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Plus: Manchester United players believe that Cristiano Ronaldo should not play for the club again; United boss Erik ten Hag has made it clear that there is no way back for Ronaldo; Manchester City are reportedly looking to negotiate with Real Madrid's Toni Kroos over a January transfer

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All the top stories and transfer rumours from Thursday's newspapers...


Sporting Lisbon chief Frederico Varandas has denied his club ever considered signing Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City are reportedly looking to negotiate with Toni Kroos over a January transfer.

Bayern Munich right-back Benjamin Pavard has revealed he is "considering new projects".

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Our pick of Cristiano Ronaldo's highs and lows since his return for a second spell at Manchester United

Eden Hazard has apologised to Real Madrid fans for his injury-stricken time at the club.

Juventus star Adrien Rabiot confirms he is weighing up his options amid interest from Manchester United.

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Neil Bath, the man who mentored both Mason Mount and Reece James, has been promoted by Chelsea.

Wonderkid Endrick has revealed he is learning English and dreams to play in the Champions League.


Manchester United players believe that Cristiano Ronaldo should not play for the club again and do not expect him to return after the World Cup.

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Sports lawyer Stephen Taylor Heath talks through the likely procedure Manchester United would take if Cristiano Ronaldo's comments brought the club into 'disrepute'

LGBTQ+ fans have been assured by Fifa that they can show public displays of affection at official World Cup venues in Qatar.

Richie Gray will miss Scotland's final Autumn Nations Series match against Argentina on Saturday after being handed a three-week ban for an act of foul play in the 31-23 defeat by New Zealand last weekend.

Curtis Jones is set to sign a new contract with Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp continues to place his faith in the midfielder.

Connor Roberts feared for his life when a doctor could not give him an assurance that he would recover from suffering pneumonia last season.

Heung-Min Son wore a mask at training with the South Korea team on Wednesday and later expressed doubt about his availability for the start of the World Cup in Qatar because of his facial injury.

Callum McGregor will not feature for Celtic in their Sydney Super Cup matches this week, but the club captain hopes to use the trip as a springboard for a December return to action.


Erik ten Hag has made it clear that there is no way back for Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United following explosive comments directed at the Dutchman during an interview with Piers Morgan.

Mykhaylo Mudryk believes it's unlikely a top European club would pay €100million (£87.75m) for a player from Ukraine - leaving his Premier League dream hanging in the balance.


Chelsea and Mason Mount have made a breakthrough in talks over a new contract.

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Image: Chelsea attacking midfielder Mason Mount's current deal expires in the summer of 2024

Shakhtar Donetsk have warned suitors for young superstar Mykhaylo Mudryk that they value the winger at €100m (£87.75m) following his exploits in the Champions League this season.

Luton are in advanced talks with Rob Edwards over him becoming their next manager.


Arsenal are at risk of losing Charlie Patino to Barcelona.

Adrien Rabiot admits he made the "best decision" rejecting a move to Manchester United and staying at Juventus.

Eden Hazard has given Newcastle United hope in their reported pursuit of the Premier League icon by admitting he could leave Real Madrid in the summer.

Chelsea and Tottenham may soon be drawn into a potential January bidding war for Inter Milan defender Denzel Dumfries, who could reportedly be available for a cut-price fee when the transfer window reopens.


Fifa is selling hospitality packages to attend its "fan festival" in Qatar - and stay out of the blazing sunshine - for as much as £960 per day, while ordinary supporters in the festival will have to endure the tiny Gulf nation's soaring temperatures.

The Yorkshire racism hearing is set to be delayed until the new year after several defendants lodged appeals against the case being heard in public.


Kyle Walker has handed Gareth Southgate a World Cup boost by claiming he will be ready to play some part in England's second group game against the United States.

Norway boss Stale Solbakken has accused football of not doing enough to prevent Qatar hosting the World Cup finals.


Eduardo Camavinga has been the target of sick racist abuse after his mistimed tackle on France team-mate Christopher Nkunku in training ruled him out of the World Cup.

Scrooge Premier League bosses are again refusing permission for clubs to wear away kits for home matches over Christmas - and raise awareness and funds for a homelessness charity in the process.

Glenn Hoddle does not expect Gareth Southgate to start Harry Maguire against Iran, as he thinks the out-of-form centre-back will have 'a doubt in the back of his mind' after losing his place at Manchester United.

Paul Pogba is set to finally make his Juventus next year, six months later than planned after suffering a meniscus injury that has been badly managed by his entourage.

Robert Page's Wales squad have had to reschedule their training sessions because of the excessive Doha heat.


Former Three Lions striker Emile Heskey says he thinks England's golden generation' was a bit overrated.

Gerard Pique has been handed a four-match ban for his foul-mouthed rant towards a referee in his final game for Barcelona.

Barcelona's Gerard Pique waves supporters at the end of Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Almeria at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
Image: Barcelona's Gerard Pique has retired from football


New York City FC will finally have a permanent home after the club announced plans for a 25,000-capacity venue in the Willets Point neighbourhood in Queens.


Celtic are set to ramp up their transfer business as they look to land a full-back and a striker in the January window.

Rangers have reportedly reignited their interest in Standard Liege midfielder Nicolas Raskin as they look to kickstart their title bid following the World Cup break.

Hibs star Martin Boyle continues to race against the clock in his battle to secure a World Cup spot with Australia - with the forward still on the sidelines despite the tournament kicking off next week.

Alfredo Morelos is on a three-striker January shortlist for Fenerbahce, according to reports in Turkey.


Celtic keeper Tobi Oluwayemi is a man in demand ahead of an expected England under-20 World Cup call.

Steven Gerrard remains the current favourite to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst as Rangers manager.

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