Mlilers get royal approval seal
Neymar has revealed that Santos have offered him a new contract
in a bid to ward off interest in him from Europe.
The Brazilian star has been linked with Barcelona, Real Madrid,
Manchester City and Chelsea, among others, but his current club do
not think that his departure is definite.
“Santos have now offered us a deal for him to renew his
contract, but we will have to wait and talk to them,” Neymar’s
father and agent explained at the Laureus World Sports Awards in
While speculation continues unabated about a move to Europe,
Neymar intends to see out his current deal, at least, with
His father, also called Neymar, said: “It is very difficult to
see him leaving before 2013 although we will have to think about
what is best for him.”
The former England goalkeeper made 19 appearances for the League
One club since arriving from Bristol City in September last
The 42-year-old, who played his last game for the Cherries in a
3-1 defeat at Walsall in mid-January, has found it difficult to
force his way back into manager Eddie Howe’s first-team plans.
James started out at Watford in 1988 and during a career
spanning 25 years played for Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham,
Manchester City and Portsmouth.
He made his debut for England in a friendly against Mexico in
1997 and won a total of 53 caps for his country.
James, awarded an MBE in 2012, was recently linked with a move
to Iceland club IBV.
Ginczek is currently on-loan at St Pauli in the German Second
Division from German champions Dortmund.
The German Under-21 international striker has impressed with 12
goals in Bundesliga Zwei and his form has caught the attention of a
number of clubs – one of which is reportedly West Ham.
21-year-old Ginczek, who has also spent time on loan at Bochum,
is yet to play for Borussia’s first team and his agent Bjorn Etzel
confirmed that his future was not decided.
“Dortmund don’t know what they want to do yet,” he told Sky
“We will wait until later in March or even April, and then
Dortmund will decide what will happen.”
On West Ham’s interest, Etzel said: “I only really know what I
have read and seen in the press about West Ham watching him – I was
at the last game too, but I did not speak to them or see them.”
As most of the debate around Sir Alex Ferguson’s team selection
for last week’s controversial Champions League defeat by Real
Madrid centred around Wayne Rooney’s omission, what a significant
day it was for Welbeck was overlooked.
United’s goalscorer in the first leg, and preferred ahead of
England’s talisman in the second, Welbeck has made giant strides
over the past month, proving that not all his best performances
have been reserved for the international stage.
Yet Robson accepts the 22-year-old still has work to do.
After all, that header in the Bernabeu remains one of only two
goals for Welbeck this season.
That is fewer than Rafael, Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra, let
alone top-scorer Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Rooney, the
latter two heading for the 20-goal barrier their Dutch team-mate
has long since crashed through.
And that is the area Robson believes Welbeck must improve if
present progress is to continue.
Speaking at the launch of the ‘Legends are Back’ game between
Manchester United and Real Madrid, which will take place at Old
Trafford on June 2, Robson said: “A few of the younger lads have
progressed really well this season.
“But it was a measure of how well Danny has come on that the
boss put him in the team ahead of Wayne Rooney last week.
“That was such a big decision but Danny has all the attributes
you need, apart from being a natural finisher.
“The good thing about it is that is an area you can work on and
improve. And I know Danny will do that because he is a keen lad
with such a great mentality towards the game.”
As England’s top scorer in 2012 and one of five players
nominated for Three Lions’ player of the year, Welbeck, to an
extent, left Rooney in the shade last year.
Not in terms of personality, though.
As the foremost player of his generation, Rooney has been the
centre of attention, for good and bad, for over a decade now.
So Robson was not in the least bit surprised that there should
be so much talk about the 27-year-old being left out by Ferguson
last week, nor that the extension of that chatter should focus on
whether Rooney had a future at Old Trafford.
Yet Robson claimed Ferguson had previous form for the kind of
marking job the Scot asked Welbeck to do on Xabi Alonso last week,
for he got Brian McClair to carry out a very similar task on Ronald
Koeman in the 1991 Cup Winners’ Cup triumph over Barcelona in
“The boss had not spoken about it at all until the team talk
before the game, when he told Brian what he wanted,” said
“He was our centre-forward, but he had to do it.
“We went on to win the game and the boss was proved correct.
“It was the same with Danny. It was a tactical decision, that is
all. At big clubs they happen all the time and players have to
abide by them.
“I realise the suggestion afterwards is that the boss has run
out of patience with Wayne but I don’t think that is the case at
“Purely and simply, he was trying to find the best way of
getting into the next round and, but for one decision by the
referee, I am sure it would have worked.”
Prince Edward, the Queen’s cousin, was given a guided tour of
the Millers’ new home by honorary ambassador Howard Webb and
chairman Tony Stewart before he unveiled a commemorative
Stewart, who funded much of the ?20million project himself,
revelled in the royal’s visit.
“Rotherham United Football Club were visited by the Duke of Kent
who looked and listened whilst being shown around the stadium by a
host of people connected with the events here.
“He showed a great interest as he was told about the activities
that take place here in the heart of Rotherham, and over the time
he was here, he got the message that this is more than a football
“This is a venue to benefit all the areas of Rotherham, young
and old, this is a stadium for the people.”
The Millers moved into the 12,000-seater stadium in the summer
after spending four years at Sheffield’s doomed Don Valley Stadium
following their move from Millmoor.