Evans denies bad form for Man United

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has hit out at critics who believe the Northern Ireland international is struggling at club level, The Daily Mail reports. The 24 year old was sent off in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford, where United were beaten 6-1 by a rampaging Manchester City. Evans is hopeful that the critics can look past the game against City and focus on his more recent run in the side, where he has featured regularly in both domestic and European football. Northern Ireland face Norway this week and…

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Villas-Boas fears Chelsea exit

Andre Villas-Boas admitted for the first time that his time at Chelsea could be coming to an end and he fears for his Blues future, The Mirror reports. The Portuguese manager stated two weeks ago that he had full support from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and was confident he would be able to complete the ‘three year project’ he has envisaged. However, after Villas-Boas called for club bosses to give him public support, there was no reaction from Chelsea executives. Villas-Boas now believes that he has to produce immediate results…

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Parker voted England Player of the Year

Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker has been voted the Vauxhall England Player of the Year, reports the FA. Parker, 31, has only ten senior caps for England, having been passed over until late in his career. However, his resurgence in the twilight of his career has seen him become a mainstay of the current England squad, and he was named man of the match in the recent 1-0 friendly victory over Spain. The award, which was voted for by England fans on the FA’s official website, saw him garner 17% of…

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Pogba Man Utd contract situation still unresolved

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is still expected to leave Old Trafford this summer after his agent revealed discussions over his future are ‘precarious’, The Independent reports. The French teenager, who has made just one league appearance this season, was expected to feature against Ajax in the Europa League last week, but suggestions emerged that a row with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson left him on the sidelines. Pogba was forced to train with the reserves on the day of the game and the club have refused to comment on…

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Villas-Boas in triple Porto swoop

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has revealed to Sky Sports that Hulk, the forward who helped him to an incredible Quadruple in Portugal last season, fits the kind of player he would like to recruit. Villas-Boas conducted an interview with Portuguese radio station TSF and also hinted that Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda could leave the club this summer. Villas-Boas said: ‘We have Kalou and Malouda, both of whom are nearing the end of their contracts, while Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge are the future. As such, there will surely be…

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La Liga Round-up: Levante back on track, Ronaldo and Messi continue to astound

It was another exciting week in La Liga as Levante returned to winning ways and, along with Sevilla, fired themselves back into the fight for European competition; Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continued to astound us all with their individual brilliance, earning their respective sides three points; and Villarreal, Racing Santander and Sporting Gijon picked up important points in the battle for survival whilst Real Zaragoza fell further behind at the foot of the table. Levante returned to fourth place this weekend after they beat Espanyol 2-1 at the Cornella…

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Thiago Silva: To play at Barcelona would be a dream

AC Milan defender Thiago Silva, who admitted last summer he had been in contact with Barcelona over a possible move to the Camp Nou, says he has still not closed the door on joining the Catalan giants. The 27-year-old Brazilian international spoke to Mundo Deportivo on arrival in Saint Gallen, Switzerland, where he is representing his country in their friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday . “One never knows what can happen in the future,” he said. “I know from friends and the Press that Barca are interested in me but…

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Luiz shrugs off further criticism

The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea defender David Luiz is happy for critics to continue saying negative things, because he has endured much worse in his life than their abuse. The Brazilian international has received much criticism for some of Chelsea’s stuttering performances this season and the errors made have been highlighted by leading pundits. Luiz arrived from Portuguese side Benfica in January 2011 and has endeared himself to the Blues’ fans with his wacky hairstyle and confident style. The 24 year old opened the scoring against Bolton last weekend…

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Arsenal identify Sessegnon and Giroud

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking to make a summer move for Sunderland playmaker Stephane Sessegnon, The Sun reports. The Benin international has been on fire since signing for Sunderland and has particularly improved under the tutelage of boss Martin O’Neill. Sessegnon may find the lure of European football too hard to resist, which Arsenal seem to be guaranteed to provide, either in the Champions League or Europa League. Sunderland have valued Sessegnon at £16m in the past when Liverpool were interested, but could be prepared to lower their demands.…

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Sagna hopeful for Arsenal run of form

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna believes that the club’s superb victory over Tottenham in the North London derby could spur them on to success, arsenal.com reports. The Frenchman broke his leg in the North London derby at White Hart Lane earlier this season, but has returned to full fitness this month. Arsenal were in poor form after a Champions League loss in Milan and an FA Cup defeat to Sunderland, but Sagna’s header in the first half sparked their comeback from 2-0 down. The return of the Frenchman will improve an…

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Wenger hails Walcott performance

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was pleased with Theo Walcott’s performance in their North London derby victory over Tottenham, Sky Sports reports. The England international was jeered by the crowd in a frustrating opening period of the game, when Tottenham raced into a 2-0 lead. Arsenal pegged the game back to 2-2 and Walcott’s performance in the second half compiled of a brace to earn a 5-2 victory, along with Tomas Rosicky’s goal. Wenger praised the direction of his winger, who was then applauded off the field by the Emirates Stadium…

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Cech and Cahill happy with Chelsea win over Bolton

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes that the club’s 3-0 victory over Bolton was much overdue and they are glad to be back on track, chelseafc.com reports. The Blues were beaten 3-1 in the Champions League by Napoli, but got back to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 win over struggling Bolton, with David Luiz, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard getting on the scoresheet for the Stamford Bridge club. Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has been under pressure, but the victory was the club’s first in a month and took them into…

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Inter ready with Guardiola offer

According to Marca, Inter Milan are ready to pull out all the stops in an attempt to land Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola as the uncertainty over the renewal of his contract at the Camp Nou continues. Inter President Massimo Moratti would like Guardiola to oversee the reconstruction of a side currently languishing in seventh place in Serie A, 15 points adrift of leaders AC Milan, less than two years after lifting the Champions League trophy. Moratti is understood to be willing to offer the 41-year-old, who had spells in Italy…

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Samir Nasri struggling amongst fierce competition at Manchester City

Samir Nasri was born in 1987, a vintage year for French football, boasting the likes of Karim Benzema, Hatem Ben Arfa, Loic Remy and Jeremy Menez, a collective that won the European U-17 Championships together in 2004. Despite currently gracing some of Europe’s most prestigious sides and maintaining lofty reputations, the accusation is that this gilded generation has yet to maximise their true potential. Due to a shared Algerian heritage, Nasri had to endure the burden of comparisons with Zinedine Zidane in the formative years of his career. Replicating the…

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Villas-Boas wants Lampard to stay at Chelsea

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas insists that Frank Lampard should stay at Stamford Bridge, despite their much-publicised bust-up, Sky Sports reports. The 33 year old England international has not featured regularly for the club this season and Villas-Boas is believed to be unhappy with the way senior stars, including Lampard, have challenged him. Lampard admitted after Saturday’s win over Bolton that their relationship was ‘not ideal’, prompting reports that the player could be interested in a move abroad. Villas-Boas refused to rule out the chance of Lampard leaving in the summer,…

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Málaga Club Focus – Five star Málaga please Pellegrini

Malaga answered their critics in the best possible way with an emphatic 5-1 thumping of basement side Real Zaragoza at La Rosaleda on Saturday. The win restored Malaga’s position among the European contenders in La Liga and extended their recent run of good form at home. Coach Manuel Pellegrini kept faith with the starting eleven from last weekend’s defeat at Athletic Bilbao, which meant that centre back Martin Demichelis, returning from suspension, and out of form striker Ruud van Nistelrooy were both consigned to the bench, while midfielders Duda and…

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Tottenham Sessegnon link returns

Tottenham could go head to head with Arsenal in a summer transfer battle for Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon, according to The Daily Mail. Sessegnon, 27, joined Sunderland from Paris Saint Germain in January of last year. He has formed an impressive part of Martin O’Neill’s revolution at the club, scoring 7 goals in 27 appearances so far this season, and assisting 9 more. Sunderland paid £6 million for the Beninese international’s services, and with his contract still having over 2 years to run, any potential move will likely need to…

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Redknapp blames Tottenham defeat on defending

Harry Redknapp has blamed bad defending for his side’s 5-2 defeat at the hands of Arsenal yesterday, reports BBC Football. Tottenham went two up through an early Louis Saha deflected effort, and Emmanuel Adebayor’s penalty, but went in for half time level after conceding two goals in quick succession. They then capitulated in the second half, conceding three more goals without reply, to leave their lead in the race for third place reduced to seven points. The result also sees any faint title hopes Spurs may have had put to…

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Dzeko not feeling pressured by returning Tevez

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko denies feeling under any extra pressure following the return to training of Carlos Tevez, according to the Independent. Dzeko is quoted as saying: “It’s not pressure, it’s just that [Tevez] can bring quality to the team… it’s good you have so many quality players around you.” The Bosnian, who came off the bench to score City’s third goal of a 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, added: “We are all one team trying to play together and it’s good that we scored three because…

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Ajax defender puts Tottenham on alert

Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen has admitted his desire to play in the Premier League, and put Tottenham on alert by describing them as an ‘amazing club’, according to Goal.com. Vertonghen starred in Ajax’s 2-1 win over Manchester United in the Europa League last week – a win which was not enough to see them through after a 2-0 defeat in the first leg. Harry Redknapp was shown alongside Roberto Mancini in the stands during Channel 5’s coverage of the match, and there was speculation he was there to run his…

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Tevez to feature for Man City reserves this week

Carlos Tevez is to play for Manchester City’s reserve side against Preston North End this week, the Daily Mail reports. Tevez has not played for City since a 2-0 League Cup victory over Birmingham City on September 21, and the Argentine has not been part of a Man City squad since refusing to warm up as a substitute during City’s 2-0 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich six days later. Tevez was fined and suspended over the incident, and returned to Argentina for three-and-a-half months. However, after issuing an apology…

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