Mathieu Flamini appears likely to leave the Emirates in the summer after the Frenchman stalled on a contract offer from the club, amid reported interest from Juventus. Meanwhile, Alexander Hleb has admitted a charge of violent conduct and will now miss the remainder of the season.
Stilian Petrov admits Villa will have to "be at our best" when they travel to Everton on Sunday if they are to maintain their recent form and gain a European place. "We have been doing well, but Everton are a quality team," he said. "They are playing for Europe and so are we – it should be a good game."
Manager Alex McLeish hopes the Blues can maintain their impressive home form to the end of the season as they look to retain their top-flight status. "We have tried to make sure that any team leaving St Andrew's have gone away saying 'that was a difficult game," McLeish said.
Johann Vogel feels his form has improved over the last three games. "I played against Tottenham, Liverpool and now Manchester United, three very difficult games, after ten months without playing," the midfielder said. "But I think I've made a step forward for the future and that is good."
Defender Gary Cahill said the Trotters have come into form at the right stage of the season as they look to remain in the top-flight. "We are showing character," he said following wins over West Ham and Middlesbrough. 'There is a lot of pressure on the lads at the minute and I think we have coped really well in the last couple of weeks."
Carlo Cudicini's agent has admitted the Italian may leave Stamford Bridge in the summer. "I cannot say much until the end of the season, given that Chelsea are still busy on two fronts," Federico Pastorello said. "The fact is, his contract expires in 2009. "We give priority to Chelsea as London has become a second home to him after 10 years."
Rams manager Paul Jewell has admitted potential target Lee Carsley is the "type of player" he wants to bring to Pride Park ahead of next season. "Lee has been one of Everton's best players this season," Jewell said of the Toffees midfielder. "He's certainly the type of player we're after."
The midfielder Tim Cahill remains hopeful he will be fit for the start of next season after undergoing surgery in Australia to stop a recurrence of his metatarsal injury. "The aim is to fix the problem for good," the 28-year-old said. "I hope to be back ready for the first game of next season."
The striker David Healy's lack of goals this season could save the Cottagers £1.5m. A clause in the Northern Ireland international's contract requires the club to pay his former side Leeds the amount if Healy scores five league goals. The 28-year-old currently has four goals with three games left.
Pepe Reina has admitted he would consider his future at the club should manager Rafael Benitez depart. "I can't imagine being at Liverpool without Rafa," the 25-year-old goalkeeper said. "If the coach moves and there is the possibility of me joining him, of course I would think about that."
Striker Benjani Mwaruwari said he is thankful for the support he has received from City fans since his transfer from Portsmouth in January. "Everyone has been great," the Zimbabwean forward said. "I'm very happy with the support I've had so far, everyone has been great."
Defender Patrice Evra said he hoped to follow team-mates Wes Brown, Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand in agreeing a new contract. "My agent and the club are speaking about the contract," the 26-year-old said. "I have one year left and I want to stay, but the ball is in the club's court."
The midfielder Fabio Rochemback could be on his way out of the Riverside with Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon reportedly interested in the 26-year-old. "In reality I am studying the offers," the Brazilian said. "But my future is dependent on Boro's decision."
The Magpies chairman Chris Mort has spoken of his desire to commit Steven Taylor to a long-term contract at St James' Park. "Steven is a young and very promising defender in the team," Mort said. "We will sit down with Steven and his father and hopefully work something out."
Defender Lauren said he would be willing to deputise for the suspended Hermann Hreidarsson against Blackburn on Saturday. "I've played there before," the Cameroonian said of the centre-back role. "I don't really mind where I play - the important thing is what's best for the team."
The defender Ibrahima Sonko said the players are determined to get a result from Saturday's visit to Wigan. "We enjoy the Premier League and want to stay for as long as we can," he said. "We have to go to Wigan and not lose. We have Spurs after that but have to start with Wigan."
Roy Keane said he will look to increase the size of his squad over the summer as they look to consolidate their top-flight status. "We put a lot of demands on players," he said. "You understand why clubs have 25, 26 players because you are going to have injuries, and they can deal with it."
The recent displays of Aaron Lennon have been praised by his team-mate Tom Huddlestone. "Aaron's on fire so it's just a case of getting the ball to him as much as possible at the moment," the midfielder said. "He will take [players] on more often than not and goals are created that way."
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The club are to dedicate Saturday's home match with Newcastle to the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research. Collections for the charity, named after the former Hammer and England international, will take place before the game. Players will wear special T-shirts and Bobby's widow Stephanie will speak to the crowd.
Striker Julius Aghahowa and defender Salomon Olembe are close to finalising deals to join a Turkish side, believed to be Kayserispor, at the end of the season. "It hasn't worked out for these two," Latics manager Steve Bruce said. "It's a shame but that's football. We will wish both lads well and hope they have a better time in Turkey."Reuse content