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Saturday, September 3, 2011


Arsenal Nicklas Bendtner accused Arsenal of not giving him a fair chance since his accident two years ago and has vowed never to return to the club. Aston Villa Aston Villa head coach Alex McLeish has confirmed he made an unsuccessful attempt to bring Rangers midfielder Steven Davis back to the club. Blackburn Blackburn manager Steve Kean is looking forward to a 'fresh start' next week after doing some 'great business' in the summer transfer window. Bolton New Bolton striker David Ngog is delighted to be a part of a club that is ambitious and has been constantly improving over the last few years. Chelsea Chelsea captain John Terry believed he and his England team-mates produced one of their best performances in recent years to beat Bulgaria. Everton Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell is confident that he can establish himself in the first team line-up and also progress at international level. Fulham Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey has admitted that there was interest from many clubs this summer, including Arsenal, but nothing materialised. Liverpool Fabio Borini's agent revealed that Liverpool expressed their interest before he joined Roma on a loan deal from Parma on transfer deadline day. Manchester City Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez admits he has a 'love-hate' relationship with Roberto Mancini but insists he is now happy at Eastlands. Manchester United Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney scored twice as England took a significant stride towards UEFA Euro 2012 with an impressive hammering of Bulgaria. Newcastle United Newcastle Utd managing director Derek Llambias has insisted their failure to sign a striker on deadline day was not due to a lack of trying. Norwich City It was revealed that striker Oli Johnson missed out on a deadline day move to Yeovil Town when the club failed to meet Norwich's valuation. Queens Park Rangers Striker Jason Puncheon says a brief meeting with Queens Park Rangers boss Neil Warnock was enough to convince him to join the club on loan. Stoke City Peter Coates is not keen on splashing out GBP20 million in every transfer window but accepts it was necessary for Stoke City on this occasion. Sunderland Sunderland defender John O'Shea has admitted the time was right for him to leave Manchester United this summer, after 13 years at the club. Swansea City Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins declared that he is pleased the club spent within their means as they attempt to remain in the top flight. Tottenham Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul has made Manchester City his favourites for the Premier League title, ahead of holders Manchester United. West Brom West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie admits he may have rushed back too soon from an injury, as he finds himself back on the treatment table. Wigan Athletic Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes Shaun Maloney has great experience and is at the perfect age to bring something different to his squad. Wolverhampton Wolves midfielder David Edwards is delighted to have finally won his long-term fitness battle against a back injury he picked up in January.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao Bilbao defender Xabi Castillo says he does not like seeing Lertxundi and Ocio being ostracised, but there is nothing the team can do about it. Atletico Madrid Gregorio Manzano is more than satisfied with the Atletico's efforts to strengthen the team after losing De Gea, Aguero, Ujfalusi and Forlan. Barcelona Jorge Valdano expects Barcelona to leave La Liga at some point in the future, with a European league proving to be more interesting for them. Espanyol Bad news for Espanyol as the club will have to make do without the services of winger Felipe Mattioni for six months because of a knee injury. Getafe Midfielder Ruben Perez said he chose to join Getafe because he was very interested in their project, following a long two-month negotiations. Granada Granada coach Fabriciano Gonzalez believes he has now a balanced team that can compete well in the La Liga, with several different solutions. Levante Levante coach Juan Ignacio Martinez believes Arouna Kone is the best candidate to replace Felipe Caicedo, given the club's financial situation. Malaga Malaga's veteran striker Ruud van Nistelrooy is hopeful that his side will soon become stronger after a disappointing start to the new season. Osasuna Osasuna midfielder Raul Garcia would not object to being made a captain at the club, but insisted that he does not view himself as a leader. Racing Santander New Racing Santander signing Bernardo Espinosa is keen to continue his career growth at the club and admits that he still has a lot to learn. Rayo Vallecano Mikel Labaka is excited about his new challenges with Rayo Vallecano and is convinced that the club have a competitive team for the La Liga. Real Betis Real Betis defender Nacho Perez has warned that his team will not be giving away anything in their first season back in the Primera Division. Real Madrid Jorge Valdano expects Real Madrid to leave La Liga at some point in the future, with a European league proving to be more interesting for them. Real Mallorca Real Mallorca manager Michael Laudrup has criticised the club for not preparing a replacement before they decide to sell Jonathan de Guzman. Real Sociedad Sociedad will have to face Stade Brestois in a friendly without Macdonald Mariga, after Kenya FA refused to allow him to play this weekend. Real Zaragoza Real Zaragoza playing without their internationals, beat Villanueva in a friendly after striker Braulio Nobrega managed to find the net twice. Sevilla Sevilla youngster Jose Gomez Campana vowed to do everything he can so that the club will not have to find another midfielder the entire season. Sporting Gijon Sporting Gijon midfielder Alberto Lora, who is suspended after seeing two yellow cards, is also out for two week due to a hamstring injury. Valencia Valencia technical secretary Braulio Vazquez declared that the club have reinvented themselves following the arrivals and exits of key players. Villarreal Jonathan de Guzman admitted that he was unsure whether or not Villarreal would be able to reach an agreement with his former club Mallorca.

Serie A

AC Milan AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that striker Pippo Inzaghi was frustrated at being left out of their Champions League squad. AS Roma Fabio Borini's agent revealed that Liverpool expressed their interest before he joined Roma on a loan deal from Parma on transfer deadline day. Atalanta Atalanta director Gabriele Zamagna believes they have built a team capable of reaching their target this season, despite the heavy penalty. Bologna Bologna head coach Pierpaolo Bisoli is considering of using the 3-5-1-1 system, following the departure of midfielder Francesco Della Rocca. Cagliari Cagliari have assigned the jersey number 30 to Rui Sampaio, while Salvatore Burrai will be wearing jersey number 15 throughout this season. Catania Catania head coach Vincenzo Montella is satisfied with the players that were brought in, but is refusing to set any objectives this season. Cesena Marco Parolo has no regrets about remaining at Cesena and is determined to better last season's performance in order to attract bigger clubs. Chievo Chievo sports director Giovanni Sartori is very satisfied with their summer dealings, having achieved all the goals they set for themselves. Fiorentina Riccardo Montolivo has rejected reports that he has agreed to join Milan in 2012, while Fiorentina revealed that he snubbed a move to Roma. Genoa The agent of Alberto Gilardino has denied reports that the Fiorentina star striker had already agreed personal terms with Genoa this summer. Inter Milan New Inter striker Mauro Zarate admitted it was terrible to be sold on the final day of the transfer window as he could not sleep for a week. Juventus It was reported Fernerbahce are close to agreeing a EUR2.5 million deal to bring Juventus defender Reto Ziegler to Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. Lazio Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has revealed that Mauro Zarate wanted to join Inter but denied the move came at the request of team members. Lecce Lecce sports director Carlo Osti is curious to see Muriel in action, but knows they cannot give too many responsibilities to the youngster. Napoli Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis wants to introduce B teams to Italian football because it would solve the problem of unhappy players. Novara Novara were missing Morimoto and Ujkani as they defeated Folgore Caratese 2-1 in a friendly match thanks to goals by Granoche and Meggiorini. Palermo Delio Rossi has stressed that he is not returning to the Palermo bench as president Maurizio Zamparini has a different vision for the team. Parma Fabio Borini's agent revealed that Liverpool expressed their interest before he joined Roma on a loan deal from Parma on transfer deadline day. Siena Siena striker Pablo Gonzalez announced that he is in good shape and available to the coach, following his first training with his new squad. Udinese Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin admits he is nervous about their preparations as he is missing so many players due to international duties.