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Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Arsenal striker Gervinho admits it is vital skipper Robin van Persie stays at the club because 'he is a player who drags the team forward'.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has backed under-fire French winger Charles N'Zogbia to come good and justify his GBP9 million price tag.

Blackburn boss Steve Kean said that he remains hopeful results will help him win over the Rovers fans who are calling for him to be sacked.

Manager Owen Coyle has said that his Bolton players have a chance to prove themselves when they face Arsenal in the Carling Cup on Tuesday.

The FA are looking into comments made by Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas about referee Chris Foy's performance in Sunday's defeat at QPR.

Royston Drenthe has assured Everton fans there is plenty more to come from him following his goal on his first Premier League start on Sunday.

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has labelled Mark Hughes a 'strange man' and believes his criticism of the club's ambition is disrespectful.

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique insists striker Luis Suarez is not a diver and labels the draw with Norwich at Anfield as two dropped points.

Manchester City
Veteran defender Kolo Toure has admitted his interest in a move to Paris St Germain because of the competition for places at Manchester City.

Manchester United
It was reported that Manchester Utd and Juventus are chasing after Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic, who is valued at EUR20 million.

Newcastle United
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that striker Shola Ameobi will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

Norwich City
Norwich boss Paul Lambert has said that John Ruddy is becoming one of England's best goalkeepers after another fantastic game at Liverpool.

Queens Park Rangers
Shaun Derry says he knew QPR were heading for an historic west London derby win when he saw Chelsea's players lose it with referee Chris Foy.

Stoke City
Ryan Shawcross has warned Stoke that their two Britannia Stadium triumphs over Liverpool in recent times will count for nothing on Wednesday.

Sunderland youngster Connor Wickham has voiced his determination to keep a place in the starting XI and saluted Black Cats travelling fans.

Swansea City
Swansea captain Garry Monk is confident his side will remain clear of relegation this term, claiming he will 'shoot himself' if they go down.

Tottenham are reportedly interested in the services of Lazio midfielder Stefano Mauri, who has lost his place in the side due to injuries.

West Brom
West Brom and the Republic of Ireland have suffered a setback after striker Shane Long was ruled out for up to 6 weeks due to his knee injury.

Wigan Athletic
Goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi is confident Wigan will begin to collect points imminently following their peformance against Newcastle on Saturday.

Wolves captain Roger Johnson insisted that coach Mick McCarthy is the right man for the job and should not be receiving the criticism he is.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Bad news for Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa as Carlos Gurpegui is facing six months on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has urged his side not to despair over their lack of goal and just focus on trying to play their best.

Barcelona announced that as a precaution Carles Puyol will take join their trip to Granada after the defender complained of pain in his pubis.

Sergio Garcia is looking forward to face his former side Betis, but warns Espanyol to keep their feet on the ground despite two straight wins.

Getafe midfielder Ruben Perez is believes his team have improves since the start of the season and is convinced that goals will arrive soon.

Granada will be hoping to avoid their second consecutive defeat when they take on Barcelona, who are looking for their second away victory.

Levante coach Juan Ignacio Martinez says topping the La Liga ahead of such teams as Barcelona and Real Madrid is beyond his wildest dreams.

Manuel Pellegrini admits that he would like to manage Chile national team in the future, but he intents to stay at Malaga at least until 2015.

Osasuna boss Mendilibar is likely to field an unchanged side for their clash against Zaragoza, as Roland Lamah is unlikely to recover in time.

Racing Santander
Racing will be hoping to avoid their third consecutive defeats when they take on Sevilla, who have won all of their home matches this season.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano coach Jose Ramon Sandoval believes his side deserved the win over Betis as they have been missing results despite playing well.

Real Betis
Real Betis coach Pepe Mel is hoping their match away to Espanyol will help ease some pressure off his players following four straight defeats.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol has resumed training wearing a protective mask, and he could be available for the match against Villarreal.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca coach Joaquin Caparros is likely to be without Jose Manuel Flores, who sustained a chest injury after colliding with Dudu Aouate.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier said the draw with Getafe was not a bad result as it served to break their recent negative results.

Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza defender Javier Paredes is still angry about the defeat to Osasuna, as he claims their opponents were not superior to his side.

Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute has apologised for his part in the fracas which marred the end of his side's draw with Barcelona on Saturday.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon are hoping to register their second straight win when they face Mallorca, who will be keen to avoid their second home defeat.

Bad news for Valencia coach Unai Emery as midfielder Sergio Canales is likely to be out of action for six months after sustaining knee injury.

Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido has expressed his concern over the team's form after another poor performance in the defeat to Levante.

Serie A

AC Milan
Milan warrior Gennaro Gattuso says he would not retire despite having double vision, but will have to wait another four months for a surgery.

AS Roma
Roma sports director Walter Sabatini is optimistic that midfielder Daniele De Rossi will eventually sign a new contract at his hometown club.

Winger Ezequiel Schelotto admits this is a season of unpredictability and sees no reason why his Atalanta squad cannot defeat Inter Milan.

Bologna sports director Roberto Zanzi has confirmed that they will start contract extension talks with the agents of Gaston Ramirez this week.

Bad news for Cagliari boss Massimo Ficcadenti after it was confirmed that defender Davide Astori fractured his fibula during the Napoli clash.

Catania striker Davide Lanzafame has no complaints about playing out of position but is hoping for continuity in order to reach his top form.

Cesena have confirmed that coach Marco Giampaolo will remain on the bench, but he has only one week to try and turn around their situation.

Chievo striker Davide Moscardelli admits that his side are still trying to gel but their foreign players are beginning to adapt to the squad.

Serbian manager Sinisa Mihajlovic says primarily wants a result at Juventus for the good of Fiorentina and not to keep his job at the club.

Genoa have confirmed that striker Ze Eduardo was taken to the hospital for appendicitis surgery and will be sidelined for at least 20 days.

Inter Milan
Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri is likely to rest Thiago Motta for the Atalanta clash, while Milito is set to replace Pazzini in attack.

It was reported that Juventus and Manchester Utd are chasing after Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic, who is valued at EUR20 million.

Tottenham are reportedly interested in the services of Lazio midfielder Stefano Mauri, who has lost his place in the side due to injuries.

Benassi admits it was hard to swallow Lecce's defeat to Milan and believes an event like that only happens once of twice in a player's career.

Bad news for Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri as Walter Gargano is sidelined for a month after picking up an injury in the match against Cagliari.

Novara coach Attilio Tesser said Udinese strikers have been very lucky agaist his side as they had only four shots on goal and scored three.

Mauricio Pinilla regrets about Palermo's second straight defeat and believes they deserve at least a draw after creating plenty of chances.

Parma midfielder Jaime Valdez regrets their missed opportunities against Atalanta and is hoping to redeem themselves when they play Milan.

Siena striker Emanuele Calaio has played down talks about his possible transfer, insisting there is no offer and that he is happy at the club.

England boss Fabio Capello admits that he has been left impressed by Udinese this season and believes they are now a worthy European outfit.