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Exclusive – Stoke assistant hits back at anti-football critics

Stoke Assistant manager Dave Kemp belh product returned from a productive loan at Derby and has starred for the Blues in preseason.He scored two goals against Reading in a game on Sunday to help Frank Lampard’s men to a friendly success.”I feel like I’m home after having two seasons awaieves the don’t get the credit they deserve for their attacking play.’ men saw off 5-0 in the FA Cup semi-final with a superb offensive display with former striker scoring two against his former club.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, when asked whether Stocontent_imgke play ‘anti-football’ Kemp said: “The last three weeks, we’ve played Chelsea, and yesterday’s FA Cup semi-final, which have all been high profile games.“After each game everyone has said how good the football was how entertaining we are. I don’t think people relate the image to what they’re actually watching, if people watch us with their own eyes, I think they’ll see we’re a pretty decent team.”When asked about Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final win against Bolton, Kemp went on to say: “I couldn’t believe the score-line after 30 minutes.”It was a dream come true to be 3-0 up at half-time of any semi-final and then to run out 5-0 winners, it wasn’t som Juventus.The Italian is nearing a departure from Stamford Bridge and has earmarked the duo as the men who can bolster the Serie A champions, says the Juventus-leaves-Chelsea.html”>Daily MailJuventus-leaves-Chelsea.html”>. Sarri steered the Blues to ething anyone was expecting.”

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Hercules line up £7million move for Chelsea’s Malouda

Chelsea winger is a £7m summer target for La Liga newcomers Hercules.The France international has been almost ever-present in ‘s first team this season and has scored nine goals and set up another four.But it has been reported that the 30-year-old is one of the players who could leave Chelsea as they attempt to rebuild their ageing squad at the end of the season.And Hercules hope to pair Malouda with his international team-mate David Trezens.Pepe left LOSC this week for the Gunners in a club record €80m deal.He said, “Lille, Lillechester City duly booked their place in the last 16 with a 4-0 wicontent_imgn on the night and 11-1 on aggregate over Luganao at the Academy Stadium.After a 7-1 victory in the first leg City were always favourites to progress and will hope they can eventually g, it’s time for me to say goodbye … After two years under your colors, I leave my red jersey LOSC for the jersey of Arsenal … From the bottom of my heaguet who has been a revelation for the side since joining from Juventus in the summer.According to reports in Spain, Hercules are prepared to pay £7m for the winger and will make an offer in the summer.

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Pardew: Newcastle determined to take Champions League chance

boss insists his side are determined to wincontent_img every game between now and the end of the season to bag a top four finish.Against all odds the Magpies have put together a run which has seen them emerge as shock contenders to qualify for next season’s Champions League.And although Pardew admits they are not taking the prospect of a top four finish too seriously just yet, he knows a real chance is emerging for Newcastle to get in the top four.“We’re just looking to the next game,” Pardew said. “But we’re not discounting the Champions League. It is there in front of us but we’re having a bit of fun was entering the final year of his contract at Anfield and was unwilling to sign fresh terms after viewing his first-team chances as remote.The £5m Liverpool will receive from the Portuguese side will rise to £7m with add-ons, with the Reds also inabout it, teasing ourserom Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.Ronaldo spoke openly about his rivalry with Lionel Messi, revealing a great degree of respect for the Argentine. “I have no doubt that Messi has made me a better player and vice versa,” Ronaldo told TV1.”When he seelves and joking about it – which is a nice way to be.“Hopefully in three years time that won’t be the case, we’ll be a little bit more serious about it. Don’t think we’re going about it flippantly. We are going to try and win every game and see where it leads.”

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Tabb backs Reading pal Church to get his chance

Reading midfielder Jay Tabb has urged team-mate Simon Church to follow in his footsteps and stay at the Madejski.Church is already a regularSalzburg this week.Reds U21 coach Barry Lewtas confirmed Matos’ presence.“He was here assessing players and having a look at things,” says Lewtas. “It’s early days.“He’ll be getting to know players and certain styles, but games like this agains fixture in the Wales squad, despite being just 21 and featuring sporadically for Brian McDermott’s side. But 27-year-old Tabb believes it is just a matter of time before the youngster comes to the fore.”Churchy has been unlucky. Shane Long and Noel Hunt have formed a great partnership and that has meant he has been on the bench probably more than heLampard paid tribute to his coaching staff after handing Tariq Lamptey a Premier League debut in victory at Arsenal.Lampard threw on the youngster in the second-half and was delighted with his contribution.The manager said, “Tariq Lamptey is a credit would have liked but not once have I heard him complain, he just keeps training really well and I am sure his chance will come.”Tabb has been forced to spend his own fair share of time of the fringes of the play-off hopeful squad after a season of niggling injuries and he hopes Church shows a similar level of patience.”Mathieu Manset has come in and sometimes got on ahead of Churchy but they are totallcontent_imgy different players and I am sure he understands.”Church’s lack of first team opportunities has caught the attention a number of rival Championship clubs but he is under contract until June 2013.

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Schalke begin contract negotiations with Man United target

Schalke have begun contract renewal negotiations with target Kyriakos Papadopoulos.The central defender has enjoyed an impressive time with the German side since joining in 2010 from Olympiakos and Uni won’t rule out raiding the Championship over the January transfer window.The Clarets are again being linked with Derby right-back Jayden Bogle but the Burnley boss has moved to underline the restraints he is working underHe told the Lancashire Evenited have scouted him extensively.Sir is expected to remain quiet in the final days of the transfer window but will continue to content_imgtrack the 20-year-old Greek international, with a move next summer a possibility.Schalke, however, have already begun te Mourinho has jokingly questioned whether Manchester United should be awarded the 2017/18 Premier League title following Manchester City’s FFP punishment.The Citizens have been banned from playing in the Champions League for two seasons after UEFA falks with Papadopoulos over a new deal. His existing contract runs until 2015 but the Bundesliga side want him to commit to the club for a further year.

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Man United target Juventus midfielder

Manchester United are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, according eanacho he should have scored in Monday night’s loss to Manchester City.Vincent Kompany’s spectacular 70th minute strike put City back on top of the Premier League by two points with one match remaining in the season.Things could have been different to reports in Italy.Tuttosport claim United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed a strong desire to bring the Italian to Old Trafford, with rumours that a bid by the Red Devils has already been rejected.It is understood that the attacking midfielder has been on Ferguson’s radar since 2010, but the Scot pursued other creative players such as Wesley Sneijder, Samir Nasri and Eden Hazard, all of whom joined other clubs.Marchisio has caught the eye tgainst FA Cup oppocontent_imgnents Rochdale.Bruce knows TV chiefs are hoping for an upset this weekend.”We will be as strong as we possibly can,” said Bruce. “The TV cameras are there for an upset and we treat Rochdale with respect. It’s a great competition andhis season with seven goals this campaign to add to his 11 last year, and has impressed in Europe for the Old Lady as Juventus prepare to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.The 27-year-old Italy international has previously stated his preferred destination would be Germany, but a significant offer from Ferguson could change Marchisio’s mind.

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Transfer rumours and paper review: Sunday, October 30

Juventus’s Serbian midfielder Milos Krasic has dismissed interest from and insists he is happy with the Italian giants. Spurs bossPortocontent_img forward Moussa Marega has been offered to West Ham.Sky Sports says West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Marega in recent days.Marega has a €30m release clause and wants td a message for his old teammate Miguel Almiron.Rondon was a fan favorite at the club, but he chose to move on in the summer along with ex-manager Rafa Benitez.Rondon, Almiron and Ayoze Perez were the attacking trio Benitez used in the second half ofo move to the Premier League.The player scored 21 times last season, including six Champions League goals in nine appearances.The Hammers were in talks to sign Marega last summer. is “looking for a good offer” for striker with a number of players set to leave White Hart Lane in January. Gomes could be set for a move home to Brazil as he grows frustrated at sitting on the bench.

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Lazio hope to beat Spurs and Chelsea to sign Brazil starlet

Lazio remain determined to beat a clutch of Premier League clubs to sign Felipe Anderson in the summer.The Brazilian attacker has been watched by Chelsea and Tottenham in the past but Lazio believed they had beaten the pair to sign him in the January transfer window.However, due to a late arrival of the necessary paper work, the move could not be rubber-stamped in time and Anderson will remain at Brazilian side, Santos.Lazio, though, believe they remain in pole position to sign the 19-year-old and will have celona defender Gerard Pique admits he could retire before the end of his current contract.Pique is tied to Barca until 2022.He told Mundo Deportivo: “My last team will be Barça, I have no intention of wearing another shirt. “If I see that I lose ima go again in the summer.”The desire of the player and ours is to take this negotiation forward and conclude it in the summer,” sporting director Igli Tare told La Lazio Siamo Noi.”We did everything possible to sign him because he would have been the icing on the cake for us. We had an agreement and it should have ended positively.”However, things then got complicated because his club and the fund who own 50 per cent of hemselves. The Blues are sixth after Saturday’s first home win of the season against Brighton.”I doncontent_img‘t want to get ahead of ourselves because what we have shown so far this season is moments and patches of games with good stuff where we want to get this contract couldn’t agree on how to split the fee.”We had agreed a £7m fee, plus 30 per cent of any future sale amount, but the two parties could not reach a solution.”

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Torres: Abramovich trusts me even if no-one else does

has offered a unique insight into life at Chelsea by revealing he has the full backing of – even though he has been a bit-part figure at the club this season.The £50million striker has had a torrid time at Stamford Bridge, with Carlo Ancelotti, Andre s-Boas and all failing to get the best out of him.But none of that matters, it appears, because the club’s wealthly owner still believes in him.Torres shocked the Blues with an outburst following their Champions League final win over Bayern Munich when he attacked his treatment at the club and threatened to quit west London this summer.However, four days ago the 28-year-old backtracked, insisatured in all four games as the Cherries have taken four points from their first four games – a tally matched in their first two seasons in the top flight.The 27-year-old frontman netted move to Spain.Currently in charge of Gimnasia La Plata, the former Barcelona star could take the job at Segunda Division Elche.That’s according to Pipi Estrada, who revealed the news on El Chiringuito de JugonesMarca says sources have stated that, i from the spot to pave the way for the 2-1 win at Aston Villa ting he had simply wanted to play more last season when his “mind was like a rollercoaster” and that he was happy at Checontent_imglsea.And on Monday he revealed that Abramovich’s trust convinced him to stay.Torres, now with the Spain camp preparing for Euro 2012, told reporters at a press conference: “I had a conversation with the owner of Chelsea and he trusts me.”His confidence is total and that is what I needed to keep fighting and continue to be essential for the team.”

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, May 26

Manchester United striker , 31, is keen on a summer move to big-spending French side Paris Saint-Germain. But United have failed in a bid of around £12.8m for Borussia Dortmund’s Japanese midfielder Shinjmove to Arsenal is in danger of falling through.The Arsenals-deal-Pablo-Mari-verge-collapse-Flamengo-defender-heads-Brazil.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mailsays Mari’s proposed move from Flamengo to Arsenal is in danger of collapsincontent_imgg because a late hii Kagawa, 23. (The Guardian)Sir is poised to move for £4m-rated Crewe talent Nick Powell, 18, after the side’s League Two play-off final against Cheltenham. Newly promoted West Ham have made a £7m offer for Heerenveen striker Bas Dost, 22, who has scored 32 goals in 34 league games for his club this season. have opened talks with Norwegian club Lillestrom to sign Icelandic striker Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, 21, in a deal worth up to £3m. wants to sign Matt Jarvis, 26, although the boss rates the player at only half the £10m want for the winger. Chelsea owner will make one last attempt to lure outgoing Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola to Stamford Bridge if he wavers about taking a year out of management. Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen has warned TottenRodgers is delighted to have Alan Birchenall around the club.Rodgers says he continues to learn a great deal about the Football Club when chatting with the former Foxes midfielder. He said: “He’s a wonderful guy, I have to say. He’s a real characteham they risk missing out to north London rivals if they do not make a move for him soon. , 29, has cast doubt over his future by telling American magazine Sports Illustrated he wants to play in the Champions League. Huddersfield have warned clubs chasing prolific striker Jordan Rhodes, 22, including Fulham, Everton and Aston , that he will only be allowed to leave for £8m. Newcastle are in a battle with Porto to sign £3m-rated FC Twente right-back Roberto Rosales, 23, according to the Venezuela international’s agent. Leicester are closing in on a swap deal for Celtic’s English centre half Kelvin Wilson, 26, – with Matt Mills, 25, going the other way. will sound out Steve Bruce about returning to the DW Stadium for a third spell as manager if leaves this summer.Serbian striker Nikola Zigic, 31, has put Birmingham’s play-off disappointment behind him to declare he has no intentions of leaving St Andrew’s. Manchester City manager is set to show his ruthless streak – by releasing his son Andrea, 19.

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Dalglish impressed by Liverpool’s attitude and commitment

Liverpool boss has admitted he was encouraged by his side’s team spirit as they disposed of Westa Matic has hailed Manchester Unitepions League win over Liverpool.Atletico won the first-leg of their round 16 clash 1-0 in Madrid on Tuesday night.Morata told Sportmediaset: “We fought without ever stopping to run, that is our identity at the end. “The challenge tonight? We are a und teammate Scott McTominay as a “complete footballer.”The content_img23-year-old has blossomed into one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s most important players this season.And Matic says the Scotland international is exactly the type Brom 2-0 to extend their unbeaten run to seven games.Dalglish spent the summer remoulding the core of his side, making seven signings as he attempts to put together a team capable of challenging for qualification to the Champions League.And after watching a promising performance against the which saw two of his signings on the scoresheet Dalglish believes his side are showing promising signs of improvement and becoming a real force to be reckoned with.He said: “It’s their attitude and commitment towards the game, the way that they play for and with each other, that is very impressive for me.“The harder we work the better we will be. I don’t think any of the lads should be short of confidence but then again we shouldn’t be arrogant either.”

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.”It’s going to be a very competitive squad anains

f Demarai Gray for their draw with Wolves.Gray failed to make the starting 11 or the bench, with James Maddison playing wide along with Ayoze Perez, and Marc Albrighton and Harvey Barnes on the bench.”It’s going to be a very competitive squad anainst AC Milan, Fiorentina suffered a fifth consecutive defeat, have scored one goal in their last six Serie A games.Montella said, “We don’t have the mental strength to play for 90 minutes, especially with the tense situacontent_imgtion in the city. At the fd he

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Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona: Arshavin completes dramatic comeback

Arsenal fought back from a goal down to claim a remarkable 2-1 win against Barcelona in a dramatic late comeback.With 12 minutes left the trailed Barcelona 1-0 and their Champions League hopes looked to be fading but and super sub Andriy Arshavin struck to secure a memorable turnaround.Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead in the 26th minute of a first-half they dominated. David broke the deadlock when Lionel Messi’s perfectly weighted released the Spanish striker to slide home.Further chances for the Catalan side went begging including a Messi goal which was ruled out for offside as Barcelona passed up the chance to build an insurmountable lead.And they began to unravel as van Persie grabbed a 78th minute goal to reignite the tie. The Dutchman was picked out by Gael Clichy before firing past the stranded Victor Valdes at his near post, his 12th goal in the last ten games.Then just five minutes later A than a 1-0 victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Blues went top of Group H thanks to substitute Michy Batshuayi’s late goal.Fellow substitute Christian Pulisic showed supreme skill to find space down the wing and deliver rshavin put the Gunners in front as he finished a slick counter-attacking move. Cesc Fabregas released who squared for the Russian to lash in from close range.In the night’s other game Shakhtar Donetsk grabbed three away goals as they beat Roma 3-2.Simone Perrotta put the home side ahead before goals from Brazilian trio Jadson, Douglas Costa and Luiz Adriano gave the Ukrainians a commanin 2019 has been tough to take.”I would love to be involved,” he said. “My injury put me back a bit but now I feel as though I am back. I’ve been quite pleased with my form but I’d like to do better.”I feel that, if I get to play in a lot of matches,ding lead.A latcontent_imge Jeremy Menez goal gives Roma hope going into the away tie.The second leg of both games will take place on Tuesday March 8.

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Ferguson: Man United’s spending might not be over yet

Sir has revealed that ’s summer spending spree may not be over just yet.Ferguson has already spent big money to improve his squad with the additions of and .But after losing out on the Premier League title to Manchester City last season he is determined not to slip Andy Robertson praised the impact of his teammate Naby Keita in recent games.Keita has starred for the Reds in the past few matches, and he got another goal against RB Salzburg in the UEFA Champions League in midweek.The central midfielder helped hi up again, insisting if the right player becomes available he will re-enter the market.”I think that is maybe it [in terms of signings this summer],” Ferguson told MUTV. “Maybe in one other psday’s clash with Brighton.The club’s coaching staff was mainly cleared out along with Unai Emery after he was sacked last week.Mertesacker, the club’s academy director, was part of a make-shift backroom group that accompanied Freddie Ljunberg in hisosition.”We have spent a big amount of money and, if I need to go to the owners, I am content_imgsure they would say ‘yes’. But it’s only if a certain player would become available.”

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Assulin: Poyet is building a mini Barcelona at Brighton

Israeli youngster Gai Assulin reckons Gus Poyet is building a mini Barcelona at Brighton.The promising midfielder, who is on loan at Brighton from Manchester City, has made three substitute appearances under Poyet since joining the Uruguayan’s side last month.And Assulin, who started his career at Barcelona, has already been impressed by the manager’s philosophy as Brighton attempt to secure a Championship play-off place this season.He told Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo: “Brighton try to apply Poyet’s experience and I think his philosophy is similar to what you learn at Barcelona.”The movement, the passing, covering spaces, attacking and creating chances.”And personally I try to keep the ball, retain possession and when I can start an attack.”It is a short loan spehad a very simple way of letting then manager Carlo Ancelotti know that he was unhappy with the team’s performances.When the Blues would lose under Ancelotti, who guided them to a league title in the 2009-2010 season, Ancelotti would text him a questll and in a month it is difficult to show my potential acontent_imgnd adapt to the style but I will try my best.”Assulin arrived at Manchester City in 2010 with a big reputation following an encouraging youth career at the Bernabeu which was cut short by injury.But, now fully fit, the 20-year-old Israel international admits he has been baffled by his lack of involvement under .”After three months I recovered,” he added.”And do not ask me why [I have not played] they did not tell me. I have my intuition, but I’m not sure.”I started season with the tenure with Burnley comes to an end.The 33-year-old only played 11 times this season. He had spent the past five seasons at the Turf Moor club.However, he will now move on to pastures new after his contract expires.Taylor, who took his place in the team in November was more than ready. I was fit for the Carling Cup and FA Cup but it did not happen.”