Gossip column: Mourinho, Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo, Bruce

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Jose Mourinho has confirmed in an interview with BT Sport that he will start a new job in July. The 53-year-old has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea in December and has been linked with Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Italy coach Antonio Conte is edging closer to becoming the new boss of Chelsea after agreeing deals to bring in his own backroom staff.(Guardian)external-link

Alternatively, the move is being held up because the Italy boss wants to bring at least 10 of his current coaches with him.(Times - subscription needed)external-link

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Friday's Daily Mail back page

If Conte does take charge at Stamford Bridge, he will make a surprise move for Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini, 30.(Sunderland Echo)external-link

Aston Villa will make an approach for Hull manager Steve Bruce if Frenchman Remi Garde decides to quit Villa Park.(Mirror)external-link

Nine players - including winger Eden Hazard, 25, midfielders Oscar, 24, and Nemanja Matic, 27, and striker Diego Costa, 27 - could leave the Blues this summer if they do not qualify for the Champions League.(Express)external-link

Hazard should leave Chelsea because "his heart is not in it", says former assistant boss Ray Wilkins. (Talksport)external-link

Real Madrid will look to sell forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, in the summer because two summer targets, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, 27, and 23-year-old Juventus frontman Alvaro Morata, will not join if he stays. (Sport)external-link

Barcelona have told Manchester United and Tottenham target Marc Bartra, 25, he is free to leave in the summer. The Spanish defender is valued at £10m.(Sun)external-link

Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, and Chelsea winger Hazard could all be part of a transfer circle this summer.(Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea players will not face a pay cut even if they do not qualify for next season's Champions League.(Mail)external-link

Friday's Telegraph back page

Nigerian youngster Kelechi Nwakali, 17, says he has signed a five-year contract to join Arsenal.(All Nigeria Soccer via Evening Standard)external-link

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has urged assistants Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh to sign new contracts at the club. Both of their deals expire in 2017.(Leicester Mercury)external-link

Despite playing for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Bournemouth striker Joshua King, 24, says Eddie Howe is the best manager he has worked under. (Bournemouth Echo)external-link

Best of social media

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech was asked on Twitter: "If you could be a woman for a day, who would it be?" He replied:external-link

Petr Cech
Alberto Moreno
Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno broke out the emojis after his side's 2-0 win over Manchester United
Stoke forward Bojan wished Samuel Eto'o a happy birthday

Former Barcelona and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o tweetedexternal-link 27 videos of people - including family, former team-mates and other sports stars - wishing him a happy 35th birthday.

And finally

Granada midfielder Javi Marquez has named his newborn son Modric, after Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric. (Mirror)external-link

A Chelsea vice-president of 31 years was reprimanded by security staff after telling off David and Brooklyn Beckham for celebrating a Paris St-Germain goal. (Times - subscription needed) external-link

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