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Barca coach Vilanova to step down due to ill health

sports Updated: Jul 20, 2013 01:06 IST
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Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova is to step down after a relapse of his salivary gland cancer, Spanish media reported on Friday, without identifying the source of their information.

Vilanova, 44, has been battling throat cancer for the past couple of years and spent two months having treatment in New York last season.

Barca vice president Javier Faus said he was unable to confirm the reports when contacted by telephone. Sport reported that Joan Francesc Ferrer, known as “Rubi”, may be in line to take over.

Vilanova succeeded his close friend Pep Guardiola at the end of the 2011-12 season after Guardiola - now coach of Bayern Munich - decided to take a year out from football.

‘Rooney not for sale’

Sydney: Manchester United manager David Moyes has reiterated he has no plans to sell Wayne Rooney as Premier League rival Chelsea maintains its pursuit of the England striker. Speaking Friday ahead of United’s pre-season friendly against an A-League All Stars team, Moyes said “the club’s position has not changed.”

Rather than shedding players he said the league champions are looking at more signings, promising more news on the possible recruitment of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas in the next 24 hours.

Chhetri joins JSW side

Bangalore: After mutually ending hiscontract with the Sporting Clube de Portugal reserve side, India captain Sunil Chhetri joined I-League new entrants JSW Sports in a two-year deal in one of the biggest signings of the domestic transfer market.

“I have ended my contract with Sporting Clube de Portugal on mutual agreement. I have now signed with JSW sports and it is for two years,” Chhetri said.

Baan leaves for home

Mumbai: India football team’s technical director Rob Baan left for home after being discharged from a hospital here, leaving a question mark on his continuation with the high-profile job.

The 69-year-old Dutchman was admitted on Wednesday night after he collapsed while assisting the national team head coach Wim Koevermans in conducting the AFC Professional license course.