Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Thursday, October 25.
International and European club football
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) vice president Seyi Akinwunmi has declared that Real Madrid youngster Marvin Akinlabi will soon have the chance to play for the Super Eagles; Manchester United have launched a review of their pitchside security protocols after three supporters got onto the field during their Champions League clash with Juventus; and AC Milan will be without Ignazio Abate, Mateo Musacchio and Hakan Calhanoglu for the Europa League clash with Real Betis tonight.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he has players who can hurt RB Leipzig in their Europa League clash but that his team has to get on the front foot; Chelsea will be without Eden Hazard for their Europa League clash on Thursday, with the forward also fighting to be fit for the Blues’ Premier League trip to Burnley on Sunday; and Nahki Wells has admitted that his lack of goals at QPR was 'starting to get to him' – the striker had failed to hit the back of the net since arriving at Loftus Road in August but broke his barren run with a fine finish against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
Erik ten Hag, the coach of Eredivisie giants AFC Ajax, has admitted to dreams of the club advancing into the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League; Monaco earned the first point of their disappointing Champions League campaign on Wednesday in their first European outing under Thierry Henry but their 1-1 draw at Club Brugge still left both sides with little chance of making the knockout stages; and the MLS announced on Wednesday the approval of sponsored sleeve patch sales on team uniforms.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Robert Lewandowski has reassured supporters of his commitment to Bayern Munich; Antonio Conte is reportedly ready to return to football if Real Madrid want him; Milan are considering selling midfielder Franck Kessie, according to Sport Italia; and Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has hinted the club could make a move to bring Mauro Icardi back to the Nou Camp.