football news round-up – saturday, november 17

09:00    17 Nov 2018

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr
Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Saturday, November 17.

International and European club football

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr says he is expecting a tough match when his side faces up to South Africa in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier later today; Ivan Rakitic will miss Croatia's crunch Nations League clash against England on Sunday with injury, manager Zlatko Dalic has confirmed; and the mere presence of Cristiano Ronaldo in their squad gives Juventus “a great chance to win the Champions League” according to Paulo Dybala.

Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership

Celtic have suffered their first injury setback of the international break, as Kieran Tierney has withdrawn from the Scotland squad; new manager Claudio Ranieri has said he needs Fulham’s defenders to “play like pirates” as he bids to fix their leaky backline; and James Milner will reportedly quit Liverpool and rejoin Leeds United at the end of the season should his former club earn promotion to the Premier League.

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

Former AFC Ajax manager Peter Bosz has tipped African stars Hakim Ziyech and Andre Onana to leave the Eredivisie club at the end of the current season; Ghanaian star Andre Ayew has called on Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce to continue their winning run when the international break is over; and Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly joined the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

Transfer rumours & gossip

Pep Guardiola wants to make just one signing over the next two transfer windows, according to the Manchester Evening News; Salomon Rondon has dropped a hint he is ready to stay at Newcastle United beyond this season - but knows he must let his goals do the talking in order to win a permanent move; River Plate president Rodolfo D'Onofrio has denied reports that claim Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Exequiel Palacios; and Chelsea have declined to comment on an allegation of illegal payments made to Andreas Christensen's father.

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