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Joleon Lescott wants Manchester City to treat him with respect

Sign me up, or let me leave, says Lescott as City defender urges club to show him respect

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

07:12 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:16 GMT, 20 April 2013

Joleon Lescott hopes Manchester City will treat him with respect when it comes to deciding his future.

The England defender is close to entering the last year of his contract with the FA Cup finalists and has yet to fix up a new deal.

He has told the Daily Telegraph that he wants to stay, but claims he is not naive enough to think that is assured.

New deal: Joleon Lescott hopes Manchester City will treat him with respect

New deal: Joleon Lescott hopes Manchester City will treat him with respect

New deal: Joleon Lescott hopes Manchester City will treat him with respect

And, with the World Cup on the horizon, the former Everton man wants a first-team place to show national boss Roy Hodgson that he is up to the job.

He said: 'If someone said when I signed here “you're going to win the Premier League, get to two FA Cup finals and represent your country in the Euros” I'd have snapped their hand off.

'So now to go into the final year of my contract uncertain about my future is quite strange. I'd love to stay. My wife's pregnant, we've just moved house, the kids are happy at school. But I'm not naive. When you've achieved all that and you're going into the last year of your contract your future might be elsewhere.

'I can't afford to go into a World Cup year being uncertain of whether I'm going to play [regularly] here.

England ambition: Lescott wants to be a regular in World Cup year

England ambition: Lescott wants to be a regular in World Cup year

'I feel I've done enough for the club to demand a bit of respect in terms of they come and tell me what they want, whether it's a new deal, which I would be delighted to sign, or [to go] elsewhere.

'I'm very respectful of the club with what they've done for me, how they were persistent when Everton were digging their heels in to keep me. I owe a lot to the club. I also feel I've done enough to demand a bit of respect to not see speculation about my future.'

Cesar Azpilicueta says Chelsea team-mates call him Dave

Alright, Dave Azpilicueta says Chelsea team-mates have given up trying to pronounce his name… just like Rodney and Trigger in Only Fools And Horses

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:52 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 30 March 2013

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta says his team-mates have dropped their attempts to pronounce his name – and instead simply call the Spaniard ‘Dave’.

The former Marseille full back moved to the Premier League last summer, but his colleagues at Chelsea have struggled to say his surname correctly ever since.

'Cesar’s not even that hard,’ he was quoted in the Daily Telegraph saying. ‘But I suppose Azpilicueta is. Some said my name was too difficult to pronounce and could they call me Dave. It’s stuck. It’s also done affectionately.'

Cesar Azpilicueta

Nicholas Lyndhurst

All right, Dave: Cesar Azpilicueta (left) says his team-mates have given up using his name and have decided to call him 'Dave' like Rodney Trotter (right, centre) was in Only Fools And Horses by the character Trigger

Adapting: Azpilicueta (right) believes he is getting used to the speed of the Premier League

Adapting: Azpilicueta (right) believes he is getting used to the speed of the Premier League

Although Azpilicueta may not know it, his nickname might have been borrowed from one of Britain’s best-loved sitcoms: Only Fools And Horses.

Rodney Trotter struggled throughout the hit TV series, as Trigger failed to use his name because – despite knowing Nicholas Lyndhurst's character well through his brother Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter – he earnestly believed his name was Dave.

Meanwhile, Azpilicueta believes he is adapting to the English style of play, and is beginning to get used to the lifestyle in London with the help of countryman and team-mate Juan Mata.

Azpilicueta told the Guardian: ‘He (Mata) is like a London tour guide,' Azpilicueta told The Guardian. “I say ‘Juan, I want to go out and eat’ and he knows just the place.’

Good friends: Azpilicueta says countryman Juan Mata (right) has helped him settle in London

Good friends: Azpilicueta says countryman Juan Mata (right) has helped him settle in London

Azpilicueta chose to sing Spanish song La Raja de Tu Falda by Estopa as his initiation into the squad. Although his team-mates enjoyed his rendition of the song about a driver who careers off the road because he was staring at an attractive woman, most of it was lost in translation.

He added: 'Some of them danced. But they had no idea what the song was about and they didn’t understand a word.'

VIDEO: Watch one of Rodney and Trigger's finest ever scenes

'My name is Rodney!' Classic Only Fools and Horses

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Nemanja Vidic wants Cristiano Ronaldo back at Manchester United

Vidic: Don't rule out Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford after he's done at the Bernabeu

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

01:09 GMT, 5 March 2013

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UPDATED:

01:09 GMT, 5 March 2013

Nemanja Vidic has refused to rule out the possibility that he could one day be reunited with Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.

The Red Devils centre back will face off against his former team-mate when Sir Alex Ferguson’s men take on Real Madrid at Old Trafford in the second leg of the last-16 Champions League tie.

But despite his manager claiming the prospect of Ronaldo return in the red of United is implausible, Vidic believes it is a possibility.

Facing off: Nemanja Vidic (right) and Cristiano Ronaldo (left) will play against one another on Tuesday

Facing off: Nemanja Vidic (right) and Cristiano Ronaldo (left) will play against one another on Tuesday

Not impossible: Ronaldo could return to Old Trafford, according to his former team-mate Vidic

Not impossible: Ronaldo could return to Old Trafford, according to his former team-mate Vidic

The 31-year-old Serbian told the Daily Telegraph: ‘I could see it [Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United]. He is a United supporter and he still follows United, he still misses the club and the environment here, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him come back.

‘It would be a big ask for many reasons, but I would love to see him here.

‘I don’t know what atmosphere he has at Madrid, so I can’t really talk about that, but all I can say is that I enjoyed playing with him, he enjoyed it here and it will be great to see him.’

Vidic also believes that the Portugal captain is on par with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who has beaten Ronaldo to the Ballon d’Or four years in a row.

On par: Vidic believes Ronaldo (right) is as good as Lionel Messi (left)

On par: Vidic believes Ronaldo (right) is as good as Lionel Messi (left)

He added: 'They are different players, totally different.

'But in recent years, Barcelona have won everything and I think that is why people have put Ronaldo to one side.

'I have played with him and trained with him and I know how many sacrifices he made to be where he is.'

Happy times: Ronaldo (right) celebrates alongside Vidic (left) during his Manchester United days

Happy times: Ronaldo (right) celebrates alongside Vidic (left) during his Manchester United days

Arsenal set for 1.5bn takeover from Middle East consortium

We'll bid record 1.5bn for Arsenal (twice as much as the Glazers paid for United)… but they MUST finish top four, say Arab consortium

By
Dave Wood

PUBLISHED:

22:32 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:48 GMT, 3 March 2013

Arsenal's eagerly-anticipated north London derby with Tottenham on Sunday was given an added edge with reports that a Middle East consortium will launch a 1.5billion takeover bid for the club in the next few weeks.

The group, made up of investors from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, hope to tempt owner Stan Kroenke with the world record sum, reports the Sunday Telegraph.

But the group warned that Arsenal, currently fifth in the Premier League and three points behind fourth-placed Spurs, must act quickly amid fears that the club miss out on a Champions League place and fall into a cycle of decline like Liverpool.

Money talks: World record takeover would put Arsenal in the same financial league as Manchester City and PSG

Money talks: World record takeover would put Arsenal in the same financial league as Manchester City and PSG

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere

Prize asset: Arsenal's Jack Wilshere

American Kroenke is the club's majority shareholder, while Uzbek Alisher Usmanov also holds a significant stake.

The offer for Arsenal would reportedly see the potential investors bid around 20,000 per share, making Kroenke's holding worth 830m.

It would be the world’s biggest ever bid for a football club, dwarfing the 800m paid by the Glazers for Manchester United.

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke

Alisher Usmanov an Arsenal shareholder

Money men: Owner Stan Kroenk (left) and majority shareholder Alisher Usmanov (right)

Big fans: The consortium want Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to stay on

Big fans: The consortium want Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to stay on

A meeting has already been reportedly been requested with the American to discuss the proposed
offer. The seriousness of the bid is reinforced by the recent successful
takeovers of Manchester City and Paris St-Germain by Middle East backers.

It is unlikely Usmanov will want to sell his shareholding, given his 'dream' of taking control of Arsenal himself, but the Middle East consortium
believes it will be able to work with the billionaire, who does not
currently have a seat on the board.

Any takeover would inevitably raise questions over the future of manager
Arsene Wenger but the Frenchman is understood to be highly-regarded by
the consortium.

A bid source was quoted as saying: 'Arsenal is at a pivotal position at
the moment. The fear is that the club is facing a cycle of decline like
Liverpool. From our point of view it is the perfect moment to make this bid
because at this moment in time you can still genuinely justify this
extraordinary valuation on the club.

'We will not bid for Arsenal if they go into decline. Kroenke and Usmanov will
not get this kind of valuation if Arsenal do not succeed and will not get
this kind of valuation ever again.

'The amount of capital required to pump into Arsenal to make it competitive
within England, Europe and the world means that the valuation cannot go any
higher.'

SIX NATIONS 2013: Chris Robshaw hails England preparation after Ireland win

England preparation key to not choking in Ireland, claims skipper Robshaw after win

PUBLISHED:

15:55 GMT, 11 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:00 GMT, 11 February 2013

England captain Chris Robshaw believes that the way his side nullified the effect of Ireland's 'choke' tackling was key to Sunday's vital win in Dublin.

Irish defenders looked to double up on the ball carrier and swarm their upper body in the tackle, preventing the offload and trying to force a turnover.

It was a tactic that worked brilliantly in their win over Wales last weekend but Robshaw revealed in the Daily Telegraph that England worked hard on countering the threat.

Winners: Captain Chris Robshaw celebrates England's win over Ireland on Sunday

Winners: Captain Chris Robshaw celebrates England's win over Ireland on Sunday

'We had worked hard last week on combating their choke tackle and for the majority of the time we negated it,' he said.

'It is a real strength of theirs, it gets their crowd and their team going and to nullify that gave us a significant edge.

'The key was in running a little bit lower because if you run upright they are very good at holding you up there. You also have to look after your mates.'

The 12-6 win, which has put England well and truly on course to win this year's Six Nations, looked in the balance when Red Rose flanker James Haskell was sin-binned on 57 minutes for not rolling.

Hitting the target: Owen Farrell scored all of England's points in the win at the Aviva Stadium

Hitting the target: Owen Farrell scored all of England's points in the win at the Aviva Stadium

Ronan O'Gara slotted the penalty to level the scores at 6-6 and momentum looked to be swinging Ireland's way.

England were heroic with 14 men though, not only holding out but stretching into a six-point lead before Haskell returned.

Robshaw revealed that, again, head coach Stuart Lancaster's meticulous preparation for such events helped England over the line.

'The big test came for us when James Haskell was sent to the sin bin in the second half,' Robshaw added.

'Their crowd had started to get up, their players started to get up and we had to take the sting out of the situation. That is what we did.'

Wembley set to be renamed in EE deal

Wembley could be RENAMED as FA consider shock 8m rights deal for the home of football

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

07:16 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:16 GMT, 18 January 2013

The Football Association are considering renaming Wembley Stadium in a controversial move that will outrage fans.

In a deal worth a reported 8million-a-year, the historic ground will be known as 'Wembley Stadium in association with EE' in a tie in with the mobile phone operator.

The FA agreed a similar deal for the FA Cup, which is officially known as the FA Cup Sponsored By Budweiser.

Rebrand: Wembley Stadium supported by EE looks set to be the new name of the famous London ground

Rebrand: Wembley Stadium supported by EE looks set to be the new name of the famous London ground

Wembley

According to the Daily Telegraph, the FA insisted that naming rights, in the way Arsenal's stadium is known as the Emirates, were not up for grabs and that 'Wembley' had to remain in place.

Wembley has a number of current commercial deals including a deal with Carlsberg as the 'Official Beer of Wembley Stadium'. EE was formed when Orange and T-Mobile merged in 2010.

The FA has been seeking a lead sponsor for the stadium since it was opened in 2007 and the original stadium, built in 1923, was known as the Empire Exhibition Stadium.

With a capacity of 90,000, Wembley is the second biggest stadium and Europe and cost 757million to build.

The stadium also hosts major rugby league games, including the Challenge Cup and International Rugby League. The stadium has also played host to the NFL.

Kenny Dalglish lined up for Liverpool return

Liverpool line up offer to bring King Kenny back to Anfield – as an ambassador

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

00:04 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:43 GMT, 10 January 2013

Liverpool are hoping to lure Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish back in an ambassadorial role.

Dalglish was sacked in May following an 18-month spell as boss, having taken over from Roy Hodgson in January 2011.

Although Dalglish took up a similar position before his appointment as manager – and was involved in the club's academy – it is unclear whether he would be open to the idea of a return.

Tempted Kenny Dalglish could be on his way back to Anfield as an ambassador

Tempted Kenny Dalglish could be on his way back to Anfield as an ambassador

Since being replaced by former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers, the 61-year-old has only been to Anfield once this season to watch Liverpool in action.

Dalglish, who played more than 350 times for the club, has always been held in high esteem by the supporters.

And Liverpool are keen for him to help attract lucrative sponsorship deals, according to the Daily Telegraph.

After his departure last summer, Dalglish gave the impression that he was warm to the idea of returning to Liverpool.

He said at the time: 'I said when first approached about coming back as manager that I would always be of help if I can at any time and that offer remains the same.'

Liverpool owner John W Henry also hinted he would have his former manager back, describing Dalglish as 'part of the family'.

New boy: Brendan Rodgers (right) took over from Dalglish (left) last summer

New boy: Brendan Rodgers (right) took over from Dalglish (left) last summer

Tottenham want to sign Leandro Damiao

Spurs bidding to finally clinch 15m Damiao signing as Adebayor considers Togo return

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

10:23 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:23 GMT, 6 January 2013

Tottenham are considering making a 15million offer for Brazil striker and long-term target Leandro Damiao.

The 23-year-old, who has 14 caps for his country, was on Spurs’ radar throughout Harry Redknapp’s reign and Andre Villas-Boas is also an admirer.

With Emmanuel Adebayor expected to perform a u-turn and head to the Africa Cup of Nations Spurs are ready to make a fresh bid for the Internacional man, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

You'll fit right in: Brazilian Leandro Damiao is a target for Tottenham

You'll fit right in: Brazilian Leandro Damiao is a target for Tottenham

If Adebayor does, as expected, play for Togo this month then that would leave Jermain Defoe as Villas-Boas’ only available striker.

Damiao finished as top scorer in last summer’s Olympics with six goals and Spurs are believed to have had offers rejected in the past.

The club have already tied up a pre-contract agreement with German international midfielder Lewis Holtby, who will officially join the club in the summer.

Plan: Emmanuel Adebayor (left) is considering a return to the Togo side

Plan: Emmanuel Adebayor (left) is considering a return to the Togo side

Midfielders Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore are both expected to leave White Hart Lane this month, with the former attracting interest from QPR and Fulham and the latter expected to join Redknapp’s Rs on loan to the end of the season.

David Weir hits out at New Year Honours system

Weir having to win more medals to get recognised! Paralympic hero hits out at New Year Honours system after CBE

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11:31 GMT, 29 December 2012

Six-time gold medallist David Weir has suggested Paralympians have to work harder to earn recognition than their non-disabled counterparts.

Weir has been recognised with a CBE for winning four gold medals at this summer's London Games, but the wheelchair athlete was not among the five sporting dames and knights created.

Olympic cyclist Bradley Wiggins and British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford have both been knighted, as has sailor Ben Ainslie, with Paralympic cyclist Sarah Storey becoming a dame after taking her gold medal tally to 11 to match Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson's record.

Golden boy: David Weir won four events at London 2012

Golden boy: David Weir won four events at London 2012

British rowing performance director David Tanner has also been knighted.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Weir said: 'I am absolutely honoured to receive this award.

'I would have been disappointed if Sarah Storey had not been made a dame because she deserves it with 11 gold medals.

'It's a weird one how they choose it. Sometimes it seems that Paralympians have to win lots and lots of medals to get a damehood or a knighthood.

What a summer: Weir played his part in a brilliant period for British sport

What a summer: Weir played his part in a brilliant period for British sport

'Kelly Holmes was made a dame when she won two gold medals, but it seems we have to get into double figures to get it.

'Sarah Storey should have been awarded this years ago, and I just feel that sometimes we are left out perhaps because we are not in the public eye.

'It is a bit strange, but I am just honoured to get anything from the Queen for doing a sport I love.'

Weir is the only disabled athlete among five CBEs with only two Paralympians receiving OBEs.

Black Caviar named Australia"s sportswoman of the year ahead of Olympic gold-medallist Sally Pearson

Golden girl Pearson falls at the first and is beaten to national Aussie gong… by a horse!

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UPDATED:

13:48 GMT, 23 December 2012

Olympic gold-medallist Sally Pearson had to settle for the runner-up place in an Australian Sportswoman of the Year contest – after she was pipped at the post by a horse.

Racehorse Black Caviar is undefeated in 22 races, a record not matched in 100 years, and was handed the honour by two journalists at Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.

Pearson has suffered shock losses before, but generally when pitted against her own species.

Top of the pile: Black Caviar was named Australia's Sportswoman of the year

Top of the pile: Black Caviar was named Australia's Sportswoman of the year

She fell at the first hurdle and lost to Kellie Wells in the last race before London 2012 and came back to top the table in the 100m, but quite how anyone could recover from being overlooked in favour of a horse is unclear.

Pearson will no doubt draw consolation from knowing one other horse made it into the shortlist of four female athletes.

Other prominent female athletes who were snubbed include members of Australia’s only Olympic gold medal in the pool, Cate Campbell, Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlange, along with gold-medallist cyclist Anna Meares.

Flying the flag: Sally Pearson won the Women's 100m final at the Olympics but it was not enough to win her national prize

Flying the flag: Sally Pearson won the Women's 100m final at the Olympics but it was not enough to win her national prize

Sports writers Phil Rothfield and Darren Hadland maintain the accolade was part of a light-hearted feature, but prompted a wave of angered reaction.

Channel Seven AFL commentator Tom Harley tweeted it was: 'plain offensive to all the inspirational sportswomen of Australia' while News Limited colleague, Mark Robinson, slammed the ‘award’, saying it was 'utterly embarrassing'.

Fewer complaints were heard for men’s category. Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke was named Sportsman of the Year for his four double centuries this year.