Mark Fleming

Mark Fleming is a sports writer for The Independent.

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Chelsea hit by Essien blow on first day back

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has suffered a serious injury to his right knee during pre-season training.

Wenger losing fight to keep Fabregas and Nasri

The Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger yesterday assured supporters he will fight to keep both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri at the club but significantly stopped short of promising the pair would not be leaving the Emirates this summer.

Villas-Boas more Pep talk than Jose on first Chelsea training day

New manager put emphasis on the collective when he met his players yesterday, writes Mark Fleming

Defiant Levy tells Modric he will not be sold at any price

Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, told Croatian midfielder Luka Modric last night that he is not prepared to consider selling him at any price.

Villas-Boas more Pep talk than Jose on first Chelsea team-building day

New manager put the emphasis on the collective when he met his players at training yesterday

Levy tells Modric that Tottenham will not let him go – at any price

Spurs chairman claims 'That's the end of it,' after meeting Croatian midfielder but Chelsea could bid £30m

Villas-Boas: Manchester United are our main target

Andre Villas-Boas will challenge his players to topple Manchester United when he meets the first-team squad for the first time.

Fabregas frustrated by Real Madrid interest

Arsenal play Barcelona and their bitter rivals off against each other in an attempt to get £40m for Spanish midfielder

Mark Fleming: Arsenal's prudence is laudable but out of step

The situation is not new for Wenger, and in the past the result has always been the same – the board sticks to its guns and the player moves on

Cole reassures Villas-Boas he will have respect from players

Chelsea's new manager André Villas-Boas is preparing to meet the players tomorrow for the first time since his appointment, and has been promised by the defender Ashley Cole that there are "no egos" at Stamford Bridge.

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