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Mario Balotelli donated his wages to charity before David Beckham started

Beckham may be about to donate his PSG wages to charity, but Balotelli started doing the same thing a while ago…

, when he and Brown became an item, and when his fame grew even further.

One particular celebration now known as the “Hulk pose” went viral on the internet – something Brown says Balotelli truly revelled in while revealing he also used his fame to avoid a speeding fine when in Manchester.

'Mario googled himself obsessively to see how popular he was,' Brown said.

Settling in: Milan hope Balotelli can become a key member of their new-look side

Settling in: Milan hope Balotelli can become a key member of their new-look side

'He loved the web craze where people were photo-shopping the “Hulk” pose he did after scoring for Italy in the semi-final [of Euro 2012] and was beside himself when it made it on to Fifa 13.

'We were out in his Bentley once and he got stopped for speeding. But the policeman's face lit up when he saw it was Mario and let him off in return for an autograph!'

VIDEO Balotelli happy to be training with AC Milan

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Gareth Bale wanted by Real Madrid as Jose Mourinho bids 33m for Spurs star

Bale tops Real Madrid shopping list as Mourinho bids 33m for Spurs star

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09:18 GMT, 28 December 2012

Real Madrid have stepped up their pursuit of Gareth Bale by putting together a 33million bid to try and prise him away from White Hart Lane.

Tottenham have been aware of Real's interest for months but will be concerned that the Spanish newspaper closest to them are now reporting that an offer has been made.

Marca claim it is for 40million euros and that manager Jose Mourinho will not rest until his top transfer target has been secured.

Real target: Spanish giants Madrid have Totenham winger Gareth Bale in their sights once again

Real target: Spanish giants Madrid have Totenham winger Gareth Bale in their sights once again

Big news: Marca revealed Real Madrid's determination to land Bale

Big news: Marca revealed Real Madrid's determination to land Bale

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas dismissed Real's chances of landing Bale last week and insisted it was 'completely impossible' that the lightning-quick midfielder would be allowed to leave in the January window.

That will not deter Mourinho, who will wait until the end of the season, if need be, to add Bale's pace and finishing to Real's attack.

Hat-trick hero: Bale hit a treble for Spurs in their Boxing Day victory over Aston Villa

Hat-trick hero: Bale hit a treble for Spurs in their Boxing Day victory over Aston Villa

As a measure of Real's determination to take the 23-year old to the Spanish capital, Marca recently revealed that 56m had been set aside to cover the overall package required to make the deal a reality.

Bale further enhanced his flourishing reputation with a clinical hat-trick in Tottenham's 4-0 Boxing Day win at Aston Villa, and team-mate Sandro is in no doubt his talents would slot easily into the Brazil team.

Extra Christmas present: Bale went home with the match ball after destroying Villa in midweek

Extra Christmas present: Bale went home with the match ball after destroying Villa in midweek

'He is good enough to play for Brazil, and it is a shame he was born in Wales,' said the Tottenham midfielder.

'I have played with a lot of good players, but Bale is one of the very best.'

Tottenham look to be facing a battle to
keep the former Southampton winger from Real's clutches, though
Villas-Boas remained defiant when asked about his free-scoring star.

Bale fan: Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho knows all about the flying Welshman

Bale fan: Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho knows all about the flying Welshman

'We recognise he is one of our major assets, but there are no release clauses, and a player of his dimension has a market value that is unattainable for most other clubs,' he said.

Worryingly for Tottenham, Real are one of a handful who could match his market value, and it seems clear their initial approach is merely the opening shot in a transfer battle they are determined to win.

Roy Keane favourite to take over at Nottingham Forest as Sean O"Driscoll sacked after beating Leeds

Keane set to return at old club Forest to replace O'Driscoll after watching his final win over Leeds

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08:31 GMT, 27 December 2012

Roy Keane is the frontrunner to become the new Nottingham Forest boss.

Sean O'Driscoll was rewarded for
Forest’s Boxing Day thrashing of Leeds with the sack, leaving the
Championship club looking for their fifth manager in four years.

The Kuwaiti owners, who appointed O’Driscoll in July, just 25 games ago, have decided that he is no longer the man for the job.

Next in line Roy Keane was in the stands as Forest routed Leeds

Next in line Roy Keane was in the stands as Forest routed Leeds

Sacked: Sean O'Driscoll has left Forest

Sacked: Sean O'Driscoll has left Forest

Forest are one point off the
play-offs but that is not good enough for the Al Hasawi family, who may
now look to former City Ground favourite Keane.

Keane was a spectator as in-form
Leeds were put to the sword and is available for employment after his
failures at Ipswich and Sunderland.

Significantly,
the Al Hasawi family have targeted a manager with Premier League
experience and they have promised him money to buy players next month.

First name on the shopping list should be Billy Sharp, on loan from Southampton and scorer of two goals.

There was not much wrong with any
part of the Forest team against Leeds but getting it right on the day
was still not enough to save O’Driscoll.

When he looks back, nine draws
have probably cost him his job, especially after being allowed to bring
in 11 new players. His record reads: won nine; drawn nine; lost seven.

‘We cannot speak highly enough of
Sean as a man,’ said chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi, before delivering his
damning verdict.

‘He was appointed at an extremely difficult time for
the club and can count himself unlucky to have lost his job with the
team just one point away from the top six.

Hotshot: Sharp's double proved the difference in Forest's victory

Hotshot: Sharp's double proved the difference in Forest's victory

‘But we have a responsibility to look
to the future for this great club because we have huge ambitions for
it. We knew when we bought the club in the summer that it would take
time for the players we bought to settle but that process has taken
longer than we anticipated.

‘We feel we have developed a really
strong squad of players but are still searching for consistency in terms
of team performance, underlined by the fact that we have not won more
than two games in succession in the Championship this season.

‘And with the January transfer window approaching, we feel it’s the right time to make a change.

‘We are looking to bring in an ambitious manager with Premier League experience.’

Spot on: Sharp's penalty brought Forest level

Spot on: Sharp's penalty brought Forest level

Match facts

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Hutton, Ward, Collins, Halford, Cohen, Guedioura, Majewski, Reid, Sharp, Blackstock.
Subs: Darlow, Harding, Gillett, Moussi, McGugan, Cox, Lansbury.

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Agony: Leeds players saw Forest overtake them in the Championship table with victory

Not even Leeds boss Neil Warnock
accusing Sharp of diving, under a challenge from Tom Lees, could
detract from an impressive win. But the Leeds boss tempered his
criticism by adding: ‘I don’t blame Billy at all. He always used to get
penalties for me at Sheffield United.

‘He’s going to go down poleaxed for
the penalty. Don’t give them a chance to dive because they are going to
dive and that was the only way they were going to get back into it.
We’ve been mugged. It’s professionalism. If you look at it in slow
motion the kid (Lees) breathes on him. The goal killed us before
half-time and then we were amateurish for seven minutes in the second
half.’

Ecstacy: Forest are well-placed to challenge for promotion in the New Year

Ecstacy: Forest are well-placed to challenge for promotion in the New Year

O’Driscoll countered: ‘Anybody who has seen Billy Sharp knows he’s not someone who dives.

‘We needed that win after the
disappointing performance at Watford. Billy was a bit under the weather
too but he’s made his name scoring goals.’

Forest went a goal down to Paul Green’s scruffy effort but were level just before half-time when Sharp scored the penalty.

Three goals in seven second-half
minutes by Sharp, a Rodolph Austin own goal and a Dexter Blackstock
header, gave Forest a deserved win. Not enough to save O’Driscoll,
though.

Salomon Kalou is considering a return to England

Struggling Kalou's unrest alerts Redknapp, Allardyce and Moyes

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21:50 GMT, 19 December 2012

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22:49 GMT, 19 December 2012

Salomon Kalou is considering a return to England with Lille ready to sell in January.

The 27-year-old joined for free from Chelsea in the summer as Lille beat West Ham, QPR and Everton, among others, in the race to win his signature.

Looking for the exit: Ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou could return to England just months after signing for French club Lille

Looking for the exit: Ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou could return to England just months after signing for French club Lille

Those clubs could be tempted to take a look at Kalou again come January, but his high wages could prove prohibitive.

Lille, who came third in Ligue 1 in 2011/12 and won the doube in 2010/11, have endured a tough campaignthis season, and are currently languishing in 11th place, nine points off the leaders, Paris Saint-Germain.

Kalou has hit just three goals in 17 appearances so far this season.

The Champions League winner attracted the interest of Everton, West Ham and QPR in the summer and could be on those clubs' shopping lists again

The Champions League winner attracted the interest of Everton, West Ham and QPR in the summer and could be on those clubs' shopping lists again

Everton are also keen on out-of favour Ajax winger Miralem Sulejmani, who snubbed a move to West Ham in the summer.

The Serb joined Ajax for 13.8million two years ago but has only played six times this season.

Out of favour: Miralem Sulejmani (right) is a target for Everton. The Serb winger cost the Dutch club 13.8m just two years ago

Out of favour: Miralem Sulejmani (right) is a target for Everton. The Serb winger cost the Dutch club 13.8m just two years ago but has only played six times this season

Maroune Fellaini wanted by Everton

He's the Fella-ini for us! Chelsea target 20m raid for Everton midfielder

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14:53 GMT, 17 December 2012

Chelsea are planning a 20million raid for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini when the January transfer window opens.

Fellaini has been one of the Barclays Premier League success stories this season afetr a run of eight goals in 16 appearances for the Toffees this season.

Wanted man: The Everton midfielder is being tracked by Chelsea

Wanted man: The Everton midfielder is being tracked by Chelsea

But he hit the headlines at the weekend after head-butting Stoke's Ryan Shawcross in an off-the-ball incident at the Britannia Stadium.

This has not deterred the Blues who want the Belgium international to shore-up their midfield, according to the Evening Standard.

Head boy: Fellaini has landed himself in hot water over this incident

Head boy: Fellaini has landed himself in hot water over this incident

Fellaini signed a new five-year deal at Goodison Park a year ago, but could be tempted away by an offers from Stamford Bridge.

The 25-year-old joins Radamel Falcao and Theo Walcott on the Roman Abramovich's shopping list to ensure the club's already faltering season doesn't totally collapse.

Ryan Giggs would buy karaoke machine for Sir Alex Ferguson this Christmas

Sing your heart out, Fergie! Karaoke machine would top Giggs' Christmas list for United boss

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02:49 GMT, 13 December 2012

What do you get for the man who has everything Well, certainly in terms of trophies anyway.

Ryan Giggs says he would buy Sir Alex Ferguson a karaoke machine – if only to keep the Manchester United manager quiet around the club’s Carrington training ground.

Sing up! Giggs would buy Fergie and Karaoke machine

Sing up! Giggs would buy Fergie and Karaoke machine

Sing up! Giggs would buy Fergie and Karaoke machine

‘I’ve done all my Christmas shopping,’
said the United veteran. ‘I’m organised. I’ve done a bit of shopping, a
bit online. Get it out of the way earlier.

‘What would I buy the manager He likes singing around the place, so maybe a karaoke machine for when he gets home … so he’s singing there rather than around the training ground!’

After so long in the game, Giggs is used to being separated from his family at Christmas but admits that not seeing his children Zach and Libby is the most difficult part.

‘Christmas is just something we’re used to,’ he added. ‘I've known nothing different since I was 15. It's tougher when you've got kids. It's difficult knowing you're in a hotel that night but the kids understand. They’re probably too busy to notice I’ve gone.’

Arsene Wenger plans 10m bid for Bayern Munich player Luiz Gustavo

Wenger targets Bayern outcast Gustavo in 10m January raid

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11:59 GMT, 9 December 2012

Brazilian Luiz Gustavo could be on his way to Arsenal after Arsene Wenger added him to his January transfer shortlist.

The 25-year-old defensive midfielder has fallen out of favour at Bayern Munich this season, having joined the Bavarian club from Hoffenheim for 12m in January 2011.

Out of favour: Brazilian Luiz Gustavo (left) has seen his first team opportunities limited at Bayern Munich and could be heading to Arsenal in January

Out of favour: Brazilian Luiz Gustavo (left) has seen his first team opportunities limited at Bayern Munich and could be heading to Arsenal in January

With Bayern flying high at the top of the Bundesliga table, Gustavo's chances in Jupp Heynckes' team have been limited and he is keen to move as soon as possible, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Wenger, meanwhile, knows he must strengthen an Arsenal side sixth in the table.

I want him! Wenger has reportedly put Gustavo on his January shopping list

I want him! Wenger has reportedly put Gustavo on his January shopping list

The Frenchman believes he can secure Gustavo for a fee of around 10m.

Wenger has also earmarked Abou Diaby for a more prominent midfield role when the France international returns from injury.

Manchester City"s Sergio Aguero at supermarket ahead of visit from father-in-law Diego Maradona

Supermarket sweeper… Actually it's City striker Aguero stocking up for father-in-law Maradona's Christmas visit
PLUS: Supermarket XI – Robin van Persie Pig & Co owned by Steak Mansour

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11:31 GMT, 28 November 2012

Sergio Aguero has been pictured stocking up on festive supplies at his local supermarket – father-in-law Diego must be making a Christmas visit.

The Manchester City striker, who is married to Maradona's daughter Gianni, posted this picture of himself on Twitter filling his trolley in Waitrose along with the caption: 'Tarde de compras en el Super' (In English: This afternoon, going shopping).

Lettuce entertain you: Sergio Aguero posted this image on Twitter with the caption 'this afternoon, going shopping'

Lettuce entertain you: Sergio Aguero
posted this image on Twitter with the caption 'this afternoon, going shopping'

Plans for this afternoon, Serge I'm going shopping, Mario... Aguero (left) heads out to the training field with Balotelli (right) yesterday

Plans for this afternoon, Serge I'm going shopping, Mario… Aguero (left) heads out to the training field with Balotelli (right) yesterday

Sportsmail understands that the Argentina legend, 52, who seemingly likes a good feed, will be paying his son-in-law a visit over over the Christmas period and is set to take in a City game.

Maradona watched Aguero and Co defeat bitter rivals Manchester United 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium in April this year. Captain Vincent Kompany scored the winner.

Famous fan: Argentina legend Diego Maradona watches his son-in-law Sergio Aguero help City beat United 1-0 at the Etihad last April

Famous fan: Argentina legend Diego Maradona watches his son-in-law Sergio Aguero help City beat United 1-0 at the Etihad last April

Family affair: Aguero (right) with wife Gianni, daughter of Maradona, and son Benjamin

Family affair: Aguero (right) with wife Gianni, daughter of Maradona, and son Benjamin

Ever the professional, Aguero, 24, who will line up at Wigan in a bumper night of eight Barclays Premier League fixtures, was snapped in the middle of the fruit and veg aisle – so City's nutritionist can rest easy.

It's not clear whether the striker was using Roberto Mancini's January shopping list, but here at Sportsmail we've come up with a Supermarket XI that may interest the Italian boss and his scouting network…

SPORTSMAIL'S SUPERMARKET XI…
RUUD GULLIT CHELSEA

1. Peter Stilton

2. Gabriel Heinze

3. Danny Roses

4. Frank Leboeuf

5. Didier Ham-ann

6. Marc Overmars bar

7. Patrick Berger

8. Food Gullit (pictured, right)

9. Little Pea (Javier Hernandez)

10. Robin van Persie Pig

11. Paulo Wan(pork)chop

Manager: Jam Allardyce

Assistant Manager: Milky Malkay

Owner: Steak Mansour

Who have we missed in our Supermarket XI. Use the comments section below to post your selections…

Eden Hazard, Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta turn on Christmas lights at Fulham Broadway

It's a blue Christmas in Fulham as Hazard, Moses and Azpilicueta escape from Rafa to turn on the lights

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20:49 GMT, 23 November 2012

In a week of turmoil at Chelsea, from the vicious sacking of much-loved manager Roberto Di Matteo to the appointment of public enemy No 1 Rafa Benitez, not to mention the Mark Clattenburg race case falling apart, three players took a break by turning to the one thing that everybody likes – Christmas.

Eden Hazard, Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta, three of Di Matteo's summer signings, were at the Fulham Broadway shopping centre on Friday night to turn on the festive lights.

Taking a break: Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses at Fulham Broadway

Taking a break: Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses at Fulham Broadway

Busy day: The three players were also signing autographs for fans

Busy day: The three players were also signing autographs for fans

With Christmas just around the corner,
the Chelsea trio got in the spirit by assisting with the event described
as 'packed full of entertainment and fun for all the family' on the
shopping centre website.

They don't have far to go to get back to business, with Stamford Bridge only a minute's walk away.

Manchester City are the visitors on
Sunday afternoon, taking on Chelsea in Benitez's first game at the helm,
in what should prove to be a cracker.

Benitez said: 'It is a tough first game, at the top of the table. They are a very strong team physically, but they have pace, ability.

'The strikers they can change, they have two they can change in who are as good as the first two.

'They have Silva, Nasri, Toure, who are all very dangerous, they are strong in defence and have a strong goalkeeper, so it is a tough, tough team to play against but okay, this is the Premier League, and when you want to compete and to win, it has to be against these teams.'

Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez will not travel to Russia with Liverpool

Rodgers to leave Gerrard and Suarez at home for tricky Euro trip to Russia

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10:25 GMT, 6 November 2012

Captain Steven Gerrard and top scorer Luis Suarez look likely to stay behind when Liverpool travel to Moscow for Europa League action this week.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is considering leaving the pair out of his squad for Thursday’s Europa League tie against Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia.

Rodgers is looking to rest Gerrard and Suarez with an eye on the weekend clash with European champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Main man: Luis Suarez had been in scintillating form for Liverpool

Main man: Luis Suarez had been in scintillating form for Liverpool

Liverpool lead their Europa League group following a 1-0 victory over Guus Hiddink’s Anzhi team at Anfield last month and victory in Moscow’s Lokomotiv Stadium this week would virtually secure knockout qualification.

The game has been switched to the Russia capital because of security issues in Anzhi’s home region of Dagestan and one man who could play is midfielder Joe Cole.

Cole has struggled to impress Rodgers since he took over from Kenny Dalglish and Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has urged the former England international to quit Anfield and return to Lille where he spent last season on loan.

The former Chelsea and West Ham midfielder has become a target of criticism on Merseyside. After last week’s Capital One Cup exit to Swansea, in which Cole did play, one fan tweeted Cole should be replaced by an 'upside-down shopping trolley’.

Staying at home: Steven Gerrard will miss Liverpool's trip to Russia

Staying at home: Steven Gerrard will miss Liverpool's trip to Russia

Former Lille favourite Cabaye, who scored against Liverpool on Sunday, said: 'It is not easy for him because he does not play much. It worked well for him at Lille and maybe would be a good idea for him to return there.

'The club, the coach, the fans love him at Lille. I’ve heard that Rudi Garcia would be interested to have him back.’