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Atletico Madrid open door for Fernando Torres return from Chelsea

Atletico open door for Torres return while Chelsea given encouragement over Falcao

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

12:45 GMT, 23 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:00 GMT, 23 March 2013

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has opened the door for Fernando Torres to return to his former side.

The Chelsea striker made his name in Spain before moving to Liverpool in 2007.

Simeone says he knows how important Torres can be for his side and that because of his roots he knows about what it means to play for Los Rojiblancos.

Struggle: Fernando Torres has not been able to find his feet at Chelsea

Struggle: Fernando Torres has not been able to find his feet at Chelsea

He told Spanish radio station Onda
Cero: 'Fernando Torres is currently playing for another team. We have to
wait for the season to finish and decide which of the available players
could come here and do a good job.

'Fernando knows about the club's history, what it means to play here and I don't need to speak about his ability.

'We were teammates. I know how important he can be.'

Chelsea want Atletico's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao as a replacement. He has scored 25 goals in 28 games for his club this season, including a hat-trick against the Blues in the Super Cup final.

He can be procured for 48million but the Blues would be interested in a part-exchange deal involving Torres.

When asked about Falcao's future, Simeone did not insist the player would be staying at the club.
Instead he reasoned that everybody makes their own decisions and Falcao deserves respect.

Simeone said: 'I'm not Falcao and I'm not his agent. I'm the manager and have the utmost respect for him, because he gave me so much at River Plate and has done the same here.

'He always gives his all and I really respect players who do that. But everyone makes their own decisions in life.

'Every person is different, and we have to respect each other. Those who stay are always going to be the best.'

Can't stop: Radamel Falcao is in absolutely lethal form for club and country

Can't stop: Radamel Falcao is in absolutely lethal form for club and country

Frank: Diego Simeone said that Torres knows the club and he would be an important player

Frank: Diego Simeone said that Torres knows the club and he would be an important player

Raheem Sterling commits international future to England ahead of Jamaica

Sterling eyes place in Hodgson's starting XI after committing international future to England

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UPDATED:

22:02 GMT, 25 December 2012

Raheem Sterling has pledged his international future to England and is determined to cement his place in Roy Hodgson’s squad by firing Liverpool’s push for the top four.

The Liverpool winger, who last week ended speculation about his club future by signing a five-year deal, won his first senior cap in the 4-2 defeat against Sweden last month and has represented England at every level from Under-16 onwards.

Sterling’s appearance in Stockholm, though, had not erased the possibility of him opting to pursue an international career with Jamaica – where he was born and the country where he lived until he was six – and the President of the Jamaican FA, Horace Burrell, held talks with him in October.

England man: Raheem Sterling has committed his international future to Roy Hodgson's Three Lions

England man: Raheem Sterling has committed his international future to Roy Hodgson's Three Lions

However, Sterling has revealed he will not be abandoning England, as he feels a debt of gratitude to the football system in which he has grown up. The 18-year-old can now expect to be given plenty more opportunities under Hodgson on the road to the 2014 World Cup.

'It was a dream come true (to play against Sweden),’ said Sterling. ‘As a 15-year-old I can remember sitting at home and praying to get an Under 16 call up, so to be getting a senior call-up a few years later was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

'I want to keep driving on and do a bit more. Obviously I’ve got Jamaican roots but no-one tried to put any pressure on me, which was the good thing. But I couldn’t turn my back on England because I’ve grown up through the English youth system and progressed from there.

New deal: Sterling has signed a new long term deal at Liverpool

New deal: Sterling has signed a new long term deal at Liverpool

'I couldn’t just switch over. So it was a good thing for me to be called up and make my debut. It’s 100 per cent going to be England from now on.’ This has been a whirlwind season for one with such a precocious talent and, in the space of five months, Sterling has gone from being an unheralded reserve to one of the most important players in Liverpool’s squad. His rise was reflected in the lucrative contract he signed last Friday.

Given all the talk that surrounded contract discussions, there has been a perception that Sterling is a cocky young man but that is far removed from the truth; his team-mates tell of him being humble, grounded and eager to learn. Sterling puts that down to the influence of his mother, Nadine.

Making an impact: Sterling burst onto the scene at Liverpool this season

Making an impact: Sterling burst onto the scene at Liverpool this season

'The contract was never about finance,’ said Sterling, who is expected to return to Liverpool’s starting line-up at Stoke this evening. ‘I just really wanted to get the contract sorted. When people were asking why I wasn’t signing it was at a time when we hadn’t even started negotiating

'Will I get distracted No. I’ve got a good mum who always looks after me and helps me to keep my head down so that’s good. It’s obviously good that my mum has moved up here with my brothers and sisters because it’s a good feeling to be with your family.’

It isn’t just with off the field matters that mother knows best. Sterling has only scored one goal in 26 appearances for Liverpool this year and the statistic has been noted, both in the manager’s office at Anfield and at home.

'Mum wouldn’t let my feet get off the ground,’ explained Sterling, who moved to Liverpool from QPR in February 2010. ‘She thinks she knows a lot about football. She tries to tell me what I can do better.

'Some of the things the manager is telling me she is telling me as well, like about getting into the box. She says: “You’re never in the box!” but she must have a point because the manager is saying it as well!’ I really need to kick on in the New Year and show the fans and the club what I can do.’

Kaid Mohamed steers Cheltenham past Hereford and into Everton third round FA Cup tie

Mohamed's strike books Everton into trip to Cheltenham for third round FA Cup tie

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UPDATED:

00:55 GMT, 12 December 2012

Kaid Mohamed earned League Two high-flyers Cheltenham a bumper pay-day against Everton after edging a tense FA Cup second-round replay at Hereford 2-1 after extra time.

The substitute flicked home a header from Billy Jones’s cross after 114 minutes to deny their Blue Square Premier hosts a 160,000 windfall.

Mohamed’s finish booked a televised home tie against David Moyes’s men on Monday, January 7.

Hitting the winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) is the toast of Cheltenham

Hitting the winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) is the toast of Cheltenham

Hereford fell behind to a disputed Shaun Harrad penalty in first-half injury time.

The forward profited after Jermaine McGlashan was deemed to have been fouled by right back Andy Gallinagh.

Harrad thumped home but winger Sam Clucas forced an additional half-hour.

Elsewhere, League Two Southend pulled off a minor upset to beat League One strugglers Bury 3-2 on penalties at Roots Hall after a 1-1 draw after extra-time. Zac Thompson's opener was quickly cancelled out by Gavin Tomlin for the Shrimpers.

David Worrall, Troy Hewitt and Mark Hughes all missed spot-kicks for Bury, meaning Southend go through to a third round home tie against Brentford, pending an appeal by Bradford City over their expulsion.

Andy Robinson resigns: Scotland to splash cash on Sir Graham Henry, Jake White or Nick Mallet

Scots keen to splash cash on Henry, White or Mallet following Robinson departure

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22:30 GMT, 25 November 2012

Scotland rugby chiefs are set to break the bank in their search for a new head coach after Andy Robinson resigned in ignominy.

He quit following the embarrassing 21-15 loss to Tonga which will go down as one of the worst defeats in Scottish rugby history.

Provided the money is good enough former World Cup winners such as Sir Graham Henry, who guided New Zealand to the trophy last year, and Jake White, who did the same with South Africa four years earlier, may come into the reckoning to replace Robinson.

Quit: Andy Robinson has quit his job as Scotland head coach

Quit: Andy Robinson has quit his job as Scotland head coach

ROBINSON'S RECORD

Overall record Played: 35 Won: 15 Drawn: 1 Lost: 19 Win percentage: 42.9 per cent

Six Nations record Played: 15 Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 12 Win percentage: 13.3 per cent

World Cup record Played: 4 Won: 2 Drawn: 0 Lost: 2 Win percentage: 50 per cent

But, more realistically, Nick Mallet,
the former South Africa and Italy coach who is currently out of work,
as well as Wayne Smith, the former All Blacks assistant head coach who
has Scottish roots, will be among the first men to apply.

If the SRU fail to make a quick
appointment they will consider putting in either Scotland attack coach
Scott Johnson or Scotland A coach Sean Lineen on a temporary basis to
guide the team through the Six Nations.

Feeling blue: Scotland's dismal record reached a new low with the defeat to Tonga

Feeling blue: Scotland's dismal record reached a new low with the defeat to Tonga

The curtain came down on Robinson's
three-anda- half years in charge after a tenure in which he became the
first Scotland coach not to lead his team out of their World Cup
qualification group in New Zealand last year.

Overall his team won 15, drew one and lost 19 matches in an era during which his team struggled to find any consistency.

If he hadn't fallen on his sword the SRU would have had to fund a compensation package of 900,000 to sack him.

Sportsmail understands
Robinson, who has three years left on his 300,000-a-year contract
which runs until after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, has agreed to accept a
much lower figure than he was entitled to.

No way through: The worrying gap in class left Robinson with no option

No way through: The worrying gap in class left Robinson with no option

Sacked as England head coach before
he resurrected his career at Edinburgh prior to taking over the national
side, Robinson told his players of his decision to step down on Sunday
morning then returned to his family home in Bath.

'It's been a privilege to be head
coach of Scotland and I'd like to thank the fans, players, coaches and
staff for all their support over the years,' said Robinson.

Next in line Jake White with the Rugby World Cup

Next in line Graham Henry (below) and Jake White (above) are both Rugby World Cup winners with New Zealand and South Africa respectively

Next in line Graham Henry with the Rugby World Cup

'I have thoroughly enjoyed working
with the players and coaches. I believe I have left the team in a better
position than when I took over and have great confidence in the players
and the coaches for the future.

'I am very disappointed by our recent results but have belief in the players to develop into a winning team.'

Scottish Rugby's chief executive Mark
Dodson added: 'A change in head coach is required to take the team
forward and build towards the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Record: Robinson's woe

Alan Pardew loves Newcastle since partying on Tuxedo Princess

Pardew: I fell in love with Newcastle… after a night out at Tuxedo Princess (the floating nightclub with a revolving dancefloor)

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UPDATED:

11:09 GMT, 19 October 2012

Alan Pardew has revealed the moment he fell in love with Newcastle came while partying at the city's famous Tuxedo Princess nightclub.

The Magpies manager is busy preparing his side for the fierce Tyne-wear derby against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, having signed an eight-year contract to stay at the club in September.

Pardew is a big hit at St James' Park after guiding his men to fourth in the Premier League last season. But the former Reading and West Ham boss knew Newcastle was the city for him long ago.

I love this city: Alan Pardew (centre) takes Newcastle training at Little Benton this week

I love this city: Alan Pardew (centre) takes Newcastle training at Little Benton this week

Party boat: The now-closed Tuxedo Princess

Party boat: The now-closed Tuxedo Princess

His first taste of the Toon came during his playing days, and after his match he went for a night out, ending up in the Tuxedo Princess – a floating nightclub beneath the Tyne Bridge boasting a legendary revolving dancefloor.

And Pardew revealed his visit immediately told him about both the city's passion for football and its famously friendly welcome.

'I knew straight away it was a football mad area,' Pardew told the Chronicle.

'I had played here a couple of times and visited here socially once. I remember coming to play here once and we stayed up and went on the Tuxedo Princess one night. It gave me a little flavour of what the city was all about.

'It makes me smile every time I think of that night. It was a funny night. But to come up here and be manager is very surreal in a way.'

Pardew admitted he has no time for the prawn sandwich brigade that he has seen out in force at certain London clubs, and credits football's working class roots in Newcastle and Sunderland for both citys' love of the game.

He said: 'The passion is the same because it is working class passion. Even the corporate fans at Newcastle are from working-class backgrounds. And I get that. I like it because it is a working-class game anyway.

Eyes on the ball: Hatem Ben Arfa (left) is challenged by Jonas Gutierrez ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby

Eyes on the ball: Hatem Ben Arfa (left) is challenged by Jonas Gutierrez ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby

'Some clubs aren’t like that. You can’t compare Arsenal fans to ours for example, it is very different. Chelsea and Spurs are the same – they aren’t like Newcastle. I know that because I’ve been to those grounds.'

'That’s why this game coming up is so different. This is two working-class cities coming together, and coming into battle. They are locking horns. It is brilliant and that’s why it creates such a brilliant atmosphere.'

The only sad note for Pardew The Tuxedo Princess finally set sail in 2008 after closing its doors to the public a year earlier.

Gareth Bale: I rejected Manchester United to join Spurs

Bale: I snubbed Man United move to play first-team football at Tottenham

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UPDATED:

08:10 GMT, 5 April 2012

Gareth Bale rejected a move to Manchester United – because he feared he would not be picked as a first-team regular.

The Spurs star revealed Sir Alex Ferguson was keen to sign him as a teenager from Southampton in 2007.

But he snubbed a switch to Old Trafford after being convinced by then-Tottenham boss Martin Jol that he would enjoy a brighter future at White Hart Lane.

Snub: Gareth Bale has revealed he rejected a move to Manchester United

Snub: Gareth Bale has revealed he rejected a move to Manchester United

Now Bale is one of the hottest properties in football with United and a host of top European suitors all keen to sign the 22-year-old.

'Man United were interested in me but I wanted to play first-team football,' Bale said, in an interview with Match of the Day magazine.

'I thought I had a better chance of getting that at Tottenham.

'The manager at the time, Martin Jol, told me he wanted me to go straight into the first team.'

Proud Welshman: Spurs star Bale also admitted he turned down the chance to represent England

Proud Welshman: Spurs star Bale also admitted he turned down the chance to represent England

Bale, who could represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics this summer, also revealed that his 'proud' Welsh roots saw him turn down the chance to play for England.

'I’m a proud Welshman,' he added.

'That’s why I didn’t choose to play for England. I could have, but I’d rather be Welsh!'

Polish kids" game abandoned after fans light flares

Taking support too far Polish Under 8s game stopped after flares and ticker-tape take over

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UPDATED:

16:56 GMT, 19 March 2012

When FIFA said they wanted football to be the same from the top of the game down to the grass roots, they probably did not have this in mind.

In a Polish Under 8s game, a group of ultras stunned everyone inside an average sports centre by letting off flares, throwing ticker-tape and leading chants in scenes that are more reminiscent to an atmospheric night in the Champions League.

The poor kids did their best to remove all the debris from the court as fans waving scarves and banners continued to chant and cheer throughout the clip.

It is certainly one of the most bizarre sights seen at a kids game but judging by the smoke inside the arena – flares, children and indoor football really shouldn’t mix.

But if Spain lead the way in teaching the technical the game, Italy the defensive game and England the long ball game, then the Polish may have stolen a march in giving their next batch of youngsters an advantage in playing to hostile crowds.

Lewis Hamilton won"t move to Red Bull in 2013 – Christian Horner

You won't win the world title driving that, Lewis! Hamilton returns to his roots as Red Bull rule out move for British star

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10:09 GMT, 14 March 2012

Lewis Hamilton returned to his karting roots on Wednesday as his chances of joining Red Bull in 2013 were dampened by team principal Christian Horner.

The 2008 world champion was taking part in Sydney's Ultimate Go-Karting Challenge ahead of this weekend's Formula One curtain raiser in Melbourne.

Back to his roots: Hamilton was taking part in the Ultimate Go-Kart Challenge on Wednesday

Back to his roots: Hamilton was taking part in the Ultimate Go-Kart Challenge on Wednesday

Hamilton is entering his sixth campaign with McLaren, but is out of contract with the British team at the end of the year.

The Hertfordshire-born star is yet to commit to a new deal, and has been linked with a move to Red Bull and Mercedes next season.

All smiles: Hamilton is out of contact at the end of this season and has been weighing up his options

All smiles: Hamilton is out of contact at the end of this season and has been weighing up his options

Hamilton could replace Mark Webber, who is on a one-year rolling deal, but Horner appeared to pour cold water over such a move on Wednesday.

'It's difficult to envisage Lewis in our team,' said Horner.

'I think he's comfortable in the environment he is in, and we're certainly comfortable with the two drivers we have.

On track: The British star is gunning to win his second world title

On track: The British star is gunning to win his second world title

'We also took a decision to invest in youth and we've two really exciting youngsters entering GP racing in Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo.

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'Both are really talented drivers and deserve that opportunity. It will be fascinating to see how they evolve over the year. “So we're more likely to look inwardly than outwardly.'

The feeling is a Vettel-Hamilton partnership would not work given both men are particularly strong characters.

'You have to look at the balance within the team as well,' added Horner.

'It is important to have the right balance within any team, not just with the drivers, but throughout the organisation. Whether or not it could work, who knows

'But our preference would probably be to go with drivers in whom we have invested from a young age, give them the opportunity and see how they evolve rather than take something external.'

If that is to be the case then the Ricciardo-Vergne showdown over the next few months will be a fascinating sideshow to the main event in which Vettel heads into the campaign as favourite.

Take bat: Webber holds wicket as Vettel takes to the crease

Take bat: Webber holds wicket as Vettel takes to the crease

The belief is, however, the 24-year-old German will not have it all his own way this season as the front of the field appears to be remarkably close knit.

Horner added: 'This season looks like a stellar year for Formula One with six world champions. It's unprecedented.

'The quality of the field is phenomenal. I think it's going to be a really exciting season.

'Both Lewis and Jenson (Button) are going to be strong; Fernando (Alonso) you can never rule out, and Kimi (Raikkonen) looks like he is straight back into the groove.

'We're obviously determined to try and carry the momentum we've gathered over the last couple of years into this season, but we certainly don't take anything for granted.'

Lewis Hamilton says Monaco move increases his feel-good factor

Monaco move can only help my title bid, says Hamilton

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UPDATED:

11:48 GMT, 9 March 2012

Lewis Hamilton believes his recent move to Monaco has helped increase his feel-good factor ahead of the new Formula One season.

Hamilton switched to the principality last week, leaving behind his apartment in Zurich of the last two years.

The 27-year-old initially moved to Geneva at the end of 2007 in a bid to escape the media scrutiny of his life at the time following his stunning debut campaign that year, in which he came within a point of winning the world title.

At the wheel: Hamilton driving his McLaren during testing in Barcelona last weekend

At the wheel: Hamilton driving his McLaren during testing in Barcelona last weekend

Hamilton later revealed that tax reasons also played a part, in particular after signing a 10million-per-season five-year deal with McLaren at the start of 2008.

However, Hamilton has found the quiet life in Zurich is no longer for him and so has opted for the more glamorous surroundings of Monaco and the Mediterranean.

'I just fancied a change. It was a bit boring where I was living before, not many people around, so it was good to move,' Hamilton said.

'Where I've moved to there are quite a lot of people that I know, quite a lot of the drivers are there.

'I can meet up with them if I want to do training, and my trainer is also just up the road. I've settled down quite well.

'There's more of a social life, there's better weather, it's by the sea, so overall a lot better.

'It's also kind of cool I'll get to be at home whilst a grand prix is going on. It will be pretty neat. There's a definite feel-good factor.'

Feeling positive: Hamilton is confident ahead of the new Formula One season

Feeling positive: Hamilton is confident ahead of the new Formula One season

With the new campaign opening in Australia next weekend, Hamilton has barely had time to lay down any roots.

He
said: 'I only moved in a week or so ago and I've still loads of boxes
to unpack, but I'm sure I can get someone to do that for me whilst I'm
away.'

Hamilton concedes, though, the move has further enhanced his personal vibe after a successful pre-season in testing for him and the team. The early expectation is McLaren will be a frontrunner pushing for victories throughout the campaign, rather than hanging on to Red Bull's shirt-tails as was the case last season.

'I think it's because there is such a big difference from last year's winter testing when we hardly did any laps before we got to the first race,” said Hamilton.

'On the final day (in Barcelona on
Sunday) I did 115 laps, great mileage, so it was a positive way to end
the winter testing. I think we were one of the top teams for mileage.

'I
also kept a nice amount of fuel in the car for all my tests. I wasn't
really bothered with positioning. What matters is when we get to the
first race.'

So what is the attraction, Lewis Hamilton has moved to Monaco

So what is the attraction, Lewis Hamilton has moved to Monaco

The general perception is the championship will certainly be far closer than last year when Sebastian Vettel clinched his second successive title with four races to spare, claiming 15 poles and 11 wins en route.

Lotus and Mercedes also appear to be in the hunt, with Hamilton saying: “It looks like it could be different to the past couple of years where we've had the Red Bull much quicker than everyone else.

'A couple of the teams have different exhaust solutions. Ferrari, Red Bull and ourselves have a similar solution.

'The others, like Lotus, has a different solution, so do Mercedes and they still seem to be quick.

'So it will be a battle as to which of the designs has the longest road of development and how far ours can go.

'It's going to be interesting to see who is quick and who is not.'