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    Claudio Ranieri: Failed to turn around Inter's fortunes

    INTER MILAN SACK RANIERI

    Inter Milan have turned to youth team coach Andrea Stramaccioni to turn around the ailing fortunes of the senior side.
    Inter announced in a statement in their website that Stramaccioni, who this weekend led the Nerazzurri's youngsters to victory in the inaugural NextGen Series, was to take charge of the first team on Tuesday in place of Claudio Ranieri .


    The vastly-experienced Ranieri replaced Gian Piero Gasperini in September but was unable to turn around Inter's season, with Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Juventus extending a woeful run that has seen them win only one of their last 10 Serie A matches.
    That dismal sequence has left them down in eighth place, 10 points adrift of the Champions League places, and 22 behind league-leading rivals AC Milan.


    The loss to Juventus was also their 12th league defeat of the campaign, only one shy of the club record of 13 suffered in 1947-48.

    The Inter statement read: "President Massimo Moratti and everyone at Inter would like to offer their sincere thanks to Claudio Ranieri and his staff for the professionalism and commitment they showed over recent months in charge of the team.
    "Furthermore Inter would like to report that Andrea Stramaccioni - the coach of the Primavera team, who won the NextGen Series - will take charge of the first team.


    "The club wishes Andrea Stramaccioni the best of luck as he will join up with the team tomorrow at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti."
    Inter confirmed in a second announcement that Stramaccioni would be officially presented to the media at 1700 (local time).
    Despite Sunday's loss, Ranieri had appeared to have been given a vote of confidence by Moratti earlier on Monday.
    When asked if the 60-year-old, who counts the likes of Chelsea, Juve, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Fiorentina and Roma among his former clubs, was the man to see Inter through to end of the season, Moratti said: "I think so."


    However, Inter have now decided to give Stramaccioni the reins.
    Stramaccioni guided Inter's youngster to victory in the inaugural NextGen Series following a penalty shoot-out victory over Ajax in Sunday's final in London.
    Inter are next in action against Genoa at home on Sunday.

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    Claudio Pizarro: Stalling on a new deal at Bremen

    BECKENBAUER BACKS PIZARRO RETURN

    Bayern Munich's honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has backed his club to sign Claudio Pizarro from Werder Bremen in the summer amid rumours the Peruvian striker is set to return to Bavaria.
    Pizarro has a year left to run on his contract in Bremen, but he is stalling on accepting a new deal and has hinted several times that he may leave in the summer.
    When asked if he would like to play for Bayern again, he said that it would be an attractive option and that he would "have to listen" to them if they were to show an interest.


    With Ivica Olic leaving Bayern in the summer and Nils Petersen failing to make the grade this season, a new striker is at the top of their wishlist, and Pizarro's pedigree makes him an ideal candidate, according to Beckenbauer.
    "I have read about Pizarro and he is still one of the best, even at the age of 33," he said to Sky.
    "The goals he scores, the way he moves - there is no sign of age there. In my eyes, it would make sense to sign Claudio."
    Pizarro scored 71 goals in 174 appearances for Bayern between 2001 and 2007 before moving to Chelsea.


    Since returning to Germany to join Bremen in 2009, he has become the Bundesliga's all-time top foreign goalscorer, breaking the previous record of 133 set by another former Bayern player Giovane Elber. Pizarro's current Bundesliga tally is 141.

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    Ben Foster: Happy to stay at West Brom

    BEN FOSTER KEEPING HIS OPTIONS OPEN

    West Brom's on-loan goalkeeper Ben Foster wants a quick decision on his long-term future, but is open minded about staying at The Hawthorns or returning to parent club Birmingham.
    The former Manchester United player joined Albion following City's relegation from the Barclays Premier League at the end of last season.
    He has impressed for the Baggies and would be happy to remain, but insists he would also have no qualms about returning to Blues.
    Foster said: "If a decision can be made soon, then fantastic. I've got nothing but good things to say about Birmingham and the same now about West Brom. I've loved my time here and at Birmingham.


    "We've obviously got to come to a decision at the end of the season and I think Birmingham will be the ones who make it.
    "The Championship season finishes earlier than the Premier League so I'm sure, come the end of that, a decision will be made one way or the other.
    "I've made some very good friends here and it's very similar to Birmingham, it's a very homely, family-orientated club. I'm just enjoying playing football with good people."
    Foster has enjoyed playing regular first-team football since leaving Old Trafford two years ago, but admits there are more important things in his life.


    He said: "I don't get carried away with the whole football thing really. It is a job to me, to be honest.
    "I do love playing on a Saturday but it's a job and there are a lot more important things in my life. My family is more important than anything else.
    "But even people like my wife will agree, when I'm not playing first-team football I'm like a bear with a sore head and it's not nice. It does affect everything and I'm very happy and settled here."

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    Murphy and Johnson: Free agents in the summer

    MARTIN JOL URGES STARS TO RE-SIGN

    Fulham manager Martin Jol has challenged his out-of-contract stars to show the mental strength required to commit their future to the Cottagers.
    Danny Murphy and Andy Johnson are both free agents at the end of the season, whilst Clint Dempsey has one more year on his present deal.
    Jol wants all three to sign new contracts as he continues to reshape his squad.
    Progress has been slow so far, although with the club's Premier League status virtually secure, negotiations may become slightly easier.
    "If they are mentally strong they will stay with us," said Jol.


    "If not, if they need to play or go somewhere else, we can go on with our transformation.
    "We have five or six players who are different from last year but we are not there yet.
    "The balance could be better at times and I want us to be a bit more aggressive at times.
    "There are goals in us but for the last five or six years Fulham has not scored enough away from home, which is strange."
    They could not muster one at Manchester United on Monday night, although their task would have been eased considerably if referee Michael Oliver had spotted Michael Carrick fouling Danny Murphy inside the box a minute from time.


    It continued a tale of Old Trafford woe for Jol, who has never secured an away win over United, having previously been denied seven years ago when, as Tottenham manager, he was on the wrong end of a famous goal that never was from Pedro Mendes.
    "I have had a few things happen here," he said.
    "It is always narrow but it never goes my way.
    "What happened was exactly what we had in mind, to come away with a point.
    "They had a couple of good chances but we should have had a draw at the end."

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    Leon Britton: Looking to stay with Swansea

    LEON BRITTON WANTS TO STAY PUT

    Swansea City star Leon Britton has confirmed that he would like to finish his career with the club.
    Britton came through the youth ranks at Arsenal before West Ham paid 400,000 for him as a 16-year-old.
    He never made his senior debut for the Hammers and he was loaned to Swansea in 2002 before joining them on a permanent deal the following year.
    Then in 2010 he opted to quit South Wales and signed for Sheffield United but things did not work out at Bramall Lane and, after six months, he returned to Swansea.


    Now a lynchpin in Brendan Rodgers' side, Britton admits he cannot imagine playing elsewhere.
    "It was a bad decision by me to leave, but it hasn't worked out too badly since I came back to Swansea," said the 29-year-old midfielder.
    "I want to stay as long as I can - hopefully for the rest of my career if possible."

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    Axel Bellinghausen: Returning to Fortuna

    BELLINGHAUSEN SET FOR FORTUNA RETURN

    Augsburg midfielder Axel Bellinghausen is to return to his former club Fortuna Dusseldorf in the summer when his contract expires.
    The 28-year-old, who joined the Bavarians in 2009 from Kaiserslautern, signed a three-year contract in Dusseldorf on Monday.
    "We regret Axel's decision, but we must respect it," said Augsburg coach Jos Luhukay, whose side are level on points with third-bottom Hamburg in the Bundesliga.
    "Anybody who knows Axel knows that he will give everything for Augsburg to help us avoid relegation."
    A return to Dusseldorf was something Bellinghausen could not turn down.
    He was part of the Dusseldorf side which gained promotion from the fourth division to the third division in 2004, and now he hopes to be part of their team in the top flight.


    With seven games of the season remaining, Dusseldorf are currently third in the second division and on course for promotion.
    "It was a different world here in the past, but Fortuna has always been an option," said Bellinghausen in the Express newspaper.
    "I have always had my fingers crossed for them and they have done fantastically well.
    "I will now give it all I have got to ensure Augsburg stay up and the best thing would be if both sides were to make it.
    "It is sensational to be back at Fortuna."

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    David Fox: Hoping to be offered a new contract

    FOX WAITING ON NORWICH DEAL

    David Fox has expressed his eagerness to stay at Norwich City and is happy to wait until the club's Premier League status is confirmed before learning if he will be offered a new contract.
    The midfielder is one of several players who are out of contract in the summer, but manager Paul Lambert has put discussions on hold until the Canaries are at least mathematically safe from the threat of relegation.
    Fox has made 64 appearances for Norwich since joining from Colchester two years ago and is enjoying the chance to play regular football in the Premier League.


    The 28-year-old is waiting for the chance to hold talks about his future and understands why Norwich are being cautious about offering new contracts.
    "I would love to stay," said Fox. "We will just have to wait and see.
    "There are others in my situation as well and we will all wait and see what the manager wants to do with us.
    "I am sure he will let us know soon. You just sort of get on with it. Whether you have four weeks or four years left, you just enjoy your football.
    "The club has been in a very bad situation in the past money-wise so the manager is not in a position to be handing out big contracts and then we get relegated.


    "You don't want to see the club in the position they were before and the club as a whole are cutting their cloth accordingly and doing things sensibly since they came to the Premier League.
    "It is very easy to get promoted and throw loads of money at the lads and then get relegated and the club are in trouble then."

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    Owen: Only 32

    OWEN: I STILL HAVE TIME AT THE TOP

    Manchester United striker Michael Owen insists he still has at least two more years at the top level despite his present injury problems.
    Owen has made only four appearances for the Red Devils this season, and none since November, since when he has been sidelined by a thigh problem.
    It has merely compounded the problems he has suffered throughout the latter years of his career, having exploded on to the scene as a teenager in the 1998 World Cup and then become England's fourth-highest goalscorer.
    So long has Owen been around, it is hard to imagine he is only 32.
    And, whilst he has ruled out extending his career into his late 30s Ryan Giggs-style, the former Liverpool and Real Madrid star is adamant there is more in the tank.


    "I must admit, I don't think I am going to be one of the players who is still playing when they are 37 or 38 like Ryan," said Owen.
    "But I certainly think I still have another two or three years left in me.
    "I listen to players in the dressing room; some players are struggling to get out of bed and complain about their knees or Achilles.
    "I honestly can't resonate with them. I never get any pains like that.
    "It is probably strange for people to hear that because they know I am injured.
    "But joint-wise I feel great. I feel as though I can play, it's just when I get injuries, they always seem to be bad ones.
    "My body feels as though it can play and my mind wants to and the aim is to keep going for at least another couple of years."
    It is hard to imagine those years might be at United.
    Sir Alex Ferguson spoke optimistically about the impact Owen could have in the title run-in and there is no doubt his predatory instincts may prove invaluable before the campaign reaches its climax.


    However, it was a surprise when Owen was offered an extension to his initial two-year deal last summer.
    With Danny Welbeck joining Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez as regular members of Ferguson's starting line-up, Owen's chances of playing more regularly appear remote, even though Dimitar Berbatov looks certain to be amongst the close season departures.
    Ambitious Championship outfit Brighton expressed an interest in January and there are bound to be plenty of suitors despite Owen's patchy fitness record.
    And he has not completely given up on United.
    "I know what I want to do," he said.


    "If you say certain things they can get misconstrued but I have not lost the passion to be playing more often.
    "In life, you have to make hard decisions. I have made some good ones and some bad, but in general terms I am pretty proud of my career.
    "I still think I have another two or three years but where that will be is a question that the manager would be better placed to answer.
    "I am exactly the same situation I was last year."
    There are some who claim Owen has wasted three valuable years of his career at United, where he was never likely to gain a regular place, even if he had stayed fit.
    It is not something the forward regrets though.
    "Regardless what happens, you will never hear me grumbling about the privilege of playing at a top club like Manchester United," said Owen.
    "I have had some cracking moments. I have scored in cup finals, got the winner against Manchester City, scored a hat-trick in the Champions League and won the league.


    "I am not concerned about what is around the corner."
    Owen was speaking at his magnificent Manor House Stables complex in Cheshire where he launched a three-year partnership with Hale-based Trinity Elite, a lifestyle-driven tax, accounting and wealth management specialist.
    It has often been suggested Owen is more interested in horses than football these days, particularly now his partnership with trainer Tom Dascombe is proving so successful.
    However, he denies that is the case and in fact states that, even when his playing days are at an end, his career remains in football.
    "I can think of nothing worse than being a trainer," he said.
    "Tom is fielding phone calls from 200 owners and is up at the crack of dawn.
    "I don't really have a role. I own the stables and employ everybody, after that, it all gets run for me so I can go off and play football.
    "That is how I like it. I won't get any more involved than that.
    "I will stay in football in some capacity when I finish, although who knows what capacity that will be."

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    Mario Gotze: New deal

    GOTZE SIGNS NEW DORTMUND DEAL

    Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze has signed a new, long-term deal at the club.
    The 19-year-old Germany midfielder, who had been linked with a move to Arsenal, has already established himself as a regular for both club and country and has played a pivotal role in Dortmund's bid to retain the Bundesliga title this season.
    Wenger revealed on Friday that his summer will not be spent shopping in the transfer market as he targets quality rather than quantity but Gotze is believed to have been one of the major targets on his radar.


    Dortmund currently sit five points clear of Bayern Munich at the top of the league and Gotze told the club's official website he wants to build on the current success.
    "Everyone knows how comfortable I feel in Dortmund, I want to be a part of this development," he said.
    Despite the recent successes Gotze had been consistently linked with a move away from the Westfalenstadion with Arsenal one of the major European clubs interested.


    Arsenal look more likely to complete a move for Gotze's compatriot Lukas Podolski as, despite Wenger admitting last week no deal is yet in place, he has not hidden his interest in the Cologne striker.

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    Darren O'Dea: Looking to move from Celtic

    O'DEA HOPING FOR LEEDS STAY

    On-loan defender Darren O'Dea has confirmed he would like to seal a permanent move to Leeds United in the summer.
    The Celtic stopper has made 32 Championship appearances after joining the West Yorkshire club on a season-long loan.
    The 25-year-old will be a free agent in the summer and he has stated he will be looking to end his six-year stay at Parkhead.
    O'Dea feels he is at the age where he needs to settle down with his family and believes there is no better place than Leeds.
    "Obviously at the end of the season, I'll be looking to move from Celtic," O'Dea told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
    "I suppose it's down to me really (to earn a future at Leeds), but ultimately the manager to decide.


    "When I first signed for the club, it was just a case of getting quite small bits agreed, which didn't happen. So I ended up coming on loan.
    "I'm certainly at the stage of my career now where I've got family and need to settle down and there's no better place to be than Leeds.
    "The manager has had seven games in charge now and we've kept four clean sheets and besides last Tuesday, we've looked very solid and that's down to everyone as a team.
    "I think the manager thought when he maybe first came in that he needed to overhaul the whole squad and I think maybe now he's thinking that it just needs one or two tweaks.
    "We'll wait and see where that leaves me as I don't know...But obviously, I'd like to stay at a club like Leeds."

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