Tottenham forward Gareth Bale has today picked up his third player of the year award. This time it was the football writer’s voting for the Welsh winger, and it was revealed 96% of the votes were split between himself and Manchester United frontman Robin Van Persie.
This news is sure to add to the speculation surrounding Bale and a proposed move away from White Hart Lane this summer. But manager Andre Villas Boas has revealed that a conversation with chairman Daniel Levy has assured him that the player will not be leaving this year, even if the North London club fail to qualify for the Champions League. While we all know this doesn’t mean anything is certain, we have all seen that Levy is more than happy to dig his heals in when it comes to selling his best players.
Newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester United have revealed a record third-quarter turnover of £91.7 million, with a 16% decrease in debt. This is due to a 52% increase in sponsorship revenue and a 28% increase in commercial income over the full nine-month period.
Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata has jumped to the defence of interim manager Rafa Benitez amid growing speculation that Jose Mourinho is on his way back to Stamford Bridge. He insisted that the Spaniard has done a good job in his time in west London and few will be able to disagree if they finish 3rd and win the Europa League.
Rangers majority shareholder Charles Green has been fined by the Scottish FA for making alleged “offensive and racist comments” in a media interview. Green tried to justify his comments in a later interview before apologising and now has to pay a £2500 fine.
Barcelona midfielder Xavi is certain the club will bounce back to greatness after their spectacular 7-0 aggregate defeat to German champions Bayern Munich in this seasons Champions League semi-final. The Catalan giants can secure this season’s La Liga title with victory against Real Betis this Sunday, something fellow midfielder Cesc Fabregas feels the club need to do sooner rather than later after their cup disappointment.
Aldershot are facing a ten-point deduction at the start of next season after entering administration under a week after they were relegated from the Football League.
Wayne Burnett has been appointed as manager of Dagenham & Redbridge after he oversaw their League Two survival. The manager took charge on a temporary basis in February, succeeding John Still.
Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner has confirmed he will remain at the club next season after signing a new 12-month rolling contract.
Manchester City are expected to splash the cash this summer in a bid to reclaim the Premier League title next season and are reportedly lining up a £17 million bid for Brazilian Fernandinho.
Newcastle United target Brown Ideye has apparently admitted that the Tyneside club would be his preferred choice if he were to move this summer.