Daily Football Round-Up Tuesday 9th April

In the wake of last night’s Manchester derby United defender Patrice Evra has demanded a response from his team mates when they face Stoke this weekend. Stoke are teetering precariously above the relegation zone and will not be relishing the prospect of facing a United team with a point to prove.

 

City manager Roberto Mancini thinks the result proves his side are the best team in the city, and expects his team to regain the title next season as a result. Meanwhile David Silva is targeting the FA Cup semi-final game with Chelsea for his return from injury.

 

Everton captain Phil Neville has today confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season. The 36-year-old has spent eight years at the club and despite becoming only the seventh player to reach 500 games in the Premier League he insists he will happily drop down to the second tier to prolong his playing career.

 

Julio Cesar has joined the list of foreign players and managers to declare their love for England and the brand of football produced in the Premier League. He is adamant that he will remain in the country no matter what happens to QPR this season but did admit he wants to remain in the top flight.

 

Paul Clement has set his sights on a managerial job in England and hopes his experience in France with PSG will help him land a job. The former PE teacher previously had a spell with Blackburn alongside Steve Kean and hopes to return in the not too distant future.

 

Charlie Wyke’s loan to Hartlepool from Middlesbrough has been cut short due to a pelvic injury.

 

Sunderland’s Craig Gardner has hit back at claims that the team are not fit enough by new manager Paolo Di Canio’s yesterday. “We work hard every day, no matter what manager comes in, we are professional footballers, I don’t know where this has come from,” he told Northern Echo.

 

Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy is nearing a return to first team action after completing 90 minutes of an Under-21’s match. The 26-year-old has been out since 24th November following surgery on a torn muscle.

 

Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin is considering retiring from football after admitting he has lost his appetite for the game.

 

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is eying up a return to the Spanish transfer market this summer with Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas apparently top of his wish list.

 

Doncaster manager Brain Flynn has admitted that he is in no rush to sign a new contract at the club, even if they secure promotion this weekend.