Rooney misses out on party with P Diddy

Rooney paid ‘150 000 at David and Victoria Beckham’s recent World Cup charity auction so he and fiancee Coleen McLoughlin could party with Diddy at some of the Big Apple’s most “bling” nightspots. P Diddy – real name Sean Combs (36) – boasted to the 600 VIPs at the Beckhams’ Full Length and Fabulous bash: “You spend a Saturday night out with me, you wake up on Wednesday.” Rooney outbid Celebrity X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne for the date – then punched the air in joy and turned to Coleen to whisper: “It’s for you, love.” But the couple, both 20, didn’t realise the legal age for drinking and entering most nightclubs in America is 21. Terry cashes in on Ballack John Terry is set for a staggering ’40 000-a-week pay rise with a new contract that will keep him at Chelsea for the next five years. The Stamford Bridge captain has two years left on his deal but Chelsea have moved to ensure they keep their star following the arrival of Michael Ballack and Andriy Shevchenko. They are both in the ‘125 000-a-week bracket and manager Jose Mourinho will not let their arrival create any unrest among the squad. Talks with Joe Cole over a new deal are at an advanced stage and Frank Lampard has also opened negotiations. Terry will now follow suit. Chelsea delay Carlos decision Chelsea must wait until next month to sign Roberto Carlos – because of politics. Real Madrid insist any transfer cannot be sanctioned until a new club president is elected. Blues boss Jose Mourinho wants Brazil left-back Carlos (33), after landing Michael Ballack and Andriy Shevchenko. But Real vice-president Emilio Butragueno said: “We believe it would be better not to decide anything until after the elections on July 2. “It’s logical the next president and his advisors should decide if they want Roberto. We’ll see how they feel about him and Chelsea and a definite decision will be taken on his future.” Look no further than Brazil Marcel Desailly insists this summer will be the last chance for England’s so-called “Golden Generation” to make an impact on the world stage – but he cannot see anyone stopping Brazil from defending their title. Brazil are the only team to have won the World Cup in a foreign continent – in Sweden in 1958. And Desailly is convinced that they will repeat that triumph in Germany. The linchpin of France’s victorious 1998 squad said: “It will be the World Cup for Brazil. There is nothing for anybody else. “When you see their squad, they have such a strong group defensively and offensively. If they win, they retain the trophy and I believe they will do that. “They are so powerful and they have such motivation.” Arsenal threaten Cole Arsenal are threatening to take out a legal injunction against Ashley Cole. Cole’s forthcoming autobiography is so explosive that sections have been toned down prior to going through the legal process to allow the book to go to print. Now the Gunners hierarchy want to stop Cole from launching a scathing attack on key figures at the club such as chairman Peter Hill-Wood, vice chairman David Dein and manager Arsene Wenger. Cole, who looks certain to leave Arsenal this summer, has vented his anger on them for their role in the tapping-up scandal when he was found guilty of meeting Chelsea officials. Cole is still furious over the way he believes he was hung out to dry by his own club. Beckham ready to cry David Beckham insists England’s bid for World Cup glory will end in tears. But after the agony of losing to Argentina on penalties in St Etienne in 1998 and the pain of being beaten by Brazil four years later, the England skipper has vowed to be crying with joy in Berlin next month. In a rousing interview Beckham assured the nation 40 years of hurt are about to be soothed by the ultimate achievement. Beckham said: “I am an emotional person and if we win the World Cup then there’s no doubt that I’ll be shedding a few tears. “The World Cup has made so many people cry for many years and I wouldn’t be any different if we won it. “Winning trophies is always an emotional moment. It’s something I haven’t experienced for three years – so winning the World Cup would be the ultimate.” Klinsmann may stay on Jurgen Klinsmann may consider staying on as Germany coach – if the hosts have a successful World Cup this summer. His contract ends after the tournament and, despite being criticised for living in the United States, he has enjoyed the job he took on in 2004. “I could very well imagine continuing as coach,” said the 41-year-old, who said he would consult his family first. “A coach is measured by his team’s success. That could lead me to go on. It is all down to how Germany perform.” Former Tottenham striker Klinsmann was a member of the German sides that won the 1990 World Cup and 1996 European Championship. No regrets for Wright-Phillips Shaun Wright-Phillips insists he has no regrets about joining Chelsea. The winger endured a frustrating first season at Stamford Bridge after leaving Manchester City last summer. He mainly featured as a substitute and a lack of first-team football cost him a place in England’s World Cup squad. But Wright-Phillips, 24, said: “I’ve not got one regret in joining the club whatsoever. I moved there knowing it was going to be difficult. To me, it’s a learning curve and I’ll become a wiser and better player for it.”

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