Lyon rejected by Silvestre
MIKAEL SILVESTRE has admitted he snubbed a move to Lyon during the January transfer window.
The French defender's United future has been cast into doubt by Alex Ferguson's decision to spend £12million on Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra. But, rather than turning his back on a United career which has seen him win three Premier League titles since his £4m arrival from Inter Milan in 1999, Silvestre has vowed to fight for his place.
"I spoke to Gerard Houllier but I am cup-tied for the Champions League and we both know he is not going to play one person in the league and another in Europe," he said.
"Manchester United is still my priority and I am ready to work twice as hard to prove I can still play for the club."
Chelsea want Duff to stay CHELSEA chief executive Peter Kenyon is confident three of the club's top stars will sign extensions to their current contracts.
The Premiership champions negotiated a new deal for Czech international goalkeeper Petr Cech earlier this week and they are now ready to offer England midfielder Joe Cole, Republic of Ireland star Damien Duff and French defender William Gallas new deals.
All three will enter the final year of their contracts in the summer.
Negotiations are not expected to begin until the end of the season but Kenyon is confident they will all re-sign. 'They love playing for Chelsea and we love them playing for us," he said.
Lauren out for season ARSENAL have confirmed they will be without Lauren for the rest of the season after the defender underwent knee surgery yesterday.
Elsewhere, David Dunn's injury nightmare continues with the Birmingham midfielder out for a minimum of three weeks with a calf injury.
Senegal reach semi-finals PREMIERSHIP stars Papa Bouba Diop and Henri Camara helped Senegal book an African Nations Cup semi-final against hosts Egypt as they came from behind to beat Guinea 3-2 yesterday. However, there could well be an official inquiry into a fracas involving players from both sides after the final whistle.
Egypt, without injured striker Mido, crushed DR Congo 4-1 in the other game.