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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

PUBLISHED:

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

David Beckham"s move to Monaco has collapses due to his excessive wage demands

Beckham's wage demands poison proposed move to Monaco

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UPDATED:

13:35 GMT, 27 December 2012

David Beckham has talked his way out of a move to Monaco by asking for too much money.

The former LA Galaxy and England midfielder made ‘excessive’ demands when negotiating with AS Monaco chiefs, despite the significant funds available through Russian owner Dimitri Rybolovlev, reports L’Equipe.

Monaco’s chief executive Tor-Kristian Karlsen recently travelled to the United States to meet with the 37-year-old and his representatives, but the club has since ended talks.

Beckham won the MLS with LA Galaxy for the second time running earlier this month

Beckham won the MLS with LA Galaxy for the second time running earlier this month

Currently just one point off Ligue 2 leaders Nantes, Monaco are confident they can earn promotion to Ligue 1 and have hinted the summer window would be more suitable to shop in.

Beckham could be out of lucrative contract options after Carlo Ancelotti confirmed cash-heavy PSG would not be making an offer for the former England international in November.

Joey Barton: Marseille can beat PSG and Lyon to Ligue 1 title

Barton sets sights on French glory by insisting Marseille can beat PSG and Lyon to title

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UPDATED:

11:14 GMT, 26 December 2012

Joey Barton has said Marseille are good enough to lift the league title in France this season.

The club are third in Ligue 1 behind leaders PSG and second-placed Lyon but are level on points, and the former QPR man has pledged that he will do everything he can to make it happen.

'What is important is that we have a good rest, because the second half of the season will be tough,’ he told La Provence.

Battling: Barton is determined to win the Ligue 1 title

Battling: Barton is determined to win the Ligue 1 title

He also promised manager Elie Baup would be busy this transfer window.

‘Some players will be arriving and we will do everything we can to be champions.’

This statement of intent, however, is on hold because, for the first time in 10 years, Barton will put his feet up this Boxing Day.

Taking it easy: Barton is undertaking his first winter break

Taking it easy: Barton is undertaking his first winter break

The 30-year old has lauded the easy-going French lifestyle, but taking a two-week rest over Christmas – before Ligue 1 resumes on January 11 – is among one of its bigger attractions.

Salomon Kalou is considering a return to England

Struggling Kalou's unrest alerts Redknapp, Allardyce and Moyes

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21:50 GMT, 19 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:49 GMT, 19 December 2012

Salomon Kalou is considering a return to England with Lille ready to sell in January.

The 27-year-old joined for free from Chelsea in the summer as Lille beat West Ham, QPR and Everton, among others, in the race to win his signature.

Looking for the exit: Ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou could return to England just months after signing for French club Lille

Looking for the exit: Ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou could return to England just months after signing for French club Lille

Those clubs could be tempted to take a look at Kalou again come January, but his high wages could prove prohibitive.

Lille, who came third in Ligue 1 in 2011/12 and won the doube in 2010/11, have endured a tough campaignthis season, and are currently languishing in 11th place, nine points off the leaders, Paris Saint-Germain.

Kalou has hit just three goals in 17 appearances so far this season.

The Champions League winner attracted the interest of Everton, West Ham and QPR in the summer and could be on those clubs' shopping lists again

The Champions League winner attracted the interest of Everton, West Ham and QPR in the summer and could be on those clubs' shopping lists again

Everton are also keen on out-of favour Ajax winger Miralem Sulejmani, who snubbed a move to West Ham in the summer.

The Serb joined Ajax for 13.8million two years ago but has only played six times this season.

Out of favour: Miralem Sulejmani (right) is a target for Everton. The Serb winger cost the Dutch club 13.8m just two years ago

Out of favour: Miralem Sulejmani (right) is a target for Everton. The Serb winger cost the Dutch club 13.8m just two years ago but has only played six times this season

Joey Barton makes debut for Marseille

About time! Barton finally makes league debut for Marseille and helps French side move level with PSG at summit

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UPDATED:

00:04 GMT, 26 November 2012

QPR loanee Joey Barton finally made his league debut for French outfit Marseille on Sunday, helping his side move level on points with leaders Paris Saint-Germain in the process.

The Rangers exile had a lengthy wait for his first domestic match for the Ligue 1 team, and could only play in the Europa League while he served his 12-match ban.

But Barton was handed a start at Stade Velodrome in front of the home crowd as Marseille beat Lille 1-0.

Back with a bang: Joey Barton was inches away from marking his Ligue 1 debut with a goal

Back with a bang: Joey Barton was inches away from marking his Ligue 1 debut with a goal

Up for the fight: Barton (left) picked up a yellow card within the first 30 minutes of the match

Up for the fight: Barton (left) picked up a yellow card within the first 30 minutes of the match

Marseille took their time to get a foothold in the game, as Nolan Roux and Marvin Martin went close in the early stages.

But the hosts would have been in front after 13 minutes if it weren't for a splendid triple save from Mickael Landreau as he denied Andre Ayew, then Mathieu Valbuena and then Benoit Cheyrou.

Barton wasted little time in picking up his first caution in French football, as the QPR midfielder was booked after 22 minutes for a strong challenge on Florent Balmont.

But the Englishman settled well into the match, and so too did Marseille.

Balmont was red-carded before the break after chopping down Valbuena when the Frenchman was through on Landreau's goal

Need a hand Barton helped his side join Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the table

Need a hand Barton helped his side join Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the table

Goal threat: Jordan Ayew (right) scored the only goal of the game

Goal threat: Jordan Ayew (right) scored the only goal of the game

It went from bad to worse for Eden Hazard's former club as Lille went a goal down through a Jordan Ayew header just after half-time.

Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda was called upon on a number of occasions by the visitors, but proved himself more than up to the challenge with a couple of competent stops.

Barton, who also had stints with Manchester City and Newcastle, was inches away from marking his league debut with a peach of a goal.

The 30-year-old blasted an rasping drive from 25 yards, but it whistled past the stranded Landreau's post.

Marseille joined PSG at the top of the table on 26 points, having played one game less, but sit in second place with an inferior goal difference.

Off: Florent Balmont (left) saw red for a foul on Mathieu Valbuena (right)

Off: Florent Balmont (left) saw red for a foul on Mathieu Valbuena (right)

Grateful: Barton applauded the home crowd for their support

Grateful: Barton applauded the home crowd for their support

Arsenal v Montpellier: Rene Girard – we know how to stop Olivier Giroud

We know how to stop Giroud from scoring, claims the Arsenal striker's former boss

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UPDATED:

19:12 GMT, 20 November 2012

Montpellier manager Rene Girard remains full of admiration for former striker Olivier Giroud, but will be all out to stop the Arsenal forward netting against his old club.

Giroud scored 21 goals to help fire Montpellier to the Ligue One title for the first time in their history last season, before joining Arsenal in a 12million summer transfer.

After a slow start, the France international has slowly grown into his new side, scoring five goals as many appearances.

French fancy: Giroud will face his former employers on Wednesday night

French fancy: Giroud will face his former employers on Wednesday night

Girard said: 'Olivier worked very hard for us and we almost sculpted him into the player he is today. We made history at the club and had great times.

'Unfortunately for us, he is rediscovering his best form and starting to score goals, but we have tactics to try to stop him.

'We know how good he is, but there are also lots of attacking threats here at Arsenal.'

Captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is looking forward to taking on his old team-mate.

The centre-half said: 'I know him and he knows me very well. 'We will see how we get on tomorrow, and I will work hard.'

Montpellier lost at home to Arsenal on matchday one and their hopes of making it out of Group B are now all but over, sitting bottom with just one point.

Girard said: 'I have told the team qualification for the knockout stages is over, but we still have a slight hope of qualification for the Europa League. “We need to look forward now and build for our Ligue 1 campaign.

'We need to be very solid, to try to get back to our usual form, and up the Ligue 1 table.'

The Montpellier manager added: 'It is a privilege to play in the Champions League, all of the team dreamt of this and fought for it all of last season.

'It has been quite liberating at times, but we just lacked a touch of experience at certain times in the games.

'We are just trying to find a bit more consistency in our results and a balance in our play.'

Joey Barton wants Marseille stay

On-loan Barton desperate for Marseille stay (… and your probably not alone, Joey)

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22:21 GMT, 13 November 2012

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UPDATED:

22:21 GMT, 13 November 2012

Joey Barton wants to make his loan move to Marseille permanent.

The midfielder moved to the Ligue 1 club on transfer deadline day, putting a temporary end to his turbulent spell at Loftus Road.

French fancy: Barton has enjoyed his stint with Marseille

French fancy: Barton has enjoyed his stint with Marseille

'I still have a lot of respect for my team-mates,' he said.

'I do not play for money but for my club. If I were the one to decide, I would stay at Marseille.'

Carlo Ancelotti has spoken to Ashley Cole about move to Paris St Germain

Paris match: Cole holds talks with former boss Ancelotti over possible move to PSG

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UPDATED:

18:54 GMT, 9 November 2012

Paris St Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has spoken to Chelsea defender Ashley Cole about a possible switch to the Ligue 1 big spenders, Le 10 sport has reported.

Cole, 31, is in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, and with Chelsea offering only one-year deals to players over the age of 30 he has been linked with a move away from London.

And with reports suggesting that PSG could be looking to bring in a replacement for former Inter Milan and Barcelona player Maxwell, who joined the club last year, Cole could link up with his former Chelsea boss in the French capital.

Heading to France Ashley Cole is reported to have spoken to former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti about a possible move to PSG

Heading to France Ashley Cole is reported to have spoken to former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti about a possible move to PSG

According to Le 10 sport, Ancelotti spoke to the England defender about the club's project and wanted to know Cole's thoughts about a possible transfer to France.

Robert Pires, who was a team-mate of Cole's at Arsenal, believes the possibility would interest the left-back, telling the paper: 'Paris could be interesting for him, at a sporting level and a financial level.

Teaming up again: Carlo Ancelotti and Ashley Cole could link up again at PSG after working together at Chelsea

Teaming up again: Carlo Ancelotti and Ashley Cole could link up again at PSG after working together at Chelsea

'I think he could say OK to Paris. The plans attract him, I know him well and I'm sure he is interested.'

Meanwhile, Cole is out of Sunday's match of the weekend against Liverpool.

Cole's hamstring has not recovered and he will miss the game, despite Chelsea's hopes he could be fit.

Ryan Bertrand, who had replaced Cole in the England squad for the game against Sweden next week, is expected to deputise.

Champion of Europe: Cole and Daniel Sturridge celebrate winning the Champions League last season

Champion of Europe: Cole and Daniel Sturridge celebrate winning the Champions League last season

Lille keen to re-sign Liverpool"s Joe Cole

Lille ready to offer Cole an escape route from his Liverpool misery

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22:43 GMT, 5 November 2012

Lille could be ready to offer Joe Cole an escape from his Anfield misery.

Since returning from a loan spell at Lille, Cole, 31 on Thursday, has only started two games for Brendan Rodgers — in the Europa League and Capital One Cup. He has been limited to 32 minutes in the Barclays Premier League and seems set to move in January.

Lille coach Rudi Garcia remains a fan, and is giving serious thought to taking Cole back. Cole was a big success at Lille and, with Eden Hazard, helped the Ligue 1 side qualify for the Champions League.

On the move Joe Cole could be heading back to France if Lille launch a move to sign him

On the move Joe Cole could be heading back to France if Lille launch a move to sign him

'Joe is not only a great person, but also a great footballer. But financially it was not possible to save him,' Garcia said.

'This can be prohibitive for the return of Joe to Lille. Sportingly and humanly, I'd love to see him back.'

Happier times: Cole enjoyed a successful loan spell in France

Happier times: Cole enjoyed a successful loan spell in France

Newcastle’s former Lille player Yohan Cabaye said: ‘It worked well for him at Lille. I’ve heard that Rudi Garcia would be interested to have him back.’

Cole and Liverpool head to Moscow on Wednesday for their Europa League game against Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday. Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez will stay behind to rest for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea.

Lucas Moura denies Manchester United snub was for money

Moura claims PSG move not about the money after Brazil star snubbed United

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UPDATED:

10:42 GMT, 5 November 2012

Brazilian star Lucas Moura has denied money was the motivation behind his decision to snub Manchester United in favour of Paris St Germain.

The 20-year-old will move to the French capital in January after agreeing a 35million from Sao Paulo during the summer.

United, along with Inter Milan, were favourites to lure the midfielder away from his homeland, and were poised to have 30m bids accepted before PSG, who are bankrolled by the Qatari royal family, made their move.

Franch fancy: Lucas Moura will complete his move to PSG in January

Franch fancy: Lucas Moura will complete his move to PSG in January

But in admitting he is anxious ahead of the switch in 2013, Moura, who starred in the Olympic football tournament for Brazil, says he chose Paris for the familiar faces already at the club.

'Thiago Silva has told me a lot about the club and its facilities, and it will be nice to have him as my team-mate,' he told French media. 'However, I have to admit that I do have a bit of fear about how things will pan out. I don't know how it will go.

'I am not thinking about money, but I am more concerned with whether my next destination will be the right one. PSG's ambition and the presence of the other Brazilians convinced me to sign.

'I am following PSG from a distance. I am mainly focusing on the end of the season with Sao Paulo for now.'

At the time of the deal, Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes revealed the club's former star player Leonardo – now PSG's sporting director – had been key in seeing the midfielder chose Ligue 1 over the Premier League.