TRANSFER RUMOURS: Will Bellingham choose Real Madrid or Liverpool?

Real Madrid will offer Jude Bellingham the chance to come and be the new Luka Modric next summer, but fear the England international is leaning towards Liverpool over a switch to La Liga, according to reports in Spain.

Madrid abandoned their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe last summer but they have turned their attention to the 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder, and his stellar performances in the Champions League this season have heightened the club’s interest.

Madrid have a good relationship with Dortmund and believe the club will sell to them if they match any Premier League bid, but convincing the player could be more difficult with Cadena Ser reporting that he prefers Liverpool.

Howe: Emery a brilliant appointment


Newcastle entertain Aston Villa today with the visitors’ new boss Unai Emery due to take up his duties officially next week.

Emery, of course, might have been sitting in the home dugout at St James’ Park had he taken up the club’s offer of employment before they turned to Eddie Howe, but the 44-year-old will not be distracted by that as he attempts to guide his team to a fifth league win in six attempts.

Howe said: “Unai is a fantastic manager with an unbelievable record in various countries in Europe especially, so I think it’s a brilliant appointment by Aston Villa.

“But for me, I’m very, very proud to be leading this team and looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

Rodgers wants Tielemans stay

Boss Brendan Rodgers wants to keep Youri Tielemans at Leicester long-term but accepts the club must come first.

The midfielder is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a free transfer to Arsenal.

“It’s not something we are thinking of and not anything the club have said we need to do. We don’t want to be offloading our best players, that’s for sure,” Rodgers said.

“So there has been no hint or indication we need to generate money and move him on. But, of course, there’s a business side to the club that they will look at.

“We had a number of long chats in the summer. There is clearly no doubt even a young guy who is focused like Youri and very professional, it can have an impact.