Gaël Clichy has admitted he was "a bit disappointed" the club drew Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals. "It will be like a Premier League game," the French defender said. "I was a bit disappointed because the Champions League is for playing against teams around Europe."
Martin O'Neill has dismissed reports that the club have approached Porto about defender Jose Bosingwa, but said he does intend to strengthen his side. "We have made no bid," the manager said. "No one from Villa has spoken to anyone from Porto. But that doesn't mean we're not interested in players."
Radhi Jaidi has put his international retirement on hold again after being included in the Tunisia squad for the friendly with Ivory Coast next week. The 32-year-old, who has won 90 caps, had twice previously stated his intention to end his international career.
New signing Johann Vogel has admitted it had always been "an objective of mine" to play in England and feels confident he can benefit the Ewood Park squad. "I can't wait to get started," the 31-year-old Swiss international said. "If the manager thinks I'm ready I will grab my chance."
Jussi Jaaskelainen's agent Peter Harrison said the his player has held discussions with other sides as his contract nears expiry this summer, with Bolton yet to offer a new deal. "I am obviously speaking with other clubs," Harrison said. "Jussi has got a good few years ahead of him. There are some English clubs and some foreign."
The striker Ben Sahar could have his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday extended by a further month after impressing Owls manager Brian Laws. Injury has meant that the 18-year-old Israel international has yet to start a game for the Championship side and has made only three substitute appearances since joining last month.
Despite undergoing successful knee surgery, Rams midfielder Giles Barnes could struggle to return for the start of next season as he may require a further operation. "He will have to go back [to surgery]," manager Paul Jewell said. "But whether he needs a second operation, we don't know yet."
Striker James Vaughan retains hope of featuring again for the club this season after undergoing successful knee surgery in the United States. "I'm in very good spirits," he said. "I know I've got to work really hard and that it's a bad time for it to happen to me, but I'm ready to just get on with it."
Manager Roy Hodgson believes his squad should look to fellow Londoners West Ham for inspiration as they look to avoid the drop. "West Ham, credit to them, did a fantastic job last year," he said of the Hammers' late-season run that kept them in the top flight. "We have to try and emulate it."
Lucas Leiva believes Rafael Benitez's controversial rotation policy has worked in his favour, helping the Brazilian settle into life in the Premier League. "This has worked to my advantage," the midfielder said. "I realised there was nothing to be intimidated by – everybody had two legs, we were all equal."
Defender Nedum Onuoha said scoring his first Premier League goal against Spurs last week was a unique experience. "It was quite strange," he said. "Because, although it's gone in, it didn't feel right," the 21-year-old. "Maybe scoring will become second nature to me one day."
Michael Carrick believes the club have the necessary experience to hold on to top spot going into the title-race run-in. "Going through it all before is a help," the midfielder said. "It is not identical to last season, but it is close to it. We know how to get over that finishing line. That can benefit us."
Tuncay said Boro will avoid relegation, despite not yet understanding the meaning of the word. "There will be no dropping down," the Turkish international, who is still learning English, said. "I don't understand the word relegation, but I do understand we will not be going down."
Mark Viduka has dismissed reports of a rift with manager Kevin Keegan. "It's funny when you hear stories like that, as it's totally untrue," the Australian said after making his first start under Keegan against Birmingham this week. "The manager's been very positive towards me."
Defender Sol Campbell could miss out on a return to former club Tottenham this weekend after a scan revealed damage to his knee. "Sol is struggling," Pompey manager Harry Redknapp said. "He looks doubtful for the weekend. We'll have to wait and see but I'm not too hopeful."
Captain Graham Murty remains optimistic that after missing the last three games from injury an injection in his knee will hasten his recovery. "Hopefully it will have calmed down and it can start progressing," he said. "Things have been a bit slow. Hopefully a bit of pain will pay off."
Bill Beswick, the maligned sports psychologist who worked as an assistant to Steve McClaren at Middlesbrough and with England, has spoken to the Sunderland players about their relegation battle. "Bill has been in one or two times," manager Roy Keane said. "I have an open mind."
PSV Eindhoven have expressed an interest in Lee Young-Pyo returning to the club. "He is still a very interesting player," technical director Stan Valckx said of the 30-year-old South Korean. The defender has failed to hold down a regular place at White Hart Lane this season.
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Midfielder Jack Collison is looking to follow the example of team-mate Freddie Sears by making an immediate impact in the first team. "That is the main aim, to try and force my way in," the 19-year-old said. "That is what we are all hoping to do really. It is going to be hard, but I will keep my head down and keep working."
The club will not appeal against the red card given to Jason Koumas during the 1-0 win over Bolton. "We've looked at it and we're not appealing," manager Steve Bruce said. "We decided against it on the grounds of what happened to [Middlesbrough forward] Jérémie Aliadière when he was sent off at Liverpool and had his ban extended."Reuse content