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Apr 252013
 

The long- maligned Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has come in for a lot of stick in his few years at the club but now he feels that he has finally regained his old form (although a lot of us may disagree with that!) and he is ready to help Chelsea to win further trophies in the coming seasons.

Chelsea have already acquired competition for Torres with the arrival of Demba Ba, and it now seems likely that the prolific Radamel Falcao is also going to join the Blues strike force next season. Torres is not worried about that and in fact is looking forward to the competition for places.

He said: “When you play for Chelsea you’re always hoping big players come. Since I came to Chelsea only top players have come so it would not be a surprise. You cannot stop that. Every player is welcome at Chelsea. Every top player.”

“I’m still young,” he continued. “We’ve won the Champions League and could win the Europa League this season, but we can win much more. The squad and the players we have are young and we can do great things. I would like to be involved in this team for the next few years. We can become one of the best teams, not just in England, but in Europe.

“When you see Manchester United’s players celebrating you can see how important the Premier League trophy is and I want to bring it to Chelsea. We have to believe in ourselves and believe we can win it next season.”

“Much of the ability we have here depends on the talents of individuals – Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar and some other players. We have to learn to become a team, which is different. It’s difficult in this team because we really depend too much on individuality.

“Normally when you’re building a team it takes time, and it is coming together. We’re playing more as a team, especially in Europe and in some Premier League games as well. We need to stay together and keep improving. The key is to adapt to a new system, new players, a new style of football.

“In my case, it has maybe taken more time than it should but after a couple of seasons here I can see how different the team are compared to when I arrived. My mind is more open than before and I can see what I have to do to improve. This season has been better but not at the level I want to be. Hopefully next season is going to be much better.”

There have been many rumours linking Torres with a move away after the arrival of Falcao, but he doesn’t see that happening and has received no indication from Chelsea that will be surplus to requirements. He said: “I have always felt part of the club,” Torres said. “Things change. I really think the club always told me the truth. They have hopes of me. They trust in me. I know I want to stay here. I want to be at Chelsea at least the next two years. If they change their minds it’s a different question but the relationship between me and the club is always very straight.”

I think that Torres will stay, but with Falcao and Ba in the squad I can’t see him being more than a supersub for next season and as a reasonable cover in case either of the other two get injured. Every top team needs at least three top strikers to challenge for all the trophies which seems to be Abramovich’s dream season.

If Torres is happy to play that role, who are we to complain?

Jan 122013
 

Chelsea take on Stoke City at the Britannia today, which in my opinion should be called ‘Fort Britannia’.

Stoke are one of the most organised units in the Premier League, and are yet to lose at home so far this season. We will be hoping to change that.

Chelsea are likely to be boosted by a return of their captain John Terry today, and are expected to give Demba Ba his Premier League debut for the club today.

Ba is expected to make the starting line-up with Fernando Torres apparently nursing an injury. The Senegalese striker has scored 4 goals in 4 matches against Stoke, and the Britannia will not be happy to see him line-up against them again.

Petr Cech is to be assessed today in hope he could play a part, with the Czech goalkeeper’s influenced dearly missed in the midweek loss to Swansea.

Possible starting line-up:

Stoke City: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Walters, Kightly, Jones

Chelsea FC: Petr Cech(doubtful), Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Cole, Luiz, Ramires, Hazard, Lampard, Mata, Ba

Jan 082013
 

Demba Ba has admitted that Chelsea are all but out of the Premier League race, as they sit 14 points off Premier League leaders Manchester United, and also indicated that his move had not been complicated as had been reported in the press.

Chelsea have a game-in-hand on the 3 teams above them, and finishing in third place is the minimum expectation of the Blues this season.

Demba Ba signed for the West London club last week, and has decided to be open and realistic on Chelsea´s chances this season.

Ba said: “It’s going to be complicated for us to catch Manchester United on the line in the Premier League, but we’re still in three cups, and we’re going to try and win as many trophies as possible.

“Even if I’m not entirely familiar with everything, my first game with Chelsea went really well. Of course, it’s easier with world-class team-mates. The negotiations over my move weren’t complicated as the press had said. On the contrary, they were rather simple and quick. Going from Newcastle to Chelsea, I’ve clearly taken a step up.”

The Senegalese striker went on to deny any fitness problems, adding: “There was no problem in that regard with Chelsea. I don’t like to go over that again, but you just have to look at the number of games I’ve played since I came to England. The answer should satisfy everyone.

“All my different experiences, the trials in different clubs have helped me grow. I don’t regret anything that happened.”

Demba Ba will no doubt aid Chelsea´s hunt for trophies, and I peronally believe he will end Fernando Torres’ reign at the club. I believe Ba will dominate the starting spot, and leave the Spaniard to frustrated to stay on next season. Maybe I’m dreaming, but I’m hoping we can swap him for Radamel Falcao, and have two world class strikers fight for the position.

Jan 042013
 

Chelsea today confirmed the Signing of Demba Ba from Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee.

Ba signed a three and a half year deal at the club, and is expected to make his debut in Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Southampton at St Marys.

The only competition the Senegalese international will be cup-tied for is the Europa League, having participated in this seasons competition for the Magpies.

The new signing said: ‘It feels good to be here, I’m very happy and very proud.

‘It was important for me, and for Newcastle, to get my future sorted and now we can move on. Now they have the whole month to buy someone and for me as well, the sooner the better. Now I am here I just need to get settled in.

‘When the club who won the Champions League wants you, the decision is very easy. This club is massive and that’s something that helped the decision a lot. It was not a hard one.’

The French-born forward signed for Newcastle from West Ham, who had been relegated, triggering a clause in his contract which allowed him to leave on a free-transfer.

Demba Ba is currently joint-second top goalscorer in the Premier League this season, with 13 goals so far, 3 less than Robin Van Persie who is leading the way.

Newcastle will be left with Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi as the only senior strikers should Ba agree terms successfully, and are actively seeking his replacement. Loic Remy is currently favourite to replace him.

Ba’s last game for the Magpies was against Arsenal, a 7-3 loss, in which he scored two equalising goals, his 12th and 13th Premier League goals so far this term.

Chelsea’s first ever Senegalese player is expected to challenge Fernando Torres for the sole-striker position, as well as being used out wide to assist the Spaniard. The Blues are becoming increasingly frustrated at Torres’ lack of consistency and are expected to off-load the striker in the summer should he not improve under Benitez. Who do you think will get more goals per game from now until July? I know who my money would be on…

Jan 022013
 

Edinson Cavani´s agent Mino Raiola has admitted he believes Cavani will quit Napoli in June for one of the European giants.

Raiola said: “For now Cavani will stay, but I wouldn’t be so sure about that once June arrives.

“I’m sure there are clubs ready to pay that, but only five clubs in the world can afford to do that in Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

“You are intelligent enough on your own to understand where Cavani will play his football next season.”

Chelsea have been widely reported to be in the hunt for a top striker, with Fernando Torres failing to find consistency in a Chelsea shirt.

The Spaniard has showed glimpses of brilliance this season, but has played poorly in 50% of his appearances this term.

Chelsea are a big club and need a proven goalscorer to lead the troops.

Demba Ba is expected to be confirmed by Chelsea in the next 24 hours, with Fernando Torres to compete with Ba for the lone-striker role.

Torres will be given until the end of the season to prove himself at Stamford Bridge, and will be forced to leave the Blues to make way for a big striker at the end of the season, should he fail.

Jan 022013
 

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea today for an undisclosed fee.

Sturridge had long been expected to make this move, and expect to see Chelsea confirm the signing of Demba Ba in the next 24 hours in his place.

The 23 year-old England squad member said: “I’m humbled and happy to be here. I’ve not signed here to play for a couple of years and then move on.

“I’ve signed to be here for as long as possible. It’s a humongous club, for me, one of the biggest in the world.

“To have the fans and world-class players we have here is amazing.”

Daniel Sturridge has missed most of this season through injury, and when fit, has failed to make an impact this season.

Daniel was expected to play a big part for Chelsea this season after his 12 goals scored last year, but failed to command much game time under either Roberto Di Matteo or Rafael Benitez.

Sturridge’s fee is reported to be around £13M, which will prove to be good business for Chelsea should they replace him with Demba Ba for around £10M (including agent fees) as expected. Its a shame Sturridge failed to continue his form from last season but I wish him well at Liverpool. Good luck qualifying for Europe…

Jan 022013
 

Chelsea have today bid £7.5m for Newcastle United’s Demba Ba, breaking the clause in the Senegalese strikers contract, and will now miss tonight’s match against Everton.

The striker is headed to London for talks with the Chelsea hierarchy, and are expected to iron out the fine detail of his transfer in the next 24 hours.

Demba Ba’s release clause became active yesterday, and Newcastle had been expecting the Blues bid.

Chelsea are expected to confirm the sale of Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool, but won’t do so until another striker has arrived in his place.

The French-born forward signed for Newcastle from West Ham, who had been relegated, triggering a clause in his contract which allowed him to leave on a free-transfer.

Demba Ba is currently joint-second top goalscorer in the Premier League this season, with 13 goals so far, 3 less than Robin Van Persie who is leading the way.

Newcastle will be left with Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi as the only senior strikers should Ba agree terms successfully, and are actively seeking his replacement. Loic Remy is currently favourite to replace him.

I believe Demba Ba will outplay Fernando Torres, and become Chelsea’s first choice striker. Ba will also be used on the wings to help rotate the squad.

The Senegalese forward is extremely strong and could prove to be what Chelsea have been lacking in since Didier Drogba left at the end of the season. Demba Ba will be a great signing, at a bargain price, which I’m sure he will prove at Stamford Bridge.

Jan 022013
 

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez has confirmed the club will be improving their squad this month, with the view to rotate Fernando Torres.

Chelsea have held talks with Demba Ba last weekend, but failed to agree terms, and are expected to negotiate terms again in the near future.

Agent fees are reported to be the largest obstacle for the move, with his wage needing to be negotiated also.

Chelsea have been linked with a host of strikers, and are widely expected to sign 2 forwards this month. Daniel Sturridge is said to be very close to moving to Liverpool, leaving Fernando Torres as Chelsea’s only recognised striker.

“You can always improve things, especially when you have injuries, and we lose two players to the African Cup of Nations,” Benítez said.

“We need bodies but I am really pleased with the squad. They train well, the commitment is there and they are keen to learn.”

When asked about Fernando Torres’ view on Chelsea signing competition for his position, Rafa added: “We are trying to manage the team so when I can change Fernando, I will do it. We will try to manage him and hopefully we can do things properly. He wants the team winning games and, he understands that is the way, so he will accept this.”

He was then confronted with questions about his input into the expected arrivals, the Spaniard responded cleverly: “I will be the manager so I will manage them, I am quite happy. I think we will do our job and hopefully it will be a good job.”

Chelsea will be adding fire-power to the squad this month, and I hope Roman is putting his financial might into recruiting Falcao, who will dwarf Fernando Torres and complete our side.

Torres has been the Blues weak link for much of the season, playing well one game, then playing 2-3 games poorly. This kind of inconsistency would be costing us dearly had our midfield not been amazing, and will no doubt prove to be stumbling block in our title bid, should the situation not be resolved.

Jan 022013
 

Alan Pardew admitted Chelsea’s pursuit of Demba Ba was all but complete, before Newcastle United’s 2-1 loss to Everton at St James Park.

Chelsea triggered Ba’s £7.5million release clause today, and were confident of wrapping up a deal with the striker regardless of previous reports of a break-down in talks.

The Senegalese striker will undergo a medical at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, with his signature expected to be confirmed by the weekend.

The French-born forward has scored 13 goals so far this term, regardless of the rest of his team’s faltering performances.

The Magpies boss said: “It’s done. He will go to Chelsea with our blessing. He has done fantastic for us and it’s not a bad thing, all the uncertainty is now done and we can move on. This club is bigger than any player for sure.”

Newcastle will be left with only two senior strikers in Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi, and are expected to sign a replacement for Demba Ba in the next couple of weeks.

Newcastle are expected to bid for Loic Remy, who has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League.

Chelsea today confirmed the sale of Daniel Sturridge, leading me to further believe that Demba Ba’s signature was imminent, as Chelsea had previously refused to confirm his sale ahead of signing his replacement.

I think Demba Ba will make an immediate impact at Chelsea, with him challenging Fernando Torres for the sole-striker role. Torres has been hanging onto his position due to Chelsea’s lack of options, and I believe Ba will displace the Spaniard before the month’s end.

The Senegalese forward is joint-second top goalscorer in the Premier League and I can see no reason why he would come to sit on our bench. Suddenly I can see light at the tunnel. Demba is just the type of player I was hoping would arrive.

Now all Chelsea need to do is replace Torres with Radamel Falcao and Chelsea will rule England and Europe all over again. Great signing Roman.

Jan 012013
 

Demba Ba held talks with Chelsea on Sunday night, but failed to agree on two fronts.

The two parties failed to agree over agent fees, with Chelsea refusing to pay over £2.5million, and a small disagreement over Demba Ba’s starting wage for the club.

Chelsea reportedly offered the striker £65K a week, with the striker seeking nearer £85K to join the Blues.

Ba has been in outstanding form since his arrival at St James Park 18 months ago, scoring 29 goals in his 54 appearances in the Premier League for Newcastle, including 13 PL goals so far this term.

Senegal having not qualified for this year’s African Cup of Nations is another plus, with Chelsea already losing Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel to international duty half-way through January.

Chelsea are also looking to off-load Daniel Sturridge for around £13M to Liverpool, with the small details being fine-combed as we speak.

Chelsea are confident the 27 year-old’s agents will not block his transfer to the West-Londoners, and that a compromise will be met over his wages.

Chelsea are expected to hold further talks with Demba Ba and his representatives over the next week, with the deal expected to be completed before their players leave on African Nations duty.