JULY 12 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

JULY 12 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

FABREGAS HAPPY TO STAY AT ARSENAL

Cesc Fabregas has been hinting at a move to Barcelona all summer , but he seems to have changed his tune regarding his current club Arsenal.

The Spanish international has called his North London side a “world-class club” and suggested he is ready to stay put for the coming season.

“All I can say is that this World Cup victory is for all the Arsenal players and fans. They are a world-class club.” the 23-year-old told reporters after Spains World Cup Triumph. “I had a text message of congratulations from Arsene Wenger. He said I deserve it. I just think this is for everyone at Arsenal who helped me get to where I am now. I am an Arsenal player and proud to be.”

Fabregas had previously made no secret about his desire to move to Barcelona for the coming campaign, the club he loved as a kid and managed by his boyhood hero Pepp Guardiola.

STUTTGART DENY MADRID BID FOR KHEDIRA

Rumors of German international Sami Khedira moving to Real madrid from Bundesliga side Stuttgart have yet to become reality, according to club director Jochen Schneider.

“We have no offer. That is based only on speculation in Spanish sport newspapers,” Schneider told Bild. “And after his holiday we will sit down together and see whether we can extend his contract beyond 2011.”

Spanish daily Marca had recently reported that Khedira was Real’s next choice after giving up the chase for Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard.

Chelsea are also rumored to be interested in Khedira who’s stock has skyrocketed after his standout performances for Germany at the World Cup. Stuttgart manager Christian Gross admits his side may have to move the player now, when his value is at it’s zenith, or risk losing the player on a free-transfer when his contract is up next year

“It is foolish not to think about a transfer when Sami’s contract ends in June 2011,” Gross said to Kicker. “Also, if we want to strengthen with new players we need money. We must consider the option of selling, although it would be a shame to lose him.”

Khedira was born in Stuttgart and has played for the team since he was 8 years old.

SUAREZ MAY BE CHELSEA BACKUP PLAN

Chelsea FC have made no secret of their desire to sign Fernando Torres from Premiership rivals Liverpool, but it now appears as if they have a backup plan should their plans be foiled.

Sensational Ajax forward Luis Suarez has emerged as the Blues backup plan. The Uruguayan scored a seemingly impossible 49 goals for his Amsterdam outfit last season but may be remembered most for his deliberate handball on the line that helped Uruguay seal a semifinal date.

Regardless of the boo’s that followed him whenever he touched a ball during the South American’s 3rd place match at the World Cup, he seems to have a fan in Carlo Ancellotti, according to a report in The People.

Liverpool superstar Torres remains his main target but his injury in the World Cup final, loyalty to the Reds and extremely high price-tag could all prove to be prohibitive.

Suarez would be available for half the £50 million Chelsea are prepared to pay for the Spaniard and has recently expressed a desire to come to the Premier League this summer.

WOLFSBURG-JUVENTUS IN SWAP DEAL?

Serie A side Juventus are set to offer Diego to Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg for highly prized striker Edin Dzeko in a straight swap.

Juventus have been looking to offload midfielder Diego and have pitched the playmaker in hopes of landing the Bosnian international, according to Eurosport.

24-year-old Dzeko’s move to Manchester City is cooling off because the Premier League Side and Wolsburg are so far apart on the players value, but the player himself was quick to point out that it was about more than cash.

“I want to clarify that it is not a matter of money, but of ambition. I feel I have to take a leap in quality and play for a big club.” Dzeko told the Telegraph. “It is an important moment of my career and I also explained that to the leaders of Wolfsburg.”

“With them I have a wonderful relationship and I am sure they will fulfill my desire.”

Juve, for there part, are reportedly willing to ship off the 25-year-old Brazilian playmaker Diego in pursuit of a much needed striker. Current forwards David Trezeguet and Vincenzo Iaquinta made little impact on the disappointed 2009-10 season at Turin club.

SHERAER TO REPLACE CAPELLO?

The Football Association have lined up Newcastle United and England legend Alan Shearer to be the long-term replacement for Fabio Capello, according to The People.

Capello’s general manager Franco Baldini is leaving his post and Shearer is to take up the mantle so as to gain hands on experience in the run up to the 2012 European Championships.

Shearer scored in 30 of his 63 appearances for England and has passed England U21 boss Stuart Pearce in the running to replace Baldini.

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