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Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Arsenal It was reported Arsenal and Chelsea are chasing after Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu, whose termination clause is set at EUR3.5 million. Aston Villa Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne concedes he would probably have left the club in the summer if Gerard Houllier had stayed on as manager. Blackburn The pressure is already on Blackburn boss Steve Kean as Mark Hughes and Dave Jones have been mentioned as possible replacement should he falter. Bolton Gael Kakuta has revealed that he turned down the chance to rejoin Fulham in order to complete his loan move to Bolton on transfer deadline day. Chelsea It was reported Chelsea and Arsenal are chasing after Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu, whose termination clause is set at EUR3.5 million. Everton Everton loan signing Royston Drenthe is looking to kick-start his career at the club after admitting he career with Real Madrid is finished. Fulham Gael Kakuta has revealed that he turned down the chance to rejoin Fulham in order to complete his loan move to Bolton on transfer deadline day. Liverpool Liverpool are to explore the possibility of tapping into Uruguay's emerging talent, with two of the country's players already on their books. Manchester City Inter insisted there was never any chance of Carlos Tevez joining the club during the summer due to Manchester City's valuation of the player. Manchester United Coach Sir Alex Ferguson does not believe Wesley Sneijder would have been the perfect player to fill the void left by Paul Scholes' retirement. Newcastle United Newcastle Utd assistant manager John Carver insisted there is no reason for Alan Pardew to walk away, after making a good start to the season. Norwich City Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill has revealed he is running the rule over Norwich striker Oli Johnson, with a view to completing the move this week. Queens Park Rangers Queens Park Rangers head coach Neil Warnock revealed that their newest signing Shaun Wright-Phillips is to be handed a free role in the side. Stoke City Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has revealed he failed in a bid to sign Scott Parker from West Ham as the midfielder wanted to stay in London. Sunderland Defender Titus Bramble has boldly declared that Sunderland have enough in their armoury to spring a surprise against Chelsea this Saturday. Swansea City Michel Vorm is hoping a move to Swansea from Utrecht and a Premier League platform will allow him to become Holland's number one goalkeeper. Tottenham Sandro says Roma were among a number of clubs interested in him, but the midfielder is now determined to finish in the top four with Tottenham. West Brom Defender Steven Reid has insisted there is no need for West Brom to panic after failing to collect any points from the opening three games. Wigan Athletic New Wigan loan signing Patrick van Aanholt wants to emulate Tom Cleverley and make use his stay at the DW Stadium as a springboard to success. Wolverhampton Wolves head coach Mick McCarthy admits he would be willing to add another free agent to his ranks should the right player become available.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao Jon Aurtenetxe admits coach Marcelo Bielsa has a different style to Joaquin Capparos and it will take some time for Bilbao to get use to it. Atletico Madrid Inter hitman Diego Forlan has made it clear that Atletico did not force him to leave and that he holds no animosity towards anyone at the club. Barcelona It was reported Arsenal and Chelsea are chasing after Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu, whose termination clause is set at EUR3.5 million. Espanyol Espanyol striker Rui Fonte is a doubt for the game versus Athletic Bilbao after picking up a shoulder injury while on duty with Portugal's U21. Getafe President Angel Torres believes it will take until late October for Getafe to show their true potential due to the many new faces and injuries. Granada New Granada defender Pepe Diakhate insisted he feels no extra pressure to do well, despite his label as the club's most expensive player ever. Levante Good news for Levante boss Juan Ignacio as midfielder Francisco Javier Farinos has resumed squad training after he was injured in early August. Malaga Malaga striker Salomon Rondon accepts the fact that his side will have to play on Monday and warned them that Granada deserved full respect. Osasuna New Osasuna striker Nino is happy with the current pace and dynamic of his team, but acknowleges that they will have to prove it on the field. Racing Santander Racing midfielder Diop is happy that Senegal qualified to the African Nations Cup, but hopes his absence in January will not affect his club. Rayo Vallecano Rayo defender Jose Manuel admits the team is tired talking about the club's financial situation and hoping football will restore some normalcy. Real Betis Betis defender Isidoro welcomes the competition for places at the club and would not rule out the possibility of fighting for European spots. Real Madrid Jose Callejon praised Enzo Zidane's ability to control the ball during Real Madrid's training, as he showed glimps of his father's prowess. Real Mallorca Mallorca Tomas Pina revealed that coach Michael Laudrup has urged his team not to think about off-field issues and focus only on their work. Real Sociedad Real Sociedad keeper Claudio Bravo is not afraid of Barcelona as he believes in his side's strength when playing in front of their own crowd. Real Zaragoza Real Zaragoza goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez said their season opening defeat to Real Madrid was a 'large but shallow wound that heals fast'. Sevilla Sevilla coach Marcelino is sweating over the fitness of Chilean midfielder Gary Medel after it was confirmed he suffered a muscle overload. Sporting Gijon Sporting Gijon manager Manolo Preciado could offer new defender Damian Suarez his debut this weekend, following his performance in training. Valencia Vicente Guaita has vowed Valencia will fight in the La Liga until the final day, despite acknowledging Real Madrid and Barcelona's superiority. Villarreal Villarreal defender Gonzalo Rodriguez said his team are more equipped to play in three competitions this season due to their summer additions.

Serie A

AC Milan Midfielder Clarence Seedorf believes next week's Champions League game against Barcelona will reveal a lot about the true strength of Milan. AS Roma AS Roma coach Luis Enrique's preparation for the Cagliari clash took another hit as Cicinho, Pizarro, Juan, Lamela and Bojan are down with flu. Atalanta Atalanta defender Andrea Masiello is aware of the difficulty facing Genoa in their own turf, but insissts his team will go for the 3 points. Bologna Bologna director Roberto Zanzi is convinced of Gaston Ramirez's potential, and has assured the player that the club can help help him grow. Cagliari Cagliari president Massimo Cellino is happy after bringing in 11 new faces to the club but knows it will take some time for them to fit in. Catania Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti has urged his team to best last season's achievement and to secure at least 50 points in this campaign. Cesena Cesena director Lorenzo Minotti is convinced that their new artificial tuft will ensure a high quality performance even during wet conditions. Chievo New Chievo Verona goalkeeper Christian Puggioni is happy to compete for places against Sorrentino and Squizzi as they push each other to grow. Fiorentina Fiorentina may be without Juan Manuel Vargas for their home game against Bologna as the midfielder is currently in Peru due to family reasons. Genoa Cesare Bovo said it was easy for him to fit back into the Genoa squad, even though only two players are still here from his previous spell. Inter Milan Massimo Moratti could recall Leonardo back to Inter Milan from PSG, but as a director, as relations with Marco Branca continue to deteriorate. Juventus Juventus have loaned young goalkeeper Mario Kirev to Timisoara until next June, given the presence of Buffon, Storari and Manninger at Vinovo. Lazio Fifa agent Sabatino believes Hernanes was right to snub Arsenal, as he needs to play regularly in order to break into Brazil national squad. Lecce Lecce midfielder Djamel Mesbah said this is the first time that he has stayed at a club for 3 straight seasons and is hungry to prove himself. Napoli Goran Pandev's agent said the new Napoli striker needed to move away from Inter Milan as he was under-used and under-valued by the Nerazzurri. Novara Novara coach Attilio Tesser believes the synthetic turf at Cesena will give advantage to the more technical teams but it will tax the muscle. Palermo Palermo sports director Sean Sogliano said Cassani and Bovo left the club because they needed new stimuli and the issue should be left at that. Parma Parma president Tommaso Ghirardi is looking forward to see the potential of his team, but is still sore about the aborted clash with Juventus. Siena Simone Vergassola said Siena are ready to start the season and is convinced that his team's defence can handle Catania's new offensive tactics. Udinese Antonio Floro Flores has underlined his commitment to Udinese, after claiming he is happy to be in the middle of a major project at the club.