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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.

Suzi Perry to replace Jake Humphrey as Formula 1 host

Suzi Perry to replace Jake Humphrey as BBC's Formula 1 host for 2013 season

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UPDATED:

16:07 GMT, 21 December 2012

Race time! Perry will host the Beeb's F1 coverage

Race time! Perry will host the Beeb's F1 coverage

Former MotoGP presenter Suzi Perry will front the BBC’s Formula One coverage next season.

Perry replaces Jake Humphrey who leaves after four years to present BT Vision's inaugural foray into football.

Speaking of her new role, Perry, 42,
said: 'Motorsport is my life and I have really missed being away from
the grid. I am so excited to be joining the BBC.

'Working alongside such an eminent team and the F1 world is a huge honour and I can't wait to get started.'

Perry’s live debut will come at the
third round of the season in China after the TV schedule for 2013 was
also released on Friday.

Races live on BBC in 2013

China – April 14
Spain – May 12
Canada June 9
Silverstone – June 30
TBA* – July 21
Belgium – August 25
Italy – September 8
Japan – October 13
India – October 27
Brazil – November 24

The BBC will screen ten races live
including the British Grand Prix and season-ending race in Brazil but
will only screen highlights of the blue-riband Monaco Grand Prix.

Sky Sports F1 will screen all 20 races exclusively live in 2013 and have named an un-changed presenting line-up.

Pastures new: Humphrey will host BT Vision's football coverage

Pastures new: Humphrey will host BT Vision's football coverage

David Beckham"s move to Monaco is one I want, says manager Claudio Ranieri

Bring me Beckham! Ex-Chelsea boss Ranieri confirms interest from Monaco

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UPDATED:

23:56 GMT, 18 December 2012

Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri has confirmed his desire to bring David Beckham to the ambitious Ligue 2 club.

Ranieri, who is backed by Russian billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev, also wants Chelsea's Frank Lampard and believes Beckham can play a pivotal role in the development of Monaco's emerging squad.

Beckham, 37, is considering his options after leaving MLS side LA Galaxy.

Star quality: David Beckham is wanted by Monaco, and manager Claudio Ranieri

Star quality: David Beckham is wanted by Monaco, and manager Claudio Ranieri

Paris St Germain are also interested but coach Carlo Ancelotti, Beckham's ally, is under severe pressure to keep his job.

Ranieri said: 'Beckham keeps a passion for football, that's what interests me. It would be helpful in all aspects of the development of the club.

'He could share his passion with our young players, at 37 years old, he continues to improve and be professional.

'All young players need an experienced coach but also references in the locker room.'

French fancy: Claudio Ranieri has plenty of financial clout to strengthen Monaco

French fancy: Claudio Ranieri has plenty of financial clout to strengthen Monaco

Old friend: Ranieri has never managed Beckham, but has been beaten by him

Old friend: Ranieri has never managed Beckham, but has been beaten by him

On Tuesday, Sportsmail revealed the interest in Lampard.

Ranieri signed the midfielder from West Ham for 11million in 2001. Although the Italian was fired by Roman Abramovich in May 2004, Lampard retains a healthy respect for him as a coach.

Ranieri wants to take advantage of Lampard’s fading star at Chelsea after the London club failed to open talks with the player over a new deal.

Meanwhile, Robbie Keane says he intends to rest rather than take in a loan spell in the Premier League.

Patrice Evra: I can only leave Manchester United by killing Sir Alex Ferguson

The only way I can leave United is by killing Fergie, jokes PSG target Evra

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UPDATED:

15:30 GMT, 10 December 2012

Patrice Evra has joked that he would have to kill Sir Alex Ferguson before ever leaving Manchester United.

The left-back has been heavily linked with a move to Paris-Saint Germain.

The French newspaper Le Parisien reported on Friday that a meeting had taken place at Camp des Loges between the PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti, the Director of Football, Leonardo and the President Nasser Al-Khelafi, in which Evra was identified as the club's principal transfer target, ahead of Ashley Cole.

No move: Evra, with Ferguson after United's win over City on Sunday, has dismissed talk of a move to the French giants

No move: Evra, with Ferguson after United's win over City on Sunday, has dismissed talk of a move to the French giants

However, Evra has revealed that he is settled at United, and said: 'You'd have to kill Ferguson before I could come to Paris. There is nothing done and I'm happy in Manchester.'

Nonetheless, Evra, 31, will be aware that his United contract expires in the summer of 2014, and it has been the club's policy in recent years to only offer a one-year extension to the contract of any player over 30 years of age.

With the prospect of a bumper wage package and greater job security at PSG, Evra could be forgiven for being tempted by the possibility of joining the richest club in France, who have signed a plethora of world-class talent including Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in recent seasons.

Take Zlat: Ibrahimovic is PSG's best-known player

Take Zlat: Ibrahimovic is PSG's best-known player

And Evra admitted to Le10 Sport that there is an attraction: 'Paris is the capital club and I've never hidden my love for Paris, even if Monaco remain my club. It always hurts my heart to see the club not win the championship or qualify for the Champions League. It is always a pleasure to be coveted, especially since I'm Parisian.'

Evra, who joined United in January 2006 from Monaco, has become an integral part of Ferguson's side in the last six years, even assuming the captaincy in the absence of the injured Nemanja Vidic for much of the last year.

He has won four Barclays Premier League titles and a Champions League since arriving at Old Trafford.

Suso "gay" jibe at Liverpool team-mate Jose Enrique

Suso falls foul of Twitter after 'gay' jibe at Liverpool team-mate Enrique

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01:26 GMT, 30 November 2012

Liverpool starlet Suso could be in hot water after becoming the latest Premier League star to fall foul of Twitter.

The
19-year-old Spaniard sparked controversy with his reply to team-mate
Jose Enrique posting a bizarre picture of him getting his teeth
whitened.

Liverpool's Suso tweet

Gaffe: Liverpool's Suso reply to Jose Enrique

Suso tweeted: 'What f*** is he doing This guy is gay… he does everything except play football.'

The Reds midfielder quickly realised he had made a poor error of judgement and deleted the tweet.

He also issued an apology.

Suso's gaffe follows Jen Chang leaving his post as media chief following the Twitter storm with spoof blogger 'Duncan Jenkins'.

Team mates: Suso (left) and Jose Enrique (right)

Team mates: Suso (left) and Jose Enrique (right)

Liverpool were forced to apologise to Jenkins, real name Sean Cummins, for the 'inappropriate actions' of Chang, after they met in a Manchester restaurant.

Chang wrongly believed inside information used by Cummins on Twitter had been fed to him by an Anfield mole.

The fan then alleged in a blog that Chang made a series of threats to him, which included revoking his shared season ticket

Twitter storm with spoof blogger 'Duncan Jenkins'.

The
club were forced to apologise to Jenkins, real name Sean Cummins, for
the 'inappropriate actions' of Chang, after they met in a Manchester
restaurant.

Chang wrongly believed inside information used by Cummins on Twitter had been fed to him by an Anfield mole.

The fan then alleged in a blog that Chang made a series of threats to him, which included revoking his shared season ticket

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Frank Lampard wanted by Monaco

Monaco join queue for Lampard as Ranieri eyes reunion with Chelsea midfielder

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 26 November 2012

Monaco are the latest club to show interest in Chelsea’s Frank Lampard.

The England midfielder, 34, is set to leave Stamford Bridge in January or the summer and has offers from Chinese side Guizhou Renhe and LA Galaxy. Paris Saint- Germain are also interested.

But Monaco, backed by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, want Lampard to spearhead their revival after relegation last year.

Heading out: Frank Lampard (right) could join French side Monaco

Heading out: Frank Lampard (right) could join French side Monaco

Coached by Claudio Ranieri, who took Lampard to Chelsea from West Ham in 2001, they plan to re-establish themselves as the top club in France.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has confirmed he expects Lampard and Ashley Cole to leave. Cole, 31, is expected to join PSG on a three-year deal in the summer.

Paris calling Ashley Cole will also be allowed to leave Chelsea

Paris calling Ashley Cole will also be allowed to leave Chelsea

Jessica Ennis misses out on Female Athlete of the Year to Allyson Felix

Team GB golden girl Ennis pipped to Athlete of the Year by US sprinter Felix in Barcelona

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UPDATED:

13:31 GMT, 25 November 2012

Jessica Ennis has missed out on being named the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year after American sprinter Allyson Felix won the award.

Olympic heptathlon champion Ennis was on the three-strong final shortlist, but lost out to Felix, who won three gold medals at London 2012, at an IAAF ceremony in Barcelona this afternoon.

Felix, 27, won the 200 metres and the 4x100m and 4x400m titles in the summer.

Unlucky Jessica: Prince Albert of Monaco (left) stood next to, Usain Bolt (centre left) and US sprinter Allyson Felix (centre right) after she pipped Ennis to Female Athlete of the Year

Unlucky Jessica: Prince Albert of Monaco (left) stood next to, Usain Bolt (centre left) and US sprinter Allyson Felix (centre right) after she pipped Ennis to Female Athlete of the Year

New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams had also been in contention.

Usain Bolt won the men’s award for the fourth time in the last five years.

He beat Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha and 110m hurdles gold medallist Aries Merritt.

The pair have both set world records this year, while Bolt successfully defended his three sprint titles.

'This means a lot to me as this was one of my hardest years,' Bolt, who had fitness concerns in the run-up to the Olympics, said on the IAAF website.

Looking sharp: US athlete Aries Merritt missed out on an award

Looking sharp: Usain Bolt picked up the men's award

Looking sharp: Usain Bolt (right) picked up the men's award as Aries Merritt (right) missed out

Beaten: Yohan Blake

Winner: Allyson Felix pipped Jessica Ennis in Barcelona

Winner: Allyson Felix (right) pipped Jessica Ennis in Barcelona and Yohan Blake (left) strikes his signature pose

'My coach doesn’t want us to discuss injuries, so I didn’t talk about it, so this means a lot.'

Felix said: 'It is pretty much one of the coolest awards I’ve ever received.

'Winning it means you are at the top of your sport, which is something we all strive for. To finally reach the goal during the journey of a long career is very special.'

Another win: Bolt picked up his fourth award in five years

Another win: Bolt picked up his fourth award in five years

Class act: Jessica Ennis shone in the London Games, winning the heptathlon gold

Class act: Jessica Ennis shone in the London Games, winning the heptathlon gold

'For me this is a great honor to win a fourth time. I really worked hard and I was really focused this year. This season was one of my toughest.

'I had my ups and downs, even though we don’t like to talk about them,' said Bolt, who thanked his coach and the fans at this summer’s Olympics.

'The London games were magnificent. Fans were there in the stadium from 10 in the morning, I had never seen anything like that.'

In 2003, Bolt and Felix won the Rising Star awards for the most promising young athletes of the year.

Bolt said: 'Nine years ago I was here with Allyson, now I am back, that means I am getting old, which is slightly worrying,'

'But I will continue to work hard.'

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini talked with seven or eight teams last season

Monaco I was close to seven or eight clubs last season, says Mancini… but I'm staying at Man City to see out my five-year contract

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UPDATED:

14:09 GMT, 2 November 2012

Roberto Mancini has vowed to see out his new five-year contract at Manchester City despite renewed speculation over his future with the Premier League champions.

It has been revealed that Mancini was close to agreeing to take over as Monaco manager last season before guiding City to the Premier League title and signing a long-term contract at the Etihad.

Mancini did not deny the links with Monaco but insisted that he has been linked to a number of clubs in the past.

One-on-one: Mancini appeared to have a heated conversation with defender Kolo Toure after training on Friday

One-on-one: Mancini appeared to have a heated conversation with defender Kolo Toure after training on Friday

One-on-one: Mancini appeared to have a heated conversation with defender Kolo Toure after training on Friday

He added: ‘Last year I was close with
seven or eight teams but I preferred to stay here because I worked well
here for three years.’

The appointment of former Barcelona duo
Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain as CEO and director of football has
also led to talk of City bringing in Pep Guardiola, who has been out of
football since leaving the Nou Camp six months ago.

Back at work: Roberto Mancini arrives at Carrington on Friday morning ahead of Manchester City training

Back at work: Mancini arrives at Carrington (above) ahead of City training (below) on Friday morning

Full blooded: Mario Balotelli training on Friday

The Italian is determined to see it
through, however, and insists that he is looking forward to working with
Begiristain following an uneasy relationship with Brian Marwood.

‘If you write that Txiki is here and next year they’ll bring in Guardiola it’s not my problem,’ said Mancini.

Let me explain: The team circle for a talk from Mancini

Let me explain: The City squad circle their boss for a talk from Mancini during training

‘I’ve always thought my future was
here. I’ve signed a contract for the next five years because I believe
in this squad and because I work with serious people like the owner and
the chairman.

‘This is the best place for me at the moment for a lot of reasons. For the next five years my job will be here.

‘I’m very happy. I have my job, Txiki has his job, Ferran has his job but together we can work very well.

‘I played against Txiki many years ago
and I’m very happy because he has a lot of experience with a top club
like Barca. We’ve done well in the last two years but we can do better
in the future.

‘He worked with Barca and won everything there and built a fantastic team there. He will be important for us.

‘Now with Ferran and Begiristain we can work very well and improve our team.’

City face a difficult trip to West Ham on Saturday followed by a crucial Champions League tie at home to Ajax next week.

Mancini confirmed that David Silva,
Maicon and Jack Rodwell will miss the games, but expects Micah Richards
to be back a lot sooner than expected following knee surgery.

Although Richards was initially been ruled out for up to 16 weeks, his manager believes it will be closer to a month.

‘The injury isn’t bad,’ said Mancini.
‘I read three months but I don’t know why. In my opinion maybe three or
four weeks – one month maximum.’

Roberto Mancini: Manchester City critics don"t bother me

What pressure Mancini insists he won't listen to his critics despite City's slow start

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UPDATED:

10:07 GMT, 2 November 2012

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini claims to have taken no notice of his recent critics.

The Italian came in for some heavy flak last week after a loss to Ajax in Amsterdam left City needing a 'miracle' – in Mancini's own words – to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.

City failed to get out of their group in their maiden Champions League campaign last year, and their latest attempt has been another underwhelming one with just one point gained from the first three games.

Work to do: Roberto Mancini's (centre) Manchester City have been below par

Work to do: Roberto Mancini's (centre) Manchester City have been below par

And despite remaining unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League, the champions have also been below par at the start of their title defence.

With much made of Mancini's ultimately doomed decisions to continually change formation in Holland – and accompanying speculation that was unsettling players – the pressure appeared to be growing on the former Inter Milan boss.

But that eased slightly with a hard-fought win over Swansea last weekend and Mancini, whom The Guardian claim held talks last season about taking charge of Monaco, claims not to have been affected by recent pressure anyway.

Mancini said: 'I don't read the newspapers. I know my job and I know when I make a mistake or do the right things.

'For this I talk with my club, my chairman and my staff, the other situations are not important.'

Mancini has always remained confident in his ability to deliver and he famously guided City to title success last season after they had been eight points off the top with six games remaining.

But after what was a first league win in 44 years for the club, Mancini cannot understand where all the pressure and expectation for instant Champions League glory is coming from.

He said: 'I don't know but maybe there are some that are happy for this, and some others that push for this.

Point to prove: City are struggling in the Champions League and are third in the Premier League table after some less than impressive performances

Point to prove: City are struggling in the Champions League and are third in the Premier League table after some less than impressive performances

'I don't know who or for which reason, but we are a young club for the Champions League. It could be that we lose some games.'

Mancini also points out that for all Ajax's domination, City did lead 1-0 in the Amsterdam ArenA and had chances to score a second before eventually crashing 3-1.

He said: 'Maybe we should do better because we didn't play well against Ajax, but when we were 1-0 we had two incredible chances to score the second goal.

'I think in that competition, when you have a chance, you need to score and close the game.'

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini "held secret talks" last season to take over at Monaco

Revealed: Mancini 'held secret talks' to take over at Monaco… when Man City were eight points behind United last term

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UPDATED:

09:37 GMT, 2 November 2012

The perilous nature of Roberto
Mancini's position at Manchester City last season has been further
underlined by revelations that he spoke to French club Monaco about
taking over as coach.

Mancini signed a new
five-year-contract at City in the summer after securing the club's first
Barclays Premier League title with the very last kick of the season.

However, Mancini had feared for his
future just a month prior to that dramatic conclusion after his team
fell eight points behind neighbours Manchester United and it emerged on
Thursday that it was at this time that he spoke to Monaco.

Under his hat: Roberto Mancini (centre) at training on Thursday

Under his hat: Roberto Mancini (centre) at training on Thursday

It is already known that Mancini had
discussions with the Russian FA at this time about the national coach's
job and it is clear the Italian was safeguarding his future in the game
should City have taken the decision to sack him.

With Monaco cash-rich after being
bought by Dmitry Rybolovlev, Mancini is believed to have been offered a
five-year deal worth 6.4m-a-year.

The revelation comes days after the Blues were forced to deny Mancini's job was under threat from Pep Guardiola after
Barcelona's former technical director Txiki Begiristain was lured to the Etihad as
director of football.

Let me explain: City have refused to comment on Mancini's Monaco talks

Face facts: City have refused to comment on Mancini's Monaco talks

Begiristain's arrival, combined with
that of recently appointed chief executive Ferran Soriano, another to
have worked at the Nou Camp, had led to speculation that the
currently-out-of-work Guardiola would be approached.

Guardiola has also been linked with
Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, while clubs in Italy are among
those monitoring his situation while he takes a sabbatical from the
game.

Privately
Mancini has told close associates he is relieved that more than two
years of struggle with Brian Marwood – who was taken up the role of
academy director – are now at an end. He is also said to be ‘open
minded’ about the prospect of working with a director of football.

Marwood never actually carried that
title after Mancini’s predecessor Mark Hughes objected to it when the
former Arsenal winger was appointed four years ago.

Let me explain: The team circle for a talk from Mancini

Let me explain: The team circle for a talk from Mancini

It
is clear that Begiristain’s role in the recruitment of players will be
central to his day-to-day involvement at the Etihad Stadium. Whether
Mancini will see that as helpful or obstructive will be interesting. The
one thing he will not tolerate is being told which players he should or
should not try to buy.

Mancini's
season has not been without its problems so far, however, and he is
currently trying to contain the mutterings of dissent from a small group
of players in his dressing room.

Begiristain, 48, has been on City’s radar for some time and was finally lured from Barcelona at the end of last week by Soriano.

The
two men worked successfully at the Nou Camp and City hope that the
pairing of such experienced and talented men can help lead the group
forwards as they look to build on last season’s Barclays Premier League
win.

On his own: City have refused to dismiss reports

On his own: City have refused to dismiss reports