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Lunchtime report: November 21

Roberto Di Matteo has parted company with Chelsea, the club has announced this morning. (BBC Sport)

After winning the Champions League and FA Cup as caretaker manager last season Di Matteo was handed a two-year deal in June.

But in the wake of the 3-0 defeat to Juventus, which has left the Blues on the brink of a Champions League exit, the Italian has left Stamford Bridge.

Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, is being lined up by Roman Abramovich as a replacement, if Pep Guardiola refuses to take over before the summer. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was pictured laughing whilst kicking back with a glass of red wine in the aftermath of his side's defeat against Galatasaray.

The Red Devils have already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages, and sent out a weakened team in last night's 1-0 defeat in Turkey.

Andre Villas-Boas will be given up to £20million to spend on new players for Tottenham in January. (Daily Star)

CSKA Moscow's Alan Dzagoev and Roma's Miralem Pjanic - both of which are attacking midfielders - are among the names being considered.

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has told Cristiano Ronaldo he will never be as good as Barcelona star Lionel Messi. (Daily Star)

The Argentine's taunt could have come at a better time, as City prepare to take on Real Madrid in tonight's Champions League clash encounter.

And finally, Paris Saint-Germain have denied making an offer for David Beckham, who has announced he is leaving LA Galaxy next month. (Daily Mail)

The former England captain is believed to have six different transfer options, with a return to the Premier League as well as a move to China, Australia or the UAE among them. (The Sun)

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