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03/03/2010 09:18

Papers: Go get Veloso

Nani wants a Mig fight
United winger Nani has urged Sir Alex Ferguson to press ahead with his bid for Sporting Lisbon star Miguel Veloso. Midfielder Veloso has been one of the most sought-after players in Europe since last summer, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal all interested in him. Nani said: "I know there are many rumours regarding Manchester United's interest in Veloso but I can't decide whether he comes. I know him well because he was a team-mate of mine and I know he has the quality to play for a club like United. The football here is hard but he is someone who can do well at a big club. And I know he already has the opportunities to leave Sporting." Veloso, 23, has been in superb form for Sporting this season and scored in both legs of their Europa League win over Everton.
Tony Little, The Sun

In other news, Fabio Capello says he visited United's Carrington training ground to discuss the state of Rio Ferdinand's troublesome back complaint with both the player and Sir Alex. "I also spoke with David Gill at Wembley, who told me it is not the same problem," says Capello. "I just hope he will be fit in a short time because he needs to play." In an interview with the Guardian, Ferdinand reveals how he found out he was England captain from the TV news.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star claim Wayne Rooney might not start England's friendly against Egypt tonight after he was injured in a training ground collision with James Milner.

Fulham defender Chris Smalling has been talking about his "very exciting" move to Old Trafford which he will complete in the summer. He said: "When you have one of the biggest clubs in the world even considering you will be good enough for them, it is a massive compliment."

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