32 Tuesday, 21 July 2009 London Lite LITESPORT Inbrief Fergie couldnt care less Tevez SIR ALEX FERGUSON has declared Carlos Tevez was not worth the money his advisers wanted to turn his lease period into a permanent deal with Manchester United. Tevez joined cash-rich neighbours City last week, ending an acrimonious parting with his former Old Trafford boss, who said: I didnt think he was worth 25m -- thats just my judgment, maybe I am wrong. Rafa still raving about star Ryan LIVERPOOL manager Rafael Benitez has tipped Ryan Babel to become a major force at Anfield this season. Benitez paid 10m to bring the 22-year-old winger to England from Ajax in July 2007 but Babel has since struggled to hold down a permanent first-team place. We are really impressed with him this year because he came back after the summer really fit -- he will improve, said Benitez. Ifill puts boots into Wellington THE Wellington Phoenix have signed former Millwall, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace winger Paul Ifill on a two-year deal. Ifill, a 29-year-old British-born Barbados international, joins ex-Tranmere Rovers player Chris Greenacre in the Phoenixs ranks. Ifill will arrive in Wellington later next week to be considered for the Phoenixs opening A-League match against the Jets in Newcastle on 9 August. Rocky start for 80m man Ron CRISTIANO RONALDO struggled to make any impact against Shamrock Rovers in his first appearance for Real Madrid last night. The 80m man came in for close attention from the Irish side, not all of it befitting a friendly, but could not conjure any of his trademark magic before being withdrawn at half-time. Fellow new boy Karim Benzema scored the only goal three minutes from time. Super Marios the game boy WIGAN drew 1-1 with Bundesliga side Hannover in Austria last night. Both goals came in the opening 12 minutes, with Jan Rosenthal beating Chris Kirkland in the eighth minute with a powerful shot that cut through a crowded penalty area but Wigan needed only three minutes to level with Charles NZogbias corner picking out Mario Melchiot for a rare goal. Latics boss Roberto Martinez said: The end product is still missing. WIN FANTASTIC TICKETS TO SEE ARSENAL IN THE EMIRATES CUP ARSENALS Emirates Stadium will once again play host to the Emirates Cup, being held on the weekend of Saturday, 1 August and Sunday, 2 August and Emirates, the award-winning international airline, is giving you the chance to join the pre-season festivities. Joining Arsenal for the third Emirates Cup will be Scottish champions Rangers, La Ligas Atletico Madrid and fellow Emirates-sponsored French Ligue 1 club, Paris Saint-Germain. 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Winners will be chosen at random. The editors decision is final. Emirates currently operate 98 return flights per week from the UK non-stop to Dubai offering convenient connections to an extensive global network stretching to over 100 destinations on six continents. For more information on Emirates sports portfolio or for more information on Emirates flights visit www.emirates. 1LigueFrenchEmirates-sponsored JTTALKSTOKEEP CHELSEA owner Roman Abramovic was due in California today, hoping to resolve the future of his club captain. John Terry and the rest of the Chelsea sidewerealsopreparingforanotherspecial meetingwithformerbossJoseMourinho, whose Inter Milan side the Blues will play in a friendly late tonight. Butitistheoutcomeof theTerry/Abram- ovich encounter that will have a far greater bearing on Chelseas season. With Manchester City boss Mark Hughes planning to make a third attempt to take Terry to Eastlands, for an increased fee of 38m, Abramovich will be seeking assur- ances about his captains intentions. Terry, to date, has not spoken publicly over whether he intends to stay at the Bridge. Chelsea have said repeatedly that their talismanic captain is not for sale and he would have to ask for a transfer to force the issue. Sources close to the player say he would choose to stay at Chelsea as long as the club improved his contract, but only last week Frank Lampard said he did not know whether Terry would be staying. There have already been two meetings between Terry and club directors who see no reason why his 130,000-per-week deal should be increased, but Abramovichs mission to California is seen as a move to sort the issue once and for all so that new Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti can prepare for the new season with a settled camp. TheManchesterUnitedmanager,SirAlex Ferguson, was also up to his tricks today, stirring things up. After blasting his own former player Carlos Tevez as simply not worth 25m he said of Citys bid to land Terry: I think thats understandable, given the money theyve got. Theyre not stopping. So, if I was in Citys shoes, with all that kind of money, then I would have a go at that myself. I think its sensible. He has experience and is the England captain. For some reason they must have known that he was interested. Im sure there have been plenty of phone calls going on. Appar- ently, they were in the same hotel on holi- day, werent they? WhileHughesadmitshewantsdealsdone as soon as possible, he will not rush unnecessarily. At the beginning of the season, we wanted all the players in the building to starttraining,butwearepreparedtowait, he said during the clubs pre-season tour of South Africa. It is all about giving the deal the oppor- tunity to develop. Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda signed his new three-year deal today and then declared: This is just the beginning of the story. Malouda, who had one year remaining on his current contract, is excited about the prospectof developinghisgameundernew manager Carlo Ancelotti. I was really happy when I heard it was Carlo Ancelotti because I have a lot of respect for him. At my former club Lyon I played many times against Milan. For me it is a really good choice and I believe in him, said Malouda. Abramovich flies into US to meet up with captain BY GEOFF TEATHER I let the Special One down, admits saddened Ashley Bullard bullish over Zamora raid ASHLEY COLE comes face to face with Jose Mourinho (right) tonight admitting he feels guilty for letting his former Chelsea manager down. Mourinhos 18-month pursuit of the left-back from Arsenal was finally completed in 2006 after a tapping-up controversy which saw both men and Chelsea fined by the Premier League. Cole -- bought in a 5m deal which saw William Gallas move the other way -- regrets he never played to his potential under Mourinho, whose Inter Milan side face Chelsea in Pasadena tonight. I owe him a lot, said Cole. He took me from a rival club and had the confidence to buy me. I didnt play well under him and I was sad to see him go because I wanted to prove to him and everyone else I was the right guy that he bought. HULL midfielder Jimmy Bullard would relish the opportunity to link up with former Fulham team-mate Bobby Zamora. The Tigers are hoping to meet Zamora (left) on Tuesday to discuss terms after having a 5m bid accepted by Fulham last week. Bullard, who hopes to be playing again by October, said: Bobby is a good centre forward, his play with his back to goal is brilliant. Hes as good as Ive played with up top. I played with him for a year and enjoyed every minute of it, hell be a great asset if we can get him. 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