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Football Rumours on Monday 14th March 2011

last updated Monday 14th March 2011, 9:25 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers

  • Manchester United plan to sign 20-year-old Atletico Madrid keeper David de Gea as a £15m replacement for Edwin van der Sar, who intends to retire at the end of the season.
    (The Mirror)

  • Tottenham are weighing up Bolton's 25-year-old centre-back Gary Cahill, who was a transfer target for Arsenal in January.

  • Chelsea are considering a swoop for AC Milan's veteran midfielder Massimo Ambrosini. The 33-year-old Italian's contract is coming to an end in the summer.

  • Newcastle United midfielder Danny Guthrie is wanted by Nottingham Forest, with the Championship side keen to sign the 23-year-old on loan.
    (The Mirror)
  • Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, currently injured, has been told he will carry on as England skipper, despite reports at the weekend that Chelsea's John Terry would be returning to the role. An England source revealed: "Rio had a conversation with [England assistant boss] Franco Baldini and was reassured he would continue as captain once he is fit."
    (The Sun)

  • The FA Cup semi-final between Manchester City and Manchester United at Wembley looks set to be the most expensive domestic game to police.
    (The Mirror)

  • Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit is concerned about the mental state of manager Arsene Wenger's players. The 40-year-old Frenchman said: "There seems to be a curse around the club at the moment. Arsenal's key players seem to be cracking up."
    (The Sun)

  • Another former Gunners star Perry Groves has urged Wenger to fire up his second-placed team to win the Premier League title following crushing defeats in the Carling Cup final, Champions League and FA Cup. Groves said: "Wenger has to pull them into a meeting on Monday morning and try to create a siege mentality and say no-one thinks we can do it."

  • Argentina's 1978 World Cup-winning coach Cesar Luis Menotti is in hospital with a lung infection. Several ex-players have sent messages of support to the 72-year-old, who is known as El Flaco (the Slim One).
    (The Mirror)

  • Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson watched his youth team overcome Liverpool 3-2 in the FA Youth Cup quarter-final on Sunday as two players from each team were sent off.
    (The Sun)

  • Aston Villa chief scout Jeff Vetere, credited for helping to secure Darren Bent's transfer from Sunderland, is quitting his job after only three months in the job.
    (The Mirror)

  • Manchester United's 40-year-old goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is flattered by fans' calls for him to continue at the club for another year but the Dutch star will retire at the end of the season because he wants to go out at the top.
    (The Guardian)
  • Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has introduced twice-weekly yoga sessions to the club in a bid to help players mentally and physically. "We don't do it because Ryan Giggs does it," he insists.
    (The Mirror)

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