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Thursday, October 6, 2011


Jack Wilshere has no intention of becoming the next high-profile departure at Arsenal and has described the London club as his 'perfect home'.

Aston Villa
Stephen Warnock admits times were tough for him under former manager Gerard Houllier and hopes he will never experience such troubles again.

Steve Kean is in no doubt that he can turn things around at Blackburn Rovers as the head coach prepares for a meeting with the club's owners.

Bolton striker Kevin Davies admits head coach Owen Coyle was right to drop him from his starting line-up after he suffered a wobble in form.

Chelsea star Alex is reportedly a number one target for Juventus in the winter transfer window as the Italians look to sure-up their defence.

Chairman Bill Kenwright believes the Abu Dhabi group may have bought Everton rather than Man City if the club had new stadium plans in place.

Pajtim Kasami has rubbished reports of unrest in the Fulham camp over his missed penalty at Chelsea and has leapt to boss Martin Jol's defence.

Manager Kenny Dalglish has branded Fabio Capello's decision to omit Steven Gerrard from his England squad as 'sensible for all concerned'.

Manchester City
Mario Balotelli has returned to Man City after a back injury ruled the striker out of Italy's fixtures against Serbia and Northern Ireland.

Manchester United
Danny Welbeck doubts he would be poised to make his competitive England debut on Friday had he not spent last season on loan at Sunderland.

Newcastle United
With Newcastle having enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, Peter Lovenkrands accepts he must patient in his pursuit of regular football.

Norwich City
Striker Simeon Jackson insists he is prepared to wait as long as it takes for a first-team opportunity in the Premier league with Norwich City.

Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton believes crowd abuse will always be a part of football unless offenders are punished for their actions.

Stoke City
Stoke City's Malian striker Mamady Sidibe has revealed he feared his career was over after rupturing an Achilles for a second time in February.

Danny Welbeck doubts he would be poised to make his competitive England debut on Friday had he not spent last season on loan at Sunderland.

Swansea City
Swansea City head coach Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that talks with Vangelis Moras are continuing as the Greek defender trains at the club.

Rafael van der Vaart hopes he will not be asked to play on the wing regularly by Harry Redknapp as he cannot play to the best of his ability.

West Brom
West Brom assistant manager Michael Appleton insists they will take as much time as possible with Zoltan Gera, who has yet to fully recover.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan midfielder McArthur has been called into Scotland's squad to face Liechtenstein after Robert Snodgrass pulled out with an ankle injury.

Wolverhampton winger Michael Kightly admits that he is still hopeful of joining another club on loan in order to get some first-team action.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao captain Carlos Gurpegui has claimed that except for the match against Betis, his side have not been inferior to any opponents.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper said he has forgotten about his knee injury and is now awaits his chance to prove that he is back to his high level.

Barca's Carles Puyol, who has just regained full fitness, has admitted he considered retiring from the game following his recent knee injury.

Espanyol defender Juan Forlin admits he is relieved for not having to undergo surgery and that Sunday's defeat left a bad taste in the mouth.

Getafe loanee Pedro Leon has criticised head coach Jose Mourinho's treatment towards him, saying he felt 'humiliated' while at Real Madrid.

Mikel Rico believes Granada does not deserve to be in the drop zone, but underlines what matters is their position at the end of the season.

Levante defender Juanfran has resumed training after recovering from his hamstring problem that prevented him from facing Betis last weekend.

Malaga's Martin Demichelis was left unconscious after smashing heads with Marcos Rojo, but he is expected to start against Chile on Friday.

Osasuna defender Sergio Fernandez has recovered from his hamstring problem that has prevented him from playing in the last four league games.

Racing Santander
Racing Santander reserve striker Mamadou Kone is train with the first team as head coach Hector Cuper seeks solution for their lack of goal.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano defender Jorgi Figueras said the team are eager to get their first league win in their own stadium when they take on Espanyol.

Real Betis
Good news for Betis coach Pepe Mel as Iriney Santos has been able to train without any problem and will be availbale for the Real Madrid clash.

Real Madrid
Manager Jose Mourinho has been slapped with a two-match ban following his eye-poking action against Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca coach Joaquin Caparros has conducted his first training session at the club without Nunes, Caceres, Kevin Garcia and Tomer Hemed.

Real Sociedad
Joseba Llorente was delighted to play his first game for coach Montanier and is confident Sociedad will be even better over the next few games.

Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza has terminated Braulio's contract with mutual consent after the striker was accused of sexually harassing a woman two weeks ago.

Alvaro Negredo has signed a new contract at Sevilla which will keep him at the club until 2016, with his buy-out clause set at EUR50 million.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon are in 6th place in the Fairplay chart with 16 penalty points after receiving 14 yellow cards and a red card so far this season.

Portuguese defender Ricardo Costa does not believe rumours that Valencia have offered him to Espanyol and hopes the club will deny the news.

Villarreal will have to face Man City and Real Madrid without Nilmar as the striker is sidelined for up to seven weeks following a surgery.

Serie A

AC Milan
Four-time Scudetto winner Zvonimir Boban has criticised former club Milan for being more interested in their balance sheet and club politics.

AS Roma
Daniele De Rossi has refused to rule out the possibility of leaving Roma for free as negotiations over a renewal are proving to be problematic.

Atalanta defender Andrea Masiello is thankful for the international break as the last five games have taxed both their phsically and mentally.

New Bologna boss Stefano Pioli is confident the squad is good enough to survive in Serie A this season, but admits they must show improvements.

Cagliari president Massimo Cellino is delighted with coach Massimo Ficcadenti and is hoping they could close the season in Europa League spot.

Catania midfielder Alejandro Gomez believes the international break has come at the right time, as his side need to recover injured players.

Cesena coach Marco Giampaolo said he replace Ghezzal in the match against Chievo because the booes were beginning to affect the whole team.

Chievo are in sixth place in the Fairplay chart with 11 penalty points after receiving nine yellow cards and a red card so far this season.

Fiorentina coach Mihajlovic admits the hooligans who forced last year's match with Italy to be abandoned made him ashamed of being Serbian.

Rodrigo Palacio insists that Genoa deserve the credit for his return to the Argentine international set-up - his first call-up since June 2008.

Inter Milan
Inter are thought to be looking at Borussia Dortmund starlet Mario Gotze as the Nerazzurri are eager to lower the average age of the squad.

Emanuele Giaccherini will have his fitness assessed over the next 48 hours after picking up a left thigh muscle problem in Juventus training.

Lazio striker Miroslav Klose is eager to Germany's goalscoring record held by Gerd Muller, and says he is not thinking about retiring just yet.

Lecce CEO Renato Cipollini insists they are not going to change coach and that the club knew that they will have to be patient this season.

Good news for Napoli after it was reported that striker Goran Pandev did not suffer serious injury and could resume training in two weeks time.

Novara's Japan international striker Takayuki Morimoto says he was delighted to have scored against Catania, the club where he spent 5 years.

Palermo defender Matias Silvestre has told coach Cesare Prandelli he is available for Italy - if the Azzurri should call him before Argentina.

Parma coach Franco Colomba admits the win over Genoa has helped his side to breath easy, but also urges his players to continue to work hard.

Bad news for Siena head coach Giuseppe Sannino as striker Emanuele Calaio is sidelined for up to three weeks after picking up a knee problem.

Sports director Fabrizio Larini admits Udinese are keeping an eye on several European players but insists they do not do business in January.