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Luke Campbell signs for Eddie Hearn Matchroom

First Hull, then the world! Campbell sets sights on titles after turning professional

, beating Ireland's John Joe Nevin in the final to win the gold medal.

He was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours List and will make his debut in his home city of Hull in July, possibly at the KC Stadium.

Sign on the dotted line: Luke Campbell has tuned professional with Eddie Hearn at Matchroom

Sign on the dotted line: Luke Campbell has tuned professional with Eddie Hearn at Matchroom

Sign on the dotted line: Luke Campbell has tuned professional with Eddie Hearn at Matchroom

'I've been an amateur boxer for 13 years and won medals at every elite tournament,' Campbell said.

'I've had time out after the Olympics to rest my body and mind and the passion burns inside me for this new journey.

'I've got the best team around me and I'm confident we an go all the way together.'

Campbell, who will fight at super featherweight or lightweight, is excited to be making his debut in his home city.

'I've never stopped training; I had five weeks off after the Games then I was back in the gym ticking over. It's a sport i thrive to be the best at; champions never rest.

'I'm training in different gyms. I'm still learning; I might be Olympic champion but I've got lots to learn.

Hidden talents: Campbell starred on Dancing on Ice following his Olympic success

Hidden talents: Campbell starred on Dancing on Ice following his Olympic success

Hidden talents: Campbell starred on Dancing on Ice following his Olympic success

'There is going to be a massive show in the first or second week of July and it is going to be an outdoor stadium event.

'This is going to be huge. I'm doing it for the people of Hull, and hope I can make them proud again.

'I love to entertain the fans and put
on a good show. I think the fans will bring an electric atmosphere and
it will be a night to remember.

'I am the most successful amateur
boxer in British history and now it is time to turn the page and move
into the pro game. The aim is to be world champion'.

Promoter Hearn, who revealed Kell Brook could make his return on the Hull show, was delighted to have secured Campbell's signature.

'We've finally got a real chance to have a crossover star in Luke Campbel,' he said.

'He's impressed me not just with his ability but also his determination and popularity in Hull.'

Main man: Campbell (right) in the final at the London Olympics and with his gold medal (below)

Main man: Campbell (right) in the final at the London Olympics and with his gold medal (below)

Golden boy: Luke Campbell celebrates his Olympic success last year

British Amateur Boxing Association
performance director Rob McCracken said: 'Luke has been a great servant
to the World Class Performance Programme for a number of years and an
excellent role-model to other members of the squad in both his
medal-winning performances and the way he conducts himself inside and
outside of the gym.

'It is a disappointment for us that
Luke has decided his future lies away from the GB Boxing squad but he
departs with our best regards and we wish him every success in his
future career.

'As we enter the Rio cycle, the majority of the boxers that competed in London remain part of our squad and we have some excellent talents coming through so the programme has a strong nucleus to work with and a good opportunity to add to the success we have enjoyed in recent years.'

Campbell, who joined the GB Boxing squad in 2007, will join Anthony Ogogo and Tom Stalker from Britain's 2012 squad in the paid ranks.

Juventus in talks with Luis Suarez"s agent over 26m summer transfer for Liverpool forward

Juventus reopen talks with Liverpool over 26m summer transfer for Suarez

By
Declan Warrington

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22:59 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

02:09 GMT, 20 March 2013

Juventus have renewed their efforts to sign Liverpool forward Luis Suarez.

The Italian giants, who were interested in recruiting Suarez and Robin van Persie last summer, are in discussions with the Uruguayan's agent about a possible €30m (25.6m) transfer after their previous efforts ended when he extended his Liverpool contract until 2018.

Juve manager Antonio Conte, according to Sportmediaset, is thought to see Suarez as the ideal strike partner for the incoming Fernando Llorente and given the Spaniard is arriving for free has money to spend.

International duty: Luis Suarez is presently with the Uruguay international squad

International duty: Luis Suarez is presently with the Uruguay international squad

Director general Beppe Marotta confirmed at the weekend that Juve had ended their interest in re-signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to concerns over both his age and wage demands and Suarez, 26, would represent a considerably more affordable option.

Any approach for the Uruguay forward has the potential to seriously undermine the plans of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who this season has made good progress with his team and has done so largely by focusing on Suarez's talents.

Crucial: Suarez has overtaken Steven Gerrard as Liverpool's most important player

Crucial: Suarez has overtaken Steven Gerrard as Liverpool's most important player

Jack Wilshere wants Theo Walcott to sign new Arsenal contract

Don't Jack it in here, Theo! Wilshere pleads for Walcott to sign new Arsenal deal

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22:00 GMT, 23 December 2012

Jack Wilshere has urged close friend Theo Walcott to give Arsenal six of the best by signing his new deal.

Arsenal persuaded five of British football’s brightest talents, including midfielder Wilshere, to extend their contracts last week, but an impasse remains with Walcott.

‘Everybody at the club wants Theo to re-sign. But that is something he has to sort out, it is up to him and the club if they can reach an agreement and I hope they do,’ said Wilshere, after Mikel Arteta’s penalty had given them a 1-0 win at Wigan.

Friends: Jack Wilshere (left) is keen for Theo Walcott to sign a new deal

Friends: Jack Wilshere (left) is keen for Theo Walcott to sign a new deal

‘Theo’s been great for us. We just signed five British boys so hopefully he can be the sixth and cap it off.

‘I’m always winding him up, saying, “C’mon Theo, sign”. It’s up to him and the club. Theo knows what he means to us and what he means to the fans.’

Wilshere hopes that the 24-year-old will be influenced by the lead shown by himself, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

He added: ‘I think he looked at that. We’re all great friends, the British boys, we all go out together, have meals together and sit together when we’re on the road, so hopefully he can follow us and sign.’

Wilshere’s return from a 16-month injury lay-off appears to have had recuperative effects on Arsenal.

Brit of all right: (left to right) Aaron Ramsey, Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Wilshere train at London Colney this week

Brit of all right: (left to right) Aaron Ramsey, Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Wilshere train at London Colney this week

Another win on the road…

ARSENAL have won 16 points away from home this season, but are 12th in the home form table.

Away P W D L Pts
1 Man Utd 10 7 1 2 22
2 Arsenal 10 4 4 2 16
3 Man City 8 4 4 0 16

Home
11 Liverpool 10 4 3 3 15
12 Arsenal 8 4 2 2 14

They have won five of the eight Premier League matches he has appeared in, including the last three, their best run since March.

On Saturday at Wigan, to the delight of Arsene Wenger, he combined technical acumen with bravery.

Never better illustrated than during the first period when he timed a sliding challenge on Shaun Maloney to perfection, only to be cautioned by referee Jon Moss.

‘I think it was a foul on Wilshere by Maloney. It looked a perfect tackle. I think he was a bit provoked by the crowd reaction,’ said Wenger.

‘I like Wilshere. After 25 minutes you look at him and he is dirty from top to bottom.’

This is a very different Arsenal midfield to the one the 20-year-old was used to before his catalogue of injuries. Having previously operated alongside Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song, Wilshere’s relationship with Spanish duo Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla is developing apace.

Midfield maestro: Wilshere is on a fine run of form

Midfield maestro: Wilshere is on a fine run of form

‘Suddenly, there are a lot of good things to talk about. But let’s not go overboard,’ urged Wenger, after his side moved into the Champions League places.

‘As much as we had not to be depressed after what happened previously, we have to keep our feet on the ground and focus on the next game.

‘I always said the group is very good mentally and that will come out in the end and hopefully we can show that now.

‘Our game is based on movement and technical quality and fluency and that demands confidence so it is very important we have confidence to play.

‘The domination was not convincing but we got the three points and it is important that you win these kinds of games, too. We have rebuilt the team and how far we go will be decided from now on.’

One person who will not be part of the revolution is long-term target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has extended his contract with Schalke for another two years until June 2015.

Arsene Wenger tells Arsenal players to get back to business

Wenger challenges his wounded Arsenal players to bounce back after Bradford horror show

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14:27 GMT, 16 December 2012

Manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his battle-weary Arsenal squad to look within themselves and provide a response at Reading tomorrow night.

The Gunners head to Madejski Stadium in need of a confidence boost following the shock penalty shoot-out defeat at npower League Two Bradford.

Despite their inconsistencies, Arsenal remain within striking distance of the top four of the Barclays Premier League, as yesterday's results left them three points off the top four, albeit without Tottenham and West Brom having played.

On your feet: Arsene Wenger wants his players to get back on track against Reading

On your feet: Arsene Wenger wants his players to get back on track against Reading

Wenger accepts the atmosphere has been somewhat subdued at Arsenal's Hertfordshire training base this week, but maintains it is now up to the players to show their strength of character.

'There has been disappointment and frustration [this week], but that is normal when you go out in a competition like that,' Wenger said.

'However, having said that, we can only look at ourselves, get on with it and look for the future.'

Although there have been plenty of calls for a fresh voice at the helm, Wenger, 63, maintains he is the right man to turn Arsenal's fortunes around.

England defender Kieran Gibbs, 23, believes Wenger's work in developing raw talents such as himself can never be underestimated.

Eye for it: Kieran Gibbs likes Wenger's record of bringing players through

Eye for it: Kieran Gibbs likes Wenger's record of bringing players through

'He has built a reputation for signing players for a modest fee and turning them into great players,' Gibbs told www.fourfourtwo.com.

'I don't think many people in England had really heard of Thomas Vermaelen before he arrived and yet he became an instant fan favourite at the club.

'The manager has an eye for noticing the potential in promising players.'

Much has been made of the role of assistant manager Steve Bould this season after he replaced Wenger's long-term right-hand man Pat Rice.

Full-back Gibbs feels the former Arsenal centre-half has helped make an impact on the side.

'Steve has his own view of the game and goes through a lot of detail after matches,' said Gibbs.

'He makes sure everyone understands their unique roles and we have worked on a number of things, including how to face attackers and moving up the pitch as a unit.'

Aim: Santi Cazorla said Arsenal need to work on being consistent

Aim: Santi Cazorla said Arsenal need to work on being consistent

Arsenal will be out to build some momentum in their Premier League campaign with victory over the struggling Royals, having beaten West Brom last weekend.

Midfielder Santi Cazorla accepts the Gunners cannot keep throwing away points and need to show more maturity when in winning positions.

'We haven't been consistent,' the Spain international told Marca.

'There have been games where we haven't been mature enough as a team and haven't held onto the positive results. We are hoping to make up some ground.'

Cazorla impressed after his summer arrival from Malaga, and is enjoying his role at the head of an attack-minded midfield trio alongside compatriot Mikel Arteta and England's Jack Wilshere.

'I am very comfortable with where the manager positions me, support striker, with the freedom I like to have,' he said.

'The team also plays a type of football which suits me very well and I take on more responsibility every day.'

Spurs striker Jermain Defoe is a deadly finisher like Robbie Fowler, says Brad Friedel

Spurs striker Defoe is a deadly finisher like Fowler, says Friedel

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UPDATED:

22:41 GMT, 7 December 2012

Jermain Defoe rivals Robbie Fowler for finishing ability, according to the man who faces him every day in training.

Brad Friedel believes the Spurs
striker is as good as his former Liverpool team-mate when it comes to
putting the ball in the net.

Deadly: Jermain Defoe scores past Panathinaikos goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis

Deadly: Jermain Defoe scores past Panathinaikos goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis

Defoe was not a consistent starter last year but has scored 15 goals in 26 games for club and country this season and the American thinks his talents deserve recognition.

'He reminds me a lot of Robbie Fowler in his finishing,' said Friedel. 'He has a really short back lift. When you have that sometimes keepers can't get their feet set. On top of that he's got some power behind his shot.

'But then he can also disguise it and do what he did against Panathinaikos and dink it over the keeper. He's an exceptional finisher and he really comes on fire when he gets in the box.'

Asked how he compares to Premier League greats including Alan Shearer the 41-year-old replied: 'He's got a finish just as good as all them.

Goalkeepers have an immense amount of respect for his finishing capabilities. I've never heard a player not mention his name when they talk about great goalscorers.

'Last year we played a little bit different system. When we have played with two up front recently I think Jermain really thrives on that and then he can save his energy for inside the box, where it really matters for us.

'He always plays on the shoulder so if the defence wants to push high up the pitch he's going to keep them honest. The goal he scored on Thursday – he was on side but just, he was on the edge all the time.

Defenders always have to keep an eye on him.'

Tottenham travel to Everton on Sunday for a key game as each side battles for a Champions League place and Friedel would not bet against Defoe netting again.

'I think all strikers when they're getting goals on a run their confidence builds and builds, they feel like they're going to score no matter where they are on the pitch. He's definitely in that vein of form at the moment.'

Guus Hiddink announces retirement

Your job's safe from him, Rafa! Former Chelsea manager Hiddink announces plans to retire at end of Anzhi season

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UPDATED:

18:10 GMT, 27 November 2012

Former Holland and Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink says he plans to retire from management at the end of the season.

The 66-year-old has enjoyed a successful 30-year coaching career – the high point arguably coming when he led PSV Eindhoven to victory in the 1988 European Cup final – and is currently in charge of ambitious Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Dutchman has guided Anzhi into the last 32 of the Europa League while they are also on course to qualify for the Champions League via the Russian Premier League.

Still got it: Guus Hiddink has announced he will retire from football management at the end of the season

Still got it: Guus Hiddink has announced he will retire from football management at the end of the season

Hiddink’s talents appear to be far from waning, but he has revealed he is now keen to move into a supervisory role.

'It was not my intention to stay very long when I joined this club,' he told De Telegraaf.

'I’m basically going to stop at the end of the season. At 66 years old I think I’ve nearly had enough.

'I don’t know what I’ll do. Maybe I’ll be an advisor or supervisor to young players or coaches.

'I want to teach people how to handle certain issues in football or how they can plot their career path. That sounds interesting. I will not disappear into a black hole.'

Hiddink added: 'I get up every day with so much energy, but you have to be careful not to get into a routine.

'You have to be careful that people will think, “here he is again”.

'So Anzhi is basically the last team which I will coach.'

New challenge: Hiddink is in charge of Samuel Eto'o's side Anzhi Makhackhala

New challenge: Hiddink is in charge of Samuel Eto'o's side Anzhi Makhackhala

Hiddink shot to prominence by winning three Eredivisie titles, three Dutch Cups and the European Cup in his first stint as PSV coach between 1987 and 1990, before returning to the club in 2002 to win three further league titles.

He also took charge of Fenerbahce, Valencia, Real Madrid, Real Betis and Chelsea in a varied career, while also guiding the Dutch national team to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1998.

Hiddink led South Korea to fourth place at the 2002 World Cup before further successful stints in international football with Australia and Russia.

Hiddink agreed an 18-month deal to manage Anzhi in February this year.

Hiddink had a short but successful spell with Chelsea after the sacking of Felipe Scolari in 2009, and only lost once while in charge.

He won the FA Cup by beating Everton 2-1 at Wembley, and remains on good terms with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

The new Blues boss Rafa Benitez may be relieved to see the Dutchman retire, because Hiddink proved an immensely popular figure at Stamford Bridge, with both the fans and the players including Didier Drogba and John Terry.

Benitez was appointed last week after Roberto Di Matteo was sacked following a domestic slump and a poor performance in the Champions League, which he won with Chelsea last season.

New man in charge: Rafa Benitez recently took control of Chelsea following Roberto Di Matteo's sacking

New man in charge: Rafa Benitez recently took control of Chelsea following Roberto Di Matteo's sacking

Cristiano Ronaldo – what we miss about the Real Madrid star

Tantrums, stepovers and buckets of goals… what we miss about awesome Ronaldo

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UPDATED:

07:53 GMT, 21 November 2012

When Cristiano departed from Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2009, he left a void in the Premier League.

Whether it was his mysterious personal life, his unique talent, or his incredible goals, the Portugal captain was a sensation for United.

As he prepares to shine on a football pitch in the North West of the country again as Real look to topple Manchester City, Sportsmail's Ian Ladyman tells us why we miss Ronaldo.

Genius: The Premier League misses the sublime talents of Cristiano Ronaldo

Genius: The Premier League misses the sublime talents of Cristiano Ronaldo

The goals

Ronaldo scored some fantastic ones during his time in England. Who will ever forget the free-kicks that swerved six times on their way into the top corner

If it was just 'because of the ball', then why has nobody else managed it since

The stepovers

Anyone who remembers his United debut as a substitute against Bolton in August 2003 will have the sight of a teenage Ronaldo weaving down the left touchline imprinted on their mind.

On that day, he didn't always manage to take the ball with him, but it was a clear sign of the extravagance to come.

Skillful: Ronaldo (right) became famed for his gratuitous stepovers while at Manchester United

Skillful: Ronaldo (right) became famed for his gratuitous stepovers while at Manchester United

Tantrums: The Real Madrid was not just a fearsome goalscorer at United

Tantrums: The Real Madrid was not just a fearsome goalscorer at United

The sulks

Ronaldo arrived in England looking like a sullen, brooding teenager and left at the age of 24 looking exactly the same.

Nobody does the sulk quite like Ronaldo – and those who think it was all an act have never spoken to people who know him. Bless.

The tan

It's hard to get a tan in Manchester – unless you buy one in a bottle, have a sunbed in your back bedroom or relatives on the Mediterranean.

Luckily, Ronaldo had all three, and seeing him emerge for training next to Paul Scholes did not do much for Oldham's reputation as a holiday destination.

World's best: Ronaldo returns to the Etihad to try to beat Manchester City

World's best: Ronaldo returns to the Etihad to try to beat Manchester City

The mystery

During his six years in the Premier League, Ronaldo made sure that life in the North West was never dull.

His football, his personal life and even his driving skills were endlessly fascinating. He was just like Mario Balotelli, only with goals attached.

The things Sportsmail miss about Cristiano Ronaldo

Tantrums, stepovers and buckets of goals: The things we miss about the awesome Ronaldo

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UPDATED:

00:33 GMT, 21 November 2012

When Cristiano departed from Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2009, he left a void in the Premier League.

Whether it was his mysterious personal life, his unique talent, or his incredible goals, the Portugal captain was a sensation for United.

As he prepares to shine on a football pitch in the North West of the country again as Real look to topple Manchester City, Sportsmail's Ian Ladyman tells us why we miss Ronaldo.

Genius: The Premier League misses the sublime talents of Cristiano Ronaldo

Genius: The Premier League misses the sublime talents of Cristiano Ronaldo

The goals

Ronaldo scored some fantastic ones during his time in England. Who will ever forget the free-kicks that swerved six times on their way into the top corner

If it was just 'because of the ball', then why has nobody else managed it since

The stepovers

Anyone who remembers his United debut as a substitute against Bolton in August 2003 will have the sight of a teenage Ronaldo weaving down the left touchline imprinted on their mind.

On that day, he didn't always manage to take the ball with him, but it was a clear sign of the extravagance to come.

Skillful: Ronaldo (right) became famed for his gratuitous stepovers while at Manchester United

Skillful: Ronaldo (right) became famed for his gratuitous stepovers while at Manchester United

Tantrums: The Real Madrid was not just a fearsome goalscorer at United

Tantrums: The Real Madrid was not just a fearsome goalscorer at United

The sulks

Ronaldo arrived in England looking like a sullen, brooding teenager and left at the age of 24 looking exactly the same.

Nobody does the sulk quite like Ronaldo – and those who think it was all an act have never spoken to people who know him. Bless.

The tan

It's hard to get a tan in Manchester – unless you buy one in a bottle, have a sunbed in your back bedroom or relatives on the Mediterranean.

Luckily, Ronaldo had all three, and seeing him emerge for training next to Paul Scholes did not do much for Oldham's reputation as a holiday destination.

World's best: Ronaldo returns to the Etihad to try to beat Manchester City

World's best: Ronaldo returns to the Etihad to try to beat Manchester City

The mystery

During his six years in the Premier League, Ronaldo made sure that life in the North West was never dull.

His football, his personal life and even his driving skills were endlessly fascinating. He was just like Mario Balotelli, only with goals attached.

Will Maroaune Fellaini stay at Everton?

Everton face fight to keep Fellaini from clutches of Chelsea and PSG

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23:43 GMT, 11 November 2012

The momentum keeps building and a reputation keeps burgeoning. Everton’s Champions League pursuit continues apace but their talisman’s form could lead to another chase entirely.

Plaudits have been flowing for Maroaune Fellaini all season and they were many singing his praises again following his inspirational second half performance against Sunderland that helped turn a 1-0 deficit into a significant 2-1 win. Vanquished manager Martin O’Neill called him a 'proper player'.

Yet for all that David Moyes was thrilled Fellaini, whom he feels will mature into a marauding presence similar to Patrick Vieira, Everton's manager is aware the Belgian’s form will not have gone unnoticed to a wider audience.

Main man: Marouane Fellaini (centre) has attracted the attention of bigger clubs

Main man: Marouane Fellaini (centre) has attracted the attention of bigger clubs

England watch

PHIL JAGIELKA – Set the tone for Everton with a series of crucial interceptions and blocks; enters Sweden game in excellent form.

LEIGHTON BAINES – Some excellent passing and great energy but appeared to be carrying an injury in the second half.

LEON OSMAN – Involved in both Everton’s goals and his passing at times was outstanding. Deserves to play at some point in Sweden.

Fellaini has suitors around Europe – Chelsea and Paris St Germain showed an interest in the summer – and his talents would clearly fit neatly in many teams. Moyes, however, believes the prospect of leading Everton into the top four will render interest in him futile.

‘Everybody knows where he is and if they want to come and watch him that's up to them,’ said Moyes, whose side retained fourth place after goals from Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic cancelled out Adam Johnson’s strike.

‘It would be a big price on his head but we've got no problem in people coming and watching him. I'm not in the mood now to keep the fight going all the time because we've had to do it with a lot of players. We’ve sold some big ones but the club will always be bigger than any player, any manager.

‘But Felli knows what I think and I know what he thinks and I think more than anything he'd love to take Everton into the Champions League and that's what we'll try and achieve.’

In fine form: Fellaini helped Everton beat Sunderland on Saturday

In fine form: Fellaini helped Everton beat Sunderland on Saturday

So can they finish fourth come May They will certainly be thereabouts. Everton’s football is vibrant but the win over a Sunderland side that O’Neill felt were desperately unfortunate showed their appetite to scrap remains insatiable.

‘We are an expansive team and I suppose we have conceded more chances than we have done in previous years,’ said Leighton Baines. ‘But we kept going when it was difficult and we got what we deserved in the end with perseverance.

‘The style might be changing but one thing you are never going to lose from an Everton is that spirit. That was a massive win. We had four draws coming into this and following it with a defeat would have changed the whole complexion. It was pleasing to grind it out.’

Top man: David Moyes continues to impress as Everton's boss

Top man: David Moyes continues to impress as Everton's boss

That Everton were able to grind it out owed as much to Sunderland’s profligacy as it did their tenacity. Had Stephan Sessegnon and Steven Fletcher showed greater poise in the opening exchanges the deficit they faced after Johnson’s goal would have been insurmountable.

‘Those were clear cut chances and I don't think Everton could have complained if we had been 3-0 up at half-time,’ said O’Neill. ‘But we will turn it around and the players ironically will have taken a lot of confidence from that. Some players have come back to form and that is important.

‘We lost a game against what I consider a very, very strong outfit. But we will come back. We should have won this game and we didn't. I don't think it is to do with balance. I think rather than drawing a statistic from, my own view is that we were unlucky.’

Giancarlo Poveda rejects Arsenal for Barcelona

Blow for Arsenal as promising Colombian kid Poveda chooses Barcelona

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15:51 GMT, 1 November 2012

Barcelona look to have beaten Arsenal to the punch on exciting young Colombian Giancarlo Poveda.

The 14-year-old winger had been training with Arsenal for a number of weeks after leaving Puerto Malagueno and looked set to sign but Barcelona have stepped in.

Poveda has already figured in a couple of friendlies for the Spaniards and played for Barcelona’s youth side against Jabac on Tuesday. They are now confident he is ready to commit to the club.

Teenage kicks: 14-year-old Colombian winger Giancarlo Poveda has opted to join Barcelona despite having a trial at Arsenal

Teenage kicks: 14-year-old Colombian winger Giancarlo Poveda has opted to join Barcelona despite having a trial at Arsenal

His family are based in Malaga and that has helped convince him that Barcelona is the ideal place for his career to develop.

The two clubs have locked horns over players frequently in recent seasons.

Barca are still upset at losing Jon Toral and Hector Bellern to Arsenal last year – rated as two of the most promising talents to emerge from their famed La Masia academy.

Now the potential signing of Poveda is being hailed as a retaliatory blow.