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Cesar Azpilicueta says Chelsea team-mates call him Dave

Alright, Dave Azpilicueta says Chelsea team-mates have given up trying to pronounce his name… just like Rodney and Trigger in Only Fools And Horses

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John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:52 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 30 March 2013

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta says his team-mates have dropped their attempts to pronounce his name – and instead simply call the Spaniard ‘Dave’.

The former Marseille full back moved to the Premier League last summer, but his colleagues at Chelsea have struggled to say his surname correctly ever since.

'Cesar’s not even that hard,’ he was quoted in the Daily Telegraph saying. ‘But I suppose Azpilicueta is. Some said my name was too difficult to pronounce and could they call me Dave. It’s stuck. It’s also done affectionately.'

Cesar Azpilicueta

Nicholas Lyndhurst

All right, Dave: Cesar Azpilicueta (left) says his team-mates have given up using his name and have decided to call him 'Dave' like Rodney Trotter (right, centre) was in Only Fools And Horses by the character Trigger

Adapting: Azpilicueta (right) believes he is getting used to the speed of the Premier League

Adapting: Azpilicueta (right) believes he is getting used to the speed of the Premier League

Although Azpilicueta may not know it, his nickname might have been borrowed from one of Britain’s best-loved sitcoms: Only Fools And Horses.

Rodney Trotter struggled throughout the hit TV series, as Trigger failed to use his name because – despite knowing Nicholas Lyndhurst's character well through his brother Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter – he earnestly believed his name was Dave.

Meanwhile, Azpilicueta believes he is adapting to the English style of play, and is beginning to get used to the lifestyle in London with the help of countryman and team-mate Juan Mata.

Azpilicueta told the Guardian: ‘He (Mata) is like a London tour guide,' Azpilicueta told The Guardian. “I say ‘Juan, I want to go out and eat’ and he knows just the place.’

Good friends: Azpilicueta says countryman Juan Mata (right) has helped him settle in London

Good friends: Azpilicueta says countryman Juan Mata (right) has helped him settle in London

Azpilicueta chose to sing Spanish song La Raja de Tu Falda by Estopa as his initiation into the squad. Although his team-mates enjoyed his rendition of the song about a driver who careers off the road because he was staring at an attractive woman, most of it was lost in translation.

He added: 'Some of them danced. But they had no idea what the song was about and they didn’t understand a word.'

VIDEO: Watch one of Rodney and Trigger's finest ever scenes

'My name is Rodney!' Classic Only Fools and Horses

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Cristiano Ronaldo happy at Real Madrid – Roberto Carlos

Ronaldo is happy at Real Madrid and Anzhi do not want him, insists Carlos

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UPDATED:

11:13 GMT, 10 September 2012

Former Real Madrid and Brazil star Roberto Carlos has moved to quash speculation linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a move away from the Spanish capital.

Ronaldo recently revealed his unhappiness at Real but he is thought to have resolved his issues with the club and a joint statement is expected on Monday to confirm so.

Unhappy: Ronaldo's future has been the subject of speculation for the last week

Unhappy: Ronaldo's future has been the subject of speculation for the last week

And Carlos, who is currently the sporting director of mega-rich Russian side Anzhi Makhachkhala, believes that Ronaldo is happy in Madrid and will remain at the club.

'Lots of people have asked me whether Anzhi are after Cristiano Ronaldo. I haven’t come here to sign Cristiano, though,' he told Marca.

'Cristiano is happy here. If he doesn’t want to celebrate his goals, then us, the people watching the games will celebrate them for him.

Having fun, Cristiano Ronaldo fools around with Madrid team-mates Fabio Coentrao (left) and Pepe (right) while training with Portugal

Having fun, Cristiano Ronaldo fools around with Madrid team-mates Fabio Coentrao (left) and Pepe (right) while training with Portugal

Having fun, Cristiano Ronaldo fools around with Madrid team-mates Fabio Coentrao (left) and Pepe (right) while training with Portugal

Having fun, Cristiano Ronaldo fools around with Madrid team-mates Fabio Coentrao (left) and Pepe (right) while training with Portugal

'He shouldn’t worry, people like him a lot. Problems can be resolved.'

Carlos, 39, added that Anzhi were not interested in a deal for the Portugal captain. 'We are, however thinking about signing some quality players for next season,' he added.

Speculation: Roanldo's comments last week alerted several clubs

Speculation: Roanldo's comments last week alerted several clubs

Bradley Wiggins: I"m like Rodney Trotter

I'm more like Rodney Trotter! Hero Wiggins wishes he had Hoy's body to go with gold

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UPDATED:

14:33 GMT, 5 August 2012

Tour de France winner and four-time Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins has achieved sporting immortality in the last few weeks, but insists he is not blessed in all departments, comparing his physique to that of Rodney Trotter from Only Fools and Horses.

The 32-year-old Wiggins grew up in Kilburn and used to ride around Hyde Park dreaming of winning the Tour.

This summer he has been embraced by the public for his sporting achievements and charisma.
But Wiggins has made numerous sacrifices in targeting his goals, including his appearance.

Rock star: Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins revels from the applause of British fans at BT London Live at Hyde Park

Rock star: Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins revels from the applause of British fans at BT London Live at Hyde Park

After appearing on stage in front of 100,000 people at Hyde Park, Wiggins told Absolute Radio: 'The one thing with an endurance sport, we aren't blessed with incredible bodies because we have to be very skinny.

'We have to look very lean and I think one of the great things about being an athletic sprinter like Chris Hoy is that you've got an amazing body to show off.

'We just look like Rodney Trotter. We don't look at all athletic.'

Wiggins is slowly becoming accustomed to his new status.

Only fools and horses: Wiggins joked he has a body like Rodney Trotter

Got it all: Wiggins says Hoy has the golds and a great body

Only fools and horses: Wiggins joked he has a body like Rodney Trotter unlike fellow cycling hero Sir Chris Hoy

He added: 'It was a bit overwhelming going out there (on to the stage at BT London Live).

'I started cycling round Hyde Park when I was a kid, so to come back here in front of a crowd like that 20-odd years on, it's brilliant.

'I'm very, very, very, humbled by everything and I love it.

'It's fantastic that a minority sport like cycling is taking such a profile at the moment, and that's brilliant.

'What's so great about it is that once the whole Olympics is over anyone can go out to the roads of Kingston where I won the Olympic Games time-trial and ride that circuit for nothing after this is all done, and there's your legacy there.'

Cool Britannia: Wiggins enjoys the spotlight after an incredible month following his Tour de France and Olympic triumphs

Cool Britannia: Wiggins enjoys the spotlight after an incredible month following his Tour de France and Olympic triumphs

Centre of attention: Wiggins

Centre of attention: Wiggins

Wiggins' route to sporting greatness began in Hyde Park while growing up in central London.

He said: 'It was the only place my mum would let me cycle round – because I lived in Kilburn – where I wouldn't get knocked off by cars, because there's a cycle track all the way round.

'Every kid when I was a kid, used to kick a football round, pretend they were Gary Lineker or Paul Gascoigne; they were in the FA Cup.

'I used to come up here and ride around in lycra as a 12-year-old and get it taken out of me and everything.

'I used to pretend I was in the Tour de France and I had the yellow jersey.'

Wiggins has been offered the Freedom of the Borough of Chorley.

Had it been Kilburn, he might have found it difficult to accept.

He
said: 'I haven't heard about that yet to be honest, but it's nothing to
write home about, is it, because the borough I grew up in was an
absolute toilet. That was the Borough of Brent just to confirm.'

David Haye rejects MickeyVann as referee for Dereck Chisora fight

You're taking the Mickey! Haye camp reject OAP Vann as ref for Chisora grudge fight

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UPDATED:

10:45 GMT, 3 July 2012

David Haye has ordered Frank Warren to find another referee for his grudge fight with Dereck Chisora after refusing to accept Mickey Vann as the July 14 official.

Haye's trainer and manager Adam Booth said he'd be a 'plonker' if he agreed to the featherweight 68-year-old taking control of the heavyweight showdown at Upton Park.

Booth believes the bout requires a strong referee after promising the clash between the two enemies will be 'wild'.

Taking the Mickey: David Haye does not want veteran Vann in charge of his fight against Dereck Chisora

Taking the Mickey: David Haye does not want veteran Vann in charge of his fight against Dereck Chisora

'There’s no way I am allowing Mickey Vann to be the referee,' Booth told The Sun.

'Frank Warren knows full well I will kick and scream like a petulant child on this matter.

'The fact that the Luxembourg Boxing Federation would nominate a 68-year-old featherweight to be in charge of a bout between two aggressive heavyweights, with a known grudge, in a fight that is certain to get physical and ugly, beggars belief.

'If this was only Fools and Horses, Del Boy would be calling me a plonker if I did not advise David of the long history between Vann and Warren.

Training day: Haye is close to concluding his preparations for the July 14 showdown

Training day: Haye is close to concluding his preparations for the July 14 showdown

'Make no mistake this fight is going to be wild. And we need to be 100 per cent confident of the third man in the ring.'

Haye pointed towards Chisora's antics in Munich in February when his rival slapped opponent Wladimir Klitscko at the weigh-up, spat at his brother Wladimir before the fight and then scrapped with his British foe at the post-match press conference.

'I have always been a model pro in the ring but he hasn’t. We need a strong ref,' said Haye.

Promoter Warren, however, has backed Vann's appointment by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation but conceded both sides must be happy first.

Working hard: Chisora is on course for the Upton Park bout

Working hard: Chisora is on course for the Upton Park bout

He said: 'I have every faith in Mickey but the other camp has to agree.'

No-nonsense Vann, who took charge of Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno back in 1993, has been the third man in ring for more world title fights than any other British official.

He was forced to retire from officiating British Boxing Board of Control sanctioned fights at the end of 2008 due to the commission's policy of refs being no older than 65.

Vann, however, has continued to arbitrate bouts on the international scene.

Dereck Chisora ringwalk song banned – Vitali Klitschko

I'll have Klitschko dancing to my tune, claims Chisora after ring-walk song KO

Dereck Chisora believes Vitali Klitschko is trying to upset his rhythm ahead of their heavyweight showdown on Saturday – by having the Londoner's ring-walk tune banned.

Chisora, 28, had planned to make his entrance to the Only Fools and Horses theme song at Munich's Olympiahalle.

But the German promoters were far from amused by his song choice and insist 'Del Boy' must choose something more recognisable.

Clearing the path to glory: Dereck Chisora plays in the snow ahead of his world title fight in Munich

Clearing the path to glory: Dereck Chisora plays in the snow ahead of his world title fight in Munich

Chisora, who arrived at a press conference in London earlier this year in a Robin Reliant from the hit show, told The Sun: '(They have) No sense of humour, obviously.

'I could not believe the Klitschkos KO’d my music. I mean, next to the national anthem, it's the most recognisable theme tune in the world!

'They didn't know what it was at first but then listened to it and came back saying it was childish and silly – which is an insult to one of the best TV comedy shows of all time.

'They want me to come into the ring with some Euro rock trash like Europe's The Final Countdown. But I can't come out to that – everyone knows me as Del Boy.

Theme tune KO: Chisora will not be allowed to enter the ring to the Only Fools and Horses song

Theme tune KO: Chisora will not be allowed to enter the ring to the Only Fools and Horses song

'I'm beginning to think they're just a load of plonkers, as Del would say.

'But I genuinely feel it's the Klitschkos trying to upset my rhythm because they have finally realised what I am capable of.'

Chisora claims he will knock Klitschko out in the eighth round but he faces a daunting challenge against the Ukrainian who has lost only twice in his career, and not since 2003 when he tasted defeat against Britain's Lennox Lewis.

And Frank Warren, Chisora's promoter, acknowledges that his charge will have to cause one of the greatest upsets of all time to take home the WBC belt.

Snow time for games: Chisora in Munich

Snow time for games: Chisora in Munich

'Everything is against Dereck,' he admitted. 'Unfortunately, we’re on the pauper’s side of the fence in negotiations and, as Vitali is obliging us with a voluntary defence, we’ve had to agree to a lot of things that we’d not have accepted had we been in a mandatory position. But Dereck is adamant that he wants the big fights and we can’t deliver any bigger than this.

‘I know Dereck has been predicting an eighth round knockout but that’s a very big call. Both Klitschkos are phenomenal fighters, easily the best of their generation, and it’s a big ask to expect to receive a decision against them in Germany. I just hope the judges won’t be fazed as they were in Finland (where Chisora dropped a hugely contentious decision to local hope Robert Helenius in his last gig in early December). The public aren’t stupid. They know who’s won the fight so why cheat them

‘What I do know is that Dereck goes into this fight 100 per cent both physically and mentally. In the shape he’s in, I guarantee he’d have taken care of the majority of the fighters who’ve taken Vitali into the later rounds previously.

‘Vitali’s knocking on and I suspect he isn’t comfortable with a lot of speed and movement. If Dereck is able to emulate the workrate and desire that he showed against Robert Helenius, and can maintain the confidence to constantly apply pressure, he’ll give Vitali a lot to think about. I’ll certainly be having a good wager on him.’

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Chisora turned down a 70,000 offer from a sponsor who wanted to put their logo on the bottom of his boots.

Clearly, they were confident the Brit would spend enough time on the canvas to make the investment worthwhile, but Chisora turned his nose up at the money.

Practice makes perfect: Chisora (right) faces the toughest test of his career against Klitschko

Practice makes perfect: Chisora (right) faces the toughest test of his career against Klitschko

Countdown: Vitali Klitschko (left) has not lost since 2003 when he was beaten by Lennox Lewis

Countdown: Vitali Klitschko (left) has not lost since 2003 when he was beaten by Lennox Lewis

'I’m not here to make up the numbers and no one was going to put their logo on the soles of my boots,' he told the Daily Telegraph. 'Doing that would have been like a white flag of surrender even before I stepped into the ring.

'Why would I want anyone to advertise on the soles of my boots The only time you’ll see the soles of my feet is when I’m dead. Or maybe running for a bus but believe me, I won’t be running on Saturday night.

Klitschko v Chisora is live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/ Virgin Ch. 546) on Saturday, 18 February.

Kauto Star can win fifth King George – Peter Scudamore

Brilliant Kauto can Star again and claim an amazing fifth King George triumph

Sportsmail”s PETER SCUDAMORE looks at the key issues surrounding Boxing Day’s King George VI Chase and explains why he thinks Kauto Star can win the race for a record fifth time.

Does Long Run still deserve to be hot favourite after his defeat at the hands of Kauto Star in last month’s Betfair Chase

Long Run deserves to be favourite but only just. He is taking on one of the best chasers of all time in Kauto Star, who made fools of those who had written him off going into last month’s Betfair Chase.

He might be in the twilight of his career but he pulverised Long Run at Haydock. The faith that trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Ruby Walsh have
in being able to push on in a race with Kauto Star, confident he will last home, means they can exert pressure and pressure alters outcomes.

Kauto Star at his best is probably better than Long Run. The question is just how close he remains to his peak. Haydock suggested he was not far off.

Long Run’s amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen is extremely competent, but he’s no Ruby Walsh. It’s another point in Kauto’s favour. Long Run proved his talent last season but the great champions keep doing that.

Beating an elite yardstick in Kauto Star in the King George for a second season would be a massive boost to a reputation still in construction.

What a star: Kauto Star wins his third King George at Kempton in 2008

What a star: Kauto Star wins his third King George at Kempton in 2008

Is this contest a two-horse race — Kauto Star versus Long Run

The big two stand out on their best form but Master Minded and Somersby are both good enough to take advantage of any small dips in performance.

Somersby looked big and capable of plenty of improvement when second in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon earlier this month. That race had not been part of the original plan and trainer Henrietta Knight likes to bring her horses on gradually.

This is his first try at three miles and it’s a trip he looks to have been crying out for. Kempton also suits him. It’s impossible to say whether former champion two-mile chaser Master Minded will stay the distance – no-one
thought Desert Orchid would before he landed his first King George in 1986. But he’s not a tearaway and I think there’s a good chance he will last home.

Does Long Run’s jumping still concern you

It’s definitely an unresolved issue. I was disappointed with the lack of rhythm when he made costly mistakes at Haydock. He was brave to be off
the bridle for so long and keep galloping.

Trainer Nicky Henderson and his team have worked tirelessly on Long Run’s jumping. Being sharper physically and mentally will help but Long Run supporters will want to see their choice travelling well early and settling in a metronomic tempo. Walsh will be determined not to let him do so.

Victory: Long Run claimed victory in January

Victory: Long Run claimed victory in January”s King George

What chance does Master Minded have of staying the three-mile distance on his first race at the trip

After Haydock, Ruby Walsh will surely be keen to turn the power on aboard Kauto Star. That should mean a strong pace which many would
envisage being a negative given question marks over Master Minded’s stamina. But, for me, that makes the job of his jockey Daryl Jacob easier.

The presence of a higher-profile stablemate has eased the pressure on him. His mount can sit at the back, relax and switch off. Jacob wants them to go too fast and hope they wilt in front.

Given a free choice, what would you ride

Tough call, but Kauto Star’s performance in winning his fourth Betfair Chase at Haydock last month swings me in his favour. I’d stick with the
old champion and try to make history with a fifth King George triumph.

Verdict : 1 Kauto Star, 2 Long Run, 3 Somersby