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Thursday, March 8, 2012

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Bilbao's youngster Iker Muniain is pleased to be linked with a move to the Premier League, but insists he is not leaving the club anytime soon.

Atletico Madrid
Besiktas midfielder Simao has declared that he will not celebrate if he scores against his former club Atletico in their Europa League clash.

Barcelona are through to the quarter-finals after Lionel Messi scored his 12th Champions League goal of the season to demolish Bayer Leverkusen.

Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino admits the 5-0 defeat to Real Madrid was a hard slap, but he is pleased with the team's reaction in training.

Getafe's Pedro Leon admits the multiple injuries in the last 15 months have been hard on him and hopes to avoid further bad luck this season.

Granada coach Abel Resino is facing difficulty in selecting his team for the Atletico clash as he is missing eight players from his line-up.

Levante midfielder Juanlu has recovered from his broken leg suffered in December and is set to make his return against Osasuna on March 25.

Malaga striker Julio Baptista is sideline for another two months due to a muscle tear, practically ruling him out for the rest of the season.

Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar is hoping to have Kike Sola back in action this weekend as he only has Nino available in attacking role.

Racing Santander
Racing Santander announced that they have sacked Juanjo Gonzalez with immediate effect, with Castano and Pinillos acting as interim coaches.

Rayo Vallecano
Good news for Rayo Vallecano coach Jose Ramon Sandoval as Roberto Roman Triguero is training normally and should be available this weekend.

Real Betis
Real Betis coach Pepe Mel is facing defensive crisis as Paulao is a doubt for their clash with Real Madrid after sustaining a calf problem.

Real Madrid
The father and agent of Gonzalo Higuain has revealed the Real Madrid man would be open to talks with Juventus towards the end of the campaign.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca registered one win and one draw in their last five away matches after scoring only twice and conceding five goals to the hosts.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad midfielder Gorka Elustondo has warned his team-mates that Real Zaragoza are still alive, despite their status as bottom club.

Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza defender Ivan Obradovic is not paying attention to news that the club is on sale as their primary focus is avoiding relegation.

Sevilla defender Fernando Navarro believes there is a major change in his team after the arrival of coach Michel and that they more optimistic.

Sporting Gijon
Good news for Sporting Gijon coach Javier Clemente as defender Alberto Lora has been given medical discharge and is available for the weekend clash.

Valencia coach Unai Emery has underlined their goal to put on an attractive display against PSV, to win the game and to keep a clean sheet.

Villarreal vice president Jose Manuel Llaneza has faith that their players will continue to give their all in their bid to avoid relegation.

Serie A

AC Milan
AC Milan are reportedly interesting in the services of Werder Bremen keeper Tim Wiese, who is willing to move abroad at the end of the season.

AS Roma
Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini is adamant that they made the right choice in appointing Luis Enrique as their new Coach over the summer.

Reports in Italy suggest Filippo Inzaghi is keen to play on for another season and might have already found a new club in the shape of Atalanta.

Marco Di Vaio scored his ninth Serie A goal of the season as Bologna registered their third home draw following the match against Juventus.

Cagliari president Massimo Cellino is determined to fight their way out of trouble and stressed that he will not leave the club as a loser.

Catania players failed to find the net for the first time in nine games to register their seventh away draw following the match against Cesena.

Cesena players failed to find the net for the third consecutive game to register their fourth home draw following the match against Catania.

Chievo midfielder Paolo Sammarco is delighted with his return to action and declares that his team are determined to maintain their good form.

Alessio Cerci scored his fourth Serie A goal of the season as Fiorentina registered their fifth away draw following the match against Parma.

Genoa president Enrico Preziosi is hopeful that the returning striker Alberto Gilardino can make a difference against Juventus at the weekend.

Inter Milan
Inter President Massimo Moratti is considering replacing Claudio Ranieri with France boss Laurent Blanc, whose contract expires after Euro 2012.

Mirko Vucinic scored his fourth Serie A goal of the season as Juventus registered their eighth away draw following the match against Bologna.

It was reported that Lazio, Palermo and Torino are set to battle for the signature of Siena midfielder Alessandro Gazzi in the summer market.

Lecce defender Moris Carrozzieri is convinced that his side can register another five victories that they need to avoid Serie A relegation.

Eduardo Vargas' agent has dismissed rumours about a possible move to Udinese, insisting that the player just needs time to show his qualities.

Novara's returning head coach Attilio Tesser feels sorry for Emiliano Mondonico and underlines that the same thing happened to him in Padova.

It was reported that Palermo, Lazio and Torino are set to battle for the signature of Siena midfielder Alessandro Gazzi in the summer market.

Sebastian Giovinco scored his 10th Serie A goal of the season as Parma registered their 5th home draw following the match against Fiorentina.

It was reported that Lazio, Palermo and Torino are set to battle for the signature of Siena midfielder Alessandro Gazzi in the summer market.

Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin has included midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah in his squad to face Alkmaar despite doubts about his current form.


Cologne striker Lukas Podolski is extremely interested in moving to Arsenal, according to his German international team-mate Per Mertesacker.

Aston Villa
Defender Carlos Cuellar has yet to receive a new contract offer from Aston Villa and has revealed that he has had interest from other clubs.

David Dunn says Blackburn will continue to give their all in their bid to beat the drop as relegation would be a 'tragedy' for all concerned.

Bolton could be set to resurrect their interest in Gregg Wylde after the Scotland under-21 international walked away from crisis club Rangers.

Former Chelsea defender Alex has accused Andre Villas-Boas of disrespecting Frank Lampard during the Portuguese coach's Stamford Bridge tenure.

Everton's Leon Osman believes the next fortnight could define their season as the Toffees prepare to face Tottenham, Liverpool and Sunderland.

Fulham have confirmed defender Carlos Salcido has left the club, with a permanent agreement having been put in place with Tigres de la UANL.

Paris Saint Germain owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi has outlined ambitious plans to take Liverpool summer signing Luis Suarez to the French capital.

Manchester City
Stefan Savic admits Manchester City are following the results of United, but he insists they are inching closer to the Premier League title.

Manchester United
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits he does not know whether former Le Havre midfielder Paul Pogba has agreed a move to Juventus.

Newcastle United
Hatem Ben Arfa is determined to make an impact on Newcastle and wants to win the 2014 World Cup and be crowned the best player on the planet.

Norwich City
Jonny Howson is ready to stamp his authority on Norwich's first-team, but is saddened there are 11 Premier League games left in the campaign.

Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes insists he has no plans to let veteran defender Clint Hill to go out on loan before the end of the season.

Stoke City
Jonathan Woodgate looks set to trigger an automatic contract extension at Stoke after making 21 appearances for the Potters so far this season.

Forgotten Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon has warned Simon Mignolet he wants his place back after a year on the sidelines due to a knee injury.

Swansea City
Swansea winger Nathan Dyer insists his tackle on Jordi Gomez was not malicious and that there was only minimal contact with the Wigan player.


West Brom
West Brom boss Roy Hodgson is unlikely to find an immediate replacement for coach Terry Burton, according to assistant manager Keith Downing.

Wigan Athletic
Swansea winger Nathan Dyer insists his tackle on Jordi Gomez was not malicious and that there was only minimal contact with the Wigan player.

Wolves boss Terry Connor admits Dave Edwards is 'very doubtful' to figure in a crucial bottom-of-the-table clash with Blackburn on Saturday.