The midfielder Gilberto admits he may have to leave the club in search of regular first-team football, the lack of which having cast doubt over his future at the club. "I will see what happens in the next few months," the 31-year-old Brazilian said. "At the moment I cannot see any future for me at the club."
The defender Curtis Davies said he trusts the manager Martin O'Neill's transfer policy. "It's about quality – not getting numbers up," the 22-year-old said. "The gaffer knows what he is doing. He likes to make shrewd signings rather than lots of signings and not sign players just for the sake of it."
Alex McLeish was relieved to see Tunisia exit the African Nations Cup this week as it means Radhi Jaidi and Medhi Nafti can now return to the Blues. "The result strengthens our squad," the manager said. "We'll assess their fitness and see if they can be involved at West Ham [on Saturday]."
Brad Friedel believes the manager Mark Hughes requires funds to strenghten the Rovers squad if they are to qualify for Europe. "We've got good players here," he said. "Hopefully, the club will give Mark money to spend and we can keep pushing onwards. We are in with an excellent chance."
The manager Gary Megson said he had been impressed by the initial displays of striker Grzegorz Rasiak. The Pole completed a loan move from Southampton last week. "He's got a great scoring record," Megson said. "He's doing particularly well. I'm delighted with the way he's gone about his training so far with us."
Claude Makelele believes the squad have displayed mental strength to continue their good form after the departure of Jose Mourinho last year. "When Mourinho left the team was a little destabilised," the midfielder admitted. "But we got through that period because we are a group of hard workers and we trust our ability."
Paul Jewell believes new signing Robbie Savage can start to dictate the Rams midfield if he concentrates on his game. "Rather than pleasing everyone, and trying to do everyone's job he needs to do his own," Jewell said. "He's nowhere near his best. But he will get there. There is a lot more to come."
Lee Carsley believes the club need to add goals to their game after their last two league games finished goalless. "We need to give AJ [Andy Johnson] more chances," the midfielder said. "We haven't been creating as much as we would like, but we look solid. It's just a case of tweaking things."
The midfielder Steven Davis said he is enjoying his time on loan at Rangers. "This is a massive club and it's just great for me to be a small part of it," the 23-year-old said. "As far as I'm concerned this is just a loan move at the moment, so I am just going to try and enjoy it as much as possible."
Despite losing his first-team place to Fabio Aurelio in recent weeks, John Arne Riise has reiterated his desire to remain at Anfield. "I'm happy here. I want to stay for the rest of my career," the Norwegian said. "I don't like not playing but I understand the boss likes to rotate."
Peter Storrie has revealed Benjani's protracted transfer from Portsmouth was delayed because the striker fell asleep. "In his own inevitable, wonderful way – and we all love Benji so much – he falls asleep at the airport and misses two planes," the chief executive confirmed.
Cristiano Ronaldo said he hopes to be able to emulate his club form for Portugal at Euro 2008 this summer. "I want to play as well as I have been playing in the Premier League," the midfielder said. "I will be well prepared and I believe that with my motivation level things will go well."
David Wheater is close to signing a new deal at the Riverside Stadium. "We're a long way down the line," manager Gareth Southgate said. "David wants to be here, he's made that clear, and it's just a case of finalising things. We're obviously very, very happy with what he's doing."
Emre has dismissed reports suggesting he is interested in a move away from St James' Park. "I would never say anything about leaving," he said. "I am focused on my future here. I love the city and I am very happy. Now I have to show everything for Kevin Keegan and everything for this club."
Harry Redknapp believes the 37-year-old goalkeeper David James can continue playing into his forties. "I don't think there's anyone that comes near him now," the manager said of the England international. "He's got older and more experienced and he's an absolutely fantastic keeper."
The transfer window signing Jimmy Kebe was included in the squad for the reserve match at Portsmouth last night. "Jimmy is quick and moves well," the reserve team manager Brian McDermott said of the arrival from Lens. "I think he could be a smashing player for us."
The club have agreed to terminate the contract of Clive Clarke following medical advice. The 28-year-old joined the Black Cats from West Ham in 2006, but suffered a heart attack at half-time of a Carling Cup match at Nottingham Forest last summer while on loan at Leicester City.
The manager Juande Ramos believes the club's impressive recent performances show the club are improving. "We're satisfied with the progress we've made, it proves we can compete with the best," he said. "But we're not going to settle for that. We want to continue to improve."
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Tthe defender Anton Ferdinand said he has no intention of leaving Upton Park. "This is the first time in a long while where I am playing with nothing over my head and I feel free," the 22-year-old said following reports linking him with a transfer. "I am concentrating on nothing but football and I think that is showing in my play."
The goalkeeper Chris Kirkland said he was pleased to reach a half-century of games for his club. "A couple of years ago no-one would have given me a cat in hell's chance of making that," the 26-year-old said. "I've never done it before in my career. I only played 34 times for Liverpool in five years and only 29 games for Coventry in four years."Reuse content