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Saturday, September 10, 2011


Arsenal Arsenal are following Ola Toivonen and could make a GBP12 million bid in January if the PSV striker continues his impressive early season form. Aston Villa Midfielder Jermaine Jenas has set his sights on returning to England's squad for Euro 2012 as he looks to rebuild his career at Aston Villa. Blackburn Coach Steve Kean has called on Blackburn's supporters to give him time and claims his relationship with his board remains as strong as ever. Bolton Bolton manager Owen Coyle believes his side can defeat Manchester United but does not view goalkeeper David de Gea as a potential weak spot. Chelsea Striker Fernando Torres believes the signing of Juan Mata and the return of Daniel Sturridge will help him end his dismal record with Chelsea. Everton David Moyes has no idea how striker Denis Stracqualursi will fare for Everton and plans to start with Tim Cahill up front against Aston Villa. Fulham Fulham boss Martin Jol is happy with the state of the Cottagers' squad following a transfer window the Dutchman feels went well for the club. Liverpool Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is delighted with the business to date and believes the squad is stronger than it was in the last campaign. Manchester City Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini claims he is more frustrated with the media attention on Mario Balotelli than the striker's behaviour. Manchester United Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping David de Gea will be protected from any rough treatment Bolton are planning this Saturday. Newcastle United Head coach Ian Holloway says Blackpool are still hopeful of securing the services of striker Nile Ranger on a loan deal from Newcastle Utd. Norwich City Norwich manager Paul Lambert insists he has complete faith in Declan Rudd to fill in for suspended goalkeeper John Ruddy against West Brom. Queens Park Rangers QPR remain keen to sign midfielder David Beckham, but Loftus Road chairman Tony Fernandes has admitted any prospective deal is a long way off. Stoke City Tony Pulis is confident Peter Crouch will show the right attitude for Stoke City and is not worried about the England striker's public profile. Sunderland Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has branded those people trying to unsettle striker Asamoah Gyan with talk of high-profile moves as 'parasites'. Swansea City Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers revealed midfielder Kemy Agustien has been doing defensive duties in training ahead of their clash with Arsenal. Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has 'no idea' whether Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham will return to the club this winter. West Brom Coach Roy Hodgson is confident West Brom will soon get off the mark in the Premier League if they play as they did in their first three games. Wigan Athletic Boss Roberto Martinez may not face the same challenges as Manchester City counterpart Roberto Mancini, but he feels the weight of expectation. Wolverhampton Wolves manager Mick McCarthy insists midfielder Jamie O'Hara has nothing to prove ahead of Saturday's meeting with his former club Tottenham.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente said he is in no rush to extend his contract at the club, as he focuses on getting back in shape. Atletico Madrid Atletico Madrid coach Gregorio Manzano believes he has a good team for this season as he sets the target to finish the league in the top three. Barcelona President Sandro Rosell has described Pep Guardiola as the best coach in Barcelona's 112 year history and backed him for a long-term future. Espanyol Espanyol's third captain Javi Marques believes the club have done well to replace those who has left, as he looks forward to a good season. Getafe Getafe midfielder Pablo Sarabia warned that Real Madrid are not made of 3 players and his side will have to battle for the entire 90 minutes. Granada Granada captain Manolo Lucena believes his side will improve as the season progresses and that they will have their chances against Malaga. Levante Levante manager Juan Ignacio Martinez has warned his side to be wary of Racing Santander, who managed to score three goals away to Valencia. Malaga Veteran Malaga striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has refused to set a target for the team and would rather concentrate on doing well in every game. Osasuna Osasuna coach Mendilibar will not risk Asier Riesgo and Javad Nekounam this weekend and will have Ricardo and Raul Garcia to take their place. Racing Santander Racing Santander head coach Hector Cuper knows that his team will have to take their time against Levante, who are good with counter-attack. Rayo Vallecano Rayo Vallecano midfielder Lass Bangoura said it would be a dream to play in the Primera Division and is eager to show the fans what he can do. Real Betis Betis coach Pepe Mel has criticised the decision to schedule their game in the afternoon, but warned his players not to use it as an excuse. Real Madrid Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho would not rule out January signings as he has no control over injuries or other problems that may arise. Real Mallorca Real Mallorc midfielder Jose Luis Marti has been dropped from the squad to face Real Betis on Sunday, as he is struggling with a thigh injury. Real Sociedad Real Sociedad midfielder Xabi Prieto warned his team not to allow Barcelona to get comfortable and to move the ball quickly in counter-attack. Real Zaragoza Real Zaragoza midfielder Paulo da Silva has resumed squad training for the first time since his return as they prepare for the trip to Rayo. Sevilla Sevilla coach Marcelino said Villarreal's defeat to Barcelona does not change his opinion that they are one of the best team in the league. Sporting Gijon Sporting Gijon coach Manolo Preciado is baffled by talks of pressure and turning points as the Primera Division has barely got off the ground. Valencia Valencia manager Unai Emery said the clash against direct rival Atletico will serve as an extra motivation for his side to do well tonight. Villarreal Good news for Villarreal as veteran defender Angel Lopez is likely to recover from his long-term injury and resume squad training next week.

Serie A

AS Roma Roma CEO Claudio Fenucci admitted midfielder Daniele De Rossi is asking for a big pay package, but is confident that a deal can be reached. Atalanta Atalanta midfielder Matteo Brighi has yet to full fitness and is likely to be on the bench for their season opening encounter against Genoa. Bologna Bologna coach Pierpaolo Bisoli seems set to field Panagiotis Kone from the start against Fiorentina, while Loria also is likely to feature. Cagliari It has been confirmed that new Cagliari signing Thiago Ribeiro will be available to manager Massimo Ficcadenti for their clash against Roma. Catania Catania head coach Vincenzo Montella will have to face Siena without the services of Legrottaglie, Izco and Llama, who are still sidelined. Cesena Cesena manager Marco Giampaolo is confident that his side will have a good game against Napoli despite the absence of goalkeeper Antonioli. Chievo Chievo coach Domenico Di Carlo believes he has an extraordinary fire power this season, but warned his side to be wary of enthusiastic Novara. Fiorentina Fiorentina medical team reported that Nicola Gulan is set to be out for 15 days, while Per Kroldrup's knee problem will see him miss two games. Genoa Genoa president Enrico Preziosi is envious of Juventus' new stadium as he admitted that the Bianconeri are always one step ahead of his club. Inter Milan Juraj Kucka's agent has confirmed Inter own half of his contract and reserve the rights to complete the EUR16 million purchase this January. Juventus Keeper Gigi Buffon has conceded that he is not sure about Juventus' strength this season as a lot of new players arrived late in the market. Lecce Hitman David Di Michele admits Lecce will still have to prove themselves on the field, despite having a stronger-looking team than last season. Napoli Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri has set 3rd place finish and a Champions League spot as a target and foundation to continue building their future. Novara Andrea Lisuzzo said Novara are determined to do well this season as they prepare for their Serie A debut after 55 years in the lower division. Palermo Palermo captain Fabrizio Miccoli is remaining cautious about the team's targets and would not consider Europe until their survival is assured. Parma Parma striker Sebastian Giovinco warned his side that Juventus are not the same as last season and expects the Bianconeri to focus on attacks. Siena Sports director Giorgio Perinetti admits it will not be easy for Siena to stay in Serie A as all the bottom teams have reinforced their squad. Udinese Udinese president Franco Soldati has underlined the importance of Europa League to the players, despite admitting it will stretch their limit.