Sunday, 11 August 2013

Christian Benteke shines for Aston Villa in Malaga win


CHRISTIAN Benteke’s first-half double helped Aston Villa to a 3-2 win over Malaga



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The Belgian struck either side of a Ron Vlaar header as Paul Lambert’s side ended their pre-season campaign with a victory.
Villa’s Jores Okore scored an own goal on his home debut to give the Spanish Champions League quarter-finalists some hope in a tight match.
Sergi Darder pulled another goal back for Bernd Schuster’s side with a ­curling strike on 61 minutes but Villa held on for the win.
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John Barnes urges Liverpool to sell Luis Suarez


JOHN Barnes has told the Anfield big-wigs to bite the bullet and sell Luis Suarez



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The Liverpool legend – a title winner with the Reds in 1988 and 1990 – reckons the Uruguayan has become more liability than match-winner since he made it clear he wants out.
And Barnes has laid it on the line to Liverpool owner John Henry, telling the American to cash in on the striker.
Barnes said: “If Suarez wants to go then you can’t keep him.
“If he’s not going to perform and if he’s going to be disruptive, then what is the point in having him around?
“I like Suarez as a player. But I like Liverpool Football Club more.
“And what’s more important for Liverpool – the club or the player?
“In the past great men have moved on – Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan, Ian Rush – and the club continued.
“If someone like Dalglish wanted to go, the fans would not have backed Kenny. They would have said, ‘Get out of our club because the club is more important than you’.
“In modern-day football the club always must come first. Barcelona is the perfect example of this.
“Even if you are Lionel Messi, the best player in the world, you have a respect, a humility to the club, to the fans, to the Catalan history.
“But the demands of those fans placed on Messi to respect their club, is something we don’t have in England.
“In this country we back players over clubs which makes egos go bigger and, as a result, players are more powerful. The Premier League breeds that kind of greedy, self-centred person.
“That could never happen at Barcelona, or Real Madrid, or Bayern Munich. You have to have that integrity, that respect, that humility. But in the Premier League we don’t have any of that.”
Barnes’ fellow former Liverpool great Graham Souness also believes Suarez, 26, is at the point of no return at the club.
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“If he’s not going to perform and if he’s going to be disruptive, then what is the point in having him around?”
Barnes
And he says the dresssing room will soon turn against him if he continues to whine.
Souness, who also managed the Reds, joined former players Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp in hoping he will stay – but doubts he will.
He said: “He is an undoubted talent but he has quickly put himself in a position where there is a point of no return.
“It would be good for Liverpool if he were to remain and play for them but the closer it gets to the deadline, it becomes more ­difficult for Liverpool to take any offer for him.
“If they then try to go out and spend the money they could get for him, there would be a large premium to be paid.
“Take his goals out of Liverpool last season, where would they finish?
“Right now he might be worth £50million and next season he might be worth £25m but you could be a season without his goals.
“It’s a nightmare scenario. He, along with Steven Gerrard, are the two best players Liverpool have.
“If he is to stay at Liverpool, they have to make their peace very quickly.
“Some supporters won’t accept it and if I was a player in the dressing room, I’d be saying if you don’t try harder, then I’ll have a falling out with you.
“It can affect morale because he is a goal-getter.”
Carragher, now retired after a hugely successful Liverpool career, said: “When you see what the chairman has said, it has made it very difficult for Luis to make the move he wants to make.
“It has put him in an awkward position but there is always a way back. He is still a Liverpool player and can prove it on the pitch.
“He could apologise for the comments he’s made but if he comes back and performs like he has done over the last two and-a-half years, he’d be welcomed back with open arms by the supporters.
“He got a great reaction at Steven Gerrard’s testimonial and at the open training session, although when I trained for that match he didn’t look the same Suarez.
“I am sure that if he keeps on ­banging in the goals for Liverpool, then he will be fine. You have to look at what is the best thing for Liverpool and that’s that he stays and plays well.”
Redknapp, a former Liverpool skipper and now, like Souness and Carragher, a TV pundit, said: “You need your senior players to speak to Luis and say, ‘You must train well’ because there are rumours that he is not training to the level he can.
“It should not happen at a club like Liverpool and I wish they could sell him and sign someone else.”
Barnes, meanwhile, SDHpreckons it will take Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers at least FIVE years before he can make Liverpool title contenders again.
The once-great power is struggling to hang on to the coat-tails of Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.
And Barnes said: “When people talk about Liverpool being a top-four club, what they mean is they may finish fourth.
“They’re too far behind for it to be a quick fix. Brendan Rodgers needs a four or five-year plan to let him get the building blocks in place to be up there.
“Rodgers is a very good manager but it’s difficult for him to compete. He may want to bring young players through but Man City can buy the best in the world. So it’s going to be difficult for Liverpool.”
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Tottenham want Luis Suarez if Gareth Bale moves to Real Madrid


SPURS have made Luis Suarez their top target to replace Gareth Bale



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That would put them in direct competition for wantaway Suarez with deadly rivals Arsenal.
And in another twist in the Suarez saga, the Daily Star Sunday can reveal that European champions Bayern Munich have stepped up their interest in the £50million-rated frontman.
“in another twist in the Suarez saga, Daily Star Sunday can reveal that European champions Bayern Munich have stepped up their interest”
Liverpool insist the Uruguayan is not for sale but now Arsenal, Spurs, Bayern and possibly Real are ready to test their resistance to the full.
Russian club Zenit St Petersburg are also reported to be keeping an eye on the situation.
Tottenham will make their move if Bale eventually joins Real in what would prove a world-record deal at around £87m.
And Spurs chairman Daniel Levy knows he would have to land a marquee signing to replace double footballer of the year Bale.
But the White Hart Lane club would be at a disadvantage despite having the funds to do the deal, as Suarez insists the reason he wants to quit the Kop is to play in the Champions League.
That is something Spurs cannot offer at the moment but both Arsenal and Bayern can.
German giants Bayern are fully aware of the Suarez situation as their new boss Pep Guardiola is the brother of Pere Guardiola, the Liverpool star's agent.
Meanwhile, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is close to signing midfielder Etienne Capoue, 25, who can also operate as a central defender.
The £9m deal for the Toulouse player should go through, despite interest from Atletico Madrid.
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Transfer Zone: Arsenal in for Rooney, Spurs want Suarez and Manchester United chase Garay


Today's transfer zone sees Arsenal ready to resume their chase for Manchester United's Wayne Rooney. Tottenham are keen to bring Luis Suarez to White Hart Lane IF Gareth Bale moves to Real Madrid. Elsewhere Manchester United are chasing Benfica's Ezequiel Garay and Cardiff are splashing the cash again.



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Arsene Wenger is set to revive his interest in Wayne Rooney - as Liverpool stand firm over refusing to sell Luis Suarez to Arsenal.
Manchester United risk missing out on another summer transfer target unless they meet the full £21.5million asking price for Ezequiel Garay.
Real Madrid's pursuit of Tottenham's Gareth Bale is being backed by midfielder Isco who feels the Welshman would make a great addition for the club.
Brendan Rodgers left Dublin last night knowing he has to bring an end to the Luis Suarez saga – ASAP.
Christian Benteke’s first-half double helped Aston Villa to a 3-2 win over Malaga.
Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has slammed Jose Mourinho’s bid to buy Wayne Rooney on the cheap as “an insult”.
Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith believes Arsene Wenger could quit at the end of the season if they don’t win a trophy.
Cardiff City are close to smashing their transfer record for the third time this summer with the capture of Gary Medel from Sevilla.
Gary Hooper was carried off on a stretcher as Bradley Johnson’s brace bagged a Norwich win over Panathinaikos.
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Roberto Soldado scores penalty for Spurs as Gareth Bale misses out


ROBERTO SOLDADO scored a first-half penalty to cap a bright hour’s work for Spurs against Espanyol following his £26million transfer from Valencia



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Welsh wizard Gareth Bale again missed out, recovering from a foot injury, as Tottenham finished their pre-season with a draw.
Soldado had fired Spurs ahead from the spot on 29 ­minutes after David Lopez had brought down left-back Danny Rose.
“Gareth Bale missed out, recovering from an injury, as Tottenham finished their pre-season with a draw”
But the Spaniards equalised through a Lopez ­header just before the break.
Despite the ongoing saga ­surrounding Bale, the sell-out crowd had ­plenty to be optimistic about with summer signings Soldado, Nacer Chadli and Paulinho all playing a part.
Both sides struggled to find rhythm after the break amid a raft of substitutions, with returns for Younes Kaboul and Sandro ­following long-term injuries.
Andros Townsend nearly scored the winner for Spurs 11 minutes from time but fired just wide.
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Federico Macheda will leave Manchester United at the end of the season, says agent


FEDERICO MACHEDA will be allowed to leave Manchester United at the end of this season, according to the striker's agent.



Macheda will depart United at the end of this season according to his agent
The 21-year-old, who burst onto the scene with a stunning goal against Aston Villa in 2009, has failed to establish himself in the first-team at Old Trafford.
Macheda is now entering his final year of his contract and his agent Giovanni Bia explained the Italian's current situation.
"Unfortunately, there is no news," Bia told an Italian news site.
The Italian has struggled to hold down a first-team place at UnitedThe Italian has struggled to hold down a first-team place at United
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“This year he will play in Manchester, seeing out his contract with the Red Devils and then he will be free to leave”
Giovanni Bia
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"The assessment that Manchester [United] have made is not one in line with a player whose contract is coming to an end.
"This year he will play in Manchester, seeing out his contract with the Red Devils and then he will be free to leave."
Macheda in the past three seasons has been out on-loan at Sampdoria, QPR and Stuttgart, all proving to be unsuccessful stints.
The former Lazio player is behind Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welback in the United pecking order.

Steve Clarke hopeful Manchester City's Scott Sinclair will join West Brom


STEVE CLARKE is hopeful he will be able to complete a deal for Scott Sinclair before their season opener against Southampton at The Hawthorns on Saturday.



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Sinclair looks set for West Brom
Everton and Newcastle also want Sinclair but are yet to make a formal bid for the winger, who made only 11 appearances for Manchester City during the last campaign.
Clarke is determined to add to his squad before the end of the transfer window and feels a new signing would give his side an extra boost prior to the big kick-off.
"We've made an enquiry to Manchester City," he told a regional newspaper.
Sinclair was initially part of City's pre-seasonSinclair was initially part of City's pre-season
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