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Fernando Torres is staying at Chelsea despite interest from Fiorentina

Torres: I’m STAYING at Chelsea and will fight for my place with Falcao, despite interest from Fiorentina

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

16:28 GMT, 24 April 2013

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UPDATED:

01:19 GMT, 25 April 2013

With Radamel Falcao at the top of Chelsea’s list of summer transfer targets, Fernando Torres insists he will not be the fall-guy for another big-name centre forward.

Atletico Madrid are selling Falcao, who has scored 25 goals in La Liga this season, for 50million.

Chelsea are front of the queue of clubs for the Colombian, with reports on Wednesday night claiming that he could be Jose Mourinho’s marquee signing if, as expected, the Portuguese returns to Stamford Bridge this summer.

However, Torres is determined to see out the three years left on his contract.

Staying put: Torres talks to the media on Wednesday ahead of the Europa League semi-final

Staying put: Torres talks to the media on Wednesday ahead of the Europa League semi-final

Staying put: Torres talks to the media on Wednesday ahead of the Europa League semi-final

Torres said: ‘When you play for Chelsea you’re always hoping big names come, and the big names are always related with Chelsea.

‘You cannot stop that, especially when the summer comes, and every top player is welcome at Chelsea. Since I came we have only signed top players, so it would not be a surprise if we signed Falcao.’

Torres scored seven goals in Europe this season and will lead the line in this evening’s Europa League semi-final first leg in Basle. Demba Ba is cup-tied.

On the way: Falcao is expected to arrive from Atletico Madrid in the summer

On the way: Falcao is expected to arrive from Atletico Madrid in the summer

Man in the mask: Torres trains with his team-mates in Basle on Wednesday

Man in the mask: Torres trains with his team-mates in Basle on Wednesday

The Spaniard’s last Barclays Premier League goal was in the 8-0 victory over Aston Villa on December 23, but despite his indifferent form for Chelsea since a 50m move from Liverpool in 2011, Torres claims his long-term future is in London.

The 29-year-old added: ‘I’m happy at the moment, but I’d be happier if we won the Europa League. I’ve always felt part of this club. Things change, but you can see this season I have been the main striker.

‘This season has been better for me, but it’s not been at the level I want to be. I really think this club has told me the truth. They have hopes for me and they trust me — they don’t say the opposite.

‘I know I want to stay. If they change their minds it’s a different question, but the relationship between me and the club is very straight. It’s not a problem at all.’

Torres scored against Rubin Kazan in the quarter-final second leg in Moscow and is keen to add the Europa League trophy to last season’s Champions League.

Torres added: ‘I hope there’s more to come as I’m still young. We can win the Europa League this season, but we can still win much more. The squad and players are young — we can do great things. I would like to be involved for the next few years because we can become one of the best teams in Europe, not just England.’

Forward thinking: Torres is optimistic about the future at Chelsea

Forward thinking: Torres is optimistic about the future at Chelsea

Fiorentina, however, have expressed interest in signing Torres.

The
29-year-old has grown increasingly frustrated over his form and playing
time at Stamford Bridge and is expected to be pushed further down the
pecking order this summer as Chelsea look to add another two strikers.

Highly rated: Stevan Jovetic could be heading to the Premier League

Highly rated: Stevan Jovetic could be heading to the Premier League

Fiorentina want someone to replace Stevan Jovetic who they anticipate joining either Arsenal or Manchester City.

Their chief scout Eduardo Macia played a role in taking Torres to Liverpool in 2007.

Paula Radcliffe may never compete again

Radcliffe: Foot injury that ruled me out of London 2012 may stop me from competing ever again

with a foot injury and she has not run since.

End of the road Radcliffe has been out injured for eight months

End of the road Radcliffe has been out injured for eight months

Finish line: Radcliffe may not compete again

Finish line: Radcliffe may not compete again

The Brit was hoping to compete in a 10km race this month but she has ruled out that possibility as she continues to suffer complications from her injury.

'Targets have gone out of the window,' Radcliffe told BBC Sport.

'I'm very much in that limbo where I know and accept that realistically it may not be possible.

'But at the same time I have a little window of hope and I would rather be able to finish my career in a race, rather than a race I can't actually get to the start line of.'

Radcliffe has world marathon champion in 2005 and has won two world cross-country titles.

Frank Lampard will leave Chelsea at end of season

Lampard is leaving Chelsea in the summer, reveals England star's agent

By
Joe Ridge

PUBLISHED:

22:01 GMT, 3 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:03 GMT, 3 January 2013

Frank Lampard will leave Chelsea at the end of the season with Italy his most likely destination, his agent has revealed.

The 34-year-old England midfielder will not be offered a new deal by Chelsea and has recently been linked with a move to Serie A sides Inter and Lazio.

Come and get me: Lampard's agent says he is definitely leaving Chelsea in the summer

Come and get me: Lampard's agent says he is definitely leaving Chelsea in the summer

Chelsea diehards are adamant he has much more to give to the club even though he has turned 34

Fans' favourite: Chelsea diehards are adamant he has more to give to the club even though he has turned 34

And when his agent Steve Kutner was
quizzed by the Italian media on the possibility of Lampard heading to the country in the summer, he admitted that the ex-West Ham man will definitely be leaving
Stamford Bridge when his contract expires and talked up the possibility of a move
to Italy.

'At this moment, Lampard is
exclusively thinking about the present, in other words Chelsea,' Kutner
told Cittaceleste.it. 'As for the future, the only certainty is that he
will change team at the end of the season. Frank wants to pay for a
great side, capable of challenging for important targets and where he
could win more trophies.

Lampard has admitted what he wants more than anything is to add to his cabinet of trophies

Silverware: Lampard has admitted what he wants more than anything is to add to his cabinet of trophies

'We won’t rule anything out. The only thing that counts is that the player is happy and can continue playing at a high level.

'A champion of Lampard’s calibre
deserves the biggest stage. Serie A Why not Only time will tell if
Lazio could be the ideal destination.'

Harry Redknapp offers transfer targets a challenge

Redknapp admits all he can offer January targets Diame, Ba and Keane is the challenge of helping QPR beat the drop

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UPDATED:

13:14 GMT, 29 December 2012

Harry Redknapp admits all he can offer QPR's transfer targets is the potential satisfaction of rescuing the club from a seemingly hopeless position.

Rangers are six points adrift of safety in the Barclays Premier League and are hoping to avoid a third successive defeat when they host Liverpool on Sunday.

Redknapp insists the club must sign new players in next month's transfer window if they are to survive in the top flight with Demba Ba, Brede Hangeland and Robbie Keane reported to interest the QPR boss.

Top target: Harry Redknapp hopes to lure the likes of Robbie Keane to Loftus Road

Top target: Harry Redknapp hopes to lure the likes of Robbie Keane to Loftus Road

But the 65-year-old admits his only sales pitch during negotiations will be to convince prospective new arrivals they could be part of something special.

'I tell players: “Look, there are mugs around like me. Come and have a challenge, please. Come and do something”. If we keep this team up now we'll have had a fantastic end of the season,' he said.

'I walked on that pitch at Wigan as Portsmouth manager in 2006 when we had escaped relegation and it was the best day ever.

'It was fantastic and I want to do the same at QPR. That's my dream – all I think about at night is trying to keep this team up.

'I'd love it so much if we kept QPR up. It has consumed my whole life, it's all I want. It gets me up, it gets me down.

'I've been sitting at home over Christmas being no fun to anybody and I was thinking, “Should I put myself in this position, should I put my family in this situation again”

'But you do as you want to have a go and if I could be a part of the team that can pull it off that would be fantastic.

'That is the message I want to send to any player: “Come and we'll have a great time if we can turn it round – let's see if we can”.'

Realistic: Redknapp knows that a relegation battle isn't the most appealing prospect

Realistic: Redknapp knows that a relegation battle isn't the most appealing prospect

Interested Fulham's Brede Hangeland could be added to bolster QPR's leaky defence

Interested Fulham's Brede Hangeland could be added to bolster QPR's leaky defence

Redknapp has steered Portsmouth and Tottenham away from relegation in the past and knows QPR require a major change in fortunes if they are to be added to his success stories.

'When you're in the bottom four and cut adrift like we were then it's so difficult,' he said.

'We need a run of games from where we are now. We need to show top six or seven form to get out of it.

'We are still in there and while there's hope we have to keep going and believing. I still believe we can do it.'

QPR's survival bid received a shot in the arm with Adel Taarabt's omission from Morocco's squad for the African Nations Cup.

The 23-year-old, who scored both goals against Fulham two weeks ago in the club's only Premier League victory this season, is now available for matches against West Ham, Norwich, Manchester City and Swansea.

Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi stated that the reason he overlooked Taarabt was because he refused to meet him after travelling to London to see the playmaker.

It's begun: Redknapp is already stepping up interest in West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame

It's begun: Redknapp is already stepping up interest in West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame

Moving south Demba Ba is another target at Loftus Road

Moving south Demba Ba is another target at Loftus Road

Redknapp said: 'I'm delighted, it's fantastic news. I thought he might be going but he's a talent when he plays like he does at Fulham. He can win games for you.

'I don't know what happened. I swear I haven't got a clue. I never discussed it with anybody.

'The first I knew about it was when I was driving in and heard on the radio that he hasn't been selected and I thought, “Oh, that's good”.'

Redknapp spoke in glowing terms of Luis Suarez, the Uruguay striker who will spearhead Liverpool's assault on Loftus Road.

'My God, the man is fantastic, an unbelievable player,' he said. 'There are a lot of people who don't like Suarez, but as a player he is right up there. He could play for any team in the world.

'He gives everything – effort to start with and he never stops working. When he loses the ball he is like a little kid, he chases the ball to get it back. That enthusiasm, he's fantastic.'

Big ask: Redknapp knows he must buy in January if Rangers are to beat the drop

Big ask: Redknapp knows he must buy in January if Rangers are to beat the drop

Ronaldinho to make film with Blackburn owners Venky"s

Venky's always said they'd get Ronaldinho… and now they've finally signed him up! (Sorry Blackburn fans, it's just for a movie)

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 28 December 2012

Blackburn Rovers owners Venky's persuaded Ronaldinho to put pen to, er, ball when he arrived in India to promote his new film.

The Brazilian World Cup winner has signed up with their film arm to make Ronaldinho versus Aliens, an animation inspired by Space Jam, which starred Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny.

The identity of the cartoon superstar to work with Ronaldinho is still a secret but if Venky’s, who are also poultry packers, haven’t signed up Rocky from Chicken Run, they’re missing a trick.

Ronaldinho was one of Venky's most ambitious transfer targets when they took over at Ewood Park in 2010, and now they've finally got their man. It's a shame for Rovers fans that he won't be playing any football, however.

This had better not be a Blackburn contract... Ronaldinho (second left) pens an autograph on Friday

This had better not be a Blackburn contract… Ronaldinho (second left) pens an autograph on Friday

Meanwhile, the appointment of Blackburn's new coaching team is on hold as a simmering boardroom battle at Ewood Park threatens to escalate into all-out civil war.

The club's global advisor Shebby Singh and managing director Derek Shaw have been at odds since Singh's arrival in the summer, and Shaw has flown to India to urge the club's owners Venky's to ditch the flamboyant Malaysian following this week's sacking of manager Henning Berg.

Toon idol: The Brazilian star unveils a poster publicising his movie made with Blackburn's owners

Toon idol: The Brazilian star unveils a poster publicising his movie made with Blackburn's owners

Toon idol: The Brazilian star unveils a poster publicising his movie made with Blackburn's owners

Singh is said to be unperturbed by events but the plan to install Kevin MacDonald as head coach alongside Judan Ali cannot proceed without Shaw approving the contracts.

Ali was at the club's Brockhall training ground on Friday and MacDonald expects to join him even though he is understood to have reservations about the arrangement.

Ali, who is set to become English football's first British Asian coach, is better known for his role in a Bollywood movie.

Olympic and Paralympic funding for Rio 2016 gets 11% increase on London 2012

Roll on Rio: Olympic and Paralympic funding for 2016 to get 11 per cent increase on 2012
UK sport announce record pot of 347million18 sports had their funding increase, five had cuts
Boxing biggest winner with 44.5% increaseCycling, athletics, rowing and gymnastics all have funding increases
Swimming, volleyball, archery, judo and badminton all have cuts

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UPDATED:

17:27 GMT, 18 December 2012

funding

Most of Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic sports were celebrating the announcement of funding rises for the next four years but several sports, including swimming, basketball, volleyball and handball, are paying the price for failure with severe cuts to their income.

UK Sport announced a record pot of 347m to be distributed in the run-up to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games with cycling, rowing, boxing, athletics and gymnastics among those given increases.

It is a different story for those
sports that did not meet their performance targets in London including
swimming, whose funding is cut to 21.4m from 25.1m, volleyball (down
to 400,000 from 3.5m), plus basketball, handball, wrestling and table
tennis, which miss out on funding altogether.

UK
Sport’s target is for Britain to be even more successful in Rio than in
London, where the teams won 65 medals in the Olympics and 120 in the
Paralympics.

The funding
body’s chief executive Liz Nicholl said: 'We want to be the first nation
in recent history to be more successful in the Olympics and Paralympics
post-hosting.'

UK Sport’s chairman Sue Campbell admitted some sports would be devastated by the news.

She added however: 'It isn’t about being popular it’s about making tough decisions about where public money goes.'

The
biggest increase of any Olympic sport goes to boxing, a 44% increase,
to 13.8m, though 9.55m is conditional on sport sorting out some
internal issues.

Cycling is
up to 30.6m from 26.3m, athletics has a 1.7m increase to 26.8m,
rowing up from 27.3m to 32.6m, and gymnastics up from 10.8m to
14.5m.

Investment in Paralympic sport also rises dramatically, up 43% on London 2012.

Increase: Nicola Adams won one of GB boxing's three gold medals in London and the sport has enjoyed the largest funding growth

Increase: Nicola Adams won one of GB boxing's three gold medals in London and the sport has enjoyed the largest funding growth

Dominant: Britain's cyclists won seven out of a possible 10 gold medals in the Velodrome as well as Wiggins's time trial win

Dominant: Britain's cyclists won seven out of a possible 10 gold medals in the Velodrome as well as Wiggins's time trial win

Artistic: The British gymnastics team won four medals and 15-year-old Rebecca Tunney also gave a good performance

Artistic: The British gymnastics team won four medals and 15-year-old Rebecca Tunney also gave a good performance

Disappointing: Michael Jamieson's 200m breaststroke silver was as good as it got for Britain's swimmers who endured a difficult Olympics

Disappointing: Michael Jamieson's 200m breaststroke silver was as good as it got for Britain's swimmers who endured a difficult Olympics

Harry Redknapp chasing Nicolas Anelka and Joe Cole

Redknapp to meet QPR owner Fernandes over January transfer targets Anelka and Cole

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 17 December 2012

Harry Redknapp will meet Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes this week to discuss the club's transfer window plans.

Redknapp will have 10million to spend in January but is expected to rely largely on loan deals.

Liverpool's Joe Cole and former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka are targets.

Target man: Joe Cole could be offered an escape route from Liverpool by QPR

Target man: Joe Cole could be offered an escape route from Liverpool by QPR

Anelka is also being targeted by east Londoners West Ham.

Cole has struggled to force his way back into the Liverpool team since he returned from a season-long loan at French side Lille.

The 31-year-old made 32 appearances for the Ligue 1 club and scored four goals.

Should Cole choose to link up with Redknapp it would not be for the first time. The former England international played under Redknapp during his time at West Ham.

The midfielder scored his first goal of the season against the Hammers last week, but doesn't appear to be in Brendan Rodgers' plans.

Meanwhile, QPR are preparing an official approach for Tottenham coach Les Ferdinand.

They are also keen on adding Clive Allen to their set-up.

Striking options: Nicolas Anelka (right) is also being tracked by Harry Redknapp

Striking options: Nicolas Anelka (right) is also being tracked by Harry Redknapp

Glorious: Adel Taraabt scored a remarkable goal against Fulham on Saturday

Glorious: Adel Taraabt scored a remarkable goal against Fulham on Saturday

West Ham eye Marouane Chamakh as Arsenal target Serge Aurier

West Ham eye striker Chamakh as Arsenal target Aurier to replace Sagna

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UPDATED:

23:09 GMT, 14 December 2012

West Ham are interested in taking Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh on loan in January.

The 28-year-old came on as a substitute in Tuesday's Capital One Cup defeat at Bradford and missed a penalty in the shootout.

Flop: Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh

Flop: Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh

He is surplus to requirements at Arsenal and, although there has been interest from Fiorentina, the player wants to stay in England.

West Ham, however, face a battle to hold on to Momo Diame, with foreign sides now showing interest in the midfielder alongside Newcastle and Arsenal.

The Senegal star will be fit in three weeks after damaging his hamstring last week and can leave for 3.5million.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have added Toulouse right back Serge Aurier to their list of potential targets. The club remain wary of Bacary Sagna leaving next year and have watched 19-year-old Aurier.

Vincent Kompany returns to Manchester City training

EXCLUSIVE: Kompany back in training as Manchester City captain targets Toon clash

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UPDATED:

12:39 GMT, 13 December 2012

Manchester City have been handed a huge boost with the return to training of Vincent Kompany.

The City captain limped off early with a hamstring problem in last weekend's derby defeat to Manchester United and was ruled out of Saturday's trip to Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League.

However, the Belgian is desperate to play and asked manager Roberto Mancini if he could to some training on Thursday.

Concern: Vincent Kompany limped out of the derby with a hamstring problem

Concern: Vincent Kompany limped out of the derby with a hamstring problem

Kompany trained on his own away from the main group of players and will see how his injury responds before making a decision on whether to train properly on Friday.

Mancini still rates Kompany as 'very doubtful' for Saturday's game at St James' Park but hopes his skipper will miss just one game at the most.

Meanwhile, City defender Micah Richards hopes to be back playing by early February after knee surgery in October.

The 24-year-old tore the meniscus in his right knee but is gradually making progress in his rehabilitation.

On the mend: Micah Richards (No 2) hopes to be playing again in February

On the mend: Micah Richards (No 2) hopes to be playing again in February

'I am not putting a date on when I will be back because these things are never exact but I am hoping it will be in early February,' he told City's website.

'There is still not too much I can do but I am now on one crutch instead of two so that is progress.

'Of course it is frustrating and there is nothing more I would like than to be out there playing but I am being well looked after, the injury is responding and the knee getting stronger every day.

'I am busy try to build the muscle up and I am doing some weights.'

Joe Cole vows to fight for his Liverpool future

Cole vows to fight for his Liverpool future after firing timely reminder to Rodgers

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UPDATED:

06:55 GMT, 12 December 2012

Joe Cole has insisted has no plans to leave Liverpool.

The 31-year-old former England
midfielder came off the bench to claim his first Premier League goal for
20 months in Sunday's 3-2 win at former club West Ham.

Uncertain future: Liverpool's Joe Cole

Uncertain future: Liverpool's Joe Cole

Cole, who also scored in the recent Europa League draw with Young Boys, still has two years left on his current Reds deal and insists he can still be a success at Anfield.

He told the Mirror: 'All I'm doing is giving my all in
training every day, and trying to keep my place in the squad when we
play Villa – that's all I can do.

'It has been difficult recently but I
have scored in my last two appearances and I want to keep the sequence
going if I can. And when I'm called upon I will do the best job I can.'

But Cole may be moved on as Liverpool will unveil a new 18million strike force in January after taking significant steps to securing deals for Daniel Sturridge and Thomas Ince.

It has been Brendan Rodgers wish for Liverpool to get their business in the New Year done early and they now are on the brink of landing their two prime targets.

Reunion Cole has been linked with return to West Ham

Reunion Cole has been linked with return to West Ham

Chelsea forward Sturridge is expected to cost Liverpool in the region of 12million, while they will have to pay Blackpool in the region of 6million to take Ince back to Anfield 18 months after letting him leave for 250,00

The arrivals of the pair will offer
even fewer chances to Cole, who has been linked with a return to Upton Park, and rock-bottom QPR, now managed by his old Hammers boss Harry Redknap. and Rodgers hinted the player may prefer to
move on when he said: 'Joe's a terrific lad and I feel for him at times.

'If he's not going to play as often as he wants then he's no different to any player, really.

'Players are about game time and money. He's a good guy, though – he's not any kind of problem.'