Lunchtime Report: December 3

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Interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has moved to clarify comments on Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard, after saying he expected them to leave the club.

Both players are out of contract at the end of the season, and Benitez now claims they could stay at Stamford Bridge.

Steve Bould reportedly let rip at Arsenal's players following the 2-0 home defeat to Swansea on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger's assistant was reported to be furious with the performance, and told the players they must work harder to improve their faltering season.

Wayne Rooney said Manchester United's win against Reading on Saturday resembled a basketball match.

United won 4-3 at the Madejski Stadium, with all of the goals coming inside 34 minutes.

Manchester City defender Maicon believes it is only a matter of time until the club tastes success in the Champions League.

City have failed to make it past the group stage for the second successive season, and may even miss out on a place in the Europa League.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says he is unlikely to spend big during the January transfer window.

The 35-year-old is happy with his squad, and adds that Spurs will be strengthened by the returns of Younes Kaboul and Scott Parker.

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