Lunchtime Football Round-Up 29th May

Afternoon all, me and the Lunchtime Round-Up are finally back!

Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett has refused to rule out a move to Real Madrid in the Summer, and he has also claimed that it would be an honour if Madrid were interested in signing the Welsh midfielder. Barnett spoke to the Futboleros Show on Tuesday where he was asked about the future of Bale, where he said that both him and Bale would listen to any offer thrown at them by the club. Barnett also denied reports saying that Bale was close to signing a new long term deal with Spurs

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermalen has stated that he is happy at Arsenal and does not want to move from the North London club in the Summer. Vermalen lost his place in the starting 11 for all but one of the final 10 games of the season to French defender Laurent Koscielny, who was one of the star performers in Arsenal's run in, which saw them win eight of their last 10 games and drawing the other two. Rumours had begun to form saying that Vermalen would be available for £5 million with Southampton believed to be one of the teams interested in the Belgian

Roberto Martinez is set to hold talks with Everton in the next 48 hours after confirming that he will not be staying on as Wigan boss next season, even though he still has 12 months left on his contract. Martinez guided Wigan to FA Cup glory this season, with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the final thanks to Ben Watson's last minute header, which I'm sure all Wigan fans will not forget for some time to come. The clubs chairman Dave Whelan has said that he would never stand in the way of Martinez wanting to speak to another club and also added that Martinez will always be a friend of Wigan

Stoke are close to naming Mark Hughes as their new manager and it has been rumoured that a deal could be completed within the next 24 hours. The 49-year-old has been out of work since November, after he was sacked by now relegated club QPR. Stoke chairman Peter Coates has said that he wants the club to go in a different direction, following the resignation of Tony Pulis earlier on this month, and Coates believes that Mark Hughes is the man to do this

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet looks set to reject any offers from other clubs to remain with the Tyneside club next season. Mignolet has been the subject of a lot of interest from some of Europe's top clubs like Arsenal and Napoli. According to Mignolet, one of the main factors for him wanting to stay at the Stadium Of Light is the fact that he will have Italian Paolo Di Canio as a manager, and he believes that the club will improve next season because of the impact Di Canio has had since being appointed earlier on this year

Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj looks set to sign a new deal with the club, according to his agent. Januzaj has generated interest from the likes of Barcelona and Juventus with his phenominal performances for the United reserve team this season. Januzaj's agent Derk Devriese thinks that the best option for Januzaj is to stay with the Red Devils, especially after he was rewarded with a squad number for the new season

Crystal Palace defender Peter Ramage and midfielder Owen Garvan have both signed two-year contract extensions, which will keep the pair at the club until the Summer of 2015. This clearly shows that the pair are  part of manager Ian Holloway's plans next season, as they prepare to play in the Premier League for the first time in eight years

Manchester United goalkeeper Daavid De Gea has stated that he is happy at the club and is loving life in the Premier League at this moment in time. Since moving from Spanish side Athletico Madrid in 2011, De Gea has had many critics, but this season has silenced the majority of them with some dazzling performances which saw him named in the Premier League team of the season along with fellow United team mates Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick

Oldham defender David Mellor has signed a new contract that will keep him with the League One side until the Summer of next year

AFC Wimbledon have released midfielder Huw Johnson, after manager Neal Ardley said that the club cannot guarantee him first team football next season


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