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Friday, April 27, 2012


Arsenal Alex Song's agent has moved to play down speculation linking the midfielder with a summer move to Inter and expects him to remain with Arsenal. Aston Villa Richard Dunne has urged fans to put aside their grievances with Alex McLeish 'for a few weeks' and instead support Aston Villa's survival bid. Blackburn Blackburn youngster Ryan Edwards has agreed a professional contract and is expected to be pushing for a place in the first-team next season. Bolton Bolton boss Owen Coyle has confirmed FIFA now have the necessary paperwork to prove young winger Gregg Wylde is clear to play for the club. Chelsea There will be no pre-match handshake for the game between Chelsea and QPR due to the legal situation involving John Terry and Anton Ferdinand. Everton Hoffenheim manager Markus Babbel claims the club are yet to receive any serious approaches for Gylfi Sigurdsson, despite links to Everton. Fulham Fulham coach Martin Jol believes that if midfielder Alex Kacaniklic can handle the Premier League then he is good enough to play for Sweden. Liverpool Liverpool manager Kenny Daglish has confirmed that midfielder Steven Gerrard is fully fit and he has been training all week with no issues. Manchester City Veteran Owen Hargreaves will not be offered a new deal by Manchester City - a decision that casts doubt over his long-term future in the game. Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Manchester United are going to have to get used to facing their local rivals in important games. Newcastle United Papiss Cisse has admitted he is thriving on the pressure of trying to live up to the demands of wearing Newcastle's famous number nine shirt. Norwich City Full-back Adam Drury has pinpointed Norwich's attacking ambition as the main difference between success and failure in the Premier League. Queens Park Rangers Anton Ferdinand's lawyers have advised the QPR defender not to shake John Terry's hand prior to Sunday's west London derby against Chelsea. Stoke City It was reported that Stoke City are interested in capturing Molde striker Magnus Wolff Eikrem, but faces competition from Gladbach and Genk. Sunderland Sunderland have confirmed that Seb Larsson will miss the last three games of the season after hernia surgery, but he is hopeful for Euro 2012. Swansea City Swansea coach Brendan Rodgers believes Terry Connor has done a terrific job and deserves the chance to bring Wolves back into the Premiership. Tottenham Tottenham have been put on alert after Espanyol midfielder Javi Marquez announced that he will leave the Spanish league outfit this summer. West Brom England legend Peter Shilton has urged West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster to reconsider his decision to quit international football. Wigan Athletic Wigan Athletic coach Roberto Martinez insists he and his players are focused on keeping the club up, despite speculation over their future. Wolverhampton Swansea coach Brendan Rodgers believes Terry Connor has done a terrific job and deserves the chance to bring Wolves back into the Premiership.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao Athletic Bilbao will meet Atletico Madrid in the final after Ibai Gomez scored his second Europa League goal to eliminate Sporting Lisbon. Atletico Madrid Atletico Madrid will meet Athletic Bilbao in the final after striker Adrian Lopez scored his 10th Europa League goal to eliminate Valencia. Barcelona Barcelona have announced that playmaker Xavi is out for two weeks with a calf injury and will miss the match against Rayo, Malaga and Espanyol. Espanyol Midfielder Javi Marquez has confirmed that he will not be extending his contract at Espanyol and will leave the club in 2013 at the latest. Getafe Luis Garcia said the Mallorca clash is key to keep Getafe's European hopes alive, but it would not be a disappointment if they fail to qualify. Granada Granada striker Alex Geijo insists they are not yet safe from relegation and must try to secure all three points against Levante this weekend. Levante Levante coach Juan Ignacio Martinez has declared that their 'grand finale' to secure a place in Europe begins with the match against Granada. Malaga Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho admits he is still hoping to overtake Valencia and claim a spot in next season' Champions League competition. Osasuna Ibrahima Balde is delighted to have helped Senegal qualify for the Olympic and has thanked Osasuna for allowing him to join his national squad. Racing Santander Racing midfielder Manuel Arana is happy with his recovery and is feeling good, but believes the match against Sociedad is too soon for him. Rayo Vallecano Rayo Vallecano head coach Jose Ramon Sandoval admits injuries have had an affect on his team, but he insists he will not use it as an excuse. Real Betis Real Betis defender Nelson says his team are motivated heading into the Atletico clash because they want to forget the painful Valencia defeat. Real Madrid Jose Mourinho claims he will continue his spell with Real Madrid beyond this summer if he can reach an agreement with his current employers. Real Mallorca Real Mallorca winger Michael Pereira said his team will be ambitious against Getafe because they still have a slim chance of playing in Europe. Real Sociedad Xabi Prieto admits Real Sociedad must beat Racing and secure their safety, as it will difficult to do against Atletico, Osasuna and Valencia. Real Zaragoza Real Zaragoza midfielder Luis Garcia is convinced that his side will avoid relegation if they can win all four of their remaining fixtures. Sevilla Sevilla boss Michel is looking forward to the Bernabeu trip after claiming that Bayern have given him some ideas on how to take on Real Madrid. Sporting Gijon Sporting Gijon coach Javier Clemente could field Alex Menendez against Espanyol after the reserve player joined the first team in training. Valencia Atletico Madrid will meet Athletic Bilbao in the final after striker Adrian Lopez scored his 10th Europa League goal to eliminate Valencia.

Serie A

AC Milan Good news for AC Milan coach Max Allegri as Thiago Silva could return to the side for their game at Siena following a spell on the sidelines. AS Roma AS Roma striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo has been banned for two games for verbally abusing the referee and then applauding the fourth official. Atalanta Atalanta manager Stefano Colantuono will have to face Fiorentina without the services of Luca Cigarini after he was handed a one-match ban. Bologna Fiorentina captain Alessandro Gamberini is being linked with a summer return to hometown club Bologna, which he left in the summer of 2005. Cagliari Cagliari are in 6th place in the Fair Play chart with 77 penalty points after accumulating 73 yellow cards and 2 red cards so far this season. Catania Catania have announced the arrival of new board member Sergio Gasparin, who will be taking over from Pietro Lo Monaco at the end of the season. Cesena Cesena will have to take on Inter Milan without the services of Colucci, Moras and Rennella after the trio were handed a one-match suspension. Chievo Chievo coach Domenico Di Carlo will have to face Cagliari without the services of Bostjan Cesar after the defender was handed a one-match ban. Fiorentina Amauri has probably his last game of the season after Fiorentina confirmed that he would be out for around 3 weeks with a thigh muscle strain. Genoa Genoa coach Gigi De Canio will have to face Bologna without the services of Bosko Jankovic after the striker was handed a one-match suspension. Inter Milan Massimo Moratti has suggested that Andrea Stramaccioni's hopes of staying on at Inter next season hinge on qualifying for the Champions League. Juventus Antonio Conte insists that Andrea Pirlo will continue to take penalties for Juventus, despite having missed both of his spot-kicks this term. Lazio Keisuke Honda's agent has played down reports linking the CSKA Moscow midfielder to Lazio, insisting there has been no contact from the club. Lecce Lecce coach Serse Cosmi will have to face Parma without the services of Cuadrado and Stendardo after both were handed a one-match suspension. Napoli Walter Gargano and his agent with talk to Napoli director Riccardo Bigon about the player's future, even though he is contracted until 2015. Novara Novara boss Attilio Tesser is thinking about upsetting Juventus this weekend, but acknowledges that his team must be able to play without fear. Palermo Fabricio Miccoli admits the mood in the Palermo camp is not good, but believes it will improve as they head into the derby against Catania. Parma Parma manager Roberto Donadoni believes there is still room for growth for Sebastian Giovinco and that he reminds him of Antonio Di Natale. Siena Siena coach Giuseppe Sannino will have to face AC Milan without the services of Andrea Rossi after the defender was handed a one-match ban. Udinese Udinese patron Giampaolo Pozzo has made it clear that there is no chance Francesco Guidolin will manage another Italian outfit before 2015.