Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Saturday, November 3.
International and European club football
Brazilian legend Rivaldo believes that Mauricio Pochettino would be the right fit for Real Madrid, especially as his future at Tottenham Hotspur continues to remain uncertain; Josip Brekalo has been called into the Croatia squad for the first time for this month's Nations League matches against Spain and England; and Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan is aiming to make a return to first team action with Internazionale in next week’s Champions League clash at home to Barcelona.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Celtic's Brendan Rodgers and James Forrest have been named the Scottish Premiership manager and player of the month for October, respectively; Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is set to return against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday but is unlikely to play the full match at Stamford Bridge, manager Maurizio Sarri said on Friday; and Darren Moore is expecting a “battle” when he takes his West Bromwich Albion side to Hull City with both sides desperate for the three points.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
Senegal forward Mbaye Diagne has declared his intention to finish the current season with Turkish Super Lig side Kasimpasa; The Moroccan national team have called up Dutch-born AZ Alkmaar winger Oussama Idrissi ahead of their matches against Cameroon and Tunisia later this month; and the New England Revolution have purchased the contracts of both Cristian Penilla and Luis Caicedo after both players featured in the starting lineup as loanees during the 2018 season.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Tottenham striker Harry Kane is Barcelona’s ideal long-term replacement for 31-year-old Luis Suarez, according to Mundo Deportivo; Manchester City were reportedly ready meet Lionel Messi’s £250m release clause before he renewed his contract with Barcelona last year; Real Madrid have entered the race to sign AC Milan forward Suso; and Tottenham are keen on £35m-rated Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, according to the Daily Mirror.