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Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has ruled out the Spanish football club signing Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Aubameyang's contract with German club Borussia Dortmund will expire in 2020, according to German newspaper Sport Bild on Wednesday.

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English giants Manchester United, Man City are Arsenal are reportedly involved in a three horse race for Barnsley’s young right back James Bree, according to reports in The Daily Mirror.

The 19 year old, who made his professional debut for his club in 2014, has piqued the interest of a number of clubs so far this season. And while the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Southampton and Aston Villa are also understood to be tracking him, United, City and Arsenal are known to be the best placed to land him.

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Premier League heavyweights Manchester United and Man City are set to take their battle off the football ground and into the transfer market once again, with reports in The Sun revealing that the clubs are now hoping to bring Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker and Danny Rose to their respective dens this winter.

The Citizens’ boss Pep Guardiola has been known to be a fan of the aforementioned versatile duo for quite a while now, and their recent form is believed to have made the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss even more determined to add them to his list of signings at the Etihad. And with Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy all out of contract in the summer, City's Interest in the duo is obvious.

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Manchester City showed their fellow Premier League bigwigs how to treat the FA Cup this weekend, thrashing West Ham United 5-0 at London's Olympic Stadium to advance to the fourth round of the competition in the only clash on Friday night.

After a fairly settled opening half hour which saw limited opportunities for both sides, Manchester City took the lead in controversial circumstances as Pablo Zabaleta made sure he went over the trailing leg of Hammers defender Angelo Ogbonna and won his side a cheap penalty.

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A stirring comeback from Arsenal saw the Gunners wipe out a 3-0 deficit in the last 20 minutes after playing some awful football for the better part of the match, to pick up a point from their trip away to Bournemouth.

Goals from Charlie Daniels and Ryan Fraser either side of a Callum Wilson penalty had given Bournemouth a 3-0 lead before the hour mark, but Arsenal fought back with goals of their own from Alexis Sanchez and Lucas Perez before Bournemouth were reduced to 10-men with Captain Simon Francis sent off for a foul on Aaron Ramsey.

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English football giants Manchester United began 2017 with an encouraging 2-0 win over West Ham in a Premier League match. United beat West Ham in a match where the quality of the officiating played a major, if not decisive, role. West Ham were reduced to 10 men at the 15-minute mark on Monday as referee Mike Dean showed the red card to Sofiane Feghouli for an arguable offence.

Even so, the hosts held off the star-studded United team until the second half. Substitute Juan Mata put the visitors up 1-0 with a goal at the hour mark and Zlatan Ibrahimovic got the second in the 78th minute from apparently an offside position.

With their sixth win in a row, sixth-placed United have 39 points, the same as Tottenham Hotspur, who are ahead on goal differential ahead of Wednesday's London derby with Chelsea. (read more)

United's crosstown rival Manchester City also won, 2-1 against Burnley while second-place Liverpool gave up valuable points with a draw. City, coming off a tough 0-1 loss to Liverpool, played two-thirds of Monday's game against Burnley with only 10 men after Fernandinho was sent off in the 32nd minute for a rough tackle on Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Burnley held off the City attack until the 58th minute, when Gael Clichy found the back of net. Sergio Agüero made it 2-0 for the Manchester side just four minutes later. Ben Mee clawed one back for Burnley. The win brings City to 42 points, two behind Liverpool and two ahead of Arsenal, who face Bournemouth on Tuesday. (read more)

Liverpool led twice in Monday's contest at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, but Jermain Defoe converted two penalties to earn a point for the hosts, currently in 18th place. Liverpool, with 44 points from 20 matches, trail league leaders Chelsea by five points. (read more)

Everton dominated Southampton 3-0 and West Bromwich Albion topped Hull City 3-1, while Leicester City held Middlesbrough 0-0 at the Riverside Stadium in Monday's other fixtures.

Also Read Detailed Match Reports:

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

Manchester City 2-1 Burnley

West Ham United 0-2 Manchester United

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Manchester City-bound striker Gabriel Jesus described his time at Brazilian football club Palmeiras as a "film with a happy ending" as he departed the country for his new home.

"It's hard to say goodbye to something that was so good to me," the 19-year-old wrote in a letter to fans on Instagram on Monday. "It had its difficulties and there were times when I wanted to give up but I believed in my dream and it came true. I confess that it's difficult to contain my emotion as I write this letter. A film is going through my head. A film with a happy ending."

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