Lunchtime Football Round-Up 29th April

Afternoon all,

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gareth Bale has played down reports suggesting that he will be leaving the club in the Summer, with Real Madrid being his most likely destination if he decides to leave the club. Bale, last night won both the PFA player and PFA young player of the season after his sublime performances this season has put Spurs on the verge of Champions League qualification, with only Arsenal stood in their way. But with a game in hand over their North London rivals, Spurs are many peoples favourites to snap up the final Champions League spot. Bale was also named in the PFA Premier League team of the year, which I will put at the bottom of the article for those of you who have not yet seen it along with the PFA team of the year for the  other three English divisions

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has backed the clubs record signing Gaston Ramirez to make a big impact next season. After making a bright start to the season, Ramirez has failed to make an impact in the second half of the season, and according to Pochettino, there has been no issue with the price tag put on the player, it was more about adapting to a new country

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has claimed that he was given no time to build his own team and that since his appointment in November at Loftus Road, it has been an uphill battle. Even though the club spent over £20 million in January on the pair of French striker Loic Remy and Congolese defender Christopher Samba, Redknapp believes that you need to build your team in the Summer, not halfway through the season

Sunderland’s star man Stephane Sessegnon has stated that he is loving life under new manager Paolo Di Canio at the club and he also believes that his form has improved drastically since the Italians appointment at The Stadium Of Light. Sunderland have won two of Di Canio’s first three games, including a 3-0 win over Tyneside rivals Newcastle last weekend in which Sessegnon scored a fantastic goal

Link to the goal >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EgUT-FM9F4

Fulham manager Martin Jol is already preparing for another Summer of transfer ins and outs as his side limps towards the finish of another season in the Premier League. With the Cottagers only picking up a singular point in their last five games, the end of the season should come a relief to many of the clubs fans and also the clubs players. Fulham have already been linked with Athletico Madrid defender Fernando Amorebieta and Reading striker Adam Le Fondre, who is believed to be quite high on the wish list at Craven Cottage, as one of the clubs scouts was at the Reading vs QPR game yesterday to watch him

Reading may be on the verge of losing another striker, as West Ham, Hull City and also Cardiff City have shown a considerable amount of interest in Republic Of Ireland striker Noel Hunt, who’s contract runs out at the end of this season and as of yet, no deal has been offered to the 30-year-old who signed for the Royals in 2008 from Scottish side Dundee United

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson couldn’t think of any negatives from his sides 6-0 drubbing of Newcastle at the weekend. Henderson also believes that the victory was a perfect end to a traumatic week, after the incident involving their striker Luis Suarez and Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Liverpool manager also praised the clubs players after the game, and insisted that Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho was one of the main reasons behind the thrashing

Wolves manager Dean Saunders has claimed that he wants to stay with the club despite the clubs relegation to the third tier of English football almost confirmed. If Wolves want to avoid relegation to this level, that they haven’t competed in since the mid 198o’s then Wolves themselves will have to beat play-off chasing Brighton and they also have to hope that Barnsley lose to Huddersfield and Peterborough are beaten by Crystal Palace heavily, as Wolves need to turn around a six-goal swing on Peterborough

Brentford manager Uwe Rosler has said that his whole team were to blame for the penalty miss against Doncaster at the weekend, which cost them automatic promotion the the Championship. Substitute Marcello Trotta insisted on taking the penalty, despite Rosler wanting Kevin O’Conner to take the penalty. Doncaster then broke away after the penalty miss and scored, which then meant that Doncaster won the league and that Brentford would have to settle for a place in the play-offs

Link to the last minute madness at Griffin Park >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF8dLCdgdRg

Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart has targeted successive promotions, after the clubs promotion from Npower League Two was confirmed yesterday. The promotion was confirmed with a 2-0 win over Aldershot, who were relegated with Barnet after a fanatic final day of the League Two season, which saw the bottom seven teams in the league all fight it out to stay in the division

PFA Premier League team of the season:

GK: David De Gea (Manchester United) RB: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) CB: Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) CB: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) LB: Leighton Baines (Everton) RM: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) CM: Michael Carrick (Manchester United) CM: Juan Mata (Chelsea) LM: Gareth Bale (Tottenham) ST: Robin Van Persie (Manchester United) ST: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

PFA Championship team of the season:

GK: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) RB: Kieran Trippier (Burnley) CB: Wes Morgan (Leicester) CB: Mark Hudson (Cardiff) LB: Wayne Bridge (Brighton) RM: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) CM: Thomas Ince (Blackpool) CM: Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) LM: Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) ST: Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) ST: Matej Vydra (Watford)

PFA League One team of the season:

GK: Wesley Foderingham (Swindon) RB: Simon Francis (Bournemouth) CB: Robert Jones (Doncaster) CB: Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) LB: Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) RM: Matthew Ritchie (Bournemouth) CM: Luke Murphy (Crewe) CM: Alan Judge (Notts County) LM: David Cotterill (Doncaster) ST: Paddy Madden (Yeovil) ST: Leon Clarke (Coventry)

PFA League Two team of the season:

GK: Stuart Nelson (Gillingham) RB: Sean Clohessy (Southend) CB: Adam Barrett (Gillingham) CB: Ryan Cresswell (Southend) LB: Joseph Martin (Gillingham) RM: Jacques Maghoma (Burton) CM: Marlon Pack (Cheltenham) CM: Gary Jones (Bradford) LM: Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) ST: Tom Pope (Port Vale) ST: Jamie Cureton (Exeter)