Guily plans PSG stay

(GSM) – Ludovic Giuly has stated that he has no desire to leave PSG, despite speculation linking him with a move away from Parc des Princes.

The Ligue 1 giants are believed to be ready for a massive sell-off of their biggest earners, including Giuly.

The 34-year-old had penned a lucrative contract upon his arrival from Roma in 2008 with 12 months left to run on that deal.

Trimming him from the wage bill would help PSG to cut costs, but there has been no official word from the club that they are looking to sell.

Giuly is also adamant that he does not want to move on and is confident that he will remain in the French capital for some time yet.

“I am very happy here,” the former France international told L’Equipe.

“If I wasn’t, I would have already left.

“I feel fine at PSG and I have no issue with coach Antoine Kombouare. Everything is going smoothly.”

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Liverpool re-sign Brazilian defender Aurelio

Brazilian defender Fabio Aurelio has been re-signed by Liverpool, just two months after being told he had no future at the Premier League club.

The 30-year-old left in May, but manager Roy Hodgson offered him the chance to train with the Reds in a bid to earn a return and he has now been offered a two-year contract.

“I asked the club to find out whether Fabio had found a new club. When we ascertained that he hadn’t, we invited him back so we could properly assess the player,” Hodgson told www.liverpoolfc.tv.

“We were very impressed and I am delighted we were able to re-sign Fabio.”

Aurelio, who played 71 times in four seasons at Anfield and scored three goals, has been included in the travelling party for Sunday’s friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach.

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Zenit beat Rubin to extend lead

(GSM) – Zenit St. Petersburg extended their lead in the Russian Premier League, beating nearest rivals Rubin Kazan 2-0 on Saturday.

Rubin started the match at seven points from the leaders, and a victory would have left them at just four with half of the season played.

But Alexander Kerzhakov put Zenit ahead in the 45th minute and went on to add a second five minutes after the hour, allowing his side to extend their lead to no less than ten points.

On Friday, Spartak Nalchik jumped to third place with a 2-1 win over Amkar Perm. The hosts scored two early goals through Roman Kontzedalov and Leandro, while only Zahari Sirakov found the target for the visiting side.

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Second half show leads Anderlecht past Eupen

(GSM) – Anderlecht are the first leaders in the Belgian Pro League following a 4-1 victory over newcomers AS Eupen in their season opener.

The first half in Brussels had almost reached it end when Alex silenced the home crowd by surprisingly putting Eupen in a 1-0 lead.

But Matias Suarez leveled near the hour and Jonathan Legear completed the turn-around another seven minutes later.

In the 71st minute, Suarez made it 3-1 and Mbark Boussoufa made it 4-1 in the dying minutes.

Gent needed a late winner to beat Westerlo 0-1 as Elimane Coulibaly scored in the penultimate minute of regular time.

Club Brugge had a disastrous season start at Kortrijk, losing 1-0 as result of a Davy De Beule goal in the 56th minute.

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Fergie backs Hernandez for big future

Sir Alex Ferguson believes livewire striker Javier Hernandez is poised for a bright Old Trafford future after the Mexican star scored for his old club Chivas against his new employers.

Hernandez, nicknamed Chicharito (Little Pea), played the first half for his old Guadalajara club and scored after just eight minutes in Friday’s friendly which the home side won 3-2.

Chris Smalling levelled but Adolfo Bautista re-established the lead for the hosts after 38 minutes and Hector Reynoso made it 3-1 just before the hour mark, before Nani pulled one back in the 79th minute.

“Chicharito was first class,” Ferguson told the official United website. “His goal for Chivas was a marvellous strike. He showed his real qualities.

“Chivas played very well and they were very quick. They pressed the ball well and made things difficult for us. They deserved to win.”

After completing the first 45 minutes for the Mexican side, Hernandez changed teams and played for United until the hour mark.

The match in Mexico marked the end of United’s North America tour with Ferguson’s side now returning to England to prepare for next weekend’s Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley.

Ferguson added he was delighted with how 22-year-old Hernandez, who featured in Mexico’s run to the last 16 at the World Cup, has settled into his new life with the English giants.

“Chicharito has done really well,” he said. “The players have all said how good he is and what a great finisher he is – I think there are similarities between him and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“The players are all supportive of him and have welcomed him to the club. I think he has a great future with us.”

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Twente beat Ajax to win Dutch Super Cup

(GSM) – FC Twente have won the first official trophy of the Dutch season, beating Ajax 1-0 to secure the Super Cup victory.

The match began with two sides trying to find the opening goal but Ajax’ had their ambitions dented early on as Eyong Enoh injured himself in the fourth minute and needed to be substituted.

And another four minutes later, a bad goal kick from Maarten Stekelenburg allowed Luuk de Jong to pick up and direct the ball past the international keeper for 1-0.

Shortly before the break, Ajax star Luis Suarez used both legs to tackle Cheikh Tiote, earning him a red card and a potential suspension for the next few league games.

The second half was nothing like the first with neither side creating much danger near the other team’s goal.

Twente succeed previous league champions AZ, who beat SC Heerenveen 5-1 to win last year’s Super Cup.

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Aurélio set for Liverpool return

(GSM) – Former Liverpool left-back Fábio Aurélio could be on the verge of re-signing for the Merseyside club, according to Sky Sports.

Aurélio had already left Anfield earlier this summer after failing to agree a new contract on a pay-as-you-play basis.

The Brazilian departed from Merseyside after making 71 Premier League appearances during his four seasons at the club, with his progress hampered by injuries, restricting him to just eight league starts last term.

While, departing on a free transfer, the defender was linked with a move back to his native Brazil, but he has yet to find a club.

Liverpool have failed to bring in a replacement for Aurélio despite being linked with a host of names, including Maynor Figueroa and Paul Konchesky.

However, it appears Aurélio could be in line for a sensational return to Anfield as Roy Hodgson is ready to offer him a deal to solve his problems at left-back.

Hodgson is believed to be an admirer of the South American and Aurelio has linked up with the rest of the Liverpool squad in Germany for their pre-season friendly with Borussia Monchengladbach.

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Puygrenier set to extend Monaco loan

Zenit Saint Petersburg’s French defender Sebastien Puygrenier said Saturday that he is set to extend his loan with French first division side Monaco for another season.

“I passed the medical Saturday morning and signed the main documents with Monaco,” Puygrenier told l’AFP. “All that remains are some small, quick details to sort out.”

Monaco director general Marc Keller confirmed that the final agreement with the Russian club is expected Monday.

Already loaned by Zenit to Monaco last season, Puygrenier will be a rival for Peter Hansson and Cedric Mongongu at the post of central defender.

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Wenger calls on Fabregas to end Barca talk

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had called on Barcelona target Cesc Fabregas to end the transfer talk by pledging his future to the Gunners.

Wenger rejected Barca’s 30 million pounds bid for Fabregas before the World Cup and has made it clear he will not give in to the Spain midfielder’s desire to rejoin his former club.

The French coach is fed up of constant speculation Fabregas will get his wish to join Barca either this season or in a year’s time and he wants his captain to kill off the rumours for good when he returns to training next week.

Wenger refused to deny reports that he met Fabregas on Friday to discuss the situation and now he has told his prize asset to show his commitment to the club.

“I cannot confirm or deny anything. These conversations have to be private,” Wenger said.

“What is clear is this story in the last six months has made our lives difficult.

“At the moment what is important is when Cesc comes back he comes out to talk. Only Fabregas can clear the air when he comes back from holiday.

“The speculation doesn’t stop. Who can stop it? Only him. That is how I feel. You cannot go into a season where you read about it every day.

“We have played a match in which Fabregas didn’t feature and we still talk about him.”

Wenger also hinted that he would consider making an official complaint against Barca for tapping up Fabregas if he could find enough evidence to support his case.

“They (Barcelona) have a case to answer but it is always the same. How do you prove it?” he added.

While Wenger was once again distracted by the Fabregas situation, he could at least reflect on an impressive showing from new signing Marouane Chamakh.

The Moroccan striker marked his first appearance at the Emirates Stadium with a cool first half strike in Saturday’s 1-1 friendly draw with AC Milan and Wenger was delighted with the former Bordeaux star’s display.

“It was a good first game. He has a good presence up front and did a good intelligent game,” Wenger said.

“I believe he and (fellow new signing) Laurent Koscielny did very well.”

Wenger also praised teenage English midfielder Jack Wilshere for a composed performance against experienced Milan stars Gennaro Gattuso and Clarence Seedorf.

“He has individual quality but what is also impressive is he is a fighter who is not afraid of anyone,” Wenger said.

“He was at Bolton on loan last season and they wanted to take him again. I’m sure I could find plenty of clubs who would have him, but my decision at the moment is to keep him.”

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Milan boss Allegri rules out Beckham return

AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri admits David Beckham is unlikely to return to the San Siro for another loan spell.

Beckham was at the Emirates Stadium to watch his former team-mates draw 1-1 with Arsenal in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, but the veteran England midfielder has been sidelined since March with a ruptured Achilles and Allegri doesn’t expect him to feature again for the Italian giants.

Although the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star missed the World Cup as a result of the injury, he still intends to play on in America with LA Galaxy.

But Allegri believes Beckham’s age could hinder the 35-year-old’s rehabilitation significantly enough to preclude a third loan stint with Milan.

Asked if Beckham would be back in Italy, Allegri said: “I don’t think so. He is now recovering from a very bad injury and at that age I think it is very difficult to come back

“But it has been a great pleasure to see him here.”

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