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Rio Ferdinand tells Manchester United to give him a new contract like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes

Ferdinand calls for new United deal and says he can keep going just like Giggs and Scholes

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

11:11 GMT, 2 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 2 February 2013

Rio Ferdinand has expressed his desire to extend his contract at Manchester United past the end of the season but is not worried that discussions are yet to take place.

Back and knee injuries have plagued the centre-back over the past few seasons, but Ferdinand has managed to reassert himself in the United first-team and wants to carry on going for several more years.

'Manchester United is a great club, the No1, and you would never want to play anywhere else if you can still play for them.'

Rio Ferdinand is sure he can continue for many more years

Longevity: Rio Ferdinand is sure he can continue for many more years

'People were writing me off when I was
out injured and saying my career was coming to an end but I know my body
and was confident I could get through,' he told the Sun.

'United will always be in my blood now.'

A consistent injury-free run
in the Premier League has given Ferdinand the chance to prove to all
his doubters that even at 34, he is worth a new contract.

He missed the 2010 World Cup due to injury, and with the arrival of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones over the past few seasons he was being pushed further down the pecking order.

Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have struggled to play together

United: Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have struggled to play together

But Ferdinand has managed to regain both
fitness and form, and has forced himself back into Alex Ferguson's
plans. With his contract finishing in the summer, the England
centre-back is sure that he deserves a new deal.

'I want to be able to contribute properly and be a player they actually need. You can tell if you're not really needed at a club any more. You just know.'

Ferdinand knew that he had more to
offer, and when Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling got long-term injuries,
he was given his chance again.

'I don't expect to be treated any different to the other older players like Giggsy or Scholesy, who normally sign on again at the end of the season.'

Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have prolonged their careers

Still there: Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have prolonged their careers

If United beat Fulham on Saturday they can stretch their lead to 10 points over rivals Manchester City, who have to get three points against an in-form Liverpool to keep up with the pace.

Ferdinand's presence will also be vital as United come across Real Madrid in the second round of the Champions League, and as they continue their challenge in the latter stages of the FA Cup.

Coventry City given 21 days to pay rent and could face winding up order

Coventry given until Boxing Day to pay rent to Ricoh bosses and could face winding-up order

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UPDATED:

20:11 GMT, 5 December 2012

Coventry City have threatened to pull out of the Ricoh Arena altogether if a row with their landlords over unpaid rent is not settled.

The Sky Blues have been issued with a statutory demand to pay arrears by Arena Coventry Ltd (ACL) and could be wound up on Boxing Day if no agreement is reached.

A stand-off has ensured between the two parties over an annual 1.28m levy which Coventry City say they cannot afford.

Empty: Coventry City have 21 days to pay their 1.1million unpaid rent

Empty: Coventry City have 21 days to pay their 1.1million unpaid rent

They have failed to pay the
outstanding bill since last season when the problem first surfaced amid
calls from them to the landlords to reach a compromise.

And now ACL have issued the statutory demand which could see the club put out of business altogether unless the
outstanding arrears are met.

ACL claimed they are owed 1.6m in
total. Should the club fail to meet the deadline, they would have to
declare themselves insolvent and face closure.

A statement from ACL read: 'Following
the refusal of Coventry City Football Club, and its’ owners SISU, to
pay outstanding rent the ACL board has issued a statutory demand to
Coventry City Football Club.

'This is not a course of action the
ACL board wanted to take. However, the behaviour of SISU, the owners of
CCFC, has left the board with no choice but to issue this demand.'

But the club has hit back over the
demand, saying: 'We are disappointed by ACL’ s actions to issue a
demand, rather than, as we had requested, sitting down with us to
negotiate a level of rent which the club can afford and which is in line
with the rent paid by other clubs.

Ceased: The club stopped making payments to the Ricoh Arena bosses 10 months ago

Ceased: The club stopped making payments to the Ricoh Arena bosses 10 months ago

'For reference, ACL has been charging
CCFC an annual rent of 1.28m which we understand is both the highest
in League One and the Championship.

'We understand the average annual
rent is less than 170,000 and that the average in the Championship is
290,000. All other clubs which rent their stadia get full access to 100
per cent of match-day food, beverage and car parking revenues.

'The club’s objective in requesting
these negotiations has the aim of bringing about a state of commercial
normality. It is unsustainable for CCFC to be put at a severe financial
disadvantage to its’ peers.

'In addition to defraying ACL’s
match-day costs, the club has been subsidising ACL’s general overheads
ever since the Sky Blues started playing at the Ricoh Arena, amounting
to many millions of pounds over seven years.

'The club remains committed to the
city and the people of Coventry. However, its viability depends on it
finding an alternative home ground where it can afford to play.'

Rory McIlroy feels cheated over FedEx Cup bonus

Winning $10m is nice… but I deserved double! McIlroy proud of phenomenal year but feels cheated out of huge FedEx bonus

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UPDATED:

12:57 GMT, 20 November 2012

He's already earned more than $10million during his 'phenomenal' season but Rory McIlroy admitted for the first time here in Dubai that he felt cheated he hadn’t doubled his money.

The bone of contention concerns the four tournament FedEx Cup play-offs in America in September, where the 23-year-old won two events and yet somehow still didn’t walk off with the $10m bonus.

‘I did feel a little hard done by to play so well and not win that,’ he said.

Last effort: Rory McIlroy talks on Tuesday ahead of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship

Last effort: Rory McIlroy talks on Tuesday ahead of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship

In the swing: McIlroy in action on the 12th hole during the pro-am on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates

In the swing: McIlroy in action on the 12th hole during the pro-am on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates

You said it: McIlroy is world No 1

You said it: McIlroy is world No 1 by some distance

No such problems at the season-ending
Dubai World Championship, which begins on Thursday. This is supposed to
be the grand climax to the Race to Dubai but McIlroy has been so
dominant he has already wrapped up what used to be known as the European
Tour Order of Merit and claimed the $1m bonus.

‘I
guess it is a bit of an anti-climax in one way but the way I look at it
is that I want to finish the season on a high and pick up two trophies
on Sunday,’ he said.

Who would bet against him after a year that has seen him win his second major, the USPGA Championship, by a record margin, plus three other titles and finish top dog on both sides of the Atlantic

‘I feel very proud and honoured to have had such a phenomenal year,’ he said. ‘Any year where you win a major is going to be a great one but to win the money list titles and join such great names on the trophies really is the icing on the cake. Now I have one tournament left and I want to finish the season strong. This is definitely a great way to end what has been a great season.’

Ever the perfectionist, McIlroy revealed that he is already looking at ways to improve for next year. One key area will be cutting down on the 26 tournaments he has played this season so that he doesn’t go into some events feeling mentally jaded. A perfect example came last week in Hong Kong, where a clearly exhausted McIlroy missed the halfway cut.

‘I feel like scheduling is going to be a big thing for me going forward,’ he said. ‘I need to feel fresh and ready every time I tee it up.

'I think if I do feel that way every tournament that I enter, I have a better chance to win. What takes it out of you is being in contention a lot, that feeling of pressure and adrenaline on Sundays and trying to get yourself back up the following week. That takes more out of you than finishing 30th or so every week.’

The race is already run: McIlroy has claimed both the European and US money list titles this year

The race is already run: McIlroy has claimed both the European and US money list titles this year

Honour: McIlroy is presented with his 2013 European Tour members' clip by chief executive George O'Grady in celebration of his victory in the 2012 Race To Dubai

Honour: McIlroy is presented with his 2013 European Tour members' clip
by chief executive George O'Grady

There might be no Race to Dubai title on the line but this should still prove a fitting finale to a wonderful season. Fifty-seven of the top 60 in Europe who are eligible have shown up – the absentees are the injured Thomas Bjorn and Retief Goosen, while Ross Fisher is at Q-school for the US Tour – including all 12 members of Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup side.

Joleon Lescott wants England partnership with Phil Jagielka

Lescott keen on long-term England partnership with Jagielka despite Poland blow

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UPDATED:

00:37 GMT, 19 October 2012

Joleon Lescott wants himself and Phil Jagielka to form England's new first-choice centre-back partnership after the end of the John Terry-Rio Ferdinand era.

Lescott and Jagielka played together at youth level with England and then at Everton before the former made the move to Manchester City.

Lescott has become a first-choice player under head coach Roy Hodgson, starting eight of his 11 matches in charge, and was an ever present at Euro 2012.

Jagielka also now appears to be moving up the pecking order and the pair have been chosen by Hodgson for England's two most testing World Cup qualifiers to date against Ukraine and Poland.

Heads up: Kamil Glik beats Joleon Lescott to the ball and scores Poland's equaliser on Wednesday

Heads up: Kamil Glik beats Joleon Lescott to the ball and scores Poland's equaliser on Wednesday

When asked if himself and Jagielka can become the new centre-half pair, Lescott said: 'We'd like to believe so. Obviously Gary Cahill has played a number of games and is out here (in Poland).

'Ryan Bertrand is also a quality player. But, if the manager believes myself and Jags can make the positions ours, then great and hopefully we can do that.

'We grew up together. We played from England Under-18s, then at Everton, and it is a level of trust.'

Jagielka said: 'I've known Joleon for a long time and we've played together on a few occasions for Everton and England.

'If our partnership is the reason that I get in with England alongside him, then I'll be ecstatic.'

Lescott was partially at fault with Poland's equaliser in the 1-1 draw in Warsaw on Wednesday, although keeper Joe Hart also shouldered some of the blame.

But Lescott said: 'If you are calling that an error, then he is going to be some keeper. He is always going to say that because he is a leader in a way but we've all got to take responsibility. It was not solely his error.

'It was a combination of errors and nine times out of 10, if you do that it will lead to a goal. Joe is a strong character. I've no doubt about Joe's ability or character.'

Disappointment: Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka are among the players to show their feelings here after England's draw

Disappointment: Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka are among the players to show their feelings here after England's draw

Lescott insists England were always anticipating a battle to qualify for Brazil but believes that may work in their favour. He said: 'We never expected it to be easy and, in a way, hopefully it isn't that easy.

'In previous qualifiers, we've strolled through to tournaments and not looked as effective when we've got there.

'Maybe if we struggle to get there, but we do get to Brazil, hopefully it will stand us in good stead and it will be easier once there.

'But having said that, I don't think any result away from home is a negative one. We didn't play as well as we would have liked but it is important to get results in qualifying rounds.

'We dug in and got a point against a good Polish side and now move onto the next game.'

Jagielka echoed Lescott's sentiments and said: 'As long as we qualify for the World Cup, it doesn't matter where we get the points from.

'It's about getting as many as we can at this stage. It's going to be a long campaign to qualify.'

Michael van Gerwen beat Mervyn King to win darts World Grand Prix

Van Gerwen produces brilliant comeback to topple King and win Grand Prix title

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 14 October 2012

Michael van Gerwen hailed his stunning comeback against Mervyn King in the final of the World Grand Prix title in Dublin as the best day of his life.

The 23-year-old Dutchman won five successive sets to clinch his first major 6-4 and stun King.

Van Gerwen took the opening leg but it was King who was in imperious form early on in taking the first set by 3-1, and the next by the same scoreline.

He's done it! Michael Van Gerwen celebrates winning the World Grand Prix

He's done it! Michael Van Gerwen celebrates winning the World Grand Prix

Finishes of 102, 120 and an incredible 152 checkout had the Norfolk thrower way ahead at 3-0 and cruising to his own inaugural major televised title.

However the Dutch youngster finally found his best form and double 16 saw him get his first set on the board but he inexplicably missed six darts for the fifth set as King moved 4-1 up and just two sets away from glory.

'Mighty Mike', though, won six straight legs to kickstart his challenge again in pulling back to 4-3 before winning the eighth set 3-1 to square the game.

Trophy boy: Van Gerwen holds the World Grand Prix cup aloft

Trophy boy: Van Gerwen holds the World Grand Prix cup aloft

He then came from 2-0 down in set nine to lead the game for the first time, before sealing victory and his maiden major in style by taking the next set 3-0, completing victory with a superb 145 checkout.

'It's the best day of my life,’ said van Gerwen on Sky Sports, who moves up to eighth in the PDC Order of Merit.

'Mervyn was fantastic at the beginning of the game and I couldn't concentrate but he gave me some chances and I started finishing better.

'I'm not a person who gives up so this feels very good for me – I'm so happy to have won.'

Kris Commons wants Craig Levein to explain Scotland snub

Commons wants answer from Levein for 'baffling' Scotland snub

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UPDATED:

16:24 GMT, 3 October 2012

Kris Commons wants an explanation from Craig Levein as to why he has again been left out of the Scotland squad.

To the surprise of many, the Celtic midfielder was omitted from the 2014 World Cup double-header against Serbia and Macedonia last month and his name was conspicuous by its absence on Tuesday when the Scotland manager named his pool for the forthcoming qualifiers away to Wales and Belgium.

Levein had previously said there were more than half a dozen players ahead of Commons in the pecking order and on this occasion claimed the 29-year-old was 'really unlucky'.

Left out: Kris Commons has been omitted from the Scotland squad again

Left out: Kris Commons has been omitted from the Scotland squad again

But his exclusion has left the former Nottingham Forest and Derby midfielder 'baffled'.

Commons, who denies there has been any sort of falling-out with Levein, said: 'It would be nice of him to tell me if I am not in his plans but at the minute I am in limbo.

'Everyone seems to think I should be in the squad but the only man who doesn't want me in the squad is the manager, so it would be nice to find out if he has a problem with my game or attitude.

'I have no idea (why). I was called up last season a couple of times.

Decisions: Craig Levein has brought Steven Fletcher back but left out Commons

Decisions: Craig Levein has brought Steven Fletcher back but left out Commons

'I have had no text message, no phone call, nothing from the SFA so it is kind of baffling for me but if Craig Levein genuinely thinks there are seven players better than me then that's his view.

'I am still disappointed not to be involved in the squad. I have to forget about it while they crack on and try to get a result against Wales and Belgium.

'So good luck to them and hopefully I can do enough to get into the next squad.'

Kenwyne Jones wanted by Leeds and Leicester

Keeping up with Jones: Leeds and Leicester chasing Stoke striker

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09:00 GMT, 18 September 2012

Loan deal: Jones

Loan deal: Jones

Outcast Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones is a loan target for Championship sides Leeds and Leicester.

With Potters boss Tony Pulis bringing in Michael Owen on a free transfer to compete with Peter Crouch, Jon Walters and Cameron Jerome, Jones is now well down the pecking order at the Britannia Stadium.

Following a frantic deadline day at the club Stoke now desperately need to cut their wage bill, and both Leeds and Leicester are prepared to take Jones until January to bolster their promotion hopes.

Whites boss Neil Warnock lost Ross McCormack to injury at the weekend and he has confirmed his desire to replace the Scotland forward with a temporary signing.

'We are looking for someone who can improve the squad, and we would love to get a striker in before playing Nottingham Forest on Saturday,' he said.

'Most of the better players have already gone out on loan and, as it is, we can’t really replace Ross because we’re a bit thin on the ground.'

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is also looking to lure to 27-year-old back to the Championship after their stuttering start, and he has considerably more funds to play with than Leeds.

Jermaine Jenas set for Leeds United loan move

Forgotten man Jenas set for Spurs exit with Leeds preparing loan swoop

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07:20 GMT, 10 September 2012

Out of favour: Jenas has fallen down the pecking order at Spurs

Out of favour: Jenas has fallen down the pecking order at Spurs

Jermaine Jenas is set to join Leeds United this week on loan after he was deemed surplus to requirements by Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The 29-year-old midfielder has struggled with loss of form and injuries over the last few years and has fallen well down the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

Now back to full fitness after missing the majority of last season – which he spent on loan at Aston Villa – with an achilles injury, Jenas is keen to get some games under his belt out on loan and Leeds have made a move, according to the People.

Jenas, who has 21 England caps, would become 13th first-team player to depart Spurs since Villas-Boas's arrival.

More players are set to leave in January, with Heurelho Gomes, Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone all up for sale.

Leroy Lita joins Birmingham on loan

Lita leaves Swansea as Birmingham take striker on emergency loan deal

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UPDATED:

10:55 GMT, 6 September 2012

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Leroy Lita has agreed a move to Birmingham on a three-month loan deal, which is set to be ratified when the window opens on Saturday.

The experienced striker, 27, arrives from Swansea having fallen down the pecking order under new manager Michael Laudrup, only making the club's matchday 18 once this season as an unused substitute in the Capital One Cup first round.

Exit: Leroy Lita is moving down to the Championship with Birmingham

Exit: Leroy Lita is moving down to the Championship with Birmingham

Lita made four Barclays Premier League
starts and a further 12 appearances from the bench last term, scoring
twice, while he enjoyed a total of 18 outings in all competitions.

Blues boss Lee Clark told the club's
official website: 'I know Leroy very well having worked with him at
Norwich during a loan spell in which he scored seven goals in 16 games.

'He's a proven goalscorer who has power and pace and there's no doubt that he'll add quality to my squad.'

Lita arrived in south Wales last
summer following two seasons with Middlesbrough, having previously made
his name during spells with Bristol City and most notably Reading as
well as loan stints with Charlton and Norwich.

The frontman, who underwent a medical
on Thursday morning, will remain at St Andrew's until the middle of
December although Swansea can exercise a 24-hour recall clause after the
first 28 days of his stay.

Nicklas Bendtner set for Juventus medical

Bendtner on brink of Juventus move as Arsenal striker arrives in Italy for medical

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UPDATED:

09:39 GMT, 31 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Nicklas Bendtner is having a medical at Juventus ahead of his move from Arsenal.

Bendtner, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, has slipped further down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium since the arrival of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.

Juve turned their attention to Bendtner after missing out on Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov.

Italian job: Nicklas Bendtner is set to leave Arsenal for Juventus

Italian job: Nicklas Bendtner is set to leave Arsenal for Juventus

Sporting director, Beppe Marotta told Sky Sport Italia: 'Bendtner is already in Italy and will undergo a medical.

'Until the final paperwork is concluded, I will not say that the player is ours.

'He has talent and ability. Potentially a great player, one that has almost never been able to prove it.'

The 24-year-old joined Arsenal in 2005 and will be offloaded for around 5million.