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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 March 2007, 07:38 GMT
Saturday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to sign a five-year 28m contract and remain with Manchester United. (The Sun)

However, it is reported Real Madrid are ready to step in following the rejection of Ronaldo's 140,000 a week wage demands at Old Trafford. (The Guardian)

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he will not stand in the way of John Terry and Frank Lampard if they decide to play overseas. (Daily Mirror)

Spanish giants Barcelona are preparing a 16m bid for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso in the summer. (Daily Star)

Fulham are considering signing Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia for next season. (Daily Express)

Reading boss Steve Coppell is close to signing defender Andre Bikey on a permanent basis. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Sunderland manager Roy Keane has called the omission of Liam Miller and David Connolly from the Republic of Ireland squad a "disgrace". (various)

Chelsea star Arjen Robben's father has dismissed claims that his son has been negotiating an extension to his contract at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star)

Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has backed Glenn Roeder to guide the club to greater things next season with Titus Bramble expected to be shown the exit. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger reveals he wanted to sign Everton striker Andrew Johnson but had been put off by his price. (Various)

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is not a happy man following Steve McClaren's decision to leave defender Gareth Barry out of the England squad. (Various)

With the Premiership title race hotting up, Fergie insists his Manchester United side are not bottlers and have the "guts and determination" to go all the way. (Daily Express)

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has warned new American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks that glory will not come quickly at Anfield. "We are close to the top two... but not as close as we think." (Daily Mirror)

After being dropped from the England squad on Friday, Joey Barton is hoping that 12 minutes against Spain will not prove the full extent of his international career. (The Times)

Libor Sionko last night told Rangers boss Walter Smith to play him or sell him. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen star Michael Hart has claimed the Dons have no fear about facing Rangers at Ibrox as they have more quality in their team. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY...

Man City defender Micah Richards reveals he hung up on Steve McClaren when the England boss called him to say he had made the squad. (The Independent)

The Israel coach has ordered his team not to stay in Tel Aviv before their game with England to prevent them getting caught up in another call-girl scandal. (Daily Mirror)

Kilmarnock's request to have a training session on the turf of Hampden to help prepare for the CIS Cup final was received with a resounding 'no'. (Daily Record)

While 90-year-old Hibs fan Maude MacFarlane is praying her team can lift the Scottish Cup for the first time in her life.



SEE ALSO
Friday's gossip column
16 Mar 07 |  Gossip
Transfers - March 2007
01 Mar 07 |  Gossip


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