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Monaco's Saviola desperate for Barcelona return
AS Monaco striker Javier Saviola has declared his future remains with Barcelona.
The Argentine is playing on-loan this season at Monaco, but said: "At Barcelona I had some great moments, but sometimes that isn't enough.
"I wanted to stay there this season, but the coach told me I wouldn't be playing and that it would be best if I joined Monaco. It was an honest assessment and I appreciated it."
Saviola added while he had "enjoyed this season" with Monaco, his heart "remains with Barcelona".
Figo determined to "fulfill Real Madrid contract"
Real Madrid winger Luis Figo has declared he wants to see out his contract.
The Portugal international has lost his starting place to Michael Owen in recent weeks and has been linked with a move away from the Primera Liga at the end of this season.
But Figo, whose contract runs to the summer of 2006, said: "I know I am experiencing a difficult moment - but I am determined to overcome it.
"I want to help Real Madrid win the Liga and also to fulfill my contract."
Asked about Figo's situation, Real coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo replied: "I have not spoken with him, but he is a player of the group and I will use him when it is necessary. He continues working well.
"It is normal that he is a little upset, but his efforts are good."
18th April 2005, 15:53
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Rijkaard told Barcelona players to show more humility
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard put his players through the wringer this week ahead of last night's clash with Getafe.
Rijkaard held several player meetings, rapping them for lacking humility in interviews and also ordering two training sessions behind closed doors.
The Dutchman took the drastic measures with the blessing of president Joan Laporta, who said yesterday: "Rijkaard has made the players aware of the seriousness of the situation and forced them to refocus their minds.
"The talks have been used to boost their confidence and I am confident they are prepared for the last seven games of the season - which are all being approached as finals."
Barcelona aware Van Nistelrooy unsettled at Man Utd
Barcelona are keeping tabs on Ruud van Nistelrooy's situation at Manchester United.
The Dutchman is considering his future at Old Trafford after a frustrating season plagued by injury and poor form in front of goal.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson privately accepts that changes must be made to his attack next season after one of the lowest season's for goals scored by the club since his arrival.
Van Nistelrooy rejected an offer to join Real Madrid last summer weeks after helping United lift the FA Cup, but is now seriously considering a move to Spain.
Its reported that United are willing to offload the Dutchman for just £12 million and close friends have been quoted stating he would jump at the chance of Barca president Joan Laporta came knocking.
Liverpool "rubbish" Roma link with Hyypia
Liverpool have rejected all talk of Sami Hyypia possibly moving to Roma.
Reports have later suggested a £3 million offer could be forthcoming for the imposing defender from the Italian side.
The Finnish star's current deal expires in 2006.
Reds spokesman Ian Cotton told the club's website: "There has been no contact with Roma at all. The story is absolute rubbish."
Agent: Everton lead race for Inter Milan's Emre
The agent of Inter Milan star Emre has claimed that Everton are leading the chase for the Turkish schemer.
The 24-year-old has already confirmed he will be leaving Inter at the end of the season despite having a further two years on his contract.
The Toffees are understood to have met up with Schreider last week and the agent confirmed he had already held in-depth talks over a possible transfer to Goodison Park.
"Everton's priority is to sign a top-quality star like Emre," he stated. "I have had extensive discussions with them."
Man Utd boss tells Chelsea: Ferdinand stays
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has told Chelsea to keep their hands off defender Rio Ferdinand.
Fergie is confident Ferdinand will soon sign a new deal to tie him to Old Trafford for at least the next three years.
Ferguson said: "I don't think we are far away. We have been having good discussions. It's the same with any discussions, they're not easy.
"It's important to keep all our players here. Manchester United have to have a stability that goes on for years. To be near the top it's that stability that gives you success.
"What we've done over the last two years is to restructure a new team."
Spurs demand Milner in Newcastle bid for Keane
Newcastle United have been told by Tottenham to include James Milner in any offer they're considering for striker Robbie Keane.
Milner has been a long-term target for Tottenham, which came close to clinching the teenage winger's signature ahead of the Geordies last year.
The People says Newcastle have inquired after Keane, who is being considered by Magpies boss Graeme Souness as a replacement for want-away Craig Bellamy.
Villa to bid for Newcastle's Ambrose
Aston Villa are being linked with Newcastle United winger Darren Ambrose.
The People says Villa boss David O'Leary is ready to offer £600,000 for the England U21 international, who is on the outer at St James' Park.
Former club Ipswich Town have also expressed interest in Ambrose
Spurs, Liverpool must wait for Man Utd decision on Moutinho
The chase for Sporting Lisbon teenager Jose Moutinho is heating up.
Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren has expressed interest in the midfielder, but face stiff competition from a host of rivals for the youngster.
Along with Boro, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Aston Villa all had scouts running their eye on Moutinho last week in UEFA Cup action against Newcastle United.
Manchester United are also in the frame, where they have a partnership agreement with Sporting that was struck two years ago during negotiations for Cristiano Ronaldo.
West Brom accept Leeds offer for Hulse
West Brom have agreed a fee with Leeds United for striker Rob Hulse.
The People says Leeds will sign Hulse from West Brom in the summer after agreeing a £600,000 fee for the on-loan striker.
Leeds chairman Ken Bates has been quick to negotiate a deal for Hulse after watching the former Crewe hitman score six goals in nine games since joining on a short-term deal.
Liverpool boss wants Bolton's Nolan in Diouf swap
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is eyeing Bolton Wanderers midfielder Kevin Nolan.
The People says it would be part of a swap deal to finally ship out the Reds' controversial striker El-Hadji Diouf, currently on loan at The Reebok.
Benitez's spies are checking out Nolan, one of Wanderers' few English players. He's a lifelong Kopite who quit the club as a schoolboy for a better chance of first team success.
And the Anfield chief is willing to consider Nolan as part of a deal to push out bad boy striker Diouf to The Reebok permanently this summer. Feelers are already being put out about the idea.
Bowyer assured of Newcastle future
Newcastle United boss Graeme Souness has told midfielder Lee Bowyer he is a wanted player for next season.
The Sunday Mirror says Bowyer has been told he has a future at Newcastle after his bust-up with Kieron Dyer - but Souness will sell if the price is right.
Birmingham and Aston Villa are monitoring developments.
Newcastle to hand Souness £25M war-chest
Newcastle United boss Graeme Souness will be handed a £25 million warchest for the summer market.
The Sunday Mirror says Souness has been assured by chairman Freddy Shepherd the board will back him with a major injection of funds.
Souness spent close to £11m in January bringing in Jean-Alain Boumsong, Amdy Faye and Celestine Babayaro. Chairman Shepherd said: "We are not going to publicly discuss how much the manager will have to spend.
"But our track record shows that we have always backed our managers when it comes to bringing in new players.
"I will sit down with Graeme at the end of the season and discuss what he wants to do. We always try to support the manager."
Agent of Man Utd's Van Nistelrooy spotted in Spain
The agent of Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy was in Spain last week.
The Sunday Mirror says Roger Linse was in Spain last weekend when Real Madrid beat Barcelona in La Liga - to spark fresh claims that Van Nistelrooy will be sacrificed at the end of the season to generate cash for Ferguson to bring in new faces.
Van Nistelrooy's luxury apartment in South Manchester is up for sale and it is understood he took Spanish lessons before signing a new contract to stay at Old Trafford when Real Madrid's interest was at its peak last summer.
The Dutchman struck twice in yesterday's FA Cup semifinal win over Newcastle, however reports continue that he is disenchanted with life in Manchester.
Van Nistelrooy is known to be unhappy about his role as a lone striker and has had several bust-ups with Ferguson and team-mates before breaking his goal drought yesterday.
Liverpool boss pleas for fans patience over Lyon target Morientes
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has pleaded with fans to be patient with striker Fernando Morientes.
The Spaniard missed a gilt-edged chance late on in Saturday's 2-2 draw at home to Spurs only 24 hours after Olympique Lyon had confirmed they would try to "rescue" the striker from his difficult spell in England.
"He needs to score," Benitez said. "He did not play for Real Madrid for a long time and his physical condition is not the best.
"We know he is a skilful player, with good movement and technique, but sometimes you need to be quick. I am certain next year will be different after a full pre-season."
Liverpool's Smicer: 6 clubs want me
Vladimir Smicer admits he is sad about this being his last season with Liverpool.
"I think, yes [I will be leaving]. My contract is ending, people from the club don't speak with me about a new contract, so I think it's all over here," Smicer told Czech daily Idnes. "I'm sad. I have experienced six great years here, my family have got used to living here.
"After the injury I wanted also to show I'm still able to play here at a high level. But the return wasn't easy."
He added: "I have approximately six offers. I will make sure my knee is absolutely okay and then, I will look for a new club.
"Yes Lens were mentioned but there exist more possibilities. I would like to play somewhere by a sea where there is a lot of sun and hot weather.
"Bordeaux, Marseille or Monaco. That's what I would enjoy after years of mild and rainy weather."
Waqar's inswinging yorker
19th April 2005, 02:44
van nistelerooy at barca? i doubt it as cruyff came out and said he wouldnt have him but i thin playing with ronnyd would be great for him
19th April 2005, 02:46
RonnyDs pass to Giuly on Sunday was brilliant
Waqar's inswinging yorker
19th April 2005, 02:47
i know - the guy made it look so simple and was pinpoint - perfectly weighted - begged giuly to put it away
19th April 2005, 02:48
The best thing about the pass is surpisingly not the pass itself BUT the way he looks in the opposite direction - what a Genius :D>
Waqar's inswinging yorker
19th April 2005, 02:50
he does that routinely now - plus did u see that flick he did when play was held up - so casual - didnt have to think about it. Also that back heel/nut meg and run - wow
19th April 2005, 02:52
That flick - effortless
That nutmeg was out of this world! its for this reason he is the best in the world!
Waqar's inswinging yorker
19th April 2005, 02:54
i agree - the guy just does things instinctively and is a leader - 1 thing that came from that punchup at end of chelsea game was ronnyd was annoyed and is now unlikely to join chelsea!! although it isnt known very well but chelsea bid £55m for ronnyd last summer - barca accepted but ronnyd turned them down and signed a new bumper contract with a huge buy out clause - £100m i think
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