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What's trending: Liverpool sign Matip, Barcelona's penalty pass

Here are the top stories from Monday:

LIVERPOOL: Schalke defender Joel Matip will join Liverpool on a free transfer in the summer of 2016, the Bundesliga club have announced.

- Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge should be in England's Euro 2016 squad even if he is only half fit, Robbie Fowler has said.

- Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to a relentless Liverpool performance after their 6-0 demolition of the Premier League's bottom side Aston Villa. He said: "We broke the opponent after the third or fourth goal. After that they cannot come back into the game."

BARCELONA: Barcelona forward Neymar said Lionel Messi's penalty pass to Luis Suarez in Sunday's 6-1 win over Celta Vigo was meant for him instead.

- VIDEO: Was Messi's penalty pass unsporting? The ESPN FC team discuss Messi's penalty pass.

CHELSEA: John Terry has been ruled out of the Champions League tie with PSG on Tuesday through injury.

- Eden Hazard has refused to commit his future to the club, hinting that he does not know what his future has in store. "Everything is possible, it's true," he told Le Parisien. "But I have a contract that runs yet for four and a half years. Even if things are difficult this year, I feel good at Chelsea. I'm in a good squad that can win trophies every season."

VIDEO: The ESPN FC crew preview Chelsea against PSG in the UCL and discuss who the favourites are.

PSG: Paris Saint-Germain have announced that full-back Serge Aurier has been suspended indefinitely and will not feature in their Champions League match against Chelsea on Tuesday. The Ivory Coast international, 23, is set to be disciplined by the French champions after taking part in an extraordinary live Periscope session during which he insulted manager Laurent Blanc and several teammates.

- Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has once again committed his future to the club by signing a one-year contract extension with the French champions.

INTER MILAN: Fiorentina striker Mauro Zarate said he was punched twice by Inter Milan players during the scenes that marred the end of the Viola's 2-1 win on Sunday night, while no one from Inter spoke to the media. After Khouma Babacar scored the winner in stoppage time, Zarate initially refused to give the ball back to Inter. A scuffle ensued, and Zarate was sent off after grabbing Inter's Jeison Murillo by the neck.

MAN UNITEDManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said he had to convince the club to buy midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich in the summer.

- Former Manchester United boss David Moyes has warned Van Gaal he has to qualify for the Champions league if he is to stand any chance of keeping his job.

- Manchester United are to rename Old Trafford's South Stand in honour of club legend Sir Bobby Charlton.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Arsenal and Tottenham closed the gap on Leicester to two points at the top of the table after a dramatic day of Premier League action that also saw Liverpool hit six goals at Villa.

- VIDEO: The ESPN FC panel debate if Leicester City have what it takes to finish the season at the top of the Premier League.

- VIDEO: The ESPN FC crew present their Team of the Weekend for the 26th round of matches in the English Premier League.

ARSENAL: Mathieu Debuchy says he is "annoyed" with Arsene Wenger over what he feels was a broken promise about playing time at Arsenal, and confirmed that the Gunners boss blocked a potential loan move to Manchester United in January.

- Arsene Wenger said it was hard to overstate the importance of Arsenal's comeback after the dramatic 2-1 win over Leicester on Sunday. "A loss would have been massive, yes," Wenger said. "You get all the negative vibes, the belief goes down, it would have been much more difficult."

TOTTENHAM: Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham's 2-1 win at Manchester City was "a lot more" significant to his team than just another three points.

MAN CITY: Manuel Pellegrini questioned the decision to allow Mark Clattenburg to referee a match between his Manchester City side and Tottenham Hotspur for a second time this season after Spurs beat City 2-1 at the Etihad on Sunday.

LEICESTER: - Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri said he and his players were left "very sad'' by the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal and he was unhappy with referee Martin Atkinson.

- Ngolo Kante has revealed he has yet to decide his international future. The midfielder is eligible to play for France or Mali. He has already been approached by Mali. "For the moment, I haven't taken a decision. I'm concentrating on my club. We'll see what happens."

LA LIGA: Luis Suarez scored a hat trick thanks to some cheeky help from Lionel Messi as Barcelona defeated Celta Vigo 6-1 on Sunday. Fernando Torres scored in consecutive matches for the first time in almost two and a half years as Atletico Madrid edged past Getafe 1-0.

- Valencia boss Gary Neville hopes the appointment of Rafa Benitez's former assistant Pako Ayestaran will "fill a void" at the club.

REAL MADRID:  VIDEO: ESPN FC's Ale Moreno discusses Real Madrid's "tricky" win over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga and their upcoming UCL fixture.

- Zinedine Zidane described Cristiano Ronaldo as "bloody brilliant" after his double helped Real Madrid to a 4-2 La Liga win over Athletic Bilbao.

BAYERN MUNICH: Bayern Munich dedicated their 3-1 win over Augsburg on Sunday to the injured Holger Badstuber. Badstuber, who has made just 17 league appearances since the start of 2013 due to a succession of injuries, was ruled out for three months after breaking his ankle in training on Saturday.

SERIE A: Substitute Khouma Babacar scored in stoppage time to give Fiorentina a controversial 2-1 win over Inter in the battle for third place in Serie A. Goals from Carlos Bacca and Keisuke Honda fired AC Milan to a 2-1 win over Genoa.



Come back tomorrow for another roundup of the trending stories across world football.


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