Good evening all,
Here is a round-up of today’s football headlines, so sit back, relax and have a read while your body recovers from the near-Arctic conditions outside.
Chelsea qualified for the final of the Club World Cup campaign today by beating Mexican side Monterrey 3-1. The will face Brazilian side Corinthians in the final on the 16th of December.
Six players have been banned for their involvment the Brawl that followed the U21 European Championship qualifier between England and Serbia. Stephen Caulker and Thomas Ince have been banned for two and one matches respectively while four Serbian players received bans ranging from two to four games. Serbia have also been fined £80,000 and forced to play their next game behind closed doors.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has insisted he is staying with the club despite rumours linking him with a move out of England. Toure went on the the club’s website that he would love to end his career at the club.
Fulham manager Martin Jol is still confident Brede Hangeland will sign a new deal at the club despite increasing speculation surrounding the defender’s future. His current deal expires at the end of the season but Jol insists he is more concerned about the next game than the doubt being cast over his star centre back.
Wycombe Wanderers have extended their loan deal with Tottenham for keeper Jordan Archer to the end of the season.
Gareth Barry will miss Saturday’s game against Newcastle United after pleading guilty to the Football Association misconduct charge following the Manchester derby last Sunday.
Turkish giants Galatasaray are apparently considering a big money move for Newcastle United striker Demba Ba in January. The club, however, remain firm on their decision not to sell their star players during the transfer window.
Real Madrid are lining up a £56 million move for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale at the end of the season according to Spanish tabloid Marc. They are said to be considering the sale of Kaka and Angel Di Maria to help fund the move.
Mexican defender Rafa Marquez was released by New York red Bulls this morning following an unsuccessful two year stint at the American club. The ex-Barcelona player has moved back to his home country and signed a two-year deal with Leon.
Aston Villa are said to be interested in Millwall midfielder James Henry following a blistering first half of the season at the London club.