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Club legend Ryan Giggs, 42, is set to end his 29-year association with Manchester United by declining a new position under Jose Mourinho. (Daily Mirror)external-link

England's assistant manager Gary Neville believes Roy Hodgson should stay on as national team boss beyond the end of his current contract, which expires after Euro 2016. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

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Thursday's Daily Mail back page

Aston Villa will confirm former Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo as their new manager on Thursday. (Daily Mail)external-link

Chelsea are lining up a £20m bid for Roma's Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 23. (Daily Star)external-link

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has rejected a new contract offer at White Hart Lane as the France international, 29, holds out for a better deal. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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Liverpool are closing in on a £4m move for Anderlecht's Belgium Under-21 midfielder Samuel Bastien, 19. (Daily Mail)external-link

New Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is pulling out of his first match in charge at Old Trafford as the manager of an England team for a Soccer Aid charity game on Sunday. (The Sun)external-link

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The front page of Thursday's Daily Telegraph sports supplement

Rafa Benitez could add to his coaching staff at Newcastle United after losing number two Fabio Pecchia, who has become the new manager of Hellas Verona following their relegation from Italy's Serie A. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 28, is not looking for a reunion with former boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. (Daily Express)external-link

Manchester City are set to confirm Ilkay Gundogan, 25, as their first signing under new manager Pep Guardiola in a £21m move from Borussia Dortmund. (Daily Mail)external-link

West Brom defender James Chester, 27, has suggested he could join Wales centre-back partner Ashley Williams at Swansea City. (Daily Express)external-link

Manchester United are interested in signing 19-year-old French midfielder Adam Ounas from Bordeaux. (Daily Mirror)external-link

United and England forward Marcus Rashford, 18, has received backing from Pele ahead of Euro 2016, despite the Brazil legend never having seen him play.(Daily Express)external-link

Jose Mourinho spent time on his first day at Old Trafford speaking to Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite about who the League One club should appoint as manager.(Daily Mail)external-link

Recently promoted Hull City will offer new contracts to Tom Huddlestone, 29, and Ahmed Elmohamady, 28, before their current deals expire next month, but 27-year-old forward Sone Aluko has been told he is free to leave the KC Stadium.(Hull Daily Mail)external-link

Leicester City are close to making their first signings of the summer, with the arrival of Germany goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, 27, and Spanish defender Luis Hernandez, 27. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

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Mesut Ozil tweet

At least Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has won something this season. But the Germany international will be hoping to celebrate a bigger prize than a 4v4 win in training at Euro 2016 later this month.

Juan Mata car
Juan Mata seems to be enjoying his summer off

Juan Mata is not going to Euro 2016 and so has the summer off. According to this post from the Spaniard's Twitter account,external-link it looks like the Manchester United midfielder is enjoying some classy motoring.

And finally

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could be looking to move to a castle in North Wales. (Daily Post)external-link

The terrace chant 'Will Grigg's on Fire', produced in homage to the Wigan and Northern Ireland striker, is threatening to enter the charts in the UK top 40. (Wigan Today)external-link

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