The man who changed football: 20 years on, Bosman is still waiting for Ronaldo, Beckham and Co to thank him for making them rich

20 years ago, Jean-Marc Bosman took on football and won - Sportsmail tracks down the man

INTERVIEW BY MICHAEL WALKER: It is 20 years since the EU delivered the 'Bosman ruling', which re-set European cross-border contractual law. This enabled restricted footballers to move to another European club at the end of their existing contract without a transfer fee [as Robert Lewandowski, far right, did]. In the mid-90s Jean-Marc Bosman recalls Philippe Albert and Frank de Boer both showing gratitude for what he did - 'I'm still waiting for the others to say thank you,' he says, 'Ronaldo, Beckham, all of them'.

Giggs is still Woodward's man: When Van Gaal leaves Man United, Old Trafford legend will take charge

When Louis van Gaal leaves Manchester United, Ryan Giggs is still the man to beat 

NEIL ASHTON - THE FOOTBALL COLUMN: Ryan Giggs has the long-term support of Manchester United chief Ed Woodward, who is keen to make sure the Old Trafford legend is rewarded for his loyalty and patience by getting the chance to manage the club permanently.

China's £75m bid for Rooney: England captain offered chance to join Eriksson

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United applauds the crowd after victory in the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and VfL Wolfsburg at Old Trafford on September 30, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

SAMI MOKBEL: The Chinese Super League want the Manchester United striker to become their poster boy and are ready to give the 30-year-old a three-year contract worth up to £25m per season.

Costa opens fire: 'I'm a fan of Atletico and could go back', admits striker as Chelsea eye Griezmann and Anderson

MATT BARLOW: Chelsea striker Diego Costa has left the door open for a return to Atletico Madrid.'You never know,' Costa told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

Lamela bags first-half hat-trick to secure top spot as Spurs keep up their fine form at White Hart Lane 

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Erik Lamela scores 3-0 Hat trick

TOTTENHAM 4-1 MONACO - RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT WHITE HART LANE: Just when the Erik Lamela resurgence seemed to be losing pace, he does something like this.

Giroud still fighting to be main man despite Champions League heroics with Arsenal looking for new frontman

SAMI MOKBEL: Signing a new centre forward remains on Arsenal's agenda, despite Olivier Giroud rescuing their Champions League ambitions by scoring a three at Olympiacos.

EXCLUSIVE: Manchester United stars cancel Christmas night out after Champions League exit in Germany

TOPSHOT - (L-R) Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard (35), Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (27) react after the UEFA Champions League Group B second-leg football match VfL Wolfsburg vs Manchester United in Wolfsburg, central Germany, on December 8, 2015. Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 3-2 defeat at Wolfsburg, who made club history by reaching the knock-out stages. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP / JOHN MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images

CHRIS WHEELER: Manchester United's players have cancelled their Christmas party in the wake of the club's humiliating Champions League debacle.

Liverpool finish top of their Europa League group despite sluggish display against Sion in Switzerland

SION 0-0 LIVERPOOL - DOMINIC KING AT TOURBILLON: Liverpool finished top of Europa League group after playing out a drab 0-0 draw with fellow qualifiers Sion.

Aston Villa interested in ending Cole's Roman nightmare as Garde looks to strengthen squad for survival bid

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 15:  AS Roma player Ashley Cole (L) during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Parma FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 15, 2015 in Rome, Italy.  

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LAURIE WHITWELL: Ashley Cole - three times a Premier League title winner with 107 England caps - signed a two-year deal with Roma in July 2014 but the left back has not featured since March.

McGregor's battle cry in front of raucous Irish fans: 'Aldo doesn't want to be here'

Conor McGregor gears up for Jose Aldo UFC 194 battle in front of raucous Irish fans

As the Irish contingent descends on Las Vegas in their thousands, Conor McGregor promised them a night to remember. Dublin's favourite fighting son - at least in mixed martial arts circles - was greeted by a raucous crowd as he completed the latest formality ahead of his clash with the UFC's featherweight champion on Jose Aldo. He performed a light but extensive near 20-minute workout in the same MGM Grand Arena where he will bid to realise a lifelong dream on Saturday.

'It's just another day in the office': Joshua refuses to bite as Whyte turns up the heat ahead of bout

Anthony Joshua refuses to bite as Dillian Whyte turns up the heat ahead of title clash and

Dillian Whyte attempted to antagonise Anthony Joshua ahead of their London bout on Saturday, calling the Olympic champion a robot and a fraud and reminding him of a criminal conviction for drug possession as their pre-fight media conference descended into an argument.

AFC Wimbledon get go-ahead for move back to spiritual home Plough Lane

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AFC Wimbledon have been given the green light for an historic switch back to Plough Lane, after Merton Council approved their application to build a new stadium. 

Onomah is the latest of several Spurs youngsters to be given a chance by Pochettino and he didn't disappoint

SAM CUNNINGHAM AT WHITE HART LANE: They like 'one of our own' at White Hart Lane and Joshua Onomah has Tottenham white blood coursing through his veins.

France banish Benzema from squad in countdown to Euro 2016 over probe into Valbuena sex-tape scandal

Karim Benzema has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail, relating to an extortion scam over a sex-tape featuring his France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

Mourinho faces a trial by speed when fallen champions face Leicester 

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Jose Mourinho, Manager of Chelsea reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Chelsea FC and FC Porto at Stamford Bridge on December 9, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

JEFF POWELL: Jose Mourinho enters the crucible of his career at Leicester. Chelsea's title is disappearing so quickly that they will be even more places behind Leicester if results go against them.

MARTIN KEOWN: Giroud needs to find consistency to really feel Arsenal love

Olivier Giroud was magnificent in Greece but I still don't get the feeling he is completely loved by everybody at Arsenal. Part of that is due to his inconsistency.

EDDIE HOWE INTERVIEW: I've only won three games in the Premier League... it's crazy to start talking about England

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe plays down talk linking him to England job: We've only won

INTERVIEW BY NEIL ASHTON: In a corner of Eddie Howe's office, the brainstorming ideas behind Bournemouth's stunning victory at Chelsea last weekend are still scrawled across three enormous whiteboards. It is written in code, a series of lines, squiggles and doodles that only Howe, his assistant Jason Tindall and first-team coach Simon Weatherstone can fathom. 'Sometimes I just say, "Right, let's give it a go, come up with something", and we come up with some ideas in that corner,' said Howe. 'It is brainstorming basically and even I struggle to understand it a couple of weeks later.'

Sanchez's desire is hugely impressive but he's tricky to manage for Wenger

Alexis Sanchez's desire is impressive but he's tricky to manage for Arsene Wenger

NEIL ASHTON: Alexis Sanchez's commendable work ethic is one of his biggest assets but he is not an easy player for Arsene Wenger to manage. Sanchez, who is in Chile for a break following the hamstring injury sustained at Norwich on November 29, is always hustling for a game, even when not fully fit. Sanchez is working with his national team's physio as part of his rehab programme and being out of the country means he cannot demand to make an early return for his club.

Overton in race storm: England hopeful's ban seen as 'too lenient'

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  l-r Craig Overton of England stands with twin brother Jamie Overton during England Nets at Trent Bridge on June 16, 2015 in Nottingham, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

LAWRENCE BOOTH: England hopeful Craig Overton has been warned about his future conduct after telling a Pakistan-born cricketer to 'go back to your own f****** country' during a county match.

MARTIN SAMUEL: Fans outside UK don't want Leicester v Man City as title decider, but return to 10 teams fighting for it would be wonderful

THE DEBATE COLUMN: If Leicester maintain their top-four position, Arsenal are fighting it out with United, City, Liverpool and Spurs for one of three places.

Monk leaves Swansea with 'great sadness' after sacking but insists players 'will show quality again soon'  

File photo dated 20-09-2014 of Swansea City manager Garry Monk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 8, 2015. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has dropped a strong hint that manager Garry Monk is on his way out of the struggling Barclays Premier League club after declaring that "something needs to change". See PA story SOCCER Swansea. Photo credit should read PA Wire/PA Wire.

Garry Monk has expressed sadness at his departure from Swansea, insisting it will not be long before the players are producing again and the club will be on the rise.

Cook insists England can topple the world's No 1 side to banish 'hurt' from UAE tour as England jet off to South Africa for Christmas

Alastair Cook insists England can topple the No 1 side South Africa to banish UAE 'hurt'

LAWRENCE BOOTH: Alastair Cook has called on England to make up for the 'hurt' of their 2-0 defeat in the UAE by shocking South Africa in their own backyard. England's 16-man squad headed for Johannesburg on Thursday night still smarting after a loss to Pakistan in which they were denied victory in the first Test in Abu Dhabi by bad light, then came within 39 balls of saving the second in Dubai.

SECRET SCOUT: Arsenal wide man Maitland-Niles having a fine season at Ipswich showing Parlour-like graft

Arsenal starlet Ainsley Maitland-Niles has shown maturity and shouldered responsibility on

Jamie Vardy came from non-League to become a Premier League superstar.  Our secret scout is out and about every week searching for the next star and he'll bring you his verdict in Sportsmail. Here he looks at Ipswich Town's loanee from Arsenal, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who has impressed in his 19 appearances under Mick McCarthy so far this season. 

Lewandowski, Pirlo, Campbell and more... Sportsmail looks at the top 10 Bosman transfers of all time

With the 20-year anniversary of football's historic Bosman ruling, Sportsmail reflects on the 10 biggest transfers to happen as a result of the case. 

Hazard drought has lasted 2,218 minutes... Chelsea star has waited over seven months for landmark 50th goal

Struggling Eden Hazard has been poised on the brink of a Chelsea milestone for more than seven months, with his personal goal drought now two minutes short of 37 hours.

Swansea consider shock swoop for Ostersunds manager Potter as search for Monk's replacement continues

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Ostersunds manager Graham Potter recently won a third promotion in five years to reach the top flight for the first time in the club's' history and he has emerged as an unlikely target for Swansea.

Remember Pea? He was booted out of United by Van Gaal but deadly Hernandez is proving his critics wrong in Germany

Manchester United booted Chicharito out... but LVG could do with him now!

The Bayer Leverkusen hitman (pictured, centre, scoring against Barcelona last night) has made an explosive start to life in Germany. With 14 goals in 19 competitive games, he has been the standout performer in what has been a lacklustre start to the season for them. It is hard not to think that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal would appreciate a striker of his calibre at the moment. Hernandez has found his form again as well as being happy off the pitch with his girlfriend Lucia Villalon (pictured right).

Chelsea's forgotten man Chalobah opens scoring as Napoli hit five past Legia in the Europa League

Europa League round-up: Chelsea loanee Nathaniel Chalobah on target as Napoli hit five

EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Chelsea loanee Nathaniel Chalobah was among the scorers as Napoli advanced from their Europa League group with a 100 per cent record following a 5-2 win over Legia Warsaw. England Under-21 international Chalobah, who is yet to play a senior game for Jose Mourinho's Blues, broke the deadlock in Naples before Lorenzo Insigne, Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens, who scored twice, got in on the act to make it six wins from six for the Italians.

Fury rejects claims of homophobia: 'I love all of God's children and I don't hate anyone... I'm uniting Muslims and Christians in one of the most diverse teams in boxing'

Tyson Fury told The Mail on Sunday that the legalisation of homosexuality was one of three things that needed to happen for 'the devil to come home', but he has denied he is homophobic.

Schweinsteiger handed three-match ban for violent conduct after Reid clash

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been slapped with a three-match ban by the FA over his clash with Winston Reid during Manchester United's draw against West Ham.

Van Gaal under pressure to deliver title... and players are reeling from Mata being replaced by rookie Powell

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal looks at his notes alongside assistant Ryan Giggs during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Vfl Wolfsburg and Manchester United played at The Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg on 8th December 2015

Louis van Gaal is under pressure to deliver the Premier League title, with Manchester United's hierarchy prioritising domestic success over progress in Europe.

After insisting she wanted to prove she was invited for more than her looks, Spiranac slumps to 101st out of 108 at Dubai Masters

Instagram star Paige Spiranac misses Dubai Ladies Masters cut by eight shots in equal

Internet phenomenon Paige Spiranac's elite golf debut ended with a whimper as the American finished equal 101st in a field of 108 at the Dubai Ladies Masters, eight strokes from the cut. The Colorado native, who's famed for her popular YouTube videos and sexy snaps on Instagram, finished ahead of just four players, including England's Hannah Burke and Germany's Leigh Whittaker, who withdrew from the tournament. After overcoming nerves to shoot an opening round of 77, leaving her in 94th overnight, Spiranac was unable to improve her position with a disappointing 79 to finish 12 over.

Commons salvages some pride after Markovic opener as Celtic's dismal European campaign comes to an end

Fenerbahce 1-1 Celtic: Sub Kris Commons salvages pride after Craig Gordon gaffe and Diego

FENERBAHCE 1-1 CELTIC - JOHN McGARRY IN ISTANBUL: As satisfying as the final outcome was, in what's long become time-honoured fashion, Celtic were left nursing a lingering sense of regret.

Bilic orders West Ham to switch training grounds early after string of injuries at 'rock hard' Chadwell Heath

Slaven Bilic is taking drastic action in a bid to end West Ham's injury jinx by moving to their new Rush Green HQ, where they were due to start training next season, on Monday.

Ronaldo reveals 'personal problems' were behind slow start to the season

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score in six of his Real Madrid's first seven La Liga games and has recently been claimed to be in a gay relationship with a professional kickboxer.

Neville escapes firing line after Valencia's Champions League exit but new boss is told to 'get to work'

Valencia's British coach Gary Neville gestures from the sidelines during the UEFA Champions League football match Valencia CF vs Olympique Lyonnais at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on December 9, 2015.   AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images

PETE JENSON: More than waking up to a wall of criticism after he lost his first match in charge of Valencia, Gary Neville got the sympathy vote in Spain on Thursday

The hidden gem of live TV football: Behind the scenes at BT Sport's Champions League Goals Show that is revolutionising viewing

BT Sport’s Champions League Goals Show: Behind scenes of live TV football

MARK WEBSTER: So, what it ISN'T is Soccer Saturday. Although when you watch BT Sport's Champions League Goals Show, you certainly do get the feeling that it is at least in the spirit of Jeff Stelling and his panel's pioneering Saturday afternoon in front of the telly. We get to watch some men in front of some tellies. All of which only adds to the appeal of what is one of the hidden gems in football coverage right now.

Cipriani denies drink driving after early morning crash despite claims he was twice the legal limit for alcohol

Danny Cipriani denies drink driving after early morning crash

Danny Cipriani has denied a drink-driving charge after being accused of being nearly double the legal limit during an incident in the run-up to this year's World Cup. The 28-year-old appeared at West London Magistrates' Court on Thursday after being charged by the Met Police in November, entering a not-guilty plea.

Real Madrid fail to overturn Copa del Rey disqualification after fielding ineligible scorer Cheryshev

Real Madrid's coach Rafael Benitez (R) walks as Cherishev walks off the field during their Spanish King's Cup round of 32 first leg soccer match against Cadiz at Ramon de Carranza stadium in Cadiz, southern Spain December 2, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

Cadiz officially complained about Denis Cheryshev's involvement in Real Madrid's victory and, as expected, Rafa Benitez's side were kicked out of the competition.

'In Arsene we trust': Twitter celebrates in droves as Arsenal avoid Greek tragedy with victory

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Before the whistle blew to start the game in Greece, Arsenal fans were chewing their nails and wondering whether their side were good enough to get a result against Olympiacos.

Manchester United players 'trust Van Gaal', insists Fellaini as Belgian star says 'of course we can win the title'

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 08:  Marouane Fellaini of Manchester reacts during the UEFA Champions League match between VfL Wolfsburg and Manchester United FC at the Volkswagen arena on December 8, 2015 in Wolfsburg, Germany.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The already intense scrutiny at Old Trafford ratcheted up a notch this week when United bowed out of the Champions League at the group-stage juncture.

First-class finisher! Sunderland star Watmore collects his university honours

Duncan Watmore receives first-class degree at Newcastle University as Sunderland starlet

Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore modestly thanked his 'awesome' club and tutors after becoming only the second player in the Premier League to graduate with first-class honours. The 21-year-old juggled intensive training sessions required to break into the first team with long hours of study in the evening poring over textbooks and catching up on lectures online. His proud parents Ian, former chief executive of the Football Association and an ex-senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office, and Georgina, a rector in Cheshire, proudly watched the graduation ceremony at Newcastle University.

Wales star Roberts' Varsity Match cut short as he's forced to watch Cambridge's lose at Twickenham from the sidelines

Oxford 12-6 Cambridge: Jamie Roberts' Varsity Match cut short as he's forced to watch

SAM PETERS AT TWICKENHAM: Jamie Roberts' Varsity Match dream ended in bitter frustration as the Wales and British Lion international was forced off at half time with a leg injury and he had to watch helplessly as his side slipped to defeat.

England backroom blitz with Jones poised to axe trio left by Lancaster... but Edwards is staying with Wales

SAM PETERS: After meeting Stuart Lancaster's staff, Eddie Jones has since sought opinions inside the RFU as he considers whether to make a fresh start or hang on to some experienced heads.

McGregor vs Aldo in Las Vegas will set UFC record gate of at least £6m

Conor McGregor's featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo will set a new UFC record gate of at least $9million (£6m). The clash takes place on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Champions League group wrap-up: Your ultimate stats guide to the outstanding performers so far

A combination of four pictures taken on December 8, 2015 shows Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating respectively his first (Top), (Bottom FromL) second, third and fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match Real Madrid CF vs Malmo FF at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Benzema did a hat trick as Ronaldo scored 4 goals in a 8-0 victory over Malmo FF.   AFP PHOTO/ PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images

Wednesday brought the end of the Champions League group stage and the best point to assess the contenders for the top prize - or where it went wrong for the likes of Manchester United.

Van Gaal finds unlikely ally in Keane as former United captain blames players for Champions League 'disaster'

Roy Keane speaking on UEFA Champions League Highlights on ITV

Keane believes United players have escaped criticism for their underwhelming performances this season due to the level of scrutiny surrounding manager Van Gaal.

Coe defends decision to award World Athletics Championships to Oregon and denies role was conflict of interest

© Licensed to London News Pictures. 02/12/2015. London, UK. Lord SEBASTIAN COE arriving at Houses of Parliament in London to give evidence before a Commons Culture Media and Sport committee on blood-doping allegations. Lord Coe, who is president of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) has come under pressure following allegations of widespread doping in athletics.   Photo credit: Ben Cawthra/LNP

The world athletics chief was speaking after a Sportsmail report revealed investigators were examining the IAAF's decision to hold the championships in the American city of Eugene.

Welcome home... to your angry fans! Porto met with fiery reception as angry mob are held back by police after Euro elimination

Angry Porto fans held back from players by police after Champions League elimination!

Porto were met with a torrid reception from furious fans on their return to Portugal having been dumped out of the Champions League. Supporters were clearly irked after the Portuguese giants dropped into the Europa League following Wednesday night's 2-0 defeat by Chelsea and some had to be held back by police. Finishing third in Group G behind the Blues and Dynamo Kiev, the returning squad faced abuse from angry Porto followers upon their return.

Arsenal No 1 Cech reveals how getting hooked on drums after PlayStation game led to him becoming a better goalkeeper

Arsenal No 1 Petr Cech reveals how getting hooked on drums after chance PlayStation game

Petr Cech kept a clean sheet as the Gunners rescued their Champions League hopes with an impressive 3-0 victory - courtesy of a hat-trick from Olivier Giroud - over Olympiacos in Greece on Wednesday. The Czech international was inspired to take up drumming after playing 'Rock Band' on the PlayStation with former Chelsea keeper Carlo Cudicini.

Mourinho aims dig at Casillas after Chelsea dump Porto out: 'Now he can win the only trophy he hasn't won'

Jose Mourinho and Iker Casillas fell out during their time at Real Madrid when the keeper called his international team-mate Xavi after a particularly aggressive Clasico clash with rivals Barcelona.

Rangers chairman King escapes jail as Ashley fails with High Court bid

Mike Ashley's company, Sports Direct, launched legal action against Rangers and their chairman Dave King over an alleged breach of an injunction.

England are praying for kind draw at Euro 2016 - here are the teams every side wants to face and which group has NEVER produced a winner

The draw for Euro 2016 takes place on Saturday with Roy Hodgson and England praying for more of a pleasant group than the one at the 2014 World Cup.

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West Ham's Olympic Stadium to include Sir Trevor Brooking Stand as club sell more season tickets than ever before

West Ham's Olympic Stadium to include Sir Trevor Brooking Stand as club sell more season

As West Ham prepare for their last Christmas at the Boleyn Ground they are also busy decorating the Olympic Stadium ready for the big move next year. New computer-generated images have been released as the project enters its final phase, detailing how parts of the venue will look when they move from Upton Park to their new home in Stratford in the summer. There will be claret everywhere - and some blue - with Bobby Moore's No.6 shirt above the concourse of the stand which will carry his name. 

Is Giroud the right man for Arsenal? Some fans love him, some don't rate him ... but is he really the answer for Wenger?

Is Olivier Giroud right for Arsenal? Some fans love him, some don't rate him

Needing to equal or better the shock 3-2 defeat they suffered against Olympiacos in September; striker Olivier Giroud fired the Gunners into the knockout stages for the 16th consecutive season with a brilliant hat-trick

City hope to continue winning cycle against Swansea as attention returns to Premier League title pursuit

Manchester City hope to continue the winning cycle against Swansea as attention returns to

Manchester City appeared in high spirits after mission accomplished in the Champions League on Tuesday. Birthday boy Raheem Sterling was on hand to fire in a brace along with an assist to secure a thrilling 4-2 comeback victory over Borussia Monchengladbach and send City top of their group. However, a 2-0 defeat by Stoke last weekend saw City fall to third in the Premier League title race as managerless Swansea visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Europa League draw guide: Time, date of fixtures, teams and seedings... all you need to know about round of 32

Sevilla's team celebrate with the trophy after the UEFA Europa League final football match between FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Sevilla FC at the Narodowy stadium in Warsaw, Poland on May 27, 2015. Sevilla FC won 2-3.   AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERRERO        (Photo credit should read Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham are all awaiting their Europa League fate. Here, we provide you with all the information you need to know ahead of Monday's draw.

Forster closing in on return after keeper has successful knee surgery  

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster is nearing the end of his long injury absence after returning to light training last week.

Bolton served with winding-up petition over unpaid tax as takeover bid stalls

Bolton Wanderers' alarming financial crisis has deteriorated rapidly over the past few weeks after it was revealed they had failed to pay their players for the month of November.

LOWDOWN: All you need to know about last 16 vying for Champions League ahead of next week's draw

After a pulsating round of final group game fixtures, attention now turns to the draw for the last 16 stage.  Here, we provide you with all the information you need to know ahead of Monday's draw.

Leeds chairman Cellino cleared by Italian court in tax evasion case 

Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino has been cleared by an Italian court of alleged tax evasion during his time as owner of Cagliari, the Sky Bet Championship club have confirmed.

Kick It Out slams 'outrageous' decision by Port Vale to overlook Hasselbaink

The owner of League One side Port Vale has been criticised after he admitted turning down chance to appoint Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink over fears of racist abuse from fans.

Star in a reasonably priced car! £180,000-a-week Sterling swaps his fancy motor for £12,000 Smart car for training trips

Raheem Sterling seen driving £12,000 Smart car from Man City training

Raheem Sterling might be the most expensive English footballer of all time, but the Manchester City forward's choice of car was surprisingly modest following his Champions League heroics this week. Sterling, who is believed to earn £180,000 a week after signing a bumper five-year deal following his move from Liverpool, was spotted leaving training at the Etihad Campus in a low-key Smart car (left). The £12,000 Smart Fortwo Grandstyle Edition Auto can pull off a top speed of just 96mph and is a far cry from the Mercedes and Range Rovers (right) that Sterling and his City team-mates usually favour.

Galloway signs five-year Everton deal after impressing at left-back in absence of Baines

Brendan Galloway signs new five-year Everton contract after impressing at left-back in the

Brendan Galloway has signed a new improved contract at Everton tying him to the club until June 2020. The 19-year-old left-back was signed from MK Dons last year but has risen to prominence in the absence of injured full-backs Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo, earning recognition at England Under 21 level. 'I'm really happy to commit my future here,' he told the club's official website.

Has Costa learned much English? He says: 'Nada!'... And hints 'shyness' stops progress with the language

Diego Costa of Chelsea reacts after being fouled during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Chelsea and FC Porto played at Stamford Bridge, London on the 9th of December 2015

With speculation continuing about his troubles of adapting to life in London, Diego Costa is asked how his English is coming along and his emphatic response is: 'Nada! (nothing!)'.

United stars fear Van Gaal's notebook as he writes down every error

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Van Gaal writes down every error made during a match or in training in his infamous notebook and players live in fear of being included if they do not follow his instructions to the letter.

Tottenham add £14m Gent contract rebel Depoitre to transfer wishlist

Tottenham are keen to strengthen their forward options and have watched Gent striker Laurent Depoitre and his team-mate Moses Simon regularly this season.

Football League Q&A;: Michael Doyle on THAT night against United and why Reid is his hardest opponent

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Portsmouth midfielder and captain Michael Doyle is the latest player to take our engaging Q&A.; The 34-year-old recently made his 600th appearance in English football in a lengthy career.

United flops moaned about dressing room being too hot at Wolfsburg

Manchester United made a sorry, even sulky, exit from Germany in the early hours of Wednesday, unhappy at the manner of their Champions League demise and placing the blame elsewhere.

Mahrez doubts Leicester can win title with Premier League survival the aim

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10:  Riyad Mahrez during the Leicester City training session at the Belvoir Drive Training Complex on December 10th, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Leicester City's swashbuckling football sees them currently sitting pretty atop the Premier League table as the hectic festive period edges closer.

McGregor gets caught short as he trains in LA ahead of UFC title showdown with Aldo

Conor McGregor gets caught short in park ahead of UFC 194 with Jose Aldo

Conor McGregor was caught short in a park as he continued his preparations for arguably the most anticipated fight in UFC history when he faces Jose Aldo in Saturday's world featherweight title unification clash. The Irishman was taking part in a sparring session in a Los Angeles park on Monday - before he heads for the six-bedroom palatial mansion he is staying at in Las Vegas - when he was forced to answer a call of nature. The 27-year-old was pictured relieving himself in some nearby bushes before returning to training ahead of the clash that could earn him up to £4.7million, although the the exact figure will not be known until after the fight with the challenger taking a certain percentage of pay-per-view sales.

VanZant looks to plant early hit on her opponent Namajunas as pair weigh-in for UFC Fight Night 80

Paige VanZant and Sage Northcutt ready to take next steps on road to UFC stardom

MARTIN DOMIN IN LAS VEGAS: On the eve of his career-defining fight with Jose Aldo, it might seem incredulous to talk about the fading of Conor McGregor's star. But as sure as night follows day, the Irishman will one day call it quits, leaving a gaping hole in the UFC's masterplan. Fortunately for president Dana White, he has two heirs apparent to McGregor's pay-per-view throne.

'I'll strike him with every limb. This will be a masterclass': Crouching McGregor vows to defeat Aldo in four minutes

MARTIN DOMIN IN LAS VEGAS: Three days out from their long-awaited clash in Las Vegas, the protagonists came face to face for the penultimate time before they enter the Octagon.

Rockhold out to prove a point when he battles Weidman at UFC 194

Luke Rockhold knows that after a lifetime of proving himself, he must do so once again. The Californian challenges UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

McGregor vs Aldo fight broken down... Sportsmail runs the rule over KOs, endurance and more

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 04:  (L-R) UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and featherweight interim champion Conor McGregor face offduring the UFC's Go Big launch event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 4, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Saturday night's main event between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor is just days away and the fight still seems too close to call. Here, Sportsmail runs the rule over some of the key areas of the fight.

Rousey rematch with Holm set for July with stadium clash mooted

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15:  Ronda Rousey of the United States (R) and Holly Holm of the United States compete in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Ronda Rousey's rematch with Holly Holm has been pencilled in for July, with both Los Angeles and Texas touted as possible venues. Holm will have been inactive for almost seven months by that time.

McGregor's team-mate Lobov reaches Ultimate Fighter final and will face Hall with UFC contract on the line

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 18:  (L-R) Artem Lobov punches Chris Gruetzemacher during the filming of The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs Team Faber at the UFC TUF Gym on August 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Conor McGregor will have the opportunity to taste success 24 hours before his fight with Jose Aldo after his team-mate Artem Lobov reached The Ultimate Fighter finale.

McGregor can be a bigger star than Mayweather, claims UFC chief White

UFC president Dana White has backed Conor McGregor to supersede Floyd Mayweather, who earned an estimated $700million (£461m) over his 19-year boxing career.

Oxford's rugby calendar girls exposed by Cambridge as they are thrashed 52-0 in first women's Varsity match at Twickenham 

Oxford's naked rugby calendar girls exposed by Cambridge

Having made a naked calendar which went viral prior to their match with Cambridge, there was added pressure on Oxford University women's rugby players on Thursday. The team took on Cambridge for a Varsity match at Twickenham, less than a month after their players stripped off for Beat - a charity for those affected by eating disorders or difficulties with weight or shape. On the pitch, Oxford were second-best to a strong Cambridge outfit, beaten 52-0 despite a defiant defensive display for the best part of an hour. 

McIlroy shows off protective goggles after undergoing laser eye surgery as he uses off-season to sharpen his vision

Rory McIlroy reveals protective goggles after undergoing laser eye surgery

Rory McIlroy's rivals will have yet another reason to fear him in 2016 after the world No 3 underwent laser eye surgery to correct his vision. The 26-year-old, who first needed glasses at the age of 10, has worn contact lenses throughout his rise to the top of golf, with four majors under his belt already.  But he will return to action in the new year with sharper eyesight having undergone the procedure on Wednesday.   

Robson to miss Australian Open as former British No 1 takes her time to make sustained comeback

Laura Robson to miss Australian Open as former British No 1 takes her time to make

MIKE DICKSON: Laura Robson is to skip next month's Australian Open, although there appear to be more optimistic signs that she will be able to make a more sustained comeback in 2016. After her long-term wrist injury the former British No 1 is still eligible for one direct entry at a Grand Slam, and it seems that this will be held back for use at the French Open. However, missing Australia is not due to any huge setback since her last outing of a frustrating 2015, which she wrapped up after a second round defeat at a lower tier event in Mexico that followed the US Open.

Joshua vs Whyte: All you need to know ahead of the British and Commonwealth heavyweight title fight

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Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte meet at The O2 Arena in London on Saturday night for their British and Commonwealth heavyweight title showdown.

Taylor out to make up for lost time... and Finn could join him in South Africa

SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 17:  James Taylor of England celebrates with captain Eoin Morgan after winning the 3rd One Day International match between Pakistan and England at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on November 17, 2015 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

James Taylor heads for South Africa on Thursday armed with that oldest of sporting motivations: he is determined to make up for lost time.

Starc set to miss World Twenty20 as Australia bowler needs ankle surgery

This photo taken on November 27, 2015 show Australia's pace spearhead Mitchell Starc reacting in pain while bowling against New Zealand during the first day-night cricket Test match at the Adelaide Oval. Starc said on November 30 that  it could be up to four weeks before he knows when he can bowl again after another injury setback in the Adelaide day-night Test. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN\nIMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO COMMERCIAL USE / AFP / SAEED KHAN        (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The 25-year-old suffered a stress fracture during the third Test against New Zealand in Adelaide and was ruled out of the three-match series against West Indies that began on Thursday.

IOC fear FIFA criminal investigations will affect all sport organisations for next five years

Football's world governing body is being investigated by Swiss authorities over the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, while the US justice department have indicted more than 30 officials.

BBC to axe Australian Open as they bid to cut £35m from sport budget

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The BBC need to cut £35million from their sports budget and are prioritising events such as Wimbledon, the Olympics, and Barclays Premier League highlights on Match of the Day.

Button admits he considered leaving Formula One after nightmare season

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Jenson Button considered leaving Formula One this year as McLaren endured their worst season but said he decided to continue after talks with boss Ron Dennis and other key people at the team.

Robin Goodfellow's Racing Tips: The best bets for Friday, December 11

ESHER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05:  Jamie Moore riding Sire De Grugy (L) clear the last to win The Betfair Tingle Creek Steeple Chase from Special Tiara (R) at Sandown racecourse on December 05, 2015 in Esher, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Sportsmail racing expert Robin Goodfellow gives his hottest selections ahead of Friday's races at Bangor, Cheltenham, Wolverhampton and Doncaster.

Supreme Novices' Hurdle contender Min catches the eye at Punchestown

Racehorse trainer Willie Mullins on the gallops during Champion Day at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, England. 


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His reputation preceded him to Punchestown and Min did not disappoint with a winning display on his Irish debut which saw his odd for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle tumble further.

Nottingham Forest's 1898 FA Cup triumph is commemorated in comic strip form as the Bovril Brigade returns after 50 years away 

Nottingham Forest's FA Cup triumph in 1898 commemorated in comic strip form as the Bovril

Nottingham Forest's FA Cup final triumph in 1898 over rivals Derby County has been celebrated in Roy Race style comic form by Bovril as the famous drink reaches its 130th anniversary. Eagle Comic strip  'The Bovril Brigade' returns after 50 years, depicting great moments from British history including Captain Webb's first swim across the channel in 1875 and the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's tale of being marooned in the Antarctic's Elephant Island in 1916.

MARTIN SAMUEL: FA sucks fun out of Sunday mornings with media blackout on kids' football scores. They've all seen Sesame Street. They can count!

If the FA gets its way, the details of Under 8s football matches will be subject to reporting restrictions. No scores, no scorers, no local paper namechecks anymore.

MARTIN KEOWN: United play with no rhythm and no beat... Van Gaal's cautious approach is far too slow

TOPSHOT - (L-R) Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard (35), Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (27) react after the UEFA Champions League Group B second-leg football match VfL Wolfsburg vs Manchester United in Wolfsburg, central Germany, on December 8, 2015. Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 3-2 defeat at Wolfsburg, who made club history by reaching the knock-out stages. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP / JOHN MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images

INSIGHT: There is no excitement in their play. They hold on to possession but everything is pedestrian. To get an advantage you have to move the ball quickly.

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: This is football in the Tinder age. Swansea have joined the rest to cost a loyal club man his job

The question that bugs the surviving staff at Swansea is whether the real problem has been left behind at the Welsh club struggling for momentum.