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What's trending: Guus Hiddink critical of Di Maria-Hazard shirt swap

Here are the latest stories from Thursday.

CHELSEA: Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink said he was aware that Eden Hazard swapped shirts with Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria at half-time of their Champions League round-of-16 second-leg match and said "it should not be done."

- Hiddink has also admitted Diego Costa was not fully fit after the striker was forced off with injury as Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League.

- And the interim boss admits Chelsea face a period of uncertainty and transition in the absence of Champions League football.

PSG: Laurent Blanc claimed that Angel Di Maria gave Chelsea problems they could not solve in the 2-1 win.

- David Luiz insisted that PSG had stayed true to their "philosophy" in order to knock Chelsea out of the Champions League at the round of 16 stage for the second successive season.

MAN UNITEDFormer AC Milan and Italy international Gennaro Gattuso has said he would "walk" to Manchester if he was ever presented with the opportunity to manage United.

- The referee of Thursday night's Europa League round-of-16 first leg between Liverpool and Manchester United has brandished nine red cards and 138 bookings in 25 matches season.

- Chris Smalling is determined to stop Manchester United missing out on the Champions League for just the second time in 21 years.

LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp admits he is desperate to prevent Louis van Gaal getting one over him when Liverpool host Manchester United on Thursday. Klopp also hailed the tie as "the mother of all football games."

- Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher ranks Mario Balotelli as the club's worst signing during his time at Anfield.

- Adam Lallana says everyone at Liverpool feels the "special" atmosphere surrounding Thursday's European showdown

- TRANSFER TALK: Mario Gotze will be at the centre of a stunning transfer showdown between Manchester United and Liverpool this summer.

TOTTENHAM: Mauricio Pochettino believes several Borussia Dortmund players would be at home at Barcelona or Real Madrid, and says the experience of playing the Bundesliga giants is more important than the result of Thursday's match.

- Kevin Wimmer insists he has not felt the pressure of deputising for Jan Vertonghen, and says he has learnt from Tottenham's Belgian centre-back duo.

Pochettino says Harry Kane has "all the makings" to be one of the all-time great Premier League and international strikers.

ARSENAL: Nigerian midfielder Kelechi Nwakali has signed a deal to join Arsenal on a five-year contract this summer, sources have told ESPN FC.

Arsenal are still waiting to find out how long Aaron Ramsey will be sidelined for with a thigh injury, but Arsene Wenger says centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista are both fit to play.

- Arsenal players held a secret meeting before the FA Cup replay victory at Hull in an attempt to turn their recent poor form around, Theo Walcott has said.

NEWCASTLE: Newcastle United are ready to offer former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez the chance to replace Steve McClaren at St James' Park, a source close to the club has told ESPN FC.

- Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren remains in charge of the relegation-threatened Premier League club following talks with managing director Lee Charnley on Wednesday.

JUVENTUS:  Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini says: "Cristiano Ronaldo is a player you mark by trying to prevent him from coming inside on his right foot. As for [Lionel] Messi, you just make the sign of the cross and pray."

BARCELONA: A Sao Paolo court gave Brazilian club Santos seven days to present evidence of the offers they received in 2013 for Neymar that resulted in his eventual transfer to Barcelona.

BAYERN MUNICH: Thomas Muller does not believe that Barcelona are a better side than Bayern Munich. "I wouldn't really know where they are better [than us]," he told Sport1. "Sure, you can see week after week how good they are. But they could also see us play and say that we are strong too. We will definitely be geared up should we play them [in the Champions League]."

MLS: Philadelphia Union midfielder Maurice Edu will be out for 3-4 months after a suffering a stress fracture in his left leg, the team announced on Wednesday.

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