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Kiradech Aphibarnrat wins Malaysian Open

Smokin! Aphibarnrat holds nerve to win Malaysian Open after thunderstorm delay

By
Phil Casey, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

08:28 GMT, 24 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:01 GMT, 24 March 2013

Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat today held his nerve after an untimely weather delay to claim his first European Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory in the Maybank Malaysian Open.

The tournament had been reduced to 54 holes following thunderstorms on each of the first three days, and another arrived just after the final group had teed off on the 16th hole today.

That meant a two-hour delay with Aphibarnrat one shot ahead of Italy's Edoardo Molinari, who had completed his 67 just before the delay and was safely in the clubhouse.

Smokin: Kiradech Aphibarnrat takes a puff on a cigarette on his way to victory

Smokin: Kiradech Aphibarnrat takes a puff on a cigarette on his way to victory

Hands on: Kiradech Aphibarnrat poses with the trophy after winning the Malaysian Open

Hands on: Kiradech Aphibarnrat poses with the trophy after winning the Malaysian Open

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

But Aphibarnrat made light of the disruption, hitting his approach to the 16th to three feet for birdie and then saving par on the next after almost finding water over the back of the green.

The 23-year-old former junior world champion therefore had the luxury of taking six on the 634-yard par-five 18th to complete a closing 70, sealing a a one-shot win over Molinari and claiming the first prize of 303,000.

Denmark's Anders Hansen (66) was third on 11 under, with France's Victor Dubuisson (70) and South African Charl Schwartzel (71) joint fourth a shot further back.

'This means a lot to me,' Aphibarnrat said. 'I had been struggling a lot after getting sick with my thyroid, but I fought and worked hard with my dad and my coach to have today.

'I have to thank my family, my mum and dad have always supported me and I am sure they are in front of the TV watching.'

Realisation: Aphibarnrat won his first European Tour title in Malaysia

Realisation: Aphibarnrat won his first European Tour title in Malaysia

Kiradech Aphibarnrat celebrates

The leaders started the day on the third hole and Aphibarnrat pitched to three feet for a birdie before holing from 15ft for an eagle on the par-five fifth.

At that stage his nearest challenger was Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who had eagled the same hole and also picked up three birdies, but the three-time major winner carded three bogeys in succession on the back nine to fade to sixth.

Bogeys at the seventh and 12th then saw Aphibarnrat joined at the top of the leaderboard by China's Wu Ashun, but as Wu also faded – shanking a pitch on the 16th into the crowd – Aphibarnrat birdied the 14th to edge ahead of Molinari, who was by now in the clubhouse.

The thunderstorm which arrived soon after looked to have come at a bad time for Aphibarnrat, but he added: 'I think it was good for me, I have time to rest and there were a lot of things going through my head. After I birdied the 16th I thought I had a good chance to win.

'The 18th hole I've played 10 times before, but today it was the toughest hole I have ever played, even though I could make six to win.'

Missing out: Edoardo Molinari had to settle for second place

Missing out: Edoardo Molinari had to settle for second place

Molinari was left to rue a number of missed chances, despite having previously missed the cut in all five of his appearances this season.

'It's mixed emotions because I'm very happy to have a good week for the first time in a long time,' said the former Ryder Cup player, who changed coach in December after missing three months following wrist surgery.

'The swing changes (under Sean Foley, who also coaches Tiger Woods and Justin Rose) are starting to pay off which is surprising because I thought it would take a lot longer, but I'm disappointed because I had a lot of chances on the back nine. The 18th is only the second fairway I missed all day which is very disappointing.

'I felt if I birdied the last I might have won outright because it puts a lot of pressure on the guy coming up behind, but unfortunately I think I'll be one or two short.'

Ian Holloway heading towards Crystal Palace

Family ties edging Tangerines boss Holloway towards Palace

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UPDATED:

22:38 GMT, 2 November 2012

Blackpool will struggle to hang on to Ian Holloway after it emerged that family commitments are driving him towards the vacancy at Crystal Palace.

Singled out by Palace as the man they wanted from the moment Dougie Freedman left to take over at Bolton, the Selhurst Park board finally made an official approach for the Blackpool manager on Thursday night, as revealed by Sportsmail.

Holloway met Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston, and it is understood he outlined the emotional background to his wish to succeed Freedman.

Incoming: Crystal Palace have made an official approach for Blackpool's Ian Holloway

Incoming: Crystal Palace have made an official approach for Blackpool's Ian Holloway

His three daughters were all born
profoundly deaf and all now work in London, 240 miles away. Though he
has been fully committed to launching another promotion campaign at
Bloomfield Road, the chance to live and work close to Harriet and twins
Chloe and Eve is one he is keen to take.

Palace are aware of a 400,000
compensation clause in Holloway’s Blackpool contract and seem prepared
to pay it to make a swift appointment and minimise disruption, following
an encouraging start to their season.

Replacement: Old Eagles boss Dougie Freedman left for Bolton Wanderers

Replacement: Old Eagles boss Dougie Freedman left for Bolton Wanderers

England players took sleeping pills before Poland match

Caught napping: England keeper Hart suffers nightmare in draw with Poland… but were sleeping pills to blame

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UPDATED:

07:15 GMT, 18 October 2012

England nodded off in Poland on Wednesday and dropped two vital World Cup points after some players needed sleeping pills to cope with the game’s 20-hour delay.

Wayne Rooney headed his team into a first-half lead but Kamil Glik equalised 20 minutes from time and manager Roy Hodgson was relieved to hold on to stay top of Group H.

Some England players, who routinely take caffeine stimulant tablets before matches, had struggled to unwind after Tuesday’s game was rained off and those suffering most were given sleeping tablets.

Blunder: Poland's Kamil Glik beats Joe Hart to the ball to score the equaliser in Warsaw

Blunder: Poland's Kamil Glik beats Joe Hart to the ball to score the equaliser in Warsaw

Goalkeeper Joe Hart shouldered responsibility for Poland’s goal after coming out to punch a corner, only to be beaten to the ball by centre half Glik.

‘I came out and didn’t get there,’ said Hart. ‘It’s my fault and that’s cost us the three points.'

But questions will be asked about the impact taking sleeping pills can have on a player’s performance.

Poland mastered the sodden pitch better than the English players, who looked to have suffered more from the disruption of the game being put back because of a waterlogged pitch.

Hodgson said: ‘I had the impression earlier in the week that the players were looking sharp and lively. I didn’t have that impression today. I don’t know if that’s due to the extra night, the sodden pitch or that we didn’t play well on the day.

Main man: Glik celebrates after heading home the equaliser for Poland against England

Main man: Glik celebrates after heading home the equaliser for Poland against England

‘There are days when you don’t hit the heights. You just have to make certain you don’t go away ruing that fact. A point in Warsaw is not to be looked down upon.’

Midfielder James Milner said: ‘You have all your meetings, you go into the dressing room and have your massages, put strappings on, boots on, tie-ups on, are ready to go out and then you’re told to wait and the game is called off. It’s not ideal but you have to be professional and prepare again.’

Hodgson took his team for a walk and a stretch on Wednesday morning and no-one tried to use the delay as an excuse. Captain Steven Gerrard said: ‘When you’re fired up, pumped up and you’ve had your massages and you’re ready to go and then don’t play, that’s not ideal. But we’re professionals. We’re playing at the top level and we had to get ourselves up for this but I didn’t think we were totally at the races.

‘The pitch was slippy, wet and cutting
up. I think it was laid a week-and-a-half ago. So it wasn’t ideal. Both
teams tried to make the most of it and they did it better.

Opening salvo: Wayne Rooney got his shoulder to the ball to put England in front in Warsaw

Opening salvo: Wayne Rooney got his shoulder to the ball to put England in front in Warsaw

‘The surprise was why they didn’t shut the roof the night before when it was raining. But that’s life. We get on with it. I won’t use the delay and conditions as an excuse. The reason we didn’t win was because we didn’t pass it when we went in front.’

The draw means England will be overtaken as group leaders if Montenegro beat San Marino next month and manager Hodgson is looking for a big improvement when his side travel to San Marino and Montenegro in March.

He said: ‘We didn’t play well. We’ve got to be satisfied we came away with a point. We were fortunate to be 1-0 up at half-time because we hadn’t played well.

‘The extra day and stay over, the sogginess of the pitch didn’t work in our favour. But we leave here with a point, on an unbeaten run, and hopefully we’ll continue to progress and get the points we need.’

Liverpool to rebuild Anfield and knock down streets.

Liverpool to demolish streets around Anfield to make way for rebuilt stadium

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UPDATED:

08:50 GMT, 15 October 2012

Liverpool have decided to stay at Anfield – with a huge plan to extend their current home to 60,000.

The club and the city council will announce their plans for the regeneration of the area on Monday.

Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool's owners, have been wrestling with the idea of moving to a new site on Stanley Park or redeveloping Anfield, which has been the club's home since 1892.

Staying put: Liverpool look set to remain at Anfield

Staying put: Liverpool look set to remain at Anfield

The City Council, though, are expected to announce plans for a new 'Anfield Village' at a press conference and it is expected that Liverpool will pursue the a redevelopment and expansion of their current stadium.

Moving to Stanley Park was heavily dependent on FSG obtaining a naming rights deal to ease the cost but the finance involved in modernising Anfield will also be significant.

It is expected that a number of streets
behind the Main Stand will be demolished to allow for expansion with the
Anfield club set to spend around 150million on the rebuild. Under the
plans, Lothair Road, Alroy Road and Sybil Road will be cleared.
Residents affected will be rehoused.

Demolished: Lothair Road, behind the Main Stand, will be cleared

Demolished: Lothair Road and Sybil Road (below), behind the Main Stand, will be cleared

Sybil Road

The capacity could increase to 60,000 with the redevelopment scheme poised to be completed within five years.

Pillars in the Main Stand will be removed while the Anfield Road stand will be redeveloped allowing for a larger second tier.

Liverpool are hopeful disruption will be kept to a minimum during the season.

This has been a long-running saga and
the club's most recent financial results, which were released in May,
revealed Liverpool had written off a staggering 49.6million during
their failure to relocate.

Plans: John Henry (right) had considered moving the club

Plans: John Henry (right) had considered moving the club

Chelsea players have watches and wallets stolen at Cobham training ground

EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea players have wallets and watches stolen in training ground raid

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UPDATED:

06:28 GMT, 26 September 2012

Chelsea have called in police after six wallets, nine mobile phones and several watches were stolen from staff and players at the training ground in yet another amazing security breach at the club.

The thefts, which took place earlier this month, were discovered when the players returned to the changing room after training at their Cobham base in Surrey.

It is the latest serious incident at the training ground this year and has caused disruption and anger amongst the players affected.

Raid: Chelsea's training ground was the site of a theft

Raid: Chelsea's training ground was the site of a theft

Earlier this year a knife was discovered in the dressing room at the club’s academy. The club claimed it had been mislaid by a workman.

Chelsea fired academy starlet Jacob Mellis after he caused a full-scale evacuation of the training complex by letting off a smoke bomb.

On top of that, three of Chelsea’s staff damaged the European Cup while posing for unauthorised pictures with the trophy won in a thrilling final against Bayern Munich last May.

Absent: The theft took place while Chelsea were training

Absent: The theft took place while Chelsea were training

Players are now demanding to know how their possessions could have been taken during an hour-and-a-half training session.

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Knife is found in Chelsea dressing room

After a gun and a knife there's a new weapon of choice at Chelsea… smoke bombs!

Crackpots! Chelsea embarrassed after staff damage Champions League trophy

A club spokesman said: ‘A number of personal items were recently stolen from the academy dressing room area. The matter is currently being investigated by the police. CCTV footage is being handed to them and confirms the thefts were carried out by a lone intruder not connected with the training ground site.

‘Other local premises near to the training ground were targeted that day and may be connected. Nobody at Chelsea FC is under suspicion.’

Although Chelsea insist the thefts are not an inside job, police have yet to make an arrest after they were called in last week.

This is the first time police have been called to the training ground about alleged thefts, but there have been various disturbing reports involving players’ personal effects this year.

Joy of six: Chelsea cruised to victory over Wolves on Tuesday night

Joy of six: Chelsea cruised to victory over Wolves on Tuesday night

Players have frequently complained about cash going missing from their changing room but there has never been any proof of theft.

Chelsea are convinced the crimes have been committed by an opportunist thief walking into the training ground. Police are studying CCTV footage of the facility.

On Tuesday night, Chelsea said the thefts did not involve the first-team dressing room, but the identities of the victims have not been revealed.

Wallets and watches stolen from Chelsea training ground

EXCLUSIVE: Wallets and watches stolen from Blues HQ in Chelsea raid

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UPDATED:

22:15 GMT, 25 September 2012

Chelsea have called in police after six wallets, nine mobile phones and several watches were stolen from staff and players at the training ground in yet another amazing security breach at the club.

The thefts, which took place earlier this month, were discovered when the players returned to the changing room after training at their Cobham base in Surrey.

It is the latest serious incident at the training ground this year and has caused disruption and anger amongst the players affected.

Raid: Chelsea's training ground was the site of a theft

Raid: Chelsea's training ground was the site of a theft

Earlier this year a knife was discovered in the dressing room at the club’s academy. The club claimed it had been mislaid by a workman.

Chelsea fired academy starlet Jacob Mellis after he caused a full-scale evacuation of the training complex by letting off a smoke bomb.

On top of that, three of Chelsea’s staff damaged the European Cup while posing for unauthorised pictures with the trophy won in a thrilling final against Bayern Munich last May.

Absent: The theft took place while Chelsea were training

Absent: The theft took place while Chelsea were training

Players are now demanding to know how their possessions could have been taken during an hour-and-a-half training session.

Although Chelsea insist the thefts are not an inside job, police have yet to make an arrest after they were called in last week.

This is the first time police have been called to the training ground about alleged thefts, but there have been various disturbing reports involving players’ personal effects this year.

Joy of six: Chelsea cruised to victory over Wolves on Tuesday night

Joy of six: Chelsea cruised to victory over Wolves on Tuesday night

Players have frequently complained about cash going missing from their changing room but there has never been any proof of theft.

Chelsea are convinced the crimes have been committed by an opportunist thief walking into the training ground. Police are studying CCTV footage of the facility.

On Tuesday night, Chelsea said the thefts did not involve the first-team dressing room, but the identities of the victims have not been revealed.

Scotland should not sack Craig Levein – Gary Caldwell

Don't sack him! Caldwell sticks by Levein and blames players for Scots' woe

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UPDATED:

21:36 GMT, 12 September 2012

Gary Caldwell insists that sacking Craig Levein as manager will do nothing to change Scotland’s fortunes.

The national team were jeered from the Hampden pitch for the second time in four days following Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Macedonia.

Hopes of qualification for the World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014 were dented by Saturday’s scoreless draw with Serbia. Fortunate to emerge from the Macedonia game with another point, the Scots now face an uphill challenge to qualify.

Back him! Gary Caldwell (left) dismissed claims Craig Levein should go

Back him! Gary Caldwell (left) dismissed claims Craig Levein should go

A defiant Levein maintains he is ‘very positive’ over his side’s prospects.His record in competitive games now worse than Berti Vogts or George Burley, however, the Fifer will enter next month’s games in Wales and Belgium fighting for his job, despite the backing of Caldwell.

Quizzed on whether Levein’s job is now in the balance, the Wigan captain admitted the players have to take their share of the flak, saying: ‘I don’t even think you should be asking that question, to be honest.

‘If you change the manager, nothing else is going to change.

‘We’re going in the right direction but we need everyone pulling in the right direction and at this moment in time there are too many people pulling in different ways and trying to cause disruption.

‘The whole country has to be positive. I think we’re a better team than we were two years ago but, to prove it, we’ve got to win games — and big games.

‘We haven’t done that and that’s down to the players. We are the ones who haven’t performed in the last two matches so we need to look at ourselves and try to be better.’

Blow: Scotland failed to win either of the opening qualifying matches

Blow: Scotland failed to win either of the opening qualifying matches

Against a Macedonian team ranked 97th in the FIFA World rankings the Scots — with Caldwell in a midfield holding role — struggled to contain Napoli playmaker Goran Pandev.

The visitors scored an opening goal which looked offside, but could have scored more had it not been for the excellence of goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

‘Craig was disappointed afterwards because he wanted to win as much as anyone,’ added Caldwell.

‘He knows we can play better and he said that so it’s time to regroup.

‘We don’t have a crystal ball. We don’t know yet whether or not this will be two good points but there are eight games left and we still believe we can win every one of them.

‘Obviously, we haven’t yet shown that and we accept that. Whoever gets the strip in the remaining games, we need to be better and believe in ourselves.’

Macedonia’s players, meanwhile, have
admitted surprise at how little they were tested by a dismal Scotland at
Hampden. The Balkan nation dominated the scoring chances in Glasgow and
were unlucky not to take all three points.

Not in the script: Macedonia took an early lead against Scotland at Hampden

Not in the script: Macedonia took an early lead against Scotland at Hampden

'We watched Scotland’s game against Serbia and their team was very upbeat and good at pressing the ball,’ said full-back Daniel Georgievski.

‘Their work ethic in that game was great, with lots of running. But there was little of that against us. We dominated the game and deserved three points.

‘I expected more from Scotland. They were better against Serbia.’

Striker Mirko Ivanovski admitted his poor finish had cost Macedonia a famous victory.

Put in on goal by the outstanding Pandev during the second half, Ivanovksi mis-hit his shot at McGregor.

‘I wanted to lob the ball because I saw the goalkeeper going to ground, but I didn’t make the right connection and hit it with my heel instead,’ he said. ‘That made it an easy save for the goalkeeper.

‘When you play a game alongside a player of Pandev’s quality then you are sure to get a 100 per cent chance in a match. But you have to take it. I didn’t and we lost the points.

‘Pandev is in a class of his own but we have to make the most of what he brings to the team. People can say we deserved to take three points away from Glasgow, and something against Croatia, but the only thing that really matters is the total on the group table.’

Andy Carroll was going to start against Hearts but he had an injury, says Brendan Rodgers

Carroll was injured, not dropped… and we're closing in on Sahin, insists Rodgers

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UPDATED:

22:54 GMT, 23 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed Andy Carroll missed Thursday night's 1-0 win over Hearts in the Europa League with a hamstring problem, while confirming he is edging closer to signing Nuri Sahin.

The Real Madrid midfielder has also been linked with a move to Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal but looks set for a switch to Anfield, with Rodgers hopeful that a deal is imminent.

The manager said: 'Hopefully in the
next 24 hours we will get some confirmation on that. It's quite far
along. He's a very good footballer.'

Watching brief: Brendan Rodgers and Andy Carroll before the match

Distant: Andy Carroll (left) and Brendan Rodgers seem frosty

Warming up: the two exchange a playful headbutt

Warming up: the two exchange a playful headbutt

Carroll failed to make the squad for the play-off first leg in
Edinburgh – despite his presence at the stadium – with the 35million
striker linked with a return to Newcastle.

However, Rodgers says the forward was set to start against Hearts and
he remains hopeful he will be fit for Sunday's visit of champions
Manchester City.

He said: 'Andy was due to start. He had a slight twinge on his hamstring.

Carroll watches from the stand

Missing out: Carroll watches from the stand

Andy Carrol watches from the crowd

Andy Carrol watches from the crowd

'We had a scan on it and it didn't show a tear, just a slight disruption.

'We tried to give him 48 hours, let him travel and he trained Wednesday to see how it was.

'It was still a bit tight and the medics' advice was it was too much of a risk for him to play.

'It was unfortunate because he has worked well and I know he was desperate to play.

'Hopefully missing the game will allow him to recover for the weekend.'

Rodgers also paid tribute to Sterling, saying: 'He's 17-years-old and you saw in the first half that tactically he's improving all the time, his pressing was good and he was starting to read the game.

'When he did have the ball he was very exciting. He had a real test tonight and he showed some good moments.'

Tough break: Andy Webster (left) turns the ball past Jamie MacDonald (centre) to gift Liverpool the lead

Tough break: Andy Webster (left) turns the ball past Jamie MacDonald (centre) to gift Liverpool the lead

Just Fab: Borini celebrates Liverpool's winner

Just Fab: Borini celebrates Liverpool's winner

Rodgers added: 'First and foremost it was a win which is very important in European games, and certainly coming to a place like this with the crowd right up for it.

'I thought the players were excellent. We spoke about our positioning at half-time and in the second half our management of the game was much better. We kept possession better and the goal came from a very good move.

'It was a good win, a difficult match for us, and it was a really good game.'

Yaya Toure says Roberto Mancini is biggest signing in Manchester this summer

Mancini is the biggest signing in Manchester this summer, says City star Toure

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UPDATED:

14:42 GMT, 8 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Yaya Toure believes Manchester City will go on to build a glorious dynasty to match that of their rivals Man United now that manager Roberto Mancini is committed to a new contract.

The Ivory Coast international was a key figure in City's historic Premier League success last season, pipping rivals United to the title on an incredible final day of the season.

United were first out of the block in the summer transfer market, signing Shiji Kagawa from Dortmund and rising star Nick Powell from Crewe.

Committed: Yaya Toure is delighted manager Roberto Mancini signed a new long-term deal earlier this summer

Committed: Yaya Toure is delighted manager Roberto Mancini signed a new long-term deal earlier this summer

Sir Alex Ferguson is favourite to land former City target Robin van Persie to further bolster United's title challenge.

But Toure is unconcerned, however, pointing to Mancini's new 7.5million-a-year five-year deal as the biggest signing in Manchester this summer and insists City are in no mood to surrender their crown.

'We are ready to defend our title,' he said, speaking to the official programme for Sunday's FA Community Shield clash against Chelsea at Villa Park.

'Our captain and manager have agreed new long-term deals and it is important for this club to have stability at all levels.

'It means there will be no changes or disruption to what has proved a winning formula and for the long term, that can only be good for Manchester City.

Ready to go: Toure is confident going into the new season with City as defending champions

Ready to go: Toure is confident going into the new season with City as defending champions

'Now the manager can continue to build this club and plan for the future – let’s not forget Sir Alex Ferguson has been at Manchester United for 25 years and they haven’t done too badly over the years.

'On a personal level, I’m very happy because I want to win many more trophies with City and the manager has the same mentality as I do – he wants to win everything with this club and so do I.'

Toure, 29, will be hoping to get his hands on more silverware on Sunday in the season curtain-raiser against last season's FA Cup and Champions League winners Chelsea.

The Blues are out to challenge City for honours on all fronts this term too after spending big money this summer to land the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Marko Marin.

Hungry: Toure does not want a repeat of last season Community Shield defeat when City take on Chelsea on Sunday

Hungry: Toure does not want a repeat of last season Community Shield defeat when City take on Chelsea on Sunday

Toure is certainly up for the fight and does not want to start the new campaign with a repeat of last season's Community Shield defeat to United at Wembley.

'It is important we start well against Chelsea,' he added.

'we were very disappointed to lose against United last year and we don’t want a repeat of that feeling.

'We ended last season on such a high that there is a real spring in everyone’s step.

'Now I’m ready for the new season.'

City team-mate Joe Hart, meanwhile, has changed his squad number from 25 to 1 this season.

The England goalkeeper has worn the number since he arrived from Shrewsbury in 2006.

Number one: Joe Hart has changed his squad number this summer after vacating his No 25 shirt

Number one: Joe Hart has changed his squad number this summer after vacating his No 25 shirt

But with the No 1 jersey free from Shay Given's departure to Aston Villa last year, Hart has opted to take the shirt.

'I don’t know why I changed it, I just fancied a change but it’s only a number at the end of the day,' he said, speaking to the club's official website.

But Hart has apologised to any City supporters who have already purchased the club's new kit with his old number on it.

The 25-year-old added: 'I actually decided at the end of last season to make the change, so I’d just like to say sorry to anyone who already has 25 on their shirt.'

Samir Nasri will wear vacate his No 19 shirt to wear the No 8 this season.

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David Beckham admits "hangover" at LA Galaxy but insists he"s at best for Team GB

Beckham admits 'hangover' at LA Galaxy… but insists he's back to his best for Team GB

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 26 June 2012


London calling: David Beckham

London calling: David Beckham

David Beckham says he has recovered from an early season 'hangover' in time to lead Team GB’s Olympic charge.

The former England captain was influential in LA Galaxy's title triumph last season – but Bruce Arena’s side suffered an early MLS season slump.

But Beckham, 37, has recaptured his form as the Galaxy have rediscovered the winning habit in recent weeks – which is good news for Great Britain manager Stuart Pearce.

As Sportsmail exclusively revealed on June 8, Beckham has been named in Team GB’s provisional 35-man squad, with the global icon almost certain to be named in Stuart Pearce’s final 18-man party.

And Beckham said: ‘Any team that has a slow start has a hangover. Personally, I’ve never had that in the past with teams I’ve played for.

‘With us, we came back and weren’t focused, simply as that. Maybe we got too lazy. We ate too much in the off season, LA weather and the beach. We weren’t focused as a team.’

Meanwhile, LA Galaxy will seek talks with the FA in an effort to ensure their MLS season suffers minimum disruption from Beckham’s Olympic adventure.

American dream: Beckham won the MLS Cup with LA Galaxy last season

American dream: Beckham won the MLS Cup with LA Galaxy last season

London 2012 takes place in the middle of LA Galaxy’s domestic season and the American outfit want their star man available for as long as possible ahead of the Games.

Team GB have scheduled a warm-up game against Brazil on July 20 before their opening fixture against Senegal on July 26.

That means Beckham could miss MLS clashes against Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps, Chivas USA – and a friendly against Tottenham before the tournament actually starts.

Beckham would be obliged to report for Team GB duty because the Olympics is endorsed by FIFA.

But the Galaxy are hopeful of striking a deal with the FA to allow Beckham to feature in as many as their scheduled games as possible.

If Team GB reach the final, Beckham would miss another two MLS fixtures – against FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders – as well as a high-profile friendly against Real Madrid.