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Aston Villa’s Ashley Young to Snub Contract, Seek Move: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Young’s Ambition

England winger Ashley Young will reject a new contract at Aston Villa as he wants to join a bigger club, the Sun reported.

He’s a long-term target of Manchester United and Tottenham, and has also interested Arsenal, the newspaper added.

Young has told teammates it’s the right time for him to move to “fulfill his dream” of playing in the Champions League, the Sun said.

England ‘Farce’

The England captaincy sank into “farce and confusion” last night as coach Fabio Capello told Rio Ferdinand he still has the role, the Daily Mirror said.

Manchester United’s Ferdinand had been angered by Capello’s signal that the captaincy would return to John Terry, the Mirror said. Now Capello has said he meant to say Terry would just lead England against Wales and Ghana this month, with Ferdinand remaining first choice for now.

Bendtner for Germany?

Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner will turn down Blackburn’s bid to sign him this summer in favor of a move to Germany, with Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg both interested in the striker, the Daily Mail said.

Blackburn may offer 15 million pounds ($24 million) for him as part of “grand plans” for next season, the Mail added.

Taarabt Target

West Brom is interested in Queens Park Rangers forward Adel Taarabt and Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha, the Mail reported.

Taarabt has been central to QPR’s promotion drive and Zaha is a “bright spark” for Palace in a disappointing campaign, the newspaper said.

Sorensen Stays

Thomas Sorensen is ready to sign a new contract this week for F.A. Cup semifinalist Stoke City, the Daily Mirror reported.

The Dane is negotiating a two-year extension to his current deal, even though he’s been the No. 2 goalkeeper behind Asmir Begovic for most of the season. Sorensen has played in F.A. Cup games.

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