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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Serie A

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has declared his desire to gatecrash England's Euro 2012 squad and insisted they could win this summer's tournament.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa have appointed the club's longest-serving player striker Gabriel Agbonlahor as their new captain for the remainder of the season.

Manager Steve Kean is confident there will still be 'good weekends' ahead for Blackburn after his side dropped back into the relegation zone.

Bolton captain Kevin Davies is frustrated by a lack of first- team action of late but hopes he can force his way back before the season ends.

Coach Roberto Di Matteo has warned Chelsea they risk making the wrong kind of history if they fail to take the clash with Benfica seriously.

Everton striker Victor Anichebe is keen to establish himself in David Moyes' starting line-up as injuries limit the time he spent on the pitch.

Alex Kacaniklic aims to grasp his opportunity at Fulham during the closing weeks of the season after making his debut against Norwich City.

It was reported that AS Roma are hoping to use their good relationship with Liverpool to try and bring striker Luis Suarez to the Olimpico.

Manchester City
Defender Joleon Lescott is confident he will be fit to return to help Manchester City's floundering title challenge when they visit Arsenal.

Manchester United
Wayne Rooney admits it will be an honour when he moves level with Viollet and Best but is aiming to beat Sir Bobby Charlton's mark of 249 goals.

Newcastle United
Newcastle ace Cheick Tiote can see no reason why they cannot upset the odds to claim a place in the top 4 and a place in the Champions League.

Norwich City
Norwich striker Aaron Wilbraham has revealed he has turned down several loan offers throughout the season to fight for a first-team place.

Queens Park Rangers
Mark Hughes has confirmed that he will not be discussing new deals with any of his Queens Park Rangers players until the end of the season.

Stoke City
Stoke City defender Jonathan Woodgate is hoping to win a new deal at the Britannia Stadium - but admits the club will make the final decision.

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has no plans to miss out on the remainder of the Premier League campaign due to a medial ligament strain.

Swansea City
ADO Den Haag midfielder Jens Toornstra has revealed he would be open to joining Swansea this summer amid speculation linking him with the club.

Emmanuel Adebayor is confident Tottenham can end the season with a bang after rediscovering some momentum following the victory over Swansea.

West Brom
It was reported that West Brom lodged a bid for Rangers star striker Steven Naismith last week only to see to their offer rejected by the club.

Wigan Athletic
Omani goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi says Wigan fear no-one following back-to-back wins and is backing his Latics side to beat the drop once again.

Kenny Miller's agent admits the Wolves striker would be interested in a move to Celtic - even though it would mean crossing the Old Firm divide.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Bilbao winger Markel Susaeta has warned his squad to treat Schalke with the utmost respect and of the threat of Farfan, Huntelaar and Raul.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago Mendes has told his team to forget about their 2-1 lead over Hannover and go for the win at the AWD-Arena.


Espanyol CEO Joan Collet announced that the club are in talks about the sale of three of their players in order to bring in much needed cash.

Getafe midfielder Francisco Javier Casquero has urged his team to remain calm as they look to secure their status before aiming for Europe.

Granada announced that the club have an option to buy on-loan defender Borja Gomez and have initiated new contract talks with Carlos Martins.

Arouna Kone has yet to decide whether to continue with Levante next season, but admits European football would increase his chances of staying.

Martin Demichelis has played down Malaga's chances of a third place finish, ahead of their matches against Valencia, Barcelona and Atletico.

Osasuna defender Ion Echaide is delighted with his return to action after 7 months out and wants to play all the final 8 games of the season.

Racing Santander
Racing defender Alvaro Gonzalez expects a very tough match against Malaga, who will be keen to redeem their latest home defeat last weekend.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo president Raul Martin Presa said he is happy Jose Ramon Sandoval's work at the club and considers him as the ideal coach for their project.

Real Betis
Real Betis coach Pepe Mel is set to have Paulao available for their next clash against Villarreal, after the defender resumed squad training.

Real Madrid
Jose Mourinho admits Real Madrid had setbacks against Malaga and Villarreal, but stressed that it is impossible to win 40 consecutive games.

Real Mallorca
Mallorca coach Joaquin Caparros was angry with the way his team conceded their first two goals to Sevilla as they are 'risking their lives'.

Real Sociedad
Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay said the club will everything they can to keep Real Madrid from taking away one of their jewel Ruben Pardo.

Real Zaragoza
Midfielder Franco Zuculini insisted that it is not impossible for Real Zaragoza to beat Barcelona, as the look for their fourth straight win.

Sevilla coach Michel was happy with the win over Mallorca and could not fault his team for taking a moment to relax after taking a 3-goal lead.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon captain David Barral has admitted that his team are lacking in confidence, but they must try to finish the season with dignity.

Victor Ruiz has admitted that Valencia suffer in defense whenever his squad go looking for a second goal that will close the game for them.

Villarreal are reportedly set to close the deal for Andres Robles of Santiago Wanderers, considered as one of Chile's most promising defenders.

Serie A

AC Milan

AS Roma
It was reported that AS Roma are hoping to use their good relationship with Liverpool to try and bring striker Luis Suarez to the Olimpico.

Atalanta director Pierpaolo Marino said that the problem of match-fixing is a general issue but only his club are being made to pay the price.

Bologna defender Nicola Cherubin has told his team that it is time for them to demonstrate what they are capable of, ahead of the Cesena clash.

Cagliari have thanked Tieste for their cooperation but acknowledged that their move to the Nereo Rocco Stadium is not a long-term solution.

Genoa director Stefano Capozzucca admits rumours linking him to a move to Catania puts him in a difficult situation, but has failed to deny it.

Rafael Martinho has acknowledged Cesena have the rights to buy his contract from Catania, but he is not looking forward to playing in Serie B.

Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino praises director Giovanni Sartori for his work at the club, given the limited amount of money available.

It was claimed that Gabriele Oriali is the favourite to be named as Fiorentina's sporting director when Pantaleo Corvino leaves in the summer.

Genoa director Stefano Capozzucca admits rumours linking him to a move to Catania puts him in a difficult situation, but has failed to deny it.

Inter Milan
It was reported Schalke midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado's recent outburst could accelerate negotiations for his transfer to Inter this summer.

Parma's Sebastian Giovinco has indicated that he would be happy to return to Juventus this summer, as he eyes taking Del Piero's shirt number.

Lazio coach Edy Reja believes that this week's Serie A clash with Napoli is effectively a final for both sides as they eye third place finish.

Carlo Osti has warned Lecce players not to let outside issues to influence their work and has urged them to show strength by remaining calm.

Good news for Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri after it was confirmed that Christian Maggio was only suffering from fatigue against Juventus.

Novara goalkeeper Samir Ujkani is likely to have played his last match of the campaign, after it was confirmed that he has a fractured hand.

Palermo striker Igor Budan said it is normal that their youngsters are given a run in the first team due to the number of absenses they had.

Parma's Sebastian Giovinco has indicated that he would be happy to return to Juventus this summer, as he eyes taking Del Piero's shirt number.

Defender Andrea Rossi admits would have liked to play more, but acknowledged that Del Grosso is playing perhaps his best season with Siena.

Coach Francesco Guidolin believes the race for third place in Serie A is still between as many as five different teams, including his Udinese.