Football gossip: Lopetegui, Conte, Pochettino, Pogba, Kovacic, Benitez, Zielinski

Football gossip

Real Madrid are expected to dismiss Julen Lopetegui as manager on Monday and former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte could be appointed immediately. (Marca)external-link

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned Real that they have little chance of tempting Mauricio Pochettino away from Tottenham to replace Lopetegui. (Evening Standard)external-link

Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved has played down suggestions of re-signing Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba, 25. (Sky Italia, via Inside Futbol)external-link

Juventus want to sign Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, 18, who is out of contract in the summer. (Mirror)external-link

Arsenal director of football Raul Senllehi says the Gunners will only make a signing in January if they absolutely have to. (Mail)external-link

Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in signing Arsenal's Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27. (Express)external-link

Chelsea's Croatia international midfielder Mateo Kovacic, 24, on loan from Real Madrid, says it's "too early" to talk about a permanent move beyond this season, but says he is very happy with life in London. (Evening Standard)external-link

Newcastle are understood to be ready to offer Rafa Benitez the contract extension he wants - providing he is prepared to wait for certain requests. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski, 24, a target for Liverpool, is poised to sign a new contract with Napoli. (Express)external-link

Wembley groundstaff were left with considerable repair work after Philadelphia Eagles played Jacksonville Jaguars there in the NFL on Sunday, less than 28 hours before Tottenham host Manchester City. (Mirror)external-link

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says there is an element of risk involved with playing at Wembley the evening after an NFL fixture on the same surface - and has blamed Tottenham's lack of signings on the delays over their new stadium. (Football.London)external-link

Manchester City and England defender John Stones, 24, says the Premier League is the "strongest" league in the world. (Sky Sports)external-link

Having been late for matches at Old Trafford in recent times, Manchester United's players were in plenty of time for Sunday's game with Everton, with the aid of a police outrider who escorted the team coach to the ground. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Former Manchester United, West Brom and Aston Villa manager Ron Atkinson, 79, is recovering at home following a spell in hospital due to a kidney infection while on holiday in Tenerife. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, 21, has never enjoyed being a substitute, even when he was five, according to his junior coach. (Mirror)external-link

Many of Monday's papers - including the Daily Telegraph - focus on the tragedy of the helicopter crash at Leicester City

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