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Gareth Bale is open to leaving Real Madrid in January despite him being back in favour and playing seven matches this season, reports @garyjacob 

INTERVIEW: Jack Leach@jackleach1991 ) jokingly reveals to @allyrudd_times  how he felt about Ben Stokes getting the credit for their Headingley heroics during the Ashes

#MUFC find themselves in a deep hole and perhaps the greatest anxiety of fans is that the Glazers and Ed Woodward seem to know only one thing: how to keep digging, writes @matthewsyed 

Delightful, engaging, normal, yet fascinating, human beings. And that was the crux of it: they were human beings. @TomRoddy_  on Sean and Matty Longstaff's heartwarming post-match interview #NUFC 

The Old Trafford board is determined to be patient with the Norwegian, writes @henrywinter  #MUFC 

For many athletes, retirement is a scary void, which can be filled with anger, confusion, plummeting self-esteem. Wiggins has been hit particularly hard — as @DickinsonTimes  found out during an evening of sobering candour

"It was a slap in the face of reality. It made me wake up. This little girl needs me to be strong for her." @henrywinter  spoke to @leahwilliamsonn  about her work in Jakarta, working with Arsenal and Save The Children on their “Coaching for Life” scheme

@TomRoddy_  profiles Jonathan Panzo — one of England's brightest talents who didn’t particularly like playing football as a boy and only started due to a twist of fate

England’s friendly against Germany next month is set to break the record for a women’s football match in the UK after it sold out Wembley, reports @M0lly_Writes 


EXCLUSIVE: He doesn't get on with his team-mates, has been badly affected by a break-up and doesn't like Mourinho's management style. Alexis Sánchez wants to leave Manchester United for PSG — has the details #MUFC 

Southampton have accepted improved offer from Liverpool for @Nathaniel_Clyne , worth up to £12.5m, @TonyBarretTimes  reports. Link to follow

In 11 years Newcastle have managed to increase their annual commercial revenue by a mere £600,000. Everton's is £30.1m from £6.7m, Spurs' £103m from £38m To put it politely, they have bucked the trend, writes of Mike Ashley's failed regime

EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Martial set to sign new five-year contract at in belief he can outlast José Mourinho at the club. By and #MUFC 

Exclusive from @Matt_Lawton_DM : The EFL has ordered an independent valuation of Pride Park amid accusations that Derby exploited a loophole in the rules to buy their own stadium for financial reasons. #DCFC 

Pushed Klopp to sign Salah, negotiated Barcelona surcharge and tied up Liverpool’s best players until 2023-24 with no buy-out clauses takes an in-depth look at Michael Edwards, Anfield’s transfer guru who must be the envy of Man Utd#LFC 

Manchester United's players will take a 25 per cent pay-cut if they miss out on the Champions League and Pogba and De Gea are demanding huge rises to compensate for it | by