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CARLO Ancelotti has said he would welcome Cristiano Ronaldo to PSG with open arms if the club could prise him away from Real Madrid and talked up the potential of a partnership with current star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ronaldo's future at Madrid has been called into doubt in recent weeks, with the Portuguese star's revelation that he has been experiencing "sadness" at the Bernabeu.

CESARE Prandelli says he expects Andrea Pirlo to be on the plane that takes Italy to the 2014 FIFA.

The Juventus midfielder, who was pivotal in guiding his team to this year's European championship final, will be 35 years old in two years' time, but age is not a factor in the eyes of his national coach.

“Andrea has to decide for himself and in good time what he wants to do in the future, and he still feels the desire to be a key player in the position," Prandelli said. "He wants to play in the World Cup, and for us he'll always be important.”

ASHLEY Cole believes the new-look Chelsea are off to the perfect start after the club ensured their third straight league win by defeating Newcastle 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Belgian winger, Eden Hazard, got his first goal for Chelsea after scoring a first-half penalty, before Fernando Torres added a second just before the break.

Chelsea have altered their style this season, and are now more attacking under Roberto Di Matteo, but Cole is delighted with how quickly the team has gelled.

"We've lost Didier Drogba, a big powerful presence up front and sometimes we just used to knock it up to him,'' the England left-back told ESPN. "But now we've signed some smaller players so we've got to get the ball down and play a little bit more now. The second goal today was a great goal for the whole team.''

It was Torres' third goal of the season, with Cole believing the Spaniard could be the man to replace Drogba at Stamford Bridge.

AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has told Italian television he will fly to Madrid next week in order to finally seal a deal to bring Kaka back to the club.

Kaka, 30, has been linked with a return to Milan all summer as the Rossoneri look to recapture the player they sold to Real Madrid for a phenomenal €65 million fee in 2009, but injury has prevented the former World Player of the Year from showing anything like his best form in the Spanish capital.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists the club had 'no choice' but to let their captain Robin van Persie move to Manchester United.
The Gunners confirmed last night that they had agreed a deal with United for the Dutchman, who will undergo a medical at Old Trafford today.
Allowing their star player to join their long-time rivals has infuriated Arsenal fans, but Wenger has defended the club's decision to cash in after van Persie made it clear he would not be signing a new contract at the Emirates.

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