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Di Matteo: Restored Torres responded in fantastic style

Roberto Di Matteo's first team selection as Chelsea's interim manager last night was unremarkable in as much as it was the same XI, bar one, that had been fortunate to deny Birmingham City the win at Stamford Bridge in that might have brought the reign of Andre Villas-Boas to an even earlier end.

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Pete Jenson: Real-politik of Roman mirrors the galactico era

Abramovich's tenure is reminiscent of the worst excesses of Florentino Perez's years at Madrid

Andre Villas-Boas has an increasingly fragile relationship with his Chelsea squad

James Lawton: Patience may not be a virtue this time, Roman – AVB looks all at sea

Oone day it might just dawn on the man who started off making plastic ducks in a Moscow apartment block. In some ways winning in football is not too dissimilar from becoming one of the richest men in the world. A lot of it has to do with timing, knowing when to hold the cards and when to toss them aside.

Andre Villas-Boas has an increasingly fragile relationship with his Chelsea squad

James Lawton: Patience may not be a virtue this time, Roman – Andre Villas-Boas looks all at sea

Abramovich's visits to training reinforce the idea of a coach feeling pressure from above and below

Out of the shadows: Tevez 'can help us in the last three months,' says Mancini

Mancini says Tevez could play for City 'next week'

With a faltering away record threatening to undermine their challenge for a first English title in 44 years, Manchester City's manager, Roberto Mancini, has opened the door wide to the prodigal son who is Carlos Tevez.

Roman Abramovich has attended Chelsea training

Abramovich's interest is fine, says Villas-Boas

Chelsea manager claims owner's renewed presence at training has a 'fantastic' effect

The Internazionale president, Massimo Moratti, signalled defeat in his club’s bid to sign Tevez

Paris St Germain end pursuit of Carlos Tevez

Paris St Germain sporting director Leonardo has confirmed the French club have ended their interest in Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez after failing to agree a deal.

Kaka has never replicated the form that he showed at AC Milan

Kaka denies reaching agreement with PSG

Kaka has denied reports he has agreed a move to Paris St Germain and insisted he is committed to Real Madrid.

Samba: Wants to leave Blackburn

Rovers tell Samba he can sit in stands rather than leave

Steve Kean, the Blackburn Rovers manager, has told Queen's Park Rangers that his club are prepared to let captain Christopher Samba sit in the stands, rather than sell him.

<b>Chris Samba</b><br/>
While Blackburn struggle this season both on and off the pitch, one of the few positives at Ewood Park has been the performances of central defender Chris Samba. The Congolese has been a rock at the back for Rovers and is easily Blackburn's most saleable asset. With the club reportedly in dire financial trouble they must be tempted to cash in, although it's rumoured they've put a price tag of £15m on his head. That's unrealistic, but so is the bid of £5m they received recently from QPR. Somewhere between the two could see the 27-year-old move, and with Redknapp a confirmed admirer, it could be to White Hart Lane.

Steve Kean reiterates Blackburn defender Chris Samba is not for sale

Blackburn manager Steve Kean has reiterated his stance that Chris Samba is not for sale and he hopes the defender will be available for selection next weekend.

The Internazionale president, Massimo Moratti, signalled defeat in his club’s bid to sign Tevez

Inter Milan make £21m Carlos Tevez bid

Inter Milan have renewed their bid to sign Carlos Tevez but their initial inquiry is likely to fail.

<b>Chris Samba</b><br/>
While Blackburn struggle this season both on and off the pitch, one of the few positives at Ewood Park has been the performances of central defender Chris Samba. The Congolese has been a rock at the back for Rovers and is easily Blackburn's most saleable asset. With the club reportedly in dire financial trouble they must be tempted to cash in, although it's rumoured they've put a price tag of £15m on his head. That's unrealistic, but so is the bid of £5m they received recently from QPR. Somewhere between the two could see the 27-year-old move, and with Redknapp a confirmed admirer, it could be to White Hart Lane.

Tottenham and QPR target Chris Samba reveals he wants to quit Blackburn

Blackburn manager Steve Kean has confirmed the club have rejected two bids for Christopher Samba and reiterated that the player is not for sale.

Steve Kean has been told there is no money to recruit a new assistant

Beleaguered Kean loses another No 2

The Blackburn Rovers manager, Steve Kean, has suffered the indignity of losing his second assistant in four months and there will be no money for a replacement after the departure of Paul Clement to Paris St-Germain.

There is something slightly unsettling about Steve Kean going all gooey in public about the fact Sir Alex Ferguson rang the Blackburn manager to offer him support

Second assistant quits on Kean

The Blackburn Rovers manager, Steve Kean, has suffered the indignity of losing his second assistant in four months and there will be no money for a replacement after the departure of Paul Clement to Paris St-Germain.

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