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Andre Villas-Boas refuses to play Scrooge as Tottenham's festive spirit grows

Manager approves 'two or three' Christmas parties for players after climb into the top four

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In Manchester City’s group, as expected Ajax went down to defeat at Real Madrid but the English champions could not take advantage and clinch a place in the Europa League.

Jose Mourinho celebrates Real Madrid's winner

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Proposed transfer of Jermain Defoe from Tottenham to QPR is 'absolutely impossible' says Andre Villas-Boas

Redknapp has worked with England striker at three different clubs

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Andre Villas-Boas wants revenge for Tottenham against Chelsea, not himself

Andre Villas-Boas insisted yesterday that his club have more reason to relish tomorrow's game with Chelsea than he does. The Tottenham Hotspur manager, who was dismissed by Chelsea in March, pointed to the rivalry between the clubs last season as being more relevant than his own story.

Manchester United winger Luis Nani

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The future of Manchester United winger Luis Nani continues to come under speculation with the latest rumours suggesting Juventus and AC Milan will battle it out for his services.

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Northern Ireland goalscorer Niall McGinn finds it hard to believe he was able to play a key part in thwarting the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani last night.

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Northern Ireland would already have been fearful ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Portugal, but will be even more nervous knowing Cristiano Ronaldo has something to celebrate in Porto.

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