Fernando Torres says that he not going anywhere

Twenty four year old Liverpool and Spanish striker Fernando Torres has stated categorically that he has no intention of leaving Liverpool.

After an excellent first season with ‘The RedsÂ’ the striker has been targeted by many of EuropeÂ’s bigger sides, including Chelsea who are believed to be keen to splash ₤50 million for him.

Whilst he is in the centre of much speculation during the off – season, he is currently in training with the Spanish squad as they prepare for Euro 2008.

The scorer of twenty four goals for Liverpool in the Premier League this season has said that he still has much to owe manager Rafael Benitez who has always stood by him.

He concluded by saying that he had enjoyed every minute of his season at Anfield and has no intention of leaving the club even though he felt honoured by the way in which many of the bigger clubs have linked themselves to him.

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S.Korea held by Jordan in World Cup qualifier

South Korea squandered a two-goal lead in front of 53,000 fans here Saturday as Jordan battled to a 2-2 draw in the third round of Asian World Cup qualifying.

With his team trailing by a brace, second-half substitute Hassan Abdel Fattah scored twice seven minutes apart to pull off an improbable draw for Jordan, who are now second in Group 3 with four points.

South Korea are top on five points with Turkmenistan and North Korea playing on Monday.

Korea dominated early on with Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung giving them the lead in the 38th minute, converting a headed pass from Lee Chung-Yong deep in the Jordan box.

They went two up shortly after the break when Park Chu-Young converted a penalty after midfielder Cho Won-Hee was hacked down from behind by Hatem Aqel just inside the penalty area.

With South Korea in control, substitute Kim Do-Heon almost scored a third but his header, set up by Cho from the right, sailed just over the bar.

South Korea paid dearly for the near-miss with Abdel Fattah banging home his own rebound from close range in the 72nd minute with goalkeeper Kim Yong-Dae caught out of position.

Seven minutes later Abdel Fattah struck again.

Al Matalka’s cross from the left found the charging midfielder unmarked in the box and he rolled the ball in with his left foot past the diving Kim.

The two countries play each other again on June 7 in Jordan.

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Holland striker Babel injured, out of Euro 2008

Striker Ryan Babel has been ruled out of the Euro 2008 tournament starting next week after sustaining an injury in training, Dutch football officials said on Saturday.

The Liverpool forward is thought to have ruptured his Achilles’ tendon.

Coach Marco van Basten has yet to name his replacement.

Holland – who won the tournament 20 years ago – open their Euro 2008 campaign against Italy on June 9 and will play France four days later.

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Tevez happy at Manchester United

The Sun reported today that Carlos Tevez had hinted that he wants to play in Spain, however these rumours were based on comments made by the player which were taken out of context:

“Maybe one day I’ll play in the Spanish league but there’s a long way to go,

“At the moment I am happy here. I know many South Americans prefer to play in Italy or Spain when they move to Europe,” said Tevez

“But I’m happy here. It’s the best league in the world.”

Carlos Tevez has not yet signed a permanent deal with Manchester United as he is currently on loan from MSI, the company who holds his rights. Tevez’ striker partner, Wayne Rooney, recently claimed that it was vital that the club makes the Argentine’s move permanent. The club also hinted last summer that the fee is already in place to complete the deal.

Manchester United fans are waiting anxiously for the deal to done, but the comments made by Tevez, who clearly stated that he is happy where he is, not just once but many times over the course of the season, will not have added to that worry. It seems that, just like Marca is doing in Spain, The Sun is just trying to grab attention with quotes taken out of context.

[Source: The Sun]

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Juventus sign Amauri for £9.8 million and more…

Yesterday, Juventus announced that a deal had been completed to take Palermo striker, Amauri, to Turin. The Brazilian had been chased by several clubs across Europe following a very good season with Palermo. Last week, it emerged that Juventus were very close to finalizing a deal despite late interest shown from England.

Amauri was not cheap for Juventus either. The Italian giants, who are looking to rebuild their squad following the Calciopoli embarrassment, paid a transfer fee of £9.8 million and granted Palermo co-ownership of Antonio Nocerino and Davide Lanzafame. They will also pay the player a salary of £2.8 million per year but that would increase if Amauri manages to find the net 20 times or more next season, all of this according to Football Italia.

“It’s true that Milan were also interested, but Juventus were my first choice. I never had any doubt since I first heard the Bianconeri wanted me.” Said Amauri at his press conference.

“Furthermore I always said that I wanted to play in the Champions League and now I want to win the Scudetto. For me this is a personal victory.”

[Source: Football Italia]

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Spalletti wants two players to launch Roma title bid

AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said he needs to sign two world class players in order to wrest the Serie A title away from Inter Milan next season.

Roma have finished runners-up to Inter the last two seasons, coming up just three points short last time out having finished a distant 22 points behind the nerazzurri in 2006/07.

And Spalletti claims his team are close to being title winners.

“We need two players not six. Of course if some left it would be necessary to replace them but everyone here is valuable and would cost their worth,” Spalletti told the Roma TV channel.

However, Spalletti wants to work with players he knows well and waved away speculation that he was after Barcelona pair Gianluca Zambrotta and Samuel Eto’o.

“I like players that I know,” he said. “Our squad has a good base and to perfect it would require two top level players: the nucleus we have is good.”

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Inter Milan ready to splash €30million on Real Madrid player

Real Madrid player, Mahamadou Diarrà, is said to be Inter Milan’s number one target in order to strengthen their midfield for next season, Marca reports.

Inter were checking up on the Malian midfielder last season as well, and president of Inter, Moratti, has received the OK from Jose Mourinho to close the deal.

The Italian club are said to be willing to offer €30million for the 27-year-old, who cost Real Madrid €27million when he moved to the Spanish capital from Lyon in 2006.

Marca further reports that Diarrà says he wishes to remain at Real Madrid next season, and is hopeful of regaining his place in the starting eleven after a strong finish to the season for the Spanish champions.

[Source: Marca]

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Cristiano Ronaldo: More rumours…

The rumours surrounding the future of Cristiano Ronaldo will just not go away. More recently, after the Real Madrid officials stopped making public statements regarding Manchester United’s player, the winger’s godfather decided it would be appropriate to speak out. And, Spanish paper Marca, renowned for its integrity, suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo could ask for a transfer in order to facilitate his move to Real Madrid.

Well, apparently Ferguson and the rest of the United crew have had enough of these stories and have stopped making comments for the past couple of days, but are looking to take action instead. The aforementioned Marca reported that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will travel to Switzerland to keep the brilliant winger under his watchful eye.

Cristiano Ronaldo would be exposed to contact from the Madrid outfit in foreign lands and Ferguson will look to ensure that that will not happen. The confidence seems to be high in the United camp that Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Manchester United next season whether he likes it or not and, for his own good, history suggests that he should like it.

[Source: Marca]

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Mourinho wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of Inter

Jose Mourinho, or the newly dubbed ‘Great One’ has not been appointed at Inter yet; however the Italian media is already reporting transfer rumours as if he were there. The most recent news to come out of Milan is that Inter’s star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be sold. The Great One will not consider the Swede as part of his plans when he will finally take over at San Siro, reports Goal.com.

The Swede has helped Inter to win two consecutive League Championships but he will not be entirely upset when he will be shown the door in the near future. Strikers of Zlatan’s stature will always find employment that pays to their liking and Barcelona is rumoured to be courting the Inter striker. Reports earlier this week suggested that a swap deal involving Samuel Eto’o could be in the making.

It is unclear whether Mourinho will want to be stuck with a former superstar who has been plagued by injuries in recent years (read Samuel Eto’o) or whether he will take the money and look for another striker which will be more to his liking, even though there is always the chance that he will not be available.

[Source: Goal.com]

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Rafa Benitez wants ₤20 million French winger

Rafa Benitez will look to buy a winger this summer, after it has emerged that current Liverpool pair of John Arne Riise and Harry Kewell could well leave Anfield this summer. Franck Ribéry of Bayern Munich is the latest winger that the Liverpool gaffer is looking at, according to Goal.com.

The French winger has had an impressive debut season with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, which has attracted the interest from other top European clubs. The Liverpool boss might have to pay a transfer fee somewhere in the region of ₤20 million to prise the French winger from the German champions, that too according to Goal.com.

Rafa Benitez has had a difficult task finding a suitable winger for the club that fits their style of play. Harry Kewell, Jermaine Pennant, Yosef “Yossi” Benayoun, and Fabio Aurellio, have all been in and out of the starting eleven since their arrival. Dutch international Ryan Babel is probably the winger that has impressed the most out of them all since his arrival last season. The young Dutch winger and Ribery have a relatively similar style of play – they both like to run at defenders.

Franck Ribéry joined Bayern Munich last season in a €25million transfer deal from French outfit Marseille.

[Source: Goal.com]

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