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Thursday, April 19, 2012


Arsenal's Robin van Persie admits he was far from confident he could play as a main striker, but now believes he can become even more lethal.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is hopeful he will be able to welcome back Albrighton, Herd, Clark and Warnock from injury against Sunderland.

Gael Givet has denied claims that he 'refused to play' for Blackburn against Swansea City and insisted it was the coach who made the decision.

Bolton Wanderers coach Owen Coyle still harbours hopes of Gregg Wylde featuring at some stage this season, following his arrival from Rangers.

Didier Drogba scored his fifth Champions League goal as Chelsea took a one-goal lead over Barcelona following the match at Stamford Bridge.

Fabian Giefer's agent claims Everton are among four clubs interested in signing the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper in the summer transfer market.

Fulham captain Danny Murphy is hoping the Cottagers can match their best-ever Premier League finish by securing seventh place this season.

Crewe Alexandra have confirmed that midfield starlet Dan Smith has signed for Liverpool in a deal reportedly worth GBP250,000 to the Alex.

Manchester City
Joleon Lescott has dismissed suggestions that Mario Balotelli is to blame for Manchester City falling behind in the Premier League title race.

Manchester United
David de Gea hopes his stunning last-gasp save at Chelsea in February will turn out to be the defining moment of Manchester United's season.

Newcastle United
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew insists he has no problem with difficult or enigmatic characters in football thanks to his humble roots as a player.

Norwich City
Andrew Surman says the painful memories of Norwich's recent 6-1 thumping by Manchester City will spur them on to a winning end of the season.

Queens Park Rangers
Shaun Derry believes Wigan's win at Arsenal on Monday is proof that QPR cannot rely on other teams to do them favours in the relegation battle.

Stoke City
Danny Higginbotham is feeling back to his best after a loan spell at Nottingham Forest but accepts his future at Stoke is out of his hands.

Matt Kilgallon knows he faces a battle to keep hold of his place in Sunderland's starting line-up with John O'Shea back in training again.

Swansea City
Swansea defender Alan Tate has been ruled out for two to three weeks with the calf injury he suffered before the Blackburn game on Saturday.

Spurs ace Rafael van der Vaart believes the Premier League is the toughest division in the world, admitting it is hard to maintain his fitness.

West Brom
West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed that he will be taking no risks over his injured players with the club safely in mid-table position.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has defended his tactics at Arsenal on Monday - and Gary Caldwell has accused the Gunners of lacking dignity.

Wolves have recalled goalkeeper Carl Ikeme from his loan spell at Doncaster Rovers with Wayne Hennessey sidelined for the rest of the season.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that Iker Muniain is still a doubt for their Europa League clash against Sporting Lisbon.

Atletico Madrid
Coach Diego Simeone said the Europa League clash between Atletico and Valencia is good for both sides as they can avoid making long trips.


Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino insisted he is not concerned about reports linking him to other clubs and considers it as a compliment.

Getafe youngster Alvaro Arroyo said he appreciate his experience with the first team, but he would be happy to return to the B squad this week.

Granada trio Moises Hurtado, Jaime Romero and Alex Geijo trained away from the squad, but have not been rule out of their clash against Getafe.

Levante midfielder Juanlu Gomez is convinced his side will qualify for Europa League, but acknowledged that there very little room for error.

Malaga striker Seba Fernandez has acknowledged that his team must play intelligently if they are to secure the vital 3 points against Sociedad.

Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar may have to face Malaga without Ibrahima Balde, as the striker has been called to join Senegal's U23 side.

Racing Santander
Racing head coach Alvaro Cervera announced that there is nothing wrong with his heart and intend to finish his job at the club this season.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo winger Jose Manuel Casado believes Gijon will be nervous this weekend as they need to ensure victory to keep their survival hopes alive.

Real Betis
Jose Antonio Dorado admits it will hard for Betis to win at the Mestalla, but hopes Valencia will be tired from their European commitments.

Real Madrid
Keeper Iker Casillas has insisted that it was bad luck rather than a bad performance that Fabio Coentrao failed to stop Philipp Lahm's cross.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis believes his side must try to score a goal as soon as possible against Zaragoza if they are to win the match.

Real Sociedad
Sociedad midfielder Xabi Prieto admits he is comfortable again on the field and hopes to keep his good form for the remainder of the season.

Real Zaragoza
Midfielder Angel Lafita admitted that Zaragoza are very tired from their efforts, but they have to continue giving 200 per cent to survive.

Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido is convinced his team will bounce back and qualify for European competition for the ninth straight year.

Sporting Gijon
Good news for Sporting boss Javier Clemente as Gregory Arnolin has recovered from surgery sooner than expected and is already back in training.

Valencia manager Unai Emery is missing only the suspended Antonio Barragan and injured Ever Banega for their clash against Atletico Madrid.

Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna has urged his team to try and correct mistakes rather than wasting time lamenting about their situation.

Serie A

AC Milan
Milan veteran Alessandro Nesta has categorically ruled out the possibility of a summer move to rivals Juventus, despite his expiring contract.

AS Roma
Roma stopper Juan has rejected the idea of a summer move to Flamengo, as he wish to see out his contract at Olimpico which expires in 2013.

It was reported that Atalanta are keen to acquire the services of Lecce's youngster Filipppo Falco, who is currently out on-loan at Pavia.

Midfielder Diego Perez believes Bologna can take on anyone, but has urged his side to maintain focus in order to get a result against AC Milan.

Cagliari's decision to play in Trieste did not go down well with the ticket holders, who want refunds for being unable to attend to the games.

Catania are in 8th place in the Fair Play chart with 75 penalty points after accumulating 63 red cards and 6 yellow cards so far this season.

Cesena keeper Francesco Antonioli think his preference to play rather than sit on a bench in a big club has helped him to have a long career.

Chievo Verona beat Oppeano 5-0 in a friendly encounter after Sammarco, Paloschi, Acerbi and Thereau all managed to find the back of the net.

It was claimed that Fiorentina's Riccardo Montolivo has agreed a contract with Milan until 2016, where is will earn EUR2.5 million a season.

Siena have underlined that the club have taken no decision over the future of in-demand striker Mattia Destro, who is co-owned with Genoa.

Inter Milan
Cristian Chivu's agent has underlined that Napoli have made no move to sign the Inter defender, whose deal expires at the end of the season.

Milan veteran Alessandro Nesta has categorically ruled out the possibility of a summer move to rivals Juventus, despite his expiring contract.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli paid a visit to the Lazio training ground and was particularly pleased with the form of midfielder Stefano Mauri.

Lecce goalkeeper Massimiliano Benassi is keen to forget about the match-fixing investigation and urges his side to focus on the Lazio clash.

Cristian Chivu's agent has underlined that Napoli have made no move to sign the Inter defender, whose deal expires at the end of the season.

Novara are in 12th place in the Fair Play chart with 77 penalty points after accumulating 65 yellow cards and 6 red cards so far this season.

Palermo Vice-President Guglielmo Micciche has praised Sannino and Donadoni, but insisted that no coaching decision had been made for 2012-13.

Good news for Parma coach Roberto Donadoni as defender Stefano Ferrario is back in training and should be available for clash against Cagliari.

Siena have underlined that the club have taken no decision over the future of in-demand striker Mattia Destro, who is co-owned with Genoa.

Antonio Di Natale insists that Udinese are still fighting for a Champions League spot and denies that his team are suffering from fatigue.