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Saturday, October 22, 2011


Arsene Wenger would prefer Arsenal players not to participate in the Olympics after describing the event as 'not a real football tournament'.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish hopes striker Gabriel Agbonlahor's goalscoring knack on derby days continues when they clash against West Brom.

Steve Kean insists he is concentrating on kick-starting Blackburn's season this weekend despite the backdrop of another fans protest looming.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has challenged his side to turn the Reebok into a fortress once more, after losing just four home games last season.

Chelsea coach Andres Villas-Boas is impressed with Napoli winger Christian Maggio and could reportedly make a GBP17 million bid in the summer.

David Moyes has insisted he would love Everton to qualify for European competition, while he has played down talk of a move for George John.

Martin Jol would back retrospective action for simulation after seeing Fulham's Moussa Dembele controversially sent off in Poland on Thursday.

Kenny Dalglish has admitted he does not yet know what Jordan Henderson's best position is, but he is sure Liverpool is the right club for him.

Manchester City
Manchester City have won the race for Norwegian starlet Bersant Celina, who has agreed to a 3-year deal and will join them in the New Year.

Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester Utd's record in the second half of seasons means they can afford to lose to Manchester City on Sunday.

Newcastle United
Head coach Alan Pardew has confessed he does not know how good his Newcastle United team are despite currently sitting fourth in the league.

Norwich City
Norwich manager Paul Lambert insists his side will show no fear in their trip to Liverpool, just as they did at Chelsea and Manchester United.

Queens Park Rangers
Defender Sebastien Bassong would be open to the possibility of a January move to QPR after stating that he was unfairly left out at Tottenham.

Stoke City
Striker Kenwyne Jones was delighted to be back in goalscoring form for Stoke against Maccabi Haifa after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Steve Bruce has reminded fans that Sunderland are a win away from mid-table - and he sees the Bolton game as a great opportunity to get it.

Swansea City
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers is confident going into Saturday's game at Wolves but sure Mick McCarthy will soon drag his side out of trouble.

Defender Sebastien Bassong would be open to the possibility of a January move to QPR after stating that he was unfairly left out at Tottenham.

West Brom
West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans is a fitness doubt for the clash at Aston Villa, after tweaking his knee while playing with the reserves.

Wigan Athletic
Roberto Martinez believes Wigan have made it part of their DNA to defy the odds and he has urged the players to rediscover that mentality.

Mick McCarthy has asked Wolves fans to hold off booing until the final whistle as he prepares for Saturday's Premier League visit of Swansea.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has scored six goals against Valencia and is hoping to add to that tally when they clash again on Sunday.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao did not train on Friday due to neck problem, but he is likely to recover in time to face Real Mallorca.

Barcelona are reported keeping an eye on teenager Nicola Leali, who has been labelled as the 'new Buffon' by Brescia president Luigi Corioni.

Espanyol will be hoping to register their second away victory when they take on Racing, who are keen to avoid their second straight defeat.

Pedro Leon and Miguel Angel Moya have shaken off their injuries and in Getafe's squad to face Sociedad, although both are unlikely to start.

Granada are hoping to register their first away win when they take on Sporting Gijon, who are determined to avoid their third straight defeat.

Coach Juan Ignacio said Levante will approach the match against Villarreal with the utmost respect, but it will not stop them from competing.

Malaga are pondering a January move for Porto striker Hulk and could submit a EUR40 million offer when the transfer market reopens in January.

Osasuna striker Kike Sola has defended Jose Luis Mendilibar after his controversial statement and said he is a coach who knows what to do.

Racing Santander
Racing are keen to avoid their second straight defeat when they take on Espanyol, who will be hoping to register their second away victory.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano goalkeeper Dani Gimenez believes the match against Betis will be key and that his side will retain their attacking approach.

Real Betis
Real Betis coach Pepe Mel has played down their three straight defeats and reminded his team that they are currently occupying seventh place.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho insists Cristiano Ronaldo is not a selfish player as his 5 assists in the last 3 games proved that point.

Real Mallorca
Mallorca supporters declared that they are tired of interferences, threats and the bad treatment by those who come to club only to make money.

Real Sociedad
Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier is not worried about their losing streak and is convinced that with focus, they can get out of the slump.

Real Zaragoza
Zaragoza goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez is aware how important the Osasuna clash is, but claims he thrives playing in a pressure cooker situation.

Sevilla coach Marcelino Garcia Toral will not admit defeat before the battle, but admits the Barcelona clash will be different from the rest.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon are determined to avoid their third straight defeat when they take on Granada, who are hoping to register their first away win.

Vicente Guaita said the Valencia team are angry after the defeat to Leverkusen and insisted they are not thinking about the Europa League.

Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi will not be leaving the Spanish side for Serie A, insists the club's vice-president Jose Manuel Llaneza.

Serie A

AC Milan
AC Milan reportedly considering a bid for Universidad de Chile's young striker Eduardo Vargas, who has been labelled as 'new Alexis Sanchez'.

AS Roma
Roma defender Marco Cassetti could be headed to Qatar, where an unnamed club reportedly are willing to offer him EUR2.2 million a year salary.

It was reported that Atalanta will have to battle Bologna for the signature of Pescara defender Damian Zanon when the market opens in January.

Bologna Have reportedly identified Robert Beric of Maribor, Ricardo Rodriguez of Zurich and Jakub Hromada of Kac Kosice as their main targets.

Cagliari striker Nene admits he is uncomfortable on the bench but if coach Ficcadenti picked Joaquin Larrivey, it means that he deserved it.

Sports chief Pietro Lo Monaco said Catania wanted to sell Maxi Lopez in the summer but his stay has helped the club to do well this season.

Cesena midfielder Marco Parolo believes he has the characteristic to do well in English football, but it is too soon to think about a switch.

Chievo captain Sergio Pellissier is confident that with focus, effort and sacrifice his side will be able to get a positive result at Inter.

Fiorentina President Mario Cognini will not consider selling Riccardo Montolivo in January despite him being in the last year of his contract.

Genoa manager Alberto Malesani has no doubt that he can repeat his success against Juventus and has already chosen his team for the clash.

Inter Milan
Romanian defender Cristian Chivu will start looking for a potential new club in January should Inter Milan opt against renewing his agreement.

Stephan Lichtsteiner wants Juventus to be more deadly in front of goal but disagree with suggestion that they struggle against smaller teams.

Lazio midfielder Lorik Cana remain convinced that they are the strongest team in Europa League Group D, but admits they have yet to prove it.

Guillermo Giacomazzi has no plans to look for another club when his deal expires in 2014 and would love to end his playing career at Lecce.

Chelsea coach Andres Villas-Boas is impressed with Napoli winger Christian Maggio and could reportedly make a GBP17 million bid in the summer.

Novara coach Attilio Tesser is confident with his team's football identity and declared that they will face Udinese head on and without fear.

Andrea Mantovani's agent cannot see the defender leaving Palermo for a return to Torino in January, as the player deserve to play in Serie A.

Striker Hernan Crespo has conceded that this will probably be his last season at Parma, even if he is not ready to hang up his boots just yet.

Siena coach Giuseppe Sannino will not underestimate Cesena, as he believes the side deserve more than the two points they have in the league.

Director Fabrizio Larini has confirmed that Udinese will not be selling any of their players in January but does not rule out new signings.