Gossip column: Bale, Ronaldo, Rabiot, Silva, Martinez

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 25, has dropped a hint at making a return to Tottenham in the future. (Metro)external-link

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 for a then world record fee of £80m from Manchester United

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed speculation linking Chelsea with a sensational move for 29-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo, leaving the path clear for Manchester United. (Metro)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits he would happily bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford but is convinced Real Madrid will not sell. (The Sun - subscription required)external-link

Arsenal are sounding out Paris St-Germain's 19-year-old midfielder Adrien Rabiot ahead of a possible January move. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool look set to miss out to Inter Milan for 24-year-old winger Yevhen Konoplyanka from Dnipro. (Metro)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

The Times
The Times sport supplement

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Manchester City should have been docked points and stripped of their titles instead of being fined for breaching Financial Fair Play rules. (Daily Express/various)external-link

Mourinho has left the door open for midfielder Frank Lampard, 36, to return to Chelsea in some capacity and believes his time on loan Manchester City from MLS side New York City will not harm his legacy at Stamford Bridge.(GetWestLondon)external-link

Arsenal's annual wage bill is understood to have moved ahead of Chelsea's for the first time in more than a decade. (Telegraph)external-link

Manchester United are facing the prospect of having to wear a Nike kit during next summer's pre-season fixtures, despite agreeing a record £750m deal with Adidas from the start of the 2015-16 season. United's current £23.5m-a-year agreement with Nike does not due to expire until 31 July 2015. (Telegraph)external-link

Manchester City defender Micah Richards, currently on loan at Fiorentina, says the lowest moment of his time with City was being taken off at half-time against Watford by Manuel Pellegrini. "After that, my belief was shattered," he reveals. (The Guardian)external-link

Arsenal's annual wage bill is understood to have moved ahead of Chelsea's for the first time in more than a decade. (Telegraph)external-link

Steve Bruce has played down suggestions he will quit as Hull manager to succeed under-fire Alan Pardew at Newcastle. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert reveals he chose Roy Keane as his assistant because the Irishman was "too good to be a TV pundit". (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Hull midfielder David Meyler, 25, will accept Pardew's apology for headbutting him during a Premier League game in March. (Daily Mail)external-link

The Sun's backpage
The Sun's back page

Everton defender Phil Jagielka, 32, has admitted that he may not win back his England place. (Independent)external-link

Manchester City playmaker David Silva, 28, believes they cannot afford to lose against Chelsea this weekend. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo, 21, insists he is not worried about the competition for places despite the arrival of Danny Welbeck, 23, from Manchester United. (Daily Mail)external-link

Swansea boss Garry Monk insists he has no issue with Southampton manager Ronald Koeman - who publicly touted for the job at the Liberty Stadium last spring. (Sky Sports)external-link

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side's Europa League campaign can help them qualify for next season's Champions League. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez's next job will be at Barcelona or Real Madrid, according to Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Liverpool boss Roy Evans has declared that new striker Mario Balotelli, 24, will be a hit at Anfield. (Talksport)external-link

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Following the result of the Scottish independence referendum, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says on Twitter external-linkthat he would like to face more Scottish sides in the Premier League.

Arsenal striker Joel Campbell has been enjoying some sightseeingexternal-link in his new city.

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique got up to some mischief on the train on the way to Saturday's game against West Ham by taking photos of his team-mates enjoying 40 winks and posing them on Twitter.external-link

AND FINALLY

Partizan Belgrade forward Danko Lazovic adopted an unusual tactic to remove a pitch invader during Thursday's Europa League match against Tottenham - by giving the fan his shirt. (Metro)external-link

Striker Ade Yussuf quit his job as a waiter at a noodle bar to join League Two Dagenham and Redbridge on a one-year contract - but had to take a pay cut. (Daily Mirror)external-link