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Friday, March 9, 2012


Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal of GBP10.9million for Cologne attacker Lukas Podolski, who will move to north London over the summer.

Aston Villa
Gabriel Agbonlahor has admitted that Aston Villa's players are feeling the strain of manager Alex McLeish being under fire from the club's fans.

It was reported that Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean is waiting on the club's owners to sanction a move for free-agent winger Bolo Zenden.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has said he is uncertain whether he would be allowed to sign out-of-contract winger Gregg Wylde even if he wanted to.

Fernando Torres turned down the chance to end his goal drought when he refused to take a penalty at Birmingham, says his team-mate Juan Mata.

Everton's American goalkeeper Tim Howard has admitted it was a 'no-brainer' to sign a new deal which will keep him at Goodison Park until 2016.

Martin Jol has revealed that Aaron Hughes is a big doubt to face Aston Villa on Saturday, but has hinted at a first start for Mahamadou Diarra.

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson insists the club cannot consider their season a success unless they finish inside the Premier League top four.

Manchester City
Roberto Mancini is hopeful Vincent Kompany will return to Man City line-up in a fortnight after going off injured in the defeat to Sporting.

Manchester United

Newcastle United
Alan Pardew is aware that qualification for Europe this season would make his efforts to build a top level side at Newcastle Utd a lot easier.

Norwich City
Norwich City coach Paul Lambert has an abundance of riches to chose from with five centre-backs ready to get into action against Wigan Athletic.

Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers have agreed to allow experienced striker Patrick Agyemang has joined Stevenage on loan for the remainder of the season.

Stoke City
Jermaine Pennant has denied he has been punished by Stoke for breaches of discipline and has insisted he has not fallen out with Tony Pulis.

Sunderland defender John O'Shea will be able take on Liverpool at home this weekend wearing a protective cast over a broken bone in his hand.

Swansea City
Swansea midfielder Andrea Orlandi is edging closer to a first-team comeback after being out since the start of February due to a torn hamstring.

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson will miss the rest of the campaign after being ruled out for 10-12 weeks due to an ankle ligament injury.

West Brom
Roy Hodgson has a lot of things to wait on before deciding whether to stay at West Brom next season, according to number two Keith Downing.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez expects his players to bounce back from their loss to Swansea when they travel to Norwich this weekend.

Manager Terry Connor has confirmed that Roger Johnson will remain Wolves skipper despite turning up for training under the influence of alcohol.

La Liga

Barcelona's Pedro is honoured to play alongside Lionel Messi, who became the first player ever to score five goals in a Champions League match.

Espanyol defender Jordi Amat has insisted their huge defeat to Real Madrid does not affect them, despite the team coming under heavy criticism.

Getafe midfielder Pablo Sarabia has said that his team are obligated pick up points this weekend in order to stay out of complicated situasion.

Granada defender Borja Gomez believes his team should apply constant pressure on Atletico, who will be spent from their clash against Besiktas.

Levante coach Juan Ignacio has stated that Pedro Botelho has a good chance of returning after being frozen out of the the squad for 3 weeks.

Malaga midfielder Joaquin Sanchez acknowledges Levante as their direct competition and that the Granotes are in fourth place on their own merit.

Midfielder Damia Abella said that although Osasuna are focused on survival, a victory over Bilbao will allow them to aim for something more.

Racing Santander
It was claimed the relationship between Racing's trio of coaches had deteriorated due to differences of opinion before Gonzalez was sacked.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano striker Raul Tamudo insists he holds no grudge against Espanyol and that will not celebrate his goal against his former club.

Real Betis
Fabricio Agosto is confident Betis can create trouble for Real Madrid if they can play their own game and all the players give 100 per cent.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho may have to postpone the return of Karim Benzema as the French striker is still not 100 per cent match fit.

Real Mallorca
Gonzalo Castro admits he will be considering all option at the end of the season before deciding whether or not to extend his stay at Mallorca.

Real Sociedad
Sociedad goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has indicated that a win over Zaragoza would be a major boost for the team ahead of their difficult fixtures.

Real Zaragoza
Agapito Iglesias' announcement about his intention to sell Zaragoza has been met with scepticism as the president failed to mention his price.

Frederic Kanoute believes the situation in Sevilla is different now and that the match against Sporting can be a turning point for their season.

Sporting Gijon
Botia, Canella, Mendy and De las Cuevas did not joing Sporting Gijon in training, but the quartet are expected to be fit for the Sevilla clash.


Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna has stated that the team are aware that their future can become complicated if they failed to win at Getafe.

Serie A

AC Milan
AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani insists there is no problem with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and believes he plays better when he is angry.

AS Roma
Roma coach Luis Enrique has doubt over the availability of Francesco Totti after the captain was forced to exit training with a muscle problem.

It was reported that Inter Milan are considering a move for Atalanta defender Federico Peluso when the transfer market reopens in the summer.

Bologna striker Marco Di Vaio was pleased with his side's performance against Juventus, especially because they were playing an open game.

Cagliari coach Davide Ballardini is optimistic that his team will be able to compete with anyone once they have all their players back again.

Catania's young head coach Vincenzo Montella is good enough to be handed tactical control of an Italian giant, says director Pietro Lo Monaco.

Cesena coach Mario Beretta will be on the stands this weekend after he was handed a one-match ban, while Daniel Pudil is banned for two games.

Bad news for Chievo coach Domenico Di Carlo as midfielder Nikola Gulan is set to be sidelined for up to 10 weeks due to a serius thigh injury.

Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi is delighted with the performance of Camporese and Nastasic and hailed both youngsters as the future of the club.

Genoa midfielder Fernando Belluschi has declared that his side still plan to go on the offensive against Juventus and to try and win the match.

Inter Milan
Manager Claudio Ranieri is hoping that Inter Milan's upcoming game against Chievo could be the turning point of their problematic campaign.

Juventus boss Antonio Conte is expected to use midfielder Arturo Vidal in defence on Sunday as Barzagli, Chiellini and Bonucci are unavailable.

CSKA Moscow will offer Keisuke Honda an extra EUR1 million a year and a new deal as the Japanese star is reportedly still keen to join Lazio.

Lecce goalkeeper Julio Sergio admits he did not expect his knee injury to be serious and blames it on the synthetic pitch where they trained.

Walter Mazzarri has defended his right to make changes to Napoli as he is set to rest players against Cagliari ahead of the Chelsea return.

Novara sports director Cristiano Giaretta declared that the club are determined to relaunch their season as they welcome back Attilio Tesser.

Edison Flores Peralta's agent claimed Palermo have declared their interest in acquiring the services of the Universitario de Deportes striker.

President Tommaso Ghirardi has said Parma have been unfortunate with their last two results, but at least they are moving up the league chart.

Siena midfielder Simone Vergassola has promised a determined performance against Cesena in a difficult match on an unfamiliar synthetic pitch.