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Fernando Torres is staying at Chelsea despite interest from Fiorentina

Torres: I’m STAYING at Chelsea and will fight for my place with Falcao, despite interest from Fiorentina

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

16:28 GMT, 24 April 2013

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UPDATED:

01:19 GMT, 25 April 2013

With Radamel Falcao at the top of Chelsea’s list of summer transfer targets, Fernando Torres insists he will not be the fall-guy for another big-name centre forward.

Atletico Madrid are selling Falcao, who has scored 25 goals in La Liga this season, for 50million.

Chelsea are front of the queue of clubs for the Colombian, with reports on Wednesday night claiming that he could be Jose Mourinho’s marquee signing if, as expected, the Portuguese returns to Stamford Bridge this summer.

However, Torres is determined to see out the three years left on his contract.

Staying put: Torres talks to the media on Wednesday ahead of the Europa League semi-final

Staying put: Torres talks to the media on Wednesday ahead of the Europa League semi-final

Staying put: Torres talks to the media on Wednesday ahead of the Europa League semi-final

Torres said: ‘When you play for Chelsea you’re always hoping big names come, and the big names are always related with Chelsea.

‘You cannot stop that, especially when the summer comes, and every top player is welcome at Chelsea. Since I came we have only signed top players, so it would not be a surprise if we signed Falcao.’

Torres scored seven goals in Europe this season and will lead the line in this evening’s Europa League semi-final first leg in Basle. Demba Ba is cup-tied.

On the way: Falcao is expected to arrive from Atletico Madrid in the summer

On the way: Falcao is expected to arrive from Atletico Madrid in the summer

Man in the mask: Torres trains with his team-mates in Basle on Wednesday

Man in the mask: Torres trains with his team-mates in Basle on Wednesday

The Spaniard’s last Barclays Premier League goal was in the 8-0 victory over Aston Villa on December 23, but despite his indifferent form for Chelsea since a 50m move from Liverpool in 2011, Torres claims his long-term future is in London.

The 29-year-old added: ‘I’m happy at the moment, but I’d be happier if we won the Europa League. I’ve always felt part of this club. Things change, but you can see this season I have been the main striker.

‘This season has been better for me, but it’s not been at the level I want to be. I really think this club has told me the truth. They have hopes for me and they trust me — they don’t say the opposite.

‘I know I want to stay. If they change their minds it’s a different question, but the relationship between me and the club is very straight. It’s not a problem at all.’

Torres scored against Rubin Kazan in the quarter-final second leg in Moscow and is keen to add the Europa League trophy to last season’s Champions League.

Torres added: ‘I hope there’s more to come as I’m still young. We can win the Europa League this season, but we can still win much more. The squad and players are young — we can do great things. I would like to be involved for the next few years because we can become one of the best teams in Europe, not just England.’

Forward thinking: Torres is optimistic about the future at Chelsea

Forward thinking: Torres is optimistic about the future at Chelsea

Fiorentina, however, have expressed interest in signing Torres.

The
29-year-old has grown increasingly frustrated over his form and playing
time at Stamford Bridge and is expected to be pushed further down the
pecking order this summer as Chelsea look to add another two strikers.

Highly rated: Stevan Jovetic could be heading to the Premier League

Highly rated: Stevan Jovetic could be heading to the Premier League

Fiorentina want someone to replace Stevan Jovetic who they anticipate joining either Arsenal or Manchester City.

Their chief scout Eduardo Macia played a role in taking Torres to Liverpool in 2007.

Mario Balotelli helps AC Milan beat Chievo 1-0

Balotelli inspires Milan to victory over Chievo as race for Champions League spots hots up

PUBLISHED:

20:02 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:02 GMT, 30 March 2013

Mario Balotelli helped AC Milan take a huge step towards securing Champions League football by playing a major role in the Rossoneri’s win over Chievo Verona.

Milan moved provisionally into second place in Serie A after they won 1-0 and Fiorentina and Roma both lost.

The win lifts Milan six points above fourth-place Fiorentina as the race for next seasons Champions League hots up.

Helping hand: Mario Balotelli played his part in Milan's win

Helping hand: Mario Balotelli played his part in Milan's win

Beating his man: Balotelli skips past Luca Rigoni

Beating his man: Balotelli skips past Luca Rigoni

Celebration time: AC Milan's midfielder Riccardo Montolivo celebrates with Balotelli and teammates after scoring

Celebration time: AC Milan's midfielder Riccardo Montolivo celebrates with Balotelli and teammates after scoring

Chievo goalkeeper Christian Puggioni could only parry Balotelli's fierce free kick and Riccardo Montolivo was quickest to react and smashed home the rebound.

Dario Dainelli was sent off for Chievo following a second booking 13 minutes from time.

Spurs are competing with Fiorentina to sign Dutchman Jordy Clasie

Spurs eye Dutch talent Clasie but Fiorentina first to table offer

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

11:00 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:00 GMT, 30 March 2013

Tottenham will have to make their move soon if they want to sign Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie before Serie A outfit Fiorentina.

The 21-year-old, who has been called the Dutch Xavi by some, has been attracting interest from Europe's top clubs, but the Viola appear to have been the first to table on offer, according to the Metro.

Clasie has already played a handful of games in the national side, and could be a perfect fit next to Sandro in the heart of Spurs' midfield.

Wonderkid: Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie is one of Europe's rising stars

Wonderkid: Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie is one of Europe's rising stars

Wanted: Feyenoord are realistic in their attempts to keep him in Holland

Wanted: Feyenoord are realistic in their attempts to keep him in Holland

If a move to White Hart Lane was successful, it could mean the end of Scott Parker's career in North London, with a switch to Fulham, or even QPR if they stay up, on the cards.

Feyenoord's technical directior Martin Van Geel said: 'We do not need to sell him, nor do we
particularly want to, but we have to think of the player’s ambitions and
evaluate the offers from other clubs.

‘There is an offer from Fiorentina, but
we’ll only discuss it at the end of the season. Right now the players
must focus only on Feyenoord.’

Getting on: Scott Parker could be on his way out if Clasie signs for Tottenham

Getting on: Scott Parker could be on his way out if Clasie signs for Tottenham

Match fixing latest: Liverpool v Debrecen alleged to be rigged, by Danish newspaper

Was this the rigged Champions League game Danish paper claim Liverpool clash with Debrecen part of match-fixing scandal

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

21:20 GMT, 4 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:38 GMT, 4 February 2013

Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet has claimed the Champions League game in England allegedly involving match-fixing was Liverpool against Debrecen in 2009.

Their report places no suspicion on Liverpool whatsoever and instead claims Debrecen's Montenegrin goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic was ‘bribed to ensure the match ended with at least three goals’.

The clash was the first match of the group stage and took place at Anfield on September 16, with Liverpool beating their Hungarian opponents 1-0.

Winner: Dirk Kuyt scores the only goal of the game in the match alleged to be part of the scandal (Liverpool are not said to be involved in any match-fixing)

Winner: Dirk Kuyt scores the only goal of the game in the match alleged to be part of the scandal (Liverpool are not said to be involved in any match-fixing)

Boom: Goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic sees Kuyt's shot hit the back of the net

Boom: Goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic sees Kuyt's shot hit the back of the net

In text messages obtained by police the people behind the alleged match-fixing were angry that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard had not capitalised on some easy chances.

Later in the group stage Poleksic was allegedly bribed for a match against Fiorentina, which Debrecen lost 4-3.

The goalkeeper has already been banned for two years for failing to report being approached by fixers before the Fiorentina game.

His case was taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport who rejected his appeal although conceded they could not prove the match result had been manipulated.

On Monday morning it was revealed European police agency Europol are investigating more than 380 suspicious matches in 15 countries, including a Champions League game played in England in the last three or four years.

Rob Wainwright, director of Europol – the European Union's law enforcement agency, told a news conference that the match which took place 'in the last three to four years' was one of 380 under investigation.

Europol said a total of 425 match officials, club officials, players, and serious criminals are suspected of being involved in attempts to fix matches.

When the news of the investigation broke on Monday, a spokesman for The Football Association said: 'The FA are not aware of any credible reports into suspicious Champions League fixtures in England, nor has any information been shared with us.

'While the Champions League comes under UEFA jurisdiction, The FA, alongside the Premier League, Football League and Conference, monitor markets for the top seven leagues and three major cup competitions in England and take matters of integrity in football extremely seriously.'

It is understood UEFA were similarly unaware of an investigation into an Champions League match in England.

A Europol spokesman said he was unable to comment when asked why neither the FA nor UEFA had been informed.

More to follow.

VIDEO: Dirk Kuyt's goal against Debrecen in the 1-0 win at Anfield

Carlton Cole latest: Norwich and Reading want West Ham striker

Norwich and Reading set to battle it out for Cole with Hammers striker up grabs

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

10:51 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:51 GMT, 12 January 2013

Norwich and Reading have joined the race to sign Carlton Cole with West Ham reportedly ready to listen to offers for the striker.

The one-time England international, however, is determined to stay at Upton Park and was said to be disappointed when he learned of the club's plans to cash-in on him, according to the Daily Mirror.

Cole's contract expires this summer and West Ham have added Marouane Chamakh and Wellington Paulista to their growing contingent of on-loan strikers this month with Andy Carroll soon to be fit again.

Furious: Cole has been told he can leave the club

Furious: Cole has been told he can leave the club

Cole has scored twice in 19 games this season and manager Sam Allardyce prefers both Chamakh and Carroll, despite Carroll scoring just once in 14 games for the east Londoners.

The 29-year-old moved to Upton Park from Chelsea in 2006 after loan spells at Wolves, Charlton and Aston Villa.

West Ham have also been linked with Manchester City striker John Guidetti.

City are keen for him to gain Premier League experience but Southampton and Fiorentina are also interested in the 20-year-old striker.

Andy Carroll of West Ham United shows his frustration during the Barclays Premier League

Marouane Chamakh of West Ham United looks on ahead of the FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round

Options: Carroll (left) and Chamakh (right) have both joined the Hammers on loan

Alan Pardew hopes to sign Nemanja Gudelj

Pardew hoping to bolster Newcastle midfield with Serbian youngster Gudelj

PUBLISHED:

22:52 GMT, 27 November 2012

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UPDATED:

23:07 GMT, 27 November 2012

Newcastle are interested in NAC Breda midfielder Nemanja Gudelj.

Scouts watched the 21-yearold Serb in Breda's 3-0 defeat by ADO Den Haag last weekend.

Gudelj came close to joining
Fiorentina in the summer but the move fell through. Villarreal, AZ
Alkmaar and FC Twente are also keen.

Wanted: Alan Pardew is chasing Serbian Nemanja Gudelj

Wanted: Alan Pardew is chasing Serbian Nemanja Gudelj

Manager Alan Pardew is looking to add to his injury-hit squad in the January transfer window.

Newcastle will be without two of their key players after Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor were ruled out until February at the earliest.

Cabaye was is due to undergo a second operation on an injured groin this week.

Centre back Taylor, meanwhile, limped off during Newcastle's 2-0 defeat at Southampton on Sunday with a hamstring complaint.

Everton and Arsenal face competition from Sevilla and Inter Milan for Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby, 22, who is out of contract in the summer.

Dimitar Berbartov: I wasn"t lazy at Manchester United

I wasn't lazy, I was just left on the bench, blasts ex-United striker Berbatov

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UPDATED:

09:08 GMT, 10 November 2012

Dimitar Berbatov has insisted he was not lazy at Manchester United.

The Bulgarian scored 57 goals in 149 games for the Old Trafford side but flattered to deceive in his final months with the club.

But Berbatov claims he always gave 100 per cent and would have been a better player had he not been left to rot on the bench.

Benched: Dimitar Berbatov struggled to settle at Manchester United

Benched: Dimitar Berbatov struggled to settle at Manchester United

'I left Manchester United with my head held very high,' he told The Sun.

'I gave 100 per cent and no one could doubt my performances, especially when you compare how many minutes I actually played.

'I was the Premier League’s top goalscorer in 2010-11 and never wanted to be on the bench.

'Perhaps I needed to play more but I always accepted the manager’s orders. I never considered myself to be a star — only a forward working for the team.'

Berbatov opted to join Fulham this summer and will line up against Arsenal this afternoon.

And the striker admits he was always keen to stay in England.

'The Fulham directors spoke directly with me to explain their ambitions and how I fitted in with those plans,' he added.

Happy days: Berbatov is enjoying his football since moving to Fulham

Happy days: Berbatov is enjoying his football since moving to Fulham

'That was the key and also the fact that my family are happy in England.

'I received another proposition from Fiorentina but my preference was always to stay in the Premier League.

'It may be more difficult to score and win trophies with Fulham than at United or Spurs.

'But I am focused on scoring goals for Fulham and fighting to get us into the Europa League.'

Liverpool"s Martin Skrtel tells Anzhi Makhachkala to forget about bid

Skrtel warns Anzhi to forget about trying to prise him away from Liverpool

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UPDATED:

11:38 GMT, 6 November 2012

Martin Skrtel insists he will not quit Liverpool for super-rich Russians Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Slovakia centre-back put pen to paper on a new long-term contract last summer but has attracted interest from a host of suitors, including Manchester City and Fiorentina.

Skrtel, 27, joined the Reds from Zenit St Petersburg for 6million in 2008 and is also wanted back in Russia at big-spending Anzhi, who clash with Liverpool in Europa League Group A on Thursday.

Loyal: Martin Skrtel says he has no desire to leave Liverpool for Russia

Loyal: Martin Skrtel says he has no desire to leave Liverpool for Russia

But Skrtel's defensive partnership with Daniel Agger has been the bedrock of Brendan Rodgers' foundations this season, and Skrtel says he has no interest in joining Guus Hiddink's men, despite the huge salary he could command at the club.

'I just extended my Liverpool contract and I’m very satisfied, so let’s leave it at that,' he told The Sun.

Liverpool lead their Europa League group following a 1-0 victory over Anzhi at Anfield last month and victory in Moscow’s Lokomotiv Stadium this week would virtually secure knockout qualification.

The game has been switched to the Russia capital because of security issues in Anzhi’s home region of Dagestan.

Javier Hernandez: Fiorentina eye 8m swoop for Manchester united striker

Fiorentina eye 8m Hernandez swoop after Little Pea slips down United pecking order

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UPDATED:

11:08 GMT, 19 October 2012

Javier Hernandez could be on his way out of Manchester United as Fiorentina prepare an 8million bid for the Mexico striker.

Hernandez has started just one Barclays Premier League fixture this season and is down the pecking order behind Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck.

Italian job: Fiorentina are preparing a summer move for Little Pea

Italian job: Fiorentina are preparing a summer move for Little Pea

He penned a five-year deal 12 months ago, but could be persuaded join the Serie A outfit who can offer him regular first-team football.

The Italian club are also willing to match Hernandez's current 80,000-a-week wages and hope to match his ambition by qualifying for the Champions League this next season.

The club currently occupy sixth in Italy’s top flight.

Move over: The arrival of Van Persie hasn't helped Hernadez's prospects

Move over: The arrival of Van Persie hasn't helped Hernadez's prospects

Poland v England big match dossier

Poland v England big match dossier: Keepers are Poles apart… but one is out in the cold

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UPDATED:

22:01 GMT, 15 October 2012

The Poles are concerned about a goalkeeping department which was once the pride of Europe. Indeed, Arsenal sent a delegation to Poland to see how they produced such talent.

But they are without the injured Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski for Tuesday's game.

ARTUR OUT IN THE COLD

Artur Boruc, the former Celtic goalkeeper, has not been playing and is well out of contention for the Poland side.

The 32-year-old started the season without a club after leaving Fiorentina and has since joined Southampton but is not yet in the first team.

In safe hands: Poland are missing their first choice goalkeepers through injury

In safe hands: Poland are missing their first choice goalkeepers through injury

DOUBTING TOMASZ

Another forgotten man of Polish goalkeeping is Tomasz Kusczcak. Some Poles think the former Manchester United man should start on Tuesday because of his Premier League knowhow but it is nearly 18 months since he played in the top flight. He is now plying his trade with Brighton.

IT'S NOT PITCH PERFECT

Poland admit the surface at the new national stadium in Warsaw is not the best. A new pitch was rolled out at the start of the month after a Coldplay gig in the stadium and has not settled well.

‘There may be unpredictable situations,’ said Polish coach Waldemar Fornalik. ‘The ball can bounce off differently.’

Call-up: Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson

Call-up: Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson

JENKINSON CHOOSES ENGLAND OVER FINLAND

Carl Jenkinson has committed his future to England ahead of Finland after speaking to Roy Hodgson.

‘He didn’t take a lot of convincing,’ said Hodgson. ‘We had a problem with Kyle Walker, so we called Carl up. I invited him to train knowing he couldn’t take part in this game, and that gave me the chance to ask him the question.

‘He had to make a decision. We’re very interested in him even if the competition is tougher to get him into the England team rather than the Finland team. He made it clear he wanted to play for England.’

OX IS NO JOKER NOW

Roy Hodgson admits Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was his ‘joker’ when England made their Euro 2012 base camp in Poland but the 19-year-old has returned as a serious international footballer.

‘He came in as the joker in the pack, a young one, but he’s certainly cemented his position,’ said Hodgson.