Hannover eye Bittencourt loan

H96 president Martin Kind has admitted his interest in the Dortmund youngster, who has found first-team chances sparing this season

Hannover president Martin Kind has revealed his interest in taking Borussia Dortmund youngster Leonardo Bittencourt on loan.

The 19-year-old moved to Signal Iduna Park from Energie Cottbus last summer, but has found it hard to break into the German champions’ team.

“He is an interesting player. There has been contact,” he said told Bild.

For his part, Bittencourt admitted that he is flattered by H96’s interest in him, but stressed that he was only focused on performing for his club.

“It’s always nice when people speak positively about you. Now I only care about success in the next few weeks with Dortmund,” he said.

“I’m focused on that 100 per cent because there are important games for us coming up.”

Bittencourt scored his first Bundesliga goal in the recent 5-1 win over Freiburg.

'Chelsea is in my heart' – Mourinho fuels talk of Premier League return

The 50-year-old Real Madrid manager admits he still has a special connection to the Blues, and feels his passion for English football makes a return to these shores inevitable

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has fuelled speculation linking him with a summer return to Chelsea by admitting the club is “in his heart” and  he will have to come back to the Premier League one day.

Mourinho has been the subject of intense speculation in the last few days, with reports suggesting the ex-Porto, Chelsea and Inter boss has agreed to return to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Now the Portuguese boss has spoken of his “big emotional connections” with the Blues, connections that mean one day he will “have to be back in English football, or at Chelsea.”

“I cannot deny that, despite this weather, I love it here, and as I said I have a house and I have big emotional connections with Chelsea and one day I think naturally I will have to be back to English football, or to Chelsea or to another club,” he told Sky Sports News.

“Of course, Chelsea means more to me than other clubs. Chelsea is in my heart, as Inter is for example.

“One day I have to be back but again it is normal that I am in London. The same way I walk in my home city in Portugal, people see that as normal and this is normal, the same thing is normal when I am in London.”

Recent reports have suggested that Mourinho and his agent Jorge Mendes have signed provisional agreements with both Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain, stating the manager will take over in the summer if he so desires.

It is also believed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to hold his hands up and admit he made an error five and a half years ago when sacking Mourinho.

Given his latest comments, many will feel the return of the Special One is on the cards, but Mourinho insists his focus right now is solely on Madrid.

He continued: “I am in Madrid and I am very, very committed to the club’s ambitions for the remainder of the season.

“People know that I am professional and for the moment I only think about my job in Real.”

The Madrid boss went on to admit he has played a part in the speculation over a Chelsea return.

“There is a lot of talk but people need to understand that I can be in London very often.,” he added. “We have a house here and we love it here. Being in London is a very normal thing for us.

“Every time I come people start immediately making connections to a return. I feed it because I say every day that I love it and will return one day. To be fair I give a little contribution to the speculation.”

Alexis Sanchez keen to stay at Barcelona

The Chile international has been strongly linked with a move back to Serie A with reigning champions Juventus, but he remains committed to the Blaugrana

Alexis Sanchez has insisted that he is happy at Barcelona despite reports suggesting he will quit Camp Nou in the summer.

The winger joined the Catalans from Udinese in 2011 but has failed to recapture the sort of form that made him one of Europe’s most desirable forwards.

As a result, the transfer rumour mill has continued to link him with a move back to Italy, with reigning Serie A champions Juventus reportedly keen on his signature, though he says he has no plans to go anywhere anytime soon.

“I feel important at the national team and at Barcelona. I’m happy with life at Barcelona,” the attacker was quoted as saying by Sport.

“I know what kind of player I am and I know that I can make the difference. I can be one of the best players in the world.”

Sanchez, 24, has a contract with Barcelona until June 2016.

Schalke open contract talks with Jones

The former Germany international intends on seeing his career out in the MLS, but his current club want him to stay put for now

EXCLUSIVE
By Hassan Talib Haji

Schalke are keen to hold on to Jermaine Jones and have opened talks with the USA international over a contract extension, Goal.com can reveal.

The 31-year-old’s current deal with the Gelsenkirchen side runs until the summer of 2014, and Jones has already stated more than once that he wants to end his career in the MLS.

Nevertheless, Schalke have no intention of losing Jones any time soon and are willing to offer the midfielder a two-year extension to his current contract.

The Konigsblauen are hopeful that Jones will commit his future to the club, although his wage demands could prove to be a serious obstacle. The midfielder is currently one of S07’s top earners, and the Bundesliga side are reluctant to offer him a pay rise.

Jones joined Schalke from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 2007, and has since made over 100 Bundesliga appearances for the Veltins Arena outfit.

Swansea boss Laudrup undecided on Tiendalli future

The Dane has hailed the impact made by the defender since his arrival at the Liberty Stadium on a one-year deal, but is making no promises regarding a new contract

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has hailed Dwight Tiendalli’s contributions this season but is remaining coy over a possible contract extension for the defender.

The Dutchman was signed on a one-year deal earlier this season after first-choice left-back Neil Taylor was ruled out for the entirety of the campaign by an ankle injury.

And, though the Dane described Tiendalli as an “important” part of his side’s recent success, he refused to be drawn on whether the former FC Twente player would remain at the club.

“Dwight’s been important for us. Maybe he’s had his best games at right-back not at left because being a right footed left-back is very different,” the Dane told reporters.

“But I have been pleased with his work. We brought him in to help Ben because my intention was not to put all the pressure on a young player knowing you have one player in one position. Ben has coped fantastically with it.

“But we will have to see [if he will get a new contract].

“We still have an issue here in the squad where we have to think that one thing is the quality of the players, the second is the economic part and the third is we have to deal – especially club like Swansea – the number of British players.”

The 27-year-old has made 16 appeareances for Swansea this season, helping the Welsh outfit to mid-table in the Premier League as well as a historic Capital One Cup triumph.