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PSG 3-0 Nice – match report and video highlights

VIDEO: PSG on the brink of first title since 1994 as Beckham watches from the bench

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00:15 GMT, 22 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:09 GMT, 22 April 2013

Paris Saint-Germain closed in on the French league title with a 3-0 victory over Nice that restored their nine point lead over Marseille.

David Beckham was an unused substitute in the match and with just five matches left, the big-spenders look set to win their first league crown since 1994.

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Not needed: David Beckham was an unused substitute in PSG's 3-0 win over Nice

Not needed: David Beckham was an unused substitute in PSG's 3-0 win over Nice

On the scoresheet: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (second right) celebrates with team-mates

On the scoresheet: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (second right) celebrates with team-mates

Jeremy Menez gave PSG the lead from close range in just the third minute, with striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubled the lead by converting a penalty in the 65th.

Substitute Clement Chantome then rounded off the win in the 88th, leaving PSG on 70 points after 33 games.

Marseille have 61, while Lyon are another two points behind in third.

Earlier on Sunday, Lille kept pace in the race for a Champions League spot by defeating Bastia 2-1 on Sunday to stay three points behind Lyon.

Ligue 1 - The latest standings

Ligue 1 – The latest standings

Opener: Jeremy Menez scores the first goal

Opener: Jeremy Menez scores the first goal

Handbags: Referee Tony Chapron separates Renato Civelli of Nice and Ibrahimovic

Handbags: Referee Tony Chapron separates Renato Civelli of Nice and Ibrahimovic

VIDEO: Watch highlights from PSG's 3-0 win against Nice

Rennes 0 PSG 2: David Beckham denied first Ligue 1 goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Rennes 0 PSG 2: Ibrahimovic steals Beckham's thunder… but they're still smiles ahead in title race

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20:20 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 6 April 2013

Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 at Rennes to maintain their march to the French league title and help eradicate memories of one of the lowest points of the season.

Jeremy Menez scored a stunning solo goal in the 56th minute as PSG re-established its seven-point lead in the standings.

Cool head: David Beckham lifts the ball over the on-rushing Benoit Costil

Cool head: David Beckham lifts the ball over the on-rushing Benoit Costil

PSG's David Beckham celebrates after the opening goal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sealed the result in stoppage time as PSG recorded its first win at Rennes since 2002. PSG maintained its lead over Marseille, which beat Bordeaux 1-0 on Friday.

Rennes has won only one of its past 10 matches.

PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti rested more than half of his team ahead of Wednesday's return leg at Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Only four of the starting 11 which helped PSG to a 2-2 draw in the first leg were on the pitch at kickoff against Rennes. Back in November, Ancelotti admitted his team was in crisis after it lost 2-1 at home to Rennes, which played most of the second half with nine men.

PSG almost got off to a poor start but goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu did well to turn Sadio Diallo's shot round his left post.

Ibrahimovic came close to giving PSG
the lead in the 21st with a free kick from just outside the area which
flew past the left upright.

The striker should have done better three minutes from halftime when he
seemed certain to score after spinning to collect a through ball from
Menez and racing into the area. However, his left-footed effort lacked
power and was straight at Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil.

All smiles: Beckham shares a joke with Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the striker had opened the scoring

All smiles: Beckham shares a joke with Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the striker had opened the scoring

Head in hands: Beckham clearly can't believe the referee's decision

Head in hands: Beckham clearly can't believe the referee's decision

PSG finally scored 11 minutes after the break, as Clement Chantome found Menez, who beat almost the entire Rennes defense before firing past Costil.

PSG doubled its lead at the death. David Beckham appeared to be close to scoring his first Ligue 1 goal but Ibrahimovic made sure, heading in from practically on the goal line for his 26th league goal of the season.

PSG centre back Thiago Silv did not play in the match and is a doubt for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg at Barcelona due to a knee problem, said coach Carlo Ancelotti.

'Thiago Silva suffered a knock on his knee against Barcelona on Tuesday,' Ancelotti said. 'Will he be ready for Wednesday I don't know, we'll see.'

Ancelotti also said PSG's Italy midfielder Thiago Motta, who has been suffering with a thigh injury, would face a last-minute fitness test.

PSG will already be without suspended holding midfielder Blaise Matuidi for the return leg at the Nou Camp.

Andy Murray should cheer up, says John McEnroe

Pot. Kettle. Black Notoriously grumpy McEnroe tells Murray to cheer up now he's won a Major

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23:13 GMT, 6 December 2012

John McEnroe was never known for his sunny demeanour on a tennis court, but he still has some advice for Andy Murray – cheer up now that you have won your first Major.

The veteran American thinks a more positive outlook should help Murray in his quest to add to his US Open next season, although he acknowledged that he was hardly a shining example when he was at the top of the sport.

'It would be helpful to see Andy be sort of “I want to be here and I’m loving this”,' the American, who yesterday beat Jeremy Bates 6-4, 6-1 in the Statoil Masters at the Royal Albert Hall, said. 'The next time he wins a Major it would be nice to look a little bit more excited,'

Cheer up: John McEnroe, renowned for his fire on court, has told Andy Murray he should be happier on court as it may help him win more

Cheer up: John McEnroe, renowned for his fire on court, has told Andy Murray he should be happier on court as it may help him win more

Cheer up: John McEnroe, renowned for his fire on court, has told Andy Murray he should be happier on court as it may help him win more

'I say it as an ex-player and someone who wished that perhaps at times I had done that a little bit more. Maybe he was more relieved than anything else when he won at Flushing Meadows.

'One of the things that worried me is that he used to get so negative that not only would it turn himself off in a way, but it turned off people watching him.

'It's like when I saw Azarenka play Sharapova at the US Open, the grunting, it takes away from what you're watching. You're trying to watch and it was a great battle, but it feels like it's hard to stay with it as much as I would like to, given the quality.'

McEnroe believes that Murray has everything to play for next season in what could be a year of change for the men’s game after so much domination by four players.

'This is around the time that something is going to give. Roger is amazing, no doubt about that, but he’s 31. Rafa is the one we don’t know about, he hasn’t played for seven months. I hope to God he does have two or three more good years.

Eye on the ball: McEnroe beat British tennis star Jeremy Bates at the Statoil Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Thursday

Eye on the ball: McEnroe beat British tennis star Jeremy Bates at the Statoil Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Thursday

Eye on the ball: McEnroe beat British tennis star Jeremy Bates at the Statoil Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Thursday

'Novak's had two years at No 1, so it wouldn’t be unheard of to feel like there'd be some type of let-down on some level. Maybe, then again, if he won two majors next year it wouldn’t be shocking.

'Andy's sort of set himself up for doing something big as well. Someone else is shortly going to come through, I’ve been wondering myself who that is.

'Del Potro to me would be the most obvious choice of who’s got the experience and knows what it's like to go long and win one.

'If he can stay healthy and get himself just a little bit fitter, which is what you've got to do against these guys. Then there’ll be someone sort of unknown.

'I thought it was going to be Milos Raonic, but he’s sort of levelled off in a way, and I thought there were other guys that were in the mix that seem to have dropped off. But someone’s going to appear.

'Andy has set himself for a big year, although he missed a few opportunities at the end of this season, still it was the best one he’s ever had.

'If he doesn’t take it up a notch he would be disappointed but if he wins one Major that would be a good year. They are not easy to win.'

Reasons to smile: Murray claimed his first Major at Flushing Meadows in September

Reasons to smile: Murray claimed his first Major at Flushing Meadows in September

McEnroe has been impressed by what he has seen of Laura Robson and Heather Watson but feels the former has the potential to go further.

'Heather has done well but it might be a bit tougher for her because of her size. Robson to me is the one with the bigger upside. She has got a lot of ability and clearly if she is committed and in tip-top shape, I think she could easily be top 10.

'The US Open is the best she has ever played. I think she can do something big personally. I saw that four years ago.

'Hopefully she will have a consistent period to get where she should be. I think she could be really dangerous.

'She is a natural tennis player but she is going to have to be like a Berdych in the men's game – big and powerful. In natural talent I think she is good as anyone out there.'

Despite that view, it was ultra-competitive and mobile Watson who finished the year as British No 1. She is in the middle of a winter training block that has been mostly done in Florida, although on Thursday night she was playing a mixed doubles exhibition alongside Tim Henman at the Statoil Masters.

Pride of Britain: Heather Watson and Laura Robson have bright futures

Pride of Britain: Heather Watson and Laura Robson have bright futures

One of things she will be doing this week is sitting down with her father Ian in what is like an annual general meeting to determine her goals and mark her performance of this season.

'We have this big meeting every year when we discuss the targets for the next season. It lasts about three hours and we talk very openly and honestly and I mark my performance at each tournament. It sort of guides me through the year.

'Twelve months ago my target was to break the top 50 and win an event on the WTA Tour, and I managed both. I don’t know what we will come up with for next year yet but the training is going very well and I’m feeling very confident.'

Paolo Di Canio to stay at Swindon after "positive" talks with new chairman

Di Canio vows to stay at Swindon after 'positive' talks with new chairman

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13:08 GMT, 23 October 2012

Paolo Di Canio has confirmed he is staying at Swindon after showdown talks with new chairman Sir William Patey.

The Italian was considering his
position after Jeremy Wray – the man behind Di Canio's appointment – was
replaced by Patey on the orders of majority shareholder Andrew Black.

Positive: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio

Positive: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio

Di Canio insisted he would need 'reassurances' from the board that they were committed to his plans.

After meeting with Patey, Di Canio told BBC Wiltshire: 'The words that he said to me are more than positive.'

He continued: 'After we spent an hour together, even if I was angry from the game [against Scunthorpe], I was happy thinking about what he said to me about the future and about me.

'I can't wait. We have to think that from now we can work for the future.'

Swindon were placed under a Football League transfer embargo earlier this month after they exceeded the fixed wage and fee cap, which can only be 65% of a club's turnover.

However, Di Canio hit out at the board, suggesting they no longer supported his goal of securing back-to-back promotions, and Patey's appointment prompted concerns the former Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham and Charlton striker might follow Wray out of the County Ground.

Manager Paolo Di Canio of Swindon

He added: 'I will keep going but I wanted to be sure. I said some words to make an alert, an alarm about what was going on.

'Some people can take the lines that I am only loyal to Jeremy; I am loyal to Jeremy but I am loyal to the project he proposed to me on the first day.

'The new chairman is committed and there is also the environment around me, which is the club and the fans.

'With Jeremy I can go out for dinner every day for the rest of my life and say thanks, but there is a job.

'I will keep going but I wanted to be sure. I said some words to make an alert, an alarm about what was going on.'

France squad for autumn internationals

Teenager Fickou given chance to shine for France in autumn internationals

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UPDATED:

11:55 GMT, 16 October 2012

Highly-rated centre Gael Fickou is one of several new faces included in France's 33-man squad for their autumn internationals.

The 18-year-old has been compared with former England three-quarter Jeremy Guscott after excelling with Toulouse, and has now been given the chance to impress national head coach Philippe Saint-Andre.

Pierrick Gunther, Vincent Martin, Jocelino Suta (all Toulon), Jules Plisson (Stade Francais), Eddy Ben Arous (Racing Metro) and Sebastien Vahaamahina (Perpignan) have also been called up to the international fold for the first time ahead of France's fixtures against Australia, Argentina and Samoa in November.

One to watch: Gael Fickou (right) has been called up by France

One to watch: Gael Fickou (right) has been called up by France

FRANCE SQUAD

Forwards: E Ben Arous, T Domingo, Y Forestier, B Kayser, C Tolofua, D
Szarzewski, D Attoub, V Debaty, N Mas, Y Maestri, P Pape (vice-captain),
J Suta, S Vahaamahina, D Chouly, T Dusautoir (captain), P Gunther, W
Lauret, F Ouedraogo, L Picamoles

Backs: M Machenaud, M Parra, F Michalak, J Plisson, F Trinh-Duc, V
Clerc, B Dulin, B Fall, G Fickou, W Fofana, F Fritz, Y Huget, V Martin, M
Mermoz.

Saint-Andre chose to rest several notable names during France's two-Test series in Argentina, which they drew 1-1.

Among those absent was captain Thierry Dusautoir, who returns to the side although 71-cap veteran Aurelien Rougerie has been omitted.

“We were very happy with the three centres taken in Argentina this summer,” Saint-Andre said in L'Equipe. 'Aurelien just returned and has not played a lot of matches with Clermont.

Tour of Britain 2012: Mark Cavendish wins stage three

Cavendish brushes aside Team Sky exit talk to win Tour of Britain stage three in Dumfries

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UPDATED:

14:46 GMT, 11 September 2012

Team Sky rider Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish to take stage three of the Tour of Britain in Dumfries.

The 2011 world road race champion, who is hoping to negotiate an amicable split from the successful British team, had suffered a crash in the closing stages of the opening round and finished second best in a dash for the line at Knowsley Safari Park.

However, after the peleton – lead by Team Sky colleagues Jeremy Hunt and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins – had finally reeled in the breakaway group heading into the final two kilometres, the Manx Missile was not to be denied as he sprinted clear.

More to follow…

Victory! Cavendish has finally won a Tour of Britain stage after two disappointments

Victory! Cavendish has finally won a Tour of Britain stage after two disappointments

Mark Cavendish crashes in Tour of Britain

Wantaway Sky rider Cavendish crashes during opening stage of Tour of Britain

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14:53 GMT, 9 September 2012

Team Sky rider Mark Cavendish dramatically crashed close to the finish of the opening stage of the Tour of Britain at the Royal Norfolk Showground this afternoon.

Cavendish – the 2011 world champion who has expressed his desire to leave the successful British team two years before his contract ends – looked all set to have a crack at a sprint finish after the peloton had been caught heading towards the finish.

However, the 27-year-old suffered a shock fall along the narrow, winding lanes, as riders collided.

Crash and burn: Mark Cavendish (right) limps to the finish line

Crash and burn: Mark Cavendish (right) limps to the finish line

Team Sky went on to claim the stage win as Luke Rowe, a late substitute racer, kept clear of the carnage to take the line in sweltering temperatures.

Tour de France winner and Olympic time trial gold medallist Bradley Wiggins had started the race off at Ipswich Waterfront on Neptune Quay – and he will forego the Team GB victory parade in London on Monday when the riders head to Nottingham.

A group of four – including British rider Kristian House of Rapha Condor, Rony Martias of Saur Sojasun, United Healthcare's Jonny Clarke and AN Post's Niels Wytinck – made an early break from the peloton.

As the 200-kilometre course moved up along the East Anglia coast and on past the halfway stage, they had opened up a lead of around three-and-a-half minutes over the chasing pack, which was being controlled by Team Sky and Garmin.

After passing through Great Yarmouth along South Beach Parade for the second of the three sprints, the route eventually wound back around north Norwich.

And the peloton, following good work from Team Sky's Jeremy Hunt, closed in to under two minutes behind the breakaway ahead of the final King of the Mountains category three climbs at Swanton Morley.

It was then on towards a bunch finish in the Norfolk Showground, which looked to have played right into Manxman Cavendish's hands.

He had managed to stay clear of some collisions after the peloton was finally reeled in inside the closing 15 kilometres as Endura Racing cranked up the pace.

However, as the group headed for home, Cavendish was caught up in another crash to see his hopes of glory this afternoon disappear. He got back on his bike and rode to the finish, able to offer a half-hearted wave to the crowd.

Paolo Di Canio: Doing this job is crazy, but it can be beautiful too

Di Canio: Doing this job is crazy, but it can be beautiful too

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 8 September 2012

Paolo Di Canio leapt out of the swivel chair in his Swindon Town manager’s office and paced the windowless room like a caged lion, searching for the right words to describe the difficulty dealing with today’s younger players.

‘It’s our fault,’ he said, gesticulating. ‘We give children of 10 a mobile phone. We give them technology and put them in a room, not communicating with them. When they grow up and something goes wrong, they are not strong enough, not tough enough.

‘I have noticed the changes in football, It used to be work, work, work. Now, for some players, the priority is the gold watch,’ added the Italian, tapping his wrist for emphasis.

At 44, Di Canio is a managerial tour de force like no other. He took up his first managerial post 16 months ago when Swindon chairman Jeremy Wray was left uninspired by the original list of applicants following the club’s relegation to League Two.

‘A high-wire act, but worthwhile,’ is Wray’s description of his relationship with his maverick manager. And no wonder. The former Lazio, AC Milan, Celtic and West Ham player — once banned for 11 games at Sheffield Wednesday for pushing referee Paul Alcock — has led a mini-revolution in Wiltshire, with his team dubbed the Barcelona of League One.

Bossing it: Paolo Di Canio talks passionately about the game he loves

Bossing it: Paolo Di Canio talks passionately about the game he loves

They won promotion last season with 93 points, reached Wembley in the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and have already defeated two Premier League clubs, including a 4-3 win at Stoke City in the Capital One Cup less than fortnight ago.

But controversy is never far away. Last Sunday, he substituted 21-year-old goalkeeper Wes Foderingham after 21 minutes of a League One game at Preston, then denounced him as ‘arrogant’ when the player kicked a water bottle on his way to the dressing room instead of sitting on the bench with his team-mates.

Di Canio is baffled at the personal criticism he received for what he considers a good managerial decision. He insists Foderingham was not substituted as punishment for a fourth-minute mistake that gave Preston a goal, but because the player had continued arguing with team-mates while the game, which Preston won 4-1, continued. Foderingham has since been restored to the side.

‘His head was blurry,’ said Di Canio. ‘That is why he came off. Otherwise we would have lost the game 8-0 and I would have been called a donkey manager of a donkey team. I am a foreigner trying to instil English discipline and rules. And the English people are saying “No, no, you mustn’t upset players”.

‘I read a tweet from Rio Ferdinand. He is my friend, but Rio was saying: “Oh no, Di Canio was too tough. I hope this goalkeeper doesn’t have a big problem mentally now.” I want to say to you, my friend Rio, I know in the last two years I’ve seen you more on Twitter than on the pitch.’

The gafffer: Paolo Di Canio looks out over Swindon's County Ground

The gafffer: Paolo Di Canio looks out over Swindon's County Ground

Di Canio admits he is ‘obsessed’ with the job as he chases a second successive promotion and develops players like midfielder Matt Ritchie, once loaned out by Portsmouth to Dagenham & Redbridge and Notts County but now valued at 1million-plus.

‘I am not like many people who think it’s enough to do 90 minutes in training and then switch off,’ he said. ‘I’ll be in Waitrose shopping for pasta and tomatoes and my mind is thinking about the next day’s session. People think I can’t find the right food because I stand there staring, thinking about football.

‘It’s not been easy. I played in Serie A and the Premier League so I used to get frustrated in training with my players, less so now. I would explain an easy drill. “Understand guys” “Yes”. One second later they have forgotten, they don’t move. It drove me crazy but we joke about it now.

‘They aren’t bad professionals, the brain makes the difference. If something takes time, I have to put a frog in my throat and push it down. I know one day it will be different. I want to be the best so I have to go through this.

‘I look after the players like my brothers. It’s my natural way to speak out if someone makes a mistake. If it was my brother, I’d say “I want to punch your face because I know your potential”. The players know me after 16 months. I can start gentle but, at a certain point, they have to deal with the pressure. It’s kill or cure.’

Getting his point across: Di Canio talks to the fourth official during the 1-0 defeat to Leyton Orient

Getting his point across: Di Canio talks
to the fourth official during the 1-0 defeat to Leyton Orient

Ideally, Di Canio would like to be a combination of Fabio Capello, who used to bellow at him on the touchline at AC Milan, where he played alongside superstars like Marco van Basten and Paolo Maldini, and Harry Redknapp at West Ham.

‘Harry isn’t a coach but he’s very intelligent, a clever fox,’ said Di Canio. ‘Some days, he’d let me rush out of the training ground because he knew I’d go crazy if he spoke to me.

‘He’d wait 24 hours until I was calm, wag his finger gently and say: “Paolo, you know I was unhappy yesterday”. He knew my commitment. He said I’d be the first player he’d want in his five-a-side team. You can argue if I was the best technically but, for my passion, I’d love a hundred Di Canio’s at Swindon.’

The root to Di Canio’s personality lies with his family. His parents, who have both died within the last 12 months, struggled financially to raise four sons in a tough part of Rome.

‘My dad (Ignazio) was a brickie, he’d leave the house at five in the morning to catch a bus to work. My mother was at home bringing up four boys and we all lived on 250 a month. At 17, I realised I had an ability for football and promised always, always to use it to give my best and help my family.

‘At Lazio, I was an idol in half of Rome but I still lived at home for 18 months, to give my parents all my money. I didn’t even keep enough to buy a car for the first year.

‘My dad gave me the best lesson in life. I was 25, a top player with Napoli and a husband and father. I was angry that Italy had not picked me for the 1994 World Cup and I answered my mother in a rude way at the table. In front of everyone, including my wife and daughter, my father got up and slapped me. Poom! I deserved it, I had been arrogant and stupid.’

There have been moments in Di Canio’s career that cannot be brushed over. As well as the push on Alcock, there were fascist salutes to Lazio fans, which Di Canio maintains was a cultural gesture rather than a political one.

He was also reported to the FA this year over an allegation that he had made a racial slur towards a former Swindon player. Di Canio has always strenuously denied the allegation and has not been charged. He believes he will be given a chance to manage at the top level and characteristically is setting his long-term goals high.

Strong characters: Harry Redknapp and Di Canio during their West Ham days

Strong characters: Harry Redknapp and Di Canio during their West Ham days

‘At 32, I didn’t think I would be a manager. But the game is like a drug. It is a mission for me,’ he said.

‘I am thinking two or three more years at Swindon, then go to the Premier League for 10 years. After that, the England national team for four years, take this nation to a World Cup final. And, when we have all become heroes, I will retire to Piedmont to look after my restaurants and my wine business full-time.’

Some chairmen would prefer to put needles in their eyes than have a colourful manager like Di Canio, who picked up his League Two manager of the year award last May with the line: ‘Winning is better than sex with Madonna’.

But Di Canio believes there will be at least one other owner with the vision of Wray, who can see immense managerial talent behind the emotional rollercoaster.

‘Mourinho has done strong things. He made a handcuff sign to the referee at Inter Milan,’ said Di Canio. ‘I am not saying my record is like Mourinho’s but why should I not have a chance if I continue to win I work every hour, study every opposition player to give my team the right details to win.

‘You can’t save your energy if you want to reach the top. I don’t know if I will get there but it is my dream. This job drives you crazy but it is beautiful.’

Florent Malouda wanted by Lyon

Outcast Malouda to be offered way out of Chelsea hell by former club Lyon

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UPDATED:

12:26 GMT, 8 September 2012

Chelsea outcast Florent Malouda looks set for a move back to Lyon in January after the French club's president confirmed they were interested in the winger's services.

Malouda has been a key part of Chelsea's side since joining from Lyon in 2007 but he was deemed surplus to requirements this summer as new manager Roberto Di Matteo set about rebuilding the Blues' squad.

Surplus to requirements: Malouda is set to leave Chelsea in January

Surplus to requirements: Malouda is set to leave Chelsea in January

The 32-year-old Frenchman has been banished to train with the club's Under 21 side, but Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed he hopes to bring the 80-cap international back to the Stade de Gerland – where he spent four years before leaving for Stamford Bridge.

'Our door is always open to former players,' Aulas admitted. 'Malouda has been in contact with our coaching team very recently.

'We've also spoken with Jeremy Toulalan who has been having problems at Malaga.'

Andy Murray knocked out of Cincinnati Open by Jeremy Chardy

Golden boy Murray stumbles out of Cincinnati Open at hands of Chardy

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UPDATED:

19:29 GMT, 16 August 2012


Golden comedown: Andy Murray was beaten in Cincinnati

Golden comedown: Andy Murray was beaten in Cincinnati

Olympic champion Andy Murray was knocked out of the Cincinnati Open in the third round on Thursday losing 6-4 6-4 to France's Jeremy Chardy.

Murray, the defending tournament champion, never looked himself as he was broken in the seventh game of the first set by Chardy, who is in the draw as a lucky loser.

Neither player could hold serve in the opening five games of the second set but Chardy held firm to go up 4-2 and never looked back.

Earlier, American Mardy Fish defeated Czech Radek Stepanek 6-3 6-3 and Argentine Juan Martin del Potro fought past Serb Viktor Troicki 7-6 2-6 6-1.

More to follow.