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Colin Montgomerie worries European stars" defection to PGA Tour could weaken Ryder Cup defence

Monty worries European stars' defection to PGA Tour could weaken Ryder Cup defence

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19:39 GMT, 18 December 2012

Colin Montgomerie says that steps need to be taken to encourage Europe's stars to play more in Europe.

Ten of September's successful Ryder Cup side – all bar Paul Lawrie and Francesco Molinari – will be members of the PGA Tour in America next season.

Montgomerie, whose induction next year into the World Golf Hall of Fame was announced today, is a member of the European Tour's tournament committee and said: 'It's very difficult and we have to sit down and try to address this.

Miracle at Medinah: Europe's victorious Ryder Cup stars celebrate in Chicago

Miracle at Medinah: Europe's victorious Ryder Cup stars celebrate in Chicago

'Sponsorship is getting harder and the first thing a sponsor asks is “who's playing”. He wants as many Ryder Cup players as possible.

'It's important for the future of European golf.'

Tom Watson spoke last week after being named as United States captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup about the edge Europe gains by staging the match on courses well-known to their players.

The 2014 match is at Gleneagles in Scotland, but although a European Tour event has been held there every year since 1999 it does not always attract the top names.

Honour: European Ryder Cup hero Colin Montgomerie (right) was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Tuesday

Honour: Colin Montgomerie (right) is now a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame

This August, for example, the only members of Jose Maria Olazabal's side who played there – even though it was the final qualifying event – were Lawrie, Molinari and Nicolas Colsaerts.

Montgomerie led the side at Celtic Manor two years ago and admitted today he was disappointed that more of his side did not play the Wales Open on the course four months earlier. Only seven of the 12 were there.

'We need to get our team to Gleneagles. We have to have that advantage,' the Scot said. 'In 1997 our biggest advantage was Valderrama. The Americans had three days to prepare, we had 10 years.'

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Harry Redknapp chasing Nicolas Anelka and Joe Cole

Redknapp to meet QPR owner Fernandes over January transfer targets Anelka and Cole

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22:30 GMT, 17 December 2012

Harry Redknapp will meet Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes this week to discuss the club's transfer window plans.

Redknapp will have 10million to spend in January but is expected to rely largely on loan deals.

Liverpool's Joe Cole and former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka are targets.

Target man: Joe Cole could be offered an escape route from Liverpool by QPR

Target man: Joe Cole could be offered an escape route from Liverpool by QPR

Anelka is also being targeted by east Londoners West Ham.

Cole has struggled to force his way back into the Liverpool team since he returned from a season-long loan at French side Lille.

The 31-year-old made 32 appearances for the Ligue 1 club and scored four goals.

Should Cole choose to link up with Redknapp it would not be for the first time. The former England international played under Redknapp during his time at West Ham.

The midfielder scored his first goal of the season against the Hammers last week, but doesn't appear to be in Brendan Rodgers' plans.

Meanwhile, QPR are preparing an official approach for Tottenham coach Les Ferdinand.

They are also keen on adding Clive Allen to their set-up.

Striking options: Nicolas Anelka (right) is also being tracked by Harry Redknapp

Striking options: Nicolas Anelka (right) is also being tracked by Harry Redknapp

Glorious: Adel Taraabt scored a remarkable goal against Fulham on Saturday

Glorious: Adel Taraabt scored a remarkable goal against Fulham on Saturday

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Jose Maria Olazabal still loves being captain at Royal Trophy

Olazabal still loves being captain as Ryder Cup hero tees it up at Royal Trophy

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10:20 GMT, 14 December 2012

Jose Maria Olazabal is captain of Europe again this week, and it feels good.

The mention of September's Miracle of Medinah still brings a beaming smile to the face of the great Spaniard, and why not

Not many men can say they inspired arguably the most impossible sporting comeback of all time.

Head to head: Jose Maria Olazabal (right) and Asia captain Joe Ozaki were all smiles ahead of the event

Head to head: Jose Maria Olazabal (right) and Asia captain Joe Ozaki were all smiles ahead of the event

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Olazabal is once more in charge of his continent for the sixth edition of the Royal Trophy in Brunei, where he and fellow Ryder Cup heroes Nicolas Colsaerts and Francesco Molinari are taking on the might of Asia, including Japanese superstar Ryo Ishikawa, over three days of matchplay amid the tropical rainforest at the Empire Hotel and Country Club.

Olazabal has had time to reflect on Medinah since Europe's scarcely believable comeback and, speaking to Sportsmail Online in Brunei, sums up the experience as 'an extraordinary moment. Unforgettable. Unique.'

Victory in the Windy City whipped up a whirlwind of publicity for Olazabal and even led to an audience with the King of Spain.

What with getting his feel back for playing ahead of this tournament with trips to the Far East, he has only recently been able to snatch moments of peace to let it all sink in.

'It's true that for a few weeks after it was over I didn't have the chance to reflect on what happened that week. I'm really looking forward to this winter, having more time on my own with a DVD and a nice glass of wine, and just enjoying it.

Nice work if you can get it: European skipper Olazabal lines up a putt as Miguel Angel Jimenez looks on

Nice work if you can get it: European skipper Olazabal lines up a putt as Miguel Angel Jimenez looks on

'Last week I had enough time to go shooting with my father. We go for partridge, quail, duck. We had a couple of nice days. It's nice to go with the dogs, just on your own, that's the beauty of it. You feel like you're the only man in the world. That sense of peace… that's what I really look forward to.'

And did he bring any dinner home for the family

'Yes, both of us did!' he laughs.

Here in Brunei, things are a little different to those incredible few days in Chicago: less hair-pulling, gut-wrenching and tear-shedding, more back-slapping, belly-laughing and mickey-taking.

During the opening ceremony we were even treated to a slapstick comedy sketch from Laurel and Hardy, otherwise known as Olazabal and Joe Osaki, the Asian captain.

When Osaki rubbed Olazabal's nose in the fact he had triumphed the last time the pair led their continents in this format, the Spaniard ran from his seat across the stage to deliver a few playful whacks to his friend's head.

Thankfully, no golfers were harmed in the making of this gag.

Two of his five a day: Our man Chris got a bit fruity with the fans in Brunei

Two of his five a day: Our man Chris got a bit fruity with the fans in Brunei

'Obviously it's not the same intensity as the Ryder Cup, it's a more relaxed atmosphere,' says Olazabal.

'But don't get me wrong, things are going to get serious. We're facing a serious challenge. The Asian team is strong. We're going to have to be on our toes.'

Olazabal's tears for his great friend Seve Ballesteros, who devised the Royal Trophy in 2006, regularly punctuated the Ryder Cup and gave viewers an insight into both the man's genuinely warm nature and his appreciation for life away from the golf course.

Ollie is emotional, and he doesn't care who knows it. He is no relentless golfing machine, focused purely on victory.

'You have to be hard in competition when you're on the course. But outside we cannot forget that this is a game. I've known Joe for many years, since the late 80s playing in Japan. You cannot forget that we're all human beings.

'There are other things in the world more important than what we do today here and you have to be able to separate those things. You have to have the right, friendly atmosphere off the golf course. On the golf course we shake hands on the first tee but that's it. We're going to try to beat each other.'

Glorious: The sun was shining on day one of the Royal Trophy in Brunei

Glorious: The sun was shining on day one of the Royal Trophy in Brunei

Unlike at Medinah, Olazabal will be teeing it up as well as leading his team as a player-captain.

On Friday he partnered compatriot Miguel Angel Jimenez in the foursomes against YE Yang and KT Kim.

The mere mention of Jimenez brings a smile to Olazabal's face, although he jokes that the 'old boys' might need to use a buggy or play off the forward tees to compete with the whippersnappers.

Alongside Jimenez and the Ryder Cup stars, Henrik Stenson, Edoardo Molinari, Marcel Siem and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano complete the European team.

Olazabal, a two-time Masters champion, admits he is not as sharp as he once was but now that the Ryder Cup is behind him, he has his sights firmly set on finding form on the course again.

'My game is on and off,' he says. 'I can play a bunch of great holes but all of a sudden I can hit that crooked shot that spoils everything. My goal now that the Ryder Cup is over is to concentrate on my game. I've always worked hard but (I need) to have my frame of mind on practicing and playing.'

Olazabal speaks glowingly of Tom Watson, who was confirmed as United States captain for Gleneagles in 2014.

But is he not tempted to give the captaincy another shot, on home soil The answer is a categorical no.

'The Ryder Cup is over, for sure. If Ivan Ballesteros (Seve's nephew and Royal Trophy organiser) asks me to captain again, I might do it. Most probably I would do it. For Seve, for Ivan, for the family. But the Ryder Cup – that's over.'

It may be over, but it will never be forgotten. Just ask the Princess of Sharjah – her highness herself has made the journey here to speak with Olazabal.

Like his late, great friend, Olly too is now golfing royalty.

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Nedbank Challenge: Paul Lawrie grabs halfway lead at Sun City

Lawrie grabs halfway lead at Sun City but Kaymer and Westwood lurk

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19:32 GMT, 30 November 2012

Scotland's Paul Lawrie is the one-shot leader at the halfway stage of the Nedbank Challenge, with his three-under-par 69 giving him the edge at Sun City.

The Ryder Cup winner takes the slenderest of advantages into the third day, with Martin Kaymer a shot behind.

Four players then trail on one under; Bill Haas, Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, with two-time defending champion Lee Westwood on level par.

Great Scot: Paul Lawrie shot a second round 69 in testing cconditions in the Nedbank Golf Challenge

Great Scot: Paul Lawrie shot a second round 69 in testing cconditions in the Nedbank Golf Challenge

Great Scot: Paul Lawrie shot a second round 69 in testing cconditions in the Nedbank Golf Challenge

Behind him is Peter Hanson (one over), before a real gap to the rest, with Carl Pettersson three over, Nicolas Colsaerts and Garth Mulroy four over and finally, Justin Rose, a further four shots back.

It was a horror day for the Englishman, a seven-over 79 not amongst his finest rounds, but Lawrie will at least sleep easy tonight after his 69.

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Round one – Colsaerts puts Ryder Cup pals in the shade to lead

He could have signed for an even better score too, with a bogey on the 15th-hole par four stopping him from registering the outright best round of the day.

Kaymer also carded a 69 consisting of five birdies and two bogeys, while Westwood, looking for a third successive win at the event, was left to rue a bogey and a double-bogey six at the par-four 16th as he ended one over for the day.

He had little on compatriot Rose, though, whose score was heavily undermined by a triple bogey on the par-four third. Lawrie's controlled round was all the more impressive considering the wind which ripped around the course.

In the chase: Lee Westwood (above) and Martin Kaymer (below) in action at the Gary Player Country Club

In chase: Lee Westwood (above) and Martin Kaymer (below) in action at the Gary Player Country Club

In the chase: Lee Westwood (above) and Martin Kaymer (below) in action at the Gary Player Country Club

Save for a couple of close shaves with the putter, he could have done even better.

'I played nicely, I struggled a bit with the driver so I hit a lot of three-woods off the tees. I hit my three-wood pretty far, but I also hit a lot of good shots with my irons. The greens are a little slower and I left a few putts out there,' he said.

'The wind was swirling, and it was quite difficult. It was chopping and changing – a little bit like Augusta. It is difficult to get the distance right this week, but so far we only got a couple wrong so we've done okay.'

In such a compact field, though, he knows he has little time to relax.

'The leaderboard is pretty damn packed, and pretty close together,' he added. 'There is still a lot of golf to play and a lot of time for guys to come back who struggled in the first two days. So far, so good for me, but there is still a long way to go.'

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QPR boss Harry Redknapp eyes former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka

New QPR boss Redknapp sets sights on January swoop for former Chelsea striker Anelka

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08:34 GMT, 27 November 2012

New Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is considering a January move for Nicolas Anelka.

Redknapp will be handed up to
10million to spend in the forthcoming transfer window, but will largely
be asked to utilise the loan market.

Loan ranger: QPR want Nicolas Anelka to boost their survival bid

Loan ranger: QPR want Nicolas Anelka to boost their survival bid

The 65-year-old manager knows he needs to bolster his strikeforce with injuries to Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora leaving him with Djibril Cisse as his only recognised centre-forward.

And Redknapp has identified former Chelsea striker Anelka as a serious loan target.

The 33-year-old is contracted to Shanghai Shenua, but could be available on a temporary basis from January given the Chinese Super League season has finished.

Anelka is keen to return to Europe on a full-time basis after privately admitting his move to China was a mistake.

Hot shot: Anelka is keen on return to Europe

Hot shot: Anelka is keen on return to Europe

Redknapp would look to secure a deal to
sign Anelka until the end of the season, though the move would depend on
QPR coming to an agreement with Shanghai over the player's
250,000-per-week wages.

The Chinese side would also need to give the striker permission to join QPR until May, given their season starts in March.

Meanwhile, Tottenham defender Michael Dawson will give serious consideration to a January loan move to Loftus Road.

The central-defender is a primary target for Redknapp as he looks to add steel to his side.

Dawson turned down a switch to QPR in the summer, but the arrival of
Redknapp, who he worked with at Spurs, has forced the 29-year-old into a
rethink.

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Franck Ribery a diva claims former France coach Raymond Domenech in memoir

Ribery is a 'diva' and Anelka 'killed the group'! Former France boss Domenech lashes out in his new memoir

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16:49 GMT, 19 November 2012

Former France coach Raymond Domenech has taken a swipe at his former players – branding Franck Ribery a 'diva', criticising the 'self-interest' of Samir Nasri and accusing Nicolas Anelka of 'killing the group' during the 2010 World Cup.

In his memoirs Tout Seul (All Alone) which is published this week, Domenech relives his controversial reign has manager of the national side, which included the infamous player mutiny at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The memoir is based around the diary the 60-year-old kept during his spell in charge, a reign which lasted between 2004 and his sacking in 2010.

Cold shoulder: Nicolas Anelka storms past his coach Raymond Domenech during his tempestuous reign in charge

Cold shoulder: Nicolas Anelka storms past his coach Raymond Domenech during his tempestuous reign in charge

Striker Ribery – who only last week said his club Bayern Munich was more important to him than the French national team – takes the brunt of the criticism.

In an extract from September 2009, Domenech wrote: 'Ribery, he continued to poison the group by his attitude as a susceptible diva.

'When I wanted to thank him, he cold-shouldered me, pulling his arm away: “Don't touch me!” For everything Ribery stood for I would have gladly strung him up.

Stretching the point: the France coach also brands Manchester City's Samir Nasri as self-interested

Stretching the point: the France coach also brands Manchester City's Samir Nasri as self-interested

After France's 2-0 defeat to Mexico at the World Cup in South Africa he wrote: 'A senior player from Euro 2008 warned me about Ribery and I gave him the key! What a fool I am …'

In his memoir he describes Anelka as 'a centre forward of high level,' but after France's 2-0 loss to Mexico he changes his mind.

'Anelka has killed the group … after this shipwreck, an image woke me up a bit. (William) Gallas and Anelka joking after the game. What unconsciousness.'

Frankly speaking: Domenech says Munich's 'diva' Franck Ribery cares far more about his club than country

Frankly speaking: Domenech says Munich's 'diva' Franck Ribery cares far more about his club than country

He criticises the 'self interest' of Manchester City winger Nasri and the 'arrogance' of Real Madrid's Karim Benzema

But Domenech emphasises his respect for former World Cup winners Lilian Thuram and Zinedine Zidane.

'I thanked him (Thuram) for his honesty and assured him of my admiration and respect,' he wrote of Thuram on the eve the France-Italy match during Euro 2008.

'We talked about the team and the young players of course, (Thuram) revealed: “There are little assholes, hear me well coach, little a**holes”.'

The space between: there is no love lost between Anelka (left) and Domenech (right) during the 2010 tournament, as shown by their body language

The space between: there is no love lost between Anelka (left) and Domenech (right) during the 2010 tournament, as shown by their body language

As for Zidane, he writes: 'His authority as a leader proved undeniable.

'Nobody could take the place of Zidane, an obvious leader with the team as well as an outstanding player on the pitch.'

After a group-stage exit at the 2008 European Championship, France were eliminated at the same stage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with only a single point and a single goal to their credit. Domenech's reign ended in ignominy.

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Novak Djokovic plays charity football match in Brazil – Video

New balls, please! Djokovic swaps tennis for football to show off skills in Brazil

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13:28 GMT, 19 November 2012

Novak Djokovic must have heard the umpire call 'new balls please' a million times in his career — but never has he taken the order quite so literally.

The world No 1 tennis player played a charity football match alongside three-time French Open champoin Gustavo Kuerten in Rio de Janeiro before a Brazilian league fixture on the weekend.

With the January transfer window fast approaching, his performance may have caught the eye of a few managers in the Barclays Premier League.

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Eyes on the prize: Djokovic's talents aren't limited to the tennis court

Eyes on the prize: Djokovic's talents aren't limited to the tennis court

Liverpool need a new striker to join Luis Suarez up front and Brendan Rodgers is understood to be a fan, while Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has long had his eye on a front man with a big serve.

The charity game itself was organised by fellow Serbian Dejan Petkovic who has played and starred for several Brazilian clubs in the past decade.

Djokovic was playing alongisde Brazil players Zico and Bebeto. The game ended 3-3 at the Engenhao stadium before Brazilian league champions Fluminense lost 2-0 to Cruzeiro.

Djokovic wasn’t only in Brazil to play a charity game of football, earlier in the week he joined Kuerten to open a public tennis court in the Rocinha and also played in a tennis exhibition match.

Legends: The world No 1 tennis star played alongside Brazil heroes Zico and Bebeto

Legends: The world No 1 tennis star played alongside Brazil heroes Zico and Bebeto

Legends: The world No 1 tennis star played alongside Brazil heroes Zico and Bebeto

Meanwhile on Sunday, Spain relinquished their Davis Cup crown after veteran Radek Stepanek guided the Czech Republic to a stunning triumph in Prague.

The hosts came into the final day with a 2-1 advantage which was clinically wiped out by David Ferrer’s straight-sets win over Tomas Berdych.

But 33-year-old Stepanek won the decisive rubber against the higher-ranked Nicolas Almagro to hand the Czechs their first global crown as an independent nation since the former Czechoslovakia split in 1993.

Rematch! Djokovic with Brazilian former world No 1 Kuerten

Rematch! Djokovic with Brazilian former world No 1 Kuerten

VIDEO: Penalty! Novak Djokovic hits the pitch instead of the court…

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Davis Cup final: Spain lose to Czech Republic in doubles

Berdych and Stepanek down Spanish pair to close in on Davis Cup glory

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18:08 GMT, 17 November 2012

London's O2 Arena will have seemed a long way off from its Czech counterpart for Spanish duo Marc Granollers and Marc Lopez as they slid to a Davis Cup final defeat, just six days after the high of winning under the Millenium Dome.

The champions of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals were downed by host nation’s Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek in a feverish atmosphere to put the Czech Republic within one victory of winning the 100th edition of the sport’s premier team competition.

In the pivotal doubles rubber it was again shown that there is no substitute for sheer ability and big match experience, whatever the format, as the two better known players prevailed 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3, in three hours and 19 minutes.

Czech mates: Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek beat Spain in the doubles

Czech mates: Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek beat Spain in the doubles

It was an impressive effort from Berdych, who finished his singles match not long before midnight on Friday, barely fourteen hours before resuming with the partner alongside whom he now has a 12-1 record in doubles in the team event.

Sunday will require one last slog from the Czech No 1 as he takes on his opposite number David Ferrer, who never gives an inch.

Assuming he still has enough puff left, 34 year-old Stepanek is slated to play the decisive singles against Nicolas Almagro if Berdych cannot finish off the job.

On the basis of what we saw on Friday, when the Spaniards played above themselves and looked comfortable with the pace of the court, the home side are still a long way off from emulating the old Czechoslovakia team of 1980 that won this title.

If they did manage to cross the finishing line then what is beyond doubt is that it would spark off delirious celebrations as the last two days have provided more proof that team competition stirs emotions in a way that the individual format struggles to match.

No answer: Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez were bought back down to Earth

No answer: Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez were bought back down to Earth

Without the luxury of a specialist doubles team to give them a day's rest, Berdych and Stepanek were slow off the mark against the Spanish pair, whose confidence gleaned from London appeared to have carried over.

It did not help that Stepanek, whose serve was vulnerable on Friday, dropped his in the second game to give the visitors the perfect start.

Only in the second set set did the Czechs begin to look more co-ordinated, and they were eventually able to prey upon what emerged as two key weaknesses in the opposition – the reflex volleying of Granollers at the net and the serving of Lopez, whose profile before this year has been connected to his friendship and sometime partnership with Rafael Nadal.

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Pure delight: The win sent the patriotic crowd into rapture

In the fourth the crucial break came for 4-2, and although Berdych looked edgy as he tried to serve the match out at 5-3 they summoned up enough composure to seal the win without ever looking completely convincing.

After a mediocre display on Friday Stepanek grew into the match, and will feel better about himself if he has to come out to play what would be a nerve-shredding deciding rubber against Alamgro, the talented baseliner who is nonetheless at his least comfortable when playing indoors.

Ferrer looked extremely accomplished in his opening match, and Berdych will need to be at his best to try and hit through him on a court designed to enable him to do just that.

So the Spanish may have more energy for the task, but as their Captain Alex Corretja succinctly put it: 'We would still rather be tired and 2-1 up.'

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Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka"s Shanghai Shenhua avoid relegation

Drogba and Anelka avoid embarrassment as Shanghai win relegation battle

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14:59 GMT, 27 October 2012

Didier Drogba and Nicholas Anelka avoided relegation
from the Chinese Super League after Shanghai Shenhua drew
0-0 away to Dalian Aerbin on Saturday.

Anelka quit Chelsea for China last January and his fellow striker joined in the summer but Shanghai very nearly dropped out of the 16-team league despite their two stellar signings.

Marcello Lippi added to his long list of honours after a late goal by Gao Lin meant Guangzhou Evergrande became the first side to retain the Chinese title.

My old Chinas: Didier Drogba (top, floored) and Nicolas Anelka (bottom, centre)

My old Chinas: Didier Drogba (top, floored) and Nicolas Anelka (bottom, centre)

My old Chinas: Didier Drogba (top, floored) and Nicolas Anelka (bottom, centre)

The Chinese international striker scored in stoppage time as Lippi's big-spending side defeated Liaoning Whowin 1-0 away to leave them five points ahead of second-placed Jiangsu Guoxin Sainty with only the 30th and last match to come.

Lippi, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, was appointed coach of Guangzhou in May, after controversially replacing highly successful South Korean Lee Jang-soo.

The well-paid Italian, who won numerous trophies with Serie A giants Juventus, could make it a league and cup double in his first season in charge with Guangzhou taking on Guizhou Moutaiwas in the two-legged final of the FA Cup next month.

The Chinese Super League has enjoyed a rebirth in recent times with vast investment in big-name foreign players bringing positive headlines to the domestic game after years of match-fixing, which resulted in the jailing of senior officials.

Lippi's side, who were knocked out of the Asian Champions League in the quarter-finals by Saudi Arabians Al-Ittihad earlier this month, boast the attacking South American trio of Argentine Dario Conca and Brazilian duo Cleo and Muriqui.

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Frank Lampard considering Chinese package

Chinese duo ready to offer Lampard 1m-a-month in bid to land Chelsea midfielder

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08:17 GMT, 9 October 2012

Frank Lampard is weighing up a 1million-a-month move to China.

The Chelsea stalwart is poised to end his 11-year association at Stamford Bridge when his contract expires in the summer.

And according to The Sun, Lampard, 34, is being chased by Shanghai Shenhua – the club who have already signed former Blues duo Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka – while Beijing Guoan are also interested.

Moving on: Lampard is out of contract at the end of the season

Moving on: Lampard is out of contract at the end of the season

Lampard is free to speak to any club in January. David Beckham's LA Galaxy could also be an option for the former England international.

Lampard is in Roy Hodgson's squad for Friday's World Cup qualifier against San Marino but remains an injury doubt after he was forced to limp off in Chelsea's win over Norwich with a knee complaint.