Thursday's gossip column

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Club legend Ryan Giggs, 42, is set to end his 29-year association with Manchester United by declining a new position under Jose Mourinho. (Daily Mirror)

England’s assistant manager Gary Neville believes Roy Hodgson should stay on as national team boss beyond the end of his current contract, which expires after Euro 2016. (Daily Telegraph)

Thursday’s Daily Mail back page

Aston Villa will confirm former Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo as their new manager on Thursday. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea are lining up a £20m bid for Roma’s Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 23. (Daily Star)

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has rejected a new contract offer at White Hart Lane as the France international, 29, holds out for a better deal. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are closing in on a £4m move for Anderlecht’s Belgium Under-21 midfielder Samuel Bastien, 19. (Daily Mail)

New Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is pulling out of his first match in charge at Old Trafford as the manager of an England team for a Soccer Aid charity game on Sunday. (The Sun)

The front page of Thursday’s Daily Telegraph sports supplement

Rafa Benitez could add to his coaching staff at Newcastle United after losing number two Fabio Pecchia, who has become the new manager of Hellas Verona following their relegation from Italy’s Serie A. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 28, is not looking for a reunion with former boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. (Daily Express)

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At least Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has won something this season. The Germany international will be hoping to celebrate a bigger prize at Euro 2016 later this month.

Juan Mata seems to be enjoying his summer off

Juan Mata is not going to Euro 2016 and so has the summer off. Looks like, according to this post from the Spaniard’s Twitter account, the Manchester United midfielder is enjoying some classy motoring.

And finally

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could be looking to move house to a castle in North Wales. (Daily Post)

The terrace chant ‘Will Grigg’s on Fire’, produced in homage to the Wigan and Northern Ireland striker, is threatening to enter the charts in the UK top 40. (Wigan Today)

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