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Cristiano Ronaldo New nike CR Mercurial Vapor IX boots

Ronaldo's new boots: He may not have celebrated in Champions League triumph over United, but he still loves to win

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

09:59 GMT, 29 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:05 GMT, 29 March 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo might have displayed his love for Manchester United when dumping his old side out of the Champions league with Real Madrid, but his new boots reveal he might not have been so loved-up if Sir Alex Ferguson's side had triumphed.

His signature Nike CR Mercurial Vapor IX boots have been re-worked in a new colourway – and with the Portugal star's 'love to win, hate to lose' logo on the heel, which is a heart with a big 'X' through it.

Bright spark: Cristiano Ronaldo's new boots are in neon colours with his 'love to win, hate to lose' logo (below)

Bright spark: Cristiano Ronaldo's new boots are in neon colours with his 'love to win, hate to lose' logo (below)

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Behind the wheel: Ronaldo was snapped wearing the new collection, with the 'love to win' logo, in his car

Behind the wheel: Ronaldo was snapped wearing the new collection, with the 'love to win' logo, in his car

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Brightly-coloured with neon yellow, orange and white, the boots also feature the number 7, Ronaldo's squad number at Real Madrid, and a safari print on the Nike 'swoosh' – referencing his cheetah-like pace.

The new boots are sure to continue the Real Madrid star's success – Ronaldo has hit 40 goals for club and country this season.

Jose Mourinho's side continue to be off
the pace in the Spanish La Liga – they sit 13 points behind Barcelona,
just one point ahead of city rivals Atletico.

Studs up: Nike's All Condition Control technology means the boots will perform well in all weather

Studs up: Nike's All Condition Control technology means the boots will perform well in all weather

Apologies: Ronaldo famously didn't celebrate when scoring at Old Trafford earlier this month

Apologies: Ronaldo famously didn't celebrate when scoring at Old Trafford earlier this month

However, a Champions League quarter-final clash with Galatasary – pitting Ronaldo against Didier Drogba – makes the Spanish giants favourite to progress.

United fans hoping for a romantic return to Old Trafford for Ronaldo can be pleased with their idol's new footwear, as it features Nike's All Conditions Control technology – meaning they are just at home in the pouring Manchester rain as the balmy Madrid sun.

The boots are part of a whole collection with the same design, featuring training wear, casual clothes and a matching ball, and is out April 11.

Wild animal: The 'safari' swoosh features in the collection, including a ball and other clothes (below)

Wild animal: The 'safari' swoosh features in the collection, including a ball and other clothes (below)

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Strike a pose: Ronaldo, modelling his new collection, has scored 40 goals for club and country this season

Strike a pose: Ronaldo, modelling his new collection, has scored 40 goals for club and country this season

Robin Van Persie reveals family rift after move from Arsenal to Manchester United

'Seeing you in United colours makes our baby sick!' Van Persie's wife reveals family rift in spoof video

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

11:41 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:41 GMT, 2 January 2013

The sight of Robin Van Persie moving to Manchester United in the summer made many an Arsenal fan feel a bit sick.

But it appears the Dutch star's 24m move north has had an nauseating effect on his life at home too.

A tongue-in-cheek programme by a Dutch television channel filmed inside the Van Persie family home, and translated by talkSPORT, has revealed that his young daughter and 'lifelong Gooner' Dina regularly spews up at the sight of her daddy playing in a United shirt.

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Goal machine: Robin van Persie has already scored 19 goals across all competitions for Manchester United since his 24m move from Arsenal in the summer

Goal machine: Robin van Persie has already scored 19 goals across all competitions for Manchester United since his 24m move from Arsenal in the summer

Not impressed: In the tongue-in-cheek Dutch TV programme, Van Persie's wife Bouchra jokes how young daughter Dina didn't like his move to Manchester

Not impressed: In the tongue-in-cheek Dutch TV programme, Van Persie's wife Bouchra jokes how young daughter Dina didn't like his move to Manchester

And the prolific striker, who has scored 19 goals in all competitions so far this season, said that he laughed at Arsenal's offer of a new contract in the summer and threw it in the bin.

The clip starts with Van Persie talking about how difficult it was to leave Arsenal and shows pictures in his living room wearing an Arsenal tracksuit while cradling baby Dina.

He says: It wasn't easy to leave the Gunners, I didn't want to, but this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. My kids are both Gooners, so it was tough.

'But I've more than doubled my wages, which is ace. That gives my two little ones a better chance in life.'

Nauseating: Bouchra tells the presenter that Dina feels sick thinking about her daddy playing in United colours

Nauseating: Bouchra tells the presenter that Dina feels sick thinking about her daddy playing in United colours

Traitor! Right on cue, Dina spews up on the kitchen floor and Van Persie has to clean up the mess

Traitor! Right on cue, Dina spews up on the kitchen floor and Van Persie has to clean up the mess

His wife Bouchra and baby daughter then take centre stage.

Speaking in the kitchen, Bouchra says: 'I must admit the move was very stressful for the baby. As a lifelong Gooner, she was disgusted by her old man.

'It still makes her feel sick just talking about it. She saw a photo of daddy with Fergie…'

Right on cue, Dina throws up on the kitchen floor and Robin has to mop it up as his wife jokingly calls him a 'traitor.'

Time to go: Van Persie talks in the clip about how the move was right for him

Time to go: Van Persie talks in the clip about how the move was right for him

Not good enough: Van Persie then says he dropped Arsenal's contract offer in the bin and walked out

Not good enough: Van Persie then says he dropped Arsenal's contract offer in the bin and walked out

Later, she says: 'The baby told me she has lost all respect for her old man.'

The programme may be intended to be light-hearted, but Gunners fans might take offence at these comments at the end: 'I know the baby is upset, but I had to leave.

'It still makes me laugh to think about the new contract I was offered by them. I said 'Oh really' Then I dropped it in the bin and packed my bags.'

VIDEO: Van Persie explains family rift after his move to Man United

Robert Lewandowski set to sign for Manchester United

Man United set to add 18m Dortmund hotshot Lewandowski to their ranks on five-year deal

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08:59 GMT, 27 December 2012


Goals galore: This mocked-up pic of Robert Lewandowski shows the Dortmund frontman in United colours

Goals galore: This mocked-up pic of Robert Lewandowski shows the Dortmund frontman in United colours

Robert Lewandowski will double his earnings as a Manchester United player after moving a step nearer landing his dream move to Old Trafford.

He is set to accept an offer of 20.5million in wages to join the Barclays Premier League side in the summer.

Borussia Dortmund have settled on an 18million fee for the Polish striker, who has long been pursued by Sir Alex Ferguson.

According to German newspaper Bild, the 24-year-old will sign a five-year contract at Old Trafford worth around 4.1m annually.

Sportsmail
has led the way with the transfer of Lewandowski to United, with our
exclusive story at the end of last month detailing how he had told
friends he would be leaving Dortmund.

The
striker’s contract with the club expires at the end of next season, and
it is believed he will double his wages with a move to the Premier
League.

Though he is widely acknowledged as Dortmund’s most potent attacking weapon, the Poland striker lags behind team-mates Marco Reus and Mario Goetze on the pay scale.

Fellow-forward Reus and attacking midfielder Goetze, another United target, both rake in 3.28m a year, while Lewandowski is on an annual salary of just over 2m.

Hotshot: The Polish forward is poised to sign for Man United

Hotshot: The Polish forward is poised to sign for Man United

All that is about to change, after a United initiative that seems certain to break Dortmund’s resolve over their prize asset.

General manager Hans-Joachim Watzke has consistently stated Dortmund have no intention of cashing in on him and will keep him for the remainder of his contract, even if it means losing him for nothing at the end of next season.

But his stance has been widely interpreted as a means of extracting the maximum amount from any buying club, after an acceptance that they will have to sell him in the summer.

Boost: Sir Alex Ferguson is on the verge of adding to his firepower

Boost: Sir Alex Ferguson is on the verge of adding to his firepower

United already have the best attack in the top-flight with 48 goals from 19 games but Ferguson, who watched Lewandowski when he played Manchester City at the Etihad earlier this season, wants the most potent strike force in Europe.

He believes pairing Lewandowski with Robin van Persie — and Wayne Rooney operating just behind — would give him that. The manager is also keen to re-united him with Shinji Kagawa, who formed a successful partnership before joining in the summer.

Lewandowski has scored 40 league goals in 83 games for the side and is in fearsome form, netting braces in each of his last three games for Dortmund.

He is a key reason they topped Real Madrid in the group stages of the Champions League.

Link up: Lewandowski could soon be lining up alongside Robin van Persie

Link up: Lewandowski could soon be lining up alongside Robin van Persie

Wayne Rooney says Sir Alex Ferguson was right to substitute him against Swansea

I'll bounce back from Swans flop! Rooney vows to show his true colours against Toon

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

For Wayne Rooney, recent Christmas and New Year experiences have not been good.

Last season, for example, the Manchester United centre forward was a substitute as his team beat Wigan 5-0 on Boxing Day before being dropped completely for the following home defeat to Blackburn after spending too long – in his manager's opinion at least – out on the town with team mate Darron Gibson.

Twelve months on and Rooney has found himself having to apologise again. Not for any social misdemeanours this time, merely a performance at Swansea on Sunday that Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer labelled his worst for years.

Bad day at the office: Wayne Rooney admits he was not at his best against Swansea

Bad day at the office: Wayne Rooney admits he was not at his best against Swansea

That may be exaggerating things a little but Rooney still heads in to today's game with Newcastle at Old Trafford feeling that he has a little making up to do.

'I could feel it on the pitch that things weren't right at Swansea,' said Rooney.

'Some days you have an off day I could feel that and I couldn't complain at being substituted.

'But the good thing I think about football, and especially over the Christmas period, is that you have lots of games and the Swansea game has gone for me and it is certainly not one I will remember.

'I will relish the next one, though.

'The position we are in at the minute, it is a great opportunity to make that gap even bigger between us and Manchester City at the top of the league.

'Obviously against Swansea we couldn't do it but, as I say, hopefully we will get six points from the next two games and see what happens.'

Rooney's season has been one of sporadic performances so for. Having returned from his summer break slightly overweight, the England international then picked up a nasty injury to his thigh in early win over Fulham.

In a recent Sportsmail interview, United ambassador Sir Bobby Charlton suggested that there was improvement yet to come from Rooney's relationship with Robin van Persie and certainly in South Wales on Sunday they two have them seemed to be speaking a different language.

Right decision: Rooney had no complaints about being substituted against Swansea

Right decision: Rooney had no complaints about being substituted against Swansea

The worry form Wednesday's opponents Newcastle is that a Christmas home game against struggling opposition presents a perfect opportunity for things to come together. After all, Rooney rarely plays poorly for two games running.

'We are four points clear in the Premier League and of course we are happy with that,' he said.

'We are still in a good position with two home games coming up now.

'We need to make sure we take maximum points from them.

'We know it's early days and there is a long way to go but we are in a healthy position at the moment.

'And so we need to try and keep on.'

Finding his form: Rooney is aiming to be back to his best against Newcastle

Finding his form: Rooney is aiming to be back to his best against Newcastle

Newcastle contributed to a difficult festive period for United last season by beating them 3-0 at St James' Park. Today, however, they arrive in poor shape with Alan Pardew fretting over a run of two wins in twelve games in all competitions and worrying also about the future of star striker Demba Ba.

As far as United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is concerned, the root cause of Newcastle's problems is not difficult to locate.

Ferguson said: 'The new players they brought in last season caught us all by surprise.

'We didn't really know a lot about them.

'I knew about Ba, of course, but I didn't know anything about Cabaye or Cisse to be honest with you.

'They had fantastic seasons.

'Second time round, clubs are starting to analyse them a bit different, plus, more importantly, he's had some injuries.

Caught out: Newcastle beat Manchester United last season

Caught out: Newcastle beat Manchester United last season

'Cabaye's out till next year, Tiote is out to next year, he's had one or two important players injured, and that does make a difference when you've not got a squad as strong as the likes of ourselves or City or Chelsea.

'I'm not entirely surprised, although I am surprised they are so low down the table.'

Ferguson is sure to make some changes for today's game and it is expected that captain Nemanja Vidic will step down again after a difficult first start since September at the weekend.

Rooney, however, is expecting the club captain to make a significant difference to United's uncertain defending over the coming weeks and months.

'It was good to see him get 90 minutes at Swansea,' added Rooney.

'He has been out for a while and he has been working hard in the gym and at the training ground.

'He has done well to come back and he will be a massive player for us between now and the end of the season.

'He is a great defender and great to have in the team and a great leader.

'We have a few players in the team who can lead from the back or the front and he is our captain and does that.'

Fernando Torres the star attraction as Japan welcomes Chelsea

Big in Japan Torres the main man as Chelsea battle for spotlight in the land that loves the Premier League

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12:50 GMT, 10 December 2012

It could hardly be described as Chelsea-mania when the European champions touched down in Japan but there was a warm and polite welcome for Rafa Benitez and his weary team.

A dozen or so curious fans milled around outside the team hotel in Yokohama harbour, in the shadow of a big wheel and a rollercoaster, one clutching a red Spain shirt with 'Torres' printed on the back.

Playing it cool: Fernando Torres and his Chelsea team-mates were greeted by fans in Japan

Playing it cool: Fernando Torres and his Chelsea team-mates were greeted by fans in Japan

Star attraction: Chelsea defender David Luiz was a big hit when he stopped to sign autographs

Star attraction: Chelsea defender David Luiz was a big hit when he stopped to sign autographs

Fan-tastic: These Japanese supporters were delighted to see the Blues squad in Yokohama

Fan-tastic: These Japanese supporters were delighted to see the Blues squad in Yokohama

Fernando Torres, back in the goals with four in two games, is clearly the biggest draw despite his problems since moving to Stamford Bridge.

He skipped off the bus at the training base and was met by a flurry of flashbulbs and he has been in demand from Japanese TV.

It had been a long wait for some as Richard Conway of the BBC tweeted: 'Scores of Chelsea fans camped outside team hotel in Yokohama. Many there for up to 6 hours, hoping to see players.'

The local press assembled at the Yokohama F Marinos training base said there was nothing like the clamour for Chelsea that there had been for Barcelona's participation in the FIFA Club World Cup last year but the Barclays Premier League remains a bigger attraction than La Liga in terms of entertainment.

Pay TV channel Nippon have the rights to show every game live.

Manchester United are the most popular team, especially since the signing of Shinji Kagawa.

Unbiased reporter: A journalist shows his true colours as he tries to get a word with Torres

Unbiased reporter: A journalist shows his true colours as he tries to get a word with Torres

Get shirty: The Blues were expecting to sell plenty of tops, scraves and other merchandise in the Far East

Get shirty: The Blues were expecting to sell plenty of tops, scraves and other merchandise in the Far East

Pop-up store: The Blues were expecting to sell plenty of tops, scraves and other merchandise in the Far East

Many fans go to bars to watch the games. Sunday's Manchester derby kicked off at 10.30pm in Japan.

Benitez's training session was open to the media but not to fans. A few waited at the gates for a glimpse of the stars they see on TV and a couple of dozen found themselves elevated vantage points nearby to view proceedings as the sun dropped.

John Terry and Oriol Romeu have stayed behind in London to work on their fitness and there was the unfamiliar slender figure of teenage midfielder George Saville among the squad, who were all wearing a brand new training kit, minus the usual Samsung slogan, due to FIFA sponsorship rules.

The Marinos are Yokohama's J-League team and finished fourth in the season which has just ended.

They play at the Nissan Stadium, where the 2002 World Cup final was held and train at the small and neat stadium a few streets back from the harbour.

Long way away: The Chelsea players train in Yokahama after touching down in Japan

Long way away: The Chelsea players train in Yokahama after touching down in Japan

Back among the goals: Fernando Torres (centre) has four in his last two games

Back among the goals: Fernando Torres (centre) has four in his last two games

Chelsea may not want local fans to watch them train but they don't mind if they hand over some money, setting up a sort of mini megastore on site selling official merchandise. There was a healthy trickle of custom.

FIFA expect a crowd of 50,000 to attend Chelsea's first game of the Club World Cup against Monterrey of Mexico, on Thursday, with more at Sunday's final but the biggest following in Japan is reserved for Corinthians, the champions of South America.

Almost 20,000 fans are estimated to have travelled from Brazil. When Corinthians won the Copa Libertadores, to clinch a place in this tournament, the flights from Sao Paulo to Tokyo were full within days.

Time to think: Rafa Benitez has a moment to himself ahead of speaking to reporters in Yokahama

Time to think: Rafa Benitez has a moment to himself ahead of speaking to reporters in Yokahama

Many travelled instead via London, avoiding the visa complications of a route through the United States.

Corinthians are based in Nagoya for the first few days because their opening games against Al Ahly of Egypt is played in the city of Toyota.

FIFA insist the popularity of this tournament is steadily growing as is the importance afforded it by the European champions, who have won the last five titles.

'We believe it is a good competition and well supported in Japan,' said Wolfgang Resch of FIFA.

'It's the only trans-Atlantic competition and it was interesting to see the different styles in the opening games, how the Mexican team played against the Korean team and how the Egyptian team played against the Japanese team. It is a fascinating way of watching football.'

Manchester City walk around Amsterdam before Ajax match

City boys check out Amsterdam's cafes as Mancini leads his stars on walkabout ahead of showdown with Ajax

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16:24 GMT, 24 October 2012

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If you catch Premier League footballers having a stroll around Amsterdam, you might start asking some questions.

Wearing their club colours, they aimed a longing glance at some of the city's famous cafes.

But Manchester City fans can breathe easy – their stars were just enjoying a gentle stroll before tonight's big game with Ajax.

Keep walking, lads: Roberto Mancini leads his players past the temptations of the cafe

Keep walking, lads: Roberto Mancini leads his players past the temptations of the cafe

Stroll: Gareth Barry (centre) and Joe Hart were among the City squad out and about

Stroll: Gareth Barry (centre) and Joe Hart were among the City squad out and about

In a bid to relax his players ahead of the Champions League showdown, boss Roberto Mancini led his players in a short afternoon walk around Holland's capital – although he insisted they wore their traditional blue colours as Mancini believes the purple trim tracksuits are bad luck.

Joe Hart, Sergio Ageuro and Edin Dzeko were among the famous faces walking part the locals.

Mario Balotelli was also spotted – although it's unlikely he saw many people with his black beanie hat pulled over his eyes (with shocking pink headphones over the top).

Moneybags: City's players had to bypass Amsterdam's branch of Louis Vuitton

Moneybags: City's players had to bypass Amsterdam's branch of Louis Vuitton

Should have hired a bike! City's players made sure they stayed well on the pavement

Should have hired a bike! City's players made sure they stayed well on the pavement

City, who have just one point from their opening two group matches, are desperate for victory against the Dutch giants.

Should they fail to gain anything other than three points, they will face an uphill challenge to progress into the knockout stages.

Mancini may have won the Barclays Premier League in May but he may find himself under pressure if they can't make it work in Europe.

Chilling out may be the name of the game in Amsterdam but it'll be work, work, work at the Amsterdan ArenA.

Feeling blue: Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko enjoy fresh air

Feeling blue: Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko enjoy fresh air

Can you guess who it is Clue - his initials are MB and he's a bit of a prankster

Can you guess who it is Clue – his initials are MB and he's a bit of a prankster

VIDEO: Kompany and Mancini relaxed ahead of Ajax…

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Everton sign Thomas Hitzlsperger, "Der Hammer", on short-term deal

Der Hammer time: Everton sign German hot-shot Hitzlsperger on short-term deal

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UPDATED:

12:28 GMT, 19 October 2012

Everton have confirmed the signing of midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger on a
short-term contract until January.

The 30-year-old midfielder, nicknamed 'Der Hammer' due to his long-range shooting prowess, has been snapped up by Everton boss David Moyes.

Hitzlsperger's has signed a short-term contract until January at Goodison Park, subject to international clearance.

Der Hammer: former West Ham and Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has joined Everton on a short-term deal

Der Hammer: former West Ham and Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has joined Everton on a short-term deal

The former Aston Villa and West Ham
star, who has 52 Germany caps but has not featured in national colours
since 2010, has been without a club since leaving Wolfsburg in the
summer.

Everton confirmed
the deal this afternoon and are hopeful that because the contract was
signed before today's midday deadline he will be available to David
Moyes for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash at QPR.

Thomas Hitzlsperger, Germany's midfielder celebrates scoring against Slovakia during their Euro 2008 qualifier match 06 June 2007 in Hamburg

Thomas Hitzlsperger of West Ham United celebrates scoring the equalising goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Blackburn on May 7, 2011

International class: Hitzlsperger has played 52 times for Germany
(left) and made 11 appearances during a brief spell at West Ham (right)

HITZLSPERGER'S STATS

2001–2005 Aston Villa 99apps (8gls)
2001 Chesterfield (loan) 5 (0)
2005–2010 VfB Stuttgart 125 (20)
2010 Lazio 6 (1)
2010–2011 West Ham United 11 (2)
2011–2012 VfL Wolfsburg 6 (0)

Hitzlsperger managed only two league starts in the Bundesliga last season after he suffered a knee injury.

In a bid to earn a deal at Goodison Park, Hitzlsperger has been training with the Toffees and played 90 minutes for the Under-21 side on October 8.

Moyes has moved for the 30-year-old after it was confirmed that Marouane Fellaini will miss the next three weeks with a knee injury, while he is also without Darron Gibson with a thigh injury.

Hitzlsperger has earned 52 caps for his country and made 208 league appearances since his senior debut for Aston Villa in January 2001.

Midfield boost: Der Hammer joins Everton stars Marouane Fellaini (right), Nikica Jelavic (centre) and Steven Pienaar at Goodison Park

Midfield boost: Der Hammer joins Everton stars Marouane Fellaini (right), Nikica Jelavic (centre) and Steven Pienaar at Goodison Park

Manchester City announces deal with Hugo Boss

Stylish on and off the pitch… Manchester City stars pose in new suits as they bid to retain title

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10:42 GMT, 2 October 2012

They play some of the most stylish football in the Premier League, so it's fitting that Manchester City will now look equally sharp off the pitch too.

The champions have agreed a new partnership with famous fashion house Hugo Boss to supply their suits for official club engagements and cup finals.

And as this team picture of the City squad modelling their new tailored suits and sky blue ties shows, they will definitely look the part.

Style icons: The Manchester City squad model their new tailored Hugo Boss suits and ties in the club colours on the pitch at the City of Manchester Stadium in August

Style icons: The Manchester City squad model their new tailored Hugo Boss suits and ties in the club colours on the pitch at the City of Manchester Stadium back in August

Manager Roberto Mancini is a huge fan of the brand and is often seen browsing the latest fashions in the Hugo Boss store in Manchester city centre.

Bernd Hake, UK Managing Director for the fashion house, said: 'Hugo Boss has long been synonymous with sport and Manchester City shares our values of excellence, style and a passion for performance and perfection.

'Their players are style icons both on and off the pitch.'

Mark Cavendish "non-existent" chance of World title repeat

World champ Cavendish says chances of repeat title are 'non-existent'

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18:59 GMT, 22 September 2012

Mark Cavendish has played down his chances of retaining his world road race title in Holland, insisting they are 'non-existent' due to the gruelling nature of the Cauberg course.

Cavendish claimed the world champion's prestigious rainbow jersey by winning last year's race over a much more favourable course in Copenhagen, but is realistic about his hopes this time around.

End of the rainbow: Mark Cavendish says there's no chance of retaining the rainbow jersey

End of the rainbow: Mark Cavendish says there's no chance of retaining the rainbow jersey

Cavendish told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad: 'The chances of retaking my world title are non-existent. Ten times around the Cauberg is just too much for me. We have to be realistic.

'I can't win, but I'm here out of respect for the jersey and because I'll be wearing race number one. I always enjoy racing in the colours of the national team.

'The Tour means a lot to my career, but as world champion you wear the most beautiful jersey ever for a year. The rainbow stripes have something magical. All great champions have worn them.'

The Great Britain team are expected to focus on trying to push recent Tour of Britain winner Jonathan Tiernan-Locke into medal contention.

Tiernan-Locke is better suited to the course, but still inexperienced over the 267km distance.

Jermain Defoe delighted with double against Reading

Double delight for Defoe after kickstarting Spurs's campaign at Reading

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18:05 GMT, 16 September 2012

Jermain Defoe believes Tottenham's season is finally under way in earnest after he bagged a brace in Sunday afternoon's 3-1 win at Reading.

Defoe put Tottenham ahead in the first half before two goals in three second-half minutes secured a first win under new manager Andre Villas-Boas.

First Gareth Bale's fortuitous shot looped over Alex McCarthy to put Tottenham 2-0 up and Defoe secured victory for the Londoners after a mazy dribble.

Double delight: Defoe netted twice at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday

Double delight: Defoe netted twice at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday

Hal Robson-Kanu scored a late consolation for the hosts, but the Royals were second best to Spurs throughout.

Disappointing results against West Brom and Norwich had seen the pressure mount on Villas-Boas just weeks into his tenure, but Defoe believes the club are finally showing their true colours.

'New managers come into football clubs and sometimes it takes time,' Defoe told Sky Sports 1.

'People just think instantly they're going to be unbelievable, but sometimes it takes time.

'I'm sure today the fans are happy and everyone that's been doubting us they can hopefully look at us and see that we can do well this season.

Blistering start: Defoe has been in the goals so far this campaign

Blistering start: Defoe has been in the goals so far this campaign

'Our season will start now.'

Defoe could have added a third to complete his hat-trick but he was content with the three points nevertheless.

'It would have been nice to have got the match ball, but to score two and help my team win is fantastic,' he added.

Former Chelsea boss Villas-Boas welcomed the three points, which came after his side spurned one-goal leads to draw their last two league outings.

'We've been chasing this win for quite some time and it's important for everybody,' the Portuguese told Sky Sports 1.

Off the mark: Villas-Boas (left) is watched closely by reserve goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

Off the mark: Villas-Boas (left) is watched closely by reserve goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

'Hopefully we can shoot on from now on.

'We could have gone 2-0 up a little bit earlier as we looked bright and confident and played very, very good football.'

Villas-Boas deployed Defoe in a lone role up front and was delighted with the performance of the striker, who also netted for England during the international break.

'I'm happy for Defoe to find the back of the net again. Three goals in the Premier League shows the goalscorer that he is,' he said.

'And I'm happy for the team in general. They were very committed to getting our first win. It's always difficult against promoted teams.

Top performance: Spurs were impressive on Sunday

Top performance: Spurs were impressive on Sunday

'Hopefully this can give us a build up for the future.'

Reading manager Brian McDermott conceded his side had been second-best throughout.

'The second goal killed us really. We came up against a top-class side today and they played well. They deserved to win,' he said.

'We have to move on very, very quickly – you have to do that in this league.

'It's a learning curve for all of us. We know we're playing against a team of world-class individuals, and today they have played well and we didn't cause them enough problems.'