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Championship sides Newcastle and Plymouth meet in the FA Cup 3rd round this evening, BestPrice betting here (19:45)

Julio Baptista has dismissed rumours he is looking to leave Roma in the January transfer window.

The 28-year-old striker has only made one Serie A start this season and is reportedly a target for league leaders Inter.

But the Brazil international insists he does not expect to leave Roma this month.

“I am calm about my future,” he told the club’s official website. “I expect to remain here.”

Baptista joined Roma from Real Madrid in the summer of 2008 and scored nine goals in 27 appearances last season to help the Giallorossi finish sixth in Serie A.

This term the former Sevilla and Arsenal striker has struggled to secure a starting spot, with Francesco Totti and Mirko Vucinic being preferred by coach Claudio Ranieri.

The arrival of Luca Toni will provide more competition for places but Baptista is determined to earn a recall.

“I am training hard in order to be ready when given the chance,” he added.

Championship sides Newcastle and Plymouth meet in the FA Cup 3rd round this evening, BestPrice betting here (19:45)

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