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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists Andy Carroll will not be sold on the cheap

Rodgers insists Carroll will not leave for peanuts, but don't expect anywhere near the 'astronomical' 35m paid in the first place

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

21:00 GMT, 5 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 5 April 2013

Andy Carroll will not be allowed to leave Liverpool on the cheap with Brendan Rodgers undecided whether the 35m striker is part of his plans.

The 28-year-old is currently on loan at West Ham and will sit down with Rodgers at the end of the season to discuss his Anfield future.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is keen sign Carroll on a permanent basis, while the player’s former club Newcastle are monitoring the situation.

Wanted man Carroll's future is still unsure, with his Liverpool contract running out in 2016

Wanted man Carroll's future is still unsure, with his Liverpool contract running out in 2016

Brendan Rodgers

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Been and gone: Rodgers (left) wiants a good fee for Carroll, with Alan Pardew (right) rumoured to be interested

Although Rodgers has warned potential suitors they will have to pay the going rate for the powerful target man.

‘It’s absolutely the case that, just the same as last season, If the player does leave then it won’t be for nothing,’ Rodgers said.

‘He came here for an astronomical fee which was no fault of his own, so we will see what happens in the summer.’

Rodgers admires the robust qualities that Carroll can bring to a team, but hinted that he may struggle to accommodate a player of his type in his future vision for Liverpool.

'Astronomical': Rodgers saysthe huge fee paid for Carroll by Kenny Dalglish was not the player's fault

'Astronomical': Rodgers saysthe huge fee paid for Carroll by Kenny Dalglish was not the player's fault

‘Every player it is about the style, and how they fit into that. If you look at Luis Suarez he has flourished this season in the roaming role we have given him.

'We are a team that is set up to exploit his qualities,’ Rodgers added.

‘Likewise for other players you may have to set up in a certain way to get the best out of them.

There is no doubt Andy has qualities – some of his goals from set plays with West Ham have proven that.’

Out the door: Carroll played 44 times in the Premier League for Liverpool before moving on loan to West Ham

Out the door: Carroll played 44 times in the Premier League for Liverpool before moving on loan to West Ham

Fabio Capello: I want to manage in England again

Capello opens door to England return: 'I miss it, the packed stadiums… and Russia has worse problem with foreign players'

By
Adam Crafton

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01:31 GMT, 23 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:42 GMT, 23 February 2013

Fabio Capello has opened the door to Premier League suitors, declaring his fascination for English football and revealing his difficulties adapting to life as manager of the Russian national team.

Speaking through a translator at a question and answer session at the Cambridge Union, the former England boss revealed his strong passion for English football.

He said: 'The Premier League is absolutely fascinating. I would be available and would be flattered to be linked with jobs in this league.

Longing: Fabio Capello admitted he misses England after taking over as the manager of Russia

Longing: Fabio Capello admitted he misses England after taking over as the manager of Russia

'Both my wife and I enjoyed our time in the UK and what I miss about football in the UK is that the stadiums are packed, whereas the Russian league is often half-empty.

'I am used to the media attention from Italy and Spain, and I can handle the newspapers and press here. It is just part of the job. In Russia, it is great because nobody can read the newspapers!

Although Capello is finding the Russian media easy to deal with, the Italian revealed the frustrations he has found as he tries to get to grips with the Russian language.

He said: 'It is not difficult when we train but it is very hard to pass on my emotions and motivation to the players and I have to rely on the translator.

'Before a match, I show the players videos and show them bullet points to get my point across but the translator even has to write these because the Russian language has a different alphabet. Sometimes, the translator relates the concepts but not with the feeling that I want to convey.'

Defender: Capello consistently backed John Terry despite his off-the-field problems

Defender: Capello consistently backed John Terry despite his off-the-field problems

New horizons: Capello hopes to lead Russia to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

New horizons: Capello hopes to lead Russia to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Along with the language-barrier, the former Real Madrid and AC Milan boss has grown frustrated with the small pool of Russian players that he has to work with, believing the influx of foreign players in the Russian league to be an ailment even more chronic than the same issue facing the English Premier League, while the long travelling is also proving problematic.

He said: 'I used to complain that there are only playing 38 per cent of Premier League players that are English but the situation is even worse in Russia on this issue. To attract players to Russia, a lot of money is needed.

'Moreover, many of the best teams with these huge private benefactors are located at the borders of Russia so it is a lot of travelling for me.'

And the former Three Lions boss couldn't mask his surprise that AC Milan decided to pay 21million to take Mario Balotelli back to Italy.

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

All change: Mario Balotelli moved from Manchester City to AC Milan in the January transfer window

He said: 'When I found out that Milan were signing Balotelli, I thought it was crazy! But he has been playing brilliantly since arriving, he has had no problems with the referee and he can make a difference, as he has showed with four goals in three games. He’s great – but it’s impossible to manage Balotelli!

'With these players, like I had with Antonio Cassano myself you have to speak to them to explain exactly what they have to do before the game – but within five minutes they do whatever they want anyway!'

Sir Alex Ferguson watches Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama at Parkhead

Fergie runs the rule over Celtic midfielder Wanyama as United boss returns to Glasgow

By
Graeme Yorke

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08:43 GMT, 23 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:41 GMT, 23 January 2013

As his Manchester United side prepare for this weekend's FA Cup clash against Fulham 4,500 miles away in Qatar, Sir Alex Ferguson returned to his Glasgow roots to watch Celtic's 4-0 victory over Dundee United.

The Old Trafford boss was spotted in the Parkhead crowd as Neil Lennon's SPL leaders romped to an emphatic SPL win with Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama putting in a stand-out performance.

All smiles: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was in the stands at Parkhead on Tuesday night to watch Celtic beat Dundee United

All smiles: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was in the stands at Parkhead on Tuesday night to watch Celtic beat Dundee United

United are believed to be among a host of potential suitors for the 21-year-old, who struck the hosts' second goal of the evening in the 33rd minute.

Lennon is keen to keep hold of Wanyama, who arrived at the Scottish club from Belgian outfit Beerschot in 2011 and has played an instrumental role in guiding Celtic into the knockout stages of this season's Champions League.

Ferguson, meanwhile, will today pay his respects to Sean Fallon as the United manager attends the funeral of the Celtic legend, who was the assistant to Jock Stein when they won the European Cup in 1967.

Standing out: Victor Wanyama was impressive and scored Celtic's second in their 4-0 win

Standing out: Victor Wanyama was impressive and scored Celtic's second in their 4-0 win

Theo Walcott: I won"t walk out on Arsenal in January

I won't walk out in January, says Arsenal contract rebel Walcott

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22:28 GMT, 22 December 2012

Theo Walcott is determined to see out
the season with Arsenal, whatever transpires from his last-ditch
contract talks that will take place next month.

Walcott, who is Arsenal's top scorer
this season with 11 goals, is out of contract in the summer and Arsenal
are refusing to increase their 75,000-a-week offer.

No running away: Theo Walcott wants to see out season at Arsenal

No running away: Theo Walcott wants to see out season at Arsenal

But Walcott will not sign a pre-contract with a foreign club in January, as he is entitled to with just six months left on his contract, and does not want to move to another Premier League club in the January transfer window.

If agreement cannot be reached in the next month, Walcott will simply take his pick of suitors from Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea in the summer.

But the 23-year-old Arsenal striker still wants to stay at Arsenal if agreement can be reached. His principal concerns throughout have been whether Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would start him regularly and whether there would be a chance to develop as a centre-forward.

Under pressure: Theo Walcott battles with James McCarthy

Significantly, Wenger has started with Walcott when not injured in the past eight weeks and played him up front as a central striker against Reading and Wigan, which gives some hope that there can still be a reconciliation between the club and the player.

Arsenal will also step up their bid for another striker to support Olivier Giroud. David Villa, unsettled at Barcelona, is under serious consideration but Arsene Wenger has yet to be convinced of the value of bidding for and offering a three-year deal to a 31-year-old player.

But Barcelona are understood to be ready to accept 12 million for Villa in January or 8m in the summer, which makes him a possibility.

Marouane Fellaini's 25m buy-out clause at Everton is likely to deter Arsenal for now, although they believe the Belgium-born Moroccan could perform a central striking role for them as well as operate as a midfielder.

Arsene Wenger frustrated with Theo Walcott over Arsenal negotiations

Make your mind up! Wenger blasts Walcott as Arsenal boss admits frustrations with contract rebel

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13:21 GMT, 7 December 2012

Arsene Wenger has hit out at contract rebel Theo Walcott over the forward's failure to agree terms with the club.

The England international is in the final six months of current deal at Emirates Stadium, and will be able to speak with potential new suitors from January.

Arsenal believe they have offered Walcott – who is refusing to sign a new five-year deal worth 75,000-per-week as he looks for a salary closer to 100,000 – an enticing package to keep him in north London, but the 23-year-old continues to stand firm over his demands.

Eyes on the future: Arsene Wenger is frustrated by the on-going negotiations with his star man

Eyes on the future: Arsene Wenger is frustrated by the on-going negotiations with his star man

Not all bad: Jack Wilshere continues to improve his fitness as form after such a long time out

Not all bad: Jack Wilshere continues to improve his fitness as form after such a long time out

The manager has remained steadfast in his belief the player he signed as a 16-year-old will stay, but his mask slipped at Friday's press conference when he admitted his frustrations at the on-going wrangle.

The Frenchman said: 'I have no news. I am frustrated. He knows what I want and he has to make up his mind.'

Walcott, who misses the weekend match with West Brom through injury, has been one Arsenal's most effective offensive players this season despite spending large chunks of the campaign on the bench.

Meanwhile, Wenger remains another of those involved in a contract dispute, Bacary Sagna, will commit his future to the club.

Sportsmail revealed yesterday the France international is unhappy with the club's offer of a 12 month extension without a pay increase from his existing 60,000-per-week salary.

Sagna will not sign the current deal and the Gunners will look to offload the defender in the summer as he enters the final year of his contract.

But despite the stand-off, Wenger remains confident the issue can be resolved, he said: 'He has 18 months left of his contract to go, and we are in negotiations with him to extend the contract which I think is very positive. I expect him to stay.'

Arsenal are in the midst of their worst start to a season in 18 years and go into the clash with the Baggies having won just two of their last eight Premier League games.

Should I stay or go now: Theo Walcott is at loggerheads with Arsenal over his new deal

Should I stay or go now: Theo Walcott is at loggerheads with Arsenal over his new deal

Missing man: Walcott has been missed and Arsenal look one-paced without him

Missing man: Walcott has been missed and Arsenal look one-paced without him

Wenger believes the run of form has
not been down to any lack of desire on the players' part, and has backed
them to reverse the worrying trend.

He added: 'We have 24 games left, we are in all the competitions, it's up to us to make the season right.

'I am mad about the fact we did not win our last game but I do not question the desire of this team.

Confident: Wenger believes Bacary Sagna will commit his future to the club

Confident: Wenger believes Bacary Sagna will commit his future to the club

Tighten it up: Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker will continue to play in the heart of defence

Tighten it up: Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker will continue to play in the heart of defence

'I am here to make the fans happy, if I don't do it I am not happy. I ask them to support the team and get through this.

'We know December is a very important period for us. That's why our focus is on the games, not the transfer market.

'Every transfer period is an important period and we will add what we need.

Arsenal are dedicating tomorrow's clash
against West Bromwich to the Arsenal Foundation – the club's charity
aimed at transforming young people's lives. Arsene Wenger and members of
the first-team squad will donate a day's wages to the charity.

Arsene Wenger wanted by Paris Saint-Germain

So why did Arsenal boss Wenger meet with PSG’s sheiks in France last week

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16:58 GMT, 4 December 2012

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has met with the owners of Paris St Germain, a French newspaper has reported.

The oil-rich French side are preparing to sack former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti after a poor run of form that has seen them slip into fourth place in Ligue 1 and, according to reports in France, a meeting took place between the Qatari owners and Frenchman Wenger.

The only way is up: Wenger has reportedly met with PSG chiefs

The only way is up: Wenger has reportedly met with PSG chiefs

In part 2 of its series ‘PSG On The
Hunt’, Le Parisien report that a meeting took place at the Hotel Monceau
late last week between representatives of PSG owner Sheik
Hamad-Al-Thani and Wenger. However, they say Wenger has long standing
links with the Sheikh and also acts as an adviser to the Al Jazeera
television channel.

Wenger appeared relaxed as he flew to Athens for Arsenal’s Champions League tie with Olympiacos.

Struggling: Ancelotti's side sit in fourth place in Ligue 1

Struggling: Ancelotti's side sit in fourth place in Ligue 1

The French paper also reports that
Jose Mourinho remains PSG's No 1 target, but Arsenal have slipped to
tenth in the Barclays Premier League and potential suitors may be
tempted to try and lure Wenger away. He has previously turned down many
jobs, including Real Madrid to stay loyal to Arsenal.

PSG are also looking towards Pep
Guardiola as they consider their next move. They are unhappy with
Ancelotti’s progress, despite having star players such as Zlatan
Ibrahimovic. Wenger was previously offered a job in Paris is 2011, but
PSG have continued to emerge as major players since then.

Wilfried Zaha to Arsenal transfer: Ian Holloway blasts Arsene Wenger

EXCLUSIVE: Why is Wenger talking about Zaha Palace boss Holloway with fierce
'hands off' warning

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UPDATED:

16:24 GMT, 28 November 2012

Ian Holloway has blasted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for acknowledging an interest in Wilfried Zaha and warned other January suitors off his prized asset.

Zaha has been centre of attention this November, a month in which he turned 20 and also made his England debut as a substitute against Sweden, and Wenger is one of a number of Barclays Premier League managers monitoring his exploits in the npower Championship.

When asked specifically about his interest in the 20million-rated winger on Tuesday morning, Wenger said: 'We are looking at every player who could strengthen our squad – but he is not more on the list than anyone else.'

On the run: Zaha is wanted by a host of top-flight clubs after impressing for Crystal Palace this term

On the run: Zaha is wanted by a host of top-flight clubs after impressing for Crystal Palace this term

Fury: Holloway is angry with the Arsenal manager for seemingly declaring his interest in Zaha

Fury: Holloway is angry with the Arsenal manager for seemingly declaring his interest in Zaha

While the Arsenal manager didn't mention his name, it was widely received at the time that he was declaring his interest in Zaha.

Crystal Palace manager Holloway, who was due to sit down with the Selhurst Park hierarchy today to discuss their own transfer window strategy, retorted: 'Why is he talking about my players I don't think that's right and proper, with the greatest respect.

'I don't think anybody who manages any other club should actually admit who he likes and what he should be doing. I think that's totally bad etiquette. He can say what he likes but about his players, not mine.'

Holloway, who is less than a month into his tenure with the south London club, expects Zaha to spend some of his current five-year deal representing Palace in the Premier League.

But should that dream not materialise, the former Blackpool manager has already proposed his next destination.

'I have told Wilf what I would do if I was him, and we have got such a strong contract they can go and whistle to be honest,' Holloway added, of clubs preparing to make bids.

'I have just walked in on this, it wasn't my party, but I have to have some sort of say in it.

'I think the boy is learning, and learning in our first team. He has been here since he was 12, and the chairman has a grip of what he wants to do.

'At the end of the day I just want the best for the boy and I can guarantee he will get that: I know where I want him to go if he doesn't play for us in the Premier League next year, and I have already told him.

Interested: Arsenal manager Wenger is poised to make a move for the Crystal Palace winger

Interested: Arsenal manager Wenger is poised to make a move for the Crystal Palace winger

'But at the minute he probably will not be available no matter what the price is in January.

'I have been delighted with my few weeks here and at the end of the day Wilfried is a big part of this season.'

Palace are well placed to return to the top-flight and their position would have been enhanced further when Zaha released the manacles imposed on him by fellow promotion chasers Hull on Tuesday night only to be denied what would have been his fifth league goal of the season, and a last-minute winner, by home goalkeeper David Stockdale.

Your country needs you: Zaha made his full debut against Sweden earlier this month

Your country needs you: Zaha made his full debut against Sweden earlier this month

A dozen minutes earlier, he had been clattered to the turf via a robust challenge from Hull's on-loan Manchester United midfielder Robbie Brady.

As displayed by the peerless Lionel Messi, however, to dust down and carry on is the best policy, according to Holloway.

'He gets kicked all over the place but that's what he has got to get used to. He's got to stop gesticulating and get up like Messi does, and in the meantime the more he does things like he did in those last couple of seconds of the match, the more people will be chasing if he becomes available,' Holloway said.

'What he has to learn to do – the more famous he becomes, the more people will talk about him – is to produce.

'I have got no doubts that he will. I just have to make sure that he looks right to those sitting in the stand. If he gesticulates to the referee then those people watching might be put off. You just have to get up like Messi, get on with it and do it again.'

Raheem Sterling will sign Liverpool contract and is not for sale, Brendan Rodgers warns

Don't waste your time! Rodgers warns rivals that Sterling will sign new deal

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UPDATED:

12:52 GMT, 19 November 2012

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has warned potential suitors that England winger Raheem Sterling is not for sale – despite the teenager yet to sign a new long-term contract at Anfield.

Rodgers expects the 17-year-old – who last week made his international debut in the Three Lions' defeat in Sweden – to commit his future to the Merseyside club after praising his fantastic display in the 3-0 weekend win over Wigan, in which he provided two assists.

Staying put: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists Raheem Sterling (R) is not for sale

Staying put: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists Raheem Sterling (R) is not for sale

A host of top clubs are keeping tabs on Sterling's contract situation but Rodgers doubts there will be any issues and has told any prospective bidders they'd be wasting their time.

'The message is very simple. We are trying to move the club forward over the next couple of years and there will be a little bit of pain along the way but there are not too many teams in the Premier League who are starting with three teenagers and he is one of our outstanding players,' Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

'They would be wasting their time. Raheem is in a real good place here.

National service: Sterling made his England debut last week in the defeat to Sweden

National service: Sterling made his England debut last week in the defeat to Sweden

'He has been given an opportunity here this season and he is thriving on it and enjoying the work. He will tie down himself to a new contract because he wants to be here and he can be a great here at this football club.

'We want him to continue to grow and others. And why would you want to leave one of the biggest clubs in world football So it’s a no brainer.'

Marouane Fellaini reveals Everton quit plans as Chelsea bid looms

Chelsea plot 30m Fellaini raid as Everton star hints that he wants out

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09:36 GMT, 13 November 2012

Marouane Fellaini has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will be quitting Goodison Park.

The Belgian international has told press in his own country that he will be seeking a fresh challenge in the New Year.

Everton boss David Moyes has insisted he will be looking for a 'big price' should the moment come when a bid is received at the Merseyside club.

End of the road: Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini is ready to quit Everton for pastures new

End of the road: Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini is ready to quit Everton for pastures new

Sportsmail understands that Chelsea will lead the way with a 30m offer for the 24-year-old when the transfer window opens.

Fellaini is reported to have told journalists in his own country: 'I've seen everything with Everton and in January or at the end of the season, I will turn to a new club or a new league.'

As the six-foot four-inch tall attacking midfielder is eligible for the Champions League, he is an attractive target for some of European football's richest.

Hair we go: Fellaini has been in tremendous form so far this season, alerting a host of top suitors to his services

Hair we go: Fellaini has been in tremendous form so far this season, alerting a host of top suitors to his services

However, the player who has become a cult figure on Merseyside with his eye-catching head of hair, only signed an improved five-year deal little more than 12 months ago.

But the cash on offer, allied to the club's financial position, may force Moyes's hand – although the Scot is hoping that the player, who grabbed his sixth goal of the season in the Toffees' 2-1 victory over Sunderland will stay to help the club's push towards Champions League qualification themselves.

John Terry heading for Chelsea exit

Terry could join Blues exodus with Chelsea refusing to offer skipper new deal

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UPDATED:

12:09 GMT, 21 October 2012

Exodus: Terry could leave Chelsea at the end of this season

Exodus: Terry could leave Chelsea at the end of this season

Chelsea captain John Terry could leave Stamford Bridge as early as next summer with the club not prepared to renew his current contract.

Terry's deal expires in 2014 but with fellow 30-somethings Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole heading for the Blues' exit door Terry could be tempted to hasten his exit and head for the MLS at the end of the season.

According the Sunday People the decision to let Terry leave is due to the board's concerns over the 31-year-old defender's fitness and not his four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

LA Galaxy will try again to lure Lampard to the club in January, with the midfielder out of favour and in the last year of his contract.

Lampard started on the bench in the 4-2 win at Tottenham on Saturday with Ramires and John Obi Mikel again preferred.

MLS commissioner Don Garber previously insisted there would be no shortage of suitors were Lampard to make it known he wanted to end his career in America.

Garber said: 'Frank Lampard's a great player. He has a great history with the sport. If he decides he wants to play in Major League Soccer, I'm sure any club would be happy to have him on their roster.'

Across the pond: Lampard (left) is set to move to LA Galaxy

Across the pond: Lampard (left) is set to move to LA Galaxy

Garber was speaking at the Leaders in Football Conference at Stamford Bridge and asked if he would exploit that opportunity, he joked: 'I'll go into the locker room and see if I can chat him up.'

Cole is also set to leave at the end of the season as he is not prepared to sign a one-year contract. Paris Saint-Germain are leading the race for his signature.