Hugo Lloris in action for Tottenham against Manchester United last season: the Frenchman was kept on the bench last weekend when his side lost 1-0 at Old Trafford. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

Mauricio Pochettino has appointed Hugo Lloris as his captain at Tottenham Hotspur and the manager is happy rather than worried about the interest Man(...)

Real Madrid celebrate during the La Liga match between Elche FC and Real Madrid - manager Carlo Ancelotti forsees the league title being decided on the final match day. Photograph: Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Real Madrid may have extended their lead over second-placed Barcelona at the top of La Liga to four points on Sunday but coach Carlo Ancelotti still (...)

In-form Neymar is challenged by Villarreal’s Sergio Asenjo. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi struck the winner for Barcelona as they twice came from behind to beat Villarreal 3-2 at home and move a point behind leaders Real Madrid(...)

Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to the Liverpool team for the first time since August for their Premier League meeting with West Ham at Anfield. Photograph:   Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Hull (18) v Newcastle (11), 12.45pm - Live BT Sports 1 Hull should welcome back strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez. The duo (...)

 Arsenal unveil new signing Gabriel at London Colney. Photograph Stuart MacFarlane/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s protracted move for Gabriel Paulista has been completed, with the Brazilian defender arriving in a deal which will see Joel Campbell complet(...)

Adnan Januzaj: his agent said the Parisian side “have shown themselves to be interested this winter,” Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

Manchester United have rejected an approach for Adnan Januzaj from Paris Saint-Germain according to the teenager’s agent.The French champions tried to(...)

Villarreal’s Gabriel Paulista tries to block Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale. The 24-year-old Brazilian centre back will sign for Arsenal in the next 24 hours. Photograph:  Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images

Arsenal are putting the finishing touches to the signing of Villarreal’s Gabriel Paulista after the Brazilian defender was granted a work permit.Gabri(...)

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(...)

David Moyes was sent to the stands and shared crisps with fans during Real Sociedad’s 2-2 home draw with Villarreal which saw them crash out of the Copa Del Rey. (Photograph: EPA/Gorka Estrada)

David Moyes enjoyed a crisp as Real Sociedad crashed out of the Copa del Rey following a 2-2 home draw against Villarreal. Moyes, unhappy that a numbe(...)

The match fixtures are shown on a panel following the draw of the round of 16 soccer matches of the UEFA Champions League 2014/15 in Nyon, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The final is scheduled for June 6 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott)

This year’s draw for the knockout stage has thrown up some tantalising games, including Manchester City’s clash with Barcelona and a tough encounter (...)