Jan 222013

Chelsea Football Club have today confirmed that left-back Ashley Cole has signed a one-year extension to his current deal, which was set to expire at the end of the season.

Cole had firmly expected to leave at the end of the season, along with Blues legend Frank Lampard, following rumours that the Chelsea hierarchy were unwilling to offer the 32 year-old a new deal.

The 99-cap England defender’s agent was in Madrid for talks over a possible move to Jose Mourinho’s current club, Real Madrid, at the end of the season. He has also been linked with reunions with Ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain but has decided he would rather stay exactly where he is for now.

Jan 102013

Ex-Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has started the mind games early in the battle for third place, with the Portuguese manager claiming Chelsea have no long-term plans.

The Spurs boss was sacked after only 9 months into a 5 year deal, in which he had been promised time to build his own team to fit his fluent and attacking style of play.

The manager was subject to speculation that he had lost the confidence and control of his team, with the term player-power being blamed for his departure.

Dec 242012

Chelsea are surprisingly willing to pay Daniel Sturridge £1.5Million to make sure the unwanted striker leaves the club.

Chelsea are rumoured to have agreed a £12M+ deal with Liverpool, and the England international underwent a medical yesterday.

Liverpool are expected to confirm his capture in the next 24 hours, with the striker joining Liverpool on January 1.

Liverpool are firmly expected to follow up their interest in Ex-Liverpool winger Tom Ince next, in a deal thought to cost Liverpool around £6million.

Dec 202012

Daniel Sturridge was hoping to be able to travel to Anfield for a medical this week, but it is reported that Liverpool’s representatives have had a disagreement over his agent fees.

Liverpool are supposedly cutting down the fees that they pay to agents, after a report recently revealed that since the 08/09 season, they have paid a huge £31.3million with only Chelsea (£31.8m) and Manchester City (£39.02m) having paid more.

Daniel Sturridge has been put high on Brendan Rodgers wish-list for January, and is widely expected to join him at Liverpool, regardless of the current situation.

Dec 112012

Long-time Chelsea target Radamel Falcao scored five goals in Athletico Madrid’s 6-0 win over Deportivo on Saturday night.

This is the first time a player has scored five La Liga goals in 10 years, when Fernando Morientes scored 5 in Real Madrid’s 7-0 win over Las Palmas.

Falcao was rampant, scoring four goals with his deadly right foot, and one with his head. Watch for yourself…

“I scored five in a game when I was little in Bogota,” Radamel Falcao told Atletico Madrid’s official website. “And I got four playing for Porto against Villarreal but never five as a professional.”

Dec 072012

Andriy Shevchenko is being lined up as a possible member of Chelsea’s backroom staff.

The recently retired Ukrainian has spent considerable time at the club’s Cobham training base as he works towards qualifying for his coaching badges.

Owner Roman Abramovich has held talks with the 36-year-old about a possible role at Stamford Bridge.

The Russian is close to Shevchenko and sanctioned his £31million transfer in 2006.

Shevchenko never came close to his AC Milan form in a Chelsea shirt and left the club on loan to the Italian giants in 2008.

Dec 032012

Spanish newspaper Marca, who have strong links with Real Madrid, claim: “Jose Mourinho will not coach Real Madrid next season.

“Both Mourinho and Florentino Perez believe the Portuguese’s cycle on the bench at the Bernabeu is exhausted and that the current situation cannot continue beyond June 30.”

The speculation is sure to alert Roman Abramovich, where Mourinho is still highly regarded following his spell at Stamford Bridge where he won two Premier League crowns and one FA Cup.

With Rafa only being hired on a temporary basis until the summer, speculation has been rife about who will take up the helm come July.

Dec 032012

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is losing sleep at the thought of leaving Rafa Benitez in control of his Chelsea team, and is reportedly re-hiring Avram Grant into a supervisory role.

Grant was sacked as Blues manager after he came within one penalty kick of lifting the Champions League back in 2008, but it is believed that he has maintained a relationship with Abramovich in the last few years and he may now be recalled by the Russian as his attempts to revive his faltering team continue to flounder.

Dec 022012

Since the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea have fallen behind in their attempts to sign 18 year-old Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona, with Manchester City taking prominence.

Deulofeu is considered to be the stars of the Academy and is being billed in Spain as the heir to Lionel Messi’s throne.

He has played briefly in the Champions League and La Liga this season and he is such hot property that Nike offered him a £122k deal when he was just 14.
But he is still only on a youth contract at the club and has so far refused to sign a new deal which would keep him there until June 2017, despite extensive talks between the club and his agent.

Dec 022012

Anzhi Makhachkala have emerged as front runners to sign Fernando Torres if the player becomes available.

Roman Abramovich is rumoured to be at the end of his tether with the Spaniard, and Rafa Benitez is said to be Fernando’s last chance to prove himself.

Rafa was Torres’ last manager to have the player in form, and it is thought that recombining the two at Chelsea will see the end of the Ex-Liverpool players playing days at Chelsea.

Anzhi Makhachkala are pushing to take the Spanish striker out of the Premier League pressure cooker.