Today’s rumours, gossip and social media round-up from around the web
Diego Simeone hailed the heart of Atletico Madrid after they stunned Barcelona 3-2 to reach the Spanish Super Cup final in Saudi Arabia.
Hearts midfielder Olly Lee has extended his loan deal with Gillingham until the end of the season.
Aston Villa will have to wait to secure the services of Pepe Reina while AC Milan seek to find a replacement, according to the goalkeeper’s agent.
Conor McCarthy revealed Jim Goodwin’s personal touch played a part in his move from Cork City to St Mirren.
Ralph Hasenhuttl believes Southampton’s players cannot be praised enough for their “absolutely outrageous” response to the 9-0 humiliation at the hands of Leicester.
Problem gambling is “a root issue” behind a significant number of current and former footballers seeking help for mental health issues, according to the Professional Footballers’ Association’s head of welfare.
Manchester City Women’s manager Nick Cushing will leave his role at the start of February to become assistant to Ronny Deila at New York City FC.
Steven Gerrard admits his lack of experience was a concern before taking charge of Rangers – and the same reason could prompt him to turn down an offer from Liverpool.
Mikel Arteta has warned Arsenal supporters not to expect “big things” in the January transfer window.
Gareth Bale will not be leaving Real Madrid in January and is also “very unlikely” to depart the club this summer, according to his agent.
Manchester United Women manager Casey Stoney doubts VAR will ever be used in the Women’s Super League.
Preston have signed forward Scott Sinclair from Celtic on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi may need surgery and could be out for up to a month.
Manchester United defender Harry Maguire is set for a spell on the sidelines with a hip injury, the PA news agency understands.
Marcus Rashford admits his side’s first-half display against Manchester City was “not a Manchester United performance” and they have to learn to control key moments better.
Malky Mackay bumped into a ghost of Scotland’s past when he was invited to speak to a classroom of coaches in Brazil.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he has the backing to strengthen the squad in January but will only do so if the right signings are available.
The Football Association has been advised to “reconsider” its relationship with bet365 by Nicky Morgan, the secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Police have been thanked after treating a 97-year-old Newcastle United fan to her first-ever game in nine decades of support.