football news round-up – tuesday, december 18

06:30    18 Dec 2018

Besiktas Istanbul's Pepe
Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Tuesday, December 18.

International and European club football

Seidou Mbombo Njoya, the new president of the Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT), says he will rebuild the organisation’s credibility; Solomon Ogbeide, the head coach of Nigerian side Lobi Stars, has slammed his defenders following their 3-1 loss to Kenya’s Gor Mahia in the CAF Champions League this past weekend; and the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal draw has seen Manchester United draw Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool paired with Bayern Munich, and Juventus come up against Atletico Madrid.

Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership

Roy Keane claimed that some of Manchester United’s player are simply ‘not good enough’ after Jose Mourinho’s side suffered a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday; EFL Championship club Swansea City are set to open contract negotiations over a new deal for deal for defender Mike van der Hoorn; and Scottish giants Celtic have been paired with Spanish club Valencia in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League.

Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS

Olympique Lyon boss Bruno Genesio says his team will face a tough draw against Barcelona in the Champions League but reckons his team can pull off an upset; AFC Ajax defender Matthijis De Ligt has expressed his joy at winning the coveted ‘Golden Boy’ award; and Portuguese defender Pepe left Besiktas club staff a cash tip as a parting gesture after agreeing to have his contract with the Turkish club terminated.

Transfer rumours & gossip

Steven Sessegnon is on the verge of signing a new three-and-a-half-year Fulham contract; Antonio Rudiger has revealed he is not in talks with Chelsea over a new contract; Rafa Benitez is pleased with Salomon Rondon's performances at Newcastle, increasing the possibility that he could make a permanent move in January; and Manchester United have opened talks with Turkish side Galatasaray over a potential move for defender Ozan Kabak, according to the Daily Star.

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