Lunchtime Round-Up 27th January

Afternoon all,

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has said that the club are close to agreeing a new contract with their manager Michael Laudrup. Since becoming manager last Summer, Laudrup has guided the club to glory in the Capital One Cup and also a very respectable position in the Premier League. Due to his success with Swansea, some of Europe’s top clubs have been interested in him including the very reputable Chelsea and also Real Madrid. But not all of the credit can go to Laudrup, as all of the players have put in tremendous performances this season, epsecially Spanish striker Michu who has without doubt been the bargain buy of the season as he has scored 19 goals in all competitions for the Swans so far and without his goals, they would’nt be in this position

Chelsea duo Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta are set to miss the trip to Middlesbrough in the FA cup tonight. Cahill has been sidelined with a virus, whilst Azpilicueta has been sidelined with a leg problem. Other than this, Chelsea do not have any other injuries within the squad, apart from Oriol Romeu who will be out for the rest of the season with a knee injury

Even with the injuries to Cahill and Azpilicueta, interim manager Rafa Benitez is confident that Chelsea are able to overcome Middlesbrough tonight in their FA Cup fifth round tie. Benitez said that he is desperate to avoid a replay with the Championship side, who currently sit just outside the play-off places. Chelsea have already played 47 games this season, which is one of the most games played by a club in England this season

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he expected a dip in the form of youngster Raheem Sterling this season, and that he will not rush him in his development, as he is only 18-years-old.  So far this season, Sterling has put in some stellar performances for Liverpool this season, and has scored two goals in 35 appearances

Swansea midfielder Leon Britton has not yet given up hope of getting a cap for England. The 30-year-old has been one of the key players this season for the Swans and was an instrumental figure in their Capital One Cup success, which concluded this Sunday when they beat Bradford 5-0 in the final

Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell has admitted that his performance against Chelsea last weekend was good, but he still thinks that he needs to improve to earn a place in the City team every week. Rodwell has been out for much of the season due to a hamstring problem that has restricted him to just 10 appearances which has put him out of favour with manager Roberto Mancini who has opted to play Yaya Toure, Javi Garcia and Gareth Barry over the 21-year-old

Paris St-Germain have declared their interest in signing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. The French league leaders want to improve their attacking options and have identified 27-year-old Rooney as a potential target to partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic next season

Bolton midfielder Mark Davies has signed a contract extension to keep him at the Reebok Stadium until 2017. Davies has been with Bolton since 2009 and in that time he has played 130 games and scored 13 goals

Rochdale have signed free agent Ian Henderson, who left League One side Colchester United in January through mutual consent

Gillingham have signed Brentford’s Antonio German on loan for a month