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Florent Malouda says Chelsea are "trying to break me mentally"

Chelsea are 'trying to break me mentally', claims Malouda after being frozen out at Stamford Bridge

Laurie Whitwell


22:32 GMT, 11 February 2013



08:16 GMT, 12 February 2013

Not happy: Florent Malouda has hit out at Chelsea

Not happy: Florent Malouda has hit out at Chelsea

Florent Malouda has launched an astonishing attack on Chelsea, claiming the club are trying to ‘break him mentally’ by forcing him to train with academy players.

The France midfielder has hit out after being excluded from the 25-man Premier League squad all season and forbidden from even changing with the first team at their Cobham training ground.

Malouda, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has been banished since a move to North America collapsed last summer.

‘The details I’ll explain when I’m free,’ Malouda, 32, told newspaper France-Guyane.

the strategy they use is to make me look like a player seeking
substantial compensation. If you are excluded for one year, it is very,
very long.

'You must be armed mentally. All this is done to break me
mentally, but in reality it motivates me enormously.’

Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez believes his squad – the majority of whom won the Champions League last May – will realise how important the Europa League is when they arrive in Prague on Wednesday.

Chelsea play Sparta Prague in the last 32 tie first leg on Thursday evening, with Benitez admitting it will take an adjustment for players used to plying their trade in Europe's premier club competition.

'We will need some time (to talk),' said Benitez, who replaced Roberto Di Matteo in November after the holders were knocked out of the Champions League.

Happier times: Malouda (second from right) trains with his Chelsea team-mates

Happier times: Malouda (second from right) trains with his Chelsea team-mates

Happier times: Malouda (second from right) trains with his Chelsea team-mates

'In terms of flights and games it's like the Champions League, in terms of mentality, the first thought is “hmm, it's different”. But if you see the teams that are in the Europa League, you will see it could be quite difficult.

'The day before we will fly, we will be there, they will realise it's Europe and they can concentrate 100 per cent. I'm expecting that they will be focused. We will have to start thinking of it as a great competition, with good teams and we will try to do our best.'

The Europa League is one of two trophies Chelsea can realistically still win this term; they began the season in contention for seven. They sit third, 16 points behind leaders Manchester United with 12 games to play in the Barclays Premier League, but remain in the FA Cup.

The next four matches are key for Chelsea's season and could lift the mood at Stamford Bridge, by changing perceptions of Benitez's reign, which has been unpopular from the start.

On a roll: Chelsea head to Sparta Prague this week for their Europa League clash

On a roll: Chelsea head to Sparta Prague this week for their Europa League clash

Should Chelsea advance to the Europa League last 16, at the expense of Sparta Prague, beat Brentford in the FA Cup fourth round replay and win at Manchester City, cutting the deficit to the second-placed Premier League champions to one point, Benitez will be able to demonstrate progress.

Benitez is unfazed at the prospect of regular Thursday and Sunday fixtures which Europa League progress dictates, although it does limit the amount of time he has to work with his squad.

'Two games a week we can manage, if we have enough bodies,' added the Spaniard, who won the UEFA Cup with Valencia and Champions League with Liverpool. 'Normally when you want to improve your team tactically, you push them. But in this situation you can't because if you push them too much they will be tired. The balance is quite difficult.

'The day after a game you have a light training session. The second day is before the game, so you have a light training session. Then you have to play. That means when you try to do your tactical adjustments, your preparation, you cannot do too much.'

Jose Mourinho dismisses Real Madrid quit talk after Iker Casillas gamble backfires

I'm not going to quit! Mourinho defiant after Casillas axe backfires in latest Real defeat



11:51 GMT, 23 December 2012

Jose Mourinho put his Real Madrid future on the line by axing Spain goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas amid suggestions that he was inviting the club to fire him before Manchester United visit in the Champions League in February.

Madrid fell 16 points behind Barcelona ahead of the mid-winter break after losing 3-2 at Malaga last night, leaving president Florentino Perez under pressure to act.

Mourinho was asked if, at any point, he had thought of resigning. He replied: ‘No. Not during, or after.’

Asked why he left out Casillas he said: ‘It was a technical decision. A coach analyses the players and decides.’

Real Madrid's goalkeeper Iker Casillas sits on the bench

Gamble: Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas

Real Madrid's goalkeeper Iker Casillas
Ramos demands calm

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has called on his team-mates to ignore all the speculation surrounding their poor form.

He said: 'Once again we have dropped important points, despite the team playing well in the first half, in which we had chances to score but we didn't have any luck.

'We shouldn't think about the league leaders or anybody else. We should only think about ourselves.

'We must be self-critical and La Liga is now very difficult, practically impossible, but we need to keep on fighting.

'When we lose many conclusions are drawn, but it is when we must use our heads the most.'

Critics argue that the Portuguese has
already decided to go at the end of the season and knows that if he is
dismissed he would be due compensation of €20million (16.3m) — hence
the incendiary decision to leave out a club legend.

His supporters emphasise that the
team have conceded seven of their 17 goals from set-pieces this season
and point to Casillas’s weakness on crosses.

For Mourinho to drop the two-times European champion and World Cup winner is seen as provocative.

Former Real Madrid sporting director
Jorge Valdano said of the decision: ‘It is a show of force, to prove he
is stronger than one of the legends of the club.’

Mourinho insisted he has no
intention of quitting as Real Madrid coach and does not fear for his job.

The Primera Division season has not
even reached its winter break and Madrid's title defence looks to be in
tatters with Mourinho's men now 16 points behind runaway leaders
Barcelona following another hugely disappointing night for the

Barca extended their lead earlier in the night with a 3-1 win at Real Valladolid and Madrid were unable to react as they slumped to a 3-2 loss at fourth-placed Malaga.

That was Madrid's fourth league defeat of the campaign and seventh in all competitions this season, which is already more than they suffered in the whole of the last campaign and has seen the pressure build on coach Mourinho.

Not impressed: Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho

Gamble: Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho

Not impressed: Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez (right)

Not impressed: Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez (right)

However, the Portuguese, who took the
surprise decision to omit club captain Iker Casillas from his starting
line-up tonight, was in defiant mood when asked whether he had
considered stepping down.

He told reporters at the post-match press conference: 'Neither before, during or after the game have I thought about resigning.

don't fear for my position. This is football. I'm not a child, nor have
I been here for a couple of days. Coaches know that football has no
memory and only takes into account what was done today and not what was
done yesterday.

'It doesn't take into account what titles you've won, nor the work you've done, it's all about the now.'

Madrid, who on Thursday were paired
against Manchester United in the last-16 of the Champions League,
dominated the first half against Malaga but could not take advantage and
were made to pay as Isco put the hosts ahead just after half-time.

An own goal from Sergio Sanchez levelled the scores up midway through
the second period but Malaga substitute Roque Santa Cruz struck twice in
three minutes to put the Andalusian side 3-1 up.

Lacklustre: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

Lacklustre: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

Benzema pulled another goal back but it was not enough to save Madrid,
whose defeat follows a Copa del Rey fifth-round first-leg loss to Celta
Vigo and last weekend's 2-2 home draw with struggling Espanyol in La

Mourinho said: 'We're sad to have lost but the players have done their
best. They tried against Espanyol and today, but we didn't have any

'This week off comes at the ideal moment. The players are empty. They have given everything and they haven't been rewarded.'

Regarding his selection of Antonio Adan ahead of long-term first-choice
goalkeeper Casillas, Mourinho said: 'It's a technical decision. The
coach analyses the situation, looks at the players at his disposal and
chooses his team. At the moment, for me and my coaching staff, Adan is
better than Iker.

'You can invent the stories that you want but it's purely a technical decision.'

Mourinho conceded last week when Madrid fell 13 points behind Barca that
catching the leaders was 'practically impossible' and he remains
resigned to losing their title.

He said: 'Real Madrid were champions last season with a nine-point
advantage to second place. This season we are at a distance which, in my
opinion, is insurmountable. We have to assume responsibility that we
are not having a good season.'

Mark Clattenburg Chelsea saga: Referee"s board to drop compensation claim

Referee's board to drop Clattenburg compensation claim over Chelsea saga



10:25 GMT, 4 December 2012

The Professional Game Match Officials are set to drop their compensation claim against Chelsea over the Mark Clattenburg saga.

The 39-year-old was cleared by the Metropolitan Police and the Football Association after the European champions accused him of racially abusing John Obi Mikel during the controversial clash against Manchester United October 28.

End of the matter: The Professional Game Match Officials are set to drop their compensation claim against Chelsea over the Mark Clattenburg saga

End of the matter: The Professional Game Match Officials are set to drop their compensation claim against Chelsea over the Mark Clattenburg saga

The PGMOL have been contemplating the idea of pursing a compensation case against the Blues on behalf of Clattenburg, despite the fact the referee has indicated he has no intention of pressing ahead with a personal claim.

But the organisation look likely to decide against seeking cash from Chelsea fearing it would effect the integrity of referees.

Mark Clattenburg race-row: Refs union demand compensation and apology from Chelsea over racism claims… as official returns at Spurs v West Ham

Refs union demand compensation and apology for Clattenburg from Chelsea over racism claims… as official returns at Spurs v West Ham



18:04 GMT, 23 November 2012

Referees' union Prospect have demanded that Chelsea pay compensation to Mark Clattenburg for 'damage to his reputation and stress' after the club wrongly accused the 37-year-old official of using racist language towards midfielder John Obi Mikel.

The union insists that they will be
pursuing Chelsea for compensation but not through the courts. Prospect
is also demanding an unreserved apology from the club.

Chelsea had accused Clattenburg of
using 'inappropriate language' – allegedly directing the word 'monkey' – towards Mikel.

The FA has now cleared the referee and
Chelsea accepted the decision. The Metropolitan Police also dropped
their inquiry due to insufficient evidence.

Alan Leighton, the national secretary of Prospect, yesterday called for 'a full and unreserved apology and compensation for loss of earnings, damage to reputation and stress'.

Returning to action: Mark Clattenburg will be the fourth official at Tottenham's clash with West Ham after allegations against him by Chelsea and John Obi Mikel were thrown out

Returning to action: Mark Clattenburg will be the fourth official at Tottenham's clash with West Ham after allegations against him by Chelsea and John Obi Mikel were thrown out

John Obi Mikel

Mark Clattenburg

Any legal action would require the support of Clattenburg and Sportsmail understands that the Durham official is not willing to tolerate more time out of the game while legal wrangling ensues.

37-year-old referee returns to action as fourth
official on Sunday for the London derby between West Ham and Tottenham
and he will take centre stage on Wednesday for the Southampton-Norwich
clash at St Marys.

Leighton also called on Chelsea to make a
'sizeable donation' to anti-discrimination bodies Show Racism The Red
Card and Kick It Out.

The union chief insists the case should be pursued on two grounds, both that the
allegation has affected Clattenburg's life and professional standing,
and in order to deter any such claims being made public in the future.

Leighton, today speaking to the Today
programme on BBC Radio 4, said: 'I don't know if we get an
apology from Chelsea. I hope we will. It would be the classy thing to
do, it would be the right thing to do more importantly.

'There needs to be a recognition that
Mark’s reputation has been tarnished, been dragged through the mud, his
integrity has been impugned and it’s unfortunate that the Chelsea
statement makes not a scintilla of recognition of the damage that has
been done to Mark.

'Chelsea didn’t need to do what they
did in the way that they did it. They could have kept the reporting of
the incident confidential and they didn’t need to pursue it once they’d
realised that the only evidence they had was the statement of Ramires
when there was contradictory evidence.'

And Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has also offered his support.

The Scot said: 'I didn't believe it anyway. Everyone in the game is pleased for him now, apart from Chelsea.'

On Thursday, the Football Association
concluded their three-week investigation into events during the
explosive clash between Manchester United and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
on October 28 by completely exonerating a match official who, it was
alleged, had called Mikel a ‘monkey’.

Mikel was charged by the FA over the angry confrontation in Clattenburg’s dressing room following the match.

But even after the FA exposed the irrational nature of the accusations, Chelsea officials did not have the decency to say sorry to Clattenburg who spoke of this being the most stressful time of his professional life and feared the case would wreck his career.

Sitting out: Clattenburg has not taken charge of a game since the match against Manchester United last month

Sitting out: Clattenburg has not taken charge of a game since the match against Manchester United last month


I didn’t referee Chelsea for three months after they attempted to discredit me in 2006 – and I can see Mark Clattenburg being kept off their games for a similar period.

Ashley Cole had accused me of having told Chelsea’s players that I wanted to 'teach them a lesson', and Terry said I had said one thing to him on the pitch and changed my story in the dressing room after the game.

It was all simply untrue but I was subject to an FA investigation which lasted three weeks from the match on November 5 at White Hart Lane.

I was finally handed a Chelsea match again in February 2007 against Blackburn. Jose Mourinho had instructed his players not to talk to me – about anything.

I didn’t hear a peep from one of them until during the second half when Didier Drogba sidled up to me, turned his back to the bench and said: 'It'll all be back to normal soon. We know you’re a good ref really.'

Chelsea's players won't have a big problem with Clattenburg. They are professional footballers who just want to get on with playing.

The official won't be comfortable not refereeing the Blues. He already has declared an allegiance to Newcastle, so he is unable to officiate their matches and Sunderland's – due to the north-east rivalry.

If he's kept off Chelsea, does that mean he’ll have to miss Manchester United, City and Arsenal fixtures because he may have an influence on the title race. That thinking does not sit easily with referees.

No ref wants to miss out on big fixtures.

He will also want to prove to Chelsea that their slurs have not affected him – he's a chin-out type of character and referees in the same vein.

Remember when Sir Alex Ferguson hammered Martin Atkinson after the Portsmouth FA Cup tie at Old Trafford Atkinson didn’t referee United again for over a season.

Chris Foy has Chelsea this Sunday for the first time since the race-row match at Loftus Road when he sent off Jose Bosingwa and Drogba – that's well over a year.

Clattenburg didn’t take charge of Everton for over two seasons when he was criticised for failing to send off Dirk Kuyt at Goodison in the Merseyside Derby.

I was kept from Arsenal home matches for more than two seasons. I was happy with that. David Dein suggested it was for the best that I only take Arsenal away. I agreed, something had gone wrong in my mind.

I returned to Arsenal for the visit of Manchester United – then it was all about the fixture, not me, the referee.

I didn’t even warm up on the pitch. Gary Lewin gave me a massage instead. The match was well underway before anyone had realised I was in the middle.

After a visit from a member of the
FA’s governance team in the wake of the association's announcement,
Clattenburg emerged from 26 days of personal turmoil to issue a

‘I am looking
forward to putting this behind me and concentrating on refereeing in the
Premier League and other competitions,’ he said.

messages of encouragement from those inside and outside of the game
have helped me through the most stressful time of my professional life.

‘To know you were innocent of something but that there was the opportunity for it to wreck your career was frightening.

‘Racism has no place in football and
this experience should not discourage those to speak out if they
genuinely believe they are a victim of abuse. However, there are
processes that should be adhered in order that any investigation can be
carried out in a manner that is fair for all parties involved.

‘I know first-hand the ramifications
of allegations of this nature being placed into the public domain ahead
of a formal process and investigation. I hope no referee has to go
through this in the future.

‘We are fortunate to be working in the
world’s most watched and scrutinised football league. With that comes a
responsibility in regard to how the different parts of the game work

Clattenburg’s statement highlights the fact that Chelsea’s briefing of the media prior to a formal process and investigation offended him deeply.

Prospect had also said in the aftermath: 'There was no doubt he was innocent.There are lessons to
be learned. Mark is very upset his reputation has been dragged through
the mud by this process. There was no need for Chelsea to make the
public aware of the allegation.

‘There is also an issue of flimsiness
about the evidence provided. We need Chelsea to accept the verdict,
apologise to Mark and compensate him for that.’

The FA statement highlighted ‘the essential facts’ that proved there was no substance in Chelsea’s allegations.

It said: ‘The evidence for the
allegation came from one witness, Ramires. Ramires, whose first language
is not English, explained that his instinctive reaction was to seek
confirmation from John Mikel Obi as to what the referee had said.’

’John Mikel Obi, who was being spoken
to by the referee, was much closer to the referee than Ramires and did
not hear what it is suggested was said to him.

’Three other witnesses, i.e. the other
match officials, to whom everything said by referee was relayed via
their communication equipment, are adamant the alleged words were not
uttered. There is nothing in the video footage to support the

’For completeness, but of lesser
weight, two other players, whose first language is English and were in
the vicinity, did not hear anything untoward.’

The FA said they had to re-interview Ramires ‘to show him the previously unseen video footage provided by the club’.

this stage, for the first time, the exact point at which the comment
was alleged to have been made was established,’ the statement continued.

Back to work: Clattenburg has missed four weeks of Premier League fixtures since the controversial game

Back to work: Clattenburg has missed four weeks of Premier League fixtures since the controversial game

The complaint collapsed with the emergence of that video. All the witnesses were then interviewed again, with Ramires even unsure as to when the alleged incident occurred.

Mike Riley, general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, said: ‘It is PGMOL’s considered view that Mark is completely exonerated of the allegation and he will return to active duty shortly without any stain on his character or reputation.

‘Regrettably, Mark has had to endure four weeks that have brought massive disruption to his professional and personal life through no fault of his own.’

Billy McKinlay and Chris Sutton poised for Blackburn return

Return of the Rovers! Blackburn bound McKinlay wants Sutton as his No 2



21:50 GMT, 22 October 2012

Billy McKinlay is ready to bring in former Blackburn favourite Chris Sutton as his assistant if he lands the vacant manager's job at Ewood Park.

Blackburn have made an official approach for McKinlay but Fulham are refusing to let their first-team coach open talks until a compensation package has been agreed.

Moving on: McKinlay is wanted by Blackburn

Moving on: McKinlay is wanted by Blackburn

The 43-year-old Northern Ireland assistant is understood to be keen to take over at the club where he spent five years in the 90s, making 104 appearances as a midfielder, and has lined up his old teammate Sutton as No 2.

Sutton's formidable strike partnership with Alan Shearer fired Rovers to the Premiership title in 1995, and bringing two former players back to Ewood would be a popular move among fans following the turbulence of Steve Kean's reign.

Popular move: McKinlay wants Sutton as his No 2 at Blackburn

Popular move: McKinlay wants Sutton as his No 2 at Blackburn

Sutton, 39, has been out of professional football since quitting his first managerial job at Lincoln City two years ago.

Blackburn switched their sights to McKinlay, who is rated as one of the most promising young coaches in the country, after accepting defeat in the bid to prise another of their former players, Tim Sherwood, from Tottenham.

They now hope that McKinlay will force Fulham's hand by demanding an opportunity to speak to them.

Blackburn want Tim Sherwood by Saturday

Blackburn hopeful of securing Sherwood as new boss in time for next game



22:06 GMT, 15 October 2012

Blackburn hope to appoint Tim Sherwood as their new manager before they travel to play Derby on Saturday.

The Championship club are in talks with Tottenham after having an initial approach rejected by their chairman Daniel Levy.

Rovers return: Tim Sherwood is close to taking over at old club Blackburn

Rovers return: Tim Sherwood is close to taking over at old club Blackburn

Just champion: Sherwood won the Premier League title with Rovers during his playing days

Just champion: Sherwood won the Premier League title with Rovers during his playing days

Rovers chiefs have started putting
together a compensation package, such is their growing confidence of
luring Sherwood back to the club he captained to the Premier League
title in 1995.

When questioned last month about the vacancy, Sherwood said: 'That's all they are – just rumours. That's all I know about it.

'I've got a great job where I am. There is nothing to consider. It's just speculation. I love what I do. I'm happy at the football club, it's a great project.'

Alan Shearer, recommended for the job by former boss Kenny Dalglish, is another option.

Shearer, who scored 112 league goals for the Lancashire outfit during his playing days, previously turned down the opportunity to take over at Ewood Park before Paul Ince's ill-fated spell.

Eddie Howe named Bournemouth manager after 1.4m fee agreed

Bournemouth pay 1.4m to snap up former boss Howe from Burnley



21:00 GMT, 12 October 2012

Back again: Manager Eddie Howe

Back again: Manager Eddie Howe

Bournemouth have agreed a compensation package of around 1.4million with Burnley for manager Eddie Howe.

Howe, 34, who left Bournemouth for Burnley 21 months ago, has agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal worth 750,000 a year and will also take assistant Jason Tindall.

Howe, whose mother died in March, said: ‘It’s been tough. To leave is incredibly difficult but I feel it’s a decision I have to make for my family and for personal reasons.’

Burnley, 16th in the Championship with 11 points, said they were ‘surprised and disappointed’.

Although ex-manager Owen Coyle could return, he may take a break after leaving Bolton. Paul Cook (Accrington), Steve Davis (Crewe), Micky Mellon (Fleetwood), Karl Robinson (MK Dons) and Michael Appleton (Portsmouth) are other possibilities.

Off the pace: Burnley are languishing in the bottom half of the Championship

Off the pace: Burnley are languishing in the bottom half of the Championship

QPR to pay 4m compensation for Junior Hoilett to Blackburn

QPR told to fork out 4m in compensation to Blackburn over Hoilett switch



17:24 GMT, 27 September 2012

Blackburn will receive up to 4million in compensation following Junior Hoilett's summer move to QPR.

The 22-year-old left Ewood Park to join the Rs after his contract expired and the two clubs have now agreed an initial fee of 3million, which could rise by 1million depending on appearances.

Rovers also revealed they will be entitled to a sell-on fee should the Canadian winger depart Loftus Road for a fee higher than that which the Barclays Premier League club have paid for his services.

On target: Junior Hoilett hit his first goal for QPR against Reading on Wednesday

On target: Junior Hoilett hit his first goal for QPR against Reading on Wednesday

Had the clubs been unable to reach an agreement, the fee would have been determined by the Professional Football Compensation Committee.

Hoilett came through Blackburn's academy and made 92 first-team appearances for the Lancashire club before signing a four-year deal at QPR.

Manchester United outcast Zeki Fryers off to Standard Liege

England U19 star Fryers heads to Standard Liege after being rejected by United



21:30 GMT, 22 August 2012

Zeki Fryers will travel to Belgium on Thursday for talks over a transfer to Standard Liege.

The England Under 19 defender left Manchester United at the end of last season having appeared in six first-team games but he failed to agree a new contract at Old Trafford.

New challenge: Former Manchester United youngster Ezekiel Fryers is off to Belgium

New challenge: Former Manchester United youngster Ezekiel Fryers is off to Belgium

The 19-year-old has trained with Tottenham during pre-season but a move to another English club is complicated because any fee will be set by a tribunal if the clubs cannot agree, and United want 6million.

Tottenham remain interested but Liege would be able to sign him for minimal compensation.

Chelsea ready to offer Gael Kakuta as bait for Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea ready to offer Kakuta as bait for 15m Azpilicueta



21:41 GMT, 7 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Chelsea are considering using Gael Kakuta as a makeweight in their attempt to land highly-rated defender Cesar Azpilicueta.

Sportsmail revealed Chelsea's
interest in the Marseille right back in December and manager Roberto Di
Matteo is now intensifying the club's attempts to land the Spain Under
21 international.

Target: Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta

Target: Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta

Marseille are willing to do business with the European champions over Azpilicueta, 22, who is valued at around 15million by the French club.

And Marseille are keen to explore the possibility of taking Kakuta back to France as part of the deal.

Kakuta has failed to live up to his billing as one of Europe's hottest prospects during his five years at Stamford Bridge and has been loaned out to Bolton, Fulham and Dijon.

Chelsea are now considering cutting their losses on the skilful forward as they close in on Azpilicueta.

Outcast: Chelsea's Gael Kakuta

Makeweight: Chelsea's Gael Kakuta

Meanwhile, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has told Victor Moses his hands are tied in helping the forward move to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have already failed with three offers to sign the Nigeria international – the highest being a 6.5m bid – but Sportsmail revealed last week how they were preparing a final, 7.5m deal.

Moses has told Martinez he wants to quit the DW Stadium for a return to London. But while the Spanish manager is sympathetic, Martinez has explained to the 21-year-old that he will have to stay put until owner Dave Whelan agrees a fee.

Wigan rate the player at 10m.

Moses has a year left on his Wigan contract, but the club will be due compensation if he leaves on a free transfer next summer because he is under 24.