Ravanelli tells fans of his Boro bliss

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Fabrizio Ravanelli yesterday reaffirmed his intention to stay with Middlesbrough as Milan became the latest club to be linked with him.

The 16-goal, pounds 7m striker, who is also reported to be interesting Manchester United, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Internazionale, declared his satisfaction with life on Teesside and does not wish to leave.

"I want to tell all Boro fans that, despite moving to a new club and a new country, I could not have hoped to have settled in better in the few months I have been here," he said. "There is no way I want to leave."

Bryan Robson, the Boro manager, said: "I have not had one approach from any club concerning Ravanelli. He is 100 per cent happy. The only problem is misleading articles in the press that upset him."

Hi-tech shenanigans in Spain where an unidentified fan armed with a laser tried to distract the Seville keeper, Monchi Rodrgiuez, during Monday's 3-0 league defeat at Hercules.

Television pictures showed a small red light on the keeper's face at corners and free-kicks. Lasers can cause permanent eye damage and even blindness.

"There was some kind of laser, but it didn't affect me," Monchi said.

n England are to play Brazil on 10 June in Lens as part of the four-team 1998 World Cup dress rehearsal which also features France and Italy.

Dates: 3 June France v Brazil, Lyon; 4 June Italy v England, Nantes; 7 June France v England, Montpellier; 8 June Italy v Brazil, Lyon; 10 June England v Brazil, Lens; 11 June France v Italy, Paris (Parc des Princes) (Kick-off times to be announced later).