Mark Fleming

Mark Fleming is a sports writer for The Independent.

Ferguson plays mind games over Nasri move

Sir Alex Ferguson exerted subtle pressure on Arsène Wenger over the attempted purchase of Samir Nasri late last night in what appeared to be one last attempt to revive his fading hopes of signing the player.

Villas-Boas to impose a code of conduct

Andre Villas-Boas began his reign as Chelsea manager yesterday by asserting his authority over the powerful figures within the Stamford Bridge dressing room.

Santos: Neymar price has been met

Chelsea remain in the hunt to sign the Brazilian teenage sensation Neymar, amid claims from Santos yesterday that five European clubs have met his contract's €45m (£40m) buy-out clause.

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The new Special One? Not me, insists Villas-Boas

The new Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas, yesterday began his Stamford Bridge reign in markedly different style to his mentor and predecessor Jose Mourinho. "I don't see the game as a one-man show," he said.