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Chelsea's Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29, would consider a loan move in January, but only to a leading European club. (Squawka)

Real Madrid are interested in signing Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, 28. (Mirror)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he will remain at Old Trafford "for many years". (Sun)

Red Devils forward Memphis Depay, 22, may have to leave the club to revive his career, says Fenerbahce boss Dick Advocaat. (Guardian)

Daily Express
Thursday's Daily Express back page

Chelsea captain John Terry, 35, will be offered at least £8m a year to play for Guangzhou Evergrande, for whom he is an ambassador, in the Chinese Super League. (Mail)

Midfielder Joey Barton, 34, will only train with Rangers' youth teams after he was told to return to the club.(Press Association, via ESPN)

Interim England boss Gareth Southgate is watching Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Forshaw, 25, and could call him up for the games against Scotland and Spain. (Telegraph)

Southampton are in takeover talks with a Chinese consortium, which could pay £200m for the Premier League club.(Bloomberg)

Sunderland boss David Moyes still has the backing of the club's owner Ellis Short and chief executive Martin Bain despite failing to win a league game.(Mail)

Moyes will not be sacked by the Black Cats even if they lose at Bournemouth on Saturday.(Sun)

Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, 23, is "not bothered" by rumours linking him with a move to Chelsea or Manchester United.(Goal)

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi says he is close to sealing the long-awaited sale of the Championship side.(Twitter Moments)

Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore, 21, who is on loan at Ajax, is not in good shape, according to the Dutch side's head coach Peter Bosz. (Voetbal International - in Dutch)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 29, confronted Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai at half-time during Tuesday's Champions League defeat Manchester City. (Mirror)

The back page of Thursday's Daily Mirror
The back page of Thursday's Daily Mirror

Arsenal have all the momentum and confidence going into Sunday's north London derby with Tottenham, says midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 25. (Guardian)

Best of social media

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho tweeted to deny reports he clashed with Lionel Messi after Tuesday's 3-1 Champions League win over Barcelona.

Nice striker Mario Balotelli posted a video on Instagram of his view of the ocean while on a skateboard.

Bastian Schweinsteiger
Manchester United's decision to recall Bastian Schweinsteiger to training was a popular decision, judging by the amount of likes his Instagram post received
Juan Mata tweeted all the flags of every country he's played football in
Manchester United and Spain's Juan Mata tweeted the flags of every country he has played in
Asmir Begovic
Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic enjoyed the Premier League tweeting a clip of his goal for Stoke against Southampton

Several of Danny Ings' Liverpool team-mates tweeted support after the striker was ruled out for the season with a knee injury. Jordan Henderson said he was "gutted for this man, but he will be back stronger", while Christian Benteke said "what doesn't kill you make you stronger".

And finally...

A Cardiff City fan who was a mascot for Tuesday's Manchester City v Barcelona game did the 'Ayatollah', a Bluebirds hand gesture, live on TV. (Wales Online)

Two German fifth-tier clubs played a game without the offside rule as an experiment by football magazine 11 Freunde. It ended 1-0. (ESPN)

Orlando Pirates boss Muhsin Ertugral left the South African club after announcing in a post-match interview on live TV that he would resign following a 6-1 defeat. (Sport24)

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