Pochettino: Chelsea & Manchester United target Shaw going nowhere

The Southampton boss, who could also leave the south coast club, insists the England international is unlikely to leave despite interest from the pair and Manchester City

Southampton left-back Luke Shaw will remain at the club beyond the end of this season, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Goal understand that Manchester City are readying a £30 million bid for the England international, while Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs have also registered strong interest in the player.

Pochettino insists a decision on Shaw would be made by the club, but he expects his full-back to stay at Southampton.

“At the end of the day, Luke Shaw is a player that belongs to Southampton, and it will be the club that makes the decision as to what happens with his future,” he told reporters.

“Of course there will be interest for him, but right now he’s a player at Southampton and it looks as though it will continue that way.

“There are a lot of players who are under interest, but they are all very happy at the football club, and most of them are under long-term contracts.

“They understand the situation of what it means to be a professional player in the Premier League.

“There’s nothing really we have to speak about on that front. If there is any decision to be made, it is for the owners, not for me.”

Howard extends Everton contract

The veteran goalkeeper has agreed to pledge his future to the high-flying Toffees until the age of 39, much to Roberto Martinez’s delight

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has put pen to paper on a new contract with the club that will extend his stay at Goodison Park until 2018.

The American, who has been at the club since leaving Manchester United in 2007 and has seen increased competition for his place in 2013-14 following the arrival of Joel Robles, is now due to remain on Merseyside until the age of 39.

“He has been vital to our overall achievements,” Everton boss Roberto Martinez told The Guardian.

“It’s not just about his performances. As a goalkeeper, you have a big say about what happens in your own goal and to keep the amount of clean sheets that we have this season – which is already two more than last season when we had very good numbers defensively – is impressive.

“Then you see his human values and the way he affects youngsters; he is the perfect role model for our football club. We have a good group of young goalkeepers who can follow that sort of example and that is why it’s so significant he has agreed to stay with Everton for a long, long period.”

Martinez is adamant that there is no issue in handing such a lengthy deal to a 35-year-old, enthusing: “Being a goalkeeper is not like being an outfield player. It is a sport within a sport.

“Tim is a very fit 35-year-old and, as a goalkeeper you probably develop the best years of your career in your 30s because you can anticipate things, dominate your area and control the players in front of you.

“It is a very good age for Tim and I know he will play on beyond 40. He is a fit man and at the peak of his powers.

“He is a unique role model. Just to be a foreign goalkeeper with international experience, being a legend back home, then coming to the British game and playing over 10 seasons, that is remarkable.

“To do it in the manner he has done, always reliable, always accumulating incredible numbers, is phenomenal.”

Mata: Don't blame Moyes for Manchester United woes

The Spaniard gives his backing to the former Everton coach while also revealing that, when signing for the club, he was given assurances that several other players would be bought

Manchester United’s club-record signing, Juan Mata, has defended under-fire boss David Moyes and insisted that the Scot has the full backing of the squad.

The reigning Premier League champions have put up a limp defence of their title, lying in seventh place with five games left to play and almost certain to miss out on qualification for the Champions League.

MOYES’S MISHAPS

MAN UTD PREMIER LEAGUE RECORD
GAMES WON
GAMES DRAWN
GAMES LOST
GOALS SCORED
GOALS CONCEDED
POSITION
17
6
10
56
38
7th

But Mata, who moved to Old Trafford from Chelsea in January, argues that the Red Devils’ problems should not be solely blamed on Moyes’s struggles to adapt in his first season in charge and is keen for everyone associated with the club to remain united.

“We have to be together,” the Spain international told the Daily Mirror. “Now is not the time to blame anyone. Now is not the time to look for guilty people.

“Now is the time to stick together – with the manager, with his staff, the players and with the people on the board of the club. We need to carry on, to stay with the manager. We need to believe in him because, as players, we know we have to improve.

“It’s not just the manager, it’s not just the tactics. It’s all of us. It’s not the time to blame one person. We are all together in this.

“Some of my friends told me, if this situation was happening in another club in Spain, it would be different but the club and the players are behind the manager.

“We need to be strong as a team, as a dressing-room, and keep working hard. We need to improve, we know it, but we need to do it together.”

Goal revealed on Wednesday that Moyes had travelled to Portugal to watch Porto take on Benfica and assessed a number of scouting targets, including Jackson Martinez, and Mata has now revealed that, when discussing the move to United, he was told that the club would make significant moves in the transfer market as they look to rebuild the side.

“When I joined, in all my conversations with the board and the manager about next season, they were confident about getting the right players,” the attacker recalled.

“They know, and I know, we’re in a transitional moment but, in the summer, they’re going to try to sign a few players and I have the faith they are going to bring top players in.

“I’m sure this club is going to come back and fight for every trophy. Since I was a kid, Manchester United was fighting for everything and this moment is going to come back for sure.”

Monaco to sack Ranieri this summer

The Italian led the club back into Ligue 1 last season and they currently sit second in the standings – but Wednesday’s Coupe de France loss to Guingamp has sealed his fate

EXCLUSIVE
By Wayne Veysey in London and Simone Rovera in Paris

Claudio Ranieri is set to pay the price for Monaco’s trophy-less season by being axed as coach at the end of the season.

The big-spending French club are looking for a new boss as they prepare to make a concerted challenge to the growing dominance in France of Paris Saint-Germain, as well as establish themselves as a force in Europe.

Ranieri, who took over in 2012, steered Monaco to promotion to Ligue 1 in his first season at the helm and they currently lie second in the top flight. However, their French Cup semi-final defeat to Guingamp on Wednesday night means they will end the campaign without a major honour.

The Monaco hierarchy, led by Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev, have decided to dispense with Ranieri as they set their sights on a coach who can make even more of the club’s vast resources.

With Rybolovlev’s backing, a huge recruitment drive has brought a series of marquee players to French principality, including Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho, Dimitar Berbatov, Jeremy Toulalan, James Rodriguez, Ricardo Carvalho and Eric Abidal.

The Monaco board had hoped that the team could present a greater challenge to league leaders PSG, who are 10 points clear in Ligue 1 with five matches remaining.

Ranieri’s job will be regarded as a plum post around Europe, with super-agent Jorge Mendes, who represents Falcao, Moutinho, Rodriguez and Carvalho, expected to be an influential voice in the selection of a successor.

Goal understands that former West Brom manager Steve Clarke is among those ready to throw their names into the hat to replace Ranieri.

Since being sacked by Chelsea in 2004, the 62-year-old Italian has coached Valencia, Parma, Juventus, Roma and Inter as well as Monaco.

Lazio striker Klose talking to other clubs, confirms agent

The German’s representative has admitted that he has already been contacted by several interested parties but insists that the Biancocelesti “have priority over all others”

Miroslav Klose has been in talks with several clubs about a move away from Lazio, his agent has revealed.

The 35-year-old’s contract at Stadio Olimpico expires in the summer and with an extension yet to be agreed, the Germany international has been considering all of his options.

“With Lazio, both in the past and in this recent period, we have had several talks,” Klose’s representative, Alexander Schutt, told Lazionews.eu.

“Currently there is still nothing signed. I do not deny that we are also in talks with other clubs, but Lazio will always have priority over all others.”

Whilst there is uncertainty over Klose’s future at Lazio, team-mate Andre Dias has dismissed rumours that he is angling for a move away from the Italian capital.

“My family is happy in Rome,” the 34-year-old told Lalaziosiamonoi.it. “It is not true that I’m waiting for proposals from Brazil or that I want to go to a another Italian club.

“I’d love to stay at Lazio and finish my career here as a player.”