Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Friday, September 7.
International and European club football
Zinedine Zidane has revealed losing to Tottenham in the Champions League last season helped Real Madrid learn important lessons before going on to win the competition; and Gareth Bale took centre-stage as vibrant Wales tore Ireland apart in the first competitive game of the Ryan Giggs era on Thursday, launching their UEFA Nations League campaign in style with a 4-1 win.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Paul Pogba says he "still has a contract" at Manchester United but did not commit his long-term future to the Premier League club; English Football League chairman Ian Lenagan has stepped down from his role; and Coleraine manager Oran Kearney is "ready" to replace Alan Stubbs at St Mirren, says Kenny Shiels.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
French attacker Yann Karanoh was officially unveiled by Bordeaux as the club’s latest signing, whom he joins on a season-long loan from Inter; Thursday was a big day for Frenkie De Jong as the Ajax midfielder made his international debut for the Netherlands in a friendly against Peru; Galatasaray have named their 21-man Champions League squad ahead of the 2018-19 edition of the competition, and Vancouver announced the signing of Dutch attacker Marvin Emnes on Thursday, signing him to a contract for the remainder of the 2018 season along with club options through 2020.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Liverpool have reportedly held positive talks with Paris Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot about a move; Atletico Madrid reportedly want to raise Lucas Hernandez's release clause to £135m to ward off interest from Manchester United; and Gary Cahill will reportedly try to quit Chelsea in January unless he gets more first-team action.