Spurs in for Young and Cruz?

roque-santa-cruz_1250967cDaily tabloid “The Mirror” are today reporting that the mighty Spurs could be looking to strengthen their lineup next season by making bids for Ashley Young and Roque Santa Cruz. With Roman Pavlychencko, Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley being used as bargaining tools.

Whilst being able to lure Ashley Young away from high flying Villa seems unlikely, Santa Cruz could be bought in on the cheap.  Last summer Manchester City failed to meet the £17m fee for the striker, however after having only netted 6 times this season, that sum could drop considerably.  The former Bayern Munich man would be a quality addition to a Spurs strikeforce that already includes Robbie Keane, Darren Bent, Roman Pavlychencko and Jermaine Defoe.  Should the move materialise it is expected that the Russian would be the one that would be deemed surplus to requirements.

As for Ashley Young, the prospect of Villa losing their star man seems highly unlikely especially as Chelski are said to be interested, should this be the case then you can expect that it would take a considerable amount of money to prize him away.

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War of the Legends continues…Maradona:”Pele lost his Virginity to a man”

pele-maradonaDiego Maradona has reacted to claims made by Pele that he is not a good role model for children, by declaring that he lost his virginity with a man!

The Brazilian legend claimed last week that both Ronaldo and Robinho have taken drugs, and that Maradona is not someone to look up to because of his history with narcotics.

The Argentine coach was asked for his thoughts on these statements at a press conference today, and did not twist his words when responding.

“What do you want me to say? He debuted (lost his virginity) with a lad (a man),” is what the coach is reported to have said by a host of sources, including Marca.

The response prompted plenty of laughter from all the journalists present at the conference but it is unlikely to go down to well with the Brazilian, nor with some onlookers.

Pele has already had to track back on his claims that Robinho had taken drugs after the Manchester City man threatened to take legal action.

The now retired Pele claimed that what had been quoted was a “misunderstanding” and suggested the drugs claims were not true.

This latest remark by Maradona has dragged the Brazilian legend into the spotlight yet again and it will be intriguing to see if, or how, he reacts to the comments.

Ronaldo watch : 4 starts 4 goals!

After failing to score in his last game, the “fenomeno” kept up his goal a game ratio by bagging a brace against Ponte Prente.  Making his fifth appearance on his latest comeback from Ronaldo goal no4injury, he also managed to complete the full 90 minutes for the first time in a Corinthians shirt.

Ponte Preta went ahead in the 32nd minute when they sprang the Corinthians offside trap and Leandrinho chipped the ball over Felipe.

Corinthians equalised four minutes later when Ronaldo won and converted a penalty, his third goal for the club.

The high point came in the 58th minute with a superb Ronaldo goal, when he collected a cross with his left foot, slipped inside his marker and placed the ball in the far corner.

With Ponte Preta down to 10 men after Edilson was sent off for a second bookable offence, Corinthians looked set for victory.

However, the visitors equalised in the 75th minute when Corinthians failed to cut out a cross and Gum headed in.

Corinthians stayed second in the table with 34 points from 16 games and comfortably on course for a semi-final place.

Lennon commits future to Spurs

aaron-lennonFollowing speculation in todays papers that Aaron Lennon would become part of Rafas summer transfer dealings this summer, the winger has promptly signed a contract extension that runs until 2014.  This should now put any rumours of a transfer away from the Lane to bed.  A statement on the Spurs website reads –

“The Club is delighted to announce that Aaron Lennon has signed an extension to his contract that will see him at White Hart Lane until 2014.

The 21-year-old winger has featured in 41 of our 45 games so far this season and scored five goals, equalling his best scoring return in a season.

Aaron joined us from Leeds United in July, 2005 and has made 160 appearances in our colours, including starting both our League Cup finals in the past two seasons.”

Champions League Draw

Quaterfinals

(Team with home game in first leg listed as seen)

Villareal vs Arsenal

Manchester United vs FC Porto

Liverpool  vs Chelsea

FC Barcelona vs Bayern Munich

Semi-Final draw

Manchester United/Porto vs Villareal/Arsenal

FC Barcelona/Bayern Munich vs Liverpool/Chelsea

Wenger up to his old tricks? Da Silva twins claim to have been “tapped up”

According to a report in the British tabloid The Sun, Manchester United\’s Brazilian twins Fabio & Rafael da Silva have revealed that an unknown Brazilian ‘scout’, alleging that he represented Arsenal, tapped them up around three years ago when they were 15 years old.

The full-backs belonged to Brazilian club Fluminense at that time and had already been allowed to train with the Red Devils with a view to a permanent move. However, the unidentified ‘scout’ attempted to persuade the pair to just up and leave for the Gunners without notifying anybody, much to the youngsters’ alarm. “We were not too happy with the way he approached us,” Rafael is quoted as saying. “The scout said he was from Arsenal and invited us to come and train. At that time we had already been to see Manchester United and train once with our club’s permission. “But this man wanted to take us to England and say nothing to Fluminense.

We disagreed with that principle. Fluminense was where we started, we had been there for years and they looked after us.” Fabio added, “It was upsetting. We could have signed there and then and taken all the money and Fluminense would have got nothing. “But our mother said, ‘No, Fluminense have been good to you. You went there when you were 11. I want you to do everything right’. “So we said we would sign for Manchester as it would be the best thing for us and Fluminense. So we signed and ignored the man pushing Arsenal.”

La Liga Round-Up: Day 27

1038198_full-lndBarcelona kept up the six point gap over second placed Real Madrid after beating Almería 0-2 in the last match on Sunday evening. Guardiola rested Eto’o and Henry after the Champions League match, but Bojan stepped in with both goals early in the second half. Local keeper Diego Alves prevented what could have been a much bigger scoreline.

Sevilla hold on to third place after coming from two down to draw 2-2 at regional neighbours Málaga. Salva scored twice to put the locals two up at the break. But a Kanouté strike and a Luis Fabiano header in the last quarter of an hour saved a point for the visitors. Málaga drop a place to sixth.

Atlético Madrid moved back up to fifth in the table after overturning an adverse scoreline to win 3-2 against fourth placed Villarreal. Mati Fernández opened the scoring for the visitors early on and Cani made it two soon after the restart. But Agüero got one back almost immediately, and after Javi Venta was sent off, goals from Forlán and Antonio López gave the home side the three points.

Deportivo drop out of the UEFA Cup spots after a 3-2 defeat at Sporting Gijón, who move away from the danger zone as a result. All the goals came in the second half, with a Luis Morán strike and a Barral penalty putting the Asturians two up. Sergio got one back from the penalty spot, but José Angel made it three before Riki converted a third penalty.

It was yet another high scoring weekend though, with 37 goals in all. Racing beat Numancia 5-0, with all the goals before the interval. Oscar Serrano got the first and the last, with Luccin scoring from a long free kick and Zigic also netting a brace past Keleman, who chose the wrong day to make his debut.

Numancia stay down in the relegation spots, a point above bottom club Espanyol who clocked up a feisty 3-3 draw against Mallorca. Arango opened the scoring shortly before the interval from a free kick, and although Callejón equalised, goals from Cléber and Jurado and the sending off of Moisés Hurtado seemed to have wrapped things up. De la Peña got another one back though and then set up Nené from an indirect free kick to save an important point against a direct rival.

Mallorca move a point above Getafe, who drop to within two points of the bottom three after a 1-0 defeat at Valladolid. The locals had the better chances, but Víctor Muñoz’s side held on until Mario was sent off late on. And with three minutes to go Canobbio ran on to Víctor’s pass to score the winner.

Osasuna stay in the drop zone after a 0-0 draw at Betis, who themselves are not clear of danger. The best chance came when Juanito headed a free kick against the post late on, but a disappointed crowd called for the resignation of coach Paco Chaparro after the final whistle.

Real Madrid moved to within three points of Barcelona pending their game on Sunday after beating Athletic Bilbao 2-5. Robben opened the scoring with an individualist goal midway through the first half, and Heinze headed a second and then put through his own net three minutes later. Llorente levelled the scores on the stroke of half time, but Huntelaar got two after the break, and Higuaín wrapped things up with a late penalty.

Valencia’s season is going from bad to worse, and they lost more ground on the European spots after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Recreativo. Camuñas put the visitors ahead soon after the restart after combining with Adrián Colunga. But despite having Marchena sent off, the Ches saved a point thanks to a late strike from substitute Pablo Hernández.