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Rodgers expects Liverpool winger Sterling to stay

Rodgers wants Sterling to stay at Liverpool. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he expects Raheem Sterling to see through the remaining two years of his contract and that the England striker is available for selection against Stoke in a press conference this morning.

Rodgers said:

Raheem has two years left and I expect him to see that two years through and continue to behave as immaculately as he has done. I don't see Raheem unhappy. I am sure talks will take place over the course of the summer.

We want to resolve the situation but it doesn't change my approach to him. There is no problem there. My relationship (with him) hasn't been affected at all. If he is fit, which he is, he will be available for selection.

– Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers


Barcelona sent scouts to watch Arsenal midfielder

Barcelona are tracking Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey. Credit: PA

Barcelona will send a scout to the FA Cup final next weekend as they ponder over a £50m bid for Aaron Ramsey, according to reports.

It's thought the newly crowned La Liga champions watched Ramsey during last weekend's clash between Man United and the Gunners at Old Trafford.

The Sun claim that Welsh international Ramsey could become Barcelona's ninth signing from Arsenal in 15 years, despite the club being placed under a transfer embargo which they are confident will be lifted.

Paul Scholes urges Man United to sign Chelsea legend

Paul Scholes has urged former club Man United to sign Petr Cech if they lose David de Gea this summer.

Would Man United fans welcome Petr Cech at Old Trafford? Credit: PA

Red Devils stopper De Gea has enjoyed a sensational campaign, saving United on numerous occasions with world class saves.

The Spaniard's form has seen him linked with European giants Real Madrid, where long-serving skipper Iker Casillas is coming under increased scrutiny for his performances.

Writing in his Independent column, Old Trafford legend Scholes explains why he thinks Louis van Gaal should move for Cech, who has been displaced by Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge this season.

Scholes said:

If De Gea does go, United should sign Petr Cech.

Cech has only just turned 33. He could potentially play another six years for United. There would be no concern about having to give him time to play his way into the position or the demands that the Premier League makes of a goalkeeper new to the country.

United won’t want to lose De Gea but there is a solution in the offing.

– Man United legend Paul Scholes


Roy Hodgson feared for Aston Villa starlet in Ireland

Roy Hodgson resisted the temptation to call up Jack Grealish to the England squad because he did not want the Aston Villa midfielder to receive a hostile reception if he made his debut in Dublin.

Hodgson did not want to thrown Grealish into an uncomfortable situation. Credit: PA

Despite being born in Solihull to English parents, the 19-year-old has represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level as he qualifies for the country through his grandfather.

Last week Republic manager Martin O'Neill said Grealish had turned down a call-up to the senior squad and that the player was considering switching allegiance to England.

Given that next month will be the first time that England have played in Dublin since the Lansdowne Road riot of 1995, the match is likely to be charged with emotion and Hodgson did not want to put the teenager in that situation by selection him.

He said:

I would not have picked him on this occasion because it would have been inflammatory at the last minute if he chose us and played against the Republic of Ireland.

– England manager Roy Hodgson

Luis Figo withdraws Fifa president candidacy

Figo has withdrawn his bid to become Fifa president. Credit: PA

Luis Figo has withdrawn his candidacy for next week's Fifa presidential campaign, and launched a scathing attack on the election process.

Posting on his Facebook acount today, the former Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona winger said:

Does anyone think it's normal that an election for one of the most relevant organizations on the planet can go ahead without a public debate?

Does anyone think it's normal that one of the candidates doesn't even bother to present an election manifesto that can be voted on May 29?

Shouldn't it be mandatory to present such a manifesto so that federation presidents know what they're voting for?

– Luis Figo

Figo's decision to pull out leaves Prince Ali bin Al Hussein and serving Fifa president Sepp Blatter as the only remaining candidates after Michael van Praag pulled out earlier this morning.

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