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Ballack and Joe Cole to leave Chelsea

June 9th, 2010 No comments

phprJYSqWChelsea have confirmed that Joe Cole and Michael Ballack are to leave the club on free transfers this summer.

Cole, 28, will depart at the start of July after the Premier League champions reportedly said they would not offer the England midfielder a fresh deal.

Germany midfielder Ballack, 33, who has been with Chelsea since 2006, will also not have his contract renewed.

Chelsea also said right-back Juliano Belletti will be leaving when his deal expires at the end of this month.

Cole joined Chelsea from West Ham for £6.6m in 2003 and is in South Africa preparing for the World Cup.
His departure from Stamford Bridge will surprise many as he is expected to play an important role for England manager Fabio Capello in South Africa.

“We would like to thank him for his dedicated years of service and wish him well in his future career,” read a Chelsea statement.

He struggled to hold down a starting berth in the Chelsea team during the 2009/10 season after returning from a serious knee injury last September.

Cole made 26 league appearances and scored two goals in the campaign - including a vital strike in the 2-1 victory over title rivals Manchester United in April.

Reports surfaced during the season that Cole’s future was in doubt as contract negotiations over a new contract stalled, with suggestions that the player and his representatives angered Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich with their hard-line stance over wages. Read more…

Ancelotti : Yes I want TORRES

May 14th, 2010 No comments

phpVsyjDtCARLO ANCELOTTI has admitted for the first time he would like to see Fernando Torres at Chelsea.

SunSport revealed yesterday Blues striker Didier Drogba is keen to link up with Liverpool’s Spanish ace.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich is also willing to splash the £50million needed and Ancelotti said: “It’s not only Drogba - I would like to play with Torres. He’s a very good player.

“But this is not an issue for now. He is a Liverpool player and is a good striker but we have two fantastic strikers and this is not for this moment.”

Ancelotti is on the brink of winning a second trophy in his maiden season.

But the Italian has praised the work of his Pompey counterpart, Avram Grant, while admitting Chelsea’s victory at Fratton Park two months ago was the turning point of their season.

He added: “That game was an important game for us because it was a difficult moment.

“At the time they didn’t have much motivation but, on Saturday, they have a lot of motivation in the final.

“Avram is a very good coach. He was here in Chelsea for one year and did a very good job.

“And also this year, Portsmouth have had a difficult year but he did well to take them to the final and get his players to go out with strong, strong motivation.”

Ibrahimovic link with City and Chelsea

May 13th, 2010 No comments

Spain Soccer La LigaChelsea  and Manchester City are being offered the chance to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a deal that would create a new British transfer record.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta is keen to offload the Sweden striker and has reportedly recruited agent and close friend Pini Zahavi to find a buyer willing to pay in excess of £40million.
Chelsea and City have been targeted as the likeliest takers in England and are about to be sounded out, following a clear signal both clubs are looking to strengthen up front.

Chelsea are still concentrating their efforts on trying to prise £70m-rated Fernando Torres away from Liverpool and will wait to discover their prospects of landing the World Cup-bound Spain striker before considering the merits of Ibrahimovic.

City have the funds to meet Barcelona’s asking price but will carefully weigh up whether the 28-year old’s occasionally sullen demeanour and fitful flair meets their requirements.

The £32.5m City paid Real Madrid for Robinho remains the record fee by a British club, but Barcelona will hold out for significantly more than that for a player they signed from Inter Milan for £40m plus Samuel Eto’o.

New Juventus president Andrea Agnelli wants to take Ibrahimovic back to Turin but is reluctant to pay more than £35m, prompting Laporta to try and guage interest levels elsewhere in Europe. Read more…

John Terry tells Manchester United it’s their time to hurt

May 10th, 2010 No comments

phpctwCNvChelsea won the Barclays Premier League with an eight-goal spectacular on Sunday and warned Manchester United this was just the start of their quest to dominate English football.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti and captain John Terry vowed to bring more silverware to
Stamford Bridge, starting with the FA Cup on Saturday.

‘After the first year, I hope to stay here a long time and win a lot of titles,’ said Ancelotti, after watching his team beat Wigan 8-0 and become the first Premier League team to score 100 goals in a season. ‘We have the opportunity to win the Double and I hope my players can after these celebrations.’

After lifting the trophy, Terry said: ‘I’ve been hurting inside for three years seeing Manchester United lift it. I can promise you, every one of us has sat there and watched it. It’s their turn to watch today. We need to do what United have done and maintain it for a few years.’

Chelsea finished the season with 103 goals after a second-half hat-trick from Didier Drogba, who threw a tantrum before the break because he was denied the chance to take a penalty.

Drogba had started the day vying with United’s Wayne Rooney to be the Premier League’s top scorer. He won the race, finishing with 29, but that did not stop him arguing with Frank Lampard about who should take the first-half spot-kick.

‘That’s what makes Didier Drogba the way he is,’ said Lampard. ‘He’s hungry. It was 1-0 and I’ve been taking the penalties all season. But there was no problem in the end. We’re a team and it was nothing.’ Read more…

Drogba: Terry’s scandal helped us

May 9th, 2010 No comments

phpcnAERUChelsea striker Didier Drogba believes the storm surrounding John Terry helped the side really come together as a unit.

Captain Terry was under some harsh media scrutiny after details of his affair with the girlfriend of former Chelsea and England teammate Wayne Bridge came out in the public.

Drogba believes that the furore created at the time helped the squad really unite and turn their season around.

Speaking to France Football magazine, he said:”We showed solidarity between us just as we’ve always done each time the club is in the middle of a storm.

“I think it was a key moment of our season because we were losing points on the field and Terry was not performing as well as usual.”

Drogba himself has enjoyed a sensational season at Stamford Bridge and is in the running along with Wayne Rooney for winning the Golden Boot.

I think it’s been by far my best season here… ending the season ahead of Rooney in the scoring charts would be the icing on the cake,” said the Ivorian.

“It still can be a good season because only six teams have completed this double in England until now. If we achieve that, we’ll make history.”

Bolton coach : Drogba probably is the best volley ball player in the world

April 14th, 2010 No comments

phpK8TUPkOWEN COYLE last night accused referees of helping Chelsea to the title.

The Bolton boss was fuming after having two penalty appeals waved away.

Coyle claimed Didier Drogba handled and, following Nicolas Anelka’s 43rd-minute winner, John Terry looked to knock the ball away with his arm.

Furious Coyle said: “Four points clear… if Chelsea continue to get those decisions I’m sure they will be winning the title. We didn’t need any luck, we only needed the officials to get the big decisions right.

“There were two stonewall penalties out there for handballs.

“I know Drogba is a world-class player but he could play world-class volleyball on that evidence.

“Then there’s the second one when John Terry handles it. The assistant referee says it hit his shoulder but it’s a clear penalty.

“He must have a shoulder that stretches down to his ankles in that case. These are big decisions. The first one was at 0-0, the second might have got us a point.”

Coyle, whose side remain in 15th and five points ahead of third-bottom Burnley, pointed the finger at ref Lee Probert and his linesmen. Read more…

Drogba doubtful for Saturday match

March 26th, 2010 No comments

phpJU4y3rDidier Drogba expects to be fit for Chelsea’s game against Aston Villa on Saturday despite suffering a knee injury in the 5-0 win over Portsmouth.

The Ivory Coast striker took his goals tally for the season to 30 with a double against Pompey on Wednesday evening, but hurt his knee in the process.

However, the 32-year-old is determined not to let the injury have an impact on what he believes is his best season.

Drogba, though, admits his impressive goals tally this term will count for nothing if Chelsea fail to lift a piece of silverware.

“Knowing that I am not taking the penalties and missed a few games, it is maybe the best season I’ve ever had,” said Drogba.

“But it would be a poor season if I finished top scorer and Chelsea didn’t win anything. Winning individual prizes is just a bonus.

“The knee is painful, but I think it’s going to be all right.”

Chelsea’s title hopes have been revitalised following their victory over Portsmouth and Drogba now wants his team-mates to focus on the visit of Villa, rather than look ahead to next weekend’s trip to leaders Manchester United. Read more…

Jose Mourinho : I’m the enemy and I won!

March 17th, 2010 No comments

phpLt8FQDJose Mourinho returned to Chelsea in triumph last night and sent Carlo Ancelotti and his team crashing out of the Champions League.

Samuel Eto’o scored the only goal of a stormy game at Stamford Bridge to give Inter Milan a 3-1 aggregate win, but there were echoes of Chelsea’s ugly demise at the hands of Barcelona last year.

Didier Drogba was sent off in the closing minutes after clashing with Thiago Motta and John Terry was seen to shout obscenities at the fourth official as he left the pitch at the end.

Mourinho said of Chelsea: ‘This is a team that lost a semi-final with a goal that was not a goal, lost a semi-final on penalties, lost a final on penalties, lost a semi-final in a game they should win 3-0 with three penalties. This is the history of this club and these players. It is a history of frustration.

‘Tonight, they felt immediately that Inter were the best team and this brings frustration to great players. These are my players, my people but today I was the enemy and the enemy won.

‘I celebrated a lot in the dressing room. It was a big victory for my team. I love Chelsea, I love this stadium, I love these people but I am a professional.

Who knows, in the future I may coach another English team and I will come here again as an opponent.’ Mourinho revealed he had texted Terry on the eve of the game to say ’someone would be sad’. Read more…

Chelsea 0-1 Inter

March 17th, 2010 No comments

phpANYhvjLONDON - Attack proved the best form of defence for Inter as José Mourinho’s Nerazzurri successfully defended their 2-1 advantage over Chelsea to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

With Chelsea struggling to find the net in front of their home fans, Samuel Eto’o’s pre-match dreams came true when he popped up with the winning goal twelve minutes from time to complete a 3-1 aggregate victory.

Mourinho named Pandev, Eto’o and Milito in front of Sneijder in an attacking starting lineup and the Blues had a tactical battle on their hands from the outset.

There was hardly anything between the teams in a first half in which neither goalkeeper had a save to make, with Eto’o’s downwards header bouncing up over the bar and Ballack firing a low shot wide before Anelka wasted a chance in front of goal on the stroke of half time. Read more…

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