Evening report: December 4

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Interim manager Rafa Benitez has told Chelsea's hierarchy that he does not want Avram Grant to join the club as an adviser. (The Guardian)

After goalless draws with Manchester City and Fulham, and a defeat at West Ham on Saturday, the Spanish coach is already under pressure despite arriving at Stamford Bridge only a fortnight ago.

Manchester United defender Phil Jones says getting dumped out of the Champions League group stages last season has made the side stronger in Europe this year. (Manchester Evening News)

Sir Alex Ferguson's side host Romanian side CFR Cluj at Old Trafford on Wednesday, knowing their place in the last-16 draw is already guaranteed.

Arsenal's majority stakeholder Stan Kroenke has splashed out £80million on an American ranch the size of 71,000 Emirates Stadium pitches. (Daily Mail)

The news comes just days after Gunners fans marched against the perceived lack of financial muscle being flexed in the transfer market, leaving the club incapable of challenging for the Premier League title.

Tottenham star Gareth Bale has reiterated that he sees himself playing abroad in the future. (Sky Sports)

The 23-year-old Welsh winger is constantly linked with a switch to Spain - with Real Madrid and Barcelona both reportedly keen - and Bale refuses to hide his desire to experience life on the continent.

And finally, Manchester City midfielder David Silva will miss tonight's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund. (Sky Sports)

Roberto Mancini confirmed the Spaniard has not travelled to Germany with the rest of the squad, after picking up a hamstring injury.

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