Afternoon Report: March 4

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Cristiano Ronaldo has hailed Sir Alex Ferguson's influence on his career ahead of Real Madrid's clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Ronaldo says Ferguson taught him how to be a footballer, and the 28-year-old is looking forward to being reunited with his former boss.

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has distanced himself from reports linking him with a return to Stamford Bridge - and has urged fans to get behind Rafael Benitez.

Zola, who is currently in charge at Watford, says his only focus is on the job at Vicarage Road.

Roberto Mancini is not giving any thought to the prospect of Manchester City being caught by Tottenham before the end of the season.

Spurs are third in the Premier League and City second, with Mancini's side extending the gap to five points following a 1-0 win at Aston Villa on Monday night.

Fulham are poised to turn the loan signing of Emmanuel Frimpong permanent after the Arsenal midfielder was told he can leave the Emirates Stadium in the summer.

The 21-year-old is no longer part of Arsene Wenger's plans, and Martin Jol has previously expressed a desire to keep him at Craven Cottage.

Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova could make his long-awaited return from illness as early as this month, president Sandro Rosell has confirmed.

Vilanova has spent three months away from the Camp Nou after suffering a relapse in his battle with cancer.

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