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Friday, March 16, 2012


Arsene Wenger has conceded that Per Mertesacker is unlikely to play again this season, but is pleased with the progress made by Jack Wilshere.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa are believed to be considering a summer swoop for Newcastle United midfielder Danny Guthrie and he will be available on a free.

Blackburn Rovers are 'extremely concerned' by the increasing number of stay-away fans this season, according to chief executive Paul Hunt.

Bolton head coach Owen Coyle claims Saturday's opponents Tottenham are the favourites to win the FA Cup despite a recent slump in the league.

Frank Lampard says Roberto Di Matteo must keep relying on the old guard if Chelsea are to have any chance of winning the Champions League.

Everton defender Sylvain Distin admits it is hard not to start dreaming of winning the FA Cup ahead of the quarter-finals game with Sunderland.

Striker Pavel Pogrebnyak says he would like to stay in London but has denied having held talks with Fulham about an extension of his contract.

It was reported that Juventus are preparing an offer worth EUR30 million for either Robin Van Persie of Arsenal or Luis Suarez of Liverpool.

Manchester City

Manchester United
Athletic Bilbao are through to the quarter-finals after Oscar De Marcos scored his third Europa League goal to eliminate Manchester United.

Newcastle United
Newcastle legend Peter Beardsley has called for owner Mike Ashley to be given the credit he deserves for resurrecting the club's fortunes.

Norwich City
Macclesfield have completed their second signing in as many days with the capture of Under-19 international Matt Ball on loan from Norwich.

Queens Park Rangers
Alejandro Faurlin could be ready to make his return to action at the start of next season, says Queens Park Rangers' head physio Nigel Cox.

Stoke City
Tony Pulis has confirmed that Thomas Sorensen will be offered an opportunity to shine in Stoke's FA Cup quarter-final clash with Liverpool.

Sunderland defender Wayne Bridge is hoping his side can beat Everton in the FA Cup to make it two successive wins over Merseyside opposition.

Swansea City
Brendan Rodgers admits his Swansea side are brimming with confidence after claiming a 'prestigious win' over title-chasing Manchester City.

Bolton head coach Owen Coyle claims Saturday's opponents Tottenham are the favourites to win the FA Cup despite a recent slump in the league.

West Brom
West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has ruled leading scorer Peter Odemwingie out of Saturday's Premier League clash at Wigan because of a calf problem.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has urged his side to use last year's escape from relegation as an inspiration to avoid the drop this year.

Wolves have dismissed reports that Gary Megson is being lined up to replace Terry Connor as manager in the club's battle to avoid relegation.

La Liga

Eric Abidal's footballing career has fallen into doubt after Barcelona confirmed that the French international requires a liver transplant.

Espanyol's Hector Moreno believes the match against Racing, Betis and Malaga will not be decisive in determining the race for European places.

Getafe coach Luis Garcia wants his team to use their match against Sociedad to confirm their revival and to regain their place in the top half.

Granada striker Franco Jara has the worst disciplinary record in the squad after receiving 10 yellow cards in his 20 appearences this season.

Pedro Lopez admits he is surprised to see Villarreal battling for survival, but believes Levante will still have a hard time this weekend.

Santi Cazorla has been buoyed by Malaga's recent surge up the La Liga standings and is in no doubt that they can do 'damage' to Real Madrid.

Sergio Fernandez has acknowledged that Zaragoza are desperate and will not go down easy, but insist Osasuna are focused only on themselves.

Racing Santander
Racing Santander coach Alvaro Cervera has reiterated his willingness to make changes to the squad, despite things went wrong against Barcelona.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo midfielder Jose Mario Movilla admits the club have yet to offer him a new contract, but he is considering all other options available.

Real Betis
Real Betis midfielder Salva Sevilla is wary about taking on Rayo Vallecano, who are in good form and have players who can score at any time.

Real Madrid
Nuri Sahin is tipped to exit Real Madrid in the summer and Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke believes he should not have left the club.

Real Mallorca
Emilio Nsue admits he is a lot happier now that he is seeing action again and believes two months on Mallorca's bench has made him stronger.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad striker Diego Ifran has made it clear that he will be looking for an exit this summer if Philippe Montanier remains as coach.

Real Zaragoza
Javier Parades knows that Osasuna will be aiming to deliver the coup de grace to Zaragoza, but vowed that this team will fight for the win.

Ivan Rakitic claims president Jose Mario del Nido's criticism of his squad will only spur Sevilla to do well and regain their place in Europe.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon midfielder Sebastian Eguren believes the match against direct rivals Granada is actually worth 7 points for the Rojiblancos.


Striker Marco Ruben admits Villarreal are not used to be fighting for their lives, but insists his team are focused only on the next 12 games.

Serie A

AC Milan
Ignazio Abate is reportedly out of Milan's next two games against Parma and Juventus after picking up a suspected muscle strain in training.

AS Roma
It was claimed Roma may have already reached an agreement with Lyon for the purchase of Michel Bastos, who is determined to leave this summer.

Atalanta midfielder Diego Perez has the worst disciplinary record in the squad this season with 12 yellow cards in his 21 appearences so far.

Bologna striker Robert Acquafresca expects the club to exercised their option to purchase his contract from Genoa at the end of the season.

Joaquin Larrivey is the leading scorer for Cagliari with 7 goals after making 30 attempts on goal in 21 appearences for the so far this season.

Exiled goalkeeper Mariano Andujar will likely meet with sports director Pietro Lo Monaco in Argentina next week to discuss his Catania future.

Cesena President Igor Campedelli has revealed the club passed up the chance to sign Michael Bradley of Chievo in favour of Antonio Candreva.

Chievo striker Davide Moscardelli has underlined his belief that change in tactics was not the main reason for their defeat to Inter Milan.

Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi is reported set to rest Valon Behrami versus Catania in order to make sure he is available for the Juventus clash.

Genoa chief Enrico Preziosi has admitted 2011-12 has been a campaign to forget so far, but is still hoping for something positive this season.

Inter Milan
It was reported that Inter Milan have made Montpellier attacking midfielder Younes Belhanda as one of their key targets in the summer market.

It was reported that Juventus are preparing an offer worth EUR30 million for either Robin Van Persie of Arsenal or Luis Suarez of Liverpool.

It was reported that Bayern Munich are prepared to offer Lazio EUR 16 million for the transfer of midfielder Anderson Hernanes in the summer.

Lecce defender Davide Brivio is happy with his form and hopes to make important contributions to the club as they battle to stay in Serie A.

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has targeted an immediate return to the Champions League after the Partenopei's elimination by Chelsea.

Novara striker Jeda declared that his team-mates are determined to finish the season with their heads held high regardless of any objective.

Palermo striker Fabrizio Miccoli has hit out at the Italian media after it was alleged that he deliberately got himself booked last weekend.

Parma defender Cristian Zaccardo is looking for the 3 points against Milan even though he knows how difficult that mountain will be to climb.

Siena striker Pablo Gonzalez announced that he is available for the clash against Novara and is hoping to lend his help to Bogdani and Destro.