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Marseille want Joey Barton

Marseille keen to tie down Barton on long-term deal after bad boy flourishes

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

13:38 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:14 GMT, 7 January 2013

Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has praised Joey Barton and suggested the Ligue 1 club would be interested in retaining the midfielder beyond his season-long loan from QPR.

The 30-year-old Barton was sent out on loan by the London club in disgrace this summer following his red card shame at former club Manchester City on the final day of last season, which brought him a 12-match ban.

Main man: Joey Barton (left) has been a hit during his loan spell at Marseille

Main man: Joey Barton (left) has been a hit during his loan spell at Marseille

But Barton has flourished in the south of France where, after being made to serve his ban and wait for a league debut, he has quickly become a key cog in a Marseille side in a three-way tie with Paris St Germain and Lyon at the top of Ligue 1.

And Anigo insisted Barton's impact had come as no surprise to him.

'He was described as an animal, but he is just the opposite. He is funny, intelligent, and he fights for victory,' Anigo told L'Equipe.

Trip home: Barton watched QPR lose to Liverpool last month

Trip home: Barton watched QPR lose to Liverpool last month

'We can see that the team has been lifted by his competitive spirit. He is now established as a leader in our group.

'He is very happy here, maybe he has found the right club for him. Should he desire (to stay) it could be very good. We have a very good relationship with his club QPR.'

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.

Hugo Lloris adapting to Premier League with Tottenam

Lloris reveals he's settling in at Spurs… now that he's AVB's No 1!

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UPDATED:

09:14 GMT, 21 December 2012

Main man: Hugo Lloris

Main man: Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris has admitted he has had to adapt to the English game after joining Tottenham from Lyon in August.

The Frenchman, who will face his former side in the last 32 of the Europa League, signed for 12million but initially struggled to displace Brad Friedel as Andre Villas-Boas’ No 1.

But Lloris is confident he is now up to speed with the Premier League.

‘Football is universal,’ he told the Times. ‘There are certain characteristics, such as crosses, high balls, duels on the pitch and fighting spirit which are part of the English football. Here it is faster, with higher intensity.

‘Being a keeper isn’t just about being a player,’ he said. ‘It’s about a mindset, being rigorous in your work, brave. I don’t like to wait for the game to come to me, to have it imposed on me. I like to attack the ball, to play quite high up the pitch and to close the attacking players down where possible.’

Lloris credited Lyon with developing his career but admitted he was ready to leave for a new challenge.

‘I needed to move on to the next stage in my career,’ he added. ‘Coming to Tottenham was a great opportunity for me. During my time at Lyons I developed as a man and a sportsman into what I am today.’

Andre Villas-Boas says Lyon draw is good Champions League preparation

Villas-Boas hopes Lyon draw will prepare his players for Champions League

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 20 December 2012

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is relishing the task of taking on Lyon in a Europa League tie he hopes will prove to be a dress rehearsal for the Champions League football he is determined to bring back to White Hart Lane.

Far from being disappointed with drawing a side with plenty of experience of Europe’s top competition, Villas-Boas views the meeting with Lyon as an ideal opportunity to test his team’s Champions League credentials.

‘Lyon is a tremendous opportunity for us,’ said Villas-Boas.

Enthusiastic: Andre Villas-Boas is happy Spurs are going up against Lyon

Enthusiastic: Andre Villas-Boas is happy Spurs are going up against Lyon

‘It is a tremendous opportunity to see a wonderful Europa League fixture being played; they are like Champions League fixtures.

'The fact that we play Lyon, who are used to being in the Champions League, it’s an important reference for us.

‘If we want to set our targets for Champions League qualification, this is the kind of team we will face: teams with a winning mentality, full of quality.’

Tottenham are currently fourth in the Barclays Premier League but with just seven points separating them from Liverpool in 12th, Villas-Boas is aware his side must build on their recent run of form which has seen them win four of their last five league encounters.

‘It depends on a consistent run from now on,’ said Villas-Boas of Tottenham’s hopes of staying in the top four. ‘All of the teams that normally are within Champions League qualification have found that consistency.

‘We understand that we could be in a better position but still we are within what was expected of us for this part of the season. If we are able to keep this level of form we can finish fourth.’

Aiming high: Villas-Boas wants his players to reach the Champions League again

Aiming high: Villas-Boas wants his players to reach the Champions League again

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hits out after being told he is too aggressive

Angry Ibrahimovic hits out at detractors after being told he is too aggressive

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UPDATED:

00:45 GMT, 21 December 2012

A stubborn Zlatan Ibrahimovic has
insisted he will not change the way he plays despite criticism
suggesting he is too aggressive.

The Sweden and Paris Saint-Germain
striker has been called before the French FA after appearing to stamp on
the head of Lyon rival Dejan Lovren.

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Ouch: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon's Dejan Lovren

Ouch: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon's Dejan Lovren

Zlat in a hat: Ibrahimovic (right) vies with French defender Zoumana Camara during a training session

Zlat in a hat: Ibrahimovic (right) vies with French defender Zoumana Camara during a training session

Although the referee did not spot the
incident it enraged Lyon's president Jan-Michel Aulas, who believes the
volatile striker did it deliberately.

But Ibrahimovic told BeInSPort: 'I
want a lot in the field when I play. I may look aggressive, it is the
way to feel alive, because if I relax on the field you will not see me
playing.

'When I am angry in the field I play
better – according to me. And if people say I'm aggressive it stimulates
me because I will be even more aggressive. People say I shout I will
shout even more. Because it stimulates me.

'It doesn't mean that I will relax or something because I won wherever I came and I know how it is to win and I will continue.

'I came here to win and I will
continue to be the way I am, because the way I am, I had in ten years a
fantastic career. So people telling me now to change… no! I will tell
people what to do.'

You won't like him when he's angry: Ibrahimovic is prone to outbursts of violence

You won't like him when he's angry: Ibrahimovic is prone to outbursts of violence

As well as trying to deal with the
headstrong striker, PSG must also try and cope with Brazilian defender
Thiago Silva, who signed for around 34million in the summer, wanting to
go back to AC Milan.

'I miss Milan a lot, to tell the
truth. No one can deny that I miss Milan, the club will surely always be
in my heart because they gave me so much,' he told Sky Sport 24.

'I would like to return, certainly.
Milan are a great team, the most successful in the world. I played there
for three years and I do not know the future, but, if there is the
chance to return again, I would definitely go back.'

Hoping for home: Thiago Silva said he would love to go back to AC Milan

Hoping for home: Thiago Silva said he would love to go back to AC Milan

Silva continued: 'It is better now,
but, to be honest at the start, it was a bit difficult for me. French
football is strong and at times very challenging to play. It is not as
easy as everyone thinks.

'Robinho and Pato to return to Brazil
The club are going through a difficult period, this year was always
going to be different from the past.

'I am not sure if Robinho is unhappy.
But, in my opinion he is not as happy as he was in the first year that
he joined the club. He had an immense desire to win.

'As for Pato, I would advise him that a
change of scenery may be required. It is difficult to say what is right
for another person, but, again I do not think that he is happy there
anymore. He may have to return to Brazil.'

Watch video of Zlatan's 'stamp'

Loic Remy welcomes Newcastle interest in signing him from Marseille

Remy welcomes Newcastle interest after Pardew lines up Marseille hotshot

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 18 December 2012

Marseille striker Loic Remy has confirmed he would be interested in a move to Newcastle United.

The French club want Toon winger Gabriel Obertan as part of any deal for Remy, 25, but value the France international striker at around 16million.

Remy said: ‘Newcastle are a very good team, they are a big club with good players, very good fans and a nice stadium that is always full.

Toon target: Loic Remy could be set to swap Marseille for Newcastle

Toon target: Loic Remy could be set to swap Marseille for Newcastle

'The window opens in January, and
there will be speculation from now until the window closes – if I have
to leave then all parties must be happy. I have a contract so let's wait
and see what happens.'

Newcastle's need is accentuated by the on-going situation surrounding current leading scorer Demba Ba.

Up in the air: Demba Ba has a 7.5m release clause in his Newcastle contract

Up in the air: Demba Ba has a 7.5m release clause in his Newcastle contract

The
Magpies have played down previous links with the former Lyon, Lens and
Nice forward, but with Ba yet to agree a new contract at St James' Park
which would remove his infamous release clause, the club is understood
to be ready to bolster the manager's attacking options.

Pardew has no desire to allow Senegal
international Ba, who has 11 goals to his name so far this season, to
leave Tyneside, and the player himself has repeatedly spoken of his
happiness at the club.

However, amid speculation that
Arsenal, Chelsea and QPR among others could be ready to battle it out
for his signature next month, his admission in an interview with a
French TV company that the Gunners would be an attractive proposition
added to the sense of unease.

West Ham ponder John Mensah deal after rebuffing Anthony Vanden Borre and Mikael Silvestre

West Ham ponder Mensah deal after rebuffing free agents Vanden Borre and Silvestre

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UPDATED:

06:27 GMT, 18 September 2012

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce could hand a contract to John Mensah after deciding not to pursue his interest in free agents Mikael Silvestre and Anthony Vanden Borre, according to talkSPORT.

Allardyce had been running the rule over the trio as he looks to bolster his defensive options outside the transfer window.

John Mensah

Trial: John Mensah

Allardyce enjoyed a fruitful transfer window, bringing in the attacking options of Andy Carroll, Matt Jarvis and Yossi Benayoun amongst others, but he finds himself light on cover at the back.

Silvestre, who is without a club
since leaving Werder Bremen in the summer, was hoping to make West Ham
his third Premier League club after stints at Manchester United and
Arsenal.

Belgian international Vanden Borre, who spent the 2009-10 season on at Pompey, was released by Racing Genk this summer.

Ghanaian Mensah, 29, was released by Lyon this summer.

Hugo Lloris ready to fight Brad Friedel at Tottenham

I'll fight to be No 1! Lloris bullish about replacing Friedel at Spurs

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UPDATED:

09:22 GMT, 13 September 2012


Ready for the fight: Hugo Lloris is undisputed number one for France, but will have to unseat Brad Friedel at Tottenham

Ready for the fight: Hugo Lloris is undisputed number one for France, but will have to unseat Brad Friedel at Tottenham

Tottenham's new 12m goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is optimistic he will make his debut at Reading on Sunday, despite his manager insisting he will have to fight for the No 1 shirt with Brad Friedel.

The deadline day signing has had a slow start to his White Hart Lane career – watching the 1-1 draw with Norwich City from the stands and then reporting for international duty with France.

And Andre Villas-Boas indicated that the wait could go on, saying that veteran Friedel, 41, is first choice for the moment.

Lloris, who played in both of France's opening World Cup qualifiers against Finland and Belarus, admitted it was 'never nice' to learn he would not be top keeper for his club as well.

But the 25-year-old, who joined from Lyon, said he will work hard in training to impress his new boss and get off the substitutes' bench.

He said: 'I will join Tottenham calmly, discovering a new world, another league. I have lots of things to prove there. I will have to work hard.

'All that is positive and I am going to get to know my new team-mates and staff, and I am going to work as well as I can.

'There are a lot of things for me to prove. I am going to strive for success.'

Responding to Villas-Boas' comments about his place, Lloris said: 'It is too early to reply to this type of question. Today, I have a status – I have the France captain's armband. It is a mark of trust and respect.'

Still number one: Brad Friedel makes a save in Tottenham's 1-1 home draw with Norwich City

Still number one: Brad Friedel makes a save in Tottenham's 1-1 home draw with Norwich City

Earlier this week, Friedel laid down the law to his new team-mate, saying he will not move aside.

The American said: 'I feel like I played pretty well in my last game and hopefully I continue to get picked. Right now I believe the shirt is mine to lose.

'I believe the manager came out and said that and if this is the case then it's a great challenge for me.'

Brad Friedel won"t give up jersey to Hugo Lloris

I won't give my jersey up without a fight, roars Spurs keeper Friedel

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UPDATED:

13:22 GMT, 9 September 2012

Brad Friedel has warned fellow Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris he faces a fight for the No 1 jersey.

The Frenchman arrived from Lyon on deadline day for 12million but had to make do with a place on the bench against Norwich.

Friedel meanwhile was in stunning form as he helped his side earn a point at White Hart Lane.

Main man Hugo Lloris joined Spurs from Lyon on deadline day

Main man Hugo Lloris joined Spurs from Lyon on deadline day

And the veteran 41-year-old is reluctant to relinquish his position between the sticks.

'Right now I believe the shirt is mine to lose, I believe the manager came out and said that. If that’s the case then great,' Friedel told Sky Sports.

'I will turn up every day and work as hard as I can. I will keep as fit as I possibly can, hopefully get selected to play and hopefully do as well as I can.'

With Carlo Cudicini and Heurelho Gomes also on the books, Tottenham are not short of goalkeepers to chose from.

'It’s great to have competition,' Friedel added.

'Hugo Lloris is France’s No.1, he’s gonna want to play, I’m gonna want to play, and so are Carlo and Heurelho.'

The American also admits he is aware he was brought into the club as temporary measure.

'When
I signed for Tottenham, I signed as a stop-gap while Tottenham looked
for a long-term goalkeeper. Tottenham deserve a long-term goalkeeper,'
he continued.

Won't go quietly: Brad Friedel was in fine form for Tottenham against Norwich

Won't go quietly: Brad Friedel was in fine form for Tottenham against Norwich

'I want to play, I’ve always wanted to play, I don’t sign contracts not to play. However, I would never demean the manager by spitting my dummy out if I wasn’t playing.

'We are all contracted to Tottenham Hotspur and if they ask me to be a No.1 [or a No.2], I’d do that to the best of my ability.

'Hugo Lloris is going to be a team-mate, not an enemy.

'It is a difficult position to have four goalkeepers of our quality at the club. Saying that, hopefully there’ll be 50-odd games to play this season, which is a lot of games to go around.'

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.'