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Rooney booed at Sir Alex’s home farewell as striker hands transfer request
Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out at Old Trafford with a victory against Swansea that also marked the last home game for midfielder Paul Scholes. But the biggest surprise of the night was reserved for the post match interview when the Manchester United manager confirmed that Wayne Rooney had handed in a transfer request. The striker was visibly booed by a section of the supporters when he collected his winner’s medal. Rooney was not even included in the matchday squad and this puts his United career in fresh doubts but Ferguson insisted that the 27-year old will not be sold. The Metro quotes Ferguson’s interview as, “I don’t think Wayne was keen to play, simply because he has asked for a transfer. I think he wants to think it through in his mind – I think that’s a good idea. We’re not going to let him go. I think maybe he is a bit frustrated. He has been taken off once or twice in the past couple of weeks.”
Wilshere the latest star on Bayern’s radar
Bayern Munich may have demolished Barcelona 7-0 in the Champions League as they are look on course for a historic treble but the German giants still feel they need to strengthen their squad. And to-be manager Pep Guardiola has identified Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere as his next target. According to the Metro, Guardiola, who will take over at the Allianz Arena at the end of the season, is planning an audacious bid for the Arsenal midfielder despite the 21-year old signing a long-term deal at the Emirates. Bayern will look to test the England international’s commitment with the lure for trophies and feel Arsenal’s continued trophy drought could help them land the midfielder.
Mancini facing axe as Pellegrini edges closer to City managerial job
Roberto Mancini is in line to face the axe at Manchester City after the club hierarchy stepped up the efforts to sign Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini following interest from Barcelona. Pellegrini is reportedly set to take over at the Etihad next month after the La Liga season is over but the Telegraph understands that Mancini could be sacked as early as Tuesday before the club’s midweek game against Reading. City suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Wigan in the FA Cup final that turned out to be the last nail in Mancini’s coffin and City are set to terminate his contract before the club departs for the pre-season tour next Monday, unless they act faster and relieve him of his duties this week.
Wenger rules out PSG contact
Arsenal have been forced to fend off interest for their stars in recent season but this time the Gunners are desperately seeking to keep hold of manager Arsene Wenger. AS Carlo Ancelotti looks close to the hotseat at Real Madrid with Jose Mourinho moving to London, PSG are eyeing a move for Wenger but the Frenchman reiterated his commitment in London denying any interest from Paris. The Sporting Life quotes Wenger saying, “I have had no contact with PSG. Carlo Ancelotti has done a good job and I do not see why he would leave the club by viewing the quality of his work this season. I followed their season. They have built their success on a form of individual superiority and the collective one that they found through the Champions League. In Ligue 1, they had a quite difficult journey. And for my part, I have a contract with Arsenal, where I have served for 17 years and I do not see myself leaving the club like a thief and not respecting my contract."
Arsenal to test United’s resolve with Rooney bid
Robin van Persie celebrated his first Premier League triumph last night after being presented with the medal and the trophy at Old Trafford justifying his decision to move to Manchester from London last summer. But Arsenal are still reeling from the transfer and are desperate to repay the favor to their bitter rivals as the Daily Star understands that the Gunners are plotting an audacious swoop for Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United striker has handed in a transfer request that will be the first major issue David Moyes will have to handle when he takes over at Old Trafford. But Arsenal are considering a £25million bid for the England international as they look to test United’s reluctance to sell the player this summer.
Mourinho persuades Blues to hand Lampard new contract
Jose Mourinho is yet to be announced as the next Chelsea manager but the Real Madrid boss can still influence decisions in London sitting in Madrid. The Daily Star believes that the Portuguese has persuaded the Blues to hand the club’s new record goal scorer a new contract. Lampard will be a free agent this summer and LA Galaxy and Manchester United are the notable names chasing the midfielder. But Mourinho, who is all but set to take over from Rafael Benitez at Stamford Bridge next season, wants the club to reward the 33-year old with a new deal similar to the one Ashley Cole got earlier in January.
Liverpool monitor Lille defender Digne
Jose Enrique has been the first-choice left-back at Liverpool but the Spaniard’s control over the position may soon come to an end if reports in the Mirror are believed. Liverpool are reportedly tracing Lille’s 19-year old left-back Lucas Digne, who has emerged as the hottest property in Ligue 1. The France Under-19 international has also attracted interest from Manchester United, Ajax, Udinese and Manchester City but Liverpool are eager to get the business done quickly.
Petric nears Fulham exit
Dimitar Berbatov’s arrival at Craven Cottage this season has pushed Mladen Petric to the bench and the Croatian striker has managed only 9 Premier League starts this season. And the Express reports that amid interest from Bundesliga clubs Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim, Petric is pondering over his Fulham future and could leave at the end of the season when his contract expires. Fulham manager Martin Jol said, “I’m not sure he will stay.”
Jol eyes 6 new signings for next season
Fulham could still be relegated if a number of results go against them but the Cottagers are virtually assured of their Premier League status for next season after reaching the 40-point mark. And manager Martin Jol is eyeing as many as 6 new signings next season. The Ealing Gazette quotes Jol saying, “We need four, five or six players but that’s normal at any club. We need to strengthen. Our home form was always good last year. Last year we could score out of nothing; we had Clint Dempsey to score winners. With Dimitar Berbatov, we gained somebody who could score goals but we lost things in other areas.”
Benitez wants England stay
Chelsea Interim Manager Rafa Benitez retains little hope of keeping the Chelsea job beyond the end of the season, but is keen to continue to work in England, declaring in an interview with the Sunday People, 'The Premier League is a fantastic league. My family are still in Liverpool and it would be easy to stay.
I would go to Italy or France or Spain but this is my No 1 choice.' It will be interesting to see if the former Liverpool boss throws his hat into the ring for the Everton job come the end of the season!
Ferdinand hoping for new United contract
As if he wasn't sufficiently legendary, Rio Ferdinand wrote his name permanently in the record books yesterday as the man who scored the winning goal in Sir Alex Ferguson's last game at Old Trafford, and the former England international is hopeful that the veteran manager will return him the favour before he packs his bags next weekend. Ferdinand is out of contract with United this summer, but is interested in signing a new deal. The 34 year old told the Sun, “I’ll have to speak to the board and hopefully the manager puts in a good word in for me!”
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