Aubameyang Promised Dying Grand Dad He’ll Play For Real Madrid + Other Football Gists


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Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 27, says he “made a promise” to his dying grandfather to one day become a Real Madrid player. (Sun)

Manchester City and Chelsea want to sign Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, 29, in January. (Daily Star)

Striker Wayne Rooney, 30, is prepared to accept he is no longer an automatic pick for Manchester United following manager Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop him for Saturday’s match against Leicester. (Daily Mirror)


However, Juve director Giuseppe Marotta says there has been no contact from City. (Mediaset Premium via Manchester Evening News)

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The Daily Mirror is one of several papers suggesting Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne will be out for four weeks

Stoke City are considering bringing in former Hull boss Steve Bruce to replace Mark Hughes.(Daily Express)

Manchester United might have a better chance of signing 25-year-old Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann now he has left his agent. (Independent)

Former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski says midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 32, might leave Manchester United for Major League Soccer in the United States. (Bild – in German)

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is to meet with Swansea’s United States investors before their takeover at Liberty Stadium. The new owners also want to talk to former USA coach Bob Bradley. (The Sun)

Nearly 15,000 people have signed a petition calling for hedge-fund owners Sisu to sell Coventry City. (Coventry Telegraph)

Premier League champions Leicester City are struggling to defend set-pieces because of a grappling crackdown, says full-back Danny Simpson. (Daily Telegraph)

Bristol City’s former West Ham midfielder Gary O’Neil is perplexed by the Hammers’ recent poor fortunes. The east London club were beaten 3-0 at home by Southampton and remain 17th in the Premier League with three points.

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And is this ex-Manchester United defender a good luck charm? Nemanja Vidic was at Old Trafford on Saturday to watch his former side defeat Leicester 4-1.

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Current Manchester United defender Chris Smalling greeted the former club centre-back

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba hits back after Arsenal forward Theo Walcott tweets his delight at beating Chelsea 3-0 on Saturday.

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Newcastle United goalkeeper Matz Sels closed his Twitter account following criticism from some of the club’s fans after the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa. (Daily Mirror)

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