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Premier League Round-Up: 9th July

9 July 2013

As the countdown continues to the start of the 2013/14 Premier League season, we take a look at the news surrounding Palace's top flight rivals.


Belgian striker Christian Benteke has rocked Aston Villa’s pre-season preparations by handing in a transfer request. 
Benteke was a revelation for Paul Lambert’s side last season, hitting 23 goals in all competitions, including 19 in the Premier League, following his £7m arrival from Genk. 
The 22-year-old’s goals helped Villa claw their way out of the relegation dogfight, prompting reported interest from the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. 
Lambert said in a statement: “While we're hugely disappointed that Christian has put in a transfer request, it's important that people appreciate we are trying to build something strong and vibrant here at the club, something this club demands and stands for, and we want Christian to be part of that.”


Charlie Austin’s move from Burnley to Hull has hit the buffers, after the striker failed a medical.
The Tigers had agreed a fee with the Championship side after Steve Bruce made Austin one of his top transfer targets. 
According to Sky Sports News, tests on the 24-year-old revealed a shoulder problem. Austin has dislocated it three times since 2010. 
Despite spells on the sidelines with injury, Austin has netted 82 goals in 155 games at Swindon and then Burnley. 


Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is targeting a top four finish next season. 
Brendan Rogers’ side finished 7th last season, but lost just one of their last 12 matches as they finished the campaign in a rich vein of form. 
And England midfielder Gerrard believes Liverpool can claim a Champions League place next term, if they start the campaign with a similar run of results. 
He told the Daily Star: “The final five or six months of last season we were fantastic, and we showed top-four form.
“But before then we were inconsistent from August to Christmas and that's the reason why we never managed to achieve what we set out to do, which was a top-four finish.
“But I felt at times in the season we played some brilliant football and if we can find that level on a consistent basis, I've got confidence we can break into the top four.”


Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has urged Wayne Rooney to stay at the club. 
Rooney’s future at Old Trafford remains uncertain, after former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that the England striker handed in a transfer request at the end of last season.
New boss David Moyes said that he would not sell Rooney – and now Ferdinand has told him he should finish his career at Old Trafford. 
"I don't see where you go better from here. For instance, Cristiano has been ridiculous as a football player individually but has he won more trophies since leaving than what we've won? That's the way I look at it.
"I wouldn't say that he shouldn't have gone there; it was his dream to go there, so you have to respect that. But I just look at things in a plain, black and white way - I want to win trophies so why would I leave here?”


Alan Pardew insists he remains in charge of team affairs at Newcastle, despite the appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football. 
The former Magpies boss has been brought back to the club by owner Mike Ashley to oversee recruitment. 
Manager Pardew will report to Kinnear as part of the new set-up, but believes he will still have full control over the first team. 
He told BBC Newcastle: "I'm my own man and I will manage this football club to the best of my ability.
"I spoke to one or two players and my staff here and made them very aware of where the position lies.
"If Joe can persuade Mike to invest in the football club in the right manner, then that would be the best outcome for us.”


Tottenham’s players are convinced that Gareth Bale will remain at the club next season. 
The Welsh winger was one of four players used to promote the new Spurs kit yesterday.
And captain Michael Dawson is adamant the PFA Footballer of the Year will remain in London, despite reported interest from Real Madrid. 
Dawson told The Mirror: “He’s a top guy. He’s here to do well, like all of us. Like the manager, like the staff at the football club, we’re striving to be successful for this club.
“He’s one of the boys – the lads love having him around. Someone as good as him, you certainly want to keep him.”

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