Arturo Vidal has vowed to leave Barcelona next year if he is not made to "feel important" by the LaLiga champions.

The Chile international has featured in 13 of Barca's 18 matches this season, though just four of those appearances have been starts.

Vidal arrived at Camp Nou from Bayern Munich in 2018 and has another 18 months to run on his contract, but the 32-year-old will consider an early exit if he is not given more minutes.

"I would like to be here forever, but I have to be objective and live day to day," he told Televisio de Catalunya.

"If in December or at the end of the season I do not feel important here, I will look for a solution and expand my horizons [in order] to be important."

Barcelona are top of LaLiga and through to the last 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare, but Vidal acknowledged performances have not been good enough.

"One could say that everything is fine but, clearly, the team, to achieve our goals, to lift the trophy at the end of the season, have to improve a lot," he said.

"We're on time. We have to begin giving the maximum or working much more.

"The Champions League looks pretty tough. There are very strong teams. Liverpool already showed last year that they were physically superior."

Barcelona return to action on Sunday with a trip to title rivals Atletico Madrid.

Yann Sommer has committed himself to Borussia Monchengladbach until 2023, the Bundesliga leaders have announced.

The 30-year-old joined Gladbach from Swiss side Basel in 2014 and has been a regular over the past six seasons.

Sommer's contract at Borussia-Park was due to run out in 2021, but he has agreed fresh terms to stay on for a further two years.

Gladbach confirmed the news on their official website and Sommer said: "I would like to thank Borussia for the trust they are showing in me by extending my contract.

"I am very happy to be part of this team and to continue my journey with Borussia. This is a great club, one that I enjoy working for daily.

"Playing for this club was a great opportunity for me in one of the biggest leagues in Europe, and a challenge to show that I could be a successor to Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

"I've been able to gain a lot of valuable experience at Borussia and work with many great players.

"I feel the appreciation of the supporters and it's fun to run out at the stadium every couple of weeks in front of 50,000 people."

Sommer has appeared 226 times for Gladbach in all competitions and has not missed a single minute of the current campaign.

Marco Rose's side lead the way at the top of Bundesliga after winning eight of their opening 12 matches.

Vinicius Junior will not be leaving Real Madrid in the January transfer window, head coach Zinedine Zidane insists.

The Brazil winger has not started a Madrid match since October 19 and has scored just once in 11 appearances in all competitions this season.

The future of the 19-year-old has been placed in doubt, with some reports suggesting he could leave on loan at the turn of the year in order to find regular first-team football.

Zidane, though, has no desire to let Vinicius leave and has backed him to prove his worth to Madrid.

"Vinicius isn't going to go. He's going to continue here," Zidane told reporters on Friday.

"It's not his moment right now, but it will be.

"I have 26 players and I have to leave some out of the squad. It's not his moment, as I've said, but he has to be ready for when it is.

"What changed is that there's [Eden] Hazard and there's Rodrygo [Goes]. He's training well but now there are other important players and I have to choose."

With Hazard having suffered an ankle injury in the Champions League draw with Paris Saint-Germain, Vinicius could get a chance to impress in Saturday's LaLiga game against Deportivo Alaves.

Zidane hopes to have Hazard available for next week's meeting with Espanyol, although he remains uncertain over his return.

"It's nothing serious but there's no concrete recovery plan. We'll see if he can be ready for next week," he said of the Belgium star.

"I can't say if he'll be ready for the Clasico [on December 18]. Everything depends on how [the injury] evolves, on the day-to-day."

Zidane also offered sympathy to Unai Emery, who was sacked by Arsenal on Friday after a run of just one win in nine matches.

"I'm very sorry. I don't like it when coaches get sacked and Emery is a great coach," he said of the former Sevilla boss.

"I'm sure he'll be coaching a team again very quickly."

Jadon Sancho's issues at Borussia Dortmund have been dealt with and a January departure is not expected, insists sporting director Michael Zorc.

Sancho is Dortmund's star man but has endured a difficult spell this month, as he was hauled off in the first half of a 4-0 Klassiker rout at the hands of Bayern Munich and then started on the bench against Barcelona in midweek.

Under-fire coach Lucien Favre claimed he preferred to select players who are "focused and ready", although the England international scored after coming on.

However, Zorc is confident Dortmund have managed the issue, meaning Sancho - linked with a host of top clubs, including Manchester United - should remain at Signal Iduna Park at least until the end of the season.

"We've cleared everything internally in the team and with the player," Zorc told a news conference on Friday ahead of the trip to Hertha Berlin.

"It's done, we're looking forward. Jadon is another regular player and he is part of our team.

"I believe that when he came on against Barcelona, ​​we witnessed a good response and he did a very good job.

"I do not have the impression that he wants to prepare for a January move. We talked to him and his agency. We hope he shows his best possible performance tomorrow."

Zorc also reiterated his backing of Favre, who has Dortmund sixth in the Bundesliga and winless in three in all competitions.

"Everything has already been said," Zorc said. "We have faith in Lucien, he works very hard and wants to reverse the trend.

"We believe he can do it in this situation, we stay in the reality and do not go into speculation."

Willian says he is eager to stay on at Chelsea beyond the end of the campaign but has yet to be offered a new deal by the Premier League side.

The Brazil international is into his seventh season at Stamford Bridge and is due to be out of contract next June.

But Willian, who turns 32 next year, intends to remain a Chelsea player and is waiting for discussions to begin over fresh terms.

"I feel happy here," he told reporters. "I feel happy to play for this club but the situation is not in my hands. It's in their hands. 

"I'm waiting for them. They know what I want, what I want to do, so I wait for them."

Head coach Frank Lampard recently called on Chelsea chiefs to award Willian with an extension and the forward will bide his time.

"I don't want to talk to [other clubs] because I have a contract until the end of the season," he said. "I am a Chelsea player but I just want to say the club know what I want to do."

Willian made his 17th appearance of the season on Wednesday in Chelsea's 2-2 Champions League draw with Valencia, playing 80 minutes before being replaced by Mason Mount.

Daniel Wass scored eight minutes from time for Valencia to leave Lampard's side potentially needing a home victory over Lille next month to advance to the last 16.

"The end of the game was crazy and it's difficult to play at Valencia with the atmosphere," said Willian.

"At least we got a point and now we have a decider at home. I think we got a little bit lucky but it was like this so now we go to the game against Lille."

Jadon Sancho looks set to leave Borussia Dortmund sooner rather than later.

Sancho has established himself as one of the best young players in Europe since leaving Manchester City for Dortmund in 2017.

However, the 19-year-old's stay in Germany appears to be coming to an end.

 

TOP STORY – DORTMUND READY TO PART WITH SANCHO

Dortmund are ready to do business and sell in-demand star Sancho, according to the Independent.

The teenager is wanted by Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona after starring since arriving in the Bundesliga.

But Dortmund are willing to let the England international leave as soon as January due to a breakdown in relationships.

The winger was benched for the midweek Champions League defeat at Barcelona, having felt humiliated by his first-half withdrawal in the Klassiker rout to Bayern Munich.

 

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- La Nazione says Premier League leaders and Champions League holders Liverpool are interested in Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa. The 22-year-old has sparkled in Florence, leading to links with Serie A champions Juventus and Inter.

- Could Everton be set for a South American triple swoop? According to the Liverpool Echo, the Merseyside club are keen on signing Inter forward Gabriel Barbosa – on loan at Flamengo – and River Plate's Rafael Santos Borre. It comes as the Toffees have reportedly identified Flamengo head coach Jorge Jesus as a possible candidate to succeed Marco Silva following his Copa Libertadores and domestic success.

- Marca claims James Rodriguez has turned down a move to Arsenal. According to reports in England, the Gunners want James in January. However, the Madrid playmaker wants to stay in the Spanish capital.

- High-flying Inter are eager to sign Atalanta full-back Robin Gosens, reports Calciomercato.

Milan are targeting Juventus centre-back Merih Demiral, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The Turkey international has struggled for game time following his arrival in Turin this season.

- As Flamengo struggle to secure a permanent deal for loan star Barbosa, Goal says the Copa Libertadores champions are in talks to sign Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa.

Manchester City have set their sights on Brescia and Italy sensation Sandro Tonali, says Fichajes. The 19-year-old is attracting interest from all over Europe.

River Plate head coach Marcelo Gallardo is not happy with the timing of Exequiel Palacios' proposed transfer to Bayer Leverkusen as he questioned the club.

Linked to LaLiga powerhouse Real Madrid previously, River star Palacios is reportedly set to join Bundesliga outfit Leverkusen.

The 21-year-old midfielder – also believed to have attracted interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Inter and Ajax – has established himself as a key member of Gallardo's squad.

And Gallardo vented his frustration after the in-demand coach was asked about Palacios' future amid a potential January switch to Germany.

"I don't know exactly what is going to happen," Gallardo told reporters. "We haven't finished the year and we already have an almost sold player [Exequiel Palacios].

"I don't know what the rush was to close this. I've a player now thinking on his departure and we still have three games ahead. They could have waited a little bit, we could have waited a little bit. I don't handle those kinds of things.

"Now I must think on a player who's going to play these three matchdays. Because he's a valuable player for us. But already whit his mind elsewhere. I don't handle those kinds of things. So, I don't know what it's going to happen. I don't know." 

Palacios, who was sent off in the Copa Libertadores final loss to Flamengo earlier this month, has scored three goals for River this season.

 

Liverpool teenager Rhian Brewster would not be guaranteed regular Premier League starts if he joined Crystal Palace on loan, says Roy Hodgson.

The 19-year-old is one of England's most highly rated young forwards, having fired the Young Lions to Under-17 World Cup glory in 2017.

But Brewster subsequently suffered serious knee and ankle injuries and only made his Liverpool debut against MK Dons in the EFL Cup in September.

The striker has featured just once at senior level since - in the same competition - and is yet to score for the Reds.

Brewster therefore looks primed for a loan move in January, with Palace and Aston Villa both linked with bids.

But Palace manager Hodgson would be reluctant to offer any assurances over game time for a player yet to appear in the Premier League, suggesting he might prefer to look for opportunities elsewhere.

"[Brewster] is a good player, there's no doubt about that," the former Liverpool boss told a news conference.

"The only thing that would concern me there is that I don't know quite how many guaranteed games [he would get].

"If I was going to speak to Jurgen and he was going to talk to me about, 'I want Rhian Brewster to go out on loan and play some matches,' I'm not 100 per cent certain I could guarantee him that he would be the first name on the team sheet.

"He would be in competition with the three players we already have, who are experienced players and quality players.

"So, I'm not 100 per certain that that will do anything other than be useful for us in terms of having another player who could come in from time to time and certainly help us out.

"But if I was Jurgen Klopp and Rhian Brewster, I think I'd want to be going somewhere where I was the first name on the team sheet and I could guarantee that, between January and May, I'd be playing 20 matches."

Palace have scored just 11 goals in the Premier League this season, with only basement side Watford managing fewer.

Club-record signing Christian Benteke, who arrived from Liverpool in 2016, has just four Premier League goals since the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

Kai Havertz is reportedly wanted by seven of Europe's biggest clubs.

The Germany and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder has impressed in the Bundesliga, sparking interest from numerous clubs.

Havertz, 20, is contracted at Leverkusen until 2022, but that does not seem to be stopping Europe's best and biggest.

 

TOP STORY – BARCELONA, MADRID AMONG SEVEN CLUBS WHO WANT HAVERTZ

LaLiga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are two of seven clubs who want Kai Havertz, according to Sport Bild.

Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are the other clubs interested in Havertz.

Havertz made his senior debut at Leverkusen in 2016 and has already amassed 121 appearances for the club.

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- Talks between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Milan are continuing. Sport Mediaset reports the striker wants €3million net until June, while Milan are offering €2m, with Ibrahimovic hoping to arrive at his next club by mid-December.

- Arsenal have started looking at potential replacements for under-fire head coach Unai Emery, according to The Daily Telegraph. Emery is under pressure after a run of six games without a win at Arsenal. Mauricio Pochettino, Massimiliano Allegri and Nuno Espirito Santo are reported candidates.

- Edinson Cavani is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season and the Uruguayan could be set for an MLS move. Cavani's representatives met with LA Galaxy last week regarding a potential switch, according to Le10Sport.

- Arsenal and Lyon are interested in Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, reports Tuttomercatoweb. The 26-year-old France international has made just three LaLiga appearances this season after dealing with injuries.

- Out of contract at the end of the season, Jan Vertonghen is keen to discuss a new deal with Tottenham, according to Sky Sports News. The centre-back is reportedly a target for Roma and Bayer Leverkusen.

- Inter Miami are still eyeing their first coach ahead of their inaugural MLS season in 2020. The Telegraph reports David Beckham is lining up Nice boss Patrick Vieira.

Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta said it is unlikely Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa will return to Milan as the Serie A club weigh up offers following his stellar loan spell with Flamengo.

Gabigol has made a huge impact at Flamengo, where his goals helped the Brazilian giants to Copa Libertadores and Campeonato Brasileiro glory this season.

After struggling at Inter following his 2016 arrival, star striker Gabigol was initially loaned to Benfica before returning to his native Brazil.

Since moving back to South America on loan, Gabigol has scored 67 goals across all competitions with Santos and Flamengo, who are yet to agree terms on a permanent deal for the 23-year-old following his 40 goals for the Rio de Janeiro-based outfit.

Amid links to Premier League duo West Ham and Everton, and reports he could be used in a deal to bring Fiorentina's Federico Chiesa to Inter, Marotta told Sky Sport Italia: "We see Gabigol the same way as Lautaro [Martinez], a player who is growing year by year.

"His loan ends in December, after which we'll carefully evaluate what to do with him.

"It's unlikely he'll be part of our project, but he has several proposals and we'll evaluate it all carefully along with the player."

Marotta heaped praise on star forward Martinez, who is enjoying a fine campaign amid reported interest from LaLiga champions Barcelona and Premier League giants Manchester United.

Martinez took his season tally to 11 with his double in Wednesday's 3-1 Champions League victory at Slavia Prague.

Speaking beforehand, Marotta said: "Lautaro has become increasingly confident and mature, especially for a 22-year-old, so he really has a great career ahead of him."

Former Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli forward Ezequiel Lavezzi is considering calling time on his career at the end of the year.

Lavezzi has spent nearly four years with Chinese club Hebei China Fortune and was on target in their final home game of the season on Wednesday, a 3-1 loss to Guangzhou Evergrande.

The 34-year-old has scored 35 goals in 74 league appearances in the CSL but is out of contract next month and is ready to retire from playing after the final-day trip to Wuhan Zall.

"It is not 100-per-cent certain but the next game will probably be the last of my football career," he told reporters. "I am considering retirement. I want to spend time with my family.

"I was happy during my four years in China. I want to thank the club, I want to thank China and I want to thank the fans for the way they treated me and supported me in the past four years. 

"I hope that my performance was good enough for them."

Lavezzi, capped 51 times by Argentina, has represented Estudiantes, San Lorenzo, Napoli, PSG and Hebei during his 16-year career.

Javier Mascherano also played his final home match for Hebei ahead of a return to Argentina with Estudiantes.

Arsenal have set their sights on Nuno Espirito Santo.

Incumbent head coach Unai Emery is running out of time and the Gunners are reportedly plotting to replace him.

Succession planning could result in a raid on Premier League rivals Wolves.

 

TOP STORY – NUNO THE NUMERO UNO FOR ARSENAL

Impressed with his work in the Midlands, Arsenal chiefs have identified 45-year-old Nuno as their preferred replacement for the under-fire Emery.

The Daily Mail reports Raul Sanllehi, the club's head of football, has a "long-standing relationship" with Nuno's agent Jorge Mendes and claims the former Porto boss is now the leading contender for the job.

Nuno guided Wolves to promotion from the Championship two seasons ago and achieved a top-seven finish last term.

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- LaLiga rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid are monitoring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's situation as the striker stalls on an Arsenal contract extension, says The Daily Star.

- Jorge Jesus has emerged as a candidate to replace Marco Silva at Everton. The former Sporting CP coach guided Flamengo to Copa Libertadores glory over the weekend and his name has been put forward at Goodison Park, reports The Telegraph.

- Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have held fresh talks with Leroy Sane's agent but are unlikely to lodge a transfer bid for the Manchester City winger until the end of the season, according to Goal.

- On-loan Roma defender Chris Smalling's impressive adjustment to Serie A has inspired Juventus to make enquiries to Manchester United, reports Italian broadcaster Radio Radio.

- Zlatan Ibrahimovic's latest transfer hint might not be what it seems. ESPN suggests the Swedish free agent is considering investing in Hammarby, rather than playing for the Allsvenskan side. On Tuesday, Ibrahimovic tweeted an image of a Hammarby shirt sporting his name on the back, sparking rampant speculation.

Kylian Mbappe is "100 per cent" staying at Paris Saint-Germain amid links to Real Madrid insisted sporting director Leonardo, who revealed contract negotiations are progressing.

PSG star Mbappe scored as the visitors salvaged a dramatic 2-2 draw away to Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane reaffirmed his admiration for Mbappe on the eve of the Group A blockbuster, saying: "I am already in love with him".

Mbappe made an impact against his reported suitors at the Santiago Bernabeu, where PSG sealed top spot ahead of LaLiga giants Madrid.

Asked about Mbappe's future, Leonardo told RMC: "Mbappe will stay here, 100 per cent. He is a PSG player. The rest is the rest."

"We will see. We are advancing, advancing slowly but we are advancing," Leonardo added when asked about a contract extension.

France international Mbappe dazzled last season with 39 goals in all competitions as PSG won the Ligue 1 title.

This term, World Cup winner Mbappe has 10 goals across all competitions – including five in Ligue 1 for Thomas Tuchel's side.

Sporting CP captain Bruno Fernandes has ended speculation over his future by signing a new contract with the Portuguese club.

Fernandes, 25, had been a reported target for Premier League pair Manchester United and Tottenham, as well as LaLiga giants Real Madrid.

The Portugal international midfielder's contract with Sporting still reportedly runs until 2023, though his buyout clause is said to have been increased to €100million.

Fernandes been named Primeira Liga's Player of the Year for the past two seasons, after joining Sporting from Sampdoria in 2017.

"For me it is a great source of pride and recognition of my work, it is a sign that I am doing well," Fernandes told Sporting's official website.

"I have been doing everything possible to do my best for the club. 

"[The new contract] is because of what I have done on the pitch, but it also shows that I love being at Sporting and I am proud to represent this club."

Fernandes added: "You can expect more and even better things from me. I promise to show the same commitment and dedication so we can have more moments of glory than last season."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a teased a possible return to Sweden by suggesting he may have signed for Allsvenskan side Hammarby.

The 38-year-old free agent used Instagram to publish an animation of a Hammarby shirt bearing his name.

He tagged the club's account in the post but offered no further insight into the meaning of the message.

Ibrahimovic, who began his career with Malmo, has been on the lookout for a new club since confirming his departure from MLS side LA Galaxy in November.

Routinely linked to several Serie A clubs, the former Juventus, Barcelona and Manchester United star has never hidden from speculation over his future, and has often fuelled such talk.

Ibrahimovic suggested in October that he was "coming back" to Spain, but the clue proved to be a promotion for a new commercial venture.

Galaxy head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto claimed the enigmatic striker wanted to end his career in Italy. Bologna, where the Swede's confidant Sinisa Mihajlovic is in charge, appeared a possible destination.

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli described Ibrahimovic as a "great champion" but said January additions were not yet being discussed at San Siro, while Jose Mourinho ruled out any chance of a reunion at Tottenham.

"It doesn't make sense to sign him when we have Harry Kane," Mourinho, who has managed Ibrahimovic at Inter and Manchester United, said on Monday.

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