Football in Brief: Young wants test at highest level
Monday 06 June 2011
Ashley Young has set his sights on playing Champions League football next season after another top class performance in England's otherwise disappointing 2-2 draw with Switzerland.
Young came off the bench to equalise and was named as the man of the match, despite only playing 45 minutes.
With only a year remaining on his contract, he is interesting Manchester United and it is becoming increasingly clear that he is unlikely to be at Aston Villa next season.
Young said: "I'm going to talk to the chairman this week, so we'll see. I want to test myself at the highest level, such as the World Cup, the European Championship and the Champions League."
Wembley may host Champions League final again in 2013
After another turbulent week for the Football Association, there may be some good news on the horizon at last. European football’s governing body, Uefa, was apparently so impressed with Wembley’s hosting of the Champions League final last month that the stadium could be in line to host the showpiece match again in 2013. Barcelona’s triumph generated record-breaking ticket revenues of £50m, and both the stadium and the city of London were highly rated by Uefa. With doubts persisting about other candidate venues, Wembley is understood to be in a strong position to follow Munich’s Allianz Arena in hosting the tie.
Nasri will not rule out United move
Samir Nasri has cast further doubt over his Arsenal future by saying he may not sign a new contract while also refusing to play down the prospect of joining Manchester United.
Nasri, 23, is entering the last year of his deal, and the Gunners may be forced to cash in this summer if he refuses to agree an extension.
France team-mate and United left-back Patrice Evra last week urged the Nasri to join him at Old Trafford.
Nasri told TF1's Telefoot: "I don't know if I will sign a new contract, the discussions are on-going. Do I want to go to Man United? First, we should see if it's real and concrete."
Adams chips in with rescue plan
Port Vale manager Micky Adams is attempting to become a director of the troubled League Two club in order to salvage his transfer plans.
He is prohibited from any transfer activity after a meeting left just three directors in place while delivering a vote of no confidence in the club's current board.
Adams (above) intends to use £50,000 of his own money to buy shares in the Burslem outfit. He said: "I am waiting to extend contracts for existing players and to sign new players, and this can't take place until the minimum number of directors [four] is in office."
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