Sport Villas-Boas has promised that Jermain Defoe will not be sold in January

Following the confirmation of his move to MLS side Toronto FC, Defoe brings to an end a somewhat unfulfilled partnership with Spurs that often saw him - rightly or wrongly - overlooked

Manchester derby is a 'six-pointer' says Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson is banking on Manchester United's form in the second half of the season to act as a safety net if Sunday's derby against Manchester City goes against them.

Ryan Giggs could play at 2012 Olympics

Ryan Giggs, the most decorated player in British football, could grace the twilight of his career with the chance of an Olympic medal.

Blatter to reveal plan for restoring Fifa's battered reputation

Sepp Blatter will today reveal his proposed reforms to how Fifa is governed in a final attempt to restore credibility to an organisation he has led for the last 13 years. The depth of reform will depend on whether he can secure the backing of the Executive Committee (ExCo), a body that has been plagued by allegations of corruption.

Platini urges Blatter to salvage Fifa's reputation

Sepp Blatter will today reveal his proposed reforms to how Fifa is governed in a final attempt to restore credibility to an organisation he has led for the last 13 years. The depth of reform will depend on whether he can secure the backing of the Executive Committee (ExCo), a body that has been plagued by allegations of corruption.

Alan Pardew insists quality signings still on Newcastle agenda

Alan Pardew has insisted Newcastle's self-imposed ban on "trophy" signings does not mean they will not be in the market for top players.

Jonny Evans reveals support when Manchester United form dipped

Jonny Evans has been happy to listen to harsh words from friends and family in his bid to get back to form.

We're getting there, says Wenger after Ramsey winner

Aaron Ramsey's late winner for Arsenal against Marseilles in France last night put Arsène Wenger's team on course for qualification for the knockout round of the Champions League and was more evidence, Wenger said, that his team are heading in the right direction.

Evra faces uphill battle to support racist allegations

Manchester United's Patrice Evra has been advised that he will need secondary evidence of the racist abuse he says he received from Luis Suarez at Anfield last Saturday, with the Football Association likely to start their investigation by speaking to him within 24 hours.

Fabio Capello issues hint over Wayne Rooney Euro 2012 fate

England coach Fabio Capello has dropped a clear hint that Wayne Rooney will be going to next summer's European Championship.

Alex Ferguson turns attention to Manchester derby

Sir Alex Ferguson cannot wait for Sunday's Barclays Premier League derby showdown with leaders Manchester City.

Rooney on the spot to rouse United

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'Slighted' Evra stands by racist abuse claims

There is a happy precedent about Manchester United failing to win either of their first two Champions League group stage games. Only in the season of 1998-99 have they done the same in the modern era and no one needs reminding what that campaign led on to.

'Slighted' Evra stands by racist abuse claims

Ferguson says United defender is 'adamant' he wants to pursue complaint against Suarez

Reds stand behind Suarez

Liverpool and Manchester United were on course for a bitter dispute last night with the Anfield club ready to demand that Patrice Evra be banned if his claim that Luis Suarez repeatedly racially abused him prove to be unsubstantiated.

Van Persie shows Wenger what Arsenal would miss

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