Word on the Tweet: The football fraternity get in the mood for Christmas as Ashley Cole thanks Drogba for his present

Elsewhere Michael Owen fancies himself as a blogger, Rio Ferdinand gets in the mood for the Manchester derby and Aguero and Zabaleta wrap presents
Christmas is coming early for many of the game's finest tweeters, it seems, as the festive season looms large in the distance.

Ashley Cole was particularly thrilled at an early present from Didier Drogba, who dropped in to bestow some bling on his Chelsea team-mates after their Champions League exit.

Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand is pumped for the Manchester derby this weekend, but Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta are more concerned with wrapping up presents than wrapping up three points.

Gerard Pique feeling proud, Michael Owen back to blogging and Titus Bramble bowing to Jose and Sir Bobby complete our round-up of the day's finest offerings on Twitter...

"#ThankYouDidier for the amazing #CFC Championship rings!!!! #buzzing I appreciate everything lad!"
It's Christmas come early for Ashley Cole, who couldn't hide his delight at former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba's gift to lift the Blues.

"Some great feedback regarding my blog. I love writing them and it makes it worthwhile when I read your comments."
Stoke striker Michael Owen expresses his thanks after his latest post got rave reviews on Twitter. The only way was up after that moustache, really...

"Who's looking forward to #DerbyDay ?!"
Rio Ferdinand certainly seems to be! The Manchester United veteran seems raring to go ahead of arguably the biggest game in the Premier League calendar.

"So happy to be one of six @fcbarcelona players nominated for@uefacom #TeamOfTheYear. "
Barcelona's star stopper Gerard Pique was thrilled to be put forward for the Fifpro World XI side - no surprise to see the Blaugrana dominating the nominations.

"Wrapping up Christmas presents with @pablo_zabaleta!"
Away from the palpable tension ahead of the Manchester derby, Sergio Aguero cosies up with Manchester City team-mate Pablo Zabaleta to get ahead of the Christmas rush.

"You cant help but love Jose Mourinho.But i guess when you spend years with the best and studying the best you become the best. RIP Sir Bobby"
Titus Bramble delivers his assessment on a documentary on the 'Special One' but stays loyal to the man who taught him and the Portuguese all they know.

"Snowing⛄ in Milano,waiting for Santa Claus"
After a stark change in the weather across Europe, Kevin-Prince Boateng readies up for a Winter break and a trip from the jolly fat man - no, not Rafa Benitez...