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Barcelona rule out David Villa sale to Arsenal

Another Arsenal blow as Barcelona stand firm over Villa as they rule out January move

after breaking his leg at the FIFA Club World Cup in December, 2011.

Vilanova added: 'The other day he scored two goals. We've always said that he's coming off a long injury, and he's getting more minutes all the time. But he's suffering more physical problems again.

'We know how important he is, like last year when we missed him a lot in the second half of the season.

'I'm convinced he will help us a lot over the remainder of the season.'

Romelu Lukaku wants to stay at West Bromwich

Lukaku boost for Clarke as on-loan Chelsea striker declares intention to stay at West Brom

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UPDATED:

11:43 GMT, 23 December 2012

West Brom boss Steve Clarke has received a timely boost in his bid to keep on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku following his late winner in the 2-1 home success over Norwich.

The Chelsea player headed home a deep cross from Baggies left-back Goran Popov with eight minutes remaining for his sixth goal of the campaign.

And the Belgium international has taken to Twitter to express his desire to stay at the Hawthorns for at least the remainder of the season.

Staying game Lukaku has pledged his desire to remain at the Baggies

Staying game Lukaku has pledged his desire to remain at the Baggies

He said on the micro blogging site: 'I'd like to stay here for the rest of the season and there’s no question about that !!!'

It was a rare start for Lukaku who has been kept out of the side for most of the season by leading scorer Shane Long.

But he justified his selection as his
goal ended Norwich's 10-game unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier
League and moved Albion back into the top six.

Clarke said: 'Romelu has done well, he is a big talent, he has got a big future ahead of him in the game.

'The fact he couldn't get in the team
for most of the season is down to the form of Shane Long who shouldn't
be forgotten today.

'Shane made a difference when he came
onto the pitch, he tied up the other centre-back, has given a bit more
space to Romelu, and maybe that's why he has got the space for the
winning goal.

'It's a team effort and we don't like to single out individuals.'

Lukaku had chosen the rap song 'The
Question (What Am I Doing Here)' as his musical choice which was
broadcast before the game.

Clarke quipped: 'At the moment he is doing okay so that's the answer to that one!'

But the West Brom manager was non-committal when asked whether Chelsea will recall Lukaku in January.

Clarke said: 'He is on a season-long
loan but there is an opportunity for the parent club to take him back in
January. I can't affect it so I don't like to talk about it.'

Winning ways: Clarke savoured victory after four games without a win

Winning ways: Clarke savoured victory after four games without a win

Clarke felt Albion were below their best in securing their first win in five games.

He said: 'It was another performance where we were a bit scratchy. We are not quite flowing as we were early in the season.

'When you are coming in after four games without a win, there comes a bit more pressure on it.'

On the slide: Peter Odemwingie evades Wesley Hoolahan's tackle

On the slide: Peter Odemwingie evades Wesley Hoolahan's tackle

Craig Levein starts legal proceedings against SFA after "resigning" as Scotland manager

Levein starts legal proceedings against SFA after 'resigning' as Scotland manager

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UPDATED:

17:59 GMT, 19 December 2012

Former Scotland manager Craig Levein has opened legal proceedings against the Scottish Football Association.

Levein was 'relieved of his duties' by the SFA on November 5 following a disappointing start to the World Cup qualifying campaign.

The SFA has confirmed Levein has now instructed his lawyers to serve a writ on the Association, who had offered to honour the remainder of his contract in full.

Action: Levin has opened legal proceedings against the SFA

Action: Levin has opened legal proceedings against the SFA

A statement from the SFA read: 'Regrettably, the Scottish FA has received notification from lawyers representing Craig Levein that their client has served a writ on the Association.

'This notification has been received despite the Scottish FA's offer to honour Craig's contract in full, an offer that was made immediately upon the Board's decision to relieve Craig of his duties on November 5, 2012.

Axed: Levein was shown the door in November

Axed: Levein was shown the door in November

'The Scottish FA has since received notification that Craig has chosen to resign, thereby foregoing the offer made to honour his contract in full.

'In the notification received, failure to make a proposal in lieu of compensation has been cited.

'It is the view of the Scottish FA that no such offer is required given Craig's decision to resign, especially since an offer of mediation was rejected by his legal representatives.

'We will make no further comment at this time.'

Levein had found himself under pressure after the Scots failed to record a single win from their opening four games of the current campaign.

Draws at home to Serbia and Macedonia, followed by defeats away to Wales and Belgium, left Scotland bottom of their group with little hope of booking their place at Brazil in 2014.

Those results ultimately sealed the fate of the former Hearts and Dundee United boss and his near-three-year tenure came to an end last month.

Under-21s boss Billy Stark was placed in interim charge while the SFA search for Levein's successor.

Rafael Benitez happy to welcome Pep Guardiola at Chelsea

I'll walk away if Chelsea want Guardiola… but only after I've won trophies, vows Benitez ahead of Club World Cup final

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 14 December 2012

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez is happy to hand over the reins to Pep Guardiola – but only after he has won trophies with Chelsea first.

Former Liverpool boss Benitez was appointed as the temporary manager at Stamford Bridge after Robert Di Matteo was relieved of his duties in November, but the Spaniard has come under fire from the Chelsea fans, who feel that Di Matteo has been unfairly treated by owner Roman Abramovich.

Speaking to BBC Sport ahead of Sunday’s Club World Cup Final against Brazilian outfit Corinthians, Benitez said: 'Guardiola has a fantastic record. If he comes and we’ve won a lot of trophies, I’ll be very pleased.'

Welcoming: Rafa Benitez is happy to hand over the reins to Pep Guardiola after winning some trophies

Welcoming: Rafa Benitez is happy to hand over the reins to Pep Guardiola after winning some trophies

Fun and games: Fernando Torres (right) and David Luiz (left) will hope to win the the World Club Cup on Sunday

Fun and games: Fernando Torres (right) and David Luiz (left) will hope to win the the World Club Cup on Sunday

Guardiola, who spent four years managing Barcelona before resigning at the end of last season, is currently taking a break from football and is living in New York.

And although Benitez is aware that he is likely to be replaced as Chelsea manager in the summer, he is desperate to be successful over the remainder of this season, and is aiming to win over the Chelsea support as soon as possible.

Benitez, who has previously won the Club World Cup with Liverpool and Inter Milan, explained: 'When I decided to come, I knew I was signing a contract for six or seven months so I was not thinking about more after these seven months.

'After the improvement of the team, the way I will play and the style I will have, I think a lot of fans will say: ‘Maybe we were too hard and we have to give him the chance to bring the confidence back to the team and the fans.'

King David: Luiz is likely to play at the heart of the Chelsea defence

King David: Luiz is likely to play at the heart of the Chelsea defence

Hopeful: Benitez wants to win over the Chelsea fans, who are unhappy after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo

Hopeful: Benitez wants to win over the Chelsea fans, who are unhappy after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo

Champion: Guardiola achieved great success with Barcelona and is being courted by Chelsea

Champion: Guardiola achieved great success with Barcelona and is being courted by Chelsea

P.s. Fernando Torres seems to be soaking up as much culture as he can in Japan as Chelsea gear up for the final of the World Club Cup against Corinthians.

Earlier this week the Spanish striker said that one of the things that inspired him to take up football was a Japanese cartoon named Captain Tsubasa.

This morning Torres was photographed catching up on the news in Yokohama by reading the local newspaper – written in Japanese! Good effort, Fernando.

I can't understand a word! Fernando Torres reads a Japanese local paper

I can't understand a word! Fernando Torres reads a Japanese local paper

I can't understand a word! Fernando Torres reads a Japanese local paper

Europa League fifth official mocked for warm-up at FC Twente match

Really, what do they do Europa League fifth official becomes laughing stock for pathetic warm-up

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UPDATED:

16:08 GMT, 7 December 2012

They are, quite possibly, the most pointless innovation in the history of football – and now it seems that the Europa League fifth officials can't even be bothered themselves.

Hilarious video has emerged from Dutch television coverage of the match between FC Twente and Helsingborg on Thursday of Greek fifth official Anastassios Kalos stretching his neck muscles before the kick-off.

Shall I Greek fifth official Anastassios Kalos ponders whether to run through a warm-up before the FC Twente v Helsingborg Europa League match

Shall I Greek fifth official Anastassios Kalos ponders whether to run through a warm-up before the FC Twente v Helsingborg Europa League match

And stretch! Kalos crouches and goes for a lunge to get his muscles warmed up

And stretch! Kalos crouches and goes for a lunge to get his muscles warmed up

Anyone there Kalos takes a good long look to make sure the line is straight

Anyone there Kalos takes a good long look to make sure the line is straight

Not wanting to concern himself with a full warm-up, Kalos makes do with a couple of lunges on the edge of the six-yard box as though stooping to head an imaginary ball.

It at least allowed him to check if the penalty box paintwork was perfectly straight at the Arke Stadion.

Still, it was probably more than he did for the remainder of the evening.

Kevin Mirallas sidelined for three weeks with injury

Blow for Everton as Miralles faces three weeks out with hamstring injury

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 13 November 2012

Everton fear that Kevin Mirallas is facing a three-week lay-off with a hamstring problem.

The Belgian forward was forced off during last weekend's 2-1 over Sunderland after pulling up sharply and immediately withdrew from his country's friendly with Romania.

Mirallas has undergone a scan and is out of Saturday's trip to Reading but if the results show a grade two tear, he will be sidelined for the remainder of the month.

We need to talk about Kevin: The Belgian faces three weeks out of action

We need to talk about Kevin: The Belgian faces three weeks out of action

Chelsea prepare bid to sign Marouane Fellaini

Chelsea preparing hair raising 30million bid to lure in-form Fellaini from Everton in January

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UPDATED:

13:07 GMT, 11 November 2012

Roman Abramovich is ready to break the bank and splash 30million on in-form Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini in January.

The Belgian has dazzled for David Moyes' side this season and scored his sixth goal of the campaign on Saturday as Everton came from behind to beat Sunderland at Goodison Park.

Now Chelsea’s billionaire owner is keen to bring Fellaini to Stamford Bridge to deputise in midfield.

Hair raising: Chelsea are preparing to prise Marouane Fellaini from Everton for 30million

Hair raising: Chelsea are preparing to prise Marouane Fellaini from Everton for 30million

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo wants to bring in some new blood in the upcoming window, and sees the big-haired midfielder as an ideal candidate, according to the Sunday People.

Another advantage of signing the 6ft 4in midfielder would be his eligibility to play for the club in the Champions League for the remainder of Chelsea’s campaign.

The 24-year-old is a powerful and versatile individual. He can play in defensive midfield, off a frontman like Fernando Torres, or even lead the line himself.

It would take a big bid to prise Fellaini away from the Toffees, but Chelsea are willing to spend big, having already signed the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Victor Moses, Marko Marin and Csar Azpilicueta for a combined 79.5million this season alone.

Assistance: Fellaini would support lone striker Fernando Torres

Assistance: Fellaini would support lone striker Fernando Torres

Assistance: Fellaini would support lone striker Fernando Torres

London Welsh 16 Bath 9: – match report

London Welsh 16 Bath 9: Super Scott boosts Exiles survival hopes with 70-yard try

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UPDATED:

18:28 GMT, 4 November 2012

A 70-metre try from wing Nick Scott with the last action of the match gave London Welsh an unlikely but crucial win in their battle for Aviva Premiership survival.

Scott picked off Stephen Donald's telegraphed pass and had sufficient pace to hold off the cover for the match-winning try, which Gordon Ross converted.

It was the only try in a desperately poor game and a draw would have been a fair result as neither side played well enough to deserve a win.

Charge: Nick Scott piles through the Bath defence

Charge: Nick Scott piles through the Bath defence

Bath had the better scoring opportunities but though they went close on a number of occasions, they failed to take them. They had the more inventive backs but their scrum was continually under pressure.

Welsh were dogged throughout but provide no attacking spark and until Scott's effort, never threatened the try line.

Bath had an early chance for points but Donald was off target with a 40-metre penalty attempt.

Moments later, Welsh had their opportunity which they also failed to take as Gavin Henson was narrowly wide with his 45-metre kick – but with 10 minutes gone, the outside half was successful from 40 metres to put his side ahead.

Despite this reverse, Bath had the better of the first 15 minutes, desperate defence keeping the visitors out as Ben Williams and Michael Claassens made holes in the Welsh defence.

Against the run of play, the hosts broke out to win a penalty for Henson to extend their lead with a simple 25-metre kick.

Leap: Martin Purdy wins a line-out for London Welsh

Leap: Martin Purdy wins a line-out for London Welsh

The second quarter was more evenly contested, with the Welsh pack matching their opponents, but following a sustained drive from the Bath forwards the hosts were penalised and Donald made no mistake from 30 metres out.

The remainder of the half saw an abundance of penalty awards and a procession of aimless kicking, with Donald and Tom Arscott the worst culprits.

With the last movement of the half, Bath lock Dave Attwood did get over the line but he was held up by some stout home defence, allowing Welsh to retain their fortunate 6-3 lead at the interval.

Bath began strongly after the restart. Powerful runs from Williams and Matt Banahan gained them some momentum but the visitors lost a crucial scrum in front of the Welsh posts when they were easily pushed off their own ball.

However they did gain some reward when after 51 minutes Donald kicked his second penalty to tie up the scores.

No trouble: Tyson Keats gets his pass away during the match at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford

No trouble: Tyson Keats gets his pass away during the match at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford

With 20 minutes to go both teams made changes, with Henson and Banahan being the major casualties as they were replaced by Ross and Horacio Agulla respectively.

Exiles lock Kirill Koulemine was penalised for pulling down at the line-out and a well struck penalty from Donald put Bath into the lead for the first time.

With 10 minutes to go, Bath conceded a scrummage penalty. Ross' 45-metre kick was badly struck and fell short but with 90 seconds remaining on the, clock the outside half was successful from 30 metres to bring his side level.

Scott's heroics at the death then sealed the win.

Zebre 10 Connacht 19: John Muldoon gets Italian job done for wasteful Connacht

Zebre 10 Connacht 19: Muldoon gets Italian job done for wasteful Connacht

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UPDATED:

16:23 GMT, 13 October 2012

Connacht got their Heineken Cup
campaign off to a winning start with a scrappy victory away to
tournament newcomers Zebre in Parma.

John Muldoon's 62nd-minute try proved
vital for the visitors who had dominated the third quarter but were
starting to look like they would rue a series of missed opportunities in
the home 22.

Connacht's former Scotland fly-half Dan Parks added the remainder of his side's points from four penalties and a conversion.

At last: John Muldoon scores the crucial try for Connacht

At last: John Muldoon scores the crucial try for Connacht

Connacht started the match well, retaining possession and stretching the Italian outfit's defence at every opportunity.

Their early endeavour was rewarded with a fourth-minute penalty from Parks but that proved to be a rare venture in Zebre territory.

For the remainder of the half most of the play belonged to the home side as they used their solid line-out platform to build pressure.

Quintin Geldenhuys and Mauro Bergamasco carried to great effect but basic errors proved costly as four visits to the Connacht 22 yielded just one Daniel Halangahu penalty.

The Zebre full-back missed two other kicks at goal during the first half and after 17 minutes, Connacht turned a brief foray into home territory into three more points from the boot of Parks to restore their lead.

A key turning point came right on the stroke of half-time when the vastly experienced Bergamasco was penalised for a tackle on Tiernan O'Halloran that was somewhat harshly deemed to be a 'tip tackle'.

Referee Leighton Hodges sin-binned the 93-times capped Italy international and Parks kicked a brilliant penalty from the halfway line for a six-point buffer at the break.

Connacht then dominated the first 20 minutes of the second half but failed to score during the sin-bin period despite some incisive back-line play from the likes of Heineken Cup debutant Robbie Henshaw, Tiernan O'Halloran and Fetu'u Vainikolo.

Handling errors and poor decision-making underlined a tension in their play as they tried to add to their only previous win in the tournament – a hard-fought defeat of Harlequins in the Galway wind and rain last January.

On the hour mark, Eric Elwood's men earned a penalty from a five-metre scrum and opted to stretch the lead to two scores through the boot of Parks.

That settled nerves and barely two minutes later a turnover in their own 22, forced by the excellent Denis Buckley, led to the game's first try.

Kieran Marmion hacked downfield, Mike McCarthy's chase was tremendous and he forced a penalty from Luciano Orquera.

The quick-thinking Muldoon took a quick tap and went in from 10 metres out, scoring under the posts with Parks converting.

That score should have settled Connacht but the final 20 minutes were error strewn and the visitors were unable to relax as Zebre scored a converted try from replacement flanker Filippo Ferranini in the 72nd minute, although the hosts could not get any closer in the remaining time.

Newcastle midfielder Haris Vuckic out for season

Newcastle midfielder Vuckic's knee injury puts him out of action for whole season

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UPDATED:

17:46 GMT, 11 October 2012

Newcastle midfielder Haris Vuckic will be sidelined for the rest of the season after rupturing a cruciate ligament.

The Slovenia international was carried off on a stretcher after a challenge by Samir Carruthers during the Magpies Under-21s' 2-1 victory at Aston Villa on Monday evening.

A club spokesman said: 'Haris Vuckic will be sidelined for the remainder of the season after rupturing his cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Blow: Haris Vuckic will be out for the season

Blow: Haris Vuckic will be out for the season

'Having been assessed by the club's medical staff, it has been confirmed that Vuckic will not play again during the 2012-13 campaign.'

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has asked fans to get show their rally round and show their support for Vuckic.

'I think Haris knew straight away it was a serious injury,' Pardew said.

'If our fans want to send him any messages, I think that would be appropriate, because he is hurt.'

Meanwhile, Dan Gosling, who was injured during the same game, will be out for several weeks with ankle ligament damage.