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Four Real Madrid first team stars set to miss Atletico tie

Real Madrid are without the injured Gareth Bale. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Luke Modric and Marcelo for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atletico.

The defending champions host neighbours Atletico following last week's goalless draw at the Vicente Calderon knowing that conceding a goal on Wednesday will make their task even more difficult because of the away goals rule.

Even more concerning for Madrid, they have failed to beat Atletico for seven consecutive games and this is something which must change for them to progress unless they win a penalty shootout.

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Pep Guardiola has no time for Man City rumours

Pep is staying put. Credit: Reuters

Pep Guardiola insists there is no chance of him leaving Bayern Munich this summer.

The Catalan, who has repeatedly been linked with the Manchester City job, is facing the prospect of going out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, with his side 3-1 down to Porto going into their second leg on Tuesday.

Guardiola is under contract with the Bundesliga giants until 2016, though, and plans to honour the deal.

"I will also be working here next year," he said at a press conference.

That is despite the fact Guardiola knows a club of Bayern's stature demands European as well as domestic success.

"I know what club I am at. It is not enough to be champions here. It is not enough to be cup winners here. Only the treble is enough," he said.

Ron Vlaar delivers blow to Arsenal and Man United

Arsenal and Man United target Ron Vlaar has revealed he could yet sign a new deal with Aston Villa this summer.

That is one happy face. Credit: PA

The defender is out of contract at the end of the season and was expected to quit the club, with talks on hold until they seal survival in the Premier League.

But after helping Villa to the FA Cup final against Arsenal after Sunday's 2-1 win over Liverpool, Vlaar insisted it is possible he could extend his stay.

"Yes it is," said the 30-year-old, who signed from Feyenoord in 2012. "Things have changed for me in the past few months since Sherwood took over.

"It's been a hard season for me with all the injuries. Now I just want to play and be important for the team. This helps - you can trust me on that.

"I don't know about my future but to be part of this feels so good. To feel the joy and relief after the West Brom game (the quarter-final). So many people came on the pitch.

"The impact for the fans; how big this club is and what it all means - I called my dad and said 'This really means something'. It's great. Everything helps."

Liverpool refuse to comment on Henderson speculation

Liverpool have refused to comment on reports midfielder Jordan Henderson has agreed a new five-year contract at the club.

Reports suggest Henderson has agreed a new five year deal. Credit: PA

The England international was on Monday night reported to have agreed to commit his future to the Anfield outfit in a deal worth £100,000 a week.

The 24-year-old, who joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2011, is a key member of Brendan Rodgers' side and will take on even greater responsibility when Steven Gerrard leaves the club in the summer. He is currently vice captain to the former England skipper.

The deal would be a major boost for the Reds boss in the wake of their FA Cup semi-final exit, while they also face an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League.

Liverpool declined to comment on the reports in several national newspapers when contacted by Press Association Sport.

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Pochettino: Kane owes his Spurs team-mates dinner

Pochettino was in a good mood after his team's win on Sunday. Credit: PA

Mauricio Pochettino has joked that Harry Kane should take his team-mates out for dinner after he reached 30 goals in all competitions for the season,

Kane is enjoying an extraordinary breakthrough campaign and while his manager has congratulated the England youngster for his flurry of goals, he made sure to praise Kane's team-mates as well.

Speaking to the BBC after yesterday's victory over Newcastle, he said:

Congratulations to him because he deserves this moment.

I think he needs to pay for a dinner this week for his team-mates. The team work a lot and try to help him score.

– Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino

Ian Wright: 'Stop mouthing off, Newcastle fans!'

Ian Wright has urged Newcastle fans to stop "mouthing off" about Mike Ashley and do something to put him under pressure instead.

Ian Wright has urged Newcastle fans to 'do something' Credit: PA

Fans threatened to boycott yesterday's Premier League match against Spurs in protest at the Magpies owner's regime, but there were only around 5,000 empty seats when the match kicked off.

Speaking on Five Live today, the former Arsenal and Crystal Palace striker, said:

If they feel that strongly then do something, they’ve got the opportunity to do it. All they’re going is continue to ‘Oh, Mike Ashley….”. Why should Mike Ashley do anything? He’s not getting put under pressure.

Why should Mike Ashley change anything when he knows that you’re all going to turn up because you love the club so much? Stop mouthing off, Newcastle fans, and do something.

– Ian Wright speaking to Radio Five Live

Arsenal loanee says West Ham 'owe the fans'

West Ham are determined to ensure their season does not end with a whimper, according to defender Carl Jenkinson.

Jenkinson wants to finish the season strongly. Credit: PA

The Hammers' once promising campaign has tailed off, with a run of just one win in 11 Premier League games seeing the club slip from Champions League contention to mid-table.

Their latest disappointing result came at Manchester City on Sunday as they went down to an insipid 2-0 defeat.

With Europe now not realistic and relegation not an issue, the Hammers would now seem to have little to play for but Jenkinson insists the remaining five games are not meaningless.

The 23-year-old, who has enjoyed a successful season-long loan from Arsenal and could make the switch permanently, said:

People in our dressing room are fired up. If you came in the changing room after the game you'd see that.

People aren't resting on their laurels, people ain't happy finishing mid-table. We want to kick on. We have got something to prove now because we have been on a bad run of games and we want to put that right. We owe that to ourselves and the fans.

– West Ham defender Carl Jenkinson
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