As he prepares for his exit, Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has thanked fans at the club for their support.
The centre-half has made 51 appearances for the club since arriving from Wigan in 2010 but his contract is coming to an end and it is looking increasingly unlikely that he will be offered a new one.
The defender has not made a first-team appearance since Paolo Di Canio’s arrival as replacement for Martin O’Neill and he doesn’t expect to stay on in the future.
Liverpool’s transfer limitations mean that Brendan Rodgers might struggle to get all the signings he wants in the summer. With the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, owning the Boston Red Sox too, the Reds don’t have the financial advantage that their rivals in the top four have, and will have to be clever when attempting to strengthen their squad this summer.
But while the Reds may not have much money, their academy is working wonders. Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom made over double figures in Premier League appearances this season, after coming through Liverpool’s youth system. And with Jonjo Shelvey and Jay Spearing featuring for the Reds over recent years, maybe the answer to Brendan Rodgers’ problems is waiting in the academy.
Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo have been given two-match bans following the Copa Del Rey final on Friday.
Mourinho was sent to the stands for remonstrating with the officials during Real’s defeat to rivals Atletico, while Ronaldo was dismissed for aiming a kick at Atletico captain Gabi late in the game.
With Mourinho reported to be making the switch to Chelsea in the close season, his suspension could be honoured in England, should the FA deem this necessary.
Chelsea look set to make a few big changes ahead of next season. Jose Mourinho is almost certainly going to be returning to the club as manager, and Roman Abramovich looks prepared to once again spend big in the transfer window, to get the Blues back near the top of the Premier League. But could Chelsea strengthen their side without spending a penny?
Despite their numerous managerial changes, the one that hasn’t changed is Chelsea’s strength in depth in their academy. Abramovich has funded a lot of money into the academy, attracting some of the best young players in world football to join the club. Here are 5 of the best youngsters at Chelsea, hoping they can impress the club’s new manager.
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David Moyes is reportedly looking to pip Chelsea and take Southampton’s highly-rated left-back Luke Shaw to Manchester United, according to the Daily Mail.
The 17-year-old academy graduate and England youth international has taken the Premier League by storm in the past season having been thrust into the first team by former Saints boss Nigel Adkins.
Shaw remained in the side when Argentinian coach Mauricio Pochettino replaced Adkins in mid-January and has gone on to make 28 appearances as the side successfully secured their Premier League status.