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Franco Baldini set to turn down Tottenham recruitment role

Spurs set to miss out on Baldini as former England No 2 wants to stay at Roma

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UPDATED:

05:46 GMT, 24 September 2012

Wanted: Spurs are looking to bring in Baldini in an executive role

Wanted: Spurs are looking to bring in Baldini in an executive role

Tottenham's move for Franco Baldini looks set to end in failure as the former England No 2 looks set to snub the chance to be director of football at White Hart Lane.

The Italian, 51, is on the shortlist to work alongside boss Andre Villas-Boas.

But Baldini wants to remain as Roma general manager.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is looking to reintroduce a European style set-up at the club – not seen since former director of football Damien Comolli was given his P45 back in October 2008 – and Villas-Boas is in favour.

The club are looking to bring in a 'recruitment specialist' to work with Levy, Villas-Boas and the scouting team.

Levy and Villas-Boas are reviewing the
recruitment operation at Spurs and have already sacked former manager Harry Redknapp's chief
scout Ian Broomfield and his academy scout Peter Senior.

It is understood that Villas-Boas had
recommended Baldini to Levy and was hoping to lure him away from his role as Roma
general manager. Baldini speaks fluent English.

Restructuring: Villas-Boas (second left) is looking to rebuild his backroom staff

Restructuring: Villas-Boas (second left) is looking to rebuild his backroom staff

London 2012 Olympics: Fencing – medal hopes over for Great Britain

Fencing medal hopes over for Great Britain as Italians march on

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UPDATED:

11:41 GMT, 5 August 2012

Britain's last chance of a fencing medal came and went at the ExCeL on Sunday – but how they gave it their best efforts against top seeds Italy.

The Italians, Olympic champions six times, survived to the semi-finals by a 45-40 margin.

Richard Kruse, James Davis and Husayn Rosowsky had beaten Egypt 45-33 to reach the quarter-finals and after Laurence Halsted replaced Rosowsky were level 35-35.

Valiant effort: Great Britain's team show their dejection after losing quarter final of the foil team event

Valiant effort: Great Britain's team show their dejection after losing quarter final of the foil team event

Kruse went into the last bout against Andrea Baldini trailing 38-40, but Italy's losing semi-finalist in the individual event saw them through.

Former European silver medallist Halsted had travelled to the last two Games as Kruse's training partner and then was left out of the individual competition, but when his first chance of Olympic action finally came he grasped it by beating world No 8 Valerio Aspromonte 6-5.

'It was almost exactly to plan,' he said. 'We just needed to be really close at the end – we knew we were not going to run away with it against the best in the world.

Close encounter: Valerio Aspromonte (right) faces Lawrence Halsted

Close encounter: Valerio Aspromonte (right) faces Lawrence Halsted

'To be in it at the end with a chance was definitely what we meant to do, but they had just a class finisher.

'We felt like we had a real shot at it being on home turf after winning the test event here and we came so close.

'I think we could have beaten anybody else and we showed we could have beaten them as well.'

Kruse, a quarter-finalist in Athens, had looked completely down in the dumps after losing straightaway in the individual, but he and Davis, both really pumped up, had some great moments.

Down and out: Britain's Husayn Rosowsky (left) fences against Italy's Andrea Cassara (right)

Down and out: Britain's Husayn Rosowsky (left) fences against Italy's Andrea Cassara (right)

Davis, only 21 and already 23rd in the world, thrashed Aspromonte 9-4 to turn a 15-11 deficit into a 20-19 advantage and then beat current world champion Andrea Cassara 6-5.

But Baldini won all his three contests and kept his nerve to set up a last-four clash with the United States later in the day.

The other semi-final was between Japan and Germany.

Daniele De Rossi signs new Roma deal

De Rossi ignores Man United and Chelsea interest to sign new Roma deal

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has committed his future to the Giallorossi by signing a five-year contract extension.

The 28-year-old Italy international, whose previous deal was due to expire in the summer, had been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League, with Manchester United and Chelsea reportedly keen to acquire his services.

However, the announcement – which comes after months of negotiations between the player and the American-owned club – looks set to end such speculation.

Extension: Daniele De Rossi has agreed to prolong his Roma deal

Extension: Daniele De Rossi has agreed to prolong his Roma deal

'We have reached an agreement with De Rossi for five years,' Roma general director Franco Baldini said to Mediaset.

'Tomorrow we will give the financial details of the deal. We are delighted to announce this agreement.

'It has been a difficult renewal because he (De Rossi) could have chosen other destinations. This has represented an added hurdle but he chose us and that is a good sign.'

De Rossi has spent all his career to date at Roma and featured in Sunday's 4-0 triumph over Inter Milan after missing the previous two Serie A games with a back injury.

Manchester City face fight to sign Daniele de Rossi

Manchester City face fight to sign Roma midfielder De Rossi

Manchester City face a battle to sign 'perfect fit' Daniele de Rossi after Roma vowed to keep their star man.

City boss Roberto Mancini has long been an admirer of the midfielder and hoped to pounce after De Rossi grew frustrated as talks stalled on a new deal at the Serie A club.

City target: Italy's Daniele de Rossi

City target: Italy's Daniele de Rossi

But Roma are desperate to keep the Italian international and director Franco Baldini plans fresh talks with De Rossi and his representatives.

The 28-year-old, who will be a free agent in the summer, will be offered an improved 5m-a-season deal in a bid to keep him in Rome.

Roma will also include a release clause of 21m that would still allow De Rossi to leave if he changes his mind.