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Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Monday, 20 May 2013
The duo of Victor Moses and Kalu Uche have been ruled out of the busy scheldue that lies ahead for the national team, the Super Eagles.
The busy roster includes the high-profile friendly with Mexico, the World Cup qualifying matches against Kenya and Namibia and the FIFA Confederations Cup tournament.
In a message to Head Coach Keshi, Kalu Uche claimed to have been playing with injury for some time now in the Turkish League, and on the advice of his doctor, will be using the opportunity of the off-season to undergo treatment.
Chelsea FC ace Victor Moses, one of the best players of the Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa, is said to be dropping out in order to treat a recurring injury and won’t be fit in time for the World Cup qualifiers and the ‘Festival of Champions’.
However, his club says he will be with the Chelsea squad at their pre-season tour of USA to be monitored by closely by doctors, but would not participate in the tour.
A deal between Chelsea and Jose Mourinho has yet to be confirmed publicly, but the Spanish press is already going into overdrive with speculation about who the Portuguese coach may want to bring with him to Stamford Bridge from Madrid.
The latest name is Arda Turan, though the talented Turk plays on the other side of the Spanish capital.
Name: Arda Turan
Date of birth: 30 January, 1987
Birthplace: Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Position: Attacking midfielder
Club: Atletico Madrid
Honours: UEFA Europa League
(2011/12), UEFA Super Cup (2012), Turkish Super Lig (2007/08)
International appearances: 64 (Turkey)
What's the latest?
Turan's dream of playing in the Premier League is nothing new, with the Turk making eyes at Liverpool in the past, and Atletico Madrid are aware that he will need convincing to stay at the Vicente Calderon beyond this summer. Their task could be even greater now, however, as Turkish newspaper Fanatik claim that one of the conditions Jose Mourinho has attached to taking the Chelsea job is that Roman Abramovich coughs up the €24m necessary to meet Turan's buyout clause.
Did you know?
1) Turan joined Galatasaray as a 12-year-old, and was promoted to the first team in 2004 by the Maradona of the Carpathians, Gheorghe Hagi.
2) After a spell on loan at Manisaspor, Turan returned to the Galatasaray first team in 2006, and established himself as a key player with the Turkish giants. He was handed the number 10 shirt and made captain of the club in 2009.
3) In 2011 he brought an end to his Galatasaray career with a triumphant double, lifting the league and super cup in his homeland. Atletico Madrid made him the most expensive Turkish player ever when they paid €12m for him ahead of the following season.
4) Turan's golden touch continued with his new team, and by the end of the 2011/12 season he was providing the assist for Radamel Falcao's second goal in Atleti's Europa League final win. In August 2012, the number 10 played 90 minutes in Atleti's 4-1 humbling of Champions League winners Chelsea in the European Super Cup.
5) This season, the Turk has continued to be a pillar of Atletico's team. Widely accepted as their most creative player, he is often lauded for his ability to play between the lines, and has been compared to Andres Iniesta in his style. With Diego Simeone's side suffering from a notable drop in creativity during the Turk's six week battle with injury, Atleti will be glad to have him back ahead of their Copa del Rey final clash with Real Madrid on May 17th
Chelsea are set to take a £30million hit and sell Fernando Torres this summer as incoming boss Jose Mourinho wants a new-look attack and hopes to splash £70m on Napoli star Edinson Cavani and Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle.
West Ham are ready to make a move for Sunderland's Phil Bardsley.
Reading skipper Jobi McAnuff is a target for QPR.
Thibaut Courtois has told Chelsea he wants to stay with Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea want Manchester United to name their price for Wayne Rooney.
Paolo Di Canio has claimed Sunderland would have been relegated this season if he had not replaced Martin O'Neill.
Manchester City are fast-tracking Patrick Vieira to become their new manager.
Brendan Rodgers will try and jump the queue to sign Asmir Begovic if Pepe Reina joins Barcelona.
Marouane Fellani has made it clear he'd like to follow David Moyes to Manchester United.
Monaco are the latest club eyeing Wayne Rooney's uncertain future at Man United.
Roy Hodgson has revealed his shock and disappointment at three top Premier League clubs going on tour this week ahead of England's next two matches.
Phil Neville has met with Bill Kenwright to discuss succeeding David Moyes as Everton manager.
Manchester City's players have been told a new manager will be in place when they return from their post-season tour of the USA.
Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio is ready to raid former club Lazio for Modibo Diakite.
Arsenal flop Marouane Chamakh is desperate to return to France.
Santos have turned down Barcelona's offer for star forward Neymar.
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup wants a new striker to help share the burden with Michu next season.
Giorgos Karagounis and Simon Davies are both set to leave Fulham.
Gareth Southgate is being lined up to replace Danny Wilson at Sheffield United.
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Arsenal secured fourth spot in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St James' Park.
After a goal-less first-half, which mirrored what was happening at White Hart Lane between Tottenham and Sunderland, it took Arsenal less than ten-minutes into the second-half to to claim the winner which guaranteed their top-four finish ahead of their arch-rivals.
Newastle failed to deal with a Theo Walcott free-kick, and it fell for Laurent Koscielny just six-yards out and he volleyed home with great aplomb.
That goal was enough to mean that the result in North London was meaningless, although Tottenham's did do their part as Gareth Bale fired home to win it for them but Arsenal's did their job and claimed the three points they needed to claim a top-four finish by just one point.
Arsenal pipped Spurs to fourth place in the Premier League on Sunday, while Manchester United drew Sir Alex Ferguson's last game in charge 5-5.
The Gunners earned a hard-fought 1-0 win at Newcastle, while Tottenham finished fifth despite sinking 10-man Sunderland 1-0 thanks to another fantastic goal from Gareth Bale.
Ferguson took charge of United for one last time before heading into retirement, and watched his troops go 5-2 up against West Brom at The Hawthorns, where Albion staged a stirring comeback thanks to a hat-trick from on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku.
Norwich pulled off the shock result of the day after beating Manchester City 3-2 in an Etihad thriller, while Chelsea earned a 2-1 win over Everton at Stamford Bridge, where Fernando Torres hit the winning goal.
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Prem results: Chelsea 2 Everton 1, Liverpool 1 QPR 0, Man City 2 Norwich 3, Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1, Southampton 1 Stoke 1, Swansea 0 Fulham 3, Tottenham 1 Sunderland 0, WBA 5 Man Utd 5, West Ham 4 Reading 2, Wigan 2 Aston Villa 2.