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Neymar isn"t joining Man City insist Santos as glum Brazil star pictured making low-key departure from London

Santos dismiss Man City interest in Neymar as glum Brazilian makes low-key exit from London

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Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

21:50 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:43 GMT, 8 February 2013

Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro has rejected the idea of selling his prize asset Neymar to Manchester City.

Following reports appearing in Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo on Thursday that City will offer a blank cheque for the Brazilian superstar, Ribeiro has rubbished suggestions he may seek to cash in.

Neymar at Heathrow as the Brazilian team leave the UK

On his way: Neymar at Heathrow on Thursday to catch a flight to Brazil

Anything to declare: Man City reportedly held talks with Neymar's agent in London

Anything to declare: Man City reportedly held talks with Neymar's agent in London

While he admitted it was 'not a lack of funds' that would prevent a sale to Manchester City, Ribeiro insists there is no amount of money he would accept from the Premier League champions.

'I anticipate my answer to any bids that might come: the answer is no,' he said. 'Neymar will stay at Santos until 2014, and I hope that he'll continue here for even longer.'

Despite his disappointing performance for Brazil in a 2-1 friendly defeat to England on Wednesday, Neymar is widely considered one of the world's most prestigious talents and has a long list of suitors.

And with Roberto Mancini's men trailing Manchester United in the title race, the Italian is keen to learn from the lessons of last summer – when his side were pipped to the signings of Robin Van Persie, Eden Hazard and Javi Martinez – by making an early move for the 21-year-old.

Picture this: Ronaldinho with a female fan at Heathrow

Picture this: Ronaldinho with a female fan at Heathrow

Setback: Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari saw his World Cup preparations hit by England defeat

Setback: Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari saw his World Cup preparations hit by England defeat

Ribeiro, however, is adamant Neymar is going nowhere.

He added: 'I have a very clear base to why Neymar stayed here, resisting offers from the Spanish clubs [Barcelona and Real Madrid, in 2011], for one basic reason: he's happy.

'He costs us a relatively modest amount of money, given his talent. His presence translates into intangible gains, like our fan base growing 20 per cent in the last two years.'

Ribeiro even admitted he has taken inspiration from a former Santos president, who dug in to ensure Pele did not leave the club during his pomp.

He added: 'It's the repetition of the phenomenon experienced in the the Fifties and Sixties, when Pel attracted a legion of new fans, that went beyond the limits of the city.

'Repeating history is not very creative, but what Athi [Jorge Coury, former Santos president] did with Pel has inspired me.'

Wembley winner: Frank Lampard scores for England against Brazil

Wembley winner: Frank Lampard scores for England against Brazil

Mark Selby beats Shaun Murphy UK Championship final

Selby celebrates return to top of rankings with UK Championship victory over Murphy

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01:23 GMT, 10 December 2012

It was a case of better late than never for Mark Selby as he beat Shaun Murphy in the williamhill.com UK Championship final.

The Leicester man landed the biggest ranking event title of his career, tying up a 10-6 victory over his good friend Shaun Murphy at two minutes past midnight at the York Barbican Centre.

It was an appropriate way to mark his return to the world No 1 ranking, and Selby was warmly embraced by Murphy after wrapping up his win.

Done it: Mark Selby celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the UK Snooker Championships

Done it: Mark Selby celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the UK Snooker Championships

Selby, 29, had a 14-month spell as snooker's top-ranked player in which he failed to win a major trophy, and consequently he relinquished top spot to Judd Trump last month.

But Trump's first spell as number one was brief, ending when Selby reached the final at York's Barbican Centre. And there could be no better way for Selby to begin his second stint as the sport's leading player than with some long-awaited silverware.

He and Murphy looked to be perfectly matched as they shared the opening 12 frames today.

But just as a very late finish, well into the early hours of the morning, began to loom, Selby seized control and reeled off four straight frames after the interval to take the trophy and a 125,000 winner's cheque.

While Selby has won the Masters title twice, the UK Championship and World Championship titles had proved elusive. Now he has the first of those, the second will be his target in the second half of the season.

From 4-4 at the end of the afternoon action, they progressed to 6-6 by the evening mid-session interval, and in the best-of-19 contest that meant there were a possible seven frames still to play.

Selby needed only four.

It was no surprise the final was closely fought until its closing stages, with both men having needed to rely on battling tendencies to last the distance over the nine-day tournament.

Selby came from 4-0 behind to beat Neil Robertson 6-4 in the quarter-finals, while Murphy produced the tournament's finest fightback to stun Ali Carter in their semi-final, recovering from 8-4 adrift to win 9-8.

No 1: Selby will return to the top of the rankings

No 1: Selby will return to the top of the rankings

Selby had breaks of 54, 66, 70, 58, 51 and 98 in his success, while Murphy had 83, 98 and 65.

This was the first all-English final at the UK Championship since Jimmy White beat John Parrott in 1992. In those days the final was a best-of-31 match.

There was plenty riding on this final, with Murphy seeking his first ranking title for over 18 months and Selby bidding to lift his maiden UK Championship.

Selby now has a third ranking title to his name, still a meagre tally considering his great ability.

Murphy remains on four rankings titles.

Selby's charge began after the mid-session interval, and as Murphy's game began to deteriorate he took full advantage.

Murphy had the chance to pinch the 16th frame but could not hold his game together under intense pressure and Selby made certain of the title by clipping in the blue.

Selby was delighted at last to claim one of the game's two biggest ranking titles.

'I'm over the moon,' he said. 'It means a great deal to me and to beat someone of Shaun's class in a major final it makes it even more special.

Not to be: Shaun Murphy lost out to his close friend

Not to be: Shaun Murphy lost out to his close friend

'It was a strange game tonight. It wasn't pretty. I felt as if it wasn't even my arm half the time, twitching all over the place and flicking them in here and there.'

Murphy felt Selby deserved the victory.

'He's the hardest player on tour by a mile,' said Murphy. 'He's a worthy world No 1, he fully deserves it and he fully deserves tonight.

'This tournament doesn't owe me anything. I should have gone home to Luca [Brecel] in the quarters and I should have gone home to Ali in the semis. I've had a great week and I've had great support.

'I've played some good stuff and I've been beaten by the best in the world so it's not all bad.'

Selby conceded he too could easily have gone out of the tournament before the final.

'I never really give in until the last ball's potted, that's just me all over,' he said. 'If I wasn't like that there's no way I would have got to the final.

'Like Shaun, I should have gone out to Ryan Day, should have gone out to Neil, but here we both are in the final.'

With 125,000 in his bank account just before Christmas, he added: 'We can have a bit more tinsel and a few more baubles, so that's good.'

Robin van Persie and Kaspars Gorkss should have celebrated scoring against old clubs

Celebrate good times, come on! Forget the false modesty… we want a reaction when players score against former clubs

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10:18 GMT, 5 November 2012

Whether it is a sheepish smile or an embarrassed wave – the non-celebration has become an all-too-familliar sight in the Barclays Premier League.

Players have an uncanny ability to score against their former clubs, but rarely do they celebrate.

Sportsmail's Jamie Redknapp believes it is a form of fake modesty when players are actually as delighted as ever to get on the scoresheet – particularly strikers who are by nature selfish beasts obsessed with goals.

Playing it cool: Robin van Persie didn't celebrate his goal against Arsenal

Playing it cool: Robin van Persie didn't celebrate his goal against Arsenal

'Little annoys me more than players who don't celebrate goals against their former clubs,' said Redknapp.

'Robin van Persie and Kaspars Gorkss did it this weekend. Scoring is one of the best feelings – so don't act like you're not enjoying it.

If you loved your old club so much, you wouldn't have left.'

It is a valid point. If Van Persie was so happy to quit the Emirates and pick up a healthier pay cheque from the Glazers, then why act modest, coy and apologetic when you do a job for your new employers

It only took him three minutes to haunt Arsenal at Old Trafford on Saturday, and despite being subjected to all forms of abuse from fans who used to worship him, he refused to look chuffed (even if he was mobbed by team-mates). Afterwards he was full of respect.

He's in there: Kaspars Gorkss (centre) kept his head down as Reading celebrated

He's in there: Kaspars Gorkss (centre) kept his head down as Reading celebrated

'I honestly did not hear any abuse,' he insisted. 'I respect the fans. It was a special day for me. It was the first time I have played against a former club, but I have had only three.

'I spent eight years at Arsenal and I respect the fans, the manager, the players, the whole club. I should have scored a second, but we won and we played well.'

Just enjoy it: Gorkss delighted the away fans with this volley but kept quiet

Just enjoy it: Gorkss delighted the away fans with this volley but kept quiet

Gorkss put Reading 1-0 up at Loftus Road on Sunday with a superb volley, but similarly refused to rub salt in the wound.

Of course, there is always the Emmanuel Adebayor theory of scoring against your old club.

It involves running the length of the field in frenzied celebration and then diving on to your knees in front of your old friends – just so they truly realise how much it means to score against them.

Arsenal mobbed in Malaysia on Far East tour

He's behind you! Van Persie looms large as Arsenal squad greet fans in Malaysia

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UPDATED:

10:53 GMT, 23 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

It seems that despite their best efforts to sweep the Robin van Persie saga under the carpet, Arsenal can't quite escape the shadow of their wantaway captain.

The club are currently on their latest tour of the Far East, and held a Q&A with fans at a Malaysian school on Monday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andre Santos, Theo Walcott, Wojciech Szczesny, Kieran Gibbs and Ryo Miyaichi handled the questions, but it was the picture of the skipper – absent from this trip – on a giant poster behind them all that drew the most attention.

Van Persie has publicly declared
he will not be signing a new contract with the club and is wanted by Manchester duo
United and City, as well as Juventus.

Wenger said on Sunday he would not stand in the way if the striker wanted to leave and
insisted the club would remain competitive without him.

Keeping an eye on you: Arsenal players held a Q&A at a school in Kuala Lumpur having been mobbed by fans

Keeping an eye on you: Arsenal players held a Q&A at a school in Kuala Lumpur having been mobbed by fans

Keeping an eye on you: Arsenal players held a Q&A at a school in Kuala Lumpur having been mobbed by fans in the city

He said: 'We are very, very ambitious. Not only very ambitious but also very proud of the way we run the club.

‘For me, the size of a club is down to
the size of the support. It can be the size of the cheque book to
others but, for me, it’s the size of the support. You cannot question
the size of the club when one player leaves or goes. That’s not linked.’

He
added: ‘Robin Van Persie is a world class striker. I am a big supporter
of him and I have supported him throughout. We took him very young, he
has one year left and he is in demand.

'It is our desire to keep him, but we’ll
do what’s in the best interests of the club. If you have a decoder in
your head, you can decode that.’

As for the rest of the squad, long gone are the days when Arsenal
spent pre-season locked away in the foothills of Hungary and Austria,
playing the likes of Szombathelyi Haladas in preparation for the new
campaign.

Go go Gunners: The players posed up with a cannon much like the one that appears on the club badge

Go go Gunners: The players posed up with a cannon much like the one that appears on the club badge

Go go Gunners: The players posed up with a cannon much like the one that appears on the club badge

Over the next two weeks they will take in Malaysia and
China – as well as a match against Manchester City – in what is a trip designed to tap into the Asian market.

Before the Q&A at the school, the players were mobbed by hundreds
of adoring fans in Kuala Lumpur who clamoured to get autographs and take
pictures of their idols.

Fans queued outside the team’s hotel
to catch a glimpse of the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta
and Alex Song, and then hundreds attended an autograph session later in
the day.

Wenger admitted last month that the
club’s tour was a ‘compromise’ to commercialism, adding: ‘We had a
rational, methodical approach to our pre-season and we have sacrificed
some of that.’

Even Gunnersaurus came too: The club hope to continue tapping into the Asian market

Even Gunnersaurus came too: The club hope to continue tapping into the Asian market

So glad you're here: Fans took part in some training drills with Alex Song and others

So glad you're here: Fans took part in some training drills with Alex Song and others

So glad you're here: Fans took part in some training drills with Alex Song and others

So glad you're here: Fans took part in some training drills with Alex Song and others

But even he must have been impressed by the fervour of the club’s Malaysian fanbase, who cheered the team at every turn.

Arsenal
take on a Malaysian XI on Tuesday at the Bukit Jalil Stadium, before
moving on to Beijing to play City on Friday. They visit Hong Kong after
that to play local side Kitchee on July 29.

Fans in the Far East can expect to see
some of Arsenal’s next generation on the tour, with Wenger naming Serge
Gnabry, Chuks Aneke and Benik Afobe as ones to watch this season.

They
may feature in the absence of the likes of Lukas Podolski, Olivier
Giroud and Per Mertesacker, who have stayed behind to work on their
fitness after the European Championships.

Barry Hawkins wins Australian Goldfields Open

Hawkins breaks his duck with defeat of Ebdon in Australia

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21:00 GMT, 15 July 2012

Pro victory: Barry Hawkins defeated Peter Ebdon

Pro victory: Barry Hawkins defeated Peter Ebdon

Barry Hawkins won the first professional snooker event of his 16-year career after he defeated Peter Ebdon 9-3 in the Australian Goldfields Open.

The 33-year-old Londoner has featured in the world's top 16 in the past but posted the highlight of his career in some style.

After taking the first frame, Ebdon
failed to pot a ball for over an hour as Hawkins cruised to a 4-1 lead,
before sealing victory with four unanswered frames in the evening
session.

He said: 'It's so tough, just to win one is an achievement. To be the last one standing is unbelievable.'

Hawkins takes home a cheque for $A70,000 (71,600) and moves up three places to 20th in the world rankings.

Anzhi Makhachkala line up 45m bid for Robin Van Persie

Mega rich Anzhi Makhachkala line up 45m bid for Arsenal star Van Persie

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10:09 GMT, 20 May 2012

Guus Hiddink’s Anzhi Makhachkala are preparing a sensational 45million bid for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.

Hiddink has been given a blank cheque book to strengthen the mega rich Russians and has made fellow Dutchman Van Persie his No 1 target.

Anzhi owner Suleyman Kerimov, one of the richest men in the world, has told Hiddink the best players can earn over 300,000 a-week net at his club – which works out at 15m a year tax free.

Mega deal: Anzhi Makhachkala want to sign Robin van Persie for 45m

Mega deal: Anzhi Makhachkala want to sign Robin van Persie for 45m

Hiddink is now hinting he is about to target Van Persie with an offer that will dwarf anything on offer from Arsenal or any other club in Europe.

Hiddink said: 'In this summer’s transfer period we are going to get a couple of really well targeted investments to build this Anzhi team into an even bigger side in world football.

'We have made it possible to break into the top five in Russian football. We are now among the traditional strong teams from Moscow and St Petersburg. But we need to make even bigger steps than we have done so far, to play for the top spots.

Money no object: Guus Hiddink has been given a blank cheque book to sign who he wants

Money no object: Guus Hiddink has been given a blank cheque book to sign who he wants

'Initially I was not going to put my eye on a Dutch player, but now I am not ruling out that this could take place.'

Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder said last week he is not prepared to move to Moscow. He explained: ‘If I wanted to go and earn big money, I could have moved in January to Moscow.

'The amount of money was incredible, but I am happy at Inter.’

So striker Van Persie must decide if he wants to pick up 45m over three years and move to Moscow or stay at Arsenal or move to another club in one of Europe’s top leagues for less money.

Thanks but no thanks: Wesley Sneijder turned down a move in January to Russia

Thanks but no thanks: Wesley Sneijder turned down a move in January to Russia

Hiddink says he wants to turn Anzhi into one of the biggest clubs in the world. His owner Kerimov claims to have the same kind of funds as Manchester City’s Arab owners.

And the former Chelsea boss has turned down a double role as club and Russia’s national coach in Russia to put all his energy into Anzhi.

'I know that I am in the frame for a double role. But I find that impossible and it is not realistic,’ he said.

'I love being on the pitch again every day with the players. I have really missed that feeling over the last few years.'

Anzi’s Samuel Eto’o is acknowledged as the world’s best paid player. He is paid a reputed 320,000 a-week.

Top Spin Test special: West Indies can rewrite history

Top Spin Test special: West Indies can become history boys at Lord's

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21:56 GMT, 16 May 2012

West Indies must make history to win the first Test at Lord's.

Since England began playing regular Tests in May, 12 years ago, they have won eight and drawn four of their season openers.

Wet and Windies: The tourists have had little time to prepare for the first Test

Wet and Windies: The tourists have had little time to prepare for the first Test

England cash in

Andrew Strauss was presented with the ICC mace on Wednesday – and a cheque for 110,000 – to mark England topping the Test rankings at the cut-off point on April 1.

Away-day blues

Since Ottis Gibson became West Indies coach in February 2010, they have won only two Tests (one against Bangladesh).

Their last away win against serious opposition was more than 17 years ago in New Zealand.

Cheque it out: Strauss accepts the 110,000 prize for England topping rankings

Cheque it out: Strauss accepts the 110,000 prize for England topping rankings

Wisden of the ages

Barring a couple of months in 2009, England have held the Wisden Trophy since regaining it under Nasser Hussain in 2000, winning 15 Tests to West Indies' two.

West Indies held it between 1973 and 1997-98 with a 35-9 record.

Grassed up

When Darren Bravo was at Lord's as a teenager with Trinidad, he was told to keep off the grass.

Captain Darren Sammy explained: 'He grabbed some grass to plant in his back yard. But by the time he got back to the Caribbean it was brown.'

Grab and grin: Graeme Swann with members of Chinese national cricket team

Grab and grin: Graeme Swann with members of Chinese national cricket team

Rangers deal back on for Brian Kennedy

1 deal paves the way for Kennedy and Blue Knights to seal Rangers deal

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23:34 GMT, 10 May 2012

Brian Kennedy and the Blue Knights are back in the race to buy Rangers after striking a deal for Craig Whyte’s shares.

Sale Sharks owner Kennedy is currently in New York on business, but told Sportsmail he has reached agreement with the discredited owner to transfer the shares for 1.

Kennedy and Paul Murray will now go head-to-head with a mystery UK-based consortium for the right to enter negotiations with creditors over a voluntary agreement which would preserve the club’s history and avoid substantial sporting sanctions, including a three-year European ban.

Back in the frame: Brian Kennedy (left) and his Blue Knights are edging closer to a deal for Rangers

Back in the frame: Brian Kennedy (left) and his Blue Knights are edging closer to a deal for Rangers

Kennedy and the Knights came close to
acquiring preferred-bidder status before the Bill Miller fiasco left
administrators Duff & Phelps high and dry.

The entry of an unnamed UK
consortium, who have also done a deal with Whyte for his shares, has
been the source of widespread scepticism. However, Kennedy’s lawyer held
a meeting with Duff & Phelps yesterday and was told there would be
an answer ‘one way or the other’ by today.

‘The administrators chose the wrong
horse when they went with Bill Miller,’ said the Scots businessman. ‘I
wouldn’t like to see them make the same mistake again.

‘Financially, a newco doesn’t work
unless you can write a cheque for 35million to compensate for the
absence of European football. We would only contemplate a CVA.’

Crisis club: Rangers' preferred bidder Bill Miller has pulled out

Crisis club: Rangers' preferred bidder Bill Miller has pulled out

Paul Clark, joint administrator, said
of the latest moves: ‘We have continued discussions today with the
parties remaining in the bidding process and good progress has been
made.

‘We can also state that Craig Whyte
has confirmed that he will transfer his shareholding in Rangers Football
Club to two of the parties and has indicated he would not be an
impediment to a sale.

‘We will issue a further update
tomorrow (Friday) and can say that every effort is being made to
conclude the sale of the club as quickly as possible.’

The rival London-based consortium is
thought to include individuals who have held senior posts at Premiership
and Championship clubs.

On Thursday night former player-manager Graeme Souness told
Sportsmail: ‘I can categorically, 100 per cent, deny that I have
committed myself to any consortium proposing to buy Glasgow Rangers.

‘I have no connection with anyone proposing to buy Rangers.’

Sheffield fans need nerves of steel as two clubs battle for promotion

One city and two clubs battling for promotion, Sheffield fans need nerves of steel!

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22:39 GMT, 26 April 2012

Milan Mandaric has twice won an argument with the taxman, but he is not sure which gave him more satisfaction.

Probably being cleared at Southwark
Crown Court of tax evasion charges he always strenuously denied. But, as
he reflects on his other Revenue-related exchange, he admits there may
not be much in it.

Local heroes: Wednesday's Chris O'Grady (left) and Harry Maguire of United

Local heroes: Wednesday's Chris O'Grady (left) and Harry Maguire of United

As a direct consequence, Sheffield Wednesday were dragged back from the edge of extinction and are heading for the most eagerly awaited day this great footballing city has known since the mass evacuation to Wembley for the 1993 FA Cup semi-final.

Wednesday are going head to head with neighbours United for the one remaining automatic promotion place in League One. United's one-point lead means they can wrap it up this weekend if they win and Wednesday lose, and the knife-edge scenario reminds Mandaric of the battles he has fought since taking over at Hillsborough 16 months ago.

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'When I first thought of buying the club, my family were dead against it,' said Wednesday's owner. 'The court case was hanging over me. They told me I needed a break, but I just saw this giant of a club heading for oblivion, and I couldn't resist.

'They were 24 hours from administration, so I had to act fast. Bills needed paying, so I paid them out of my own pocket. And do you know what the first one was A tax bill. I had to go to them and plead with them not to put us into administration.

'There is a certain irony there, isn't there One day, I'm in court, having to explain that I'm not a tax cheat, and the next, I'm going to the Revenue offices with a cheque, and saying, “Here's your money that someone else has not paid”.

'It was a lot (reportedly 1.7million) but it was worth it to put this great club on a strong footing. We are debt free, and there are smiles on people's faces again. I'm happy with that, but it will only count if we are still smiling after the next two games. We've got to go up. It is so important.'

The court battle alongside Harry Redknapp took its toll, and having to sack Wednesday icon Gary Megson, for fear of missing out on promotion, sapped energy levels even more.

'But let me tell you about Dave Jones,' said Mandaric. 'He builds things, the youth policy, academy, facilities, recruiting system, everything, and he has won eight and drawn two since taking charge.

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'I've got a good feeling about him already. There are two managers from my previous clubs whom I stuck with, Harry and Nigel Pearson. I would put Dave in the same category.'

Only four miles separate Wednesday in the north and United in the south of the city famous for its steel making, which has been gripped by this promotion power-play and rocked by the imprisonment for rape of United striker Ched Evans.

Blades boss Danny Wilson, a former Wednesday player and boss, has needed to steady his side after a traumatic week in which they lost at MK Dons – a first defeat in 10 games – 24 hours after Evans was jailed. Wednesday added to the shock- waves by claiming a last-gasp home win over Carlisle to close to within a point.

'Nerves haven't really played a part this season and we're hoping that will remain the case,' said Wilson. 'Maybe other people in the city are more nervous than our players.'

United legend Brian Deane is mindful of the part the crowd can play in tomorrow's televised home game with Stevenage and has noted an anxiety born of recent lack of success in the play-offs

'I've been to enough games to know the feeling in the crowd that can transmit itself to the players – there can be a nervousness and anxiety,' said Deane.

'The players need the crowd to stay with them even if they don't start the game well. As a whole, this has been a fantastic season for the club and I'd rather be in United's position than Wednesday's because they are in the driving seat. It's not about playing the greatest football, it's only about the result.'

Reading won"t have blank chequebook for Premier League – John Madejski

Reading won't have blank chequebook for Premier League assault, warns Madejski

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17:05 GMT, 18 April 2012

Reading chairman Sir John Madejski insists the club will tackle their return to the Barclays Premier League in 'the Reading way'.

Sir John and prospective owner Anton Zingarevich, whose takeover was due to be completed in March, have big plans for the Royals following their return to the big time, which was secured by a 1-0 home win over Nottingham Forest.

Promotion could be worth as much as 90million to the Berkshire outfit, who need a maximum of four points from their remaining two games to clinch the npower Championship title, but there will be no wild spending.

Old and new: Sir John Madejski (second left) and Anton Zingarevich (right)

Old and new: Sir John Madejski (second left) and Anton Zingarevich (right)

Sir John told BBC Radio Berkshire: 'I have put a lot of money into this football club, which I'm quite happy about. And I hope the Zingarevich family will take Reading on to a different level and into Europe and beyond.

'It's all well getting to the Premier League, but you need deep investment to stay there. We have found very pleasant people in the Zingarevichs, who will continue to do things the Reading way.

'It bodes well for Reading and I hope they will take the club much further.

'I'll be staying on as chairman. If anything, it [the takeover] is a fantastic insurance policy.

'We will strengthen as we see fit. We have already strengthened and that will carry on.

'What I don't want is people thinking Reading are an open cheque book. We will be as careful as we have been in the past.'

Our hero: Mikele Leigertwood scored the goal that sent Reading up

Our hero: Mikele Leigertwood scored the goal that sent Reading up

Reading, of course, are now worth significantly more than when Sir John agreed a price with Zingarevich back in January, but he will not try to seek a better deal.

He said: 'The club is more valuable now, but I have struck a deal, and a deal is a deal.'

A delighted Zingarevich, who hopes to finally complete his takeover imminently, revealed planning for life in the top flight is already under way with plans for player recruitment and a potential extension to the 24,000-capacity Madejski Stadium in hand.

He told BBC Radio Berkshire: 'The Premier League is where you want to be as a football club owner.

'I think there is a lot to develop here, but the infrastructure that is already in place is key.

'We have already started looking at upgrading the Academy and the training facilities.

Pitch invasion: Reading fans celebrated promotion in style on Tuesday night

Pitch invasion: Reading fans celebrated promotion in style on Tuesday night

'If we stay up the first year, then we will upgrade the stadium. There are a lot of things to do, but there is a lot of potential.'

Director of football Nicky Hammond will work hand in hand with manager Brian McDermott as the club attempt to develop on the pitch, and he too is expecting evolution rather than revolution.

He told Sky Sports: 'There are two games to go and we are top, and we want to stay there. In the first instance, that's the most important thing.

'Then we will sit down over the next couple of days and start to look at the numbers and plan going forward.

'But it will be the Reading way. We always do it in a sensible fashion, not cavalier.

'In my conversations with Anton over the last number of weeks, I don't anticipate that will change too much, really.'

Bright future: Reading's players can now look forward to playing in the big time

Bright future: Reading's players can now look forward to playing in the big time

The win sparked massed celebrations on the pitch and in the home dressing room, where one man decided he could not miss out. Midfielder Jem Karacan started the night in hospital after undergoing surgery to repair his broken ankle, but was determined not to miss the celebrations.

He told Sky Sports: 'As soon as I knew we had been promoted, I said, “Right, get me out of here”.

'I asked the nurse to discharge me – I don't think she was too pleased about it – and my mum took me down to the stadium.

'I was pushed in the wheelchair into the changing room and saw all the boys, and that was it, really, the best day ever.

'A little tear came to my eye. My sister was screaming more than me, I think, and my mum. They were just absolutely delighted.

'Noel [Hunt] wheeled me through in his pants and just seeing all the lads, it was amazing, the chairman, the new owner – it was just brilliant to see the gaffer. It was just the best feeling ever.'