Trending: Arsenal won’t sell Sanchez, Ozil; Man United vs. Zorya to go ahead

Steve Nicol gives his thoughts on the rumours swirling around football, like Mesut Ozil’s possible return to Real Madrid.

Here are the latest stories for Thursday.

ARSENAL: Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal will not cash in on Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, while he remains confident that the star duo will extend their contracts with the club.

REAL MADRID: The club have equalled the 34-game club record of matches unbeaten with a 2-2 draw against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

– Zinedine Zidane said he hopes to avoid his former side Juventus in Monday’s Champions League last-16 draw.

– Karim Benzema does not expect to endure the same financial concerns as some of his Real Madrid teammates might face, with the striker stating: “I pay my taxes.”

BORUSSIA DORTMUND:  Thomas Tuchel’s side qualified for the Champions League round of 16 as the competition’s all-time top scorers in the group stage with 21 goals in six games.

MAN UNITED: Jose Mourinho has criticised UEFA for allowing Zorya Luhansk to stage their Europa League fixture against Manchester United in Ukraine in December, claiming that the pitch in Odessa is “bad” and “icy.”

– The game is expected to go ahead on Thursday after a pitch inspection, club and UEFA officials have said.

– Henrik Larsson says the only regret he has in his career is not staying at Manchester United for longer than his two-month loan spell with the club.

– Rio Ferdinand has told ESPN FC he still thinks Manchester United can target a top-four finish in the Premier League despite being nine points adrift.

BARCELONA: Barcelona have invited Brazilian side Chapecoense to play in next summer’s Joan Gamper Trophy match at Camp Nou in homage to the 71 people who died in an airplane accident in Colombia last month.

PREMIER LEAGUE:  Dozens of football players are under investigation by the UK tax authorities for potential irregularities in their financial affairs, HM Revenue and Customs’ head of enforcement and compliance has revealed.

TOTTENHAM: Striker Harry Kane is hoping Tottenham have buried their Wembley curse and can now build on their 3-1 win against CSKA Moscow as they drop into the Europa League.

NICE: Mario Balotelli is set to end his month-long absence with injury in Nice’s Europa League tie against Krasnodar on Thursday.

LIVERPOOL: Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told talkSPORT that Liverpool have a “great chance” of ending their Premier League title drought this season.

MAN CITY: Celtic loanee Patrick Roberts says he’s not afraid of coming back to Manchester City and fighting big-money signings for a place in Pep Guardiola’s side.

EVERTON: Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed he was the subject of a summer transfer bid from an English club, while he has expressed his ambition to win the Premier League title.

FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP:  Football history will be made at the FIFA Club World Cup when video replays will be used for the first time by referees during the event in Japan which starts on Thursday.

RANGERS: Joey Barton has told BBC Radio 5 Live he was expected to perform like a “Neymar, Messi kind of player” after joining Rangers, but said he had no regrets over his move to Scotland and no bad feelings towards anyone at the club.

MLS: Many Serie A players are earning less than their Major League Soccer counterparts, a study has revealed.

– Seattle Sounders attacking midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro credits Barcelona forward Luis Suarez with getting him to the Major League Soccer club.

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