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Football rumours on Saturday 14th March 2009

last updated Saturday 14th March 2009, 10:18 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Chelsea captain John Terry is a £25m summer target for Manchester City, leading Blues manager Guus Hiddink to brand City "immoral". (Various)

  • Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry tops Mark Hughes' summer wishlist at Manchester City. City want to offer £6m plus striker Daniel Sturridge and midfielder Michael Johnson for the England star. (The Sun)

  • Debt-ridden Valencia are keen to sell their star striker David Villa but it looks like he will not be heading to Manchester City. Villa's agent Jose Luis Tamargo said: "It is not a question of money - my client wants to stay in Spain." (The Sun)

  • Manchester United have been snubbed by Lyon's French ace Karim Benzema. The 21-year-old said: "I still have milestones to reach with Lyon - and time is still on my side. I am happy here and can now confirm I want to stay." (The Sun)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted he will stay at Old Trafford next season. The 23-year-old said: "Manchester are playing very well, I feel very happy here. I don't want to go anywhere, I want to stay here." (Daily Mirror)

  • Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez insists that his verbal attack on Sir Alex Ferguson in January did not knock Liverpool's title bid off-course. (Various)

  • Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson is at the top of QPR's wanted list as the axe looms for manager Paulo Sousa. Ferguson will have Bristol City boss Gary Johnson as a rival for the Loftus Road hotseat. (The Sun)

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips wants to stay at Manchester City for the rest of his career. The winger, 27, hopes for contract talks in the summer after returning in a £9m deal in August. (The Sun)

  • West Ham are planning to offer Gianfranco Zola an improved new contract at the end of the season to reward the Italian for the promising start he has made to his managerial career. (The Independent)

  • Harry Redknapp will be given extra protection when his side face Aston Villa after a yob threw a coin at him on his last visit to Villa Park. (The Sun)
  • Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia has revealed how being bashed on the head has left him opting for the softly-softly approach to management. "I remember at Birmingham when I was just 16, Roger Hynd hitting me over the head because I'd not done his boots right." (Daily Star)

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