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Nuri Sahin thanks God he doesn"t play for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool anymore

Thank GOD I don't play for Rodgers any more! Ex-Liverpool midfielder Sahin (who wasn't very good) sticks boot into Kop boss

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David Kent

PUBLISHED:

13:55 GMT, 14 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:19 GMT, 14 March 2013

Nuri Sahin has criticised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers following his failure to make an impression at Anfield and thanks God he isn't playing for the Northern Irishman any more.

The Turkey midfielder joined Liverpool on a season-long loan from Real Madrid last summer but he made only 12 appearances before the deal was terminated in January.

The 24-year-old claims he was played out of position without explanation by Rodgers and is now glad not to be playing under him.

Parting shot: Sahin exited Anfield in January after just five months at the club

Parting shot: Sahin exited Anfield in January after just five months at the club

Red alert: Rodgers enjoys a joke with his players during training at the club's Melwood training base

Red alert: Rodgers enjoys a joke with his players during training at the club's Melwood training base

Red alert: Rodgers enjoys a joke with his players during training at the club's Melwood training base

Sahin, now on loan at Borussia Dortmund, told Spanish newspaper AS: 'Brendan Rodgers wanted me to play as a 10. But I do not play behind the forwards.

'I spoke with him and asked him why I was playing there. It is not my real position. The boss could not answer me… still, I am not sorry about it.

'To play in the red jersey and be in Anfield is something marvellous.

Getting shirty: Sahin is delighted to be back at at Dortmund

Getting shirty: Sahin is delighted to be back at at Dortmund

Getting shirty: Sahin is delighted to be back at at Dortmund

'Maybe if I had not gone there I would not have been able to return to Borussia Dortmund. For that, I am happy.

'But I have left Brendan Rodgers, thanks be to God.'

Sahin made his name at Dortmund before joining Real in 2011.

He said: 'I feel well physically and mentally, everything is perfect. After returning to Germany, I feel much better.'

On the up: Liverpool and Rodgers (right) completed an impressive victory over Spurs at the weekend

On the up: Liverpool and Rodgers (right) completed an impressive victory over Spurs at the weekend

Gary Cahill facing further FIFA action after red card

FIFA make Cahill sweat over further sanction following red card against Corinthians

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UPDATED:

12:45 GMT, 17 December 2012

Gary Cahill will learn by the end of this week whether he is to face any further punishment for his sending off during Chelsea's defeat to Corinthians in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup.

Cahill was incensed by the antics of Emerson after claiming the off-the-ball kick he aimed at the Corinthian's forward 'probably wouldn't knock over my one-year-old daughter'.

Red alert: Cahill was handed his marching orders against Corinthians

Red alert: Cahill was handed his marching orders against Corinthians

Even so, Cahill conceded his lack of
control warranted the red card which will see him suspended for the
Capital One Cup quarter-final away to Leeds on Wednesday.

Push over: Cahill was incensed by the Corinthians player's reaction

Push over: Cahill was incensed by the Corinthians player's reaction

Chelsea have no right of appeal against that sanction and, although no further punishment is expected, have until Wednesday to explain their version of events to FIFA in an effort to ensure they do not lose their centre-back for any further matches over the Christmas period.

Cahill claimed after the 1-0 defeat: 'I have tackled the guy, we sort of tangled legs and as we tangled he lashed out with his arm and hit me in the face.

'So I have reacted which wasn’t the
greatest of reactions from me but it is two different players – he hits
me in the face and I don't roll around for five minutes holding my face
like he has broken my nose and dislocated my jaw.

'I touch him on the shin and it
probably wouldn’t knock over my one-year-old daughter, yet he was
rolling around five or six times.

'It probably is a red card but the reaction of the guy is totally out of order for what I did if you see the impact.'

Davide Santon says Newcastle worried about Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan on returns

Santon admits Newcastle are worried about threat of returning stars Carroll and Nolan

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UPDATED:

18:29 GMT, 10 November 2012

Davide Santon and his defensive colleagues have been put on red alert as Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan head back to Newcastle.

The pair, who proved so destructive in black and white shirts as the Magpies fought their way back into the Barclays Premier League, are now back in harness at West Ham, who visit St James' Park tomorrow.

They will need no introduction to the current crop of Newcastle players, and full-back Santon knows stopping them could prove the key to the home side's chances of extending their five-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Clucky return Kevin Nolan might unleash his celebration on Sunday

Clucky return Kevin Nolan might unleash his celebration on Sunday

The 21-year-old Italian said: 'West Ham will be a difficult game. They have some good players.

'They have Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan, so we have to be careful.

'It is very important for us to win the game. We are only playing for a win.

'We have to stop them. We know they are coming here to score. However, we know we have a great defence here. We have a great team and we can stop them.'

Carroll and Nolan both left the club in controversial circumstances, the former in exchange for a staggering 35million from Liverpool and the latter after his hopes of securing a new long-term deal were dashed.

But while midfielder Nolan has gone from strength to strength at Upton Park, where he arrived in June last year, Carroll has joined him by a circuitous route.

The 23-year-old found himself surplus to requirements at Anfield in the wake of new manager Brendan Rodgers' appointment and, having been linked with a move back to Newcastle, eventually joined the Hammers on loan for the season in August.

But while both played key roles during their time on Tyneside, Alan Pardew's men have gone from strength to strength since their respective departures and finished fifth in the league last season to earn a return to European football.

Way back when: Nolan and Andy Carroll playing for Newcastle

Way back when: Nolan and Andy Carroll playing for Newcastle

Indeed, they very nearly gatecrashed the top four and the race for Champions League qualification, and that remains an ambition.

Santon said: 'Last year, we had a really big chance to get there.

'We finished fifth in the end, but we have a very good team and have a good chance of getting there.

'We just have to get back into the winning mentality every game. We are in a great position to move forward.'

Newcastle are yet to produce their best form on a consistent basis so far this season, but are unbeaten since they lost 3-0 at home to Manchester United on October 7.

They extended that run in Belgium on Thursday evening when, after carelessly conceding twice to Club Brugge within the opening 19 minutes, they fought back to claim a draw which edged them closer to the knockout stage of the Europa League.

Careful now: Davide Santon (left) knows Newcastle have to watch out for their former stars

Careful now: Davide Santon (left) knows Newcastle have to watch out for their former stars

Santon said: 'I think it was better that neither ourselves nor Brugge won the other night. It is better for our mentality.

'We can still get through in Europe, but we are now ready to win tomorrow.

'This game is very important. We have a lot of confidence and we can win. Now we have to focus on the Premier League again.'

However, Pardew will be without key men Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote through suspension, while full-back Danny Simpson remains a doubt with a shoulder problem.

Mike Williamson, who was withdrawn early from the 2-2 draw at the Jan Breydel Stadion, will start alongside Steven Taylor, who replaced him, in central defence, while Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba are likely to return.

Liverpool want Alex Pearce to replace Jamie Carragher

Get me the new Carra! Rodgers ready to raid old club Reading for defender Pearce

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UPDATED:

13:45 GMT, 7 November 2012

Brendan Rodgers wants to sign Reading defender Alex Pearce as a long-term replacement for Jamie Carragher.

Liverpool have had a bid for the 23-year-old rejected but are monitoring his contract situation.
Pearce – Reading’s Player of the Season last year – is out of contract in the summer. If no new deal is signed, Pearce would be available for a knockdown fee in January or for free next summer.

Red alert: Liverpool are interested in signing Reading defender Alex Pearce

Red alert: Liverpool are interested in signing Reading defender Alex Pearce

Sportsmail understands Pearce is unhappy with the terms Reading are offering and believes he has been benched for the last seven games as punishment for not agreeing to the deal on the table.

Pearce had not missed a minute of league football for Reading for more than a year before being dropped and his impressive start to life in the Premier League saw him make his Republic of Ireland debut in September.

He last played for Reading in the 1-0 defeat to West Brom in September and without him Brian McDermott’s side have shipped 18 goals.

Long term: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to find a successor to experienced star Jamie Carragher

Long term: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to find a successor to experienced star Jamie Carragher

His continued absence has raised speculation about his future and has put Liverpool on red-alert as Rodgers looks to bolster his squad in January.

Rodgers is an admirer of Pearce’s professionalism and promoted him to the role of Reading captain when he was in charge of the club in 2009.

It is also understood that Rodgers has doubts over the quality of the young centre-backs at Liverpool and believes Pearce is a better bet to replace Carragher, who at 34 is nearing the end of his Anfield career.

Liverpool and Spurs on red alert over Dutch hot shot Huntelaar

Liverpool and Spurs on red alert over Dutch hot shot Huntelaar

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UPDATED:

08:34 GMT, 7 November 2012

Liverpool are closing in on Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar as boss Brendan Rodgers seeks to bolster his attacking options.

Spurs are also tracking the 29-year-old, who scored in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the Champions League.

Hot shot: Spurs and Liverpool are tracking Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Hot shot: Spurs and Liverpool are tracking Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Liverpool are keen to push through a 9million deal after the 29-year-old postponed talks on a new contract with the German side.

Huntelaar will be free to sign a
pre-contract agreement with another club in January, as his current deal
is due to expire at the end of the season

The Reds are currently struggling to cope with Luis Suarez as their only fit striker.

Klass act: Huntelaar scored against Arsenal in the Champions League

Klass act: Huntelaar scored against Arsenal in the Champions League

Spurs have looked at Huntelaar twice before — when he left Real Madrid to join Milan in 2009, and again when he was made available by the Italian club the following summer.

Andre Villas-Boas is also looking to boost his forward ranks with Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe his only senior
forwards and Adebayor will be absent for some of January while he is
playing for Togo in the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Roger Federer death threat taken seriously in Shanghai

Federer death threat leaves organisers of Shanghai Masters on red alert

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UPDATED:

09:47 GMT, 5 October 2012

Security for the Shanghai Masters is being tightened after an online death threat against tennis legend Roger Federer.

Shanghai's Youth Daily quoted tournament official Yang Yibin as saying police were notified about the threat and that security will be increased for Federer for the tournament, which starts this weekend.

Security: A policeman is seen under a giant poster of Roger Federer in Shanghai

Security: A policeman is seen under a giant poster of Roger Federer in Shanghai

The report says the threat, posted last month on a Federer fan site by 'Blue Cat Polytheism Founder 07', vowed to assassinate the Swiss. It was accompanied by a gruesome image of a decapitated Federer.

An officer in the Internet security office of the Shanghai police on Friday said the threat is being investigated.

In a statement, the tournament said it is aware of the threat and has proper security in place.

Legend: Federer celebrates a win at the London Olympics in August

Legend: Federer celebrates a win at the London Olympics in August

'We are fully aware of the comments that have been made and we take all such issues seriously,' the statement said.

'The Shanghai Masters has security in place for our players and every precaution is taken to make sure players are kept safe and comfortable and allowed to do the job they are here for; to play tennis and provide their fans with the thrill of watching them in action.'

Jose Mourinho snubs Manchester United: I want to face Alex Ferguson in Premier League

I won't wait for Man United… I want to face Fergie in Premier League again, reveals Mourinho

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UPDATED:

15:54 GMT, 1 October 2012

Jose Mourinho has revealed he will not wait for the Manchester United job to come up before heading back to England.

The Real Madrid boss has made no secret of his desire to return to the Barclays Premier League.

That has put the likes of United, Manchester City and Chelsea on red alert in their plans for the future.

Game for a laugh: Jose Mourinho has long flirted with a return to England

Game for a laugh: Jose Mourinho has long flirted with a return to England

Mourinho has long been considered by United as they prepare for the day that long-serving Ferguson finally steps down at Old Trafford.

Ferguson is believed to be ready to walk away at the end of next season – potentially opening the door for Mourinho to fill his shoes.

But the former Chelsea boss has claimed that he wants to locks horns with Ferguson once again, which would close the door on a move to the Red Devils.

He told CNN: “The perfect scenario when I go there is to coach, because I think football will lose a lot when he stops and there are not young managers and old managers.

'For me, he's the boss. I call him the boss because he's the boss of the coaches and I hope that when I go back to English football he still manages Man United.'

Mourinho refused to contemplate taking over at City instead.

He added: 'I don't think about that, especially because I have a four-year contract with Real. I signed it and when I signed it I signed it because I wanted to be in Real Madrid in this period of my career and I don't think in another club.

'I just say openly that for many reasons after this project, the next step will be England for many reasons, but when I don't know, I don't have an idea and I am so happy to be in this moment as manager of the best club in the world.'

Mourinho admitted that the price of fame was that he hated the public scrutiny.

Waiting game: Sir Alex Ferguson enjoys a joke at Monday's training

Waiting game: Sir Alex Ferguson enjoys a joke at Monday's training

He said: 'If I could be a manager, a football manager, and the moment I leave the club or the moment the match finished, if I could switch off a light and become a person that nobody knows, I would do it.

'Because I hate my social life. I hate my social life. I hate not to be a normal father who goes with his son to the son's football match and being there with the other 20 fathers watching the match.

'I am in a football match of kids 10-12 years old and I have to be there, the people have to come for photos, the people have to come for autographs, the people have to come to insult me, the people have to go behind the goal of my kid and insult my kid of 12 years old.

'I would love to be with my family in the street as a normal person and I can't, so I am a completely different person in my private life.'

Kieran Richardson wants Sunderland exit with QPR and West Ham keen

Take me home: Richardson tells O'Neill he wants out as QPR and West Ham circle

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UPDATED:

07:31 GMT, 20 August 2012

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West Ham and QPR have been put on red alert after Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill revealed Kieran Richardson wants to leave the club.

The one-time England midfielder is keen on a return to London and threw his shirt into the crowd after the Black Cats 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates.

Exit ahead: Kieran Richardson wants to leave Sunderland

Exit ahead: Kieran Richardson wants to leave Sunderland

O'Neill is reluctant to lose the versatile 27-year-old but the former Manchester United star looks set to leave the North-East club before the summer transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.

'Kieran came to see me a while ago in the last transfer window. For family issues and things, he thought there maybe needed a change,' said O'Neill, speaking to sky Sports.

'No-one has come in and made an offer. That, though, does not mean there is nothing happening, I just don't know.

'But if he performs like he did against Arsenal, I would like to keep him.'

Richardson was a schoolboy at Upton Park before leaving for Old Trafford in 2001.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is believed to be interested in signing him but faces competition from QPR manager Mark Hughes, who is desperate to bolster his squad after their 5-0 opening day hammering at home to Swansea.

Darren Fletcher returns to Manchester United team

Welcome back! Fletcher returns to United team after fears career was over

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UPDATED:

20:11 GMT, 14 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Darren Fletcher made a welcome return to the Manchester United team after he was named on the bench for the Neil Simpson Testimonial at Aberdeen

The Scotland international – who has been out for nine months after suffering from ulcerative colitis – made an appearance as a second-half substitute at Pittodrie.

After being called up to train with Craig Levein's squad at international level, without actually playing, the news is another welcome boost to the midfielder.

Back in the fold: Fletcher returns for United at Pittodrie

Back in the fold: Fletcher returns for United at Pittodrie

'He needs a game,' Sir Alex told MUTV before kick-off. 'I let him join Scotland this week but he wanted a game so I said “Come to Aberdeen and join up afterwards”.'

Fletcher was restricted to just 10 appearances last term, his last coming against Benfica at Old Trafford in November.

Welcome back: Fletcher acknowledges the fans before making a return to action on the field

Welcome back: Fletcher acknowledges the fans before making a return to action on the field

Welcome back: Fletcher acknowledges the fans before making a return to action on the field

He turned out just twice in the final weeks of the previous campaign, when the illness first took hold, and last featured for Scotland in a 3-1 defeat to Spain last October.

And he played just over half an hour in the clash with Aberdeen which United lost 2-1.

Red alert: Fletcher boosted United on his return... but they lost 2-1 to Aberdeen

Red alert: Fletcher boosted United on his return… but they lost 2-1 to Aberdeen

Wayne Rooney: I don"t know who will win Premier League title

Rocking Roo happy with pre-season, but uncertain if United can land title

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UPDATED:

09:28 GMT, 13 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Wayne Rooney hopes to put the heartache of losing the Barclays Premier League crown on the final day to rivals City behind him, but refuses to speculate on the destination of the title this term.

United had the title wrestled from their grip by City last season, with Sergio Aguero's last-gasp goal sealing the top-flight crown for Roberto Mancini’s side.

Rooney is pleased with the new additions to the squad at Old Trafford and was impressed with his team-mates performance in the 4-3 friendly win over Hannover.

Red alert: United edged an entertaining friendly with Hannover

Red alert: United edged an entertaining friendly with Hannover

But predicting United lifting their 13th Premier League title in May is too much to ask at this early stage.

He said: 'I don't know. Obviously everyone has their opinions. Some people think City, some people think United, some people think Chelsea.

'I'm not really going to get into that but we're working hard to try to win the title back anyway so hopefully we can do that.

'Obviously it's (last season) not something you want to look back on, when we've won leagues in the past we've looked forward to the upcoming season and if we haven't won it then we’ve been looking forward to the season coming up.

'It's a big disappointment but we have to move on.'

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side completed their pre-season schedule in Germany with Rooney playing in a deeper role along with new signing Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley – who was restricted to just 15 appearances last season due to injury.

Rooney was pleased with the result, his performance and heaped praise on Kagawa and Cleverley.

Impressive: Rooney was happy at the way he linked up with Cleverley and Kagawa

Impressive: Rooney was happy at the way he linked up with Cleverley and Kagawa

Impressive: Rooney was happy at the way he linked up with Cleverley and Kagawa

He said: 'It was alright. Obviously it's nice to score but the most important thing is the 90 minutes and the game, so that was good for me. At times we played some great football and sometimes we were a bit sloppy, but I think that's always going to happen in pre-season games.

'I played with Kagawa and Tom Cleverley in there as well and the three of us linked up really well I thought, at times anyway. Tom was a big miss for us last season. Obviously now with the Olympics he's up to speed, he's got his fitness and he will be an important player for us this season.

'Kagawa's been great. He's a great signing for us and I'm looking forward to playing with him in the season. I feel good. A lot of hard work in training, obviously it's the games what count and it was nice to have the 90 minutes.

United begin their Premier League campaign away at Everton on Monday evening, hoping to avenge last season’s stunning 4-4 draw between the sides which massively dented United’s title challenge.

Revenge United kick-off their season against Everton - the team who sunk their title ambitions last term

Revenge United kick-off their season against Everton – the team who sunk their title ambitions last term

He added: 'Obviously a big disappointment for us that game and you can argue that that was the game which cost us the title. But it's a new season and it's important to start well and it’s always a tough game so we will have to be at our best to beat them.

'It's a big game for us. It’s important to try to get off to a good start in the first game so it will be a good time to do that. I still have connections with Everton but the most important thing is for Man United to try to go there and get three points. That’s what we’re aiming to do.'