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A Real Pain

by | 13th, July 2004

‘IT is now one of the features of the sporting summer – as predictable as Tim Henman’s plucky failure to win Wimbledon, as Colin Montgomerie’s early departure from the British Open golf, as another false dawn for English cricket.

‘Oi! Wait up, Rebecca…’

Real Madrid suggest that Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira might be on his way to the Bernabeu; the Gunners get really angry; and the Frenchman stays at Highbury.

It’s a mini-drama that has been played out every season since Vieira first signed for the English champions, but this time Arsenal are really, really angry.

So says the Mirror, which quotes Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood as saying that the whole thing “is starting to become very irritating”.

“There is nothing you can do about it except just treat it with contempt,” he says.

Except there is something that Arsenal and all the other English clubs can do over the constant speculation linking Real with anyone in this country who can kick a ball.

They can give them a taste of their own medicine – spread a few rumours about Ronaldo signing for Chelsea or Zinedine Zidane coming to Arsenal or Raul going to Crystal Palace.

One man who is on his way from Madrid to Manchester is Valter di Salvo, Real’s fitness guru and the man blamed by David Beckham for his sub-par performances in Euro 2004.

The Sun says the Italian is regarded in his own country as one of the most innovative and daring fitness coaches in Europe, although routines which didn’t include banging your PA clearly didn’t suit the England skipper.

Making the journey the other way could be Wayne Rooney – the Sun says the teenager has told his advisers that he would happily go to Spain if there was a firm offer.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods’s preparation for this week’s Open golf championship got off to the worst possible start when the World No.1 got lost on his way to Troon.

The Express says Woods got lost in the back streets of Glasgow as he tried to steer his Vauxhall Sigma onto the M77 and turned up half an hour late for his practice round.

And it is Woods’s bad driving on the course that means he will start this week as only joint favourite for the tournament at a very tempting 8-1.

The only trouble is that if Woods can’t find the M77, he hasn’t got much chance of finding Troon’s narrow fairways…’

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