Saturday's gossip: Vardy, Muto, Costa, Van Gaal, Benteke

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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, 28, will be offered a new £80,000-a-week contract to keep him at the Foxes amid interest from Chelsea. (Mirror)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has agreed to relax the strict regime that has proved so unpopular among his players. (Daily Mail)external-link

The Old Trafford side are lining up a £10m January transfer bid for Mainz's Japanese international striker Yoshinori Muto, 23. (Mirror)external-link

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink believes he can sort out temperamental striker Diego Costa, 27, because he too once showed frustration at his manager in his younger days. (Express)external-link

Saturday's Independent Sport
The Independent features Manchester United's under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal

Former Manchester United striker and now Stoke manager Mark Hughes has questioned whether his old club's current players have the leadership skills needed to lift them out of their current crisis. (Telegraph)external-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to make a £33m bid for Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, 25, in the January transfer window. (Sun)external-link

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed he had a heart-to-heart with striker Christian Benteke in a bid to kick-start the 25-year-old's career at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has urged striker Saido Berahino, 22, to get back on track by doing the thing he does best - scoring goals. (Star)external-link

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 27, is set to get a new five-year deal, worth about £60,000 a week. (Sun)external-link

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes captain Vincent Kompany's injury problems are behind him and the 29-year-old can lead them to the Premier League title. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, 33, will be offered a role on the club's coaching staff when he retires. (Daily Mail)external-link

Roy Hodgson has tipped Gary Neville to succeed him as England manager at some point in the future. (Star)external-link

Best of social media

Plenty of footballers took to social media to share their Christmas experiences with the rest of the world.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge begins Christmas Day with a Caribbean meal

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge on Instagram:external-link "Merry Christmas peeps! Caribbean brekky. Ackee n saltfish ,Callaloo, plantain, Irish moss n Sturr crazy sauce #blessed #grateful #theysayitsgonebeeasy"

Manchester United's Chris Smalling
Manchester United's Chris Smalling was one of a number of footballers showcasing suspect knitwear

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling on Twitter:external-link "Wishing everyone around the world a merry Christmas! #christmas #christmasjumper

Steven Gerrard
Was ex-Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard still shopping on Christmas Eve?

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard on Instagramexternal-link on Christmas Eve: "Merry Christmas to all my followers have a great day tomorrow .. thank you for your incredible support."

Carlos Tevez and family
Former West Ham, Manchester United and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez hits the beach

Boca Juniors and Argentina forward Carlos Tevez on Twitter:external-link "Happy Christmas everyone!!! I love family."

David Beckham
Wife Victoria snaps David Beckham doing his best Santa Claus impression

Victoria Beckham on Instagram:external-link "Best Santa ever!"

Andrea Pirlo
New York City and former Inter, Milan, Juventus and Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo looks as sharp as ever

New York City midfielder Andrea Pirlo on Instagram:external-link "I wish you joy, love and happiness... Merry Christmas!!!"

Cesc Fabregas
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas celebrates with his family

Chelsea and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas on Instagram:external-link "Merry Christmas everyone!"

Ashley Young
Ashley Young tweeted #dontwatchtheshirt - but what about the hat?

Manchester United winger Ashley Young on Twitter:external-link "Merry Christmas to you all, have a great day."

British tennis playing brothers Andy and Jamie Murray quickly moved on from seasonal headgear snapsexternal-link to their football shirt presents.external-link

Andy and Jamie Murray
The Murray brothers appear to have hit the spot with each other's gifts

British astronaut Tim Peake celebrated Christmas on the International Space Station with a festive tribute to his favourite teamexternal-link - Stoke City.

Tim Peake
On Christmas Eve, astronaut Tim Peake tweeted that he had tried to call Planet Earth but dialled the wrong number

And finally

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker is not having the best of fortunes with sharp objects at the moment. He cut his finger on the Sports Personality of the Year trophy on Sunday night and on Christmas Day, wife Danielle tweeted a photoexternal-link of his bloodied hand after he injured himself again while preparing dinner.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits he has been getting inspiration from the lyrics of Britney Spears and