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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany's latest injury has put the 30-year-old Belgium defender's future in doubt, with the club ready to sanction the signing of a centre-back in the January transfer window. (Guardian)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is set to go back to former club Chelsea to try to sign Brazil forward Willian, 28. (Daily Star)

Stoke could lose on-loan Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony in January as the 27-year-old Ivory Coast international has a clause in his contract allowing him to be sold to Chinese clubs. (Telegraph)

Manchester City want to sign Ajax and Denmark forward Kasper Dolberg. The 19-year-old has scored 12 goals in the Dutch league this season. (Denmark's BT, via Daily Mirror)

The Premier League is investigating allegations over Manchester City's recruitment of academy players. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United's out-of-favour German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 32, has been offered a three-year deal by MLS side Chicago Fire. (GoalUSA)

Atletico Madrid are preparing a £30m bid for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, 21, because they fear their France forward Antoine Griezmann, 25, will move to Manchester United next summer. (Squawka)

United need to sign a world-class striker if they are to move forward, says former Red Devils and England frontman Michael Owen. (BT Sport, via Daily Star)

Chelsea will open contract talks with Spain forward Diego Costa, 28, and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 24, in the new year. (Evening Standard)

The Stamford Bridge club are only top of the league because of their easier fixture schedule and absence from European competition, according to Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino. (Times - subscription required)

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will be a contender to succeed Arsene Wenger when the Arsenal manager decides to leave, says former Gunners goalkeeper Bob Wilson. (Daily Echo)

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is close to accepting a role among Anfield's academy coaching staff after announcing his retirement from playing.(Telegraph)

Former Leeds and Liverpool winger Harry Kewell, 38, is coaching Watford's Under-23s but is open to a role in his native Australia's A-League. (Guardian)

Tottenham Hotspur will play their Europa League games at Wembley after being knocked out of the Champions League.(Daily Mail)

Arsenal's Spain right-back Hector Bellerin, 21, is set to return to light training next week as he recovers from an ankle injury.(Sun)

Wayne Rooney features on the back page of Friday's Sun

Swansea City's Spain striker Fernando Llorente, 31, must improve, says boss Bob Bradley. (Wales Online)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has not ruled out re-signing midfielder Joey Barton. The 34-year-old is training with the Premier League club after his contract with Rangers was terminated. (Daily Mail)

Derby County midfielder Will Hughes, 21, is set to leave, after rejecting the offer of a new contract. (Daily Mirror)

Brighton and Hove Albion will not sell midfielder Dale Stephens, 26, in January despite interest from Celtic. (The Argus)

Friday's Guardian features Manchester United's Europa League win over Feyenoord and advice from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to Steven Gerrard

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After Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard announced his retirement, Juventus and Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio posted on Instagram: "I watched on TV as a kid, I admired you and studied in every way. For me one of the best midfielders I have ever seen."

Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly also paid tribute to his former Liverpool team-mate, posting on Instagram: "Amazing memories for the fans and family to remember forever! Steven Gerrard, what a player, captain and friend. Congratulations."

Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere shared childhood memories of Gerrard, posting: "As a kid growing up I wanted to be like him, was dream come true to line up next to him in an England shirt."

Wilshere and Gerrard for England

Former Liverpool defender Dominic Matteo shared an image of a young Gerrard alongside the likes of Robbie Fowler, David Thompson, Steve McManaman, Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher. Matteo tweeted: "Congrats on an amazing career Stevie, an absolute privilege to play with you mate."

Gerrard and players at Melwood

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke joined in, posting the graphic below along with: "An outstanding sportsman is retiring. Quality, moral values and pure football. A great professional and better person. Thank you for your legacy in the sport we love."


After their 1-0 Europa League defeat at Sparta Prague, Southampton's Oriol Romeu tweeted: "It wasn't our best night but we're absolutely convinced that we'll qualify for the next round. Many thanks to all who came to support us."

AS Roma easily overcame Viktoria Plzen in the Europa League, and Diego Perotti's strike in the 4-1 win nudged the club's Twitter account into action. Perotti scored a Rabona from the left side of the area, chipping the visiting goalkeeper. But his reaction was timid, prompting some fans to say it was a cross.

AS Roma

Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker tweeted a video of him, Eric Dier and other England players performing a training-ground drill in which they race to score a goal. The groups juggle the ball in a relay before firing at an empty net.

And finally...

Leicester City have banned a section of their fans from using 'clappers' amid claims they endangered supporters' safety. (Daily Mirror)

Former Liverpool winger El Hadji-Diouf, 35, has criticised former team-mate Steven Gerrard following the midfielder's retirement. (French TV channel SFR Sport, via Daily Mail)

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