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Kevin Davies to be released by Bolton after a decade at the Reebok

'Shocked' Bolton legend Davies to be released after a decade at the Reebok (and the club told him on his birthday!)

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

19:58 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:13 GMT, 27 March 2013

Kevin Davies has been left shocked and hurt after discovering he is being released by Bolton at the end of the season.

The former England striker, who turned 36 on Tuesday, is out of contract in the summer and he has been told he will not be offered an extension by the Championship side.

Davies, who has made more 400 appearances and scored 84 goals during a 10-year spell at Bolton, admits he has been taken aback by the news as he had hoped to finish his career at the Reebok Stadium.

Finest hour: Kevin Davies scores for Bolton against Bayern Munich to secure an improbable 2-2 draw in the Allianz Arena in 2007

Finest hour: Kevin Davies scores for Bolton against Bayern Munich to secure an improbable 2-2 draw in the Allianz Arena in 2007

Davies celebrates

He told talkSPORT: 'It was a bit of a shock. I was shocked at the time and it's not quite sunk in yet, but these things happen.

'I've had clubs come in for me down the years but always turned them away because I've been so happy here. I always wanted to stay here and finish my career here, and hoped to go into a coaching role. That's maybe why it's shocked me so much.'

The former Blackburn and Southampton centre forward, who will look at the possibility of going out on loan in the next few days, insists he has no intention of hanging up his boots yet, however.

Aerial ultra: Davies scores with his head against Tottenham and (below) Chelsea

Aerial ultra: Davies scores with his head against Tottenham and (below) Chelsea

Kevin Davies scores against Chelsea

'I've had a few clubs come in for me so I'm not going to start panicking about retiring just yet. I want to carry on for at least a couple more years yet. It hurts right now, but hopefully by the end of this season I'll have a new challenge ahead of me,' he said.

Davies also revealed his contract runs out just before he is due a testimonial at Bolton, although the Bolton News report that the striker could still get one if he asks the club.

He said: 'It would have been nice to have one as a thank you for what I've done.

'I was aware when I signed [a new deal] last year it was running short, and the club said they might extend it for a week or two [to get to the testimonial] but I don't think that will happen.

Leading from the front: Davies's all-action style has made the Bolton captain a hero at the Reebok

Leading from the front: Davies's all-action style has made the Bolton captain a hero at the Reebok

Kevin Davies challenge

Yellow peril: Davies, here challenging Tom Cleverley, has been booked 99 times in the Premier League

Yellow peril: Davies, here challenging Tom Cleverley, has been booked 99 times in the Premier League

'Right now it's difficult for me to take but I need to keep my head up. It's going to be hard to try to keep involved, but I just have to try my best.'

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman told the club's official website: 'Kevin Davies is and always will be a Wanderers legend.

'I want to be fair to him as regards his future, as he deserves it. This decision means that he is now free to sort himself out with a new club in plenty of time for next season.'

International man of history: Davies became the second oldest player to make his England debut, against Montenegro in 2010 at the age of 33

International man of history: Davies became the second oldest player to make his England debut, against Montenegro in 2010 at the age of 33

David Platt says Manchester City will fight until the end

We'll fight until the end, insists defiant City No 2 Platt despite United dominance

By
Andy Hampson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

14:02 GMT, 17 March 2013

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UPDATED:

08:15 GMT, 18 March 2013

Manchester City have vowed to fight to the end but only the most optimistic supporter would back them to retain their title now.

The champions have fallen a near-insurmountable 15 points behind rivals Manchester United at the top of the Barclays Premier League with just nine games remaining.

The latest blow came at Goodison Park as City were once again outplayed by their bogey side Everton, losing 2-0 after goals from Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic.

Over the rainbow: David Platt says Manchester City will not give in

Over the rainbow: David Platt says Manchester City will not give in

City still play United next month but the objectives may be to salvage pride, delay the inevitable crowning of their neighbours and score a psychological blow ahead of a potential FA Cup semi-final meeting.

First-team coach David Platt said: 'Our intention is to win football matches, full stop.

'It doesn't change anything for us between now and the end of the season.

'Every game we go into we have a focus and a professionalism to try to win it. That is what we try to do, to ensure we finish as high up the table as we possibly can and to try to ensure we win the FA Cup.'

A week ago City produced one of their best performances of the season as they crushed Barnsley in the FA Cup quarter-finals. On the same day Everton crashed to an unsettling 3-0 loss to Wigan in the same competition.

The difference in both sides yesterday was considerable as Everton produced a display full of commitment and a determination to make amends.

City failed to compete with Everton's enthusiasm and were fortunate Kevin Mirallas had already had a goal harshly disallowed before Osman struck his superb opener after 32 minutes.

The visitors had chances to equalise, most notably when Jan Mucha denied James Milner and Pablo Zabaleta in the second half and they could have had a penalty late on. Marouane Fellaini was penalised for handling a Carlos Tevez shot but despite the Belgian being inside the area, a free-kick was awarded outside.

Denied: Carlos Tevez's strike was handled in the box by Marouane Fellaini (not pictured)

Denied: Carlos Tevez's strike was handled in the box by Marouane Fellaini (not pictured)

But Everton deservedly held out and they wrapped up the win in injury time as Fellaini broke clear and set up Jelavic.

It was City's sixth defeat by Everton in eight meetings and a fourth successive loss at Goodison since Roberto Mancini took charge.

Everton may have done City a huge favour by holding United in last season's run-in, but they still remain a huge thorn in their side.

With Mancini 'a bit angry' after the game, Platt said: 'It is never an easy place to come. You know you are going to get worked and the crowd are going to be up for it. You are always under a certain amount of pressure.'

City's prospects suffered before the game when talisman Yaya Toure was forced to pull out through illness.

Struggle: Roberto Mancini's only chance of silverware this season if the FA cup

Struggle: Roberto Mancini's only chance of silverware this season if the FA cup

He was sorely missed, as were injured duo Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero, but Platt offered no excuses.

Platt said: 'It doesn't help but that is what we have a squad for, people come in.

'We have got a little run of injuries and we lost Yaya on the eve of the game with migraine.

'We were without key players but that is the way it is.

'That is why we carry a squad, that is why everybody is capable of playing at this club. We have to get on with it.'

Thibaut Courtois is transfer target for Atletico Madrid

EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea rising star Courtois set to be offered long-term deal by Atletico

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

00:12 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

10:07 GMT, 5 February 2013

Chelsea are facing a battle to hang on to Thibaut Courtois after Atletico Madrid made it clear they want him for at least another season and are ready to offer him a permanent move to the Vicente Calderon in the summer.

After snapping him up from Genk as a little- known teenager 18 months ago, Chelsea have been presented with a dilemma by on-loan Courtois’ rapid development into a cult figure at Atletico, where fans have done tribute videos on the internet and started a new craze – Thibauting – imitating the keeper's diving saves.

Sportsmail can reveal that anxious Stamford Bridge bosses despatched goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon to Madrid over the weekend to monitor his form against Real Betis and talk over his future plans.

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Impressive: Thibaut Courtois has turned a few heads at Atletico

Impressive: Thibaut Courtois has turned a few heads at Atletico

Though reluctant to return to London in an understudy capacity, it is understood the 20-year-old has
been assured Chelsea see him as long-term successor to Petr Cech.
Despite being linked recently with Jack Butland and Asmir Begovic, they
have outlined an intention to instal him, eventually, as first-choice
and bring in a new No 2.

Atletico have dismissed suggestions
they are prepared to include Chelsea target Radamel Falcao in a
part-exchange deal for Courtois but have stressed they want him on loan
for another year and may well bid for him at the end of the season.

As they weigh up their next move, the English club may consider opening talks over a new improved contract.
Courtois signed a five-year deal in July, 2011 on relatively modest
terms and feels they should now be amended to reflect his progress in
Spain.

Full length: Courtois's acrobatics have inspired a new craze in Madrid - Thibaulting - where fans imitate his diving saves

Full length: Courtois's acrobatics have inspired a new craze in Madrid – Thibaulting – where fans imitate his diving saves

It is a delicate balancing act for
Stamford Bridge chiefs, as confirmed by Courtois’ father Thierry, who
said: ‘It is very rare to see any team with two top international
keepers on their books but that is the case with Chelsea.

‘They have two world-class keepers,
and it is probably fair to say Thibaut has developed into a No 1
more quickly than anyone could have expected. He is a great keeper for
Spanish football, because he has adapted to the style of play over there
and has the height to command his area.’

Lollichon returned from Madrid with a
positive evaluation of Courtois’ form and fitness but was left in little
doubt that, after 18 months as Atletico’s first choice, the Belgium No 1 is in no mood to sit on the bench at Stamford Bridge.

VIDEO: Atletico fans' tribute to Courtois

Lewis Holtby wanted by Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham

Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs line up to sign wantaway Schalke midfielder Holtby

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UPDATED:

10:19 GMT, 30 December 2012

Wanted man: Holtby has signalled his intention to leave Schalke

Wanted man: Holtby has signalled his intention to leave Schalke

Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby will talk with Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham in January to discuss a possible move in the summer.

The Germany Under 21 captain has refused his club's offer of a new deal and his immediate ambition is to move to the Premier League.

All three English clubs are fighting for the midfielder and will be queuing up to open talks in the new year, according to the Mirror.

The 22-year old already has British
connections; his father is English and Holtby was eligible to play for
England before he declared for his country of birth, Germany.

Schalke has been a key scouting
territory for Arsenal this season and Holtby featured in their group
stage clashes in the Champions League.

The Bundeliga outfit were hoping he would follow another Arsenal target, Holland striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar, in committing his future to the club, but board member Horst Heldt was forced to concede defeat.

Gunner get ya: Arsenal are in the hunt for Holtby's signature

Gunner get ya: Arsenal are in the hunt for Holtby's signature

'We had hoped Lewis saw his future at Schalke beyond the end of this season,' said Heldt. 'But he has made a personal decision that we respect.

'We are sure he will give everything between now and the end of the season.'

Oriol Romeu would welcome the signing of David Villa

Bienvenido! Spanish compatriot Romeu would welcome Villa's arrival at the Bridge

PUBLISHED:

20:24 GMT, 27 December 2012

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UPDATED:

20:24 GMT, 27 December 2012

Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu would welcome the signing of David Villa with open arms if the prolific Spain international ends up moving to Stamford Bridge during the transfer window.

Chelsea have been closely linked with a move for the 31-year-old striker, who has been in and out of the Barcelona starting line-up this season since returning from his long injury lay-off after breaking his leg.

Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said earlier this week the Nou Camp outfit had no intention of letting Villa leave in January.

Target: Chelsea want Fernando Torres's compatriot David Villa to move from Barcelona on loan

Target: Chelsea want Fernando Torres's compatriot David Villa to move from Barcelona on loan

But Romeu would be delighted if his fellow Spaniard did make the switch to Chelsea.

'I don't know that Villa's situation is, but if a great player like him comes, the record goalscorer with the national team, he would be welcomed and we would be happy,' said Romeu, quoted as telling Spanish radio show Esports Cope.

The Spanish midfielder underwent surgery on a serious knee injury earlier this month after starting four out of Rafa Benitez's first five games as manager of Chelsea.

Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta hopes Villa stays put, telling reporters today: 'I don't know if there's a chance (he could leave), I don't think so, although for me personally I wouldn't like it if he did, because Villa is a vital player.'

As reported in the Mail yesterday, Villa provides an attractive short-term solution for Chelsea.

The striker is Spain's record goalscorer with 53 international goals in 85 caps but does not fit the Barca ideal for young players with their best years ahead of him.

Torres and Villa formed a formidable partnership at International level but VIlla has only scored five goals in 18 appearances this season and is falling from favour.

Villa is understood to earn 110,000 a week, which is near the top of the Stamford Bridge pay structure but not out of reach.

He can operate at centre forward if
Torres is unavailable or play from wide either side, giving Benitez a
valuable option in his quest to rotate his support strikers and keep
them fresh.

With Daniel Sturridge on the move to Liverpool and Romelu Lukaku preferring to stay at West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea are without a recognised striker beyond Torres, and both Eden Hazard and Victor Moses have been tried in the role with little effect.

Transfer talk: Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Oriol Romeu would be delighted if Barca striker David Villa arrived at Stamford Bridge

Transfer talk: Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Oriol Romeu would be delighted if Barca striker David Villa arrived at Stamford Bridge

Dovetail Chelsea are looking for Villa to either merge with Spanish team mate Fernado Torres (right) or to provide cover for the striker as Daniel Sturridge may be on his way to Liverpool

Dovetail Chelsea are looking for Villa to either merge with Spanish team mate Fernado Torres (right) or to provide cover for the striker as Daniel Sturridge may be on his way to Liverpool

Martin Jol is moving for Standard Liege goalkeeper Sinan Bolat

EXCLUSIVE: Jol targets record-breaking keeper Bolat for 800k

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 23 December 2012

Martin Jol has moved to reinforce Fulham’s defence by agreeing a cut-price 800,000 deal for Standard Liege’s Turkey keeper Sinan Bolat.

The 24-year old, Belgian-born of Turkish parents, has been recovering from a long-term knee injury at Craven Cottage and has finally put the finishing touches to a transfer that has been under consideration for several months.

Bullet: Fulham target Sinan Bolat is the only goalkeeper to score a goal from open play in Champions League history

Bullet header: Fulham target Sinan Bolat (yellow) is the only goalkeeper to score a goal from open play in Champions League history

An integral part of the Turkey squad, Bolat is highly rated by Liege bosses and was only allowed to leave after he made it clear he had no intention of renewing a contract that runs out at the end of the season.

The Belgian club reluctantly accepted Fulham’s bid, rather than lose him for nothing in the summer, and Jol firmly believes he has recruited a keeper who is fully capable of challenging Mark Schwarzer for the number one jersey.

The Turkey international scored a late equaliiser for Standard Liege against AZ Alkmaar in 2009

The Turkey international scored a late equaliiser for Standard Liege against AZ Alkmaar in 2009

Bolat has another string to his bow after going upfield for a set-piece, in the fifth minute of injury time against AZ Alkmaar three years ago, and heading a spectacular equaliser that forced a 1-1 draw.

He is the only keeper to score a goal from open play in the history of the Champions’ League.

Talks are currently taking place over personal terms but seem sure to be a formality after Bolat made it clear he wanted to join Fulham.

Romelu Lukaku wants to stay at West Bromwich

Lukaku boost for Clarke as on-loan Chelsea striker declares intention to stay at West Brom

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UPDATED:

11:43 GMT, 23 December 2012

West Brom boss Steve Clarke has received a timely boost in his bid to keep on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku following his late winner in the 2-1 home success over Norwich.

The Chelsea player headed home a deep cross from Baggies left-back Goran Popov with eight minutes remaining for his sixth goal of the campaign.

And the Belgium international has taken to Twitter to express his desire to stay at the Hawthorns for at least the remainder of the season.

Staying game Lukaku has pledged his desire to remain at the Baggies

Staying game Lukaku has pledged his desire to remain at the Baggies

He said on the micro blogging site: 'I'd like to stay here for the rest of the season and there’s no question about that !!!'

It was a rare start for Lukaku who has been kept out of the side for most of the season by leading scorer Shane Long.

But he justified his selection as his
goal ended Norwich's 10-game unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier
League and moved Albion back into the top six.

Clarke said: 'Romelu has done well, he is a big talent, he has got a big future ahead of him in the game.

'The fact he couldn't get in the team
for most of the season is down to the form of Shane Long who shouldn't
be forgotten today.

'Shane made a difference when he came
onto the pitch, he tied up the other centre-back, has given a bit more
space to Romelu, and maybe that's why he has got the space for the
winning goal.

'It's a team effort and we don't like to single out individuals.'

Lukaku had chosen the rap song 'The
Question (What Am I Doing Here)' as his musical choice which was
broadcast before the game.

Clarke quipped: 'At the moment he is doing okay so that's the answer to that one!'

But the West Brom manager was non-committal when asked whether Chelsea will recall Lukaku in January.

Clarke said: 'He is on a season-long
loan but there is an opportunity for the parent club to take him back in
January. I can't affect it so I don't like to talk about it.'

Winning ways: Clarke savoured victory after four games without a win

Winning ways: Clarke savoured victory after four games without a win

Clarke felt Albion were below their best in securing their first win in five games.

He said: 'It was another performance where we were a bit scratchy. We are not quite flowing as we were early in the season.

'When you are coming in after four games without a win, there comes a bit more pressure on it.'

On the slide: Peter Odemwingie evades Wesley Hoolahan's tackle

On the slide: Peter Odemwingie evades Wesley Hoolahan's tackle

Willian dreams of move to Chelsea

Chelsea target Willian says he dreams of leaving Shakhtar and moving to Stamford Bridge

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UPDATED:

07:26 GMT, 21 December 2012

Chelsea target Willian says he hopes to complete his dream move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Shakhtar Donetsk forward had hoped to move to Chelsea in the summer but a move never materialised.

Chelsea were not the only English club to show interest in the Brazilian, but they led the chase.

Looking to move: Willian says he would love to play in England

Looking to move: Willian says he would love to play in England

Willian was disappointed to see Shakhtar block a deal, but understands why there were so keen to keep him and believes he will grace one of Europe’s top divisions at some stage in the near future.

He told ESPN.com.br: 'My goal is to play for a bigger club in a high level league.'

On Chelsea, he said: 'If I tell you that I was happy, I would be lying. My desire was there, with a 20.3million offer from a big club like Chelsea. I wanted to pack my things and go, but I can’t do that as I am under contract.

'It shows how much Shakhtar like me and shows that I am doing a good job, which is why they wanted me to stay.

'I have tried to convince them many times to let me go. I know that Juventus and Chelsea have made offers to buy me and that motivates me a lot.

'The club know that I want to leave, everyone knows that. The president has told me that he’ll let me go for 24.4m and my intention is to sign for a big club.'

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will demand move to Arsenal

EXCLUSIVE: Huntelaar wants 100,000-a-week to seal switch to Arsenal in January

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UPDATED:

10:16 GMT, 19 December 2012

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will demand to become Arsenal’s best-paid player if he is to join the Gunners next month.

The north London club have opened talks with Schalke over a proposed 6million January swoop for the Holland international.

Huntelaar’s advisers are also fully aware of Arsene Wenger’s intention to sign the 29-year-old striker when the transfer window reopens.

Ambitious: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is ready to force a move to Arsenal

Ambitious: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is ready to force a move to Arsenal

But the former Real Madrid striker will not come cheaply. The Dutchman wants a basic minimum wage of 100,000-per-week to sign for the Gunners.

Huntelaar and his representatives are fully aware that, given his age, this is likely to be the forward’s final big contract.

And they are determined to land the best financial deal possible.

Should Arsenal meet Huntelaar’s 5.2million demands, it would make him the club’s top earner.

The Gunners’ current best paid player is Lukas Podolski who earns in he region of 90,000-per-week.

Leading the line: Huntelaar could be drafted in to help Olivier Giroud up front

Leading the line: Huntelaar could be drafted in to help Olivier Giroud up front

Manchester City and Spurs face battle to sign Fernando Llorente in January

City and Spurs face battle to sign Llorente in January as club insist striker will not be sold

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UPDATED:

20:46 GMT, 18 December 2012

Athletic Bilbao president Josu Urrutia has reiterated the Primera Division club have no intention of selling wantaway star striker Fernando Llorente during the January transfer window.

The Spain international's future is uncertain after announcing this summer he would not be signing a new contract with Athletic once his current one runs out at the end of the season.

A host of clubs across Europe, including Manchester City and Tottenham, are interested in the 27-year-old but Athletic intend to make any interested parties wait until next summer to get their man.

Hot property: Fernando Llorente is wanted by a host of clubs across Europe

Hot property: Fernando Llorente is wanted by a host of clubs across Europe

Wants out: Llorente is hoping to quit Bilbao

Wants out: Llorente is hoping to quit Bilbao

Athletic are hoping Llorente can still have an impact on the field before he leaves as Marcelo Bielsa's side attempt to recover from a poor start to the season.

Urrutia told reporters today: 'I've a feeling these decisions will not please everyone, but I think they are the most beneficial for Athletic.

'We've taken our decision and at the moment we're sticking to it. He's an important player, he's shown that, and the team is more competitive with him. We hope that he continues to score important goals from now until the end of the season.'

Llorente was the joint-leading Spanish goalscorer in La Liga last season with 17 goals but has only played a bit-part role this term following his decision to leave the Basque outfit.

Athletic won just two of their opening nine Primera Division matches and were knocked out of the Europa League – a competition they finished runners-up in last season – at the group stage.

However, they have climbed up to 12th in the standings following back-to-back wins over Celta Vigo and Real Mallorca in the last fortnight.