Football Back Pages: Klinsmann quits Hertha, Juve to sell Ramsey & MORE
What's making headlines from around Europe's top leagues.
JURGEN KLINSMANN QUITS HERTHA BERLIN
Having marginally lifted Hertha Berlin away from the relegation places, Jurgen Klinsmann is leaving someone else to finish the job.
Just 76 days after taking charge, Klinsmann has resigned as Hertha manager, intimating a lack of support from the club administration.
In charge for 10 games, Klinsmann finished with three wins, four draws and three losses.
JUVENTUS TO SELL RAMSEY AFTER ONE SEASON
The summer signing of Aaron Ramsey was a no-lose situation for Juventus given the midfielder moved from Arsenal on a free transfer.
But, having made just 19 appearances, there is talk Juventus is preparing to sell Ramsey this summer.
ZIDANE BACKS BALE YET AGAIN
It has gone well past the point of being a drawn out soap opera, but the questions and queries about Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid continue.
Out of the team for a month due to injury, Bale returned to start La Liga win over Osasuna and again received manager Zinedine Zidane’s strong support.
We all know the player he is. He is going to give us a lot from now to the end of the season. We are going to count on Gareth.
A constant target of transfer speculation for the past 18 months, Bale has made 16 appearances this season, most likely his last with Madrid.
INTER TO MAKE €5.5 MILLION FROM DERBY
The three points were the most valuable return from the derby, but Inter Milan also hit the cash jackpot with its win over AC Milan.
It has been reported Inter expected to make about €5.5 million on gate receipts for the derby, making it one of the highest returns in Serie A history.
LIVERPOOL GIVES SHREWSBURY CUT OF FA CUP MONEY
Making money hand over fist, Liverpool showed its charitable side after the FA Cup tie with Shrewsbury.
Entitled to a cut of the gate receipts from Shrewsbury’s home game, Liverpool gave its share of the money - about €42,000 - back to the League One outfit.
SHEFFIELD UNITED BOSS NOT HAPPY WITH WINTER BREAK
The rise of Sheffield United to fifth place on the Premier League table after being promoted has been one of the brilliant performances this season.
But the Blades’ momentum will be put on hold this weekend as it takes its mandatory winter break, leaving manager Chris Wilder frustrated:
Sorry, but I don't agree with the break. I want it to roll on. Other people will have different views about it. I don't really see the point of it if, I'm honest.
Just two points out of a Champions League place, Sheffield United could drop to seventh as it sits idle this weekend.
RONALDO HITS 20 LEAGUE GOALS AGAIN
The sustained brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo continues as the Juventus forward keeps scoring goals.
Having just celebrated his 35th birthday, Ronaldo’s weekend goal against Hellas Verona made it 20 league goals for the 11th season in a row.
CASILLAS WILL STAND FOR RFEF PRESIDENCY
While a decision on his playing future is expected next month, Iker Casillas is preparing for the next stage of his career.
The Porto goalkeeper has reportedly decided to stand for the presidency of Spanish football’s governing body.