Monday, 28 July 2014

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema snubs move to Liverpool

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid doesn't want a move to Liverpool, according to the Daily Star Sunday.
Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining...




QPR have joined the race to sign Marseille's France international midfielder Mathieu Valbuena.€

Liverpool have been left red-faced after being informed they weren't big enough to tempt Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Glenn Hoddle is being considered for a Premier League return - at QPR as first-team coach.

Sol Bamba is being lined for a return to Leicester City.

Angel Di Maria has rushed an SOS half way across the world to Manchester United's USA camp pleading: Get me out of here.

Tottenham have entered the transfer scrap for unsettled Manchester City ace Micah Richards.
Tottenham look set to miss out on Real Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann after Atletico Madrid agreed a deal worth 25million euros.

Paris Saint Germain will attempt once more to try and lure keeper Hugo Lloris from Spurs.

Newcastle's frantic striker search has led to a fresh approach for Shakhtar Donetsk's Facundo Ferreyra.




Louis van Gaal is facing disappointment in his battle to land Mats Hummels with Borussia Dortmund refusing to do business.


Didier Drogba returns to Chelsea on a mission to turn Diego Costa into a world-beater.

Manchester United hope to wrap up the signing of Arturo Vidal this week after resurrecting their move for the Chilean.

Southampton are ready to make a new £9million bid for Celtic's Fraser Forster.

Chelsea want Gary Cahill to sign a new contract before the season starts.




Belgian World Cup sensation Divock Origi has told Liverpool he wants to come to Anfield.

Alvaro Negredo's broken metatarsal will not tempt Manchester City into making another attempt to sign Spanish ace Isco.

Everton hope to agree a permanent deal for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.




Louis van Gaal has told the Manchester United board he needs five more players - and it will cost £100million.

West Ham last night launched a stunning bid to sign Samuel Eto'o.




Liverpool's summer spending will reach £100million when they sign Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi and Loic Remy in the next 24 hours.

Manchester City are ready to offer new contracts to four of their World Cup players - Joe Hart, James Milner, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero - as they report back for duty after the tournament in Brazil.
FoxSports

Friday, 25 July 2014

Didier Drogba 'belongs' at Chelsea, says Jose Mourinho

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Didier Drogba "belongs" at the club as he considers re-signing the striker.

The Ivorian, 36, won 10 trophies at Chelsea from 2004-2012 and is available on a free transfer from Galatasaray.

Mourinho said the club were thinking about a deal, but that the decision would be made "in a non-emotional way".

"If I bring him back, and the decision has to be made soon, it is because as a player he has qualities to make the team stronger," he said.

Drogba's career at Chelsea

Debut: v Manchester United, 15 August 2004
First goal: v Crystal Palace, 24 August 2004
Appearances: 342
Goals: 157
Honours: Premier League: 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10; FA Cup: 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12; League Cup: 2004-05, 2006-07 Champions League: 2011-12
Premier League top goalscorer: 2007, 2010
Drogba, who joined Chelsea from Marseille for £24m in July 2004, won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and a Champions League during his spell at Stamford Bridge.

He left the club in 2012 after scoring the winning penalty in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

After a brief spell at Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, Drogba joined Galatasaray in January 2013 and scored five goals in 13 league games as the Turkish club won the title.

The following season, the striker netted 10 times in 32 games as Galatasaray reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League - where they lost to Chelsea - and finished as runners-up to Fenerbahce in the Turkish league.

The Ivory Coast international was voted Chelsea's greatest ever player in a poll of fans in 2012 and has spoken of his close ties to the Blues.

Mourinho said: "Because we know his heart is pushing him to where he feels he belongs, we are thinking about the possibility [of a deal]. We feel that Didier belongs to us."

However, Mourinho, who managed Drogba from 2004 to 2007, said any decision would be based on the player's ability, rather than his history with the club.
Drogba featured in all three of the Ivory Coast's games at the 2014 World Cup
The Portuguese said: "If you bring him back it is not because he is Didier or scored the most important goal in the history of Chelsea, or because I read I need an assistant, no.

"We want to win matches and win titles and Didier is one of the best strikers in Europe. He is still very adapted to the needs of the Premier League and we are thinking about it in a non-emotional way."

Mourinho also intimated that Drogba, who made one start and two substitute appearances during the Ivory Coast's three games at the 2014 World Cup, would be a squad player.

He would join Fernando Torres, new signing Diego Costa, as well as Romelu Lukaku and Victor Moses, who both spent last season out on loan, as striking options at Stamford Bridge.
BBC

Didier Drogba rejoins Chelsea on a one-year deal

• Ivory Coast striker returns to Stamford Bridge
• ‘I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with José again’

Didier Drogba spent eight years with Chelsea before spells in China and Turkey.
Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Didier Drogba has completed an emotional return to Chelsea on a one-year contract, having been sweet-talked by José Mourinho into ignoring offers from elsewhere.

The Ivory Coast striker had two-year deals on the table from three Major League Soccer clubs in North America but he has been unable to ignore the pull of Chelsea, the club at which he wrote his name into folklore.

Mourinho has reshuffled his attacking options over the summer, signing Diego Costa from Atlético Madrid for £32m – only once has the club paid more for a player – and moving on Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba. The former was released; the latter sold to Besiktas for £4.7m.

Mourinho complained at times last season at the lack of productivity from his centre-forwards but he hopes that Costa and Drogba, aided perhaps by Fernando Torres, the £50m record signing, who remains on the books, can fire an upturn.Drogba, 36, will no longer be a first-choice selection but Mourinho hopes that his personality and experience will serve to inspire the rest of the dressing-room, most notably the younger players.

Mourinho has always sought to have leaders in his squads, players that have won everything and can bolster the collective belief. His signing of Eto’o last summer on a one-year deal was rooted, in part, by what he could bring away from the field. Eto’o enjoyed a good relationship with some of the club’s Under-21 players.

Drogba has joined as a free agent, with his contract at Galatasaray having expired at the end of last season and he has signed to play, rather than to coach. The club say that there is no option built into the deal for him to join the coaching staff next summer.

“It was an easy decision,” Drogba said, having posed with the Chelsea shirt at the club’s Cobham training ground. “I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with José again. Everyone knows the special relationship I have with his club and it has always felt like home to me. My desire to win is still the same and I look forward to the opportunity to help this team. I am excited for this next chapter of my career.”

Mourinho has turned on the charm to attract players during his second spell at Chelsea. He told Eto’o, for example, that even if he scored one goal, it would be enough for him while he paid a personal visit to Cesc Fábregas in Spain earlier in the summer to persuade him to swap Barcelona for Stamford Bridge. Mourinho let it be known that he had missed the final game of his son’s football season to be with Fábregas.

With Drogba, it was easy to tug at the heart strings. Mourinho signed him from Marseille for £24m at the beginning of his first spell in charge in 2004 and together, they won trophies and built a special bond.

Drogba went on to score 157 goals in 341 appearances for the club, putting him fourth on their all-time list while he won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Champions League in 2012, when he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich and the winning penalty in the shoot-out.

His return means that Romelu Lukaku could once again play elsewhere this season. The 21-year-old Belgium striker, who joined Chelsea for £18m in 2011, has spent the last two seasons on loan at West Bromwich Albion and Everton, and Mourinho has not given the impression that he fully trusts him. Ironically, Lukaku idolises Drogba. Everton want to sign Lukaku again, either on loan or permanently.

“Didier is coming because he’s one of the best strikers in Europe,” Mourinho said. “I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he’s not protected by history or what he’s done for this club previously. He is coming with the mentality to make more history.”
The Guardian

Didier Drogba completes sensational Chelsea return and reunites with Jose Mourinho after seven years

  • Didier Drogba returns to Chelsea
  • Ivorian striker reunited with Jose Mourinho after seven years
  • Drorgba had spells at Shanghai Shenua and Galatasaray
  • Drogba won three Premier Leagues, four FA Cups and the Champions League with Chelsea
Didier Drogba has completed his dream return to Chelsea.

The Ivorian has signed a one-year deal at Stamford Bridge, having become a legend at the club after being signed by Jose Mourinho for £24million in 2004.

And Drogba revealed he couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with the Portuguese boss again.

He said: 'It was an easy decision - I couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again.  Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me.

Dotted line: The Ivorian striker completes his medical and puts pen to paper on a new one-year deal
Dotted line: The Ivorian striker completes his medical and puts pen to paper on a new one-year deal

Signed: Didier Drogba has signed a one-year deal withChelsea
Signed: Didier Drogba has signed a one-year deal withChelsea

New boy: Drogba returns to Chelsea after two years away from west London
New boy: Drogba returns to Chelsea after two years away from west London 
'He’s coming because he’s one of the best strikers in Europe. I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he’s not protected by history or what he’s done for this club previously,' Mourinho said.

'He is coming with the mentality to make more history.'

Drogba's arrival gives Mourinho's side moe firepower up front. Despite marquee signing Diego Costa's arrival, Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku have both been linked with moves away from the club.

Drogba's last kick for Chelsea in his initial eight-year spell was the winning penalty to hand the west Londoners the Champions League trophy. 

Return: Didier Drogba returns to west London after spells in China and Turkey
Return: Didier Drogba returns to west London after spells in China and Turkey

One in one out: Drogba returns to Chelsea after two years away, just as Frank Lampard heads off to New York
One in one out: Drogba returns to Chelsea after two years away, just as Frank Lampard heads off to New York
High: Drogba left on a high after helping Chelsea become the first London team to win the Champions League
High: Drogba left on a high after helping Chelsea become the first London team to win the Champions League
The striker had already equalised in extra-time against Bayern Munich at their Allianz Arena.

Mourinho has brought Drogba back into the fold at a time when two stalwarts have left the club in Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.

Lampard has completed a move to new MLS side New York City while Cole has moved to Roma.

Fellow Blues legend Petr Cech has also been linked with a move away with Thibaut Courtois returning from loan at Atletico Madrid.

It means only John Terry remains from the spine of Mourinho's original Chelsea side, which picked up back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006.

Drogba signed for Galatasaray in January 2013 after a short spell at Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua after bowing out at the Blues.

He had an emotional return to Stamford Bridge with the Turkish side in last season's Champions League last-16 before leaving the club this summer.

Now Drogba has sealed a move back to the club where he became one of the most feared strikers in world football.

Veteran: Drogba has over 100 caps for the Ivory Coast and made over 200 league appearances for Chelsea
Veteran: Drogba has over 100 caps for the Ivory Coast and made over 200 league appearances for Chelsea

DailyMail


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Colombia striker James Rodriguez, top scorer at World Cup, signs six-year deal with Real Madrid

The 23-year-old Monaco forward scored six goals in Brazil, including a spectacular volley against Uruguay in the second round.
The 23-year-old Monaco forward scored six goals in Brazil, including a
spectacular volley against Uruguay in the second round.
MADRID, SPAIN — A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the quarter-finals in Brazil, passed a medical examination at the Sanitas Clinic in the northern suburb of La Moraleja and will be presented to fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m very happy,” Rodriguez said as he left the clinic. “Everything went well.”
Sports newspapers Marca and As said Madrid agreed to pay Monaco 80 million euros (US$108-million) for Rodriguez. He is expected to join the squad on Aug. 1.
Rodriguez’s goal against Uruguay in the second round of the World Cup, when he chested the ball down and then volleyed it in, was voted the best goal of the tournament.
Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
Spanish sports newspaper As said Monday that Monaco had agreed terms with Madrid, whose president Florentino Perez had delayed his flight to Los Angeles where the club's squad has some preseason training.

Rodriguez will strengthen Madrid’s offensive lineup by joining Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in attack.
The Colombia forward will likely wear the No. 10 shirt, vacated when Mesut Ozil left Madrid for Arsenal.
Rodriguez, who had joined Monaco from FC Porto last year, is Madrid’s second signing after Germany midfielder Toni Kroos joined Thursday from Bayern Munich.
National Post

Monday, 21 July 2014

Manchester United ‘beat Barcelona to signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels’

United 'beat Barca' to Mats Hummels signing
Mats Hummels could be on his way to Manchester United (Picture: Getty)
Manchester United have beaten Barcelona in the race for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, according to reports in Spain.
Daily newspaper Sport are today reporting that Barca have conceded defeat in their attempts to sign the German international, with the player set for a move to Old Trafford.
The £16m deal is expected to be completed this week, with Dortmund having already moved to replace Hummels by signing Matthias Ginter from Freiburg.
If Sport’s claims prove to be accurate, Hummels will become United’s third signing of the summer, following Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera to Louis van Gaal’s side.
But the new United boss is unlikely to be finished in the transfer market, with the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward yesterday insisting they are prepared to spend big.
‘We are willing to invest. There is no fixed budget. Financially we are extremely strong and funds are available,’ he said.

‘Louis is assessing what’s going on and there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes, so watch this space.’
Metro