40 Friday, 31 July 2009 London Lite LITESPORT Inbrief Becks is still on a Galaxy high DAVID BECKHAM insists he is happy to continue playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy. The England midfielder clashed with a Galaxy fan just one week after a confrontation with spectators during his first home game for the club after returning from a loan spell with AC Milan. He said: Ive got the support of the players -- thats the most important thing. Im happy to be playing for this team. Rio wont miss Ron or Tevez Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes the club can use their experience of rebuilding to cope with the loss of star men Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. He said: United is a club that moves on and has remained a successful side. We have done that in recent years when we lost players of the ilk of David Beckham and Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Veron and players like that. Hughes never trusted Elano ELANO claims he had to quit Manchester City because manager Mark Hughes never had full confidence in him. The talented playmaker completed his move to Galatasaray yesterday and believes he will have a better chance of clinching a World Cup spot with the Turkish side. He said: Hughes may not have had total confidence in me. I dream of playing in the World Cup so this season is very important. Maslin is new Wembley chief ROGER MASLIN has been confirmed as the managing director of Wembley Stadium. Maslin, 47, who has been acting managing director for a year, has spent over a decade working at the stadium after being appointed as Wembley finance director in February 1999. Maslin said: Im passionate about Wembley and have spent the last 11 years turning the stadium dream into a reality. Were Don and dusted now ABERDEEN boss Mark McGhee blamed his sides lack of fitness for their poor display in his first game in charge. The Dons shipped four goals in the second half in a 5-1 thrashing to Sigma Olumouc at Pittodrie in a disastrous start to McGhees reign. He said: People have been asking has this game come to early for us. Clearly it did. We are nowhere near fit enough to play a game for 90 minutes. ARSENE WENGER has spent the past four years searchingforthenew Patrick Vieira -- and now hes set to bring back theoriginaltomentorimpendingarrival Blaise Matuidi. The tough-tackling St Entienne enforcerhasbeenonWengersradar for well over a year and is set to complete an 8m move to north London following this weekends Emirates Cup. WengermadeattemptstosignMatuidi last summer, but was met with stiff resistance from Les Verts. After another season of mediocrity in Ligue 1, however, the former giants of French football are being forced to cash in on their leading assets. St Etiennes sporting director is Dam- ien Comolli, who served as Wengers European scout at Arsenal for seven seasons before his highly unsuccessful spell at Spurs in a similar role. Comolli has just overseen the transfer of France international striker Bafetimbi Gomis to Lyon, and is now set to iron out the transfer of Matuidi (below). Only last week he admitted: It would be difficult to prevent him from leaving if a top 10 European side came in for him. Meanwhile, Wenger isplanning to hold talks with Vieira about the possibility of himmakingwhatwould be an astonishing and emotional comeback. The pair are known tohaveremainedin close contact since the captain of the Invincibles sought a fresh challenge with Juventus in the s u m m e r o f 2005. Vi e i r a h a s made two re- turns to north Londonsincehis departure -- with Juve in the Champions League and as part of an Arsenal Legends XI in Den- nis Bergkamps testimonial -- and was afforded a heros ovation on both occasions. His potential homecoming would lift the mood among supporters who have grownconcernedbyWengerscautious- ness in the transfer market. At 33, and having made only 10 Serie A starts last season, Vieira cant be expected to have the same impact on the pitch as he did in his pomp. But his influence in the dressing room and on such a young squad would surely beof benefit,whileinthe4-3-3formation Wenger has used in pre-season, he could leave the leg work to the others. Meanwhile, Wengers hopes of bank- ing a further 9m for Emmanuel Eboue lookremote,afterItaliansideFiorentina claimed a deal is far from finalised. Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino said: Their clubs are asking for sums that are not equivalent to the market value. There is still quite a long way to go. BY JAMES GOLDMAN This England team is like a machine, moan France ENGLAND stormed into Sundays final of the European Under-19 Championship in the Ukraine with a 3-1 win over France last night, leaving gallic boss Jean Gallice complaining: Their team is like a machine. The French had three players sent off in a stormy semi-final which went to extra time before two goals from Aston Villas Nathan Delfouneso clinched matters for former Charlton and QPR coach Brian Easticks young Lions. England last reached the final in 2005, when they lost to France, but Eastick said: Semi-finals are about winning and were delighted to be in the final. French coach Gallis said: We had studied England for days before the game and knew they were a solid team -- as you say in English, strong. Our styles of play are different; the England team is like a machine. England went behind after eight minutes but Arsenals Henri Lansbury turned the semi-final around, equalising with his third goal in as many games just before half-time. England play hosts Ukraine -- who beat Serbia 3-1 in their semi -- in Sundays final, live on Eurosport at 2.30pm. The finalists drew 2-2 in the group stages.Young Gun: Arsenals Henri Lansbury scores Delighted: Brian Eastick BY NEAL COLLINS Vieira and Matuidi to form new midfield? Dyer:SirBobbywaslikeafathertome KIERON DYER fought back the tears during West Hams 2-0 win over Beijing Gouan as he paid tribute to his former boss Sir Bobby Robson. The West Ham midfielder thrived under Robson during their time together at Newcastle, and felt a special bond with him due to their link with Ipswich. Dyer said: I only found out five minutes before the game that Sir Bobby has passed away so its probably the hardest 90 minutes I have played. He was a wonderful man and when I was at Newcastle he took a great shine to me with the Ipswich connection and he was like a father to me. When we were at Newcastle we had a squad of about 25 players but everyone was happy. In todays football, with millionaire primadonnas, that is very hard to do but he was such a lovable guy. West Ham finished the Asia Trophy in third place thanks to goals from Danny Gabbidon and Zavon Hines. isWengerMeanwhile, planning to hold talks with Vieira about the possibility of wouldwhatmakinghim andastonishinganbe emotional comeback. knownarepairThe inremainedhaveto sincecontactclose thethe captain of freshasought asandLeague Arsenalanofpart Legends XI in Den- Bergkampsnis --testimonial ovation onand was afforded a heros both occasions. liftwouldhomecomingpotentialHis the mood among supporters who have cautious-Wengersbyconcernedgrown ness in the transfer market. 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