Lunchtime Report: January 8

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Former Chelsea left-back Graeme Le Saux believes interim Blues manager Rafael Benitez is beginning to win over the Stamford Bridge crowd.

Benitez’s appointment was met with opposition from many of the club’s supporters but Le Saux now thinks the former Liverpool boss has them on his side.

Ex-Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has urged Old Trafford fans to be patient with new signing Alexander Buttner.

Van Nistelrooy believes his fellow Dutchman can become a key player under Sir Alex Ferguson in the future, but claimed he is still learning his trade and will take time to settle properly.

Aaron Ramsey needs a loan move away from Arsenal to rediscover his form, according to former Gunners striker John Hartson.

The Wales assistant manager feels the 22-year-old must play regularly in his favoured central midfield position if he is going to get back to his best.

Tottenham Hotspur face a striker shortage in January after Emmanuel Adebayor decided to make a U-turn on his decision to retire from international football.

Adebayor will now join up with the Togo squad ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations campaign in South Africa, leaving Spurs short up front for up to four weeks.

Roberto Mancini has admitted concern over the long-term fitness of Manchester City’s summer signing Jack Rodwell after seeing the midfielder’s season plagued by injury.

Rodwell was signed from Everton for £12million but has failed to appear regularly due to injuries, which Mancini claims is down to troublesome hamstrings.

And finally, Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta believes his teammate Lionel Messi will win the FIFA Ballon d’Or again next year.

The Argentine beat Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo to the award on Monday night to make it a record four times in a row, and the Spain international believes Messi will only get better in 2013.

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