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Football: Chelsea confident of new Terry deal

Chelsea are confident veteran defender John Terry will "amicably" agree a new contract in the near future, assistant coach Steve Holland said Friday. Former England centre-back Terry has reportedly been offered a new contract by the west London club but on half his current salary. However, Holland denied any talk of a tense atmosphere between the club and their 33-year-old stalwart, while suggesting two more senior players in England duo Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were both on the brink of signing new deals as well.

Football: Rodgers hopes Liverpool can ride wave of emotion

Brendan Rodgers believes his Liverpool side can harness the emotions swirling around Anfield as the club looks to win its first English title of the Premier League era. This week saw the club and city mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster which killed 96 Liverpool fans, with the Reds two points clear at the top of the table ahead of Sunday's match away to Norwich.

Football: Wenger upbeat about Arsenal's prospects

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that whatever happens to the club in the final weeks of the season, the future is bright for the north London side. Long time Premier League leaders Arsenal have slipped to fourth in the table ahead of this weekend's trip to Hull -- a dress rehearsal for the FA Cup final between the two clubs at Wembley. Wenger has yet to sign a contract extension, prompting doubts over whether the 64-year-old Frenchman, who recently took charge of his 1,000th Arsenal match, will be back for another campaign.

Football: Moyes ready for United rebuild

David Moyes, the Manchester United manager, is poised to make a flying start to his major rebuilding job for the fallen champions after the end of this season. Moyes revealed Friday he was already "well into my planning" regarding new recruits as he nears the end of his difficult first season in charge, following the retirement of long-time manager Alex Ferguson. However, Moyes was acutely aware that the World Cup, which opens in Brazil halfway through June and lasts for a month, will impinge on his efforts to reinforce the squad.

Football: Liverpool trio in awards shortlist

Luis Suarez was one of three Liverpool players nominated Friday for England's Professional Footballers' Association player of the year award. The Uruguayan, the leading scorer in the Premier League so far this season, was joined on the shortlist Friday by team-mates Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, with all three men having played a key role in guiding Liverpool to the top of the table ahead of this weekend's matches. Also vying for the award are Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, Manchester City dynamo Yaya Toure and Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana.

Football: Liverpool trio in awards shortlist

Luis Suarez was one of three Liverpool players nominated Friday for England's Professional Footballers' Association player of the year award. The Uruguayan, the leading scorer in the Premier League so far this season, was joined on the shortlist Friday by team-mates Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, with all three men having played a key role in guiding Liverpool to the top of the table ahead of this weekend's matches. Also vying for the award are Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, Manchester City dynamo Yaya Toure and Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana.

Football: Howard signs new deal with Everton

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard signed a contract extension on Thursday which will keep him at the Premier League club until 2018. Howard has been rewarded for another strong season which has seen the United States international produce a series of outstanding performances as the Toffees challenge for a Champions League place. The 35-year-old's previous deal has been extended by two years, ensuring he will remain at Goodison Park at least until the age of 39.

Football: Chelsea can cope with double bid, says Cech

Petr Cech insists Chelsea can cope with the demands of challenging for a Premier League and Champions League double as the Blues face Sunderland at the start of an eight-day period that could define their season. Jose Mourinho's side go into the latest round of Premier League matches in second place, two points behind leaders Liverpool. Victory at Stamford Bridge over bottom of the table Sunderland will ensure Chelsea increase the pressure on Liverpool, who travel to Norwich the following day.

Football: Martinez expects warm Goodison return for Moyes

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says David Moyes should expect a warm welcome when he returns to Goodison Park with Manchester United on Sunday. Moyes was in charge of the Toffees for 11 years before departing to replace Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford last summer, with Martinez succeeding him on Merseyside.

Football: Man City hopes fade after Sunderland setback

Manchester City's Premier League title hopes suffered a major blow as they needed a late Samir Nasri goal to rescue a 2-2 draw against bottom club Sunderland on Wednesday. Manuel Pelligrini's side are now six points behind leaders Liverpool with just one game in hand after they failed to beat a side seemingly destined for relegation. And it could have been worse, as two goals from Connor Wickham threatened to hand City only a second home defeat of the season, until Nasri saved face at the death.
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