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Alonso has been linked with a move to both Chelsea and Liverpool and Carlo Ancelotti has announced that they are expecting his decision in the weeks to come

Isco – The new Iniesta

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Ferguson has always been prepared to move on good players and Rooney, it appears, may be about to find that he is as dispensable as the others that feature on this list. The relationship between the manager and former star striker was tested when Rooney handed in a transfer request in 2010. All seemed well until Ferguson decided that a player that cost him £27 million to sign, is apparently not good enough anymore to pose a threat against Real Madrid. Is the writing on the wall for his United career? Click through to see the other United stars who were cast aside...

Glenn Moore: Despite Alex Ferguson's assertions, Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United remains far from certain

The Manchester United manager says Rooney will not be sold

Robin van Persie of Manchester United clashes with Angel Di Maria of Real Madrid

Robin van Persie admits 'I should have put that one in' after miss against Real Madrid

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Germany captain Phillip Lahm has promised fans a “footballing classic” in the semi-finals of Euro 2012 regardless of the outcome of England’s quarter-final match-up with Italy.

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Ronaldo scored twice against CSKA

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Real Madrid's players insist the club will be as happy to meet Barcelona as any other side in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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Xabi Alonso explains Liverpool depature

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted he felt compelled to leave Anfield two years ago after losing the backing of manager Rafael Benitez.

Xabi Alonso urges Real Madrid to forget Barcelona defeat

Midfielder Xabi Alonso has urged his Real Madrid team-mates to move on after they were knocked out of the Champions League by arch rivals Barcelona.

Lucas Leiva targets Champions League return for Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is optimistic about the future after signing a new long-term contract with the club.

Ian Holloway: 'Liverpool will need £16m if they want Adam'

The Blackpool manager, Ian Holloway, has suggested that Liverpool may need to part with £16m to secure the services of the midfielder Charlie Adam. Damien Comolli's telephone call on Sunday asking how much the club want for the player was the latest to be rebuffed.

Spain rue 'night to forget' after 4-0 defeat

Spain striker Fernando Llorente described his side's performance as "awful in every respect" after seeing the world champions crash to a comprehensive 4-0 friendly defeat at the hands of local rivals Portugal.

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