Wednesday Kickoff: Chandler stays with Nurnberg, Grant backs Di Matteo & more

Wednesday Kickoff: Chandler stays with Nurnberg, Grant backs Di Matteo & more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Chandler stays with Nurnberg, Grant backs Di Matteo & more

Chandler (Getty Images)

Timmy Chandler is staying put.

Despite months of speculation that he would be transferring this summer, Chandler signed a contract extension with FC Nurnberg that will keep him with the club through 2015.

Chandler's current contract still had another year on it, but as the final summer transfer window of that deal approached, the possibility of him moving elsewhere increased. Stuttgart, a team closing in on a UEFA Europa League berth, was said to be one of the teams that had serious interest in bringing Chandler aboard, but instead of moving elsewhere, the 22-year-old winger/fullback will remain with Nurnberg, which is set for a mid-table finish.

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GRANT: DI MATTEO DESERVES CHELSEA JOB

Avram Grant knows what it is like to be on the cusp of UEFA Champions League glory with Chelsea only to be shown the door by owner Roman Abramovich, and he hopes that Roberto Di Matteo does not suffer the same fate.

Grant told The Evening Standard (UK) that "Roberto deserves one more year, at least, because he has done a good job with this team. To come to the final with this team is unbelievable."

Di Matteo has been in an interim role ever since Abramovich axed Andre Villas-Boas, but after leading Chelsea past Barcelona and into the Champions League final, his case for the full-time job continues to get stronger. 

BOLTON SECURES 3 BIG POINTS

Bolton's chances of staying in the Premier League increased on Tuesday, with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park.

After falling behind on a Stephen Warnock goal just after the hour mark, Bolton responded with two immediate goals through Martin Petrov and David Ngog in consecutive minutes to secure the three points and move within one point of safety with a game in hand on both Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers. The loss puts Aston Villa back within three points of the drop zone with three matches to play.

American defenders Tim Ream and Eric Lichaj each went 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in the match.

PIQUE RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

After everything that unfolded at Camp Nou on Tuesday it's easy to forget the opening-minute collision between Barcelona centerback Gerard Pique and goalkeeper Victor Valdes that knocked Pique to the ground for several minutes. 

The Spanish defender stayed on for a few more minutes before it was apparent that he had to be subbed off, and after spending the night in a hospital, Pique has been released. It was suspected that he suffered a concussion on the collision. According to a team statement from Barcelona:

"Gerard Pique has been discharged from hospital after follow-up medical tests proved satisfactory. The Barcelona FC defender spent the night in hospital under observation after a heavy collision with Didier Drogba and Victor Valdes in the early stages of the match against Chelsea. The player will now rest for a week before being re-assessed."

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Happy that Chandler is staying with Nurnberg or would you have liked to see him go elsewhere? Think Di Matteo deserves to stay on as Chelsea manager now? Do you think Bolton stays up after Tuesday's win? Is Aston Villa in danger of relegation? Think Pique should have come off immediately after the collision?

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