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Afternoon Report: February 27

Rafa Benitez has played down reports of a training ground bust-up with his squad following the 2-0 defeat at Manchester City. John Terry reportedly spoke on behalf of the players during the frank exchange, but the Chelsea interim boss has insisted it was nothing more than a 'normal talk'.

Carl Jenkinson thinks assembling a core of young British players will have long-term benefits for Arsenal. Jenkinson is one of six members of Arsenal's squad from the UK to commit his future to the club after signing a contract extension earlier this season.

Roberto Mancini believes Jack Rodwell is ready to become a star from both Manchester City and England. Rodwell marked his return to the City first-team during the victory over Chelsea at the weekend, and Mancini said he hopes the former-Everton youngster can now start to fulfil his potential.

Sir Alex Ferguson is keen for Manchester United to take advantage of their superiority at Old Trafford over the coming weeks. The Red Devils are about to embark on a run of four home games in a row, and Ferguson feels improvements to the pitch should help United progress in all three major competitions.

Scott Parker admits he was upset at being booed by the West Ham fans on his first return to Upton Park on Monday night. The Tottenham midfielder left the Hammers for White Hart Lane for £6m last season, but he was named West Ham Player of the Year three times during his stint in east London.

Cesc Fabregas has urged his team to learn from their mistakes after Barcelona lost 3-1 at home to Real Madrid. The Spain midfielder also thinks Barca have to give more if they are to win the two remaining competitions on offer to the Catalan club - La Liga and the Champions League.

 

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