Louis van Gaal: a developmental technocrat whose proudest boast has always been that he knows how to get the best out of young players. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

After Louis van Gaal’s appointment as the successor to David Moyes at Manchester United was greeted with an almost unanimous chorus of approval, it wa(...)

Oleksandr Kucher of Shakhtar Donetsk challenges Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Munich during the Champions League round of 16 first leg match at the Donbass Arena. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Shakhtar Donetsk 0 Bayern Munich 0Xabi Alonso saw his 100th Champions League appearance ended prematurely, although his red card did not cost Bayern M(...)

VfL Wolfsburg’s new signing Andre Schürrle said on Wednesday he had no regrets about being forced to leave Chelsea having joined the Bundesliga club a(...)

 Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon has joined Everton on loan for the rest of the season, both clubs announced late last night. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday’s sport briefing where we have a concise summary of the morning papers’ breaking news encompassing the developi(...)

Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola has not committed to the club past 2016. Photograph: Ahmed Yosri/AP

German champions Bayern Munich have repeatedly signalled their desire for a contract extension with coach Pep Guardiola but the Spaniard seems in no r(...)

 Martin Odegaard answers  questions during today’s press conference at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training grounds. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard has described his move from Stromsgodset to Real Madrid as a “dream come true”.The 16-year-old attacking midfielder(...)

All-German Champions League final 2013, Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern Muenchen. Photograph: Martin Rose/Getty Images

The Bundesliga posted record turnover of €2.45 billion euros for 2013/14, up by more than 12 per cent, marking uninterrupted growth for the 10th strai(...)

Gabriel Paulista is edging closer to a move to Arsenal. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains hopeful of securing a deal to bring in Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista, which is likely to go through an(...)

Real Madrid are set to win the race to sign 16-year-old Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard. (Photo by Trond Tandberg/Getty Images)

The battle to sign up Norway’s 16-year-old footballing prodigy, Martin Odegaard, appears to have been won by Real Madrid. Odegaard, who made his inter(...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal watches his team in action at the Britannia Stadium. United are just three points better off than they were after 20 league games last season. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

When Manchester United began 2014, they had, for the first time under their manager of six months, David Moyes, just won four consecutive Premier Leag(...)