Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Saturday, December 1.
International and European club football
Belgium remain top of FIFA’s latest rankings, with world champions France a close second and Brazil in third spot; defender Virgil van Dijk insists Liverpool have not become a bad team because of their three Champions League away defeats; and Cameroonian defender Joel Matip has dismissed speculation linking him with a move away from Premier League giants Liverpool.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expects striker Alexis Sanchez to be out injured until January; Derby County manager Frank Lampard has not ruled out the possibility of signing England legend and now free agent left back Ashley Cole after his release from American MLS side LA Galaxy; and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told BBC Sport that Mikael Lustig and James Forrest will be available for Scottish League Cup final against Aberdeen this weekend.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
AFC Ajax assistant coach Alfred Schreuder says a player such as Moroccan star Hakim Ziyech should be cherished in the Eredivisie; Turkish Super Lig giants Fenerbahce have elbowed in front of Everton, Crystal Palace and West Ham United to become the favourites to sign Brazilian forward Gabriel Barbosa, better known as Gabigol, from Internazionale; and Atlanta Uniuted vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra explained that Michael Parkhurst “jammed his ankle” and that a return for MLS Cup was possible.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Jose Mourinho is confident Manchester United will be able to agree a new long-term contract with goalkeeper David de Gea; Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in Hoffenheim midfielder Nadiem Amiri, according to Sport Bild; Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz will join Real Madrid on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer, according to Marca; and Cesc Fabregas expects to stay at Chelsea for the rest of the season, when the midfielder will be available to leave on a free transfer.