Falcao not thinking about Chelsea move

Chelsea target Ramadel Falcao has distanced himself from speculation regarding a move from Atletico Madrid to Stamford Bridge, insisting “the last thing I’m thinking about right now is a transfer.”

The Colombian forward has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 13 goals in 11 appearances for Los Rojiblancos, including a hat-trick against the Blues.

“The last thing I’m thinking about right now is a transfer,” he told reporters.

“I have a contract with Atletico Madrid and I’m focused on my team.”

Falcao has made no secret of his desire to move abroad, telling Radio Caracol: “The chance of playing in another league and for another club will come. I keep dreaming.”

Goal.com exclusively revealed Chelsea and Atletico have opened up talks over a potential £48.1million (€59.8m) January move for the sought-after striker, who hit 25 goals in the Spanish league last season.

The forward featured in Colombia’s 1-1 draw with Brazil in New Jersey on Wednesday night, and stated his international side can learn a lot by playing against a side of the Selecao’s ability.

He added: “It was a very good game. We expected a great Brazilian team and we found it like that. They made it difficult for us to have possession of the ball the way we like it. We learned a lot from today.

“I expected a strong game from the defence and I had to fight to touch the ball because they are very strong defenders.”

Rodgers adamant Luis Suarez is staying at Liverpool amid Manchester City rumours

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has vehemently denied that the club would be open to offers for star striker Luis Suarez amid reported interest from Manchester City.

The Uruguay international has struck 11 goals across all competitions for the Merseyside outfit so far this season, on his way to becoming the Premier League’s joint-top scorer alongside Robin van Persie.

Rodgers remains reluctant to even consider letting him leave, though, particularly given the club’s lack of depth up front, and when asked whether Roberto Mancini was serious about signing the player, the Liverpool boss was on dismissive form.

“You’ll have to ask Roberto Mancini. If we lost Luiz then we’ve got no strikers, so I don’t think I want to lose anyone,” Rodgers told reporters.

“He’s certainly not someone that we want to sell or move on. He’s been a brilliant player to work with and we want to add to our squad, not take people out of it. Especially a world-class player.”

When asked what chance the club had of holding onto their prized asset and Rodgers was bullish, pointing out that the 25-year-old recently signed a new long-term deal to keep him at the club until 2018.

He added: “We just continue to work and stay focused on what we’re trying to achieve.

“Luis has already shown in the summer his commitment to the club. He signed a new deal and I think you’ve seen up until now, this point, he’s at a great moment in his footballing life here at Liverpool.

“He’s scoring goals and working well, so as I said I’ll just continue to communicate with all the players and Luis in particular.

“As I said he’s very very happy here. There will be no bidding war, no. He’s staying here.

Suarez has become something of a controversial figure since moving to Anfield in January of 2011 from Ajax and while cementing his place as one the top flight’s leading lights, he’s also served an eight-game ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during his stay in England.

Neymar admits move to Europe is his dream

Neymar has admitted a switch to a European club would be a personal “dream”, but insisted he does not have any firm offers to leave Santos.

The Samba starlet has long been linked with a switch to either Real Madrid or Barcelona, but is also attracting heavy interest from Serie A, Paris Saint-Germain and the Premier League with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini recently refusing to rule out a move for the 20-year-old.

Neymar has already played 200 games for Santos, and played on British shores for the Selecao during the 2012 Olympics.

When asked if a move to England or Italy appealed to him, the forward told reporters: “They are both big countries with great teams and great national teams. I don’t have any [specific] choices right now.

“I do dream about playing in Europe, but there’s nothing concrete at this time. Maybe in the future.”

Neymar was speaking after Brazil’s friendly with Colombia in New Jersey that saw him equalise Juan Cuadrado’s opener before missing a penalty just 15 minutes later, with the match finishing 1-1.

Wilshere: Wenger has bought well for Arsenal

Returning Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere insists boss Arsene Wenger has bought well in the transfer market this summer, despite the team’s below-par start to the season.

The Gunners currently sit eighth in the Premier League table and are already 11 points adrift of leaders Manchester United after just 11 games.
Robin van Persie and Alex Song became the latest star players to leave the Emirates over the summer, following in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, who departed a year earlier.

While striker Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, along with playmaker Santi Cazorla, were brought in during the summer to replace them, only the Spaniard has garnered universal acclaim.

But Wilshere is adamant the players Wenger has signed to replace his former key men do possess the qualities to keep Arsenal competing at the top of the English game, singling out Cazorla for high praise.

“It is strange because last time I played was with Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Alex Song and Robin van Persie,” Wilshere told the club’s official website.

“Now there’s the likes of Podolski, Giroud, Cazorla and Mikel Arteta.

“The boss has done excellently. He’s bought well. These players are proper footballers – they understand the game and they’ve been around.

“To play with someone like Santi Cazorla is so easy. He understands football, even little things like the pace of the pass he gives you, and his movement is outstanding.

“You look at someone like Lukas Podolski, he’s got over 100 caps for his country.

“They’re top players and it’s easy to come into a team where they understand football so well.”

Gerrard not taking Ibrahimovic advice on Liverpool exit

Steven Gerrard plans to ignore Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s suggestion that he should move away from Liverpool, reiterating his commitment to “one of the biggest clubs in the world”.

The midfielder reached the impressive landmark of 600 appearances for the Reds in early November, having made his first-team breakthrough 14 years ago.
The England international is also set to become the sixth man to win his 100th cap for the Three Lions on Wednesday night, when Roy Hodgson’s men travel to Sweden.

Ahead of that game, Swedish forward Ibrahimovic, who is likely to start for the home side at the Friends Arena, claimed that he would like to see Gerrard leave Anfield for a “big international club”.

However, the England skipper revealed that he will not be taking up the Paris Saint-Germain star’s advice and insisted that the Merseyside outfit are still one of the biggest clubs around.

“I’m a big fan of Zlatan as a player but I’m not going to take his advice,” the midfielder told reporters.

“I am very happy at Liverpool and in my opinion I am at one of the biggest clubs in the world, a team that has won the European Cup five times.

“So I’m happy where I am but thanks for his opinion.”