Lunchtime Report: January 22

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Petr Cech says handing Ashley Cole a new contract was a great decision and that Chelsea still need the services of their old guard.

The left-back agreed a one year extension this week and the Blues number one insisted he was still one of the best full-backs in the world.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could be facing disciplinary proceedings after being asked to explain his comments about a match official following the draw with Tottenham on Sunday.

The Old Trafford boss claimed assistant referee Simon Beck should have given United a penalty for a foul on Wayne Rooney and also brought up a contentious Chelsea goal against his side from 2010 that Beck was officiating for.

A list of player fines being enforced at Arsenal has been revealed on the Internet, after a photo of the sign taken by a visitor to the training ground went viral.

Offences from lateness and wearing the wrong kit, to making phone calls inside and bringing newspapers into the changing room, trigger fines ranging from £100 to as much as £1000. The notice orders players to pay their fines in cash, which is to be handed to German defender Per Mertesacker.

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to offer Bundesliga side Schalke 04 €1million (£840,000) to secure the signing of Lewis Holtby in January.

Spurs already have a pre-contract agreement in place for the Germany international to sign him on a free transfer in the summer but an injury to Sandro, which will keep him out for the rest of the season, has left them short in midfield.

AC Milan are reportedly ready to offer £22million for Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

The Italian is reportedly allowed to leave Etihad Stadium and the Serie A club’s offer will match what the Citizens paid Inter Milan for the controversy-courting forward in 2010.

And finally, Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has voiced his desire to finish his career with the Camp Nou club.

The Spain international says he does not want to play for any other club, but would accept leaving if he could no longer maintain his level of performance

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