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JACK GAUGHAN: Manchester City’s imposing revamp of the Etihad Stadium will be complete for next season, with Pep Guardiola’s side afforded a new state-of-the-art circular dressing room. The huge project, taking place under the Colin Bell Stand, incorporates a glass players’ tunnel designed for some supporters to see some of the world’s best lining up before matches. City have released striking images of the development, which will see those paying for the privilege able to dine in new executive lounges with a full view of both teams emerging from the dressing rooms.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or 2016 as Real Madrid star scoops fourth award

Cristiano Ronaldo capped a brilliant year by being crowned winner of the Ballon d'Or for a fourth time in Paris on Monday night. The Portuguese superstar beat out the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez and perennial rival Lionel Messi to take home France Football magazine's coveted award. Ronaldo, who moves within one of Messi's record of five Ballon d'Or, was the overwhelming favourite after a stellar 12 months in which he won Euro 2016, the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup.

Sports journalists from across the world voted to award Ronaldo his fourth Ballon d'Or in recognition of his remarkable achievements for Real Madrid and Portugal this year.

The greatest year in the history of Leicester City has been rounded off nicely after winger Riyad Mahrez and striker Jamie Vardy finished seventh and eighth in the Ballon d'Or.

People will say that Arsenal can’t catch a break in the Champions League but Bayern Munich are not the same force they have been in previous years.

Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton waded into the debate over Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius on Monday night and suggested the goalkeeper should be praised for being open and honest.

FOOTBALL EDITOR: Sometimes it is easier to criticise a footballer than stand up for one. Especially when he is making mistakes. Liverpool's Loris Karius is certainly making mistakes.

Diego Costa has gone from the striker Antonio Conte didn't rate to Chelsea's most

MATT BARLOW: When Antonio Conte secured the Chelsea job and glanced at the players he would inherit he was far from convinced about Diego Costa. Conte told Roman Abramovich he wanted to compete with his old club Juventus to sign Gonzalo Higuain, who eventually cost £75million from Napoli, or to prise Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain, until it became clear that was impossible. He liked the idea of a centre forward with more technical polish and, from afar, Costa seemed to be a troubled soul, dangerously combustible and pining for a return to Atletico Madrid.

Pep Guardiola is wrong... tackles win titles: defending greats hit back after rant by

DOMINIC KING: Whatever Pep Guardiola might achieve during his first season in England, he is seemingly guaranteed one award: the best quote. He will not be changing for the crash, bang and wallop of the Premier League. 'I'm not a coach for the tackles,' he said. 'So I don't train for tackles. What I want is to try to play well and score goals. What's tackles?'

It concerns me if Pep Guardiola does not respect tackling. It is one of the joys of the game and if he wants to win the league, tackling is something he must embrace.

CHARLES SALE - SPORTS AGENDA: The attempt by five former heads of English football to bring about FA governance reform has angered the FA, Premier League and Government.

Only Alastair Cook will know if he's still got the hunger and appetite to carry on as England captain, and the energy to drive the team forward.

Arsenal face Bayern Munich in Champions League

Arsenal have been handed a daunting Champions League last-16 tie with German giants and familiar foes Bayern Munich despite topping their group.

Ibrahimovic poses with the 'Statue of Zlatan' as 2.7m monument begins to take shape

Zlatan Ibrahimovic paid a visit to see the progress of the statue being erected in his honour in Stockholm. Ibrahimovic posted a photo to Instagram of himself with the figure, and gave his approval it in his usual manner.

Manchester United's Europa League adventure will continue with a round of 32 tie with St Etienne, a match up that Paul Pogba will relish as it sees him taking on his brother Florentin.

Jurgen Klopp stepped up his defence of Loris Karius by launching a withering attack on the Neville brothers. The Liverpool keeper has been under fire following a shaky start to his Anfield career.

Marouane Fellaini is thought to have been consoled in the dressing room after thousands of supporters were heard jeering his introduction as a late substitute during the 1-0 win over Tottenham.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been congratulated by his former clubs, Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United, after winning his fourth Ballon d'Or at an awards ceremony in Paris on Monday night.

Villarreal 3-0 Atletico Madrid: Woe for Diego Simeone's men as they fall to sixth in La

VILLARREAL 3-0 ATLETICO MADRID: Atletico Madrid's stuttering domestic form continued as they were easily beaten by Villareal after two first half individual errors. Manu Trigueros put the impressive hosts in front with a low finish after experienced midfielder Tiago gave the ball away, before Jonathan Dos Santos made it 2-0 by pouncing on a spill by keeper Jan Oblak.  Both Tiago and Oblak were substituted off straight after their mistakes - Tiago for tactical reasons, but Oblak looked to have hurt his shoulder in the build up to the second, and the club confirmed via their website that he was taken to hospital.

Roma 1-0 Milan: Radja Nainggolan strikes after Wojciech Szczesny saves penalty to keep up

ROMA 1-0 AC MILAN: Roma narrowed the gap on Serie A leaders Juventus to four points ahead of their trip to Turin on Saturday. Wojciech Szczesny handed the visitors a great chance to open the scoring by bringing down Gianluca Lapadula in the penalty box. The goalkeeper, on loan from Arsenal, made up for the rash decision by diving to his left to save the effort from M'Baye Niang. Radja Nainggolan broke the deadlock with a fierce strike in the 62nd minute.

Former AC Milan star Kevin-Prince Boateng has opened up on a dark time in his career, when he squandered money on cars, nightclubs and people pretending to be his friends. 

Leicester have taken a step closer to finalising the £15million transfer of Nigeria international Wilfred Ndidi from Genk after he underwent a medical on Monday.

Coventry City are to hold discussions with Hasselbaink over their manager's job. Caretaker Mark Venus, who replaced Tony Mowbray, is poised to move into a football director role.

Walter Swinburn dead aged 55: Three-time Derby-winning jockey sadly passes away

MARCUS TOWNEND: Walter Swinburn, three-time Derby winner and one of the most talented jockeys of his generation has died. Swinburn, 55, who has been suffering from epilepsy, passed away peacefully at his London home. The former jockey, who also had a brief career as a trainer, will be forever linked with the great Shergar, the 1981 Derny winner.

The UK boasts more boxing world champions than any other country

Yafai joins the likes of fellow 2008 Beijing Olympics fighters James DeGale and Billy Joe Saunders on the list, as the UK overtook USA and their 12 title holders at the top of the table. In winning his first ever world title and becoming the first person from Birmingham to claim such a prize, he also became the first Brit to secure a super-flyweight belt, the only one of 17 weight categories that Britain had previously never boasted a belt holder.

JEFF POWELL: In the five years since Chunky was adjudged a loser to the Saint the clamour for a rematch has ebbed and flowed. Now the door has reopened, with a stadium fight more than likely.

Vettel  remains firmly in Mercedes’ thoughts as their next driver but one. Mercedes are intent on bringing in Williams’s Finnish racer Bottas as an immediate replacement for retiring Nico Rosberg.

Max Verstappen earned widespread acclaim for his exciting driving style this F1 season. The 19-year-old was heralded for an aggressive approach and one statistic appears to back up his supporters.

Man United news: Henrikh Mkhitaryan leaves Lowry in flash Lamborghini Aventador

Manchester United ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan left the Lowry Hotel in a flash Lamborghini Aventador this morning, fresh off the back of his heroics against Tottenham at Old Trafford.  The Armenian ace has finally found his stride at Old Trafford and struck the only goal as Jose Mourinho's side registered a vital three points.  And Mkhitaryan is driving a car befitting of his recent dazzling performances, leaving Manchester's Lowry Hotel in a £250,000 white Lamborghini Aventador.

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho hopes to make New Year's Eve clash against Manchester

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is targeting a return to action against Manchester City on New Year's Eve. Coutinho has been sidelined with an ankle injury that he picked up in the 2-0 win over Sunderland last month. He wasn't expected to return to first-team action until next year but his recovery has accelerated and he has penciled in City's trip to Anfield on December 31.

Diego Costa is reborn this season and Chelsea team-mate Gary Cahill believes he is reaping the rewards of his newly discovered patience and ability to control his emotions.

CRAIG HOPE: David Moyes has banned a boozy boys night out for his Sunderland players this Christmas - and instead wants them to involve their wives and girlfriends.

Crewe Alexandra director Dario Gradi responded to his FA suspension, claiming he has done nothing wrong and thanking those who have supported him.

Cristiano Ronaldo markets branded blankets with snoozing pics on Instagram

Real Madrid are heavy favourites to win the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup, with only the jet lag likely to stand in their way of winning the tournament in Japan. But while Real's biggest star Cristiano Ronaldo may have been sleeping off the hours of time difference between the Far East and Spain in real life, he also took time to post an ad for branded CR7 blankets, while he took a snooze - topless, of course.  Ronaldo, expected to win his fourth Ballon D'Or while away at the traditional year end competition having won Euro 2016 and the Champions League this year, also met hoards of his Japanese fans, all armed with shirts and balls for him to sign, and relaxed in the hotel pool, according to his social media.

Sergio Ramos shows off symbolic numbers inked on his hand as Real Madrid star prepares for

30-year-old Spanish international Sergio Ramos, known for his body art, took to Instagram on Sunday evening to post a photo of his new ink work. In the photo, the Spanish international showed off the numbers 35, 90+, 32 and 19, with the caption: 'The numbers of my life in the purest colour. Guess what they mean?'

Mark Hughes has criticised the calls to get Charlie Adam banned for a alleged stamp on Alexis Sanchez, claiming Arsenal’s large social media presence created a ‘witch-hunt’. 

Phil Jones is enjoying a longest run of games for two years but knows critics are lurking. The central defender had not played since the start of January before returning from injury last month.

Ahead of a busy week in the Barclays Premier League, with all 20 teams in action, Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news, odds and stats on every top flight fixture as it breaks.

Conor McGregor and pals 'stuffed' in a Rolls Royce as UFC star takes motor for a spin

In recent days the Irish UFC star has been sharing insights into his high-rolling lifestyle. McGregor chartered a private jet to eat chicken in Texas, been snapped posing in club VIP areas and shown off his stacks of cash. Now McGregor has unveiled his newest millionaire's play-thing: a Rolls Royce.

England crash to a humiliating defeat as Ravichandran Ashwin takes the final four wickets

PAUL NEWMAN IN MUMBAI: England's embarrassment was complete when they were hurried to 195 all out by India's brilliant spinners who have shown up England's to be far inferior in conditions that should suit them down to the ground. And it is a defeat that, with England 3-0 down with one to play, leaves question marks over the captaincy of Alastair Cook, who will now face questions over whether this is the right time for him to end his four-year reign.

LAWRENCE BOOTH IN MUMBAI: Alastair Cook admitted he has started to ‘have questions’ about his future as England’s Test captain — and backed Joe Root to succeed him if he steps down.

England slipped to defeat in India as they were beaten by an innings-and-36-runs on the final day of the fourth Test in Mumbai. Sportsmail's NASSER HUSSAIN gives his ratings.

Cricket Australia published the fixture list for the tour on Monday and confirmed that the second Test at the Adelaide Oval which starts on December 2 will be played partly under lights.

I'm not dead and for those of you who wish I was, better luck next time! James Haskell

England flanker James Haskell has reassured fans he is alive after rumours surfaced on the internet that he had died of a steroid overdose. Other claims to have emerged stated that Haskell had been selling drugs and had quit the sport, but the Wasps back row posted a video on YouTube in which he described the fake stories as 'click-bait'.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists 'I want Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay at the club'

Sportsmail reported that Arsenal are yet to open talks over a new contract with the 23-year-old England international, who has 18 months to run on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal are locked in negotiations to extend the deals for Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil who have similar terms remaining on their existing deals, but Arsene Wenger is adamant Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is integral to his plans as well.

His abundant energy is one of the key reasons why Liverpool are challenging for the title this season - but even by Adam Lallana's standards, this weekend was impressive.

There are now fresh calls for Jurgen Klopp to reinstate Simon Mignolet after Loris Karius faced further criticism for his display against West Ham. Sportsmail compares the two goalkeepers

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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri excited to face Sevilla in Champions League final as the

Claudio Ranieri has welcomed Leicester's Champions League draw against Sevilla as their debut campaign continues to the knockout stage. Having stunningly won the Premier League last season and then topped Group G ahead of Porto, FC Copenhagen and Club Brugge, Ranieri acknowledged his side represented a favourable draw for any of the group runners-up. But having avoided the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to land the team who have won the Europa League for three straight years, he too was happy with the outcome in Nyon on Monday.

Arsenal face Bayern Munich AGAIN and Twitter has a field day... the best UCL draw memes

Arsenal will be making an all too familiar trip to Germany for the next round of the Champions League, after being drawn against Bavarian giants Bayern Munich yet again. Arsene Wenger's men look to have pulled the short straw in this season's final 16 and will face the side who so ruthlessly put them to the sword to the tune of 5-1 last season at the Allianz Arena. Despite winning their group in comfortable fashion Arsenal will not be rewarded for the endeavours and have been pencilled in to face Carlo Ancelotti's men in mid-February.

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez wins BBC African Player of the Year

Riyad Mahrez has been named BBC African Player of the Year after an incredible 12 months which included winning the Premier League. Leicester City and Algeria winger Mahrez was announced as the winner on Monday evening, beating competition which included fellow Premier League players including Sadio Mane, Yaya Toure and Andre Ayew. Mahrez played a pivotal role in helping Leicester stun football by winning the Premier League last season. 

Devis was reprimanded by a refereeing committee for his conduct in the tunnel by the home changing rooms where, a report said, he had been talking to Barcelona players before the game.

Mark Warburton’s men have already avenged away losses to Aberdeen and Hearts by beating both teams in Govan. Now Kenny Miller is determined to complete a hat-trick by defeating their city rivals

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has allowed Sergio Aguero extended time off, with the Argentine forward expected to return later this week.

Chelsea are almost certain to avoid a points deduction for their role in the angry melee with Manchester City. The Blues' win over Pep Guardiola's side was overshadowed by a mass confrontation.

Arsene Wenger wants his Arsenal team to rise to the challenge of coping with the shock of losing Shkodran Mustafi until the New Year. The German will be sidelined for three weeks.

West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino is ready to take the next step towards a first-team comeback. He will feature in their Under 23s' game with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.

Chelsea star Costa celebrates his match-winning heroics with a dressing room beer

Chelsea striker Diego Costa was the man of the moment yet again for the Blues and, after propelling his side to an all important victory over West Brom, celebrated with a dressing room beer. The Brazilian star is back to his best for Antonio Conte's side and grabbed the game's only goal as the Blues swept aside West Brom and increased their lead at the Premier League summit. And following the full-time whistle the lethal forward decided to enjoy his heroics with a Singha beer in the dressing room, as the team wound down and music played.

Have Manchester United handed Antonio Valencia a trophy worth £14.99?

Antonio Valencia is fast staking his claim as one of the Premier League's foremost full-backs after claiming Manchester United's Player of the Month award for November. The Ecuadorian saw off Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Michael Carrick to collect the award after scooping 39 percent of the votes. Carrick came second with 32 percent while Ibrahimovic was close behind on 29 percent. However, it appears as though Manchester United have been cutting costs in the trophy department with Valencia's prize bearing a striking resemblance to one that can be purchased online for just £12.99.

Barcelona fly out to Doha for glamour friendly just days before derby against Espanyol

As Real Madrid prepare for the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final in Japan, Barcelona have flown to Doha for a friendly against Al-Ahli Saudi on the day they also announced the extension of a commercial tie.

Alan Shearer believes there is a very good reason why Chelsea and Arsenal are currently occupying first and second place and why Liverpool and Manchester City are struggling to keep up.

The former Scotland international defender impressed at a second Hampden interview last week and the governing body now hope to bring the process to a conclusion later this week.

DOMINIC KING: Everton manager Ronald Koeman's frustration at his team's dismal form boiled over as he questioned his squad’s physical and mental strength.

Harry Kane believes Tottenham need to find a different way to 'unlock the door' if they are to challenge for the Premier League crown. The north Londoners sit 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Manchester United remain in talks with Aston Villa over the potential loan of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, while Norwich City, Bristol City and Wigan Athletic are also interested

Jose Mourinho is set to speak to the media ahead of Manchester United's visit to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Wednesday night. Follow our live updates here.

Chelsea face huge damages bill: Fears for a generation of kids as six come forward to say

The number of alleged abuse victims of former Chelsea scout Eddie Heath has doubled in a week from three to six, with fears growing that many players from a generation in the Seventies were affected. It seems increasingly likely that Chelsea could face a multi-million-pound claim for damages from a group action of victims. The Mail on Sunday can reveal that one youngster, viewed in his teens as a great future hope of Stamford Bridge, had his career derailed by Heath's abuse.

JOHN McGARRY: The Scottish Government has urged the SFA to launch an independent inquiry into historical child abuse in the game as the stream of allegations continued unabated.

MARTHA KELNER: Dario Gradi has been associated with Crewe Alexandra, the club at the centre of the sex abuse scandal engulfing football for 33 years and there had been calls to suspend him.

SPORTS AGENDA: A massive conflict of interest that would have caused huge embarrassment was the real reason the FA suddenly changed the QC leading their investigation.

India vs England cricket Test match sees Madeleine McCann and Adam Johnson jokes on screen

England cricket fans have sparked controversy by hijacking a stadium scoreboard in India to post tasteless messages about Adam Johnson, Madeleine McCann and Josef Fritzl. Those watching the fourth Test match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai were invited to send messages of support for their team that were then displayed on the giant screen. But soon sick jokes began to appear that were visible to thousands of spectators inside the stadium.

Anthony Joshua reveals secret to his success

Anthony Joshua has taken to the swimming pool to relax after defending his world heavyweight title in emphatic fashion on Saturday night — and he has revealed his secret to longevity. Eric Molina was the unfortunate man in the world champion's path at the weekend, with Joshua forcing a stoppage in the third round at the Manchester Arena. And the 27-year-old boxer has revealed to his fans how he keeps in shape after securing the 18th victory of his professional career.

LAWRENCE BOOTH IN MUMBAI: Ashwin's match figures of 12 for 167 were the second best by an Indian bowler against England, behind only Vinoo Mankad's 12 for 108 at Madras in 1951-52.

De Villiers replaced Hashim Amla midway through the England series in January this year but has led the Proteas in only two Tests after undergoing surgery on an elbow injury.

Anthony Joshua teamed back up with former amateur mentor Rob McCracken on a full-time basis ahead of Saturday's successful defence of his IBF heavyweight title against Eric Molina.

England coach Eddie Jones has warned Maro Itoje about the dangers of thinking he’s made it and told the lock sensation to prepare for his toughest year yet in 2017.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff have jointly declared their partnership will be stronger than ever next year despite the controversy surrounding the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

A war of words has broken out between the Fijian Rugby Union and the coach who steered the Islanders to a first Olympic gold in the nation's history.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his best tips ahead of Tuesday's meetings at Catterick, Wincanton and Southwell.

It was D-Day for bookmakers as comeback victories for formidable duo Djakkadam and Douvan formed part of a sparkling 58-1 six-timer for trainer Willie Mullins.

Manchester United were forced to play at Home Park the last time they played St Etienne

Crowd trouble at the first leg of the European Cup Winners' Cup tie in France on 14 September 1977 meant United were banned from hosting the return at Old Trafford and forced to find a temporary home from home. UEFA ruled that United supporters were to blame for the violence that marred the 1-1 draw at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, where riot police had to intervene. As a result United, who were managed by Dave Sexton at the time, were originally kicked out of the competition, only to be given a reprieve two days later and ordered to play their home leg at least 200 miles away from their home.

CRAIG HOPE: Arsenal will never have a better chance of beating Bayern Munich and making it beyond the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in seven years.

RALPH ELLIS: Another stellar weekend of action saw Chelsea edge out West Brom en route to yet another win whilst Liverpool lost ground in the title race. 

27-year-old midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan created a little bit of history for Armenia on Sunday after netting the only goal in Manchester United's 1-0 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford.