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Bayern Munich lead the race to sign Luis Suarez – Liverpool striker"s agent is Pep Guardiola"s brother

Liverpool want to keep Bayern target Suarez… but the bad news is that his agent is Guardiola's BROTHER

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

11:57 GMT, 25 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:03 GMT, 25 March 2013

Bayern Munich are ready to play their trump card in a three-way battle to land Luis Suarez after it emerged that Pep Guardiola's brother is advising the Liverpool striker on his future.

Senior sources at Juventus confirmed their intention to join the bidding for 40million-rated Suarez, while Guardiola's old club Barcelona are also in the frame.

But Serie A leaders Juve have privately
admitted Bayern are in pole position, due to Guardiola's brother Pere
being Suarez's agent.

Race is on: Luis Suarez will be targeted by a number of top clubs this summer

Race is on: Luis Suarez will be targeted by a number of top clubs this summer

Star man: Suarez is currently on national duty with Uruguay ahead of their clash with Chile

Star man: Suarez is currently on national duty with Uruguay ahead of their clash with Chile

Former Barca boss Guardiola has been
promised substantial transfer backing, after agreeing two months ago to
replace Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season, and has earmarked
Liverpool's prolific frontrunner as his main target.

Bayern's seemingly unassailable lead
at the top of the Bundesliga guarantees Champions' League football next
season, while Pere seems certain to nominate the Allianz Arena, should
Suarez seek his advice over choosing a new club in the summer.

Juventus have not given up on the
26-year-old Uruguayan, but there is an acceptance that they are up
against it, given the Guardiola family link and the amounts involved.

With prize money for a Champions'
League semi-final place estimated at 40million, senior figures at Juve
have calculated that they need to reach the last four, at least, to have
a realistic chance of financing a deal.

Bayern are standing in their way, in a
twist that should add extra spice to an eagerly-awaited quarter-final
showdown next month between the two biggest names in Italian and German
football.

Though Suarez has been installed as
Juve's priority target, coach Antonio Conte and director Beppe Marotta
have lined up Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez as an alternative, should
they lose out to Bayern or even Barca in the race for the top prize.

Liverpool still hope to hang on to
Suarez, but are mindful of his longing for Champions' League football
and wary of his agent's possible influence on what promises to be this
summer's most intriguing transfer battle.

Tug of war: Guardiola is well positioned to lure Breddan Rodgers' star performer

Tug of war: Guardiola is well positioned to lure Breddan Rodgers' star performer

Tug of war: Guardiola is well positioned to lure this season's star performer for Rodgers

Chelsea fan accused of "monkey" taunt at Danny Welbeck will face no further action

Chelsea fan accused of aiming 'monkey' taunt at Welbeck will face no further action as CPS claim there is 'insufficient evidence'

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UPDATED:

16:04 GMT, 13 December 2012

No further action will be taken against a man who was arrested on suspicion of racist behaviour following Chelsea's League Cup win over Manchester United, Scotland Yard said.

Pictures taken during the October 31 fourth-round tie at Stamford Bridge appeared to show a fan making a 'monkey' gesture.

A 28-year-old man was arrested over alleged racist behaviour. United striker Danny Welbeck appeared to be the target of the alleged abuse.

A CPS London spokesperson said: 'We have thoroughly reviewed the evidence in this case in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

No action: The Chelsea supporter will face no further charges after appearing to make a racist gesture

No action: The Chelsea supporter will face no further charges after appearing to make a racist gesture

Taunt: Chelsea supporter Gavin Kirkham will face no further charges after appearing to make a racist gesture

'To bring a charge for a racially
aggravated public order offence we need to be able to prove in a court
either that an individual’s gestures demonstrate hostility towards the
victim based on the victim's membership (or presumed membership) of a
racial group, or that the offence is motivated (wholly or partly) by
hostility towards members of a racial group based on their membership of
that group.

'It is our decision that, having
looked closely at video footage, an image of the incident and witness
statements, the evidence does not demonstrate this to the standard
required for a prosecution. There is therefore insufficient evidence for
a realistic prospect of conviction and we are therefore not bringing a
charge against this individual.'

Other fans in the crowd were
interviewed and CCTV footage has been examined but 'a decision was taken
with the Crown Prosecution Service to proceed with no further action,'
the Scotland Yard spokesman said.

He
said: 'The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) takes any allegation of
racist chanting and/or behaviour very seriously and if any matters are
brought to our attention they will of course be thoroughly investigated.

'The MPS routinely
work very closely with football clubs and partner agencies to monitor
behaviour to ensure public confidence and safety.'

Peter Herbert, chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers, told Sportsmail: 'We are surprised and very disappointed with this decision. We will be taking this matter up with the CPS and also the Metropolitan Police in due course. This decision is not in the public interest and they need to be held to account for it.'

Earlier
this year, Chelsea imposed a lifetime ban on a supporter who admitted
racially abusing former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

Sergio Perez thinks he can win driver"s championship next year

I'll do what Lew couldn't: Perez thinks he can win championship in his first season

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UPDATED:

18:59 GMT, 12 December 2012

Sergio Perez is determined to do what both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button could not – win the drivers’ championship in his first season with McLaren.

Perez has taken on the considerable challenge of filling the shoes of Hamilton following the latter’s decision to leave McLaren for Mercedes.

Meanwhile, the 22-year-old Mexican also faces the formidable task of beating the vastly more experienced Button.

Aiming high: Sergio Perez (left) believes he can win the title next year

Aiming high: Sergio Perez (left) believes he can win the title next year

But despite having just two years’ of Formula One under his belt with Sauber, Perez is adamant he will be fighting for the title in his first season with his new team.

‘My target is to win the championship already next year,’ Perez said. ‘That takes a lot of work during the season, so it's very important to start my preparation really well with them and try to reach their targets.’

Perez acknowledges that such a heavy workload is part and parcel of driving for a top three team and is convinced the switch to McLaren will make him a realistic world championship contender.

New team: Hamilton will join Nico Rosberg at Mercedes next year

New team: Hamilton will join Nico Rosberg at Mercedes next year

Asked if he could outdo the achievements of Hamilton and Button, Perez replied: ‘Definitely, because you are going to the best team and the best team normally wins.

'This year, they had many reliability issues and if they solve that they will be ready to fight for the title.'

He added: ‘I think what I am saying is realistic because the team is capable of putting out a very strong car. The targets have to be high. McLaren wants to win every single race.

Long time: McLaren haven't won a championship since Hamilton's victory in 2008

Long time: McLaren haven't won a championship since Hamilton's victory in 2008

‘As a driver you are looking for every challenge and I think it's a very good challenge. It's the best team in F1, the best team in the world so definitely a very big challenge.

‘I must be very competitive from the first race. So I'm really looking forward to being in Melbourne. I'm sure that we will be fighting for the championship next year.’

Henning Berg unveiled as Blackburn manager

Berg backtrack! New Blackburn boss admits Venky's changed his mind after claiming it would be 'madness' to take manager's job

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UPDATED:

13:31 GMT, 1 November 2012

Henning Berg was unveiled as
Blackburn manager on Thursday morning and immediately faced questions
over his criticism of the club's Indian owners.

The 43-year-old former Rovers defender claimed recently that it would be 'madness' to work under
Venky's and that 'no manager with credibility' would take the job on.

But after agreeing a two-year
contract to replace Steve Kean at Ewood Park, Berg insisted that he has
changed his views since meeting the owners and gaining a better insight
into how the club is run.

Familiar territory: Berg is unveiled at Ewood Park on Thursday morning

Familiar territory: Berg is unveiled at Ewood Park on Thursday morning

'That was more me looking at it from
the outside,' said Berg. 'Now I've spoken to the owners, they've made
many changes and the club is going in the right direction.

'I've spoken to people inside the
club I know what they're thinking and there's no doubt the owners are
ambitious and want to put this club back into the Premier League.

'They've made some important steps by
putting money in for players in the summer to give us a realistic
chance of promotion, and also made changes in management. It's good
action to take this club forward.

'They've had time to draw up a list
and see what qualities they want in a manager. When they ended up
picking me in the end I was very happy.

'I was out of management and looking
to get back in, but not just at any club. I could have taken other
clubs. Working as a manager for seven years, it doesn't harm to have a
little break.'

Deal me in: New Blackburn manager Berg with Shebby Singh - the club's global advisor - at Ewood Park

Deal me in: New Blackburn manager Berg with Shebby Singh – the club's global advisor – at Ewood Park

With Harry Redknapp among the
candidates linked with the job since Kean's departure a month ago, Berg
accepts that some fans may be concerned over his limited managerial
experience at home in Norway with Lyn Oslo and Lillestrom.

'I can understand that,' he added.
'People don't know too much about what I've done in Norway and sometimes
they feel more secure with an older guy who has done it over many years
and know what he's done in the past. But the most important thing now
is the future.

'There is always going to be pressure
in every football job. I had experience in Norway as a manager for
seven years, and learned a lot from big managers in my playing career.
My experience as a player and manager will serve me well.

To the point: Berg had plenty of questions to answer as he was unveiled as Blackburn manager

To the point: Berg had plenty of questions to answer as he was unveiled as Blackburn manager

Berg won the Premiership in his first spell as a player at Blackburn under Kenny Dalglish, and the League Cup in his second.

In between he was a Treble winner with Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson in 1999.

'It's the third coming of Berg,
that's a good movie title,' said Blackburn's global advisor Shebby
Singh, who had attempted to bring two other former Blackburn players,
Tim Sherwood and Billy McKinlay, back to the club before deciding on
Berg.

'This might have taken longer than
usual for some people but I don't think it has been detrimental to the
progress of the club in any way. Lessons from the past are important. We
rushed into a decision last time.

'Finally we have come to a conclusion
where we've got the experience as well as Henning's stature as a player
not only with Blackburn but also United. When you work for great
managers there is a lot you take away from that.'

HENNING BERG FACTFILE

1969: Born September 1 in Eidsvoll, Norway.

1987: Has trial at Manchester United while a Valarenga player, but unable to secure a work permit to make the move.

1993: Leaves Lillestrom to join Blackburn in a deal worth 400,000.

1995: Misses just two games all season as Rovers win the Premier League title.

1997: Leaves Blackburn for Manchester United for 5million.

1999: Part of United`s title, FA Cup and Champions League winning squads, missing two two cup finals through injury.

2000: Wins the Premier League for a third time before returning to Blackburn, initially on loan, with the move later made permanent.

2003: Signs for Rangers, who he spends a year with before ending his career. Also makes his final appearance for Norway, retiring on 100 caps.

2005: Agrees a four-year deal to manage Lyn, taking them to a third-placed finish.

2008: Returns to Lillestrom on a five-year deal as manager.

2011: Sacked by Lillestrom.

2012: Appointed manager of Blackburn on a three-year contract.

Brian Marwood focused on producing young players for Manchester City not England

We make stars for City… not England: Home-grown talent is not a priority, says Marwood

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UPDATED:

21:37 GMT, 13 October 2012

Manchester City's sporting director Brian Marwood has highlighted the problems of producing top-quality English players by admitting his club ‘should not be ashamed’ to help develop foreign starlets.

In a week when the FA opened their national football centre at St George’s Park in Staffordshire, Marwood struck a more realistic tone as he discussed the motivation behind City’s 100million Etihad Campus, which will be the most advanced and expensive academy in the Premier League when it opens in 2014.

As a former player who came through the ranks at Hull City to win a league title with Arsenal and play for England, Marwood says he would like to help his national team whenever possible.

Next generation: Manchester City want the future stars of the club to come through their system and aim to produce the 'next' Yaya Toure

Next generation: Manchester City want the future stars of the club to come through their system and aim to produce the 'next' Yaya Toure

But he confessed that his main priority is to help City find players regardless of nationality, to save owner Sheik Mansour millions in transfer fees.

‘Our priority is to produce players who will get into City’s first team. From a selfish point of view, that may mean to the detriment of the England team,’ said Marwood. ‘And while it would be great (to help England) because I came through the system and it helped me, we also have to be realistic.

Looking to the future: Brian Marwood wants City to produce their own players

Looking to the future: Brian Marwood wants City to produce their own players

‘If we are trying to produce real top quality to play for City, if they happen to come from another country and we’ve developed them, we shouldn’t be ashamed to embrace it.

We can’t expect our owners to keep spending at the rate they’ve been spending for the past three or four years. We have to start somewhere and change that — and it’s something we’re trying to do.

‘We are looking to produce youngsters to play alongside the likes of Yaya Toure and David Silva. That is the benchmark if we want to be a side competing in every cup competition at home and in Europe.

‘The harsh reality is we have to produce local boys or bring in players from abroad. You see players for our under-21s who have come from Spain, Norway and France. It is something everyone has to deal with because it is a global game.’

Marwood’s candour highlights the problem for future English teams when the domestic league is dominated by clubs who will shop anywhere for the best talent.

Made in Manchester: City want the next David Silva to be a product of their academy

Made in Manchester: City want the next David Silva to be a product of their academy

Quotas where clubs have to name eight homegrown players in their squad do not automatically help the England team. Overseas players are categorised as homegrown if they have spent three years at a Premier League academy, as Cesc Fabregas and Gael Clichy did at Arsenal.

City see themselves as market leaders in the new raft of academies with the Etihad Campus.

It will have more pitches than the St George’s complex — 15 compared to 12 — and provide on-site accommodation and education.

A complex to be proud of: City hope to open a training centre to rival St George's Park

A complex to be proud of: City hope to open a training centre to rival St George's Park

Around a fifth of players who have taken part in this season’s Under-21 Premier League are not qualified to play for England, and City’s Academy already takes in the best young players from around the world. The number of international under-21s who have graduated through their academy include Denis Suarez (Spain), Jeremy Helan (France), Karim Rekik (Holland), Luca Scapuzzi (Italy), John Guidetti (Sweden), Omar Elabdellaoui (Norway), Mohammed Abu (Ghana), Abdul Razak (Ivory Coast), Abdisalam Ibrahim (Norway).

It represents a change in policy for City’s owners, who have splashed out 400m on players to land the title. They now want to reduce their spending to comply with UEFA financial fair play rules.

City’s facilities are a far cry from Marwood’s days as a youngster but he insists the current generation will not be spoilt by the club.

He said: ‘You have to teach them the right values and behaviour — that is ultimately the most important thing.’

Tottenham"s Michael Dawson rejects move to QPR

Dawson to fight for Tottenham place after rejecting 9m move to QPR

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 24 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Michael Dawson is ready to defy Andre Villas-Boas’s attempts to sell him by refusing to be forced out of Tottenham.

Sportsmail revealed earlier this week how Queens Park Rangers had a 9million offer for Dawson accepted — but the protracted move has stalled over personal terms.

Dawson is determined not to be pushed out of the exit and will only contemplate a switch to a club he feels can match his ambitions.

Staying put: Michael Dawson has rejected the chance to join QPR

Staying put: Michael Dawson has rejected the chance to join QPR

And, despite Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul, William Gallas and Steven Caulker all seemingly being ahead of him in the central-defensive pecking order at White Hart Lane, Dawson feels he can work his way into Villas-Boas’s plans.

It is understood he has serious reservations about a move to QPR, telling friends he is very reluctant to join manager Mark Hughes’s revolution.

Stoke are also in the running to land Dawson, but the defender is also unsure about the merits of a move to the Britannia Stadium.

Talks: Tom Huddlestone has yet to agree terms with Stoke

Talks: Tom Huddlestone has yet to agree terms with Stoke

The only other realistic option for him is Sunderland — a move the 28-year-old would consider. But the club’s board are unwilling to match the offers from Stoke and QPR.

Meanwhile, midfielder Tom Huddlestone’s loan move from Tottenham to Stoke has also stalled over personal terms, but talks will reopen on Sunday.

London 2012 Olympics: Athletics: Yamile Aldama ready for gold

Aldama ready to silence 'plastic Brit' critics with triple jump final triumph

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22:20 GMT, 4 August 2012

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Yamile Aldama is not the sort to give herself a label, but if she did it would not be 'Plastic Brit'. The veteran triple jumper might define herself foremost as a mother, then an athlete, perhaps a Londoner, then British and from Cuba.

Aldama's is an extraordinary story and, at 7.35pm this evening in the Olympic Stadium, her dreams of writing another chapter will unfold.

On Friday, with the only jump she needed in qualifying, she recorded a leap of 14.15metres, which was bettered only by Jamaica's Kimberley Williams.

Hopeful: Yamile Aldama could take gold for Team GB in the triple jump

Hopeful: Yamile Aldama could take gold for Team GB in the triple jump

A place on the podium is a realistic aim on Sunday; a golden finish not out of the question. It is not just Aldama's age (40 next month) or longevity (this is her fourth Olympic Games since 1996) that make her remarkable.

She became Britain's oldest athletics debutante last year, at the world championships in Daegu – just a year and a day after having her second child. She finally got a British passport last year, more than 10 years after arriving here in 2001.

That, according to some, made her a 'Plastic Brit', seeking a new nationality to compete for the host nation at London 2012.

Preparation: Aldama trained in the Great Britain camp in Monte Gordo, Portugal

Preparation: Aldama trained in the Great Britain camp in Monte Gordo, Portugal

But the tag ignores her story. In 2001 she married a Briton, Andrew Dodds, and moved with him to London. Cuba makes sporting outcasts of those who reside elsewhere and she wanted to represent Britain.

A three-year wait was needed for a passport and Aldama hoped the process might get her to Athens in 2004. But unknown to her, Dodds had been a cog in a drugsmuggling ring before he met her and he was jailed.

She feels her husband's conviction played a part in her not getting a passport early. Thinking 2004 would be her last Games, she accepted an offer to represent Sudan. Then came the UK passport. 'I've waited a long time for this,' she said of the Olympic final.

Lewis Hamilton calls for McLaren redesign

Sorry Brits in bad shape: Hamilton calls for redesign after Webber wins at Silverstone

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UPDATED:

22:35 GMT, 8 July 2012

For once, those pesky McLaren pit stops ran like clockwork. Shame about the car.

The brutal truth of that Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Job done: Webber's Red Bull team rush to congratulate him as he crosses the finishing line

Job done: Webber's Red Bull team rush to congratulate him as he crosses the finishing line

The temptation to jump out of the windows was intense.

And that was just for those of us listening.

The speaking was being done by Lewis
Hamilton and Jenson Button, their voices contemplative and quiet, having
finished eighth and 10th respectively.

They had arrived at Silverstone
talking of possessing a winning car – that turned out to be the preserve
of Red Bull's Mark Webber after he passed the Ferrari of Fernando
Alonso four laps from the end – but left not only beaten but baffled.

After a dismal qualifying in which
Hamilton was eighth fastest and Button 18th, their only realistic hope
of salvation on Sunday was the rain.

Silverstone had turned into Slitherstone over the weekend, with sodden roads jammed, cars mudsplatted and fans turned away.

Yet by the time the cars lined up on the grid, Noah was disembarking from his ark.

High hopes: Webber jumps for joy after clinching his second British Grand Prix win

High hopes: Webber jumps for joy after clinching his second British Grand Prix win

High hopes: Webber jumps for joy after clinching his second British Grand Prix win

Conditions remained dry throughout the 52-lap race.

As Button walked up to the motorhome for that miserable press briefing, the rain tipped down again.

He leaned forward so he could be heard under the battering on the roof.

Leading the way: Webber overtook Alonso late in the race

Leading the way: Webber overtook Alonso late in the race

The Royal Shakespeare Company could not have staged the scene with more ironic drama.

'It's a good job in a way that it didn't rain during the race,' said Button, 'because it proves we haven't got the pace.'

He stands 79 points off Alonso in the championship summit, in eighth place. Hamilton 37 adrift, in fourth.

As for McLaren, they slipped down to fourth in the constructors' standings, behind Red Bull, Ferrari… and Lotus.

'McLaren were never really in the
race,' reflected Webber's team principal Christian Horner, enjoying what
for him was a delicious reality.

Coming out of The Loop at turn five on the opening lap, Di Resta was
sent spinning into the large run-off area, sustaining a left-rear
puncture.

Although Di Resta managed to limp back to the pits, he sustained damage
to the floor that forced him back into the garage at the end of the
second lap, and ultimately out of the race.

Di Resta said: 'I've no indication as to what happened. I don't know if
someone caught me, but I picked up a puncture, and then the heavy damage
to the floor. There was no point carrying on.'

Clear skies: The expected rain stayed away

Clear skies: The expected rain stayed away

There was bitter frustration for Di Resta, felt by Sergio Perez too on
lap 12 as Pastor Maldonado again proved a danger to all around him.

From the seventh and ninth positions the duo pitted together, and after
returning to the track Perez was soon alongside Maldonado going into
Brooklands.

Ditto McLaren's experience in the previous three years at this old airfield.

Button, who rated McLaren slower than
Williams and Sauber, said: 'When you see another car go past it's as if
you're standing still. They must be on rails. I don't know how.

'Personally, I felt as if I got everything I could out of the car.

'The strategy and stops worked but we're just not good enough at the moment.'

His anguish was not derived merely
from the stark reading on the piece of paper in front of him that stated
he has scored seven points from the last six races.

Such an abject afternoon was doubly hard in front of 125,000 fans mostly support ing him and Hamilton.

Missing out: Alonso had led the race from pole position before being overtaken

Missing out: Alonso had led the race from pole position before being overtaken

Missing out: Alonso had led the race from pole position before being overtaken

They have always been loyal to Button here, even through the thin and thinner days of his early career.

A word of credit in passing to the
organisers, who, after being woefully underprepared for the soggy
weather on Friday, managed to accommodate Sunday's crowd in still tricky
conditions.

It took a lot of hard remedial work to do so.

But back to McLaren's tale of woe.

While Button managed to improve on his grid position, Hamilton did not.

Yes, he had some fun, including a brief duel with Alonso before making his first stop.

He had to yield in the end to the Spaniard' fresher rubber.

As the race wore on, Hamilton's car grew visibly slower. Predictably, he was just as down in the mouth afterwards as Button.

It's the pits: Webber comes in for a pit-stop

It's the pits: Webber comes in for a pit-stop

Their under-pressure team principal
Martin Whitmarsh was asked about the sensitive timing of Sunday's dismal
result, with Hamilton's contract up for renewal at the end of the
season.

He replied that the former world champion's decision on his future would not be informed by one race.

It was put to Hamilton that the problem was not a single afternoon, but a broader and longer malaise at the team

He smiled knowingly, a reflection
that the car has lost ground since a promising start in Melbourne in
March and that his title was won back in 2008, rather than a
confirmation that he was about to up sticks, say to Red Bull.

He might yet do that, though.

Approaching his 100th race in
Hockenheim a fortnight hence – a fact that ages us all – he said: 'The
only positive that I'd take from today is the support from the fans.'

Close encounter: Alonso got off to a good start

Close encounter: Alonso got off to a good start

Asked if the car was fundamentally flawed, he said: 'I'm not using those words; I'll let you use those words.

'You've got to look at the cars in detail – just look at them and ours look different from the others.'

That was presumably a reference to McLaren longer nose vis-a-vis everyone else's ugly, boxer's snout of a front.

'That's a significant difference,'
he went on. 'I'm not an aerodynamicist but there's got to be something
there, so that's what we're looking at for this car, but also for next
year's car.

'It is too big a change for this season.

'I feel for us all at the team because everyone is working their a*** off.

'Jenson and I are working are a***s
off and the fans are giving us every ounce of support possible. But it's
just not happening.

'Coming to your home grand prix you want a big upgrade package. You want to be fastest and you want to win every year.

'But neither Jenson nor I have the car to be able to do that at the moment. We can get there. I believe we can get there.'

Mud bath: The car parks remained closed at Silverstone

Mud bath: The car parks remained closed at Silverstone

Champagne moment: Webber is right in contention for the driver's championship title

Champagne moment: Webber is right in contention for the driver's championship title

Champagne moment: Webber is right in contention for the driver's championship title

Champagne moment: Webber is right in contention for the driver's championship title

Completing a nightmarish day for British drivers, Paul di Resta retired his Force India.

He lost pressure in his right rear when he apparently clipped Romain Grosjean's Lotus into the fourth turn of the race.

He got back out but went off at Becketts and decided that that was enough pain. We end on a positive note.

McLaren's four pit stops were achieved at an average of under three seconds for the first time.

In terms of seconds spent in the pit
lane time, they had the fastest two times of the day and four of the
six fastest times. Small mercies.

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Jurgen Klinsmann rules out Tottenham return

EXCLUSIVE: Klinsmann rules out return to the Lane as axed Harry's successor

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UPDATED:

09:32 GMT, 15 June 2012

Jurgen Klinsmann has become the first manager to distance himself from the Tottenham job after insisting he has no intention of leaving his post as United States coach.

The former Germany striker is highly regarded at White Hart Lane and would be a popular choice among supporters after scoring 30 goals in 56 appearances in two spells as a Tottenham player in the 1990s.

Staying put: Jurgen Klinsmann insists he will not leave his post as USA boss to take over at Tottenham

Staying put: Jurgen Klinsmann insists he will not leave his post as USA boss to take over at Tottenham

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But he has made it clear he is settled in America and is looking no further than trying to secure a place at the next World Cup finals for the United States.

‘It just isn’t a realistic proposition for Jurgen at the moment,’ said his publicist Roland Eitel.

Old favourite: Klinsmann enjoys iconic status at White Hart Lane but doesn't want to return

Old favourite: Klinsmann enjoys iconic status at White Hart Lane but doesn't want to return

‘He has very fond memories of his time at White Hart Lane and needs no reminding that it is a big job. He has the utmost respect for Tottenham.

‘But the timing isn’t right.

'He has no thoughts of leaving the post he has at the moment and is totally committed to leading the United States into the next World Cup.’

Not finished yet: Harry Redknapp insists he still wants to manage despite his departure from Spurs

Not finished yet: Harry Redknapp insists he still wants to manage despite his departure from Spurs

Paris Saint-Germain weigh up move for Luka Modric

EXCLUSIVE: PSG coach Ancelotti enters race to sign Spurs midfielder Modric

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UPDATED:

21:50 GMT, 11 June 2012

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has joined the race to sign unsettled midfielder Luka Modric.

And the Italian is willing to offer Tottenham a more lucrative financial deal than Manchester United.

The Spurs midfielder is keen to leave White Hart Lane this season in search of Champions League football.

Wanted man: Luka Modric is on PSG's radar

Wanted man: Luka Modric is on PSG's radar

Manchester United are in the driving
seat to land the Croatia international after the Old Trafford club were
notified that the playmaker would be happy to join ahead of next season.

But Sir Alex Ferguson will face competition from former Chelsea manager Ancelotti in his attempts to lure Modric to United.

PSG scouts made a check on Modric in
Croatia's win over Republic of Ireland on Sunday night as the Ligue 1
club stepped up their interest in the midfielder.

Modric appears on PSG's star-studded
summer shopping list, that also includes the likes of Ezequiel Lavezzi,
Thiago Silva and Luis Suarez.

And having qualified for the
Champions League and owners Qatar Investment Authority riches to spend,
Ancelotti feel they have a realistic chance of signing the midfielder.

Not going back: Nick Powell will not been loaned back to Crewe

Not going back: Nick Powell will not been loaned back to Crewe

Worryingly for Ferguson, it is
understood PSG are willing to fork out in the region of 30million for
Modric – significantly more than United are willing to stretch.

Chelsea and Real Madrid are also monitoring Modric's situation.

Meanwhile, United’s impending arrival from Crewe, midfielder Nick Powell, 18, will not be loaned back to the club.

Manager Steve Davis wants to allow Crewe’s younger players space to progress. Meanwhile, United have given trials to Falkirk’s Craig Sibbald, 16, and Jay Fulton, 18.