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Live Reporting

By Mantej Mann

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye!

    That's it from me - thanks for joining our coverage of all of the big stories this morning.

    Remember you can watch live football on the BBC Sport website this afternoon as Scotland Women take on Denmark Women in the Algarve Cup play-off (13:15 GMT).

    We'll also have live text coverage of Man Utd's trip to Paris later, as they look to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

    Until next time...

    Mauricio Pochettino
  2. Get Involved - Should Gareth Bale return to Tottenham?

    Text 81111 (UK only).

    SMS Message: When Bale is fit, plus in form, he is brilliant. On his day he would improve us. However, he has become too injury prone over the last couple of years, so ‘his day’ is becoming less & less. I believe we’d be best using our money on central midfield. Sissoko & Winks have been great this season, but I still feel our midfield was better when we had Dembele at his prime! I’d rather buy a top quality central midfielder instead of Bale. Sorry to say that Bale, I still think you were great for us & I was gutted to see you go from Matt, Bedford
    Matt, Bedford
    SMS Message: I'd happily take Bale back but I don't see it happening unless Eriksen doesn't sign a new contract and Real offer Bale in a swap deal! He's 29 though, so it goes against our transfer policy and he's injury prone so it's a huge risk - but a big statement! from Ghulam, Wakefield
    Ghulam, Wakefield
  3. 'One of my greatest achievements'

    He's won the Champions League and the Premier League - but former Chelsea midfielder says winning promotion with Championship side Middlesbrough would rank as one of his finest moments in football.

    Mikel Obi moved to the Riverside Stadium as a free agent after a lucrative stint in China with Tianjin Teda.

    "If we manage to pull it [promotion] off, it would be amazing," he said.

    "It would be up there as one of my greatest achievements."

    You can read the full story here.

    John Obi Mikel
  4. Get Involved - Should Gareth Bale return to Tottenham?

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    SMS Message: As a Spurs fan, I'd rather we spent elsewhere rather than Bale. Great player on his day but getting injury prone. If we lost Eriksen to Madrid, I'd love to see Isco plus cash in return. from Joe, Exeter
    Joe, Exeter
  5. Vanuatu's Irish influence

    Mark Sterling

    BBC Sport NI

    His career has never followed a traditional path - and now ex-Linfield striker Paul Munster has swapped India for the Pacific Islands as he continues his global football odyssey.

    The 37-year-old from Belfast, whose playing and coaching career has included spells in Canada, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Germany, has been appointed the national team manager of Vanuatu.

    Currently 163rd in the Fifa world rankings and with a population of roughly 276,000 - almost 4,000 less than that of their new manager's home city - it's perhaps unsurprising that Vanuatu was not previously on Munster's managerial radar.

    You can read the full story here.

    Paul Munster
  6. Buying a place in the team

    Here's a nice story from close to home in sunny Warwickshire.

    Cash-strapped National League North side Nuneaton Borough have held open trials for potential new players - but there's a slight catch.

    Players must pay £50 to trial for the club, as the club look to raise funds, as well as boosting their heavily depleted squad which currently stands at 18 players.

    Forty-three people turned up to the trials on Monday, including a man from Belgium, with the £50 fee designed to boost funds.

    You can read the full story here.

    Current members of the Nuneaton Borough squad could be replaced by members of the public who impress in the trials
  7. Get Involved - Should Gareth Bale return toTottenham?

    Would Spurs fans welcome Gareth Bale back to the club? Or would finances be better spent elsewhere?

    You can Get Involved by Tweeting #bbcfootball or Texting 81111 (UK only).

  8. Should Bale leave Real Madrid?

    Real Madrid 1-4 Ajax (Agg. 3-5)

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale isn't feeling much of the love from the club's fans and his future at the Spanish side appears in doubt judging by what Marca journalist Juan Castro says.(0929 entry)

    The Wales international came on after 29 minutes in the Champions League defeat by Ajax last night and his ex-Tottenham team-mate Steven Pienaar thinks it may be best for Bale to move back to the Premier League.

    "There is a lot of pressure on him but if he is not happy I think he should move back to the Premier League," Pienaar told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    "It’s always a good feeling when you go home where you feel appreciated by the fans and you are getting all the love.

    "As a player, you want to play where you feel at home so I think that would be the best idea for him."

    Gareth Bale
  9. Get Involved

    Text 81111 (UK only).

    SMS Message: Last night was a disaster for Spurs. Real's dismantling shows the rebuild that they need, and Poch's stock has only risen. RM have always been the bigger threat than Utd. Levy needs to do everything to keep MP. from Paul, London
    Paul, London
  10. Roma hold the advantage

    Porto v Roma (20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United will be looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit when they take to the field at the Parc des Princes later, but there is also another Champions League tie happening in Portugal this evening.

    Serie A side Roma hold a 2-1 lead going into the second leg against Porto, after Adrian Lopez gave the Portuguese club a late lifeline.

    Porto have no new injury concerns, with forward Moussa Marega back after missing the first leg with a thigh strain, while Roma defender Kostas Manolas has been passed fit for the trip despite missing their defeat by Lazio at the weekend.

    You can read the preview of tonight's tie here.

    Roma players
  11. Will Spurs struggle in their manager's absence?

    Mauricio Pochettino will serve his ban in the Premier League games against former club Southampton at St Mary's Stadium on 9 March and at Liverpool on 31 March.

    Spurs had been widely tipped to run Liverpool and Manchester City all the way in the title race, but securing a top-four finish now seems more tangible.

    Pochettino's men are 10 points behind league leaders City, but they are just four points ahead of fifth-placed rivals Arsenal.

    The Argentine won the praise of his players for inspiring Saturday's second-half comeback against the Gunners - so with the pressure on in the race for fourth, how will the players respond without their manager in the coming weeks?

    Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham"s Hugo Lloris
  12. More on Pochettino's ban...

    As we reported earlier, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been given a two-match touchline ban and fined £10,000 by the Football Association.

    The Argentine was sanctioned for angrily confronting referee Mike Dean after his side's 2-1 defeat at Burnley.

    The 46-year-old accepted an FA charge of improper conduct, however, he had previously said he was not anticipating a ban.

    "A ban, why? I don't believe that it's going to happen. I don't think that's going to be fair," he said.

    "For what? It was a conversation, no? Maybe it was close but it was a conversation."

    Mauricio Pochettino
  13. Get Involved


    Bezaleel: Whichever side of the bed Florentino Perez wakes up from this morning, he'll tell you that he had a nightmare last night only to be told that " It's not a nightmare Sir, it's for REAL".

    Ope: The exact nadir after the 2010 CL home draw with Lyon that signaled a 6th successive 1st knockout round exit! The solution then was to appoint 'Mr Fix it' in Jose Mourinho. Deja vu?

  14. Man Utd prepared to break club transfer record - gossip

    In today's gossip, Man Utd are reportedly prepared to break their transfer record with a £120m bid for Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 25, if Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 25, leaves Old Trafford in the summer.

    Manchester City may have to break the world record transfer fee of £75m for a defender, which Liverpool paid for 27-year-old Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk, if they want to sign Leicester City and England left-back Ben Chilwell, 22.

    You can follow the rest of this morning's gossip here.

    Paulo Dybala
  15. 'People are fed up of Bale'

    Real Madrid 1-4 Ajax (Aggregate 3-5)

    BBC World Service

    Speaking to BBC World Service, Juan Castro from the Madrid-based Marca newspaper said: “Santiago Solari won’t continue even considering he’s been renewed until 2021. They will sign a big coach with a big name: Allegri, Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Conte - these are the names right now on the table.

    "Some players will go away including probably Gareth Bale. I think people are a bit fed up of Bale. It’s over for him.

    "There will be a lot of movement in Real Madrid in the next summer.”

    Gareth Bale
  16. 'Here lies a team that made history'

    Real Madrid 1-4 Ajax (Aggregate 3-5)

    Spanish newspaper Marca expect Real Madrid to make wholesale changes in the summer.

    This morning's back page reads like a tombstone and translates to: "Here lies a team that made history".

    Marca back page
  17. Get Involved


    Ed: It was a magnificent victory (Spurs) but I will wait and see who we draw in the quarter-finals, although I would love to play Ajax first game at our new stadium!

    Akinpelu: Why is no one talking about Dusan Tadic? He was imperious!

    Sulaimon: We all know the way Real Madrid will respond to their abysmal season is to go a high spending spree and get a high profile coach

  18. BREAKING - Pochettino given touchline ban by FA

    Tottenham may have sealed their progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League last night, but manager Mauricio Pochettino has been hit with a two-match touchline ban and fined £10,000 by the Football Association this morning.

    The Argentine has been sanctioned for angrily confronting referee Mike Dean after his side's 2-1 Premier League defeat at Burnley.

    You can follow that story here.

  19. England 'gaining momentum'

    Japan 0-3 England

    England defender Laura Bassett says winning the SheBelieves Cup is "really significant" for Phil Neville's side as they prepare for this summer's World Cup in France.

    "It definitely means a lot to win a tournament," Bassett told BBC Sport.

    "It's about gaining momentum and confidence going into the next four friendlies before the World Cup. There's been some outstanding team performances as well as individuals."

    SheBelieves Cup
  20. Post update

    Japan 0-3 England

    Just in case you didn't manage to catch last night's game, here is a clip of THAT pass by Keira Walsh. Enjoy!

    Video content

    Video caption: 'Pass of the tournament' helps Mead score England's third