Lunchtime Football Round-Up 28th March

Afternoon all,

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that his side will not be winning the Premier League this year, as the gap between leaders Manchester United and themselves is to much. The gap is currently 15 points, and will be stretched to 18 if United win their game against Sunderland on Saturday. But although Mancini has admitted defeat in the title race, he has claimed that he will be with the club next season to try and win it back off of their rivals. Mancini’s main concern now is to hold of Chelsea who are four points behind, and Tottenham who are five points behind

Internacional director of football Luis Cesar Souto de Moura has said that striker Leandro Damiao is likely to leave the club during the summer. Tottenham have already shown keen signs of interest in the 23-year-old, who won’t be leaving Internacional for anything less than €20million according to reports coming from Brazil. Italian side Napoli have also shown a great deal of interest in Damiao, who could possibly be a replacement for Uruguayan striker Edison Cavani if he were to leave the club in the summer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger still believes that the club can secure Champions League football next season, despite the absence of midfielder Jack Wilshere, who’s comeback from an ankle injury has been delayed for at least another two weeks. Wenger also said that if the side play like they did against Bayern Munich, then they still have a very big chance of securing Champions League football next year

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has said that he will sign a new contract at the Boleyn Ground once the club reaches 38 points in the Premier League. West Ham are currently lying in 14th place on 33 points, which is six points off of the relegation zone, and five points off of Allardyce’s target. The deal between Allardyce and the club is all but done, but the directors of the club need to make sure that the clubs Premier League safety is confirmed before they can officially give Allardyce his new contract

Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has admitted that losing star striker Steven Fletcher and captain Lee Cattermole to injury is not ideal, but the club will have have to just get on with it. Fletcher sustained ankle ligament damage in the opening minutes of Scotland’s 2-1 defeat to Wales earlier this week, whilst Cattermole underwent surgery on a knee problem that has been troubling him for much of this season. O’Neill has also said that the club cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves due to their current position in the league table. Sunderland are currently 15th in the Premier League, only four points above the drop zone. Sunderland’s run in is without doubt one of the hardest for the teams who find themselves in the relegation battle, as they still have to play Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda, who is currently on loan at Bundesliga side Stuttgart until the end of the season has said that it wouldn’t make sense to return to Old Trafford as he wants to develop as a player elsewhere. Macheda has already been linked with a return to boyhood club Lazio in the summer, who he left in 2007 to join Manchester United. But since joining United, Macheda believes that it has been a struggle due to injuries and some bad loan spells

Swansea City defender Jazz Richards has signed a new contract to keep him at the club until the summer of 2016. Richards’ was due to be out of contract this summer, but his performances with Championship club Crystal Palace, where he is currently on loan, have shown Michael Laudrup that he was deserved of a new contract

Wales goalkeeper Jason Brown has signed for Championship side Ipswich Town on a short term contract until the end of the season

Fantastic news for Crystal Palace fans, as top scorer Glenn Murray has signed a new three-year contract with the club. Murray has been in sublime form this season, notching up a total of 30 goals in just 36 appearances, which should see him win the top scorer award for the Championship, as he is currently six goals in front of Burnley striker Charlie Austin

Middlesbrough midfielder Mathew Dolan has returned to League One side Yeovil Town for another loan spell, which is set to run until the end of the season

Dagenham & Redbridge have signed Tottenham goalkeeper Jonathan Miles on loan for the remainder of the season