Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik said Napoli fans have recovered the watch stolen from him at gunpoint in Naples earlier this month. "The fans knew what to do," the Slovakia international was quoted as saying by the ANSA news agency. "Napoli footballers are like divinities for them. It's forbidden to touch them." Nicola Zigic said he wants to put his disappointing spell with Valencia behind him now he has returned to former club Racing Santander on loan until the end of this season. "I am not interested in looking to the past any longer and above all I want to score goals for Racing," the Serbian striker said on the club's website (www.realracingclub.com) after being presented on Monday along with fellow new signing, midfielder Toni Moral from Alaves. Real Betis and Jose Mari have agreed to cancel the former Spain international striker's contract, the Primera Liga club said on their website. Spanish media reported that the 30-year-old, who has had spells with Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Villarreal and played four times for Spain, was looking to continue his career outside Spain, with a move to Greece a possibility. * Forward Jean-Claude Darcheville has completed his move to Ligue 1 strugglers Valenciennes on a six-month deal after leaving Rangers, the French club said. The 33-year-old former Bordeaux striker joins with Valenciennes third from bottom and four points from safety in Ligue 1 at the winter break. * Real Mallorca have signed goalkeeper Dudu Aouate from Deportivo Coruna as cover for injured first-choice keeper Miguel Angel Moya, the club said on their website (www.rcdmallorca.es). The Primera Liga strugglers, one place above the relegation zone with just 14 points from 16 matches, said the 31-year-old Israeli international had signed a contract until June 2011. * Portsmouth have agreed a 4.5 million Euro deal with Lens for Algerian defender Nadir Belhadj who has been on loan with the English Premier League club this season. "Even Arsene Wenger commented on his ability to spring from defence to attack so quickly," manager Tony Adams told the club's website (www.portsmouthfc.co.uk) after the 26-year-old signed a four-and-a-half year deal. "He has great pace and energy and is a terrific crosser of the ball." * AC Milan forward Marco Borriello is not expected to return from a thigh injury for another month, chief executive Adriano Galliani said. "I fear that Borriello will not be available before the end of January," the club website (www.acmilan.com) quoted Galliani as telling a news conference at Milan's winter training camp in Dubai. * Russia manager Guus Hiddink and Zenit St Petersburg boss Dick Advocaat have been named the recipients of the Merited Coach of Russia award -- the country's highest sporting honour -- by Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko. This year, Hiddink led his team to the European Championship semi-finals for the first time in 20 years while fellow Dutchman Advocaat guided Zenit to victory in the UEFA Cup.
30 December 2008
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