Bendtner to leave Arsenal this month








27 June 2014
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Nicklas Bendtner will leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of this month, the club have confirmed.

Bendtner, 26, made 171 appearances and scored 47 goals after joining the Gunners from Copenhagen in 2004.

The Danish international striker also had loan spells at Birmingham City, Sunderland and Juventus.


He was fined by Arsenal in March

for making an unauthorised trip home to Copenhagen, with his final appearance for the club coming on 2 February.







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Ferdinand and Ramsey leave Tottenham








19 June 2014
Last updated at
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Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey have left their roles as first-team coaches at Tottenham.

The pair were part of Tim Sherwood’s coaching team but have departed White Hart Lane after

Mauricio Pochettino replaced Sherwood as manager.

Ramsey, 52, joined the club in 2004 and previously oversaw the under-21 side and development squad.

Ferdinand, 47, has worked at Tottenham in various roles since joining the club in 2008 as a specialist striker coach.

Former England striker Ferdinand played for Tottenham between 1997 and 2003, scoring 39 goals in 146 appearances.

Sherwood, who promoted Ramsey to work with the first-team following

his appointment as manager

in December 2013 on an 18-month contract,

was sacked at the end of last season.

Pochettino, 42, resigned from Southampton in May to take the Tottenham job.

His assistant Jesus Perez, first-team coach Miguel D’Agostino and goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez also left Southampton to join him at White Hart Lane.







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Bony ‘will only leave for top-six’








16 June 2014
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Wilfried Bony’s agent says the Ivory Coast striker will only leave Swansea City this summer for a top-six club.

The 25-year-old was the Welsh club’s top-scorer last season following his record

£12m move from Vitesse Arnhem.

Dalibor Lacina said Bony, who is at the World Cup, is interesting English, Spanish and French clubs but any bid would need to be around £20m.

“He should move only to a top-six club or to a big club because Swansea is a very good club,” Lacina said.

“We have received interest from a couple of clubs and I have already informed Mr Jenkins [Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins].

“It’s too early to talk about concrete names and, from the business point of view, it wouldn’t be correct.

“Let’s see what will happen in the future but we have no pressure because Bony is happy in Swansea.”

The Ivorian, who scored 25 times for the Swans last season, became the first player at any Welsh club to score at a World Cup finals since Ivor Allchurch in 1958.


Bony scored Ivory Coast’s first goal as they came back to

beat Japan 2-1 in their Group C opener in Brazil.

Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and Borussia Dortmund are among the clubs who have been linked with him but the striker

said in May he would be happy to see out the remaining three years

of his contract with the Welsh club.

“He appreciates very much the chance which Swansea gave him to play in the Premier League,” Lacina added. “Everything depends on the decision of Swansea City.

“On the other hand, every player has his own ambition and, after such a successful season, Bony is ready to take the challenge he can receive. But this challenge must be only from a really top club.

“He has no other reason to leave Swansea – only if some big club with ambitions to play Champions League will come.

“His transfer price is logically really high and only a big club can pay this amount because Bony’s ambition is to play at a top club.

“If there will be no offer from a top club there will be no reason to leave Swansea City.”







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Lallana wants to leave Southampton








2 June 2014
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Southampton captain Adam Lallana has told the club he wants to be allowed to leave St Mary’s when he returns from the World Cup in Brazil.

The midfielder has not put in a transfer request but has made his feelings known to Southampton.

Liverpool

have made a £25m offer

for the 27-year-old Saints captain.

Southampton and England team-mate

Rickie Lambert moved to the Anfield club

on Monday for a fee of about £4m plus add-ons on a two-year deal.

Saints had previously stated that no player will be sold until a replacement is appointed for coach Mauricio Pochettino,

who joined Tottenham on 28 May.

Lallana scored nine goals in 38 Premier League appearances in 2013-14 and is hopeful that Southampton will appoint a new manager this week, allowing him to move before the World Cup begins.

He played 73 minutes of

England’s 3-0 friendly win over Peru

at Wembley on Friday, his fourth senior appearance for his country.

He is currently in Miami with the England squad and manager Roy Hodgson has made it clear that he wanted all of the squad to have resolved their futures before the tournament gets underway in Brazil.

Lallana joined the Southampton academy as a 12-year-old and has progressed through the ranks as the club fought their way back from League One.







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Goalkeeper Gomes to leave Spurs








22 May 2014
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Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes will leave the White Hart Lane club when his contract expires next month.

The Brazil international, 33,

joined the club for £7.8m

in 2008 from PSV Eindhoven and made 135 appearances.

However he has not played a game for the club since November 2011 with Brad Friedel and then Hugo Lloris becoming Spurs’ first choice.

Gomes spent the second half of the 2012-13 season on

loan at Hoffenheim,

making nine Bundesliga appearances.

A statement on Tottenham’s official website said: “Heurelho Gomes is to leave the club at the conclusion of his contract next month and we would like to wish the popular goalkeeper all the best for the future.”







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Albrighton & Delfouneso leave Villa








20 May 2014
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Aston Villa academy graduate Marc Albrighton has been released after 16 years with the club.

The winger, 24, joined Villa as an eight-year-old and became a first-team regular in 2010 but leaves having played 101 times, scoring nine goals.

“We wish Marc the best in his future career and acknowledge the contribution he has made to the club,” said club boss Paul Lambert.

Striker Nathan Delfouneso, 23, has also been released after playing 50 times.

After making his debut at 17, he managed nine goals for Villa, but spent the 2013-14 season on loan at League One side Coventry City.

Albrighton – who began to feature regularly in 2010 and won eight England Under-21 caps as a result – played 21 times during the 2013-14 campaign in addition to four loan appearances for Championship team Wigan Athletic.







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Southampton coaches set to leave








20 May 2014
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Jason Dodd and Paul Williams are to be replaced as Southampton’s Under-18 coaches, reports BBC Radio Solent.

Former captain Dodd has been managing the Under-18, with Williams as his assistant.

The pair were responsible for bringing through several players into the first-team including defender Luke Shaw.

“Gutted for Doddsy and Willo, helped me a lot in my development over the years, wish them all the best in their careers,” Luke Shaw wrote on Twitter.

This season Southampton’s Under-18 side finished sixth in the Premier League – South table.

Their departure comes at a time when there is growing uncertainty surrounding the futures of manager Mauricio Pochettino and his first-team staff.

Southampton have declined to comment, because of ongoing contractual issues with the pair.







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Ferdinand to leave Man Utd in summer








12 May 2014
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Rio Ferdinand is to leave Manchester United in the summer after the defender was not offered a new contract.

The 35-year-old’s departure will bring to an end a 12-year stay at the club, for whom he has made 454 appearances, scoring eight goals.

Ferdinand played in United’s final game of the season on Sunday,

a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

BBC Sport understands he intends to continue playing but his next club is still unknown.

In an open letter on his website, Ferdinand said: “I have thought long and hard over the last few months about my future, and after 12 fantastic years playing for what I regard as the best club in the world, I have decided the time is right for me to move on.

“Circumstances didn’t allow for me to say goodbye the way I would have liked but I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my team-mates, staff, the club and the fans for an unbelievable 12 years that I’ll never forget. Winning trophies I dreamed about as a kid came true at this great club.

“I am feeling fit and healthy, ready for a new challenge and looking forward to whatever the future holds for me.”

Ferdinand made his United debut against Hungarian side Zalaegerszeg in a Champions League tie in August 2002 after

joining from Leeds

for a then British record £30m.

He has helped United win six league titles, two League Cups, one Champions League and a Club World Cup.

He signed a new one-year extension to his contract in May last year, keeping him at the club until this July, but struggled to hold down a regular place in the side.

More to follow.







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Four players leave Swansea City








12 May 2014
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Leroy Lita and David Ngog have left Swansea City after their contracts expired, while Roland Lamah and Alvaro Vazquez have completed their loans.

Lita was a

£1.75m signing from Middlesbrough 

in August 2011, while fellow striker

Ngog arrived in January

on a short-term contract from Bolton.

Lamah has been on an 18-month loan deal from Osasuna, while Vazquez arrived from La Liga club Getafe in September.

But Swans boss Garry Monk will not seek an extension for either player.

However, the Premier League side are keen to keep Jonathan de Guzman on loan from Spanish side Villarreal after his current deal expired.

“We will talk to his club and agent to see what his thoughts are – as we did last summer,” Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said.

Darnel Situ, Oscar Sielva and Pau Morer will also be leaving the Under-21 squad.







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Lescott set to leave Manchester City








12 May 2014
Last updated at
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Premier League title-winner Joleon Lescott looks set to leave Manchester City after five years at the club.

The defender

won a second championship

with City following Sunday’s

2-0 win against West Ham

, but has found his playing time limited this season.

“A very emotional time for me after the game,” tweeted the 31-year-old, whose contract expires in the summer.

“I thank everyone connected to the club, it’s been a fantastic period of my career and life.”

Former City manager Mark Hughes bought Lescott from Everton in a

reported £22m deal

in August 2009.

The England international went on to make more than 100 appearances for the club, adding the FA Cup and League Cup to his two Premier League winner’s medals.

However, he has only played 10 league games this season and his lack of playing time means he is unlikely to be named in manager Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the 2014 World Cup on Monday afternoon.







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