.
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,"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GRIEZMANN WANTS MLS MOVE IN THE FUTURE!
Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has said he hopes to end his career in the USA, and possibly at David Beckham's Miami franchise. "The United States is where I want to finish. I love the States. I want to have a subscription to NBA and go with my children to every game. I can already see myself there," he told France Football. "I do not yet know the city but why not play for Beckham’s franchise in Miami? Playing under Beckham would be the best."
Sergio Ramos unhappy with James Rodriguez's comments.
CHELSEA MISS OUT ON SULE
Bayern Munich have beaten Chelsea to the signing of Hoffenheim centre-back Niklas Sule, according to Bild. The 21-year-old defender was set to be the subject of a January move from the Premier League leaders, who were reportedly willing to bid £30m. However, Bild report Chelsea’s pursuit of Sule is at an end after Bayern agreed an undisclosed fee with Hoffenheim for the defender.
Swansea City midfielder Glyfi Sigurdsson has emerged as a January transfer target for Roma, according to the Daily Express. Swans boss Bob Bradley is keen to keep hold of Sigurdsson as he looks to avoid relegation, but the Iceland international’s desire to play European football could take the matter out of his hands.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl has extended his contract with the Bundesliga club until 2021.
Dream run for Chelsea and Antonio Conte!
Joey Barton is back in the Premier League. Merry Christmas!
Vardy will miss games against Everton (H), West Ham (H) and Middlesbrough (A)!
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