Sport Former Germany international footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has come out as gay

Hitzlsperger revealed on Wednesday that he is gay and hopes that the widespread acceptance will help to progress the discussion of homosexual sportspeople forward

Ian Holloway: Give Sir Alex a break, he just cares too much

Five-game ban is unfair on our greatest manager – he's under so much pressure week in, week out

Gary Neville plays down Jose Mourinho speculation

Gary Neville acknowledges Jose Mourinho has the right credentials to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager - but does not expect that day to come for quite some time.

David Luiz excited by Fernando Torres link up

David Luiz is itching to line up behind fellow Chelsea new boy Fernando Torres in Sunday's Barclays Premier League game against Liverpool, admitting he feared the pair would be on opposite sides this weekend.

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Udinese confident Chelsea target Alexis Sanchez will stay

Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin is confident Chelsea target Alexis Sanchez will stay put.

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The Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti conceded yesterday that if his team are to have any chance of winning the Premier League title in May after yesterday's 3-3 draw with Aston Villa then they must beat leaders Manchester United when they visit Stamford Bridge on 1 March.

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Carlo Ancelotti led his side to a domestic Double last season but that success seems to have hidden problems with an ageing squad and a lack of depth.

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Chris Smalling: 'Next thing I knew I was meeting Sir Alex. It was a bit surreal'

The defender tells Ian Herbert how United's manager convinced him to reject his beloved Arsenal and head for Old Trafford instead

Didier Drogba demands improvement at Chelsea

Didier Drogba has warned Chelsea they need to improve at both ends of the pitch if they are to retain their Barclays Premier League title.

Kalou spares Chelsea blushes with equaliser

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International round-up: Chelsea furious at Alex's inclusion for Brazil

Chelsea were last night seeking an explanation from Brazil as to why Alex was named as a substitute for the international against Argentina in Doha despite both the club's doctor and his counterpart with the national team insisting the defender requires surgery on a knee injury.

Chelsea suffer Alex loss to fuel defensive crisis

Chelsea will have to soldier on without both first-choice centre-halves after it emerged yesterday that John Terry and Alex both have chronic injury problems.

Alex could be out for two months

Chelsea defender Alex will miss the next six to eight weeks with an ongoing knee injury, the club have confirmed.

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