Jagielka hoping to end Everton´s poor Anfield record

Everton defender Phil Jagielka hopes to secure a Merseyside derby win at Anfield for the first time in 14 years.

David Moyes’ side currently sit five points ahead of their city rivals and Jagielka knows that a victory in the 220th meeting between the sides could go a long way to securing European football at Goodison Park next season.

Despite a lack of wins at Anfield in recent times, the defender has confidence in the quality they have within their squad to pick up all three points.

“There won’t be too many changes to freshen things up,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“That’s not the way
our squad works but we’d like to think we’ve got the legs to do it.

“The
manager will obviously get us to rest up and he’ll be looking forward to
the game just as much as we are because we’ll be desperate to get a
result at Anfield.”

Moyes’ contract is up at the end of the season and with no new deal signed, this could be the last opportunity he has to record his first ever victory away from home against their fierce rivals, but Jagielka insisted the players were just concentrating on performing to keep them ahead in the race for Europe.

“It’s not just about him [Moyes] it’s about the squad as well,” he continued.

“We’d all love to go there and perform the way we have for most of the season and come out on the right side.

“No one knows what the manager is going to do at the end of the
season, so if it is going to be his last game as Everton manager at
Liverpool then it would be nice to send him off in style.”

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Moratti confident over Zanetti comeback

Inter president Massimo Moratti believes Javier Zanetti will play for the club again despite recently sustaining a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The 39-year-old picked up the injury in the club’s 1-0 defeat to Palermo on Sunday, sparking concerns that the Argentine may be forced to end his playing career.

However, Moratti does not believe that will be the case and expects Zanetti to bounce back and recover to play in an Inter shirt once again.
He told the club’s official website: “It’s very sad, I feel really bad for him and he knows that. I spoke to him straight after it happened. But with his character he’ll be back, no doubt about it.
“The fans cannot think they will not see him back playing … I have no doubts that he will be back playing at his usual high level.”

Zanetti has spent over 17 years with San Siro outfit, winning five league titles, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup and four Coppa Italias during his time with the club.
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PSG hopeful over Wenger deal

Paris Saint-Germain believe they can persuade Arsene Wenger to leave his post at Arsenal and take over in the French capital next season.

Widespread reports suggest that the hierarchy at the Parc Des Princes are confident that they have convinced Wenger to replace Carlo Ancelotti, who is expected to leave PSG at the end of the campaign and has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Wenger has spent the last 17 years with Arsenal and still has a year remaining on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium.
The 63-year-old recently said that he intended to see out the remainder of his contract with the London club, however PSG’s Qatari owners are said to be confident they can lure the former Monaco boss back to his homeland 12 months before that agreement expires.
The French giants are also said to be hopeful of attracting another big name to the club, with reports indicating that they are preparing a substantial offer for Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has been the subject of ongoing speculation linking him with a move to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists, who have also been rumoured to have an active interest in Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney.
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Agger remains on Barcelona radar

Barcelona are not giving up on Liverpool stopper Daniel Agger, Daily Express has revealed.

The Catalans are looking at a number of players as they aim to restore European domination in the 2013/2014 season.

Signing a high-profile centre-back seems to be the priority, with the Catalans rumoured to be readying bid for long-term target Danny Agger.

Barcelona officials have been impressed with the Danish defender and they are hoping to lure him to Camp Nou in the summer.

The Reds are not really prepared to let Agger leave at the end of the current campaign, but they may not be able to resists a big money offer.

Daniel Agger has spent last seven and a half years at Anfield, making 153 Premier League appearances for Liverpool.

He has been repeatedly linked with a move away from the club over the last few months and it remains to be seen whether the Reds will be able to keep hold of their prized asset.

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Ferguson anticipating new additions

Alex Ferguson has revealed he expects Manchester United to be busy in the transfer window as he aims to add to their title-winning squad.

United secured their 20th English league crown this season, recapturing the Premier League title from rivals Manchester City in emphatic fashion.

Ferguson’s men sit an insurmountable 14 points clear of their neighbours and, although Ferguson is anticipating both City and Chelsea to spend big in the off-season, he is also hopeful of remaining active during the transfer window.
“We’re competitive in the market – we’re not Chelsea or Manchester City in terms of money but we’re competitive,” Ferguson wrote in his column for Inside United.

“We’ve been doing a bit of work over the last three or four months, targeting who the players are that we feel could enhance us, make us better or help us maintain the level we’re at.

“Hopefully the players we bring into the club in the next year or so will be of the quality we need.”

Ferguson acquired England U21 international Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace in January, and the Scot knows he will have to continue to bring younger players through if United are to remain successful in the future.

“You have to look at the structure of the club at present, in terms of the number of first-team players we have at 23 or under,” Ferguson added.

“Older players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand may be coming towards the end of their careers, but these younger players are the foundation for the next five or six years.”
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Betis keen on Stephan Andersen

Spanish daily El Mundo Deportivo reports that Real Betis are hoping to sign Evian goalkeeper Stephan Andersen.

Los Verdiblancos boss Pepe Mel has three goalkeepers at his disposal at the moment, but with first choice keeper Adrian rejecting a new contract offer, he is forced to start the search for a new number one.

Real Betis have, therefore, set their sights on Evian shot-stopper Stephan Andersen, who is set to leave his current employers in the summer.

The 31-year-old’s contract is due to expire in June and with the player having lost his place in the starting line-up, he is not interested in a contract renewal.

Andersen, who is still a first team regular for Denmark, will be offered a two-year deal at Estadio Benito Villamarin.

Meanwhile, Real Betis are closing in on Recreativo Huelva forward Chuli, while they have already agreed to sign full-back Juanfran from Real Madrid Castilla.

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Milan return for Lodi

Italian TV station Sky Sport Italia has learned that Milan are pondering a move for Catania playmaker Francesco Lodi.

The Rossoneri are not exactly spoilt for choices in the centre of the park, especially as Massimo Ambrosini and Antonio Nocerino are tipped to leave in the summer.

Milan are, therefore, weighing up a move for long-term target Francesco Lodi, who could be available for mere €5 million in the summer.

Lodi, 29, was linked to both Inter and Milan in the January transfer window, but he eventually opted to remain at Stadio Angelo Massimino.

The experienced midfielder could be interested in a move to San Siro as this could be his last chance to earn a big club move.

Francesco Lodi has largely impressed at Catania, scoring 18 goals in 83 Serie A appearances for the Elephants. He has registered 6 goals and as many assists in 30 league matches this term.

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Roma and Fiorentina battle for Ilicic

Roma and Fiorentina are locked in the battle for Palermo playmaker Josip Ilicic, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

The Slovenian midfielder is one of the most sought-after player in Italian Serie A and he seems to be ready to leave the Rosanero for a bigger club.

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has already hinted that his star player could be sold in the summer, with an offer in the region of €10 million likely to prove enough.

Roma appear to be leading the race for Ilicic, given that sporting director Walter Sabatini has an excellent relationship with Zamparini, but Palermo chairman plans to sell the Slovenian to the highest bidder.

Fiorentina and Dynamo Kiev are also believed to be keen, so we could see a real bidding war for the player’s services in the summer.

Josip Ilicic, 25, has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 10 goals in 29 Serie A appearances, and netting in his last five league fixtures.

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Poyet surprised at Brighton progress

Brighton manager Gus Poyet has conceded he did not expect to be so successful with the club as they prepare for the play-offs.

The Championship outift secured their place in the top-six with a 2-1 win at Leeds United on Saturday and can now look forward to the potential prospect of Premier League football next season.

Poyet joined Brighton in 2009 with the club mired in a relegation battle at the bottom of League One and the Uruguayan has revealed that he could not envisage challenging for a place in the top flight when he opted the take over from Russell Slade.
“I wouldn’t have believed this when I came to the club. I’m very positive and try to move forward and try to get to the top but I didn’t expect this,” Poyet said.
“You need to be more than a dreamer; you would need to be a crazy person to think about this when I got the job, when we were in the relegation zone in League One.”
Poyet believes his players have performed superbly to reach the play-offs, but was quick to stress that their job is far from finished.
He added: “At the beginning of the season we knew that we were a better team than last season but we also knew that the Championship was getting more difficult.
“We have done very well to get there and that’s credit to the players.
“It’s incredible and we are not finished yet so we will keep going because we have a great opportunity. We have achieved something very important but we will try to do even better.”
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Lazio close in on midfield duo

Lazio are close to signing Lucas Biglia and Felipe Anderson, Italian daily Il Corriere dello Sport has revealed.

Having paid a heavy price for the lack of strength in depth this season, the Biancocelesti are determined to add few more quality midfielders to their ranks in the summer.

The transfer of Felipe Anderson from Santos has reached its final phase, with the Brazilian likely to join at the end of the current campaign.

Meanwhile, Lazio seem to have reignited their interest in Anderlecht star Lucas Biglia. The Belgian midfielder is looking to leave his current employers at the end of the season and could be available for as little as €5.5 million.

The Biancocelesti plan to sign the holding midfielder to provide competition for Cristian Ledesma, who has featured in almost 50 competitive fixtures this term.

Lucas Biglia, 27, has spent last five years at Anderlecht, scoring 9 goals in 155 league appearances for the club.

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