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Klopp wants end to Lewandowski speculation
Borussia Dortmund manager Juergen Klopp wants an end to speculation over Robert Lewandowski's future in the coming days.
The Poland international has been heavily linked with a move to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, who beat Dortmund to win the UEFA Champions League on Saturday at Wembley.

Lewandowski's agent claimed on Monday that an agreement between the clubs was the only thing left to be done in the deal.

However, Klopp insists there has been no offer from the Bavarian club, and is keen to see the striker's future determined shortly.

"As things stand, there is no official offer from Bayern Munich," K ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 637 Added: Sky Date: 28.05.2013 - 18:39

Courtois keen to extend Atletico stay
premier league
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wants to remain on loan at Atletico Madrid for a third year next season.
The Belgian shot-stopper, who joined Chelsea from Genk in 2011, has made 95 appearances in La Liga for Atletico in the last two campaigns, recently winning the Copa del Rey in the process, and wants to remain at the Vicente Calderon next season.

With Petr Cech continuing as Chelsea's first-choice goalkeeper, Courtois' best chance of playing regular football is likely to be a move away from Stamford Bridge and the Belgian asserted it is Atletico that he wants to play for.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, he said: "Thank you very much to all athletic for this ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 608 Added: Sky Date: 28.05.2013 - 18:37

Zidane to lead Real Madrid project
Former Real Madrid midfielder Zinedine Zidane has been confirmed as the club's new sporting director by president Florentino Perez.
Zidane was brought to the club for a world-record fee in 2001 during Perez's first period as president and the 66-year-old wants him to be more involved in first-team affairs after Jose Mourinho's departure.

The Frenchman, who made 155 appearances in his five years at the Bernabeu scoring 38 goals, will be involved in hiring Mourinho's successor and has been backed to become coach in the future by Perez.

"We do not know who will be the coach," he told Cadena SER. "But we want this sports project to be led by Zidane. I did not think Zidane would like to be a coach, but in recent years he has decid ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 610 Added: Sky Date: 28.05.2013 - 18:36

Benitez thanks Chelsea following Napoli appointment
New Napoli boss Rafael Benitez has thanked the staff, players and fans of former club Chelsea.
Benitez did not enjoy the best of welcomes at Stamford Bridge after being hired in November 2012, but secured UEFA Champions League qualification as well as winning the UEFA Europa League.

The Spaniard's appointment at Napoli was confirmed on Monday night by chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis and he also took the opportunity to thank his former squad.

Via his personal blog, Benitez said: "I want to thank every single member of my staff at Chelsea FC. 

"They have all contributed to make possible what this football club has achieved this season, we went far in every ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 653 Added: Sky Date: 28.05.2013 - 18:34

Heitinga set for Everton exit
premier league
Everton's Dutch defender Johnny Heitinga could leave Goodison Park this summer.
The 29-year-old's contract at the club expires at the end of next season and the Netherlands international admits Everton may wish to secure a transfer fee for him, rather than allowing him to leave for free.

Heitinga has again been linked with a move to Fenerbahce, having seen a move to the Turkish side collapse in January, and he told Voetbal International that a switch could be on the cards again.

"If they want to earn something for me, this is the moment," he said. 

"I have made no arrangement with the club about tha ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 592 Added: Sky Date: 28.05.2013 - 18:33

Sterling targets top-four finish for Liverpool
premier league
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling wants the club to break into the top four of the Premier League next season.
Sterling played 24 times in the Premier League this term as he helped Brendan Rodgers' side to finish seventh, but believes Champions League qualification is the next step.

Liverpool have not featured in Europe's premier club competition since 2010, when they were eliminated in the group stage, but Sterling feels he and his team-mates can build on their impressive late-season form in the next campaign.

When asked by Sky Sports News where the club should target, Sterling asserted: "I'd say top four, definitely.

Category: News Views: 651 Added: Sky Date: 28.05.2013 - 18:32

Laudrup anticipates Williams loss
premier league
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is facing up to the prospect of losing centre-back Ashley Williams in the close-season.
Both Arsenal and Liverpool are reported to have targeted the Welsh defender as an ideal acquisition, with competition for his signature likely to hot up over the coming weeks. 

While Williams signed a contract in October which will keep him at the club until 2015, Laudrup admits the 28-year-old may leave, but he is not expecting many departures from the Liberty Stadium. 

"There has been a lot of talk and let's see what happens," Laudrup told The Daily Express.

"He extended his co ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 696 Added: Sky Date: 28.05.2013 - 18:31

Bundesliga 2: Dresden Vs Osnabruck - Betting Tip
bundesliga 2Dynamo Dresden v VfL Osnabruck – Nothing has been resolved after the first game of the playoff for promotion in 2.Bundesliga, but Osnabruck had gained a nice advantage. They used the home pitch advantage and won with 1-0, which is a very unpleasant result for Dynamo Dresden ahead of the rematch. The tradition from their mutual matches played in Dresden doesn’t suit them either, because out of four matches played there Osnabruck won two and twice they played a draw. Begins: 28.05.2013 – 20:30 CET

Dynamo Dresden
Dynamo has for the umpteenth time this season disappointed as a guest in the first game against Osnabruck. In ... Read more »
Category: Betting Tips Views: 1222 Added: Better Date: 28.05.2013 - 15:23

Holloway hails Crystal Palace fight
Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway has praised his side's spirit after they won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.
An extra-time penalty from Kevin Phillips ensured Palace ran out 1-0 winners against Watford in Monday's final at Wembley to secure a return to the top flight.

Holloway's men had dominated the second half following a cagey opening period, and the former Blackpool manager believes his side more than did enough to claim the spoils.

"We fought and battled it out, we had a tough few weeks before the play-offs, people were disappointed not to get in through automatic promotion," he told Sky Sports. 

"We're in the Premier League now ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 594 Added: Sky Date: 28.05.2013 - 01:42

Heynckes agent hints at Real return
The agent of Jupp Heynckes has hinted that his client would be interested in a return to Real Madrid next season.
The German coach could complete the treble with Bayern Munich this term should his side add DFB-Pokal success to their UEFA Champions League and Bundesliga victories when they take on Stuttgart on Saturday.

However, Heynckes is set to leave Bayern at the end of the season, with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola having been announced as his replacement in January.

Despite that, Enrique Reyes says that the 68-year-old has no thoughts of retiring and would welcome an offer from the Santiago Bernabeu club, whom he managed to 1997-98 UEFA Champions League glory in his sole season there.
Category: News Views: 517 Added: Sky Date: 28.05.2013 - 01:41

Benitez handed Napoli job
Napoli have announced the appointment of Rafael Benitez as Walter Mazzarri's successor.
The Italian outfit's president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, confirmed the news on his official Twitter account on Monday, though the length of Benitez's deal has yet to be revealed.

The Spaniard last managed in Italy with Inter in 2010, but was sacked after just six months in charge following a poor start to their league season.

However, after rebuilding his reputation by guiding Chelsea to 2013 UEFA Europa League glory as the club's interim boss, the 53-year-old has been picked up by the Naples outfit.

Benitez had also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, with the French sid ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 473 Added: Sky Date: 28.05.2013 - 01:39

Bundesliga: Kaiserslautern 1:2 Hoffenheim
Hoffenheim confirmed their place in next season's Bundesliga with a 2-1 win over Kaiserslautern in their relegation play-off second leg.
Markus Gisdol's men led 3-1 from the first leg and headers from centre-backs David Abraham and Jannik Vestergaard ensured they took a 5-2 aggregate victory.

Alexander Baumjohann's free-kick between those strikes threatened a comeback, but the hosts' efforts would prove in vain at the Fritz-Walter Stadion on Monday.

Kaiserslauten boss Stefan Kuntz made three changes to the side he named in the first leg, with Christopher Drazan, Steven Zellner and Albert Bunjaku replacing Dominique Heintz, Mitchell Weiser and Erwin Hoffer
Category: News Views: 454 Added: Sky Date: 28.05.2013 - 01:35

Petkovic hails Lazio performance
Lazio head coach Vladimir Petkovic says his team won the Coppa Italia final because they were more of a unit than Roma.
Bosnian midfielder Senad Lulic scored the decisive goal for Lazio as they won the first ever Coppa Italia final between the two capital clubs and while Roma head coach Aurelio Andreazzoli dismissed the match as lacking quality, Petkovic said his team would look to build on their cup triumph.

Lazio defeated Roma 1-0 to lift the Coppa Italia for the third time in 10 seasons with Petkovic saying his players got the job done through teamwork.

"I think we were more a team than Roma tonight. They had individual players who could be dangerous, but we were great in managing our play and creating the right chances wh ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 535 Added: Sky Date: 28.05.2013 - 01:34

Oxlade-Chamberlain optimistic of Arsenal success
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Arsenal have a solid foundation to build on next season.
The London club endured another campaign without a trophy and failed to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title.

However, Arsene Wenger's men went on a ten-game unbeaten run at the end of the season and secured fourth place ahead of rivals Tottenham with a 1-0 final-day victory over Newcastle.

And England international Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the club can carry that form forward into 2013-14.

"At Arsenal Football Club we want to be challenging for titles first and foremost," he told Sky Sports News.

... Read more »
Category: News Views: 489 Added: Sky Date: 28.05.2013 - 01:31

Vilanova praises important signing Neymar
la ligaBarcelona coach Tito Vilanova believes Neymar chose sporting opportunities over financial gain by joining the club ahead of Real Madrid.
The 21-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the La Liga champions after Santos accepted a 28-million euro offer.

Speaking after his side's 2-0 win over Espanyol on Sunday, Vilanova was thrilled to beat off rival suitors to capture their long-term transfer target.

"We have to congratulate the technical staff for the signing of Neymar," he told reporters.

"It is an important signing. We have been very attentive for some time because he could have had other, and better, prop ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 438 Added: Sky Date: 28.05.2013 - 01:29

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