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Friday's gossip column

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink dismisses speculation linking the club with Valencia's David Villa and Roman Pavlyuchenko.

"I did not give any comment about Pavlyuchenko," said Hiddink. "I don't give any comment on players with other clubs.

Asked if the club were interested in Villa, Hiddink said: "No, there is no indication of that." (Press Association)

Valencia striker David Villa, linked with moves to Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid, insists he intends to see out his six-year contract at the Mestalla - even if Los Che fail to qualify for next season's Champions League. (Spanish newspaper AS)

"Unless someone from the club tells me otherwise - and I repeat that this has not happened - I am here for six years," said Villa.
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AC Milan are lining up Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor as a replacement for Kaka, who is heading to Real Madrid. (Spanish newspaper AS)
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Real Madrid's French midfielder Lassana Diarra has claimed he learned "nothing" from Arsene Wenger during his short time at Arsenal. (Spanish newspaper El Pais)
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Bayern Munich bosses have decided to part company with coach Jürgen Klinsmann at the end of the season. (Associated Press, 1029 BST)

"It's all but certain that Klinsmann will leave in the summer," German newspaper Bild said.


Chelsea are willing to pay £40m for 27-year-old Valencia striker David Villa. (Various)

Cash-strapped Valencia will actually demand £45m for the Spanish international. (Daily Express)
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Chelsea are also keen on Tottenham forward Roman Pavlyuchenko, with manager Gus Hiddink criticising Spurs boss Harry Redknapp's treatment of the player. (The Sun)
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Manchester United will offer Fraizer Campbell - currently loaned out to Spurs - a new long term contract in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham are lining up a bid to land England Under-21 star Adam Lallana from Southampton. (Daily Star)

Chelsea are preparing a £10m swoop for Paris St Germain midfielder Stephane Sessegnon. (The Sun)
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Fulham will continue their quest to sign Spurs duo Gareth Bale and Tom Huddlestone at the end of the season. (The Times)
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Manchester United are closing in on 18-year-old Brazilian star Douglas Costa from Gremio. (The Sun)
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Ahead of their clash with Liverpool, Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has laid into Reds boss Rafa Benitez by saying he loves "whingeing and moaning". (Various)
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Bayern Munich, fresh from a 4-0 drubbing by Barcelona in the Champions League, want Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to replace Jurgen Klinsmann as manager and are willing to pay the Frenchman £5m a year. (Daily Mail)
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SFA chief Gordon Smith has made a U-turn in the row over Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor's Scotland future. A day after saying they could return, Smith has now written off their hopes of playing for Scotland again. (Daily Record)
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Spurs manager Harry Redknapp reckons his midfielder Tom Huddlestone could be as good as Glenn Hoddle. (The Guardian, Daily Mirror)
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Former Newcastle striker Les Ferdinand reckons the club's temporary boss Alan Shearer will not leave St James' Park if he fails to prevent relegation from the Premier League. (The Sun)
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Shearer has been grabbing advice from Newcastle's former bosses such as Kenny Dalglish, Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan. Their message to him was: "Welcome to the madhouse". (Various)
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see also
Transfers - April 2009
02 Apr 09 |  Football
Thursday's gossip column
09 Apr 09 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
08 Apr 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
07 Apr 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
09 Apr 09 |  Scottish Premier

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