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Friday, September 30, 2011


Arsenal still have intentions to sign target Michel Bastos despite the Brazilian left back recently signing a new deal at current club Lyon.

Aston Villa
Villa are to fine players who take their shirts off when celebrating a goal or are booked for dissent to crack down on needless yellow cards.

Blackburn Rovers have officially announced that assistant manager John Jensen is to leave his post after serving for nine months at the club.

Bolton's Paul Robinson admits confidence has been hit after five straight defeats but is looking forward to a more preferable run of opponents.

Andre Villas-Boas insisted he had no regrets about sending on Salomon Kalou for Frank Lampard in Chelsea's Champions League draw at Valencia.

Sylvain Distin has rubbished reports suggesting that he is holding out for a new two-year contract at Everton and would be happy with just one.

Andrew Johnson scored his sixth Europa League goal as Fulham registered their first victory in Group K following the match against Odense BK.

Liverpool are locked in a GBP7 million battle with Juventus for the signature of Lyon defender Aly Cissokho when the market reopens in January.

Manchester City
Man City's lawyers are examining the club's options but it now looks as though Carlos Tevez will not play again until January at the earliest.

Manchester United
Manchester United still have intentions to sign target Michel Bastos despite the Brazilian recently signing a new deal at current club Lyon.

Newcastle United
Italian full-back Davide Santon has declared himself ready to compete for a place in the Newcastle Utd side after returning to full fitness.

Norwich City
Norwich City winger Elliott Bennett believes his squad is so good that any 11 players could play at any given time and do a really good job.

Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers remain keen on signing David Beckham, but vice-chairman Amit Bhatia fears that maybe the star would choose a bigger club.

Stoke City
Jonathan Walters scored his second Europa League goal as Stoke registered their first victory in Group E following the match against Besiktas.

Asamoah Gyan admits he is 'disappointed' by the comments made by coach Steve Bruce since the striker left Sunderland to join Al-Ain on loan.

Swansea City
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is relishing the prospect of a 'fascinating' clash of football approach against Stoke on Sunday.

Jermain Defoe scored his second Europa League goal as Tottenham registered their first win in Group A following the match against Shamrock.

West Brom
West Brom manager Roy Hodgson is confident Peter Odemwingie and Shane Long can forge an effective partnership after what he saw last weekend.

Wigan Athletic
Boss Roberto Martinez has ruled out signing free agent El-Hadji Diouf, who has brought 'a real air of professionalism' into training at Wigan.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy admits his side have been affected by their recent poor run of form and has urged them to respond on Saturday.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Igor Gabilondo scored his first Europa League goal as Athletic Bilbao registered their second win in Group F following the match against PSG.

Atletico Madrid
Juanfran scored his first Europa League goal as Atletico Madrid registered their first draw in Group I following the encounter against Rennes.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi said their win over BATE did not cause the Catalans too much trouble, as their opponents hardly left their own half.

Striker Alvaro Vazquez admits Espanyol will have to be brash, bold and quick to seize their opportunities, if they are to beat Real Madrid.

Coach Luis Garcia said Getafe have nothing to fear against Malaga, but admitted that it will be one of the most difficult games of the season.

Granada midfielder Jaime Romero said his side know what to expect from Valencia, but believes they can get something positive from their match.

Levante midfielder Xavi Torres insists that they are only focused on the three points and not the possibility of leading the league on Sunday.

Malaga defender Joris Mathijsen is pleased not to concede any goal in the last four games, but admitted that they need to improve up front.

Osasuna defender Damia Abella said his team are convinced that they will put on an improved performance and beat Real Mallorca this weekend.

Racing Santander
Racing goalkeeper Tono has acknowledged the importance of beating Rayo this weekend, but insisted that failing to do so will not be the end.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo midfielder Dani Pacheco admitted after two straight defeats it is important for them to get a win over Racing in order to ease concerns.

Real Betis
Real Betis striker Ruben Castro admits that his side are not accustomed to leading the La Liga as their goal is simply to avoid relegation.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid may have to make do without the services of Karim Benzema on Sunday after the striker has picked up a groin problem against Ajax.

Real Mallorca
Defender Ivan Ramis has urged Mallorca to remain professional and keep their focus on Osasuna, following the resignation of Michael Laudrup.

Real Sociedad
Sociedad striker Diego Ifran insists he is relaxed and fully focused on doing well at the club after missing a move during the summer market.

Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza striker Helder Postiga insists he is not worried about scoring his first La Liga goal, as he believes it will happen naturally.

Good news for Sevilla after it was confirmed that Alvaro Negredo suffers no muscle tear, although he is still a doubt for the weekend game.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon defender Ivan Hernandez has declared that his team are ready to face Barcelona and that the game offers them extra motivation.

Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves believes the point they gained against Chelsea may have qualified them to Champions League knock-out phase.

Villarreal midfielder Borja Valero said the match against Zaragoza offers them a chance to calm down a bit after a bad start to the season.

Serie A

AC Milan
Milan ace Zlatan Ibrahimovic was happy to score his first goal since recovering from injury and cannot wait to face his former club Juventus.

AS Roma
AS Roma are reportedly optimistic about their chance of reaching agreement with Daniele De Rossi over a new contract as early as next week.

Atalanta sports director Pierpaolo Marino is pleased that they were able to lower the team's average age from 28 years to 25 years this season.

Bologna beat Valsa 3-0 in a friendly match on Thursday after Rossoblu trio Gimenez, Acquafresca and Vitale managed to find the back of the net.

Cagliari and Novara are reportedly keeping a close watch on Albinolffe midfielder Andrea Cristiano and could make a move for him in January.

Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti is happy that Morimoto is doing important work at Novara, but hopes he will take a break this weekend.

Cesena beat Sampierana 6-0 in a friendly on Thursday after Candreva, Eder, Livaja, Djokovic and Bogdani manage to find the back of the net.

Chievo Verona are in fourth place in the Fairplay chart with eight penalty points after picking six yellow card and a single red card so far.

The fall-out from Riccardo Montolivo's contract saga with Fiorentina continues, as it has emerged the midfielder has received death threats.

Genoa and Sampdoria are considering relaying the Marassi with artificial grass, as a consortium looks set to purchase the ground next week.

Inter Milan
Reports from Chile suggest that Mauricio Isla is likely to move Inter Milan, but Udinese midfielder will not be allowed to leave before June.

Juventus winger Emanuele Giaccherini had admitted his team are yet to reach their full potential and that Milan could be an important marker.

Emiliano Insua scored his first Europa League goal to condemned Lazio to their first defeat in Group D following the game at Sporting Lisbon.

Midfielder Ignacio Piatti admits it is very important for Lecce to beat Cagliari as it will allow his side to train in peace during the break.

Salvatore Aronica thinks this is the perfect time for Napoli to end their San Siro taboo against Inter following a good start to the season.

Novara and Cagliari are reportedly keeping a close watch on Albinolffe midfielder Andrea Cristiano and could make a move for him in January.

Palermo head coach Devis Mangia has defender Mauro Cetto available again for the weekend match, but Silvestre and Pinilla are still doubts.

Parma boss Franco Colomba has defended his team's start to the season, but is aware they need to back up his perceived progression with points.

Siena director Giorgio Perinetti said the team's convincing performance so far this season has raised confidence ahead of the Palermo clash.

Almen Abdi scored his first goal in the Europa League as Udinese registered their first draw in Group I following the match against Celtic.