Roberto Di Matteo believes that AVB deserves some credit for Chelsea’s success in the FA Cup this season, given the role he played during the start of the cup run. It was a nice gesture and words by the Italian, who refused to be drawn into speculation over his long term future as manager of the Blues. Frank Lampard has lauded Di Matteo’s influence at the football club and the confidence he has instilled in the team at Stamford Bridge.
Elsewhere in the news Sir Trevor Brooking has reacted to claims his feud with Redknapp cost him the England job; Wenger has attacked referees for the lack of penalties awarded to Arsenal this season, while Manchester United are favourites to land Nicolas Gaitan.
Sir Alex Ferguson has conceded that Manchester United will never be able to compete with City financially – Guardian
Kenny Dalglish has lamented the naivety that his Liverpool side showed for large parts of the cup final – Guardian
Roy Hodgson will confide in Fabio Capello in his preparations for Euro 2012 – Guardian
Alan Pardew says that Newcastle’s success this season has simply been down to building a solid backline – Daily Telegraph
Manchester United appear favourites to land Nicolas Gaitan, according the player’s agent – Metro
Frank Lampard has lauded the influence that Di Matteo has had on the football club and the confidence he has installed in the team – Independent
Sir Trevor Brooking denies that his rift with Harry Redknapp was the reason the Tottenham boss didn’t get a look in for the England job – Daily Mail
Arsene Wenger has blast referees for the lack of penalties awarded at the Emirates this season – Daily Mail
Premier League big guns are all chasing FC Twente striker, Luuk de Jong – Mirror
Paul Pogba is set to quit Manchester United and sign for Juventus at the end of the season – Daily Mail
Arsenal are set to cash in Marouane Chamakh and Ju-Young Park, following the arrival of Lukas Podolski – Metro