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Sam Warbuton will stay loyal to Cardiff Blues

Warbuton will follow Cuthbert's lead and stay loyal to Cardiff

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 22 December 2012

Sam Warburton is set to emulate Alex Cuthbert by securing his future in Wales with Cardiff Blues.

The Wales captain has been reassured over the club’s ambitions after they tied down Cuthbert for the next three years and he says he is ready to commit to his home team ‘for life’ when his current deal ends after next season.

Warburton, 24, said: ‘I would love to stay at the Blues for life and have my testimonial here.

Set to sign: Sam Warburton will commit his future to the Cardiff Blues

Set to sign: Sam Warburton will commit his future to the Cardiff Blues

‘In France you can earn three or four times what you get in Wales, but I would also rather play somewhere I’m happy and getting looked after.

‘It will be interesting to see the detail in the new WRU plans and what incentives they come up with to keep players at the regions.’

One of the main aims of the newly formed Professional Regional Game Board in Wales is to help the four Welsh teams hold on to their top players.

Newport Gwent Dragons director of rugby Rob Beale says they could help the club keep Toby Faletau, who will also be out of contract after next season.

Beale said: ‘If that is a stated aim then they have got to be involved in how we set about keeping Toby.’

Chelsea stars to pocket 10m bonus if they claim European glory

Chelsea stars to pocket 10m bonus if they claim European glory

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UPDATED:

09:35 GMT, 24 April 2012

Chelsea have a 10m incentive to upset the odds and knock out European champions Barcelona.

The Blues' players and coaching staff are in line for a massive bonus if they win the Champions League.

Chelsea prepare for Barcelona showdown

Up for it: Chelsea prepare for Barcelona showdown

Chelsea are just two games away from owner Roman Abramovich's Holy Grail.

And the Russian billionaire has set aside the sum in incentives for his squad and interim boss Roberto Di Matteo.

Each of the 25-man Euro playing squad will receive around 350,000 should they go all the way to glory at the Munich final on May 19 and that adds up to a cool 8.75m.

Glory trail: Chelsea manager Robert Di Matteo has turned season around

Glory trail: Chelsea manager Robert Di Matteo has turned season around

Chelsea's backroom staff will also receive a bonus if Chelsea can hold onto their 1-0 first-leg lead and then beat either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the final.

Di Matteo has lost just once in 14 games since succeeding axed Andre Villas-Boas seven weeks ago and has guided them to the FA Cup final.

Why Robin van Persie could leave Arsenal: David Dein"s son

David Dein's son… the Arsenal exodus and why Van Persie could be next to go

When Alex Song clipped a delicious pass through for Robin van Persie's winner at Liverpool on Saturday, Arsenal's directors could not ignore one of the driving forces behind the team's resurgence.

Over the past five years Darren Dein, son of highly-respected former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, has become an increasingly influential and powerful figure within the dressing room.

He counts Van Persie among his commercial client list and Song among the stellar cast of names on the walls of his Hampstead offices.

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Big deal: Dein (left) and Gael Clichy in Manchester before Clichy joined City last summer

Big deal: Dein (left) and Gael Clichy in
Manchester before Clichy joined City last summer

The word at Arsenal is that it will take far more than the 150,000 a week Van Persie will be offered in the summer to keep the Barclays Premier League's top goalscorer at the Emirates.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis and manager Arsene Wenger are convinced the real stumbling block to a deal will be Darren.

Since David Dein was forced out of the club in 2007, his son has advised a number of star players in the Arsenal dressing room on commercial or playing contracts.

Star names like Thierry Henry, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy and Cesc Fabregas have all been represented by Dein, a qualified solicitor, on various levels over the past five years.

They have all chosen to pursue careers elsewhere and the fear in Arsenal circles is that Dein's latest high-profile clients could follow an established pattern.

Talks between the club, Van Persie – who also has an agent in Holland – and his representatives are scheduled to start again over the summer.

It is anticipated the club will offer
the prolific Holland striker, who has already scored 32 goals this
season, a five-year deal worth more than 7.5million a year, but the
player is not motivated by financial incentives.

The captaincy is not enough to keep him
happy, either. Van Persie wants to add silverware to the FA Cup winner's
medal he picked up against Manchester United in 2005.

Flying Dutchman: Van Persie has been in stunning form in front of goal for Arsenal this season

Flying Dutchman: Van Persie has been in stunning form in front of goal for Arsenal this season

Flying Dutchman: Van Persie has been in stunning form in front of goal for Arsenal this season

That penalty shoot-out win gave Arsenal their last major trophy and there is little to suggest Wenger's team are about to challenge the game's top teams again.

They play AC Milan in the Champions League and, although Arsenal are unlikely to recover from 4-0 down in the first leg, it is an opportunity for them to show Van Persie his future is at the Emirates.

There are no guarantees he will stay and it is a decision he is expected to make after consultation with his wife, Bouchra, at the end of the season.

In the past, when the majority of Arsenal's players were represented and managed by Jerome Anderson's SEM Group, the star names traditionally remained loyal.

Ian Wright, David Rocastle, Tony Adams and Dennis Bergkamp are among a number of high-profile players who snubbed greater financial incentives elsewhere to stay at Highbury.

Wright famously never looked at his contracts, putting his trust in his agent and David Dein to provide him with the pay packet his performances at Arsenal merited.

Moved on: Adebayor and Fabregas have both departed Arsenal in recent seasons

Moved on: Adebayor and Fabregas have both departed Arsenal in recent seasons

Moved on: Adebayor and Fabregas have both departed Arsenal in recent seasons

Arsenal are operating in a different era now and the fear is that Darren Dein's client list could quit the club for the financial riches and rewards elsewhere.

Dein has been a director of Double D Limited since he began advising some of the best talent in world football. He used to watch Arsenal from the director's box with his father, a familiar boardroom figure when the team still played at Highbury.

He was also a regular on the charter flights with his father on Champions League trips, a regular fixture among high-ranking Arsenal officials.

Despite qualifying as a lawyer, he became a football agent and was the best man at Henry's wedding to Claire Merry in 2003.

His current home in leafy Hampstead is being refurbished and he is living with his wife, Sara, and three children in a huge rented property instead. She is the daughter of former Tottenham vice-chairman David Buchler and is also a director of the property business she owns with her husband.

Dein's main business is
advising footballers and many of his clients have played for Arsenal
over the years. Henry was paid a 5m loyalty bonus to stay at Arsenal
and was also handsomely rewarded with a 130,000-a-week contract less than 48 hours after they were beaten by Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final.

Stayers: Henry (above, with Dein) and Wright (below) were both rewarded handsomely for their loyalty

Stayers: Henry (above, with Dein) and Wright (below) were both rewarded handsomely for their loyalty

Stayers: Henry (above, with Dein) and Wright (below) were both rewarded handsomely for their loyalty

Dein was instrumental in the negotiations with Gazidis and Wenger to take Henry back to the club on a short-term loan deal at the start of this year.

Although Dein now represents Adebayor, it is understood his contract to act as the player's agent crystalised only 18 months after the former Arsenal striker moved to Manchester City in 2009.

Clichy is another client he acquired when he was still an Arsenal player, but the Gunners gave Dein the mandate to sell the French full back to cash-rich City last summer for 7m.

Fabregas is also on Dein's client list and the Spain midfielder was finally sold to Barcelona last summer for an initial 29m after a lengthy pursuit of the midfielder.

Darren Dein did not wish to comment.

WIN tickets to see Wales v Italy in the RBS 6 Nations

WIN tickets to see Wales v Italy in the RBS 6 Nations

Sportsmail has teamed up with RBS to offer one lucky reader a pair of tickets to Wales v Italy on Saturday, March 10.

The match is part of the penultimate weekend of the RBS 6 Nations – and it will be a fantastic atmosphere at the Millennium Stadium for the clash.

RBS RugbyForce

To be in with a chance, answer the following question:

What was the score when Wales met
Italy in the 2011 RBS 6 Nations
A) 16-24
B) 18-26
C) 14-22

E-mail your answer, along with your name, address and contact number to:

sportcomp@dailymail.co.uk

to arrive by 11am on Monday, March 5.

PLEASE NOTE: You must validate your entry with the words RBS WALES in your subject box; the tickets are for HOME FANS ONLY and do not include travel to/from the ground, accommodation or hospitality; normal Associated Newspapers terms and conditions apply – the Editor's decision is final.

RBS is proud to support rugby at every level, from the RBS 6 Nations through to programmes like RBS RugbyForce.

As rugby fans will know, almost every player on the international stage started at a local club. Championship sponsor RBS is recognising this by helping local communities to make their rugby club a better place. RBS RugbyForce helps clubs to improve their facilities and build for the future through on-line tools, practical advice and a few incentives.

For more details, click here

WIN tickets to see England v Wales in the RBS 6 Nations

WIN tickets to see England v Wales in the RBS 6 Nations

Sportsmail has teamed up with RBS to offer one lucky reader a pair of tickets to England v Wales on Saturday, February 25.

The match is part of the third weekend of the RBS 6 Nations – and it will be a fantastic atmosphere at Twickenham for the clash.

RBS RugbyForce

To be in with a chance, answer the following question:

Which player spurned Wales to make
his England debut this year
A) Brad Barritt
B) Ben Morgan
C) Phil Dowson

E-mail your answer, along with your name, address and contact number to:

sportcomp@dailymail.co.uk

to arrive by 11am on Wednesday, February 22.

PLEASE NOTE: You must validate your entry with the words RBS ENGLAND in your subject box; the tickets are for HOME FANS ONLY and do not include travel to/from the ground, accommodation or hospitality; normal Associated Newspapers terms and conditions apply – the Editor's decision is final.

RBS is proud to support rugby at every level, from the RBS 6 Nations through to programmes like RBS RugbyForce.

As rugby fans will know, almost every player on the international stage started at a local club. Championship sponsor RBS is recognising this by helping local communities to make their rugby club a better place. RBS RugbyForce helps clubs to improve their facilities and build for the future through on-line tools, practical advice and a few incentives.

For more details, click here

WIN tickets to see Wales v Scotland in the Six Nations

WIN tickets to see Wales v Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations

Sportsmail has teamed up with RBS to offer one lucky reader a pair of tickets to Wales v Scotland on Sunday, February 12.

The match is part of the second weekend of the RBS 6 Nations – and it will be a fantastic atmosphere at Millennium Stadium for the clash.

RBS RugbyForce

To be in with a chance, answer the following question:

What is the name of the Wales coach
A) Warren Gatland
B) Graham Henry
C) Eddie Jones

E-mail your answer, along with your name, address and contact number to:

sportcomp@dailymail.co.uk

to arrive by 11am on Tuesday, February 7.

PLEASE NOTE: You must validate your entry with the words RBS WALES in your subject box; the tickets are for HOME FANS ONLY and do not include travel to/from the ground, accommodation or hospitality; normal Associated Newspapers terms and conditions apply – the Editor's decision is final.

RBS is proud to support rugby at every level, from the RBS 6 Nations through to programmes like RBS RugbyForce.

As rugby fans will know, almost every player on the international stage started at a local club. Championship sponsor RBS is recognising this by helping local communities to make their rugby club a better place. RBS RugbyForce helps clubs to improve their facilities and build for the future through on-line tools, practical advice and a few incentives.

For more details, click here