Afternoon Report: October 31

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Ex-Manchester United star David Beckham has refused to criticise his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who published uncomplimentary comments about the one-time England captain in his autobiography.

Beckham said that he wished Ferguson every success with the book and added that he was not upset about anything.

Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata is reportedly ready to leave Stamford Bridge, with French champions Paris Saint-Germain poised to make a £35m bid for the Spain international.

It's believed the 25-year-old, who is the Blues' current Player of the Year, is concerned about not being selected for next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

Former Arsenal winger Andrey Arshavin has compared watching football at the Emirates Stadium to being at the theatre.

The Russia international described the atmosphere inside the Gunners' home stadium as "weird" - and added that it felt like supporters were there to see a show rather than support the team.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has received a huge £5m-a-year offer to join MLS outfit Toronto FC.

The 31-year-old, who has fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane since the arrival of Roberto Soldado, is also on the radar of Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

Real Madrid recorded an emphatic 7-3 victory over Sevilla on Wednesday night.

Gareth Bale opened the scoring with a brace, before Cristiano Ronaldo helped himself to another La Liga hat-trick. Karim Benzema also weighed in with two goals as Real Madrid closed the gap between themselves and second-placed Atletico to two points.

And finally, La Liga leaders Barcelona have identified Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan as a potential long-term replacement for Xavi.

The Germany international had previously been linked with Premier League clubs Manchester United and Arsenal, but Barcelona now appear to be in pole position to secure his signature.

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