Chelsea are reported to have clinched the signature of one of Israeli football’s brightest prospects, 16 year-old striker Ben Sahar from Hapoel Tel-Aviv in a £320,000 deal. More news as it becomes available.
The FA’s Disciplinary Commission have fined Chelsea £10,000 for “failing to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” during the game with Fulham on Sunday March 19. The club had denied the charge and were also warned over future conduct.
Chelsea have agreed a deal with Dutch club Feyenoord for 21 year-old striker Salomon Kalou, subject to a medical and agreement on personal terms. Kalou, scorer of 42 goals in 83 appearances for the Rotterdam side, talks about the move on the Feyenoord website.
There are contradictory reports in this morning’s papers regarding Andriy Shevchenko’s ‘will he, won’t he?’ move to Chelsea. The Times suggests that the AC Milan striker’s mind is ‘virtually made up’ on a move to Stamford Bridge with only the details to be ironed out. The Independent also believe that the deal is on, with William Gallas potentially moving the other way as part of the deal. Other outlets say that the Ukraine captain will reject the Blues in favour of an extended deal at the San Siro.
Carlton Cole is set to complete a £2m move to Tottenham, according to today’s Sun.
Andiry Shevchenko has pulled out of the Ukraine’s World Cup warm-up match against Costa Rica on Saturday. The AC Milan striker has returned to Italy to receive further treatment on a knee injury he picked up in a Serie A game against Parma earlier this month. He has suggested that he will make an announcement about his future before the end of this week.
While far-fetched stories of multi-million pound signings fill the media, the club’s youth development system continues to bear fruit. Chelsea’s youth team finished second in Group A of the FA Academy Under-18’s league, behind Southampton on goal difference. Eleven players have been awarded professional contracts.
Various reports in the press this morning suggest that William Gallas has told Chelsea that he wants to leave the club. Speaking to French sports paper L’Equipe, Gallas is reported as saying that AC Milan are interested in signing him and that he needs a new challenge after spending five years at Chelsea.
Behind their stiff upper lips and Dunkirk spirit, the English secretly like the odd moment of madness. The Finns have a wife-carrying contest and the residents of Bunol in Spain take to the streets for a day to fling tomatoes at each other, but they can’t hold a candle to the English at their most eccentric.
Brazilian club Corinthians have denied that Chelsea are preparing to make a record-breaking move for £50m rated forward Carlos Tevez. Jose Mourinho’s presence at the game with River Plate on Thursday (May 5) increased speculation that Chelsea are looking to sign the 22 year-old Argentine international.
Napoleon once said that “England is a nation of shopkeepers”, but a browse through the Sunday papers suggested that we are now a country filled with orthopaedic obsessives. From John Prescott boning his secretary to the metatarsal-mania surrounding Rooney’s foot via the skeletons in Steve McClaren’s cupboard, you couldn’t move for stories both humerus [sic] and grim on matters skeletal.
Losing to Liverpool is much like a trip to the dentist. Irritating and occasionally painful, but you can take comfort in the knowledge that the experience is over fairly quickly and doesn’t happen that often anyway.
No-one likes us but we don’t care, right? In fact we enjoy our role as football’s Anti-Christ so much, we don’t even like ourselves sometimes.
A spot of self-loathing we can deal with, but despite their relative lack of importance inane ramblings by the likes of Lawton and Hattenstone do tend to grate as they dictate the agenda in the short term. The media perception of the club is something that often creates a false impression, given that many commentators and pundits rarely stray from the realms of hackneyed cliché and the simplistic view of the herd.
Football as a metaphor for life itself? The traditional Easter story tells us of death and resurrection; as the football season draws to a close those two qualities have been evident in all areas of the beautiful game. As the bouyant winning streak and title charge of our closest rivals went from threatening to lifeless in the space of ninety minutes, Accrington Stanley completed their rise from the dead and re-established themselves as a football league club rather than the tag line of a 1980’s milk advertising campaign.
While Jose may be worried about the recent arrival of bird flu on British shores, he seems to have started enjoying his ongoing game of chicken with Sir Alex Ferguson. The moody but magnificent Portugeezer finally broke his self-imposed silence with a classic Mourinho press conference on Friday. The message was simple; we’re coping with the ‘pressure’ of being seven points clear just fine thanks, and we’re certainly in no mood to give up our grip on the Premiership trophy. Catch us if you can.
It must be spring. The lighter evenings, an increase in temperature, the sudden flurry of April showers interspersed with bursts of brilliant sunshine. The daffodils are out in time for Easter and some barmy University types are rowing up the Thames.