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Jack Rodwell: I was surprised Manchester City bid for me

I was surprised City signed me, admits Rodwell as he reveals injury hell

through injury, but the youngster’s concerns were not limited
to his hamstrings after City made their move last summer.

Familiar face: Rodwell contests with future team-mate David Silva last season

Familiar face: Rodwell contests with future team-mate David Silva last season

Manager Roberto Mancini warned that
he had to improve while England boss Roy Hodgson expressed a fear that
he would spend much of the season on the bench at his new club. It did
not help when Rodwell’s misplaced passes led to City conceding goals
against Southampton and Borussia Dortmund in his first few games.

Asked if he was surprised at the
transfer, he said: ‘I was a little bit, yes, because of the injuries –
it was a good surprise though.

‘I’d seen the German doctor
Muller-Wohlfahrt a couple of months before City came in so I felt I was
fit at the time but I obviously wasn’t. I probably didn’t do enough work
after getting treated by him which I know now.

‘I don’t really think about the price
tag or anything like that. When you’re on the pitch you can’t think
about what the fans are thinking. It’s natural when you’ve spent that
much money and you’ve won the league last year, you do expect a little
bit of something in return.

‘I feel as though the fans saw a little bit more of me (against Chelsea) but there’s still a lot more to come in my opinion.’

The Adrian Durham column: The next Wayne Rooney? England"s kids can do better and why do Arsenal fans lie down and get ripped off?

The next Rooney England's kids can do better than that… The all-Spain XI is a total joke (so is Chamakh's loan to West Ham)… And why do Arsenal fans lie down and get ripped off

without Ashley Cole is frankly laughable. He’s now up to 99 caps, he’s a European champion and performed at a consistently high level throughout the year. David Silva’s absence is stunning – perhaps the fact that he has had no history with either Barcelona or Real Madrid meant he couldn’t be considered. Maybe those who voted didn’t realise Juan Mata started out at the Bernabeu.

The full cast: FIFA's world XI for 2012 was made up entirely of players from La Liga...

The full cast: FIFA's world XI for 2012 was made up entirely of players from teams in La Liga…

... but Spain's time at the top will come to an end, just like France's did at the World Cup in 2002

… but Spain's time at the top will come to an end, just like France's did against Senegal at the World Cup in 2002

... but Spain's time at the top will come to an end, just like France's did at the World Cup in 2002

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And how about Ramires Voted player of the year by his Chelsea team-mates, a European champion, a regular for Brazil, and scorer of one of the best and most important goals of the year – that stunning chip in the Nou Camp in the Champions League semi final.

Surely Chelsea’s stunning achievement in Munich in May – not to mention the semi – had to be reflected in the FIFA selection

This adulation of all things Spanish is understandable. But it won’t last.

The same happened with France after their international success in 1998 and 2000. They went to the next World Cup and failed to score a goal. I made a bit of money backing Senegal to beat the French in Seoul in 2002 and here’s another prediction – Spain won’t win the World Cup next year.

Loan scattergun is an insult to loyal fans

The loan system is also a total joke. You’ve got players like Marouane Chamakh having a good chunk of his wages paid by Arsenal, while he plays for West Ham. So basically Arsenal are subsidising West Ham. If Chamakh scores the goals (don’t laugh) to take West Ham to eighth, then the prize money (755k per place last season) the Hammers earn would in part be thanks to the Gunners. Ridiculous.

Then you get the clubs who completely lose their identity. Ipswich Town for example. A great club with a rich history who this season have had eight loan players, including Daryl Murphy, now in his THIRD loan spell at Portman Road.

Loan rangers: Today's Ipswich, including temporary fixes David McGoldrick (centre) and Aaron McLean (left), is a far cry from the club's glory days under Bobby Robson (below) in the 1980s, when the Tractor Boys won the UEFA and FA Cups

Loan rangers: Today's Ipswich, including temporary fixes David McGoldrick (centre) and Aaron McLean (left), is a far cry from the club's glory days under Bobby Robson (below) in the 1980s, when the Tractor Boys won the UEFA and FA Cups

Loan rangers: Today's Ipswich, including temporary fixes David McGoldrick (right) and Aaron McLean (left), is a far cry from the club's glory days under Bobby Robson (below) in the 1980s, when the Tractor Boys won the UEFA and FA Cups

Town now have 10 strikers at the football club. (I’m not making this up). The latest are Aaron McLean, on loan from Hull City, David McGoldrick, on loan from Nottingham Forest, and Frank Nouble, a rare permanent signing from Wolves. Not one of the Ipswich loans is a young player sent out for experience by a Premier League club, which might be a positive. All are experienced pros.

One or two loans are fine, and some are necessary in an emergency. But five to six loans That’s bad management. Ipswich were never going down, and are too far off the play-off chase. So in effect they’ve signed a load of loan players who haven’t joined Ipswich Town, the club the fans love and hold close to their heart. They’ve joined any club that will give them a game.

Why do Arsenal fans lie down and take this rip-off

I can’t let Arsenal get away with it… 62 for Man City fans is cheap compared to what the Gunners robbed me of this season.

I had promised a friend a ticket to the north London derby, and as a man of my word, I followed through on my promise. It cost me 89. Yes almost 1 a minute. Luckily she’s a Gooner and got her money’s worth.

It seems a lot of Gooners are happy to be exploited by their club. Do they realise this money goes towards the wages of the aforementioned Chamakh, now at West Ham And the fans part-fund the astonishing 7million-a-year wages of Arsene Wenger, who used to be brilliant but isn’t now.

Arsenal’s big 'trophy' is meeting financial fair play rules. I’m not surprised they meet the rules when they rip the fans off and those fans lie down and take it.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Marouane Chamakh

What a waste of money: Arsenal are still paying for Arsene Wenger's mistake in signing Marouane Chamakh

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Upsetting the Apple-cart

Michael Appleton hasn’t had to do very much to be wanted has he Plenty of managers have improved their clubs – Kenny Jackett at Millwall, Mark Robins at Coventry, and Paolo Di Canio at Swindon are three examples. Appleton isn’t in that list with either of his clubs. But some influential people said he was good. So he must be.

Chelsea 0 QPR 1 match report: Shaun Wright-Phillips scores winner

Chelsea 0 QPR 1: Wright-Phillips scores on Stamford Bridge return to give Rafa the Blues

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Shaun Wright-Phillips scored the only goal of the game against his former club as QPR pulled off one of the shock results of the season to all but end Chelsea's title challenge.

Blues boss Rafa Benitez opted to rest key men Juan Mata, Ashley Cole, Eden Hazard and Ramires from the start and he was made to pay the price for that gamble by Harry Redknapp's resurgent Rs.

Bolt from the blue: Wright-Phillips' 79th-minute strike stunned the hosts

Bolt from the blue: Wright-Phillips' 79th-minute strike stunned the hosts

Match facts

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand, Luiz, Lampard (Ramires 79), Marin (Hazard 60), Oscar, Moses (Mata 75), Torres.

Subs not used: Hilario, Cole, Ferreira, Piazon.

Booked: Marin.

QPR: Julio Cesar, Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Da Silva, Mbia, Derry, Hoilett (Wright-Phillips 15), Granero (Park 90), Taarabt (Dyer 90), Mackie.

Subs not used: Green, Ferdinand, Cisse, Faurlin.

Booked: Hill.

Goal: Wright-Phillips 79.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Attendance: 41,634

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Lucky boy: Marko Marin was fortunate not to see red for this challenge on Stephane Mbia

Lucky boy: Marko Marin was fortunate not to see red for this challenge on Stephane Mbia

Lucky boy: Marko Marin was fortunate not to see red for this challenge on Stephane Mbia

Back with a bang: Harry Redknapp's men recovered from their humiliating defeat at home to Liverpool

Back with a bang: Harry Redknapp's men recovered from their humiliating defeat at home to Liverpool

Rock solid: Ryan Nelsen impressed at the back for QPR

Rock solid: Ryan Nelsen impressed at the back for QPR

Gamble: Benitez rested several key men for the west London derby

Gamble: Benitez rested several key men for the west London derby

Bad day at the office: Chelsea couldn't break QPR's resistance

Bad day at the office: Chelsea couldn't break QPR's resistance

Right place, Wright time: Former Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips lashes home the winner

Right place, Wright time: Former Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips lashes home the winner

Right place, Wright time: Former Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips lashes home the winner

Happy New Year: QPR are now five points from safety

Happy New Year: QPR are now five points from safety

Gareth Barry admits Manchester City panic before Reading victory

We panicked! Barry reveals City relief after his late winner over Reading

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Match-winner Gareth Barry admitted panic had almost started to set in before his late heroics salvaged victory for Manchester City over struggling Reading.

The champions had been in danger of dropping vital points to the Barclays Premier League's bottom side before Barry headed home in injury time to snatch a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

City had gone into the game trailing rivals Manchester United by six points at the top of the table and, after failing to make the most of a clear superiority, had looked like handing their neighbours another boost.

Last action hero: Gareth Barry celebrates his late winner for Manchester City with team-mate David Slva

Last action hero: Gareth Barry celebrates his late winner for Manchester City with team-mate David Slva

But the hosts fought to the end and, despite claims by Reading that he benefited from climbing on the back of Nicky Shorey, Barry rose to meet a David Silva cross to plant home a firm header.

Midfielder Barry said: 'I am relieved and delighted at the same time, to get a goal that late.

'You are starting, probably, to panic, thinking we are going to drop some big points at home again.

'It is difficult, especially when you don't get the breakthrough early.

'The longer the game goes on the more you could see the Reading players growing in confidence.

'They started to believe they could keep us out for the 90 minutes. Even towards the end they were believing they could maybe get the winning goal.'

Royals boss Brian McDermott claimed the decision by referee Mike Dean to award the goal, as well as earlier denying his side a penalty, had ruined his Christmas.

Heads you win: Barry nods home City's winner past Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici

Heads you win: Barry nods home City's winner past Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici

Barry felt he had merely been playing for the ball.

He said: 'At the time I felt I just got up and Nicky Shorey was just standing there.

'I probably went over the top of him. I'm delighted the referee hasn't seen it as a foul.'

City dominated in all departments and had 17 attempts on goal to their opponents' six, although they did not regularly test goalkeeper Adam Federici.

Reading showed great defensive resolve throughout and Alex Pearce had two good headed opportunities from corners.

Jay Tabb thought he should have had a penalty after colliding with City youngster Karim Rekik during a second-half counter-attack – when Matija Nastasic might also have escaped with a handball – but Reading's spirited efforts were not rewarded.

City's 2012, particularly their dramatic title success, will be remembered for late goals and they ended their home programme for the year in typical fashion.

Barry, 31, added on City TV: 'You have got to [keep going] at this level. We scored so many late goals last season and a few this year.

'Those late goals can be so important at the end of the season and hopefully that will be another one.'

With three more games to come in just over a week, Barry felt the points were vital to keep the pressure on United.

He said: 'It is very important. When there is a little gap it is important you don't slip away too much further.

'If we can keep chipping away we are going to be there at the end of the season.'

Brian McDermott claims Christmas is ruined

Furious McDermott claims Christmas is ruined after Man City's late triumph

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22:57 GMT, 22 December 2012

Reading manager Brian McDermott claimed his Christmas had been ruined after Manchester City scored a late winner against his side he felt should not have stood.

Gareth Barry headed home in injury time as the champions snatched a last-gasp 1-0 win to deny the bottom club what would have been a hard-earned Barclays Premier League point at the Etihad Stadium.

McDermott felt Barry illegally jumped on the back of one of his players as he leapt to reach David Silva's cross but referee Mike Dean saw nothing untoward.

Heartbreak: Gareth Barry struck late to deny Reading a point

Heartbreak: Gareth Barry struck late to deny Reading a point

Dean had been similarly unmoved when Jay Tabb went down in the area after a collision with City youngster Karim Rekik during a second half Reading counter-attack.

When asked about the winning goal, McDermott said: 'Absolute joke. We have had that a few times this season and even the Tabb penalty – it was a penalty.

'We have had three or four of those, we have had a handball goal against us and an offside goal against us – all of which have cost us points.

'To get that wrong – I have just said to him (Dean) he will be gutted he's missed that.

'He hung in the air, but you can hang in the air all day long if you are on someone's back.

'It's an absolute cert foul, it cannot be anything else.

'But listen, the bottom line is we are Reading. We are a small club in this league punching above our weight.

'That will be irrelevant to you guys because Man City have won, but it is not to us.

'We love this club we have got, we have got a real passion. We will fight, we have 20 games to go, but we certainly deserved a draw today at least.'

He later added: 'But just to let you know, that has just ruined my Christmas.'

A seventh successive defeat was harsh on Reading but McDermott, whose side have accumulated just nine points from 18 games, is determined to battle on.

He said: 'We have to take consolation from that, we have to take the positives because that is what you have to do. We have got to move on.

'I honestly thought we were going to get something. Even in the first half there were a couple of incidents where we might have got something on the break.

Outrage: Brian McDermott says Christmas has been ruined for him

Outrage: Brian McDermott says Christmas has been ruined for him

'I'm really disappointed for our fans today and really disappointed for the players because they didn't deserve that.'

Despite McDermott's frustrations after a resilient defensive display, City were the superior side throughout.

The hosts created numerous chances but lacked a cutting edge and manager Roberto Mancini was again left to bemoan his side's wastefulness.

The Italian said: 'I think we deserved to win but when you are in the last two or three minutes of extra time, it could be difficult.

'These games, if you don't score in the first half when you have a lot of chances to score, I think they can be strong.

'They played well, they defended well, for 90 minutes with all players behind the ball. We didn't find space to score.

Distraught: Reading players wonder what went wrong after conceding

Distraught: Reading players wonder what went wrong after conceding

'When you have one chance, you have to score. In the end, I am happy with the victory but we had a big problem.'

The match was City's last home game of 2012 and they won it in a manner in keeping with the rest of the year, notably last season's title decider.

The win denied Manchester United the opportunity to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the table and Mancini was pleased with the character shown.

He said: 'In this we have improved a lot. We want to recover so when we are losing we try until the end to score, to recover the game.

'Our character is strong. Sometimes you can win, sometimes you can't but I am very happy because we have recovered a lot of games like today.

'But it is more important to score before. If not my heart is not strong.'

Mancini had a different opinion on Barry's goal to McDermott. 'No foul, absolutely not,' he said.

Complaint: McDermott was unimpressed with his side not being awarded a penalty

Complaint: McDermott was unimpressed with his side not being awarded a penalty

Brian McDemott claims Christmas is ruined

Furious McDemott claims Christmas is ruined after Man City's late triumph

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18:57 GMT, 22 December 2012

Reading manager Brian McDermott claimed his Christmas had been ruined after Manchester City scored a late winner against his side he felt should not have stood.

Gareth Barry headed home in injury time as the champions snatched a last-gasp 1-0 win to deny the bottom club what would have been a hard-earned Barclays Premier League point at the Etihad Stadium.

McDermott felt Barry illegally jumped on the back of one of his players as he leapt to reach David Silva's cross but referee Mike Dean saw nothing untoward.

Heartbreak: Gareth Barry struck late to deny Reading a point

Heartbreak: Gareth Barry struck late to deny Reading a point

Dean had been similarly unmoved when Jay Tabb went down in the area after a collision with City youngster Karim Rekik during a second half Reading counter-attack.

When asked about the winning goal, McDermott said: 'Absolute joke. We have had that a few times this season and even the Tabb penalty – it was a penalty.

'We have had three or four of those, we have had a handball goal against us and an offside goal against us – all of which have cost us points.

'To get that wrong – I have just said to him (Dean) he will be gutted he's missed that.

'He hung in the air, but you can hang in the air all day long if you are on someone's back.

'It's an absolute cert foul, it cannot be anything else.

'But listen, the bottom line is we are Reading. We are a small club in this league punching above our weight.

'That will be irrelevant to you guys because Man City have won, but it is not to us.

'We love this club we have got, we have got a real passion. We will fight, we have 20 games to go, but we certainly deserved a draw today at least.'

He later added: 'But just to let you know, that has just ruined my Christmas.'

A seventh successive defeat was harsh on Reading but McDermott, whose side have accumulated just nine points from 18 games, is determined to battle on.

He said: 'We have to take consolation from that, we have to take the positives because that is what you have to do. We have got to move on.

'I honestly thought we were going to get something. Even in the first half there were a couple of incidents where we might have got something on the break.

Outrage: Brian McDermott says Christmas has been ruined for him

Outrage: Brian McDermott says Christmas has been ruined for him

'I'm really disappointed for our fans today and really disappointed for the players because they didn't deserve that.'

Despite McDermott's frustrations after a resilient defensive display, City were the superior side throughout.

The hosts created numerous chances but lacked a cutting edge and manager Roberto Mancini was again left to bemoan his side's wastefulness.

The Italian said: 'I think we deserved to win but when you are in the last two or three minutes of extra time, it could be difficult.

'These games, if you don't score in the first half when you have a lot of chances to score, I think they can be strong.

'They played well, they defended well, for 90 minutes with all players behind the ball. We didn't find space to score.

Distraught: Reading players wonder what went wrong after conceding

Distraught: Reading players wonder what went wrong after conceding

'When you have one chance, you have to score. In the end, I am happy with the victory but we had a big problem.'

The match was City's last home game of 2012 and they won it in a manner in keeping with the rest of the year, notably last season's title decider.

The win denied Manchester United the opportunity to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the table and Mancini was pleased with the character shown.

He said: 'In this we have improved a lot. We want to recover so when we are losing we try until the end to score, to recover the game.

'Our character is strong. Sometimes you can win, sometimes you can't but I am very happy because we have recovered a lot of games like today.

Complaint: McDermott was unimpressed with his side not being awarded a penalty

Complaint: McDermott was unimpressed with his side not being awarded a penalty

'But it is more important to score before. If not my heart is not strong.'

Mancini had a different opinion on Barry's goal to McDermott. 'No foul, absolutely not,' he said.

Striker Mario Balotelli did not play having missed some training sessions this week through illness.

Mancini was not concerned about reports the 22-year-old had been spotted elsewhere in Manchester today.

He said: 'Mario is ill. I don't know where is now. For one week he was ill.

'He came to the training ground yesterday because he wanted to train but he couldn't.

'I can't close him in his house, it is impossible.'

Alan Pardew praises Shola Ameobi

Pardew praises Ameobi 'the big man for the big occasion' as Toon struggle past Rangers

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20:13 GMT, 22 December 2012

Alan Pardew hailed Shola Ameobi after seeing the striker come off the bench to fire Newcastle to a much-needed victory over lowly QPR.

The 31-year struck nine minutes from time to claim just the Magpies' second Barclays Premier League win in eight attempts with the game seemingly heading for stalemate.

Toon hero: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi celebrates scoring his sides winning goal with James Perch

Toon hero: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi celebrates scoring his sides winning goal with James Perch

Match facts

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Anita, Tiote (Marveaux 77), Perch, Gutierrez (Obertan 60), Ba, Cisse (Shola Ameobi 61).

Subs Not Used: Harper, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson.

Booked: Tiote, Perch, Shola Ameobi.

Goal: Shola Ameobi 81.

QPR: Green, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Mackie, Mbia, Granero (Wright-Phillips 56), Faurlin (Derry 78), Taarabt, Cisse (Hoilett 64).

Subs Not Used: Murphy, Diakite, Traore, Onuoha.

Booked: Ferdinand, Hill.

Attendance: 50,180

Referee: Kevin Friend

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Pardew, whose decision to replace
Papiss Cisse with Ameobi 20 minutes earlier had been booed by a section
of the 50,180-strong crowd at St James' Park, said: 'I know the crowd
weren't particularly pleased when I took Cisse, a goalscorer, off but I
just felt Shola… he's a big man and this was a big occasion and he likes
big occasions.

'It said QPR on the programme but
really it was bigger than that, I think we all knew that and he has that
calm head – he knows what is demanded here – to produce a quality goal,
and it won us the game.

'I wanted to get Shola on the pitch, and thank goodness I did because it was a really class finish.

'He could have taken the shot with
his right foot, which is his stronger foot, but to have that composure
in that area is first-class.'

Ameobi's decisive intervention came
in the nick of time and was greeted by a huge sigh of relief on Tyneside
after he ran on to fellow substitute Sylvain Marveaux's
perfectly-weighted pass before shooting left-foot across keeper Rob
Green and into the bottom corner.

Leaving it late: Shola Ameobi scores to win the game for Newcastle

Leaving it late: Shola Ameobi scores to win the game for Newcastle

It was no more than the Magpies
deserved after dominating throughout but it proved a rare piece of
incision with Pardew's men too often lacking craft to open up the
visitors.

Vurnon Anita forced two second-half
saves from Green, but Tim Krul also had to get down well to keep out
Djibril Cisse's effort just after the break.

The Magpies might have won more
comfortably had Green not beaten away Marveaux's late effort after a
pacy run, but Krul had to ease late nerves by plucking Adel Taarabt's
free-kick from under his crossbar in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Fight for the ball: Adel Taarabt vies for the ball with Newcastle's Mike Williamson

Fight for the ball: Adel Taarabt vies for the ball with Newcastle's Mike Williamson

Pardew had admitted before the game
that he would not enjoy his Christmas lunch unless he sat down with
three points safely banked, and he was delighted to be able to do so
ahead of a tough Boxing Day trip to Manchester United.

He said: 'The pudding will taste a
little bit sweeter. I feel sorry for our fans. We have put them through
the rack, really, over this last period.

'They have watched some football that
hasn't been our best. But you have periods in your tenure as a manager
and sometimes a season.

Midfield battle: Cheick Tiote is tracked by Esteban Granero

Midfield battle: Cheick Tiote is tracked by Esteban Granero

Pardew had admitted before the game
that he would not enjoy his Christmas lunch unless he sat down with
three points safely banked, and he was delighted to be able to do so
ahead of a tough Boxing Day trip to Manchester United.

He said: 'The pudding will taste a
little bit sweeter. I feel sorry for our fans. We have put them through
the rack, really, over this last period.

'They have watched some football that
hasn't been our best. But you have periods in your tenure as a manager
and sometimes a season.

Getting it right: Harry Redknapp gives instructions from the sidelines

Getting it right: Harry Redknapp gives instructions from the sidelines

'Last season, we sailed through one or two low moments but not many. This year, it's been a sustained little run.

'But the last five games, two wins in
the last four Premier League games, they are starting to look the right
sort of stats now.

'Now we need to back that up and get a big win against one of the big clubs, and that would really cement us into mid-table.'

Defeat on Tyneside was the first for
QPR boss Harry Redknapp since taking over from Mark Hughes, although he
admitted his side had been hanging on when Ameobi settled the game.

He said: 'I thought we were going to hang on and nick a draw. I couldn't see us winning, but we just couldn't see it through.

'I thought we could hang on for a good point to keep us going, but it just wasn't to be.'

All smiles: QPR owner Tony Fernandes watches on at St James' Park

All smiles: QPR owner Tony Fernandes watches on at St James' Park

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hits out after being told he is too aggressive

Angry Ibrahimovic hits out at detractors after being told he is too aggressive

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00:45 GMT, 21 December 2012

A stubborn Zlatan Ibrahimovic has
insisted he will not change the way he plays despite criticism
suggesting he is too aggressive.

The Sweden and Paris Saint-Germain
striker has been called before the French FA after appearing to stamp on
the head of Lyon rival Dejan Lovren.

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Ouch: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon's Dejan Lovren

Ouch: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon's Dejan Lovren

Zlat in a hat: Ibrahimovic (right) vies with French defender Zoumana Camara during a training session

Zlat in a hat: Ibrahimovic (right) vies with French defender Zoumana Camara during a training session

Although the referee did not spot the
incident it enraged Lyon's president Jan-Michel Aulas, who believes the
volatile striker did it deliberately.

But Ibrahimovic told BeInSPort: 'I
want a lot in the field when I play. I may look aggressive, it is the
way to feel alive, because if I relax on the field you will not see me
playing.

'When I am angry in the field I play
better – according to me. And if people say I'm aggressive it stimulates
me because I will be even more aggressive. People say I shout I will
shout even more. Because it stimulates me.

'It doesn't mean that I will relax or something because I won wherever I came and I know how it is to win and I will continue.

'I came here to win and I will
continue to be the way I am, because the way I am, I had in ten years a
fantastic career. So people telling me now to change… no! I will tell
people what to do.'

You won't like him when he's angry: Ibrahimovic is prone to outbursts of violence

You won't like him when he's angry: Ibrahimovic is prone to outbursts of violence

As well as trying to deal with the
headstrong striker, PSG must also try and cope with Brazilian defender
Thiago Silva, who signed for around 34million in the summer, wanting to
go back to AC Milan.

'I miss Milan a lot, to tell the
truth. No one can deny that I miss Milan, the club will surely always be
in my heart because they gave me so much,' he told Sky Sport 24.

'I would like to return, certainly.
Milan are a great team, the most successful in the world. I played there
for three years and I do not know the future, but, if there is the
chance to return again, I would definitely go back.'

Hoping for home: Thiago Silva said he would love to go back to AC Milan

Hoping for home: Thiago Silva said he would love to go back to AC Milan

Silva continued: 'It is better now,
but, to be honest at the start, it was a bit difficult for me. French
football is strong and at times very challenging to play. It is not as
easy as everyone thinks.

'Robinho and Pato to return to Brazil
The club are going through a difficult period, this year was always
going to be different from the past.

'I am not sure if Robinho is unhappy.
But, in my opinion he is not as happy as he was in the first year that
he joined the club. He had an immense desire to win.

'As for Pato, I would advise him that a
change of scenery may be required. It is difficult to say what is right
for another person, but, again I do not think that he is happy there
anymore. He may have to return to Brazil.'

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Gary Neville hits out at Manchester City"s Samir Nasri after derby display

Nasri lost City the derby… he went missing at the vital moment, blasts ex-red Neville

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13:47 GMT, 12 December 2012

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has blasted Manchester City player Samir Nasri, accusing the French midfielder of failing to turn up in the big games.

Sky Sports pundit Neville has ripped into Nasri following his disappointing performance in Sunday’s 3-2 derby defeat to United.

And Neville believes that the 25million signing deserved to be substituted instead of Mario Balotelli, who Neville has defended after the Italian also came under fire after an ineffective showing at the Etihad Stadium.

Missing: Gary Neville accused Samir Nasri of not turning up for big games

Missing: Gary Neville accused Samir Nasri of not turning up for big games

Neville told the Manchester Evening News: 'There was another player on the pitch who could easily have been taken off before Mario Balotelli,' he said. 'I think he goes missing in big games for City – and he’s the only one – and that’s Samir Nasri.'

To City’s detriment, Nasri remained on the pitch, and as Van Persie stepped up to take a 92nd minute free-kick, the Frenchman failed to stand tall in the three-man defensive wall, ducking behind City striker Edin Dzeko.

Van Persie’s strike was diverted in via Nasri’s outstretched leg and Neville has claimed that it was typical of Nasri to go missing at the vital moment.

Hiding: Nasri fails to stand strong in the wall as Robin van Persie gets scores a stoppage time free kick for Manchester United

Hiding: Nasri fails to stand strong in the wall as Robin van Persie gets scores a stoppage time free kick for Manchester United

Neville added: 'The football match has been won by what Samir Nasri did in that wall. It really has cost his team. That was the difference on the day.'

'For me, he doesn’t put a shift in. When they play with David Silva and Nasri, you expect the brilliance of Silva and you need somebody more solid on the other side.

'I played against Nasri three or four years ago at the Emirates Stadium and he pulled my pants down for 60 minutes and I got subbed because he absolutely battered me.

My ball: Patrice Evra slides in to take the ball off Nasri

My ball: Patrice Evra slides in to take the ball off Nasri

'This is a player you’ll see when the ‘oles’ are coming out, but when the going gets tough I’m not sure he fancies it that much.'

Despite United’s victory at Eastlands taking Sir Alex Ferguson’s six points clear of their Manchester rivals at the top of the Premier League, Neville still believes that City are capable of catching United to retain the title.

'There’s no way Manchester United will be caught by 18 of the teams, but with Manchester City I would never get carried away at this point of the season,' he said.

'They were neck-and-neck last year and City were five points ahead at one point early in the season, so if you’re a Manchester United fan, manager or player you wouldn’t be getting carried away.'

Manchester City monitoring Paris St Germain defender Mamadou Sakho

City turn to PSG defender Sakho as the consider shipping out Lescott in January

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22:25 GMT, 11 December 2012

Manchester City are monitoring developments with Paris St Germain defender Mamadou Sakho.

The 22-year-old, who has been pushed out by the arrival of Thiago Silva and his partnership with Alex, is keen to gain more game time.

Working together Mamadou Sakho has been pushed out by the arrival of Thiago

Working together Mamadou Sakho has been pushed out by the arrival of Thiago

The powerful defender has a bleak future in the French capital despite his standing as a fans favourite having been born in the city and come through the ranks at the club since the age of six.

In August, Sakho was told he was able to leave the club but dug in and has gone on to make 10 starts this season.

The France international's agents began offering him around Europe and received interest from England, Italian giants AC Milan and French outfit Lille.

Arsenal have long admired Sakho but need to off-load fringe defenders Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou before they can make a move.

City may consider an offer should they offload Joleon Lescott next month.