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UEFA Champions League update: briefs, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United

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Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has signed a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2014.

Spurs will be without the injured Rafael van der Vaart for Tuesday night’s Premier League trip to Blackburn.

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has opened talks on a new deal at Anfield.

Barcelona are back in the hunt for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas and believe they can sign him with a £38million offer.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish personally checked out Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre during Sunday’s Old Firm.

USA midfielder Alejandro Bedoya is on his way to Birmingham from Swedish side Orebro.

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has threatened to offload Bebe and Gabriel Obertan at the end of the season after the dismal FA Cup win over non-league Crawley Town.

West Ham captain Matthew Upson is out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has offered defender Jonathon Woodgate a contract extension despite all his recent injury problems.

Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given faces surgery after another shoulder injury.

Spurs have dismissed reports linking midfielder Luka Modric with Manchester United.

Birmingham midfielder Alex Hleb is an injury doubt for Sunday’s Carling Cup final date with his former club Arsenal

CHELSEA BOSS REFUSES TO QUIT

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has refused to quit in the wake of the FA Cup defeat to Everton – but he could be offered the manager’s job at Italian side Roma at the end of the season.

Ancelotti is under real pressure at Stamford Bridge after Saturday’s FA Cup loss to Everton in a penalty shoot-out.

The new vacancy at Roma – Claudio Ranieri quit on Sunday – has heightened speculation that Ancelotti could return to his native Italy.

Roma have appointed youth team boss Vincenzo Montella as caretaker manager until the end of the season when they may move for Ancelotti.

But, speaking ahead of the must win Champions League with Copenhagen on Tuesday, Ancelotti remained adamant that Chelsea will have to sack him if they want him out.

“I don’t have to consider my position. It is the owner that has to consider my position, not myself,” insisted Ancelotti.

Europe is the only domain left for Chelsea after the collapse of their defense of the FA Cup and Premier League trophies.

Ancelotti added: “The Champions League is not easy, but it will bring a lot of motivation for every one of us.

“We have to have the right pressure. We have to play against Copenhagen. We have 180 minutes to win this game.

“Chelsea won’t go out against Copenhagen. I think we have the possibility to win against Copenhagen.”
 
BARCA BOSS DENIES WILSHERE LINK

Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has moved to play down reports that he wants to sign Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere.

The England international midfielder was inspired in his team’s Champions League win over Barca last week.

Wilshere’s performance was noted by the Spanish press who have linked him with Barcelona ever since Arsenal’s 2-1 win.

Guardiola admitted: “Wilshere is a great player - a great player for Arsenal but, in any case, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger doesn’t sell his best players.”

The Catalans’ boss also warned his team to prepare for another real test when Arsenal go to Spain in a fortnight.

He added: “Arsenal are a wonderful side. You will not hear me discredit Arsenal.

“They are a great side with a great coach and they will be a very difficult opponent. It will be a great game against a great team.”
 
FERGUSON SLAMS TICKET PRICES

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has condemned the astronomical ticket prices for the Champions League final at Wembley this May.

UEFA have announced that the cheapest ticket on general sale for the European Cup decider in London will cost £150 plus a £26 service charge.

Even the lowest price tickets available to the competing clubs will cost £80 plus booking fee.
The Wembley showcase will be the dearest Champions League final ever.

Ferguson, whose side face Marseille away in the first leg of their last 16 meeting on Wednesday night, is not impressed.

“It’s unbelievable and disappointing,” said the United boss who has twice won the competition with the Red Devils.

“It’s a killer and a corporate deal, that. Managers and players can’t do anything about it.

“I don’t know what you can do. You have a booking fee also of £26 or whatever it is, so dearie me.”

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