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2009 Champions League fixture has been implicated

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In La Liga, Jose Mourinho came under further pressure on Saturday night, as Real Madrid drew 0-0 away to bottom side Osasuna. Iker Casillas returned for Real, but they were missing the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos. Kaka was then send off 19 minutes after coming on as a substitute. The result meant Real are 18 points behind Barcelona after the Catalan side beat Malaga 3-1 on Sunday evening.

Matija Nastasic relishing first taste of England's busy Christmas schedule

Manchester City youngster Matija Nastasic is relishing his first taste of England's traditionally busy Christmas fixture schedule.

Esteban Granero

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<b>Joleon Lescott, Manchester City</b><br/>
Although twice as experienced as the other options on this list (excluding Ferdinand), there is concern that Lescott will fall down the pecking order at Manchester City, particularly after summer signing Matija Nastasic started ahead of him in the Champions League tie against Real Madrid. His club manager, Roberto Mancini, is concerned at Lescott's lack of mobility, while a few costly mistakes this season have not aided his cause.

Joleon Lescott remaining patient after losing starting berth at Manchester City

Nastasic currently preferred at centre-back

Vincent Kompany: The Manchester City captain defended his team's start to the season

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany ready for trip to Wigan

Doubts over central defender alleviated

Matija Nastasic holds off Cristiano Ronaldo during Manchester City’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid on Wednesday

The Last Word: Nastasic breaks cover to expose Mancini’s plan

Few have given the City manager credit for a remarkable show of faith

Inter’s Walter Samuel scores to give his side the advantage
<b>Likeliest arrival</b><br/>
It is likely that Swansea City winger <b>Scott Sinclair</b> will make the move to City before the transfer window shuts on Friday evening. Sinclair was left out of Swansea's squad for their 3-0 win against West Ham on Saturday and has announced that he will not be signing a new contract, so a move to the champions for a fee in the region of £6m looks imminent.

Manchester City complete deal for goalkeeper Richard Wright

Manchester City have announced the signing of former England, Arsenal and Everton goalkeeper Richard Wright.

<b>Nigel De Jong: </b> Sat deep in the Dutch midfield but did not apply the kind of pressure to Schweinsteiger and Khedira to stop them moving the ball around effectively. 6

Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong completes transfer to AC Milan

AC Milan have confirmed the signing of Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong on a three-year deal.

<b>In the mix</b><br/>
Dimitar Berbatov appeared on the verge of a move to Italy, with either Fiorentina or Juventus. But a last minute intervention from Martin Jol may have swerved the Bulgarian's decision. The Manchester United man, who cost £30.75m four years ago, is apparently keen to stay in England due to family reasons. The 31-year-old will cost in the region of £5m.

Berbatov close to Fulham move as Rooney stays put

Fulham were last night near to achieving what Juventus, the Italian champions, failed to do: convince Dimitar Berbatov to join them.

Dimitar Berbatov

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov undergoes medical at Fulham

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is undergoing a medical at Fulham, manager Martin Jol revealed today.

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