Sherwood rules out Lamela exit

The winger has been linked with a loan move to Inter but the Spurs boss believes the 21-year-old needs more time to adapt to the Premier League

Tim Sherwood insists Erik Lamela will not be leaving Tottenham on loan during the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old, who arrived at White Hart Lane in a £30 million (€36m) deal from Roma in August, has struggled to secure a regular first-team place this season and has started just three games in the Premier League.

Inter have been linked with a temporary deal for the Argentina international but, as Goal exclusively revealed on Thursday, Tottenham are adamant that the winger will not be permitted to leave the club this month.

“He won’t be leaving on loan in this transfer window. He has a big future here, absolutely,” Sherwood said.

“We know what a talented player Erik is. We also understand that players need time to settle.

“He needs time to acclimatise to this country. He doesn’t speak English and he isn’t used to the pace of the games, especially over the Christmas period when they come thick and fast.

“He is not 100 per cent fit, either. He’s still feeling fatigued in one of his thighs so we were very cautious with him.

“We are going to take it nice and steady with him. I really want to put him on the stage when he’s ready to perform, rather than let people judge him when he’s half-cocked.”

Blanc 'happy' with PSG squad

The World Cup winner admits he would welcome a new addition in midfield but says that, overall, he is happy with his lot and is not anticipating any January arrivals

Laurent Blanc has said that he is happy with his Paris Saint-Germain squad and does not believe new signings are necessary during the winter transfer window.

The reigning French champions are top of Ligue 1 and also eased through to the Champions League knockout phase, where they will face Bayer Leverkusen, yet have been linked with Juventus starlet Paul Pogba and Chelsea winger Eden Hazard in recent weeks.

However, Blanc believes his squad already has the requisite quality to compete for European glory as well as domestic honours, though he did admit that he would not be against a new midfielder arriving before the end of January.

“If I finish the season with the group I have I’ll be happy,” the World Cup winner told reporters on Friday.

“If the group remains as it is, [this] is fine … But if we add a midfielder that’s even better.”

However, the former France defender’s priority is to ensure that none of his current stars exit during this window.

Midfielder Blaise Matuidi, whose contract expires in June, has been linked with a move away from Paris, but Blanc is determined to retain the 26-year-old’s services.

“I want Blaise Matuidi to continue at Paris Saint-Germain,” the PSG coach stated.

Mourinho confirms bids for De Bruyne

The Belgium international, who has started just twice in the Premier League for Chelsea this season, has been targeted by Wolfsburg

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Chelsea have received two official bids for out-of-favour attacker Kevin De Bruyne.

Wolfsburg’s sporting director Klaus Allofs claimed on Friday that the Belgium international is keen on joining the Bundesliga club this month, while a host of other sides from the German top flight have been linked with the 22-year-old.

De Bruyne spent the last season on loan with Werder Bremen and it now looks likely that his future is away from Stamford Bridge.

“We’ve had two for De Bruyne which we are analysing,” Mourinho told reporters on Friday.

“We don’t need a direct replacement [if De Bruyne leaves]. It’s a position where we have options.”

De Bruyne has made just two Premier League starts for Chelsea this season and is yet to score a goal for the club.

Mourinho had previously suggested he would not sell De Bruyne, despite publicly criticising his efforts in September’s 2-0 Capital One Cup win over Swindon Town, although his stance appears to have softened.

He added: “We’ve had a few proposals for Kevin De Bruyne, we will keep analysing them. He’s a fantastic player with potential.”

Ronaldinho never considered leaving Atletico, insists agent

The former Ballon d’Or winner had appeared to be edging towards a return to Europe, with Besiktas particularly keen, but the ex-Barcelona star decided to remain in Belo Horizonte

Ronaldinho’s agent has claimed that the Brazil international never had any intention of quitting Atletico Mineiro.

The 33-year-old attacking midfielder looked set to leave the Copa Libertadores champions after allowing his contract to run down.

However, despite interest from Turkish outfit Besiktas, Ronaldinho signed a new deal with Atletico on Thursday, with his representative, and brother, Roberto Assis, insisting that leaving Belo Horizonte was never on the cards.

“It was invention of the journalists,” he told Radio Itatiaia. “We had a meeting [Atletico Mineiro] and it was all resolved.”

Prior to signing a contract extension, there had been speculation that Ronaldinho wanted one last crack at Europe.

Assis confirmed that an offer was made by Besiktas but denied any insinuations that Ronaldinho was ready to consider the deal, saying his brother retains a special affinity with the Atletico supporters.

“There is a fantastic relationship there,” he enthused. “He’s happy there.

“He met with a crowd that was extremely affectionate with him and his whole family. The player feels very comfortable.”

Ronaldinho, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, inspired Atletico to Copa Libertadores victory last year.

Chelsea boss Mourinho refuses to address Rooney speculation

The Portuguese did not elaborate on the Blues’ pursuit of the England international and believes the Red Devils will improve under David Moyes’ guidance

Jose Mourinho has refused to address speculation regarding a fresh approach from Chelsea for Wayne Rooney.

Goal exclusively revealed in December that the 28-year-old has refused to enter negotiations with United over an extension to his current contract, which expires in 2015.

Chelsea launched two bids for the England international during the summer transfer window, while several clubs abroad are also monitoring the forward.

“I don’t want to speak about it,” Mourinho told reporters. “We play Man United in a few days. I don’t think it’s nice to speak about a Man United player.

“You have to ask him [Rooney]. You have to ask the player. And Man United because Man United has a contract with the player that doesn’t end at the end of the season.”

United head into Saturday’s fixture against Swansea City off the back of three straight defeats, one of which resulted in an FA Cup third-round exit at the hands of the Swans.

The Premier League champions currently sit seventh in the table, 11 points behind leaders Arsenal, but Mourinho inists the club are in good hands with David Moyes.

“I don’t think they have a problem,” said Mourinho. “In this moment they are not top four in the Premier League, but they can be at the end of the season.

“A new manager, but a club with a fantastic culture of supporting the manager.

“I don’t feel any problem for David. He works. Better results will arrive and he will be for many years in the club and will reach good results.”