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Lunchtime report: December 5

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Roberto Mancini is confident Manchester City's Champions League failure will not dent his players' morale ahead of Sunday's derby against Manchester United. (Sky Sports)

City rounded off a disappointing group campaign by losing 1-0 away to Borussia Dortmund, which left Mancini's side without a win from their six games.

Arsene Wenger insists he's not disheartened after Arsenal's defeat at Olympiakos last night - a result which left them runners-up in Group B. (Sky Sports)

The Gunners boss has urged his players to put full focus into regaining their domestic form, as they await the draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Jose Mourinho looks set to quit Real Madrid at the end of the season – and Sir Alex Ferguson believes the 'Special One' could be the man to succeed him at Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)

The former Chelsea boss is reported to have fallen out with Real president Florentino Perez, and last night wouldn't discuss his future at the Bernabeu after it was reported this would be his last campaign at the club.

Chelsea and Liverpool have begun talks over the £15m transfer of Daniel Sturridge, who is keen to link up with Brendan Rodgers. (London Evening Standard)

A number of clubs are believed to be interested in the striker, but the 23-year-old has made Anfield his first-choice destination.

And finally, QPR players have decided not to hold a Christmas party this year - because of their position at the foot of the Premier League table. (Daily Telegraph)

The players took their decision without involvement from manager Harry Redknapp, although he is likely to have approved.

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