Paper Round: Mourinho to stay in Madrid

Sat, 10 Mar 08:00:00 2012

Jose Mourinho has pledged his future to Real Madrid, effectively ruling the Portuguese manager out of the Chelsea and England running, the Daily Mail reports.

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Mourinho is a man in demand, and his recent house-hunting in London had fuelled speculation that he would make a return to England.

But the paper quotes the 49-year-old insisting he is happy in Madrid and keen to continue in Spain.

"I am going to sign a new contract with Real Madrid," Mourinho said. "I would like to have a place in the club’s history.

"Real Madrid and I share a project and we are going to carry on with it. Being part of this team is a fantastic and unforgettable experience for a manager like me.

"Madrid is one of the biggest clubs in the world and I feel happy here. I feel they trust me here and I feel I have the complete support of the directors and all the fans.

"I see my future as achieving more things with Real Madrid and better results that lead to us winning trophies."

Still in London, Chelsea have apparently had two approaches to Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa rejected because the Spaniard will only speak with owner Roman Abramovich (The Mirror).

Bielsa impressed when he lead his side to victory over Manchester United in the Europa League earlier in the week but has reportedly told Chelsea that he does not talk to “people representing other people”.

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Jens Lehmann could be set for a return to Arsenal after reportedly being offered a temporary coaching role as part of his plan to become a Premier League manager.

The German is waiting on a decision from UEFA as to whether he can enrol on a course with the Welsh FA after the German FA objected, and the Daily Mail is reporting that Lehmann already has a promise from his former club that he can return and help coach Arsenal’s reserves.

Lehmann missed the deadline to sign up for the German FA’s latest coaching course as he held talks with Schalke about a part-time playing return, despite being 42-years-old, as they continue to search for a replacement for Manuel Neuer.

Staying at the Emirates, Arsene Wenger is reportedly lining up a bid for Dynamo Kiev’s Andrei Yarmolenko (Metro).

The 22-year-old Ukrainian scored seven goals in his first season at Dynamo and 11 in his second before and has also received interest from Shakhtar Donetsk and Napoli.

Finally, the Daily Mail reports embarrassment for Blackpool after news that the players were denied entry to their team hotel after a stop was put on the club credit card.

Less than a week after it was revealed that owner Owen Oyston earned a cool £11 million during Blackpool’s season in the Premier League, the team had two credit cards rejected when they tried to check into their hotel in Peterborough before club secretary Matt Williams managed to come up with a way to secure payment.

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