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Newell's Old Boys president: We will try to convince Barcelona's Lionel Messi to end his career here

Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

Newell's Old Boys president Guillermo Lorente has admitted that he dreams of seeing Lionel Messi wear the shirt of the Rosario club, and has already tried to convince the Barcelona maestro to end his career back in his home town. A lifelong fan of the club, Messi joined the youth ranks at the age of 8 before moving to Spain when he was barely a teenager. The Ballon D'Or winner is still a pas...Full Story »

Argentina in search for Messi understudy

Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by timesofindia.indiatimes.com

BUENOS AIRES: Gonzalo Higuain is training for a similar role to Lionel Messi's in the Argentina team in preparation for matches when the Barcelona forward is not playing, coach Sergio Batista said on Tuesday. Messi is first choice as the central striker in Batista's tactics for next month's Copa America even though the coach has classic centre forwards in his squad, like Real Madrid's Higuai...Full Story »

M'Vila committed to Rennes - Star rules out move abroad

Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by skysports.com

M'Vila: Ruled out Rennes departure French international Yann M'Vila has committed his future to Rennes, ending speculation of a big-money move to England or Spain. The 20-year-old has been in fine form for the Ligue 1 outfit since signing for the club in 2009 and even forced his way into the French international set-up at the start of last season. Real Madrid and Liverpool have been linked wi...Full Story »

Malaga set to buy Osasuna's Monreal

Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by Supersport.com

Malaga have agreed to sign Spain defender Nacho Monreal from La Liga rivals Osasuna. The deal for the 25-year-old left back is set to be completed on Wednesday if he passes a medical, the club said on their website on Tuesday. Monreal, who has been capped four times by the world champions, came up through the youth ranks at Osasuna. Local media reported he was moving for a fee of around six ...Full Story »

Fifa risks war with Europe's clubs over international friendlies

Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by theguardian.com

• Fifa could increase number of international dates from 12 to 17• Europe's leading clubs angry with 'ridiculous' expansion Sepp Blatter could be on a collision course with Europe's clubs if Fifa expands the international calendar. Fifa faces fresh conflict with Europe's leading clubs over plans to introduce five more international friendly dates into the already crowded football ...Full Story »

Blues have news on new boss

Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by The Sun

CHELSEA plan to name their new boss before the end of next week.Carlo Ancelotti was sacked after the Blues' final match of the season at Blackpool.Turkey coach Guus Hiddink is the favourite to return to Stamford Bridge as manager.However, Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay would not be drawn on his link with the club.He said: "It's a big season for us coming up."Things didn't go as well as we...Full Story »

Shearer snubs Cardiff after talks

Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by The Sun

ALAN SHEARER ruled himself out of the Cardiff manager's job late last night after holding shock talks with the Welsh club.The England legend had emerged as red-hot favourite to replace Dave Jones, who was axed after the Championship play-off defeat to Reading in May.Newcastle idol Shearer said: "I can confirm I was one of the candidates the club spoke to about the vacant manager's position at ...Full Story »

Our boys could play for Barca

Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by The Sun

PATRIOTIC Jack Rodwell last night stood up for St George against football's Spanish inquisition - by insisting at least FIVE of England stars would walk into Barcelona's all-conquering side.The Everton whizkid is sick of hearing how superior Spanish football is after the Young Lions' 1-1 draw against the kids from the Costas in Sunday's Euro Under-21 Championship opener.The young Matadors may ...Full Story »

Cesc must quit for Barca

Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by The Sun

BACARY SAGNA last night stunned Arsenal by insisting: Cesc Fabregas needs to join Barcelona.The France defender said the Gunners skipper wants to rejoin boyhood club Barca and be reunited with his family in his home town.Sagna's claim comes amid frenzied speculation the Catalan giants are about to launch a £35million raid.He said: "Compared to last year, yes it's true there are chances of...Full Story »

Villa seek clarity over McLeish status

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

BIRMINGHAM (AFP) - Aston Villa have reportedly approached city rivals Birmingham to ask about the precise status of Alex McLeish. The Scot resigned as manager of Birmingham, relegated from the Premier League last season, on Sunday and was immediately linked with a move to Villa, still in the top flight but without a boss after Gerard Houllier stepped down on health grounds. Britain's Press Ass...Full Story »

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