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Live Reporting

By Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Chippy Pep reaction to Van Bronckhorst question

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Pep Guardiola reacted in a strange way to a question about the exit of Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

    The former Netherlands captain has been working with the City Football Group since last summer and there has since been a couple of stories suggesting he was being lined up as Guardiola's successor.

    But this week, Van Bronckhorst left the club to take over at Chinese Super League outfit Guangzhou R&F.

    Guardiola was asked about this today, to which he replied: "You write and talk a lot about it – ask your colleagues not me.

    "I saw him but we didn’t discuss anything. You wrote a lot about him, you ask the guys who write."

  2. Drinkwater to return to Chelsea

    Burnley

    Manager Sean Dyche has confirmed Burnley will not be extending midfielder Danny Drinkwater's loan from Chelsea.

    The Clarets signed the 29-year-old in August on loan until 6 January and he played just two games for the club.

  3. Pep 'confident' on Fernandinho extension

    Man City v Port Vale (Sat, 17:31 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hopes versatile Brazilian Fernandinho extends his stay at the club.

    The 34-year-old has moved back into central defence this season following the injury to Aymeric Laporte and is in talks over extending his contract, which runs out at the end of the season.

    "I would like him to stay and I am confident it will happen," said Guardiola.

  4. Laporte has returned to Man City training

    Man City v Port Vale (Sat, 17:31 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    There's some positive news for Manchester City, though, as Pep Guardiola has confirmed Aymeric Laporte has taken part in a couple of short sessions with his team-mates this week.

    Laporte has missed four months with the knee injury he sustained against Brighton in August.

    Although the 25-year-old is not ready for a comeback just yet, it might not be too far away.

    "He did 10 minutes yesterday (Thursday) and 10 minutes today," said Guardiola.

    "We don't know exactly when he will be back but the good thing is he has kept going forwards. There has been no backward steps."

  5. Mourinho expects bad news on Kane injury

    Middlesbrough v Tottenham (Sun, 14:01 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has also given a fitness update and says he is expecting "bad news" on Harry Kane's hamstring injury.

    The Tottenham striker limped out of the 1-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year's Day and the full extent of the problem is expected soon.

    "I don't know yet, I think maybe later today (Friday) we have news," Mourinho said. "But if you ask me just my feeling, good news or bad news, I am more bad news than good news, what the player felt, Harry Kane leaving a match the way he did.

    "He didn't think twice, didn't take him two seconds to realise the severity of the situation."

  6. Ederson back for Man City, Otamendi out

    Man City v Port Vale (Sat, 17:31 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed goalkeeper Ederson is available for Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie with Port Vale.

    However, central defender Nicolas Otamendi will miss the Etihad Stadium encounter through injury.

  7. The Sunderland documentary is history - Wilder

    Sheffield United

    Jack Rodwell featured in the controversial 2018 fly-on-the-wall documentary athis former club Sunderland and was criticised for sitting tight on a big salary while in the treatment room or being forced to train with the kids after refusing to leave the club as they ultimately failed to avoid relegation to League One.

    "There might be a club in the north-east who might chuckle over stuff about Jack Rodwell," said Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder.

    "But there's two parts to that story. There is a lot of nonsense that has been talked about Jack. aybe the spotlight shouldn't be shone on Jack, maybe it should be shone on a CEO (chief executive) at the time. I'm not a lover of fly-on-the wall documentaries, they're always looking for a villain.

    "From my point of view that's history. All the boxes that I needed to tick, and Jack needed to tick, he has done. I've sat down with him for quite a long time and spoke about his career going forward, it aligns with the club's goals. He plays a number of positions and hopefully we can get him going."

  8. We can kick-start Rodwell's career - Wilder

    Sheffield United

    Former Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell signed for Sheffield United today after training with the Blades.

    The 28-year-old never lived up to expectations after joining City from Everton in 2012 and had been without a club since leaving Blackburn at the end of last season.

    Blades boss Chris Wilder said: "Jack has been with us for a couple of weeks or so now and he's been excellent around the place.

    "He offers us versatility and experience in a number of key positions and adds further depth to the group which is important at this stage of the season.

    "Hopefully we can kick-start his career, he's certainly got the desire and, from a physical and attitude point of view, there are no issues."

  9. Pep's Port Vale homework

    Man City v Port Vale (Sat, 17:31 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Port Vale are one of the quirkier clubs in the lower leagues of the English professional game but I wonder if Pep Guardiola had even heard of them before Manchester City got drawn against them in the FA Cup third round.

    I am sure Guardiola will be complimentary about John Askey and his team but it would be one of the greatest shocks in FA Cup history if the League Two side were to knock out the holders at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

    Manchester City media room
  10. Player of the Month nominees

    As for the Premier League's Player of the Month award, Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is in the running. He was particularly impressive in the 4-0 win at second-placed Leicester on 26 December, claiming three assists before capping his performance by scoring the fourth goal himself.

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  11. Manager of the Month nominees

    There's a flurry of news conferences coming up, including Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City.

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is among the nominees for the Premier League's Manager of the Month award. Not surprisingly, really, since his side won all five league games in December to stay well clear at the top of the table.

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  12. Rodwell 'buzzing' about Blades deal

    Sheff Utd v AFC Fylde (Sun, 14:01 GMT)

    One signing that has just gone through is Jack Rodwell joining Sheffield United on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

    The former Manchester City, Everton and Sunderland midfielder was still a free agent after leaving Blackburn and had been training with the Blades. The 28-year-old is available to play in Sunday's FA Cup tie.

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  13. Smith to hold transfer talks with Villa chiefs

    Aston Villa

    As for Villa making any January signings, boss Dean Smith said he will hold urgent transfer talks with the club's chief executive Christian Purslow after Tom Heaton and Wesley were ruled out for the season.

    Smith will sit down with Purslow and sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch on Friday to discuss their next moves in the transfer window.

    The knee injuries to goalkeeper Heaton and forward Wesley have left Villa with just one fit senior striker while midfielder John McGinn is recovering from a fractured ankle.

    "We've got business planned, that'll continue," said Smith. "I'm sitting down tonight with Christian and Jesus to see what this changes for us.

    "It'll hasten what we do in the market. The recruitment side won't change from what we were looking at before. They're out for the rest of the season and it's all I need to know so I can start planning. We're in January now so recruitment comes to the forefront of everyone's mind anyway but me knowing I don't have them for the rest of the season I can plan."

  14. Smith on Grealish interest - 'You can look, but you can't touch'

    Aston Villa

    Speaking at his own news conference earlier, Aston Villa boss Dean Smith warned any suitors off midfielder Jack Grealish this month.

    The Villa captain, who has scored eight goals in all competitions this season, has been linked with Manchester United.

    "He's a big target for many teams," said Smith. "Our owners are very ambitious in establishing us as a top Premier League club. To do that you need to keep your best players.

    "People can keep looking but they can't touch. We want to keep our best players and he's showing he's one of the best in the Premier League."

  15. Martial & Lingard sent home

    Wolves v Man Utd (Sat, 17:31 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United duo Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were sent home from training this morning as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tries to protect his squad ahead of Saturday's FA Cup tie.

    In his news conference this morning, Solskjaer said a number of United players were suffering with illness but did not name them.

    Lingard and Martial both arrived at United's Carrington training base around 10:00 GMT but left 15 minutes later after a brief chat with medical staff.

    It is not known if either will be available for the game at Molineux. United are already without Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

    United play Manchester City in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

  16. Grealish & Maddison top targets for Man Utd

    Independent

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is rumoured to have made Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, and Leicester and England midfielder James Maddison, 23, his top transfer targets for January. That's according to today's Independent.

  17. 'Here we go again'

    Manchester United

    Here was Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when asked about Paul Pogba at his news conference earlier. Fair to say he was a bit spiky.

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    Video caption: 'Here we go again': Ole Gunnar Solskjaer asked about Paul Pogba during media conference
  18. Boro sign Nmecha on loan from Man City

    Zinedine Zidane may have been giving little away regarding Real Madrid's alleged interest in Paul Pogba but I do have some transfer news for you, with Championship side Middlesbrough signing Lukas Nmecha on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season after they recalled the German forward, 21, from his loan spell with Wolfsburg.

    That comes a day after Boro signed winger Patrick Roberts, 22, on a similar deal from City.

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  19. Real looking to buck new year trend

    Getafe v Real Madrid (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    As well as missing Eden Hazard for the short trip to sixth-placed Getafe, Real Madrid will also be without captain Sergio Ramos as the defender is suspended.

    Madrid, who are two points behind Spanish leaders Barcelona, have failed to win their opening league game of the new year in the last two seasons but coach Zinedine Zidane said his side feel refreshed after their two-week break.

    "I can't say why we often make a bad start but we have returned feeling very good physically and have trained very well," he added.

    "We want to play and are looking forward to starting up again and we're going to try to change this tendency."

  20. Hazard out of Spanish Super Cup

    Getafe v Real Madrid (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Zinedine Zidane also gave an update on Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard, saying the club's joint-record signing has no chance of returning from his ankle injury in time for the revamped Spanish Super Cup.

    Real are away to Getafe in La Liga on Saturday, their first match back after the winter break, and Zidane told a news conference: "He is 100% ruled out of the Super Cup. When we get back (from Saudi Arabia) we hope we'll be able to get him back little by little."

    After facing local rivals Getafe, Real will fly out to Jeddah to contest the new-look Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, playing Valencia on 8 January for a place in the final against either Barcelona or Atletico Madrid on 12 January.