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Football gossip

Real Madrid are interested in Manchester City's Spanish midfielder Brahim Diaz, 19. (Marca)external-link

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has denied trying to persuade Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 31, to join the Blues. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Argentina forward Mauro Icardi, 25, is set to sign a new contract with Inter Milan despite interest from a number of European clubs, including Chelsea. (Calcio Mercato - in Italian)external-link

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says the Blues will not sign players during the January transfer window. (Independent)external-link

Chelsea want to take advantage of the uncertainty at Real Madrid by opening contract talks with Belgium forward Eden Hazard. The 27-year-old could also be given the captaincy if he stays at the Premier League side. (Telegraph)external-link

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he wants to stay at the club for the rest of his career. (Football.London)external-link

Pochettino says he does not believe he is the reason his star players are committing to the club. (Sky Sports)external-link

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is not focusing on re-signing Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester United want to sign Fiorentina's Italy winger Federico Chiesa, 21. (Calcio Mercato - Italian)external-link

Musician Sir Elton John - a Watford fan - sent a text to executive chairman Scott Duxbury last month urging him to sign Burnley and England goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 32. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Gracia is "very close" to signing a new deal to extend his tenure as Watford manager. (Watford Observer)external-link

Lyon rejected a £44.8m bid from Manchester City for France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 21, in the summer. (RMC Sport - via City Watch)external-link

Everton could make a decision on the long-term futures of France defender Kurt Zouma, 24, and Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes, 25, in January. (Read Everton)external-link

Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, could sign for any club in Europe, according to his national team boss Ryan Giggs. (Sky Sports)external-link

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is not interested in signing Arsenal's Armenia playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, both 29, despite having worked with them at Borussia Dortmund. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

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