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The state of the art football stadiums that have never seen the light of day

After Tottenham announced their intention to move to a new expanded capacity stadium by 2017, we thought we'd take a look back at some of the other proposed state of the art stadiums over the years. These stadiums have never (yet) seen the light of day, but some of them seem more likely than others, some of them are doomed to remain as sketches on a designers notebook. From Everton aetico Madrid has been a culture shock.Rodri is stunned by the energy required to play in City’s midfield.”I finish games at City feeling dead,” he said.”If you are constantly taking the initiative in games, as we do, then you have to be constantly mond Liverpool's bizarre conjoined stadium, to Chelsea's proposed idea to turn Battersea Power Station into the new home of the Blues, there have certainly been some grand ideas over the years. Even Saints fans would have to admit that the artist's impression of Pompey's majestic Waterfront Stadiumt form has hurt them.They won their first three but lost three of the next five, inclucontent_imgding Premier League defeats against Manchester United and Chelsea, his former clubs and competitors in what is shaping up to be a fierce race for the top-four.”Ther looked the business, but Portsmouth's financial situation is likely to ensure that the stadium will never be built. But fans of fellow League Two club Bristol Rovers can take solace in the fact that their new stadium, which has been a long running saga, has now been given the go ahead.

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Burnley vs Manchester United recap: Another disappointing draw as Van Gaal seeks first win

ker arrived in the summer from Olymp Rhian Brewster is improving after his double against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.The 19-year-old made his first-team debut against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup and boosted hcontent_imgis chances of another appearance with a fine display in the 4-3 win overique Marseille.And Monchi says: “At a game in Milan, I fell in love. Roma had won, but Lucas had a great performance. From this game, we seriously began to follow him. When we analysed the situation, we found that

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Ander Herrera admits watching Paul Scholes videos to become complete Manchester United midfielder

has admitted to watching video clips of Paul Scholes to help him learn how to be the complete midfielder. Herrera, a summer signing from Athletic Bilbao, has had a substantial impact on the United team with his consistent performances in recent weeks. Fans have been calling all season for the Spaniard to be played more by Louis van Gaal, as he has only started nine of his 18 appearances for the Red Devils. And now he has revealed who his United inspirations are. Speaking to the Telegraph, Herrera admitted that he has been biding his time for a chance at Old Trafford – and wants to be as possible. He said: "I have MUTV at home and sometimes I watch the legends. I watch Paul Scholes. I watch how he plays a long pass, side to side. Unbelievable. He has character, passion." Herrera is prepared to wait for his chance to shine in the United line-up, believing that very few players can come into a club of United's size and perform straight away. But he has set his sights on a long-term future at Old Trafford – and one that is full of silverware. "I want to win trophies with United," he said. "I want to be a very important player here but maybe only three or four players in the world can do it in five months." Herrera insists that he is completely overawed by the difference in English football to Spanish football, becact made by Manchester City’s new signings.The likes of Joao Cancelo and Rodri arrived in the summer to assist an already star studded squad in their quest for domestic and European dominance.Cancelo will provide competition to Kyle Walker for the riguse of how much the Premier League cares about fans of the game. He says it was "fantastic" that 3pm kick-off games are not shown on television to ensure lower league football teams still get fans through the gates. And he also loves the concept of the FA Cup, as it has more probability for an upset, due to their one-off ties as oppose to the Copa Del content_imgRey's two-legged affairs. It was in the FA Cup when Herrera realised how special the English game was, after the kick-off time was delayed due to the travelling Cambridge fans being stuck on the motorway. He said: "I was surprised when we had to wait 30 minutes for the game with Cambridge to start because their fans were delayed. That was fantastnths after dislocating his shoulder in the win over West Ham on Monday.Tierney, 22, fell awkwardly during the 3-1 victory at the London Stadium and was replaced just before the half-hour mark by Sead Kolasinac.He was seen leaving the stadium with a sic. In Spain games can be 11pm, sometimes on Monday. It’s not normal for kids. Kids have to go to school. In England, fans are put first. In Spain, fans are not put first." The 25-year-old will be looking to continue his rich vein of form After scoring against Preston in the FA Cup, he added to his goal tally in last weekend's match at Swansea in the Premier League. Will Ander Herrera be a Manchester United 'great' one day?4000+ VOTES SO FAR

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Lambert: Norwich are not Stoke Mark II

Norwich boss Paul Lambert has hit back at the critics who have branded his side of a bunch of bruising six-foot bully-boys. Lambert's Premier League newcomers have scored more goals than any other team outside the top five, with 10 of them coming from headers – the most in the top flight. Powerful twin strikers Grantcontent_img Holt and Steve Morison have led the way with six goals apiece, but their manager insists his side had much more to offer than set-pieces. "People keep saying that we are a really big side but I think that maybe they should look at us a little bit closer," said Lambert. "What they are saying is wrong and I also think it's a little bit disrespectful. It's just not a true comment because the one thing we are not is a big side. "If people are saying that then some of our players, such as Wes Hoolahan and David Fox, must have grown a few inches overnight! "We are scoring a lot of headers because Holt and Morison are putting their heads in where it hurts, amer Arsenal players.Spaniard Emery was sacked as Gunners boss on Friday morning – just over 12 hours after he had seen his side lose to Efor Sunday’s clash with Real Sociedad.The Welshman won’t travel with the squad for Sunday’s game away at Real Sociedad, having also missed last week’s 3-2 win at home to Villarreal.Claims in Spain earlier this week stated that Bale wants to stay at tintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.But Emery did visit London Colney today.The Spaniard met club chiefs Edu,nd that is great from our point of view. "The pair of them have been brilliant and they are physical players, with a real presence. But they can both play a bit as well." Saturday's match at Everton sees Norwich keeper John Ruddy return to Goodison Park for the first time since leaving the club 18 months ago after making just one appearance for them. Ruddy, 25, said : "I was at Everton for five years and unfortunately it didn't work out the way I would have liked it to. "But I've worked very hard to get back to this position and I'm delighted with the way it's going now. "I just hope it can continue but I'm confident we can maintain our steady progress without falling away in the second half of the season." *** Would you like to know more?: Team news: Everton trio back; Norwich have no new concerns  Simon Bird's Premier League previews and predictions (Week 16)

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Lucas: The Premier League title will end up in Manchester in May

Livcontent_imgerpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has claimed that the title is now a two horse race – and that the trophy will end up in Manchester come May. Speaking ahead of his side's game with Manchester City at Anfield tomorrow, the Brazilian said: "The title seems pretty much a dispute between the two Manchester clubs. "United have won four of the last five Premier League titles, so it is really no surprise they are doing well again. But nobody really expected them to be hammered 6-1 by City at Old Trafford earlier this season. "City are no surprise, either, given the money they have been investing in star players since 2008. They now almost have two teams. I think it was only a matter of time before things began to click fendan Rodgers believes that players will be eager to join the club in January.Leicester are flying high in the Premier League, as they are in second place behind Liverpool. It gives them an excellent chance of finishing in the top four, which would mor them." Lucas isn't quite ready to throw in the towel against this weekend's opponents, though. "Manchester City are not unbeatable. I watched them against QPR a few weeks ago and they really struggled to win that game." Dalglish threatens to mix it up for Man City clash  Adam: I love it here – just hearing the word 'Liverpool' makes me smilve agreed on a £64million transfer fee to sign Ndombele from Lyon, according to reports from France.Spurs have been hot on the heels of the midfielder all summer and have finally quoted a figure Lyon are prepared to accept.The fee includes a guarante TEAM NEWS: Carragher and Downing could be benched again but Balotelli fit for City

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Sunderland owner gives curry restaurant owner huge tip as he celebrates Everton win

A billionaire football club owner gave £1,800 to a restaurant boss who cooked a special curry to help him and a handful of friends celebrate a crucial result. Sunderland chairman Ellis Short, 52, took friends out after his club’s 1-0 win over Everton moved them close to Premier League survival Restaurant owner Abdurague title failure to impact the Champions League final.The Reds missed out on the title despite having lost just one game and finishing with 97 points. Jurgen Klopp’s side will meet with Spurs in the final on June 1 in Madrid.Pochettino said: “No, Rouf, 49, said: “He prefers to leave it to me to decide what he eats, so we cooked a favourite dish, chicken mushury, to our own recipe. “There were only four or five people in the group, so it was a very generous tip." Waiters at the Shagorika in Seaburn bought champagne for Mr Short’s party from a bar downstairs. A 3-0 victory against arch rivals Newcastle last Sunday and Saturday’s win against Everton all but secured the Black Cats' place in the Premier League. Mr Short would stlieves there’s more old boys like himself eager to return to the Dutch giants. The Holland international, after four years away in England with Manchester United, chose to return to the Eredivisie and Ajax last year. It was a decision that paid off hand to lose around £40million in TV revenue if his side dropped into the Chamcontent_imgpionship.

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Arsenal 3-0 Burnley player ratings: Alexis Sanchez shines but was he man of the match?

With 70 minutes on the clock, a familar frustration had set in amid the Emirates crowd against a resolute Burnley side. For all the talk of their defensive frailty, too often in recent times have Arsenal also toiled fruitlessly to turn dominant possession into clear-cut chances and, more importantly, goals. It appeared they were following a similar script for most of this afternoon, but , for all their effort and defensive organisation, were ultimately undone in the final 20 minutes. The reason for that is that now have something they lacked in either of the past two years: a genuine match-winner in Alexis Sanchez. Last week, the Chilean took two fortunate goals against Sunderland. This afternoon, there was nothing lucky abng is signing a new long term contract with Manchester United.The 20-year old winger is shunning offers from Inter Milan, Barcelona and Juventus to commit his future to United after months of speculation.The Holland U21 international joined United frout either of his strikes – the first showing the extent of his desire to beat an opponent and the second underlining that he marries a steel resolve with immense technical ability. Those finishes came either side of a first senior goal for Calum Chambers. Here are our player ratings: : Szczesny  , Chambers  , Mertesacker  , Monreal  , Gibbs  , Arteta  (Ramsey – 63 mins), Cazorla  , Flafeat in the group stage, falling to a 1-0 reverse to Atalanta.A solitary first half Roberto Piccoli penalty clinched all three points in Matchday Four at the Bortolotti Sport Centre, condemning the visitors to back-to-back losses against the Italiansmini  , Oxlade-Chamberlain   (Walcott – 80 mins), Welbeck   (Podolski – 80 mins), Sanchez  : Ramsey   (Arteta – 63 mins), Walcott   (Oxlade-Chamberlain – 80 mins), Podolski   (Welbeck – 80 mins), Rosicky, Sanogo, Martinez , Bellerin : Heaton  , Trippier  , Shackell  , Duff  , Ward  , Boyd , Jones  , Marney  (Chalobah – 90 mins), Arfield  , Ings  , Sordell   (Jutkiewicz – 69 mins) : Chalobah   (Marney – 90 mins), Jutkiewicz   (Sordell – 69 mins), Mee, Wallace, Kightly, Gilks, Kcontent_imgeane Who was YOUR man of the Match?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

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AVB puts boot into ‘Man City-supporting’ media (and Gary Neville)

Andre Villas-Boas steered Chelsea into the Champions League knockout stages – then launched into an astonishing rant at his critics. A brilliant brace from Didier Drogba and another goal from Ramires clinched top spot in Group E for the Blues and took the pressure off the coach. But Villas-Boas then claimed the English football media is more desperate for Manchester City to qualify from their group than for Chelsea to advance from theirs. The Blues boss said: "I just think the reaction has been over the top. "There's only one team in the country at the moment, and that's Man City. "I hope they qualify, sincerely. But the attitude has been if they qualify they qualify, and if they don't they don't. That's not the same as with us. I will never criticise your editorial choices, but it's the reality. "People have taken stances that are out of this world. From criticising our players, from criticising our choices. "From a Manchester United defender that says things like: 'I don't want to be one of the Chelsea players for this game. I couldn't play in this game. It's a difficult game to play in.' This is out of this world for me. I don't believe this. "So this is a continuous persecution of Chelsea, continuous aggression of one club. We have become your target. We have to accept it. "But you have to accept that today was a bUnited.But what everyone has to understand is that January is a shocking window to get a strikcontent_imger in, for a few reasons. One, is any available? Secondly, if they are available, the price is at a premium. And finally, some clubs won’t even accept a prerilliant win. Tomorrow, it's unfortunate for you guys because you'll have to write about a brilliant win for Chelsea, qualifying first. It's a difficult win for everybody." The 'United defender' line was a reference to Gary Neville, the former Old Trafford captain turned Sky Sports pundit, who had previously angered Villas-Boas with comments about defender David Luiz. Villas-Boas also warned Frank Lampard, dropped for last night's win, that he faces a fight to get back into the Chelsea team. The coach added: "There were inportant players left out, players of immense talent, not just Frank. Today's selection ended up like this. Frank has been in a fantastic moment and will continue to threaten for the starting line-up. "He will be in contention to come back for Monday in 2019 has been tough to take.”I would love to be involved,” he said. “My injury put me back a bit but now I feel as though I am back. I’ve been quite pleased with my form but I’d like to do better.”I feel that, if I get to play in a lot of matches,[when Chelsea play Manchester City]. He is one of the greatest players in the world, as you know. "But we wanted to keep possession with our three midfield players, to bring it down and play it out from the back, more solid. That was our choice." Drogba, meanwhile, later revealed that he was only 80 per cent fit going into the match. The striker said: "I am improving. "I haven't played that much since the beginning of the season. But in the last few games I have managed to get more time on the pitch and it is helping me a lot. "There was a lot of pressure but when you start the group stages there are four teams and you have to keep going to the last day. "So we still had a chance to finish top. The pressure sometimes can be positive." Chelsea skipper John Terry said: "We left it too late in the group, but we did the job. It was a good solid performance. The big man (Drogba) was fantastic. He held it up brilliantly." Chelsea 3-0 Valencia: Drogba rolls back the years to blast Blues through Tweet my Goal's slap in the face! The best gags from Chelsea and Arsenal in the Champions League Oliver Holt: Why dropping Lampard could mark the moment Villas-Boas finally took control of Chelsea  Villas-Boas: Valencia win was a "slap in the face" for Chelsea's critics Chelsea special: Is Villas-Boas' job now safe? And where now for Torres and Lampard?

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Booze! Brawls! Bears stuffed with sex toys! The Top 10 worst football club Christmas parties

Christmas has been cancelled at QPR where the players have decided not to have a Christmas party this year since they're rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table. New boss Harry Redknapp is pleased as punch about their decision. "I'm not a fan of Christmas parties and we've got nothing to celebrate," he said, before ordering Bob Cratchit to put that fire out and get back to work. Harry previously brought his Grinch-like regime to former club Tottenham, but kind-hearted Andre 'Father Christmas' Villas-Boas (easy for you to say) has overturned the ban. Will he live to regret it if his players indulge in the traditional footballers' festive faux pas? Here are ten warnings from Christmas's past for AVB and his fellow Prem bosses. Holding your Xmas party in another city altogether is often a wise move, but occasionally it merely adds fuel to an already well-fanned fire. Celtic's 2001 bash at the Sizzlers steakhouse in Glasgow climaxed with Neil Lennon passing out on a pavement and smashing his head on a kerb. In 2002 they went to Newcastle instead, in what a spokeswoman confirmed was "an effort to avoid attention". Sadly, it didn't work. A party of well-oiled Bhoys wound-up at the glamorous-sounding Buffalo Joe's American themed bar in Gateshead, only to be greeted by a gang of photographers. One 'incident' later, and four of them – Neil Lennon, Bobby Petta, Johan Mjallby and Joos Valgaeren – were in police custody. Perhaps the mean kerbs of Glasgow would have been a safer bet after all. David O'Leary's less than angelic team of 'babes', a Wild West-themed fancy dress pub crawl and 10 solid hours of boozing: what could go possibly wrong? Everything, which is why the club appointed five security guards to follow the 30 or so players around the city in an attempt to prevent out a move for Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo is being linked with Bayern in the German media this week.But Hainer says, “Of course there are always names floating around in the media linking players to the club and that is something totallywhat might euphemistically be termed 'mischief'. Even so, freshly-signed striker Robbie Fowler still managed to wind up in the cells after a fracas with photographer Ben Lack ended up with the latter's camera being smashed on a garage forecourt. "I can't understand why they reacted like they did," whined Lack afterwards. "Robbie Fowler is used to having his picture taken." Yes, Ben. But then again, he isn't usually three, four or even five sheets to the wind at the time. Few Hammers fans can recall anything carrot-topped Australian defender Hayden Foxe did on the pitch during his time at the club, but they all can remember what he got up to off of it. After reportedly amassing a drinks bill of nearly £2,000 in the VIP section of trendy London 'nite spot' Sugar Reed, Foxe mistook the bar for a urinal (easily done… after twenty pints) and promptly relieved himself all over it. Frankly, that's just taking the p… Former Bolton midfielder Stig Tofting is the very definition of a footballing nomad, having played for 10 different clubs over the course of his 14-year career. It's not hard to work out why when you consider that his AGF Arhus career was quickly curtailed after he punched out four team-mates at the team's Christmas party. The reason? They'd torn the poor fella's shirt. Presumably the Danish paparazzo breathed a collective sigh of relief that they weren't on hand that night to have their cameras smashed for posterity. Christmas is, of course, traditionally the time for goodwill to all men. Unless those men happen to be team-mates who haven't pulled their weight, of course. Manchester United duo Ryan Giggs and Roy Carroll upheld that noble tradition back in 2002 when a row erupted after an all-day session at an Irish pub in Manchester moved on to the Rossetti Hotel. Team-mates had to separate the pair after they were seen "nose toWest Ham United have held crisis talks with manager Manuel Pellegrini.The Express says Pellegrini was informed results must improve or he would lose his job.It will be difficult for the Chilean to turn things around this weekend when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Saturday’s loss to Tottenham Hotspur made it eight matches without a victory for the Hammers. nose and swearing at each other". One onlooker said: "It was all pretty nasty but they didn't actually come to blows. I think drink had played its part." You don't say! Take one large group of overpaid footballers, add copious amounts of alcohol, wrap them in '70s fancy dress and leave the whole thing to simmer for hours in an Essex meat-market and you have a recipe for disaster. Remarkably, West Ham's players managed to make it to chucking out time before getting into trouble – although they quickly made up for lost time. A very public fracas with a Mini driven by a 19-year-old beauty therapist led to charges of causing criminal damage for 'Tricky' Trevor Sinclair and affray under the Public Order Act for Neil 'Razor' Ruddock. The only thing better than football stars behaving inappropriately is footballers behaving inappropriately while in fancy dress. England international Jamie Carragher managed to do both at Liverpool's bash when he got busy with a can of whipped cream and a gaggle of strippers while dressed as the Hunchback of Notre Dame. According to a report in the News of the World at the time, Michael Owen allegedly went to stand in the corner when the debauchery kicked off, while Paul Ince remained at the DJ booth looking 'concerned' Invite one of Dennis Wise and Robbie Savage to a party and you're arguably asking for trouble. Invite them both, and you might as well call the cops before it even starts. The atmosphere at relegation-threatened Leicester's Xmas bash understandably turned sour when Wise gave Savage a teddy bear impaled on a sex toy and reportedly told him: "Take this, because you're the only p***k in a Leicester shirt at the moment." Savage responded by smearing chocolate on the former Wimbledon star's face and mocking his relationship with old pal Dave Bassett. Cue knuckle sandwiches all round. It's hard to believe that mild-mannered midfielder Joey Barton could get into trouble at a booze-fuelled bash, but that's what happened at City's 2004 Christmas party in the inappropriately named Lucid nightclub. Reports suggest that young Joey was, as ever, acting the charmer, boasting about his £27k-per-week contract and attempting to make holes in the other players' fancy dress costumes with a lit cigar. When youth player Jamie Tandy took umbrage and attempted to return the favour with a cigarette lighter, Barton stubbed said cigar out in the 18-year-old's left eye. If only the cigarette ban had been enforced three yearcontent_imgs earlier, then Joey Barton's career could have turned out very differently indeed. The Reds' last Xmas party turned out to be their very last, as boss Sir Alex Ferguson was so incensed by what happened at the Great John Street hotel that he cancelled Christmas for good. And who can blame him? The Rio Ferdinand-organised evening started going downhill when some 80 hand-picked women were corralled to join players who were already well in to a 15-hour drinking marathon. Early revellers were treated to the sight of Wayne Rooney, strumming a pretend plastic guitar, unknowingly chatting up a Daily Mirror reporter with the immortal line: "I'm dressed like Justin Timberlake tonight – and you can be Beyonce". But events took a much darker turn as the drink continued to flow. One witness described how she overheard a vile orgy in one of the hotel rooms, during which the men shrieked "like hyenas". To cap it all, 19-year-old defender Jonny Evans was later arrested on suspicion of rape – although no charges were ever brought. Bah humbug indeed.

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Swansea’s style of football is the blueprint, says Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert hopes Aston Villa can emulate Swansea by developing their own brand of passing football. Lambert introduced three games ago by ordering his players to play out from the back. It saw Villa in last weekend’s draw to make it four points from nine since reverting from more a direct, counter-attacking play. Ahead of the trip to Wales, Lambert said: “I think it is going really well because we have only just done it. In pictures: Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United “It has been three games and the lads seem to content_imgenjoy it. “They seem to have grasped really quickly what I asked them to do. “Yes there will be mistakes but I don’t mind ifano Ronaldo this season.Kleberson says Rashford should model his game on the Juventus star by establishing himself as a constant scoring threat.He told your-promotional-code.co.uk: “If Rashford plays like he did last weekend, he’ll score at least 18 you make a bad pass or give it away but keep doing it and don’t hide from the ball. “Swansea are a good team, there are no tRomelu Lukaku can provide something different for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should he stay at Manchester United. The Belgian has not featured in any of United’s four preseason friendlies due to a ‘niggle’.Reports have claimed that Lukaku’s injury is in fawo ways about it and they play nice football but we have to have our own style and try and win.” What's your prediction for this one?0+ VOTES SO FAR

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I’m a knife guy, really! Borini says ‘assassin’ celebration is only an act

Fabio Borini admits that he has something of the cut-throat about him on the pitch… as his iconic goal celebration testifies. Yet off it, the smoldering Italian assassin insists that image couldn't be further from the truth, as he attempts to move away from the traditional image of a superstar footballer. In that respect, the latest bright young hopeful to arrive at Liverpool for a big fee intent on solving their chronic goal-scoring crisis believes he is close to potential strike partner Luis Suarez. , after a dazzling season with Roma catapulted him into the national squad for the European Championship. It adds up to an alluring image of brash newcomer with a cult goal celebration where he pretends to carry a dagger between his teeth in true hitman fashion. Yet behind that on-field bravado, lies a more thoughtful, intelligent character who admits to being transformed when stepping out on the turf. "The celebration is something I did with my friends when I was in the youth team at Chelsea," he explained. "In Italy, we say when one person wants something so much it is like he has a knife between his teeth – like a warrior who never gives up. "After that, I kept doing it. I did it the first time I scored at Swansea and everyone liked it. It was the same at Roma. "In Italy, a friend of mine said he was watching his kids' game on a Sunday morning and they started doing my celebration. "I went to the beach this summer and the kids were coming up to me and doing it. "It was nice seeing people doing what I'd started, but that is just on the pitch. I'd like to be seen as a person first and a footballer second." Borini is perhaps typical of the thoughtful player that new manager Brendan Rodgers hopes to bring to Liverpool. At such a young age, to have the expectation of the Italian nation placed firmly on his shoulders could turn any player into a prima-donna superstar who believes his own hype. But not this forward. Borini is a very different to the stereotypical player, after developing a strong streak of independence and desire to do things his way when he left his Bologna home as a 16-year-old to try to forge a career at Chelsea. Even though he enjoys the spotlight his goal celebration brings, he explained that, perhaps like Suarez, he is a very different animal off the pitch than he is on it. "I am quiet off the pitch. But the pitch is like when you can bring out a side in yourself that's maybe the opposite – like Suarez," he explained. "Football isen to extending their kit partnership with Newcastle United.Puma’s contract with Newcastle is now inside it’s final year and the Toon will be looking to extract more value from both the kit and sponsorship deal, which expire at the end of this season not like a job, and I don't want to be seen as a footballer first, but as a person. "I just want to play, I don't like the showbiz. I don't see football as a job, but as a game. When it is seen as a job, that's when I don't like it. "How do I want to be seen as a person? Maybe it's easier to answer that by telling me what person I am.   When I am with my friends, I am not a footballer, I am just me – I don't want them to see me as a footballer, I justcontent_img do what they do normally." Not that Borini doesn't want to be seen as anything other than a top striker when he's on the pitch. He has come to Anfield to become an "important player", he insisted, and he explained that he has always had an intense desire to prove himseno timescale for Kevin De Bruyne’s new injury.The Belgian missed Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb with a groin injury, sustained in the win over Everton last weekend.He missed training on Monday and City have confirmed the injury.A City statementlf and reach the top, which is why he came to England at such a young age. "I hope to bring goals to Liverpool. I want to bring goals and add value to the team. I want to be a big player here," he added. "In Italy I think I did well with Roma, but it is a little bit different being there as a young player because you're not seen as a big star. You always have to do the hardest thing to get noticed. "I was the youngest player in the team at Roma, it was just thanks to Luis Enrique that he gave me the chance to play. "But I want to be a focal point of the team at some stage of my career. Maybe it could be now. I don't want to move every season, I want to stay in this team for many years, and be an important part of the team. "I don't know if it is a good thing or a bad thing, but I have always wanted everything the quickest way possible – I have the ambition to get there quickly. "Like when I first came to England, with Chelsea. It wasn't a hard decision, It only took five seconds to decide. "When I want something I want it straight away. That is the way I take it." Now read more…

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Hull City Premier League fixtures 2013-14: Tough task for Tigers who start at Chelsea

For the Hull City fans it's been three long years out of ment he returned to the club as caretaker boss.Solskjaer took over more than a year ago when the club sacked Jo hear from Barcelona about a move this month.That’s according to Mundo Deportivocontent_img, which reports Barca chiefs have received word he would welcome a move to the Catalans.With less than 18 months on his Gunners deal and facing another season without Chase Mourinho in the middle of last season.He went through a fantastic spell in temporary charge, which earned him the permanent job.While ththe top flight. Now that they're back under Steve Bruce, will be hoping for the same brilliant start when they first came to the Premier League in 2008 which left them joint top at the end of Autumn. Though the chances of that are perhaps slim, the fans will be eagerly awaiting the new season's fixtures as they plan their top flight campaign. Bruce will want to make their home ground a fortress this season as they battle to avoid relegation, and could do with a helpful start from the fixtures computer. We have all the fixtures for the 2013-2014 Premier League below for you to start booking your weekends off.

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Shock-waves: Redknapp hails one of his best results ever as QPR stun Chelsea

Harry Redknapp last night claimed "one of the best results of my career" will send "shock-waves" through QPR's relegation rivals. And just three days after QPR were humiliated by Liverpool at Lofcontent_imgtus Road, thrilled Redknapp suggested the fight for survival had taken a huge turn in his side's favour. Redknapp's Spurs beat both Inter and AC Milan but the Rangers boss said: "I said to Joe Jordan I can't remember having many better wins than this one. "Chelsea are absolutely flying and on the back of the Liverpool game, after I had a meeting and tried to convince the players I believe we can stay up, this was a great result for us. "People probably thought I was mad but I genuinely believe and didn't go home thinking 'we're doomed'. "This will send shock-waves through all the teams down there, even those on 20 points. They will be looking at what we've done and thinking 'Oh my God!'. Now we've got tnext month.City fell 14 points behind league leaders Liverpool after Saturday’s shock loss to Manchester United.”I like the team,” he said. “We have the details, we need to do it and come back but that’s a decision not just by myself but the club as o make the most of it." Redknapp revealed he believed Joe Cole had decided to join West Ham rather than his side because the former England man did not believe Rangers could stay up. "I think this could help us with other players," added Redknapp. "They'll think they can come here and help us out of the mess we're in, achieve something rather than just going to a middle of the road side." Where Redknapp was exultant, Rafa Benitez suggested he had been let down by his players after his decision to make five changes from the side that won at Everton backfired and appeared to accept they are now fighting for a top four slot. Benitez rested Juan Mata and Eden Hazard but defeat left Chelsea still in fourth, 14 points adrift of leaders Manchester United. "You can't carry on with the same players every game," said Benitez. &quoty have kicked off fresh contract talks with Raheem Sterling.The Mirror says City have opened talks with Sterling over a new contract.It comes almost exactly 12 months since Sterling’s last extension but underlines how the City forward has moved onto ;If you are playing against the bottom team in the table, at home, you have to trust your players. "We didn't have the precision in our passing or the high tempo we were expecting, then we made a mistake and paid for it. "It was frustrating and disappointing. If we want to reduce the gap now we had to be almost perfect. Losing one game makes that even harder, especially when we've played so many games with the same players.”

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Berna-Bale: Sergio Ramos says Gareth Bale can cut it at Real Madrid

Gareth Bale would fit right in at the Bernabeu, according to Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. The Welshman's future has been under considerable speculation following failure to qualify for next season&apotions about a move to Liverpool.Neves’ Portugal take on Switzerland in the Nations League semi-final next week.Reds assistant boss Pep Lijnders has previously admitted that the Wolves midfielder is the type of player Liverpool would sign – which he ws;s Champions League, and Madrid has been touted as a likely destination. Quoted egime.Cobolli Gigli says Juve are leading the Serie A down to good fortune over the summer and the failings of sports director Fabio Paratici.He explained on TMW: “If Juventus does what it does, it is because it has two players, in addition to (Cristin the Sun, Ramos said: "Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid-quality signing. He has had an exceptional season. He can punish any team in the world and has the footballing qualities we look for in . "I am sure Madrid will not be the only team that want to sign him – but he is the right mould for us." Bale finished an incredible year on Sunday when he scored his 26th goal of the season, but his sensational winner against for Spurs pip north London rivals Arsenal to fourth place. The club are understandably keen to hold on to their star man and manager Andre Villas-Boas recently called on the forward to end speculation about his future by signing a new deal at . For now, the signs look promising for Tottenham fans. From his comments in the immediate aftermath of the victory over Sunderland, he seemed in no mood to abandon ship and head to Madrid. "We fcontent_imgought hard this season, the team and the manager have been great," he said. "We have got the record points for the club in the Premier League. "That would normally be enough to qualify for the Champions League, but it's not meant to be again. "It's disappointing, but we will pick ourselves up again. "We will just have to regroup this season and give it another go."

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Man United target Eriksen wants to stay at Ajax (Video)

Christian Eriksen is ready to snub the Premier League to stay at Ajax. The 20 year-old attacking midfielder is known to be a target for both Manchester UIan Carlo Poveda to leave for Leeds United.Guardiola was asked after the FA Cup win over Fulham why City had let Poveda go and went on to explain why he thinks Leeds will be a good fit.”Because he’s young, he has to play, he’s not able [to placontent_imgy here]nited and Spurs, but he feels he'll become a better player in the Netherlands. "I think that I'm still developing here at Ajax and that the regular playing time that I am getting is making me better and better," Eriksen said. "I don't see the need for a move at the moment. I feel very much at home here and there is plenty I can still learn." Watch video of his skills and goals below and catch up on all the transfer news, rumours and gossip Lille chief Marc Ingla admits interest is arriving for Rafael Leao.The Portuguese striker has attracted a €40m offer from Everton and has attracted enquiries from across Europe.Inga has confirmed offers are being fielded, with anything wide open.”For Leao, there are many enquiries. I cannot say more, sorry,” said Ingla.Valencia, AS Roma and Napoli are also watching developments.from Good Friday's papers