Nani is desperate to land a new deal at Manchester United and has told fans his best is yet to come.The Portugal winger’s current deal at the Red Devils s due to run out at the end of next season and, with talks in stalemate, he has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford.However, the 26-year-old is hoping to show Sir Alex Ferguson he deserves a new deal with his performances over the remainder of the campaign as United ca four-year contract with the Seagulls after impressing in the Championship.”It’s a dream of mine to play in the Premier League, and once I had met the manager and found out that the club was interested in me, I had a good feeling straight away,” Mauhase a Barclays Premier League and FA Cup double.He said in several national newspapers: “I want to show the manager that he can trust me and he can believe in me in every match.”I want to show him my contribution can help win games. So I’ll keep working hard to make sure I’m ready l counterpart Jurgen Klopp branding his boring.After United held Liverpool 1-1 at Old Trafford earlier this season, Klopp accused them of being a team that only defends. “I don’t think it’s an accusation,” said Solskjaer. “I take it as a complimeto respond every time I get a chance.”Nani has been in and out of the United side this season and was absent for two months after suffering a hamstring injury against Braga in November.However, he has started three of United’s last four matches, including last week’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid in which he was controversially sent off, and is eager to keep his spot in the first XI.”Now my confidence is high and I think the best is still to come from me,” he added.”This is my time and I think I can be important for the team in these big games.”Because I was injured for two months, I’m fresh now when some other players are starting to get tired.”I feel I’m in good form and I’ve nearly arrived at my peak. I think over the next few games I can surprise a few people.”
has denied a Football Association charge on today.Klopp had previously expressed his unhappiness that Liverpool are playing away on Saturday after long trip to Istanbul in midweek but says there will be no excuses as they head to St Mary’s in search of three points. “My plan when I heard abof improper conduct in relation to comments posted on Twitter.After was acquitted of racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother Anton, the defender responded to a Tweet that characterised Chelsea defender as a ‘choc-ice’.The term is is commonly understood to mean ‘black on the outside, white on the inside’, and was a reference to Cole’s testimony in court, in which he said he never heard Terry make a racist remark to during Chelsea’s clash with QPR at Loftus Road in October.That prompted the FA tentory for the match breaks created by video assistant referee (VAR) technology, according to league executive Carter Ladd, reports, /.The North American soccer league’s senior vice president of business development, confirmed to the Sports Business o take action against Ferdinand but he has decided to argue his case as he bids to avoid a fine or possible suspension.”Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand has today [Thursday 2 August] denied an FA charge of improper conduct in relation to comments posted on Twitter,” read an FA statement.”The allegation is that the player acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race. The player has requested a personal hearing.”
Morocco striker Youssef El-Arabi is set to start a scramble in the Premier League for his signature after revealing he will leave French side CaEverton have made an opening offer for Roma winger Cengiz Under.The Turkey international, reports TMW, has been a long-term target for Blues football chief Marcel Brands.And after several enquiries, Brands has made an opening bid of €28m for Under.But Roma immediately rejected the proposal, insisting it was too low.Everton are expected to return with an improved offer in the coming days.en at the end of the season.The 24-year-olduad for their Portuguese League Cup semi-final this week.Sporting are demanding £68million from Manchester United for the 25-year-old midfielder and that demand is putting the move at danger of collapse.United are willing to offer £42.5m up front w, who is on the radar of both and , has announced he will quit the Ligue Un strugglers in the summer, setting his sights on a switch to either England or a club in Spain.El-Arabi, who is under contract until 2013, told L’Equipe: “I have made my decision and I will leave. I have told the leaders of club my intention, but they know I’m going to keep giving everything until the end season.”There are lots of clubs interested in me, but I have not decided where I want to go yet. I’m attracted to leagues in Spain and England.”The forward is the third-highest top scorer this season in France, bagging 15 goals in 30 appearances.
were not the only team to bid for Yann M’Vila this summer, Rennes have revealed.The French club have confirmed that three other Champions League clubs were keen on the midfielder, and they admit they could cash in on him next year. wanted the combative Frenchman to add more k to join up with his new Chelsea teammates for preseason.The 20-year-old is currently away with USA competing in the Concacaf Gold Cup.The London Evening Standard says Chelsea have a policy of allowing talent involved in summer international fixturephysicality to his midfield but he failed to strike an agreement with Rennes.M’Vila signed a new contract until 2015 in a move that was supposed to end speculation over his future this summer, but clubs remain keen on him.Rennes held firm and kept him but, with Euro 2012 on the horizon, the club is aware that if M’Vila has a good tournament, clubs coGranada in their Copa del Rey semi-final tie with a 1-0 first-leg victory on Wednesday night at San Mames.Despite the victory, Athletic will likely be left ruing the final scoreline as the Basque side dominated the match but were unable to find anothuld increase their bids for the 21-year-old.Coach Frederic Antonetti has suggested three other major European clubs were in for M’Vila, with said to be among the admirers.“We received great offers for our midfielder, from Arsenal and three other top clubs in the Champions League,” Antonetti confirmed.“All the offers were for around £30m but we decided to reject the offers as we are happy to have him for another season.“In the logic of things, it is normal for it [speculation] to start next summer and, in football, you can never be sure what will happen.”
Manchester United face a battle with Bayern Munich and mega-rich Russian club Anzhi to land the signature of Brazilian defender Dede.Dede, 23, has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford afcking Xherdan Shaqiri to break back into the first team.Calling upon his own experience of fighting for first team opportunities at Anfield, Adam has encouraged Shaqiri to not get disheartened by his current situation.”I think it’s been in and out foter being compared to and is rated as one of the best young defenders in South America.Sir is keen to bolster his defence and add some much needed competition for Ferdinand and , oan from West Brom, became the first striker to win the award since record-breaking goalscorer Alan Shearer in 2003.He has scored 11 goals this term – his best-ever tally in English football but is due to return to parent club West Brom following Nwho have been severely affected by injuries this season.But he will have to act fast if he wants to sign the Vasco da Gama defender as reports in Russia suggest that Anzhi have now entered the race to sign him.With Bayern Munich also in the hunt to clinch his signature, there seems certain to be a bidding war at the end of the season.
Stan Collymore has told talkSPORT Liverpool still lead the way over .Although United are on course to better the ’ total of 18 League titles if they take the Premier League crown this season, Collymore believes his old club retains the upper hand, even though they’ve not won the title since 1990.Collymore said: “Despite a domestic trophy drought in the last 20 years in terms of the Premier League, Liverpool still set the benchmark in terms of trophies won.”And as the two get set to go head-to-head at Anfield this Sunday, Collymore claims the rivalry means more to the visitors than the hosts.”They [United] are looking to go past Liverpool’s 18 d his breakthrough season at Southampton.Even though it took longer than he would have liked, Gunn revealed he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.“It didn’t start too well, as I wasn’t playing many games,” admitted Gunn to the Daily Echo.“When omestic titles anoscow. Atletico’s win sees them finish second ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, who were beaten 2-0 by Group D winners Juventus in Germany.Kieran Trippier saw his early penalty saved but Joao Felix then scored the hosts’ second spot-kick of the night.And Fed they’ve got two less European Cups, so I think it’s more relevant for Man United fans than Liverpool fans,” he added.
England Under-21s wil the battle for wantaway Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.PSG, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are all chasing the France attacker, who will leave Atletico this summer for his €120m buyout clause.However, AS says Florentino is also keen and prepal face Italy in the opening match of next summer’s European Championship finals.Stuart Pearce’s side have been grouped with the Azzurri, Norway and host nation Israel in the eight-team tournament.The last three champions of the competition, Spain, Germany and Holland, join Russia in Group B.The top two teams from each group progress to the semi-finals where theearn from Manchester United’s players.Ronaldo, 34, remains at the very top of his career and is continuing to break records for club and country.”By using my brain. If you’ve got a little intelligence, you look and take example from those who are doiy will bid to reach the final at the Teddy Stadium on June 18.– England v Italy, KO 9.30pm (7.30pm BST) at Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv – England v Norway, KO 7pm (5pm BST) at Ha Moshava Stadium, Petach Tikva– Israel v England, KO 7pm (5pm BST) at Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem
Hamburg will attempt to land Arsenal outcast Nicklas Bendtner at the ntact with Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele. Despite insisting they will not make a big splash this summer, the Reds are continuing to be linked with France international Dembele.Attitude and disciplinary problems have overshadowed Dembele’s time at end of the season.The striker joined Juventus on a season-long loan deal in the summer but has endured a miserable campaign in Turin.The 25-year-old has appeared just 10 times for the club and is still yet to score in any competition.And his season went from bad to worse last week when he admitted on Twitter to drink driving during a trip back to Copenhagen – and the Danish Football Association have confirmed they will now not pick him for six months as a result of the incident.But despite all that, Bundesliga side Hamburg still want to sign him in the summer.The club’s general manager, Frank Arnesen, tried tappy with the performance of captain Granit Xhaka at Manchester United.The 1-1 draw was the first game since Xhaka was named skipper.Emery said, “He worked with a big commitment and he was on the pitch with a very good balance defensively and offensio land the Dane last summer before he opted to join Juve.And after Bendtner’s nightmare trip to Juve, it has been claimed the German club will revive the move at the end of the season.
West Brom defender Abdoulaye Meite is negotiating a pay-off with West Brom and will be allowed to leave on a free transfer.The Ivory Coast international has been marginalised at the Hawthorns and has not played a single minute of Premier League football this eeking a replacement for Ben Chilwell.The Sun says Manchester City and Chelsea are preparing £50 million bids for the defender. Leicester are interested in young Bolton Wanderers attacker Ronan Darcy as a potential replacement.The 18-year-old got hiseason despite the club’s injury crisis in defence.And the centre-back is in talks with bosses to end his two-and-a-half year stay at the club early.The 30-year-old has made 46 appearances for the clubr Milan striker Lautaro Martinez blasted their performance after defeat at Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund.The visitors had been 2-0 up at half-time with goals from Martinez and Matias Vecino, but they were completely over-run after the since joining from for £2m in the summer of 2008.
grabbed a vital away goal for Chelsea as they beat Benfica 1-0 in the Champions League quarter-final first leg. raised eyebrows pre-match when he left , and out of his side but the tactic worked to great effect with the Blues bringing an advantage back to Stamford BridgeKovacic last night – after crushing his hand shaking it!The Aston Villa assistant manager was back at Stamford Bridge and was welcomed with open arms by his former club.After Dean Smith’s side went down 2-1 at his old stomping ground, Terry tried to .They were on the back foot for much of the match with Benfica carving out chances that left the visitors in no doubt as to the size of their task.Bruno Cesar’s clever ball over the top caught the Chelsea defence out after 20 minutes allowing Oscar Cardozo the space to shoot but his effort went wide, while early in the second half was forced to block on the line from Cardozo’s powerful drive. looked to have wasted Chelsea’s best chance when he latched onto a long clearance by and rounded Benfica goalkeeper Guilherme Artur Moraes but he was forced too wide says Alvaro Odriozola’s loan move to Bayern Munich was good for all parties.Odriozola joined Bayern Munich on loan earlier in the week, and Zidane felt it was best for the player.He said, “I talked with him and we decided together that this was an oand his effort struck the outside of the post.But the crucial moment came after 75 minutes when excellent work by saw him find room on the right before crossing for Kalou to tap in.Benfica threatened again at the end with almost scoring an own goal but Chelsea survived to take a crucial lead into the second leg.
Newcastle face a battle with Montpellier for French schemer Anthony Knockaert.The bian Delph says ending Everton’s 24-year trophy drought is his main aim.The England international joined the Toffees from Manchester City after winning two Premier League titles under Pep Guardiola.And Delph wants to bring that winning mentality to Ghighly-rated 20-year-old has been impressing for Guingamp in the French second tier and has been tipped to leave this summer.Newcastle manager , who has had huge success with his French imports this season, has been linked with Knockaert, who has scored eight goals this term.But Ligue 1 leaders Montpellier are now leading the chase for the youngster, according to reports in France.Montpellier are currently two points clear of PSG at “Big Brother” as he watches training via CCTV cameras.Pochettino likes to analyse his stars on screen, so his players have come up with the joke nickname, says The Sun.The Argentine now monitors training from inside Tottenham’s plush Enfield traininthe summit and look on course to qualify for next season’s Champions League at the very least.And if they do, manager Rene Girard is expected to be given funds to spend in the summer and could use some of them on Knockaert.
has told his players to use as an example when considering summer moves away from the club.The England striker left Newcastle for Liverpool in January 2011 but has failed to settle at Anfield and cut a forlorn figure during the ’ 2-0 loss to the Magpies on Sunday, his side’s sixth defeat in seven league games.Carroll’s former club, meanwhile, have been in fine form this season and are currently six Clark has revealed how he attempted to sign Chelsea whizkid Mason Mount while he was manager of Kilmarnock.The 20-year-old is proving a sensation at Stamford Bridge after bagging his second goal for the club in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Norwich City.Ith in the Premier League, level on points with Chelsea, and in with a realistic chance of gaining a Champions League spot., and Cheick Tiote are now being linked with moves away from Newcastle this summer but Pardew has warned his in-demand stars that the grass isnaldo scored two penalties to take his tally to 10 goals in his last six games as Juventus beat Fiorentina 3-0.The hosts were first awarded a spot kick for handball in the first half and Ronaldo swept home the penalty.Rodrigo Bentancur was fouled insi’t always greener elsewhere.“At the moment everyone wants to play for Newcastle,” Pardew said. “We’ve got players who are genuinely happy.“There’s a lesson [to be learnt] with Jose Enrique and Andy Carroll, sometimes the grass isn’t always greener.“When things are well and there’s a nice environment [why would you want to leave?]. There’s investment in the squad, hopefully my players will look at that during the summer and use that as an example.“Mike Ashley has proved that he’s a difficult seller and I know that. There are no nasty songs about him going round the ground [anymore], I think the fans appreciate he’s got the club in good shape, our wage bill is half of Liverpool’s, we’re in really good shape and it’s not like we really need to bring in a load of cash.”
Inter Milan insist they have had no contact with over Wesley Sneijder – but admit they would be open to selling the Dutch playmakield Town have burned off Premier League competition to land Port Vale winger Luke Daley.The Huddersfield Examiner reports the relegated side have beaten Liverpool and Southampton to his signature.“Luke decided on Huddersfield because he felt they er.Sneijder has continually been linked with a move to United, with Sir said to be on the lookout for a replacement for the retired Paul Scholes.United’s chief executive further fuelled speculation Sneijder was on the club’s radar earlier this week as he revealed Ferguson was chasing one more summer signing, after the arrireated Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise have confirmed they received more than 7,000 season-ticket deposits in the first 24 hours of the new team being announced, reports, /.Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is at the helm of the new Charlotte vals of , and .And Gill’s Inter Milan counterpart Ernesto Paolillo has admitted a big-money offer from Old Trafford could convince them to cash in.”Are Manchester United still after Sneijder? We haven’t seen or heard from anyone; that’s a story I’ve heard from you,” he said.”Is Wesley definitely not for sale? I don’t think there’s anything that can’t be sold, it all depends on the price.”You never say no if a big opportunity comes your way, but it does have to be a real opportunity.”
has confirmed Thierry Henry is set to sign a two-month loan deal to return to .The Frenchman admits the paperwork is not yet complete, but he exwill monitor Nicolas Pepe’s progress in training before deciding if he will face Newcastle United this weekend.The £72m signing did nappy where he is.Conti’s former club Atalanta are now ahead of Milan in fourth place.He said, “I’m not in the same shape I was before the injury and I’d love to give more, but I know it’ll take time. It does make me suffer, because I know that I’m ot play in Sunday’s loss to Barcelona, with Emery confirming he stayed behind to train in London.Speaking after the pects it go through without a hitch.Wenger said: “The deal is not completed, and at the moment we can’t announce anything. It can only be positive, because he has exceptional talent.”He is experienced, he is quality, and can help the players on and off the pitch.”He is still class and has quality. He still has pace. When Robin and Thierry play together we will do very well.”
hester United goalkeeper Lee Grant says new teammate Harry Maguire has quickly settled.Maguire, 26, took home the Man of the Match award on his debut – a 4-0 win over Chelseath the squad.Watford host Manchester United today sitting rock bottom.Kabasele told the Watfords-relegation-scrap-Vincent-Kompany.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail, “We see him everywhere. Sometimes we are joking about it in the squad. “In the physio – and is seen as a future club captain.Speaking about the 20-cap England st