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Live Reporting

By Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    Right then, that's it from a busy day of Premier League news conferences. Thanks for joining us.

    Whether you're going Christmas shopping or not, you can follow all Saturday's action with us, beginning with live text commentary on the early kick-off between Everton and Chelsea.

    Liverpool's trip to Bournemouth is then among the three games kicking off at 15:00 GMT, before City host United in the Manchester derby (17:30 GMT). Until then, here's some of our top stories:

  2. We have to keep going - Nuno

    Brighton v Wolves (Sun, 16:30 GMT)


    Wolves' win over West Ham on Wednesday saw them go 10 unbeaten - their best unbeaten run in the top flight since 1972.

    Manager Nuno Espirito Santo said: “We are proud. We are doing things well, but we have to keep going, that’s our philosophy, what we did before can only serve us as motivation to keep on going. But we’re improving, we’re playing well and we’re competing – it’s more important to compete well.

    “We started the competitions very early, and there are numerous factors, tough opponents that we had, tough games, a lot of emotional feelings, and the responsibility of the [Europa League] play-off, but we did well.

    “I think we competed in all the games like we want to keep on improving, but the most difficult is to sustain the performance game after game and we’ve been able to do that.

    “We have to compete, to play. Brighton is a very good team, they get good results, and we know it’s going to be very tough and very demanding.”

  3. Boly and Gibbs-White improving

    Brighton v Wolves (Sun, 16:30 GMT)


    Willy Boly and Morgan Gibbs-White remain out for Wolves but are on the road to recovery.

    “Willy is here, every day," said boss Nuno Espirito Santo. "He’s improving, he’s already walking with only one thing to support him. He’s a big guy and we miss him, we miss him a lot.

    “He’s a very important player for us, but we have to wait for the normal process of healing the bone and all these things, we go careful on him, but of course we miss him. We are such a small squad that we live as much time as we can together."

    On Gibbs-White, Nuno added: "He is closer. It’s a day-by-day process. It’s a painful situation that he has. First we have to take care of his pain, but he’s improving and hopefully he can join us soon.”

  4. Boufal remains doubtful

    Newcastle v Southampton (Sun, 14:00 GMT)


    Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed that Sofiane Boufal remains a doubt for Sunday's game. The Moroccan midfielder is yet to train after a toe injury, which meant he was unable to be involved in Wednesday night's win against Norwich.

    “In the last game he was on the bench and there was no reason to bring him in," said Hasenhuttl. "I decided to leave him out and give him the rest.

    "Tomorrow he will train for the first time and we must look and see how he is. We must pay attention to it because such an injury can take longer if you are not careful.”

    Midfielder Stuart Armstrong is still out following the hamstring injury picked up at Arsenal but he could return in next Saturday's home game with West Ham.

  5. 'They're on a fantastic run'

    Aston Villa v Leicester City (Sun, 14:00 GMT)

    Aston Villa

    Villa boss Dean Smith will aim to stop Leicester claiming an eighth straight win.

    He said: "They're on a fantastic run, they're doing very well, but we're on a good run as well, and I don't think there'll be too many teams that come away from here not having been in a good game."

  6. Toffees team news

    Everton v Chelsea (Sat, 12:30 GMT)


    Everton's caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson has confirmed that Fabian Delph and Seamus Coleman are not available, while Yerry Mina is a doubt but the Colombian defender did train earlier on Friday.

  7. Ferguson excited by Toffees task

    Everton v Chelsea (Sat, 12:30 GMT)


    Caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson will be in charge of Everton for the first time on Saturday.

    "It'll be an incredibly proud moment for me to manage the team tomorrow," said the former Toffees striker. "I'm nervous, excited, emotional. Everyone knows what the club means to me.

    "It's a difficult task because there's such a short window. But we will lift the players and make sure they know what it means to play for this club.

    "Of course, it's a dream of mine to be a manager - but I'm a coach at the moment. I'm realistic and I'm not thinking about it [full-time]. I'm a loyal guy and I'd love to stay here to work with the new manager."

  8. Rodgers 'honoured' by new deal

    Aston Villa v Leicester (Sun, 14:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    After steering Leicester to second in the Premier League, the 2016 champions have handed manager Brendan Rodgers a contract extension to 2025.

    "I was honoured that the club was happy with our work since we came in," he said. "I’ve got a great team here at the stadium and the training ground. My commitment is to the players and the team.

    "The key thing for me was the potential here at Leicester City. Since we came in we've identified a way of playing that improves the players and gets results."

  9. We start from scratch - Rodgers

    Aston Villa v Leicester (Sun, 14:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester are aiming for an eighth consecutive Premier League win on Sunday.

    Manager Brendan Rodgers said: "I say to the players, whatever you’ve done in the past doesn’t count. We start from scratch. We now go into another tough game and it’ll be a great atmosphere. We respect Dean [Smith] and his team."

  10. 'Everton may rally after Silva sacking'

    Everton v Chelsea (Sat, 12:30 GMT)


    “Perfect timing, wait for Chelsea to come in!" joked Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

    "Marco Silva tried everything for the club and I'm sure that he will go on to manage well elsewhere. They might have an extra energy tomorrow as they rally.”

  11. Lampard coy on January business

    Everton v Chelsea (Sat, 12:30 GMT)


    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was coy on whether he will now make signings in January.

    "I’m not going to go down too many lines on that now," he said. "We will see where we are.

    "In terms of the bigger picture, it is constantly fluid. If there is a chance to strengthen it, then we will look at it.

    “The one thing I felt when you come into a club is that sometimes the players you bring in are key to that. Going forward, it is something that I will bring to the club. It will be a challenge and hopefully we will get it right.”

  12. Zinchenko may return for City

    Man City v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Manchester City

    The final word from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is some team news. Striker Sergio Aguero was already ruled out but midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is back in contention after being suspended in midweek.

    And although Oleksandr Zinchenko may return, the Blues don't know yet if the left-back can start.

    "He's trained the last days, with all the squad," said Guardiola. "He’s ready, but due to the physical comdition, I don’t know how many minutes he can play."

  13. Lampard on transfer ban decision

    Everton v Chelsea (Sat, 12:30 GMT)


    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: “It is what it is. Now we know. The club was working towards this and it’s a positive outcome. We can look forward and it’s good from a footballing point of view. We haven’t discussed it too much before the decision. Now it’s a discussion we can take up."

  14. 'Jesus just has to be himself'

    Man City v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Manchester City

    With Sergio Aguero still out for Manchester City, Gabriel Jesus is set to lead the attack again for the Blues after scoring twice in Tuesday's 4-1 win at Burnley.

    "He has to be himself," said City boss Pep Guardiola. "We need his goals, that’s why we won the last game. We need him and his goals. If he puts this idea in his head he can do it every game.

    "It's not just him, it's all the players. Confidence has to be there in the heads, not because of good or bad performances, winning or losing games. There are some things that are undeniable - the mentality and how strong they are.

    "They can control it, they don’t need the manager to speak to them. They have to believe they are good enough and show how good they are.

    "All the time it’s there. if they score goals the confidence rises, if a keeper doesn’t concede goals the confidence rises. It’s there.”

  15. Chelsea transfer ban reduced


    Here's the news on Chelsea now being able to sign players in January after having their Fifa transfer ban reduced following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    We'll have some reaction from Blues boss Frank Lampard shortly...

  16. Guardiola respects derby rivals

    Man City v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United have been in Manchester City's shadow throughout Pep Guardiola's time in the city.

    That doesn't mean Guardiola thinks that Saturday's Manchester derby at Etihad Stadium will be easy.

    "It is an important game against a good rival with a big history," he said. "It is Manchester United. I have all the respect for what they have done."

  17. Solskjaer's derby record

    Man City v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Ole Gunnar Solskjer aimed a little dig at Manchester City earlier when he said ‘at least we play every year now’ but maybe he has forgotten his own (less than impressive) derby record, even back in the dim and distant days when United were the top dogs in Manchester.

    After joining United in 1996, the Norwegian had to wait until 2000 for the two clubs to meet, but he has never played a part in a winning side in a derby as a player or manager.

    He was not given the chance to face them much either - in their 13 meetings between 2000 and 2007, he was either not picked in the United squad (seven times) or left on the bench (twice).

    When he did feature, things did not go well for him.

    In the only four derby games he played in, United drew two and lost two, including a 3-1 defeat in the final derby at Maine Road in November 2002 and a 4-1 loss in their first meeting at the Etihad Stadium in March 2004.

    As United’s manager, he has faced City once - at Old Trafford in April. City won that one too.

  18. No Arsenal move for Arteta - Guardiola

    Man City v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Brendan Rodgers was linked with the Arsenal job and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has now said there has not been any approach from the Gunners to speak to his assistant, Mikel Arteta.

    Arsenal are understood to have started talking to potential candidates about their managerial vacancy but their former midfielder is not amongst them - yet at least.

    "There has been no approach," said Guardiola, who added that he had not spoken to Arteta about the situation but repeated his message from last week that he wants him to stay.

  19. We were already in talks - Rodgers

    Leicester City

    Brendan Rodgers has now spoken to the media after Leicester confirmed that he has signed a contract extension and he insists he was in talks over a new deal with the Foxes before he was linked with the Arsenal job.

    "We've been talking for a few weeks," he said. "It's a great club. We just want to keep progressing. We're looking to continue on the legacy. We don't have the wealth of the top six, but perhaps we can do this in a different way."

  20. You have to be angry after defeat - Mourinho

    Tottenham v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham lost 2-1 on Jose Mourinho's return to Manchester United on Wednesday night and he admits his first loss as Spurs boss hurt.

    "I saw a sad dressing room, a sad bus and a sad plane, and that's not what I like after a defeat," he said.

    "I think after a defeat you can't be sad. You have to be more than that. You have to be raging and angry. Being sad is not going to resolve your problems. It's obvious we have problems, but we need to have time to work. But we have players with quality and a great dressing room."