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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

European Under-21 Championships final: Spanish starlets poised to take up the mantle

Nation's global dominance looks assured for years to come

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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

Manchester United striker missed golden opportunity at the Bernabeu

Suarez celebrates scoring his equaliser for Liverpool
Didier Deschamps has managed Monaco, Marseille and Juventus

The Last Word: 'Water carrier' is the only man to douse French egos

France will have recognised Didier Deschamps as the only candidate with the clout to bang galactico heads together

Germany captain Lahm is backing England to beat Italy as he believes they will make for an easier semi-final

Lahm promises 'footballing classic' in semi-finals regardless of opponent

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.

Spain: marathon men

Spain have every right to be exhausted after four taxing years of almost non-stop action but the chance to claim a unique treble is spurring them on. By Pete Jenson

Ronaldo scored twice against CSKA

Real Madrid happy to face Barcelona in Champions League

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.

Sam Wallace: In a game of two halves Spain's haves and have-nots need to stand together

Talking Football: Barça earned £139m in television revenue from the 2009-10 season and Getafe got £5m. La Liga is starting to resemble the SPL with better weather

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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Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

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Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

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