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Mario Balotelli bleaches hair blond

Who's this blond bombshell Balotelli goes for a striking new look as he seeks City return

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Italian job: Balotelli played through Euro 2012 with a hint of blond

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Hair today, gone tomorrow: Balotelli before the bleach blond style

Gareth Bale welcome to move to Europe as he seeks Champions League football

Bale bombshell! Welsh winger admits he fancies move abroad as he seeks Champions League

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22:46 GMT, 2 December 2012

Gareth Bale would like to play abroad in the future.

His former Tottenham team-mate Luka Modric has called for the 23-year-old winger to follow in his footsteps and move to Real Madrid to play in the Champions League.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas told Modric to focus on his own club but Bale, who will be out for one to two weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in a 3-0 win at Fulham, would one day welcome a new challenge.

Wing wizard: Gareth Bale says he has no fear about playing football abroad

Wing wizard: Gareth Bale says he has no fear about playing football abroad

The 23-year-old said: 'It would be nice to experience other leagues and other cultures. I've always said I’m not afraid to go abroad. If the times comes and a team that’s right comes and in for me, then I’ll look at it seriously. I’ll see what happens.

'Everybody wants to be playing in the Champions League. Obviously we were unfortunate not to get in there last season but the UEFA Europa League is the next best thing.

'We’ve all put 100 per cent in every game we have played, we’ve taken the competition seriously and hopefully we can win this one.'

Tottenham's win at Fulham was their third in a row in the Premier League, and moved them up into the top four.

The visitors took their time to get going, but were lethal once they did, scoring three times in the second half.

Mark Schwarzer will know he should have done better with Sandro's speculative 35-yard strike on 55 minutes, but he could do little to prevent Jermain Defoe adding two in five minutes.

Taking a tumble: Bale was booked for a second successive match for diving

Taking a tumble: Bale was booked for a second successive match for diving

Double tops: Jermain Defoe struck twice in five minutes to wrap up the win

Double tops: Jermain Defoe struck twice in five minutes to wrap up the win

Spurs joy, though, was tempered by another Bale yellow card for diving – his second in two games.

The Welshman was furious with referee Chris Foy and afterwards boss Villas-Boas defended his star man.

The 35-year-old said: 'You can’t do anything. If he has a reputation it is a little bit unfair. These last two have been unfairly given.

'It's very difficult to judge players at this pace. They are so quick that it’s not easy for them. I think he uses it as a precaution.

'There are different type of challenges. I'm not saying that all the players who challenge with Gareth are malicious. Sometimes it’s just that the action is so quick sometimes it might look like it’s not a foul when it is so it’s difficult to judge.'

Rio Ferdinand undecided over new Manchester United deal

Rio ready to drop United bombshell as defender remains undecided over new deal

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22:40 GMT, 12 November 2012

Rio Ferdinand has told Manchester United there is no guarantee he will sign a new contract to continue playing next season.

Ferdinand's current deal runs out in the summer but Sir Alex Ferguson believes the former England defender can perform at the highest level for another 'two or three years' and has indicated that he will be offered a 12-month contract to extend his Old Trafford career into an 11th season.

However Ferdinand, who turned 34 last week, has battled against a back complaint in recent years and will take his time over the next few months before deciding whether to play on.

No guarantees: Ferdinand is out of contract at the end of the season

No guarantees: Ferdinand is out of contract at the end of the season

'It's always good to hear the manager say things like that but you have to take every week and month as it comes,' Ferdinand told Inside United magazine.

'The best thing I can do is to look at it at Christmas, and then again in the summer to see how I'm feeling and go from there.

'But hearing the manager say things like that definitely puts the spring back in your step.

'I'll have a better idea of that in December or January time when the games start coming thick and fast. That is when it really hits you and you know the hard work really has to start.

'I'll probably get a better gauge of where I'm at fitness wise and the benefit of having the summer off then.'

It would be a surprise if Ferdinand decided to hang up his boots, and club sources believe he will be persuaded to carry on.

Rio Ferdinand

Future: Rio has interests outside of the game

The former West Ham and Leeds defender has been an pivotal figure at the back for United this season in the absence of Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, playing in 11 of the club's 15 Premier League and Champions League games.

But it has been a difficult year for Ferdinand whose omission from England's squad for Euro 2012 and recent fallout with Ferguson over his refusal to wear a T-shirt supporting the Kick It Out campaign came in the wake of his brother Anton's race row with John Terry.

He is a wealthy man with a growing number of interests outside the game and Sportsmail revealed last month that he is also involved in plans for a breakaway union to protect the interests of black players.

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney should be fit for United's trip to Norwich on Saturday despite pulling out of England's friendly with Sweden tomorrow with a cut on his ankle.

Rooney suffered the injury in a challenge with Aston Villa's Matthew Lowton on Saturday but the wound is expected to have healed in time. United will carry out further tests on teammate Robin van Persie who has withdrawn from Holland's squad with a thigh strain.

Rio Ferdinand back in Manchester United training after Roy Hodgson tube gaffe

Ferdinand all smiles in United training after apology from Hodgson over tube gaffe

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11:36 GMT, 5 October 2012

Rio Ferdinand was upbeat as he trained with Manchester United on Friday morning after accepting Roy Hodgson's apology for the tube gaffe.

England boss Hodgson told
punters on a London tube train that the defender
wouldn't make his current squad.

Pointing the way: Rio Ferdinand smiles during training at Carrington on Friday morning

Pointing the way: Rio Ferdinand smiles during training at Carrington on Friday morning

Preparations: Ferdinand is expected to play at the heart of United's defence at Newcastle

Preparations: Ferdinand is expected to play at the heart of United's defence at Newcastle

Ferdinand was hoping for an international recall after John Terry's retirement amid his hearing into his racist abuse at Rio's brother Anton.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will now hope his player's focus will return to the pitch as they prepare for Sunday's match at Newcastle.

Ferdinand is better off without England, according to former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp doesn't think this is really a bad thing for the 33-year-old, telling The Sun: 'At this time of his life, does Rio really need trips with England

Fun and games: Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney share a joke in training

Fun and games: Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney share a joke in training

On the ball: Jonny Evans dives in as Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher look on

On the ball: Jonny Evans dives in as Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher look on

'I don’t think he needs all that aggro any more. He still has a couple of years left in him at the very top level — maybe more if he is not playing for England.

'And if he’s not wanted then he shouldn’t waste his time even thinking about England.

'Concentrate on playing for your club. Focus on that and he probably won’t miss England.

'He’s not exactly been a regular for a while now and has had his injuries.

'Were Rio in his prime then this would be a bombshell. But Rio should listen to his body.'

Ferdinand was criticised for his performance after last weekend's match against Tottenham.

But Redknapp hit back, saying: 'He has been called slow. Don’t be ridiculous.

'Rio could still take most players over 20 yards but in Gareth Bale he was up against the Usain Bolt of English football.'

Rio Ferdinand better off without England, says Harry Redknapp

Snubbed Rio should forget England and focus on Manchester United, says Redknapp

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09:45 GMT, 5 October 2012

Rio Ferdinand is better off without England, according to former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.

Current England manager Roy Hodgson told punters on a London tube train that the Manchester United defender wouldn't make his current squad.

Redknapp doesn't think this is really a bad thing for the 33-year-old, telling The Sun: 'At this time of his life, does Rio really need trips with England

Winning on the road: Ferdinand celebrates United's Champions League victory against Cluj

Winning on the road: Ferdinand celebrates United's Champions League victory against Cluj

'I don’t think he needs all that aggro any more. He still has a couple of years left in him at the very top level — maybe more if he is not playing for England.

'And if he’s not wanted then he shouldn’t waste his time even thinking about England.

'Concentrate on playing for your club. Focus on that and he probably won’t miss England.

Blow: Ferdinand was criticised as Tottenham won at Old Trafford last weekend

Blow: Ferdinand was criticised as Tottenham won at Old Trafford last weekend

'He’s not exactly been a regular for a while now and has had his injuries.

'Were Rio in his prime then this would be a bombshell. But Rio should listen to his body.'

Ferdinand was criticised for his performance after last weekend's match against Tottenham.

Back in the day: Ferdinand in action for England in 2010

Back in the day: Ferdinand in action for England in 2010

But Redknapp hit back, saying: 'He has been called slow. Don’t be ridiculous.

'Rio could still take most players over 20 yards but in Gareth Bale he was up against the Usain Bolt of English football.'

Marouane Fellaini to leave Everton at the end of the season

I'm off! Everton star Fellaini says this season will be his last at Goodison Park

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UPDATED:

10:47 GMT, 9 September 2012

Bombshell: Fellaini (right)

Bombshell: Fellaini (right)

Everton star Marouane Fellaini has dropped a bombshell by claiming that this season will be his last at Goodison Park.

The all-action Belgian has emerged as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League since his 15million move from Standard Liege in 2008, and he has started the season in blistering form.

But, speaking to a newspaper in his homeland, the 24-year-old has revealed that he wants to leave the club at the end of this season, or perhaps even during the January transfer window.

'I am just starting my fifth season at Everton, this will be one of my last. I have seen everything. In January or at the end of the season I will turn to another club or championship,' Fellaini is quote as saying in Het Nieuwsblad.

Key man: Fellaini is considered to be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League

Key man: Fellaini is considered to be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League

Fellaini is contracted to the Toffees until 2016 but, as displayed by the recent sale of Jack Rodwell to Manchester City, manager David Moyes would be willing to cash in should a significant profit be made from the transfer.

Chelsea have been consistently linked with the 35-cap international over the last few years, while Real Madrid were also tracking Fellaini in the summer and could be tempted to make a move.

Theo Walcott alerts Chelsea after Robin van Persie Arsenal snub

Who's next, Arsene Chelsea target Theo could jump ship after RVP bombshell

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08:49 GMT, 5 July 2012

Robin van Persie’s exit could spark a player exodus at Arsenal – with Theo Walcott another big name whose contract expires next summer.

And with the news that his captain has refused to sign a fresh deal, the England international may follow his lead and opt for a future away from the Emirates Stadium.

Although he is not rated in the same class as Van Persie, Walcott has his admirers in the Barclays Premier League including Chelsea.

Next to go Theo Walcott is attracting interest from Chelsea with one year left on his Arsenal contract

Next to go Theo Walcott is attracting interest from Chelsea with one year left on his Arsenal contract

The Champions League winners are one leading club who would be interested in taking the 23-year-old winger away from Arsenal.

Although Walcott is believed to be happy at the club, the possibility of a Bosman free transfer next summer could change his mind.

The Gunners could find themselves in the same position as they are with wantaway Van Persie – with the player holding all the power going into the final 12 months of his contract.

Double act: Van Persie wants to quit Arsenal which has raised doubts over Walcott

Double act: Van Persie wants to quit Arsenal which has raised doubts over Walcott

Jack Wilshere and Alex Song are two other players who would attract major interest but they are both tied to long-term deals.

Arsenal have long resisted paying inflated wages to their players but that – as well as the seven trophyless years the club have suffered – makes it increasingly difficult to hold on to their top players despite the recent high-profile arrivals of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.

Robin van Persie refuses to sign Arsenal contract

Van Persie bombshell as Dutch star tells Arsenal he won't sign new deal amid Man City interest

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16:29 GMT, 4 July 2012

Robin van Persie could be on his way out of Arsenal after refusing to sign a new contract.

In a statement on his official website, the Dutch striker revealed he will not extend his deal beyond when it expires next summer.

It has put Manchester City on red alert as they attempt to lure him to the Etihad Stadium

Van Persie said: 'This is an update for the fans about my current situation. I have kept quiet all this time out of respect and loyalty for the club and as agreed with Mr Gazidis and Mr Wenger, but since there is so much speculation in the media, I think it is fair for you guys to know what’s really going on at the moment.

On his way Robin van Persie could now quit Arsenal

On his way Robin van Persie could now quit Arsenal

'As announced earlier this year I had
a meeting with the boss and Mr Gazidis after the season. This was a
meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy. Financial
terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my
priority at all.

'I personally have had a great season
but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the
club back to its glory days.

'Out of my huge respect for Mr
Wenger, the players and the fans I don’t want to go into any details,
but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that
we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward.

Target: Man City boss Roberto Mancini, on holiday in Sardinia, will now step up his attempts to lure Van Persie to the Etihad Stadium this summer

Target: Man City boss Roberto Mancini, on holiday in Sardinia, will now step up his attempts to lure Van Persie to the Etihad Stadium this summer

'I’ve thought long and hard about it,
but I have decided not to extend my contract. You guys, the fans, have
of course the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will
always respect your opinions.

'I love the club and the fans, no matter what happens. I have grown up and became a man during my time with Arsenal FC.

'Everybody at the club and the fans
have always supported me over the years and I have always given my all
(and more) on and off the pitch. I am very proud of being part of this
fantastic club for the last eight years.

'As soon as Mr Gazidis is back from
his two-week holiday in America further meetings will follow and I will
update you if and when there are more developments.'

Michel Platini: Euro 2020 could be hosted across the continent

Tinkerman Platini says Euro 2020 could have multiple hosts across the continent

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UPDATED:

12:06 GMT, 30 June 2012

UEFA president Michel Platini has dropped a bombshell by claiming Euro 2020 could be held in up to 32 cities across Europe.

Turkey had been favourites to host the event but doubt has been placed over their ability to stage the event due to their ongoing bid for Istanbul to host the Olympic Games in the same year.

It would be impractical to host both, so UEFA are having to look at alternatives.

Radical idea: Michel Platini has announced plans to overhaul the European Championships

Radical idea: Michel Platini (centre) has announced plans to overhaul the European Championships

Platini insists there are other
options – a joint bid between Scotland, Wales and the Republic of
Ireland has been mentioned – but the controversial Frenchman has raised
the potential for a far more radical solution.

'The Euros in 2020 could be held all over Europe,' said Platini.

'We are just thinking about it. I have said 12 or 13 host cities, it could be 24 or 32.'

The reasoning behind what seems, on
the face of it, to be a rather bizarre plan, is to save the cost
involved of building stadiums and airports.

However, unless the 'tournament' was
going to be played in cities already used to holding big matches, that
expense would still be required.

The details are very sketchy. However, speaking in Kiev, Platini seems enthused by the prospect.

'It is a great debate,' he said.

'It would be four games per venue and everyone has the possibility to host it.'

New idea: The concept of one or two hosts could be a thing of the past

New idea: The concept of one or two hosts could be a thing of the past

The logistical issue of supporters
travelling to random venues all over Europe did not seem to be a problem
in Platini's mind, even if the example he used had very little to do
with the present tournament, being co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine.

'It is easier to go from London to Paris or Berlin than Cardiff to Gdansk,' he said.

'Turkey going for the Olympics creates
a problem for us and we are not going to wait until we know whether
they are going to get them.'

Quite how much support Platini's plan
would have is difficult to gauge at this stage. However, he vowed a
final decision would be taken in 'January or February'.

Shaking it up: Platini is certainly not one to settle for the status quo

Shaking it up: Platini is certainly not one to settle for the status quo

'The political decision needs to be made,' he said.

'We wouldn't have to build stadiums or
airports. That could be important in an economic crisis. This matter
will be discussed very seriously.'

Benitez sees the positives

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has backed Platini's suggestion.

'My experience when you talk about finals is it's a mess,' said the Spaniard

'When you play in a city and you have all the fans or like with the semi-finals you have a lot of teams in one or two cities, it's a mess so the idea to play in different cities I think it could be good.

'Maybe it's a good option for the future, in terms of having more facilities and it will be easier for the fans also to go to one place or the other.'

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Over the line: UEFA officials missed Marko Devic's 'goal' against England

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said the controversial additional referees behind the goal would remain and also cited Ukraine's effort against England as the only error.

'There was full support for the system of additional referees to continue,' he said.

'The experiment has been extremely positive. In over a thousand matches, there has been one mistake.'

Infantino revealed that the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will host the UEFA Super Cup in August 2014, with Tblisi in Georgia playing host in 2015.

Harry Redknapp considers ditching Euro 2012 BBC punditry role

Maybe Harry WON'T be going after all! Redknapp U-turn on BBC role at Euros

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UPDATED:

22:56 GMT, 11 May 2012

Harry Redknapp is considering withdrawing his offer to be a BBC pundit at Euro 2012.

The BBC announced that Redknapp would be part of their team in Poland and Ukraine for the European Championship, shortly after Roy Hodgson had been appointed England manager.

The 65-year-old is now thinking about turning his back on the deal as he wants to rest after a draining year that his seen him undergo a heart procedure, successfully contest two charges of tax evasion and lead Spurs to the brink of a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League.

Wavering: Harry Redknapp is considering ditching his punditry role

Wavering: Harry Redknapp is considering ditching his punditry role

Redknapp also feels it would be difficult to offer his views on England's performance at the tournament given that he missed out on becoming Three Lions head coach to Hodgson.

'I'm still trying to make up my mind (about the BBC position),' said Redknapp, who was part of the broadcaster's team for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

'I will look at it in the summer. It could be tricky. I wouldn't be criticising (Hodgson) in any way so I suppose there's not much point having me on!

'I just feel like I need a holiday. I need to get a break from it all.

'Maybe I'll go to Canvey Island or the Isle of Dogs or something.'

The revelation is something of a surprise given that Redknapp was the focal point of the BBC's announcement of their team for the tournament on May 3.

The Spurs boss dropped another bombshell today with the news he thinks midfielder Scott Parker's participation in the tournament could be in doubt due to an Achilles injury.

The influential midfielder has been left out of the Tottenham starting XI for their last three matches and it is unlikely he will be selected for Sunday's season finale against Fulham – a game the Londoners need to win to secure at least a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League.

Appointed: Roy Hodgson beat Redknapp to the England job

Appointed: Roy Hodgson beat Redknapp to the England job

Redknapp thinks the 31-year-old may have to miss the Three Lions' pre-Euro 2012 training camp, which begins on May 21 in Spain, and fears for his fitness over the summer.

Redknapp said: 'He's had a problem with his Achilles, I hope it's not going to get worse. It isn't getting any better. It's a long-term concern.

'The way he is at the moment, he is struggling for fitness.

'It's not a rupture but it is sore. It is bothering him.

'After Sunday he will have some injection in it and we'll see if that can clear it up.

'He's been carrying it a few weeks. Maybe the only cure is a bit of rest but maybe the injections might clear it up.

'The specialist thinks it will clear up but it will need 10 days rest afterwards.'

America Emmanuel Adebayor has been linked with a move overseas

America Emmanuel Adebayor has been linked with a move overseas

Under normal circumstances a fourth-place finish would guarantee Redknapp's team a place in the Champions League, but should Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in the European Cup final a week tomorrow, Spurs will have to settle for a place in the Europa League.

The only way they can guarantee Champions League football is if they beat Fulham and Arsenal slip to fourth by dropping points at West Brom.

The match may be Manchester City loanee Emmanuel Adebayor's last for Tottenham as the club are struggling to agree terms over the striker's huge wages.

A report this week claimed New York Red Bulls are interested in signing the former Arsenal man but Redknapp has advised Adebayor not to move to the United States.

'I would be surprised if he went there,' Redknapp said.

'No disrespect to the league in America, but he is still capable of being a top player in a top league – whether it's here or in Spain.'