Pepe Reina, the Liverpool goalkeeper, has pledged his future to the club. The 28-year-old has said that the club are heading in the “right direction” under management duo Kenny Dalglish and Steve Clarke, both of whom penned permanent three-year contracts with the club yesterday.
“We have had excellent news on Kenny’s contract, Steve Clarke’s, and all of the technical staff. We are heading in the right direction and we are optimistic.
“I think by making the right steps and taking them, we can all see the difference between now and then. That’s why we are now optimistic about the future and are looking forward.”
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has turned down the opportunity to make the loan move of Internazionale midfielder Sulley Muntari permanent.
“There is no chance at Sunderland for Sulley. They have decided he is too expensive,” said the player’s agent, Fabien Piveteau.
Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, has been charged by the FA with an improper conduct charge over comments he made praising referee Howard Webb, two days prior to the match with Chelsea at Old Trafford, subsequently contravening FA Rule E3.
Ferguson, prior to the event, had said: “We are getting the best referee, there is no doubt about that. But (getting a bad decision) is definitely our big fear.
“We have the players to do it all right. We just hope it’s our turn for a little bit of luck.”
Ferguson has until 4pm on May 16 to respond to the charge.
And finally, Roberto Mancini has praised FA Cup final opponents Stoke City, admitting that his Manchester City are in for a tough encounter against Tony Pulis’ side and will need to be at their best to end their 35-year trophy drought.
“Stoke are a strong team and a very difficult team. To think they are an easy team would be a mistake” said Mancini, speaking to BBC Sport.
“If we want to win we need to play very well. We should pay attention in every situation. We cannot concede anything.”