Daily Football Round-Up – Thursday 28th February

There’s been a lot of speculation surrounding Rafa Benitez today with some suggesting this would be his last day in charge of Chelsea. The Spaniard hit out at these claims though, saying that he fully expects to see out the contract that sees him stay at the club for the rest of the season.

 

West Ham have confirmed that Kevin Nolan suffered a broken toe during Monday’s game against Tottenham. The Hammers captain ‘collided’ rather innocuously with Mousa Dembele and is expected to miss this weekend’s game. The club will assess the situation further over the next couple of days.

 

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has refused to rule out a move to one of Europe’s top sides, but did say he is happy at the Welsh club and will definitely be in charge for this season and next at least.

 

Brendan Rodgers has backed Luis Suarez to win the PFA Player of the Year award this season, saying that the goals he scored while operating as a lone striker prove his quality. The Liverpool forward is currently third favourite to win the award though, after Gareth Bale of Spurs and Robin Van Persie of Manchester United.

 

Manchester City youth player Courtney Meppen-Walter has been jailed for 16 months for causing death by careless driving. The 18-year-old was driving at almost double the 30mph speed limit when hit a car, killing two people and injuring two others.

 

Newcastle United today announced that the ankle injury that kept Tim Krul out of the weekends win over Southampton could keep him out for a further four or five weeks.

 

Spurs are apparently ready to listen to offers for Emmanuel Adebayor this summer and are looking at Portugal’s Eder as a replacement.

 

Premier League club have been told they must have goal-line technology in place for the start of next season, but it is not yet certain whether Hawkeye or GoalRef will supply the technology. Many of you will know of Hawkeye from its use in tennis and cricket and GoalRef uses sensors on the frame of the goal to detect changes in the magnetic field as the ball crosses the line.

 

Cardiff City chairman Vincent Tan has moved to reassure fans that the club will not be renamed Cardiff Dragons. “I can assure all supporters that we will not be changing our name from Cardiff Coty Football Club, a club I am very proud to be a part of,” he said.

 

Manchester United and City target Stephen El Shaarawy has extended his contract at AC Milan, keeping him at the club until 2018. The 20-year-old has scored 18 goals in all competitions so far this season and also has four assists to his name.

 

Hearts manager John McGlynn has left the club by mutual consent after only eight months in charge, the Edinburgh club announced today.

 

Finally today, Borussia Dortmund revealed that striker Robert Lewandowski will not be extending his contract at the club, and will “probably leave this summer or in 2014.” Manchester United are favourites to secure the signature of the Poland international.