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  1. Goodbye

    That's everything from today's live page, thank you for all your tweets and texts.

    Here is a reminder of some of today's headlines:

    Don't forget to stick with the BBC website for live text coverage of tonight's Europa League action. We will then be back here in the morning for all the reaction to those games, a look ahead to tomorrow night's action, plus all the breaking news and transfer gossip.

    Until next time.

  2. New York Cosmos: USA's 'rock 'n roll' football story

    If you are after a long read this afternoon then you should check out his piece by my colleague Alex Bysouth.

    It tells the story of New York Cosmos, football's ultimate rock n roll club.

    Featuring Pele, punch-ups, presidents and partying like the Rolling Stones, with a legacy still lives on...

    Check it out here.

    Pele playing for New York Cosmos
  3. MOTD Top 10 podcast: Robert Pires

    Former Arsenal and France midfielder Robert Pires is the latest Premier League legend to reveal all to the MOTD Top 10 podcast.

    Pires enjoyed a stellar career, helping his country win the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 and also winning two Premier League titles and two FA Cups during six years at Arsenal.

    He was part of Arsenal's 'Invincibles' side of 2003-04.

    He joined Gary Lineker to reflect on the moments and people that shaped his career.

    Head over here to Listen to the latest MOTD Top 10 podcast with Robert Pires.

    Robert Pires playing for Arsenal
  4. Lingard to start for Red Devils

    Manchester United v LASK (Agg 5-0, 20:00 BST)

    It has been a frustrating campaign for Jesse Lingard but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed on Tuesday that the midfielder will start against LASK this evening.

    "I've not had the best of seasons. During lockdown I wanted to come back in best shape possible," said Lingard, who was limited to nine Premier League starts in 2019-20.

    Phil Jones will not be involved because of injury while fellow defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Luke Shaw have not been registered in the squad for the final stages of this competition because of injury.

    Jesse Lingard celebrating scoring for Man Utd against Leicester
  5. BreakingArsenal announce proposed redundancies


    Arsenal are proposing 55 redundancies at the club because of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    In a joint statement, Gunners head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham, said: "Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can. Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies.

    "We do not make these proposals lightly and have looked at every aspect of the club and our expenditure before reaching this point. We are now entering the required 30-day consultation period on these proposals.

    "We know this is upsetting and difficult for our dedicated staff and our focus is on managing this as sensitively as possible.

    "These proposed changes are ultimately about ensuring we take this great football club forward, creating the right organisation for a post-Covid world, and ensuring we have the resources to return to competing effectively at the top of the game here and in Europe."

  6. 'Havertz focused on Leverkusen'

    Bayer Leverkusen v Rangers (Agg 3-1, Thur 17:55 BST)

    Bayer Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz insists Kai Havertz is fully committed to the club despite rumoured interest from Chelsea.

    The Germany winger is reported to be close to a £70million switch to Stamford Bridge.

    Havertz is expected to start for Leverkusen in their Europa League last-16 second leg against Rangers tomorrow, with the German side holding a 3-1 lead from March's first leg.

    "I will answer these questions very shortly," said Bosz at a news conference.

    "Yes, he will play and yes I'm convinced he's 100 per cent still fighting for Leverkusen."

    Kai Havertz playing for Bayer Leverkusen
  7. 'What happened in the first game doesn’t matter'

    Wolves v Olympiakos (Agg 1-1, Thur, 20:00 BST)


    Wolves have a fully fit squad for tomorrow's last-16 second leg against Olympiakos.

    The 1-1 draw in March's first leg means Wolves would progress with a goalless draw at Molineux.

    "We have to approach this as a new game. What happened in the first game doesn’t matter." said Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

    "We need a lot of commitment and belief. How we did things and how we do the same things.

    "We have to commit ourselves to every challenge. We have been good on that. Maybe it is lucky or unlucky that we have all the players available.

    "We don’t need to win. We want to compete and achieve our goals."

  8. 'The challenge can make us better'

    Wolves v Olympiakos (Agg 1-1, Thur, 20:00 BST)


    Juggling the Europa League with domestic commitments has been seen as a burden by some clubs in the recent past, but it is a challenge Wolves have embraced this season.

    Thursday's game will be their 58th in all competitions this campaign.

    "Being involved in European competition and playing well in the Premier League brought us a lot of knowledge," said Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, whose side improved on last season's points tally in finishing seventh in the Premier League for the second successive year.

    "The balance of the squad with a lot of international players has been good. The challenge can make us better.

    "It was inspiring experience for the young players to come with us for the away Euro games. It is part of our process."

    Wolves celebrate scoring against Espanyol in the Europa League earlier this season
  9. 'You have an empty feeling before, during and after'

    Wolves v Olympiakos (Agg 1-1, Thur 20:00 BST)


    Wolves' first leg against Olympiakos was one of the final matches to be played before the coronavirus shutdown in March.

    The tie in Greece was played behind closed doors, something Nuno Espirito Santo disagreed with at the time as he felt there was no point playing the game without supporters.

    The Wolves boss still agrees with that sentiment, though he understands why football has had to restart in empty stadiums.

    "I still feel the same way I did before about the fans not being there," he said. "You have an empty feeling before, during and after.

    "But we have a responsibility for the game."

    Nuno Espirito Santo managing Wolves
  10. Santo confident of delayed start to next season

    Wolves v Olympiakos (Agg 1-1, Thur 20:00 BST)


    Wovles boss Nuno Espirito Santo has been speaking to the media to preview tomorrow's Europa League tie against Olympiakos, which takes place more than a year since their first European match of the 2019-20 season.

    The Portuguese says he is 'sure' the Premier League will delay their start to next season to give his players extra time to recover.

    The 2020-21 Premier League campaign is scheduled to start on 12 September.

    Precise details around the calendar for next season will not be decided until later this month. But it has already been decided in principle that all clubs should be given a minimum amount of time off, including those still in Europe.

    "The Premier League should acknowledge teams involved in Europe that players require more time to recover," he said.

    "We are playing in August. I am sure they will adjust the schedule."

  11. Get Involved - how will the newly-promoted sides get on?

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    James N Stringer: Leeds - bottom half. West Brom - just avoid relegation. Think Bilic as manager will make a big difference for them! Fulham - down.

  12. Clichy hopeful of 'special' Man Utd tie

    Former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Gael Clichy says it would be "special and tremendous" if his side Istanbul Basaksehir were to face Manchester United in the Europa League.

    The Turkish champions travel to FC Copenhagen in the last 16 on Wednesday with a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

    A quarter-final tie with United would await, providing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side see off LASK.

    "It's no secret I love England," Clichy said.

    "We have to win our first game and that will be hard, so we cannot afford to think about United.

    "But if we go through and play United, it would be special and tremendous. We would play with our quality."

    Hear more from Clichy by downloading BBC Radio 5 Live's Euro Leagues podcast.

    Gael Clichy
  13. Get Involved - how will the newly-promoted sides get on?

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    SMS Message: Leeds is a really tough one to call next season. I love Bielsa, but it's not uncommon for his club stints to end in tears. Hopefully Leeds can enjoy another season of quality next term, but I wouldn't bet against it being a complete catastrophe, either. from Steve, West Ham fan
    Steve, West Ham fan
    SMS Message: Leeds 13th. West Brom 18th. Fulham 20th. West Brom have had shots at the PL before and done nothing so it's a rather uninspiring reality to see them back again. Poor side and Fulham are even worse. Leeds I suspect will be ok with investment. from Dan W
    Dan W
    SMS Message: LUFC will be mid table, playing exciting attacking football, though we're going to have to get used to losing a few more than usual. from Kev, Cheltenham
    Kev, Cheltenham
  14. Europa League win would be 'massive' - Solskjaer

    Manchester United v LASK (Agg 5-0, 20:00 BST)

    Winning the Europa League would be "massive" and a "big step forward" for Manchester United, says boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    United resume their Europa League campaign tonight when they take a 5-0 lead into the second leg of their last-16 tie with Austrian side LASK.

    Solskjaer believes a first major trophy under his leadership could spark a successful era at the club.

    "When I won my first trophy as a player it made me more hungry," he said.

    "The team has developed through the season and we are delighted at finishing third in the Premier League.

    "If we can get our hands on a trophy it's a big step forward."

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  15. 'All smiles'

    Wolves v Olympiakos (agg 1-1, Thur, 20:00 BST)

    Ruben Neves looks in good spirits as he and his Wolves team-mates prepare for tomorrow's Europa League last-16 second leg against Olympiakos.

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  16. Get Involved - how will the newly-promoted sides get on?

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    Ged Wright: really hopeful for Leeds in 20/21. Remember what they did the last time they came up? I was at Everton first game in August 1990 to see Leeds win, Neville Southall sit on his post at half time and Leeds finished 4th first season back in the top flight!

    SMS Message: With two experienced and capable managers in Bielsa and Bilic, both Leeds and West Brom should be OK. Not so sure about Scott Parker with Fulham. Apart from Mitrovic up front, they have very few attacking options and can't always rely on a full back to score the goals they need! from Anon

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  17. Wolves over Premier League disappointment

    Wolves v Olympiakos (agg 1-1, Thur, 20:00BST)

    Simon Stone

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    Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker has been speaking ahead of tomorrow's Europa League last-16 decider against Olympiakos at Molineux.

    It is the first time they have played since the defeat at Chelsea on the final day of the Premier League season which has cost them a place in next season's Europa League.

    The Belgian admits finishing behind Tottenham was a blow - but that Wolves are over the disappointment now.

    "When we saw Tottenham had drawn and we had finished with the same points but behind them on goal difference, it was a huge disappointment for a couple of days because there is something really nice going on here," said Dendoncker.

    "But it is out of our heads now. We are ready for tomorrow."

  18. Get Involved - how will the newly-promoted sides get on?

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    Nathan Drysdale: Leeds stay up. West Brom down and Fulham definitely in the relegation battle but unsure if they would be safe or not. Still to be seen. Need a decent window that’s for sure.

    Glyn Smith: LUFC should have enough to stay up. Boing-boing Baggies deserve their moniker and Fulham will struggle. On a side note I could see Eddie Howe at Palace next season and cherry-pick (sorry!) some of his old squad with the cash from Zaha sale. Or, as usual, I will be wrong!

  19. Newcastle takeover: Supporters' Trust wants answers after failed takeover

    Newcastle United

    A Newcastle United supporters' group says the Premier League needs to provide answers about the collapse of a proposed £300m takeover of the club.

    A consortium, backed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF),ended its interest in buying Newcastle last week.

    There had been a four-month wait as the bid was scrutinised under the Premier League's owners' and directors' test.

    BBC Sport learned that the league wanted more answers on who would have ultimate responsibility for the club.

    But Newcastle United Supporters' Trust (NUST) said fans and people in the north east of England "have been ignored" by the Premier League after the region "missed out on potentially hundreds of millions of pounds of investment".

    Read more from BBC Sport reporter Alistair Magowan here.