Football Back Pages: 3 Choices for Zlatan

What's making headlines from around Europe's top leagues.

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We take a look at what's making headlines throughout European football.

ZLATAN'S NEXT MOVE DOWN TO 3

If Zlatan Ibrahimovic is serious about returning to Europe, it appears he will play in Italy or nowhere.

After new Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho ruled out signing the striker three Serie A teams are left in the frame. It has been reported Ibrahimovic will make a decision on his future within the next fortnight, choosing between AC Milan, Napoli and Bologna.

ANCELOTTI: I WILL NEVER RESIGN

With fallout between Napoli players and ownership, Carlo Ancelotti is caught in the middle of an increasingly toxic situation.

Seventh on the Serie A table and out of title contention, the pressure is rising at Napoli, but Ancelotti refuses to quit:

I have the confidence of the club and the confidence of the players. If I didn't have these two things, I would think about resigning.

But Ancelotti’s task might be made harder by owner Aurelio de Laurentiis reportedly fining the squad €2.5 million for a recent refusal to go to training camp.

DIEGO COSTA OUT FOR 3 MONTHS

Ranked 12th in La Liga with just 16 goals, Atletico Madrid cannot afford to have one its top strikers sidelined for too long.

But that is the case with Diego Costa, expected to be out of action for three months after undergoing back surgery.

BALOTELLI AND BRESCIA ON THE BRINK

Just seven games into his Brescia career, Mario Balotelli is on the outer and a source of controversy.

Dropped for an unwillingness to work for the team, Balotelli was referred to in a racist manner as owner Massimo Cellino tried to explain the situation.

Given the situation on and off the pitch, it would not be surprising if Balotelli exits Brescia in January.

BENZEMA IN CONTRACT TALKS WITH REAL

On target for the best season of his Real Madrid career, Karim Benzema has become the unquestioned leader of the attack.

With 14 goals from 17 outings this season, it stands to reason Madrid is in talks to extend Benzema’s contract beyond 2021.

ZIDANE STICKS UP FOR BALE

The negative attitude of many Real Madrid fans towards Gareth Bale does not seem to have put the forward off his game. But manager Zinedine Zidane is wary of the fans jeering Bale:

I can't control it and Gareth can't control it. The only thing I can say is we need the support of the fans. Always.

Returning from injury last weekend, Bale came off the bench to be involved in Madrid’s third goal, and he played 21 minutes in the 2-2 midweek draw with PSG.

MOYES LINKED WITH EVERTON RETURN

A symbol of stability during a decade as Everton manager, David Moyes could be returning to Goodison Park.

With Marco Silva under pressure, Moyes has been tipped to return to Everton, where he was boss from 2002 to 2013.