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Today’s top stories:
Patrick Kluivert is doing an impressive job in his first opportunity as a head coach at Adana Demirspor. 6 wins, 4 draws, only 2 defeats and 23 goals scored in 12 games so far. Adana are third in the Turkish League table under Kluivert.
Declan Rice on his price tag: “You’re a human being bought for £105million, it doesn’t feel very normal...I just thought I just need to be Declan Rice, be myself, don’t be any different.”
Rice on making the step up to the Champions League: “I’ve been playing on Champions League nights and been playing well, but it’s something I always believed I could do. It was just waiting for my chance and my opportunity. Every game that’s coming, I’m just trying to take it step by step and perform on the biggest stage.”
Germany manager Julian Nagelsmann on Kai Havertz playing at left-back: “I don't see this as a risk for him, but as a very, very big opportunity to play a key role at the Euros. Kai said he wanted to do it, wanted to try it — for a first time in an unfamiliar position, he did extremely well.”
Initial tests completed by Spanish national team showing a “major knee injury” for Gavi after he had to go off in the game against Georgia. More tests will follow in the next 24 hours to clarify his conditions.
Romelu Lukaku was on fire to score four goals in the space of 20 minutes last night as Belgium thrashed Azerbaijan. Cristiano Ronaldo and Ferenc Puskas are the only European men to have scored more goals than Lukaku in senior international football history. FT Belgium 5-0 Azerbaijan [Pictures from Viaplay Sports]
Chelsea invited Endrick’s family to London to present their project before Real Madrid won the race - find out more in Fabrizio Romano’s exclusive column here.
Chelsea have been linked with a player dubbed the ‘next Kylian Mbappe’ - find out more from Fabrizio Romano in his column.
Reece James: “I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I’m sure, I definitely feel my strength and fitness building up again. My body gave me a warning, but I didn’t listen in the past. I’m more aware now when something is screaming, slow down a bit.”
Matteo Darmian’s contract with Inter Milan will be extended until June 2025 in any case - his current deal expires in 2024 but there’s an option to extend included. Inter want Darmian to stay and be part of their 2024/2025 squad, and he wants the same.
Wilfried Gnonto could leave Leeds in January but it won’t necessarily be straightforward - more info from Fabrizio Romano here.
Dominik Szoboszlai was in fine form for his country as he scored this lovely solo effort as Hungary beat Montenegro. FT Hungary 3-1 Montenegro [Pictures from Viaplay Sports]
Erling Haaland’s injury is not serious and he will be fit for this weekend’s big game between Manchester City and Liverpool. Haaland will not risk to play vs Scotland after his problem but he’ll be regularly back for Man City.
Bruno Fernandes on Saudi bids: “I’m happy where I am, I’m focused on Man United. I don't look at rumours and also I don't pay attention to them. Today, it’s very easy to spread rumours in the press. I prefer to concentrate on my goals.”
Bruno Fernandes then scored a superb goal for Portugal last night as they beat Iceland. FT Portugal 2-0 Iceland [Pictures from Viaplay Sports]
Jadon Sancho was recently the subject of interest from Juventus, but what’s happened since then? Fabrizio Romano has the latest details in his column here.
Anthony Martial could leave Manchester United if the right offer comes in - more info from Fabrizio Romano here.
Mehdi Benatia signs in this week as new Olympique Marseille sporting director. Could this Arsenal star be one of his first signings? More info from Fabrizio Romano here.
PSG had a €93m package bid rejected for both Estevao and Endrick, while Chelsea invited Endrick’s family to London to present their project before Real Madrid won the race - find out more in Fabrizio Romano’s exclusive column here.
Bruno Genesio has left Rennes with immediate effect, decision confirmed — as Julien Stephan returns as new head coach.
Fabio Quagliarella has retired from football - who remembers this classic goal he scored for Sampdoria in a 3-0 win over Napoli back in 2018? This was a Puskas award nominee but somehow didn’t win! [Pictures from FIFA/YouTube]
Scotland are through to Euro 2024 after a thrilling draw with Norway - and this was surely the pick of their goals as Stuart Armstrong showed great determination to keep on chasing and eventually finish off this move! FT Scotland 3-3 Norway [Pictures from Viaplay Sports]