Lunchtime Round-Up Thursday 2nd May

Afternoon all,

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata has stated that all of the clubs curent squad are backing interim boss Rafa Benitez ahead of their Europa League semi-final against Swis side Basel. If Benitez is able to guide the Blues to victory, then this will be their second successive season appearing in a European final. Chelsea go into the second leg of he tie with a 2-1 lead, after David Luiz’s last minute free kick gave Chelsea the advantage

Bad news for Wigan fans, as Maynor Figueroa will miss the remainder of the season due to a groin injury he sustained in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham at the weekend. The injury to Figueroa has come at a bad time for the Latics, as they are currently 5 points adrift of safety and they also have an FA Cup final to concentrate on. Now with the absence of Figueroa, the job that already seemed hard, just got a little harder

Ukranian champions Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has insisted that a deal for Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho is yet to be done, and that City will have to pay the 27-year-old’s release clause, which is £42.3 million. It was said that City were close to agreeing a deal worth around £30 million, but Lucescu has denied this and also he has claimed that Shakhtar are a bigger club than City and hopes that Fernandinho will remain at the club

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has said that Joey Barton remains very much a QPR player. Barton, who si currently on loan at French side Marseille has said how he would love to extend his stay with the French side on a permanent basis. But Fernandes has stated that unless a r=transfer fe between both QPR and Marseille cannot be agreed, then Barton will be expected to return to the club for pre-season training

Everton defender Phil Jagielka has admitted responsibility is something he needs to improve on as he prepares to become the captain of Everton next season. Jagielka is set to become the captain once current captain Phil Neville moves on in the summer and he hopes that he can do a job as good as the ex-Manchester United defender

Derby have released veteran full back Gareth Roberts after three years with the club. In his time with the Rams, Roberts played over 100 times, and according to manager Nigel Clough, he was brilliant, but now is the time to move on

Notts County have offered eight players new contracts, including striker Yoann Arquin. The other seven players to be offered contracts are  Alan Sheehan, Jeff Hughes, Joss Labadie, Haydn Hollis, Curtis Thompson, Tyrell Waite and Greg Tempest

Oxford City have released 12 players, including former Chelsea and Stoke defender Michael Duberry

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