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Premier League Round-Up: 17th July

17 July 2013


Cardiff boss Malky Mackay believes Craig Bellamy can prolong his club career by retiring from international football.
Bellamy has hinted that he could quit Wales when the current World Cup qualifiers end in October. 
And Mackay thinks that could help the 34-year-old winger – and benefit his newly promoted Bluebirds. 
He told BBC Sport: “The time's come for him to bow out as he said he's going to do that and a new breed and a new generation [can] come through.
“The lack of international travelling is going to help his body.”

Chelsea have had a cash-plus-player offer for Wayne Rooney turned down by Manchester United. 
The Blues offered £10m, plus either Juan Mata or David Luiz in exchange for the England striker.
United immediately rejected the bid and have again insisted that the 27-year-old is not for sale. 
Rooney has reiterated his desire to leave the Premier League champions though, with new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho confirming his interest in the front man during an interview with the BBC yesterday. 


Sunderland striker Danny Graham is poised to sign for Hull on a season-long loan deal, according to Sky Sports News.
The former Swansea striker has not scored for the Black Cats following his £5m transfer in January this year. 
Tigers boss Steve Bruce admitted his interest in Graham, after Burnley striker Charlie Austin failed a medical at the KC Stadium earlier this summer. 
Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail: “There's lots and lots of players and it's always wrong for me to talk about them, but Graham is someone where there's been a bit of interest.”


Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas does not want to leave the Catalan giants, according to the club’s manager Tito Vilanova.
Manchester United made a £25m bid for the former Arsenal man on Monday, but Vilanova says the Spaniard wants to stay at Camp Nou. 
He said: "I know he has received offers from other teams.
“But Cesc has told me he wants to stay here. He has told me it is his dream to stay with Barcelona.
"He doesn't want to go to other teams for money reasons or playing time. He knows there is competition for places here, but his decision is to stay. I am relaxed about the situation."


Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini has swapped Juventus for Sunderland in a £6.5m deal. 
The 28-year-old, who has played 14 times for his country, has agreed a four-year-deal at the Stadium of Light. 
Giaccherini signed for Juventus in August 2011 and made 40 appearances for the club, as they won back-to-back Serie A titles.
He becomes fellow Italian Paolo Di Canio’s eighth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of El Hadji Ba, Jozy Altidore, David Moberg Karlsson, Cabral, Modibo Diakite, Valentin Roberge and Vito Mannone. 


West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has signed a contract extension at the club. 
The DR Congo, 26, international has penned a two-year deal, with the option of a third year. 
Mulumbu has been a key part of the Baggies’ side since joining from Paris Saint-Germain in 2009. 
Manager Steve Clarke said on the club’s website: “This is good news for everyone connected with West Bromwich Albion.
“Youssouf is a talented player and the fact he is willing to sign a contract extension shows we're doing the right thing as a club.
“The really pleasing thing is that Youssouf should now be coming into his best years as a footballer and will hopefully spend them here.”

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