Jul 152013

Branislav Ivanovic has become one of Paris Saint-Germain’s top targets, but the Serbian captain is more than happy to stay in West London.

The Chelsea right-back is a firm favourite of mine, and I would not be happy to see him leave!

The 29 year-old can play as a centre-back or as an all-round right-back. He is strong in defence, and loves to push forward. He is dangerous in the air and scored 8 goals out of defence last season. He also bagged the winner in the Europa League final in the dying minutes of the game, leaving Benfica no time to reply.

The Serb is yet to lift the Premier League title, and is looking forward to his first season under Jose Mourinho. Many people in the football world are envious of Jose. His understanding of the game and ability to get the upper hand before a game has even kicked off, is second-to-none.

This season will be a great opportunity for Branislav to pick up that illustrious Premier League winners medal, and of course would not choose to leave on his own accord. He enjoys playing for Chelsea as much as we love him in a Chelsea shirt. Is there a better all-round right-back? I think not…

May 292013

It seems incredible, but it really appears that Radamel Falcao will snub Chelsea in favour of a team that has just been promoted to the top tier of French football. AS Monaco have been successful in the past, winning seven league titles and five French cups, but have had all sorts or problems and were relegated in 2011. They have a new owner in the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev and are throwing his money around lavishly.

It can surely only be the money that has attracted Falcao to Monaco, where lots of rich people live because it is a tax haven. Monaco will pay Atletico Madrid the release clause of over £50 million for the Colombian striker, but there were a number of clubs willing to do so. Earlier in the season it was thought that Chelsea had almost sealed the deal for Falcao, while Jose Mourinho is known to be a big fan, so his decision to choose Monaco is clearly not motivated by dreams of football success.

The former Chelsea player Ricardo Carvalho has also joined Monaco this summer, along with the highly rated Moutinho and Rodriguez from Porto. With the French champions PSG also bankrolled with mega money, you have to feel sorry for the other French Ligue 1 sides. The way these two clubs have been spending money makes a mockery of the new proposed FFP rules, because there is not much TV or matchday revenue in France.

One thing is for sure, Mourinho will need to act quickly to secure the services of a top class striker, because Demba Ba and Fernando Torres are not enough to fight for the Premier League title. Hopefully, Romelu Lukaku will get his chance, but who else should we sign?

May 212013

Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho have agreed to part company by mutual consent. Real president Florentino Perez made the announcement this evening at a press conference to hordes of completely unsurprised journalists in Madrid. Contrary to reports that he would be officially sacked, Perez has confirmed that the split was a mutual decision.
“We’ve decided to bring our relationship to an end, nobody’s been sacked, it’s a mutual agreement”

Mourinho was contracted to the Spanish giants until 2016, but he’s made no secret of his desire to leave this season, going so far as to alienate some of his team, including club legend Iker Casillas. Real’s loss, however, looks like it will be Chelsea’s gain. In a move that quite simply makes sense, Mourinho is expected to be confirmed as the new Chelsea boss in the next couple of weeks. Mourinho still has two last Real games to take charge of, but with his side already out of contention in the league, you imagine his mind will be elsewhere.

One man who will be desperately hoping that Mourinho has been watching his Premier League football this season is Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku had a tremendous season with West Brom at The Hawthorns, scoring 17 times including a final day hat-trick against Manchester United. With neither Demba Ba nor Fernando Torres setting the world alight up front this season, Lukaku is hoping that he might be considered as a leading man in the new look Chelsea attack. However, Lukaku himself admits that much depends on the new manager. “Chelsea are still my dream club and I want to be successful there.” he said. “If the new manager has plans for me, I will go there and take my chance.”

While Lukaku has looked excellent at West Brom, he is still extremely young, and this season has proven what regular football can do. With Torres and Ba on the books, it’s unlikely that Lukaku can be guaranteed enough playing time to convince him to stay at Stamford Bridge. Truth be told, one more year at West Brom to finish his development could be just what the doctor ordered..and I have no doubt every West Brom fan across the country would agree!

May 202013

Mauricio Pochettino has responded to speculation surrounding Luke Shaw’s potential transfer to West London, by claiming Chelsea should be more concerned with keeping their players from his clutches.

The 17 year-old defender has been an outstanding performer for the Saints this season, encouraging praise from many potential suitors and reporters alike.

The teenager made his Premier League debut in November and never looked back, making 25 league appearances in his first season in the Southampton senior squad.

Chelsea have been earmarked as his most likely destination, but the Saints boss responded to the speculation by claiming: “Perhaps we will go and get some Chelsea players ourselves.

“I think that [executive chairman] Nicola Cortese staying is the best possible news for next season.

“That is very good for the squad, for the whole club. We will talk about the summer and the budgets with Nicola.”

I would love to see Luke Shaw arrive at Chelsea, but cant imagine him wanting to join this season and fight for a starting place with Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand when he is receiving so much first-team football in Southampton.

I think a more likely scenario would be to sign him with the option of keeping him with the Saints for a further season allowing him to grow and learn in the first team.

It would however be great for the English teenager to come and learn from the likes of Frank Lampard, John Terry and more specifically, Ashley Cole before they leave Chelsea. Learning from the best could pay dividends on his future.

First-team football elsewhere or invaluable coaching and mentoring?

Apr 302013

Hamburg had been expected to make Jeffrey Bruma’s loan move permanent this summer, having spent the past two seasons at the Bundesliga club, but have declared they will be allowing him to return to Stamford Bridge.

The Dutch centre-back signed for Chelsea from Feyernoord when he was 15, and having failed to make the transition into the first-team, has spent the past 2 and a half years away on loan.

It is yet to be seen where his future will lie, and I imagine a new manager will be appointed before any decision is made. At only 21, he may still be looked at as a hot prospect for the club, having shone in the Chelsea youth set-up.

If Chelsea were thinking of keeping him on their books, then a one-year extension to his contract would have to be considered. With his current contract expiring at the end of next season, a transfer away from the club is extremely likely.

Still being a young player, I expect there to be plenty of interest for the Dutch defender, with the Bundesliga still being a likely destination regardless of Hamburg’s refusal.

Apr 262013

Arsene Wenger expects Chelsea to make waves in coming transfer window, with lots of speculation regarding high-profile arrivals.

Chelsea are firmly expected to confirm the signature of Andre Schurrle before the season’s end, with talks said to be at an advanced stage. They are also expected to confirm the arrival of Jose Mourinho come the end of the season, and speculation is rife regarding Radamel Falcao and Marouane Fellaini also.

“I’m afraid of what Chelsea can do in the summer,” Wenger said. “We have to be prepared for them to be one of the biggest movers in terms of investment once the window opens.

“Even though they already have a great base to their squad, notably their young players such as Oscar, Juan Mata, Ramires and Eden Hazard, I think they will be busy during the transfer window. We’ve heard a lot of talk about Falcao. Some people say it’s already a done deal but I’ve heard nothing.”

Jose Mourinho is set to hold talks with Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez at the end of the season regarding his future, with the Portuguese expected to agree a deal to leave Los Galacticos.

The Special One has been a favourite at the Bridge since his successful that started nearly 9 years ago. He won the Premier League in his debut season, and then retained the crown the following season. He has continually expressed his love for the club and their fans since his departure, and would prompt a parade around Stamford Bridge should he return.

“I think Chelsea currently have a great coach in Rafa Benítez,” Wenger said, “but if they part ways at the end of season, of course José Mourinho would be a good solution for Chelsea. Mourinho is one of the best in the world. I consider Benítez to be doing a good job at Stamford Bridge but, honestly, I’m not really well informed about the possibility of Mourinho returning to Chelsea.”

I agree with Arsene (never said that before) that Chelsea will make a huge impact in the coming window, and I sense good things for next season. We have done considerably well this campaign given our squad size and busy fixture list. With our current squad full of young and exciting players, there is not many positions that need improving. We certainly need a prolific striker to arrive, and a little bit of strengthening in midfield.

With our team having a greater understanding with each other, and the hopeful arrival of Falcao, Jose could arrive with an easy job. Chelsea Premier League champions 2013-2014? All we need is a striker and a manager who we can support…

Apr 232013

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke is confident of capturing Romelu Lukaku on a second season-long loan.

Lukaku has been in stand-out form for West Brom this season, finding the back of the net 13 times so far this campaign, and has recently come into interest from Swansea City, who are rumoured to be looking into his temporary capture for the whole of next season.

On the Welsh side’s interest, Clarke said: ‘I don’t there is anything in it – it’s idle gossip. I would be very surprised if he ended up there.’

The Belgian was signed for €22M back in 2011 from Anderlecht, but failed to earn a permenent spot in the first team. He was only 18 at the time, and at 20, Chelsea are still confident he will become the star warranted by such a high fee.

Many Blues fans believe he could play a part in our challenge for the Premier League title next season, with many fans praying to see the back of Fernando Torres. His inconsistencies this season have been the main fault in our bid to challenge newly crowned Manchester United in the Premier League.

Should Chelsea decide not to sign a high profile striker, Lukaku should be kept and played ahead of the Spaniard in my opinion. I do expect to see a big striker arrive, with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao both expected to move clubs this summer. There could also be the opportunity to sign Mario Gomes from Bayern Munich, having fallen behind Mario Mandzukic in the pecking order. What’s do you think?

Jan 312013

Chelsea target Willian had been firmly expected to move to mega-rich Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, but that failed to materialise today.

Chelsea and Spurs have long been admirers of the Brazilian playmaker, who has been outstanding for Shakhtar Donetsk for some time now. He scored 3 goals against the Blues this season in his 2 Champions League games, and played an integral part in Chelsea’s expulsion from the competition they won only last season.

Spurs are keen to add some creativity to their midfield, having sold the likes of Rafael Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric last summer. They had failed to sign Joao Moutinho on deadline day over the summer, and were expected to add to their midfield options this month.

The Brazilian admitted to being in contact with Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, and declared once more of his wishes to leave the Ukrainian club.

Willian said: “Everyone inside Shakhtar knows I am keen to leave.”

On Tottenham Hotspur boss AVB, he added: “Villas-Boas is a good guy, we speak on the phone and are constantly in touch.”

The 25 year-old is keen to leave Ukraine, adding: “I do not intend to be here any longer after the next window.

“On the other hand, nowadays things are much different from when I arrived. Shakhtar get more attention, we are in the Champions League.

Shakhtar know the situation and are already planning for life without their star player, having recently signed a ready made replacement in the form of Taison Freda.

“It is no secret that he has arrived to take my position when I leave,” Willian said. “Everybody knows this.”

Willian is no doubt an outstanding player who possesses a great amount of flair, and is a player who can change a game in the way that Juan Mata can. Mata has almost single-handedly won some of Chelsea’s games this season, and we need more match-winning players in his mould.

Jan 312013

Chelsea are trying to reach an agreement with Stoke City for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, with the deal appearing to be reliant on Stoke’s capture of Jack Butland.

Chelsea had a bid accepted for the young England keeper yesterday, only for Butland to refuse talks with the club. The 19 year-old now appears key to the Blues latest goalkeeping target.

Stoke City have apparently had a £4Million bid accepted by Birmingham City, and are set to hold talks with the highly-rated keeper on a permanent move.

Butland refused to talk to Chelsea as he did not see the possibility of playing first-team football at the club, and rightly so.

Petr Cech has been outstanding for Chelsea since he arrived for £7Million from Rennes back in 2004, and signed a new 4 year deal at the end of last season.

The Blues however are not impressed with second-choice Ross Turnball, who has held only two clean-sheets in his 19 appearances for the club.

The West-Londoners do however have Thibaut Courtois on his second season-long loan at Athletico Madrid, who has been receiving plaudits in the press. He has also been subject to interest from Barcelona who are keen on signing the Belgian in the summer to replace Victor Valdes.

In the mean time, Chelsea are looking to sign a more able back-up to Cech, who is currently sidelined through injury.

The Stamford Bridge outfit have been keeping a close eye on Asmir Begovic, who is currently Stoke’s no.1. Manchester United have also been linked with the Bosnian goalkeeper, but never made their interest concrete.

Begovic would be a much more suitable back-up for Cech, who has missed quite a few games this season through injury. His signing could allow Courtois to spend another season out on loan, with the goalkeeper more than happy to gain first-team experience.

Jan 302013

Birmingham City’s Jack Butland today rejected the chance to talk to Chelsea FC about a projected move, despite the Championship club accepting a bid.

The Midland club last week admitted they would be willing to sell any of their first-team players, because of their dire financial situation.

The European Champions enquired about the Blues stopper, and were told they would be willing to sell the keeper for £3.5m.

Chelsea agreed a deal with the club, only to be told that Butland would not be willing to talk to the West-London club.

“Jack’s enjoying playing for Birmingham and he is gaining valuable experience,” his agent Gary Mellor told BBC Sport.

“He will listen to what any club that meets Birmingham’s asking price has to say, but playing is of paramount importance for Jack.”

Chelsea currently have the outstanding Petr Cech as their No.1 and Butland knows it would take a miracle to replace him in the near future.

The Blues also have Thibaut Courtois out on loan at Athletico Madrid, who is currently wanted by Barcelona to replace Victor Valdes.

I believe Butland to be a very good English goalkeeper but cant see him playing ahead of either Courtois or Cech, and believe he has done the right thing for his future.