Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski likely to leave – Arsene Wenger








21 February 2014
Last updated at
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is likely to leave the club this summer.

The 28-year-old Poland international has made only 31 league appearances in seven seasons at Emirates Stadium.

He is out of contract at the end of the season and has turned down a new deal.

Wenger said: “Of course it is a possibility that it is his last campaign with us because he wants to play somewhere but if he changes his mind, my door is open.”

Fabianski, who

signed from Legia Warsaw in 2007,

is second choice at Arsenal to fellow Pole Wojciech Szczesny, four years his junior.

He has made six appearances this season, all in cups, with the most recent coming from the bench on Wednesday against Bayern Munich after Szczesny was sent off.

Earlier this month,

Fabianksi said: 

“I want to be number one in the club and in the Polish national team. I have learned a lot at London during very positive and challenging periods.

“With biggest respect to this great club, I didn’t accept the extension offer as I am looking forward to a new challenge in England or abroad.”







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Taylor will leave Swans only if a replacement is found – Laudrup








31 January 2014
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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup says Neil Taylor will only make a transfer deadline day exit from the club if he manages to sign a replacement.

The 24-year-old Welsh international full-back has struggled to hold down a regular place in Laudrup’s side

since returning from injury,

due to the emergence of Ben Davies.

Swansea have already rejected a bid from Fulham for the defender.

“We will only sell him if we can get a replacement,” said Laudrup.

“Neil is here now and I don’t want to go into discussion if he’s staying or leaving because you can never know that.

“What I’ve said about Neil is that I fully understand his position, especially after going what he’s been through.

“Until midnight, everything is possible. That’s why I don’t want go into all the rumours.”







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Wes Hoolahan keen to leave Norwich as transfer request denied








22 January 2014
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09:43













Wes Hoolahan has revealed his desire to leave Norwich City despite the club rejecting a transfer request.

The midfielder, 31, has not featured for the Canaries since 1 January and is a

reported target for Aston Villa. 

Hoolahan joined Norwich in 2008 and helped them to achieve promotion to the Premier League in 2011.

“I believe it is in the best interest of Norwich and myself that I am allowed to move on,” he said in a statement released to Sky Sports News.







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Jonas Gutierrez: Newcastle United winger set to leave club








12 January 2014
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Argentine midfielder Jonas Gutierrez looks set to leave Newcastle after more than five years with the club.

The 30-year-old winger, who

joined from Real Mallorca in 2008,

has only played twice this season.

“I enjoy my five years at the club, I hope the club finish the highest this season and the best to my team-mates,”

he tweeted on Saturday. 

The former Velez Sarsfield player has made 163 league appearances for the Magpies and scored 10 goals.

He added: “It was an honour and a pleasure to play with the Newcastle shirt and to have the support of the Geordie.”

Gutierrez was signed by Kevin Keegan in the summer of 2008 from Real Mallorca and helped the club come back up from the Championship as champions in 2010.







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Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz told he can leave Craven Cottage








10 January 2014
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Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz has been told he can leave the club.

The Costa Rica international, 28, was

signed for £10.6m

from FC Twente by former boss Martin Jol in August 2011.

But the club-record signing has scored only eight times in 68 appearances for the Cottagers and has only started once for

new boss Rene Meulensteen.

“We have allowed Bryan Ruiz to talk to a number of clubs to see if something can come out of that,” said Meulensteen.

The Dutchman, who replaced Jol on 1 December, added: “I wouldn’t call his signing a mistake because at that time it was probably for Fulham, the right choice and the right investment.

“Don’t get me wrong, he is a very good player. I’ve come in, I’ve looked at the squad, worked with these players, I’ve picked my teams on what I think are the right reasons and motivations, but I can also understand Bryan’s point of view.

“He is a good player, has a World Cup coming up and he obviously needs to play, but I can’t, like with any other player, guarantee that.”

Ruiz’s Costa Rica will meet England in the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil this summer.







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Wilfried Zaha: Manchester United may let winger leave on loan

28 October 2013 Last updated at 16:59 GMT

Manchester United manager David Moyes says winger Wilfried Zaha may be allowed to go out on loan in January.

After joining for £15m in January, Zaha was loaned back to Crystal Palace and has not featured in the Premier League for United this season.

“We don’t want to put him in too quickly,” Moyes told the United club website. 

“I’ve said I would look at it in January as I wanted to have him here for six months to see how we work.”

Moyes added that Zaha is in contention for a starting place in Tuesday’s League Cup clash with Norwich City but admitted that there is strong competition for starting places at Old Trafford.

“I told him we would try to get him minutes but in the wide areas we have with Nani, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj and even Shinji Kagawa,” said Moyes. “We are as strong there as anywhere.”

“It’s not that Wilf has done anything wrong, it’s just that we have big competition and we have to try to make sure he gets some playing time.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t done that with Wilf and, if it’s still the case in January, we would look at it.

“But, he is very much in my plans and in my thoughts all the time.”

Dave Webb, the scout who discovered Zaha while playing parks football in south London at the age of 13, has urged United to send him out on loan.

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Sir Alex Ferguson book: David Beckham had to leave Man Utd

22 October 2013 Last updated at 13:00 GMT

Sir Alex Ferguson says David Beckham had to leave Manchester United because the former England captain thought he was “bigger than the manager”.

In his latest autobiography, Ferguson said he fell out with Beckham after criticising his performance during an FA Cup defeat by Arsenal in 2003.

“The minute a Manchester United player thought he was bigger than the manager, he had to go,” he wrote. “David thought he was bigger than Alex Ferguson.

“That was the death knell for him.”

Ferguson also said he had concerns about Beckham’s celebrity lifestyle, following the player’s marriage to Victoria Adams, a member of the pop group the Spice Girls.

“David was the only player I managed who chose to be famous, who made it his mission to be known outside the game,” wrote Ferguson. “I felt uncomfortable with the celebrity aspect of his life.”

Beckham, who won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and one Champions League crown during his United career, was eventually sold to Real Madrid for £25m in the summer of 2003.

Ferguson retired from management in May, ending one of the most successful managerial reigns in British history.

During his 26 years in charge at Old Trafford, he won 38 trophies and managed some of the biggest names in football, like Beckham, Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, Peter Schmeichel, Bryan Robson, Roy Keane, Jaap Stam and Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

Ferguson also writes in Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography that:

  • Wayne Rooney lost his “old thrust” in his final season in charge because he was not fit enough
  • He turned down the job of managing England twice
  • Cristiano Ronaldo was the “most gifted player” he managed and calls him a “wizard”
  • He told Ronaldo that he would rather “shoot” him than sell him to Real Madrid
  • The reason he fell out with Rafa Benitez is because the Spaniard made his attacks personal
  • Rio Ferdinand’s eight-month ban for missing a drugs test in 2003 was too severe
  • The hardest part of Roy Keane’s body is his tongue and he has the most “savage tongue you can imagine”
  • England will not win a World Cup until they can produce players as technically gifted as Brazil

Ferguson also describes in detail his version of the dressing-room bust-up with Beckham that followed the FA Cup loss to Arsenal.

“He was around 12 feet from me,” wrote Ferguson. “Between us on the floor lay a row of boots.

“David swore. I moved towards him and, as I approached, I kicked a boot. It hit him right above the eye.

“Of course, he rose to have a go at me and the players stopped him. ‘Sit down,’ I said. ‘You’ve let your team down. You can argue as much as you like.’

“I called him in the next day to go through the video and he still would not accept his mistake. As he sat listening to me, he didn’t say a word. Not a word.

“‘Do you understand what we’re talking about, why we got on to you?’ I asked. He didn’t even answer me.

“The next day the story was in the press. In public, an Alice band highlighted the damage inflicted by the boot.

“It was in those days that I told the board David had to go.”

After helping Real Madrid win La Liga, Beckham moving to the United States, where he guided LA Galaxy to victory in the MLS Cup.

“I imagine he also had his eyes on Hollywood and the impact it would have on the next phase of his career,” Ferguson added.

“There was no footballing reason to go to America.”

Keane was another who Ferguson decided was no longer wanted at Old Trafford.

The Scot describes how his relationship deteriorated with the Republic of Ireland midfielder, to the point that he became a negative influence at the club.

“With Roy, there were episodes of great friction and drama as he tried to impose his will on the team,” wrote Ferguson.

“On one occasion, as I came in to the dressing room, Roy and Ruud van Nistelrooy were at it, hammer and tongs. They had to be pulled apart by the players.

“At least Van Nistelrooy had the courage to stand up to Roy, because not everyone did. He was an intimidating, ferocious individual. His mode when angry was to attack, lay into people.”

Keane left United in November 2005, just a few weeks after angering Ferguson for criticising team-mates in an interview for MUTV.

Ferguson also allowed Ronaldo to leave Old Trafford, but only after Real Madrid had agreed to pay £80m for the winger.

“Cristiano was the most gifted player I managed,” wrote Ferguson. “He surpassed all the other great ones I coached at United – and I had many.

“The only ones who could be placed near him would be a couple of the home-produced players, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, because they contributed so prodigiously to Manchester United for two decades.”

Ferguson’s trophy haul includes 13 league titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups.

He was replaced by fellow Scot David Moyes, who left Everton to take the Old Trafford job.

Under Moyes, the defending Premier League champions have made their worst league start in 24 years and lie eighth in the table, eight points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

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Cardiff City: Ian Walsh fears boss Malky Mackay could still leave

21 October 2013 Last updated at 15:51 GMT

Former Cardiff City striker Ian Walsh believes manager Malky Mackay could still leave the Premier League club if results do not go his way.

Mackay has denied being asked to resign over club owner Vincent Tan’s decision to axe head of recruitment Iain Moody.

But BBC reporter Pat Murphy has claimed on Radio 5 Live that Tan has tried to influence tactics during matches.

“You can’t have a manager… accept that sort of attitude from people in the directors’ box,” said Walsh.

“It’s quite laughable really to think that that could possibly be happening.

“Obviously we don’t know for sure, but if it is happening or they have tried to do that [offer tactical suggestions during games] it will only go one way.”

BBC Radio 5 reporter Murphy said club chief executive Simon Lim had been given notes by Tan to pass to Mackay, but that the manager had avoided taking them and that coaching staff had not passed on the information to the Scotsman.

Mackay was known to be upset at Moody’s removal from the club and, in spite of the board offering him their backing, Walsh believes any interference from above could hasten Mackay’s departure.

The former Wales international striker also believes Tan could benefit from an experienced advisor to guide him in football matters.

“Vincent Tan has got involved and I think without the arm to guide him at his side he seems to be like a loose cannon making decisions,” added Walsh.

“Ultimately you could see in the next few games if results don’t go well for Cardiff City, Malky might go and there’ll be other teams who will be on the phone the same day for Malky Mackay.

“He is one of the best up and coming managers, so there will be clubs out there. If Malky Mackay leaves Cardiff City it will be someone else’s gain and that I feel is very, very sad.”

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Manager Malky Mackay could leave Cardiff, says Graham Taylor

10 October 2013 Last updated at 06:13 GMT

Former England boss Graham Taylor says there is a chance manager Malky Mackay could leave Cardiff City after the decision to suspend his right-hand man.

The club has suspended head of recruitment Iain Moody and brought in Alisher Apsalyamov, 23, as his acting replacement.

Taylor was Watford chairman and worked with Mackay and Moody there.

“I think there is a distinct possibility of that [Mackay leaving],” said Taylor.

“On the face of it, if you are the manager of all things football… you are being usurped.

“I cannot believe… the decision to replace Iain. I just cannot believe it.

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It is a very, very strange situation

Graham Taylor Former England manager

“Whether your owner, chairman has kept you informed of all this, I cannot say. Only Malky will know that. From a distance it is very, very surprising.”

The BBC understand Mackay is shocked and angry, but not prepared to quit over the latest incident, whilst the club deny reports the Scotsman was asked to resign.

Cardiff have yet to make comment a following the suspension of Moody, who Mackay added to his backroom staff following his appointment as manager in the summer of 2011.

In his scouting role, former Watford press officer Moody helped the Premier League newcomers sign summer recruits including Gary Medel from Sevilla and Steven Caulker from Tottenham.

“I cannot see him [Mackay] being happy with this at all,” said Taylor.

“I have no idea what his contract reads and if there are clauses in his contract about this or that.

“It will be interesting to see what Malky’s reaction is. I do hope this doesn’t have an adverse reaction on the team’s performance and results.”

Apsalyamov is not believed to have any previous experience in football and his appointment is the latest controversy in the reign of owner Vincent Tan.

Tan caused consternation among many Cardiff fans during the summer of 2012 after changing the club’s colours from blue to red, while there have been reports of dressing-room unrest over unpaid bonuses.

Taylor says he is bemused by the whole episode and questions the decision and Tan’s relationship with his manager.

“It is a very, very strange situation,” said Taylor.

“Did he speak to Malky about it first of all? Was Malky involved and did Malky agree to this kind of thing?

“He is the manager and he has just got the club into the Premier League after such a long time out of it.

“I hope he has spoken to Malky before he told him what he was going to do.

“Knowing Malky and Iain Moody from the Watford days, it will be interesting to see how they react to this.

“I don’t think you will see any public tantrums from Malky or anything like that.

“I know he will be extremely upset and very disappointed.”

Taylor says Mackay left Watford for Cardiff because of problems with the owner at Vicarage Road.

He believes if Mackay does decide to walk away from the Cardiff City Stadium over this episode it will not be long before he finds another manager’s job.

“Watford had problems with their owner as well,” said Taylor.

“It will be very interesting to see how he reacts because I honestly believe if Malky were to leave, it wouldn’t be too long before he has another job somewhere else.”

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Cardiff City scout changes leave Iwan Roberts ‘gobsmacked’

9 October 2013 Last updated at 11:49 GMT

Iwan Roberts has said he is “gobsmacked” by Cardiff City’s decision to replace their head of recruitment with an unknown 23-year-old Kazakh.

The club has suspended Iain Moody and brought in Alisher Apsalyamov as his acting replacement.

BBC Wales pundit Roberts is a former team-mate of Cardiff manager Malky Mackay.

“I think Malky will be shocked, stunned, angry that this has happened behind his back it seems,” he said.

Cardiff have yet to make a comment following the suspension of Moody, who Mackay added to his backroom staff following his appointment as manager in the summer of 2011.

In his scouting role, former Watford press officer Moody helped the Premier League newcomers sign summer recruits including Gary Medel from Sevilla and Steven Caulker from Tottenham.

Roberts says the loss of a trusted member of the backroom team will be a blow to Mackay, who guided Cardiff to promotion to the top flight for the first time last season.

“I’m gobsmacked, I really am,” Roberts told BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales.

“I’ve known both for quite a long time. Iain is a trusted member of his backroom staff. Malky had no second thoughts of getting Iain in as his chief scout when he got the job at Cardiff.

“He’s been instrumental in the signings that have been made this summer.

“Iain’s hard working, he’s good at his job, he’s intelligent, and the biggest thing for me, he’s trustworthy and that’s why Malky holds him in such esteem.

“He will be bitterly, bitterly disappointed and very angry after the way his good friend and trusted aide has been treated.”

Apsalyamov is not believed to have any previous experience in football and Roberts is worried by the latest development in the controversial reign of owner Vincent Tan.

Tan caused consternation among many Cardiff fans during the summer of 2012 after changing the club’s colours from blue to red.

“This young man from Kazakhstan, he’s 23 years of age and I’ve read somewhere he’s a close friend of Tan’s son,” Roberts added.

“Whether Tan is trying to get a reaction from Malky, I think we will find out in the next 24 hours, but distractions like this are not going to make his job any easier whatsoever.

“Is it enough for Malky to walk away? I don’t think he will leave Cardiff City but that’s just my opinion.

“But I really do think the owner needs to let Malky get on with his job which is managing Cardiff City football club and making sure they’re in the Premier League next season.”

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