Alonso stays

Liverpool today added Xabi Alonso to their growing list of players who have signed new contracts this week.

Liverpool today added Xabi Alonso to their growing list of players who have signed new contracts this week.

"I knew there was interest from other clubs but it was always my idea to stay here," said Alonso.

"I have been here for three seasons now and have such special feelings for the club and the supporters."

Becks boost

DAVID BECKHAM'S England renaissance is a good thing for new club Los Angeles Galaxy, according to their general manager Alexi Lalas.

He said: "Let's be honest, it's not only an honour for him but also for the Galaxy, and the fact we can say one of our players is named in the England squad, I think it's a wonderful statement on the quality that exists at the Galaxy."

Sugar sale

ENIC's purchase of Sir Alan Sugar's shares has countered takeover speculation, with Tottenham determined to keep the best players at White Hart Lane.

King of Hearts

MIDFIELDER Laryea Kingston has agreed a permanent deal to stay at Hearts. The 26-year-old Ghana international has signed a three-year contract which will take him through to June 2010.

Franck move

BAYERN Munich have signed France winger Franck Ribery from Marseille. The 24-year-old, previously linked with Arsenal, has signed a four-year deal for a reported £17m.

Waiting game

NIGEL REO-COKER is still waiting to hear whether he will be given permission to speak to Aston Villa about a £7m move from West Ham.

The Hammers and England Under-21 captain handed in a transfer request last month after helping the club avoid relegation from the Premiership.

Real deal?

ARJEN ROBBEN'S Chelsea future is shrouded in doubt after it was reported in Spain that Real Madrid had opened transfer negotiations with the London club.

Speculation that the 23-year-old winger would be leaving Stamford Bridge was heightened further when Chelsea remained silent over comments attributed to Real president Ramon Calderon.

Calderon claimed Madrid were in the "early stages" of talks and insisted he was hopeful signing the Dutchman.


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