Drogba wants to leave Chelsea for a good offer and Jose spins…

Funny to see Mr. Mourinho and the Chelsea PR department do their spin. Drogba indicates he wants to leave. Surprise surprise, several newsarticles appear (not even always referring to Drogbas willingness to leave) in which Jose praises Drogbas ingenuity and added value to the team. Oh well, I do think Jose decided it was time to put someone else under the loupe, after all the attention Lampard got on his supposed Barca move (which Barca always denied btw).

Diverting attention is also a good idea as Lampard has been all over the tabloids (especially in LA) in regards to his supposed fling in Las Vegas with a 30-ish Eastern European woman: check out this article (also for a ‘pimped up’ Lampard picture): http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007310512,00.html

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The latest articles on Drogba:
http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=477224&CPID=8&clid=8&lid=&title=Jose+hopes+for+same+Drogba
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2002390000-2007320942,00.html
http://eurosport.yahoo.com/17072007/4/drogba-better-mourinho.html

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Chelsea: We’ll get ya, Becks

By SHAUN CUSTIS (Sun.co.uk)
July 17, 2007

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CHELSEA have been winding up David Beckham by saying they will kick lumps out of him this weekend.
Becks had his first training session with his new LA Galaxy team-mates yesterday and hopes to make his debut against the Blues in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Text messages have been winging their way to the ex-England skipper’s mobile telling him he is a marked man. The culprits have not been revealed but chief suspects are England pals John Terry, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard. Becks is clearly still struggling with the ankle injury he suffered playing against Estonia in last month’s Euro qualifier. After jogging with his team-mates for a few minutes in a session watched by a thousand fans, he then trained separately but is still expected to play a part in the clash with Jose Mourinho’s side. Chelsea’s stars are certainly keen for Becks to appear, as the texts have shown. SunSport was told: “It’s just a bit of banter between the lads. David can take a joke and he knows they don’t really mean it. At least he doesn’t think they do.” And America’s new superstar will be the target for more wind-ups when he attends a party with the Chelsea players tomorrow. When he was unveiled as Galaxy’s new signing, Beckham was asked how he felt about being a target for the hatchetmen out in the States. He said: “I’ve always been some sort of target in my career for players and teams I’ve played against. Hopefully, my team-mates will stick up for me.” Sounds like he is about to find out very soon!”

Chelsea news: Jose makes peace with Roman

By Peter ORourke – Created on 15 Jul 2007

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he and Roman Abramovich have repaired their relationship after clear-the-air talks last week.
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“I know what he thinks, I know what he feels, I know what he wants.” […]

Mourinho says he is content with life at Chelsea and hopes to see out his contract which still has three years to run.

“After three years, I have bought a house in London and I am not renting anymore. “I didn’t do that because I wanted to sell next week or because I am thinking about leaving very, very soon. “I want to stay – and if Chelsea had wanted to make a change, they would have done it by now.”

Full article: http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=476889&CPID=8&clid=8&lid=4161&title=Jose+makes+peace+with+Roman

Chelsea news: Barcelona to bid £12m for Lamps

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The soap continues: Will Lampard go to Barca (mind you, his wife Elen is from Barcelona). Will Chelsea’s coach Jose Mourinho move to Real Madrid? Are Mourinho and Chelsea owner Abramovich still fighting? Will Abramovich be able to afford Chelsea after his expensive divorce this spring? Will Mourinho get money to buy new players this summer? Or is all this ‘news’ just created by Mourinho in cooperation with the Sun Newspaper in order to boost Chelsea media coverage?

Yesterday some newspapers reported Lampard would have broken off contract negotiations with Chelsea. Today his manager Steven Kutcher denies these statements. Today SunSports reports the following:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2002390000-2007300433,00.html
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By IAN McGARRY
July 03, 2007

BARCELONA will bid £12million for Chelsea’s Frank Lampard today.
SunSport can reveal the Spanish giants plan to make formal contact for the first time about signing Lamps.

Blues officials will reply by insisting the England star is not for sale at any price.

And they will follow up by arranging another meeting with Lampard to discuss a new contract when he returns for pre-season training next week.

Chelsea remain optimistic they will be able to reach agreement over an extension to the two years Lampard has left on his current deal.

Blues hierarchy will continue to reject any bids for Lamps, 28, in order to buy time to find a solution to the stalemate.

But Barca will not be put off and are prepared for a hostile battle to win his signature.

A senior source at the Nou Camp confirmed: “We know the negotiation will be a complex one.

“But coach Frank Rijkaard has made his feelings clear on Lampard and it’s now up to the directors to find a way to sign him.

“We don’t expect it will happen quickly but we have time before the new La Liga season begins and we are prepared to do what is necessary.”

Lampard’s agent Steve Kutner insists there is no rush to find a resolution.

He said: “Frank will join up with Chelsea next week and will be as committed as ever.

“Nothing can get sorted out until he gets back, but there is no rush.” […]

Chelsea news

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Another nice picture of ‘the special one’ 😉

According to the Sun, Jose M. ended his Feud with Rom. Good on Chelsea!! The fixtures have been set already, Sheva with 80% certainty is to go to Milan, Robben stays(?), and some new players have been bought.

The Sun reports today:
‘ […]”Mourinho, speaking on a charity tour in Ghana, said: “We work together on the same mission and on the same course. I have to respect him, he’s the boss.”

Asked by local journalists if he would phone Abramovich to see how his day was going, manager Mourinho added: “Would you phone the president of Ghana?”. The Special One had barely spoken to Abramovich since a bust-up in January but called a truce last month. And he was told he can keep his job at Stamford Bridge as long as he compromised on his opposition to some of Rom’s future plans.

But Andriy Shevchenko could be on his way out. AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi claims his club are “80 per cent certain” of re-signing the striker. The Champions League winners are desperate to get Sheva, 30, back just one year after selling him for £30million.

Former Italian president Berlusconi admitted: “I spoke to vice-president Adriano Galliani a few days ago and he said the chances of Sheva coming back were 80 per cent. Berlusconi, who is godfather to Sheva’s son Jordan, was fiercely critical of the hotshot’s decision to leave Milan. The pair have since made up and Berlusconi now says: “I consider Sheva to be like my son. […]’

Fixtures in August 2007:

Saturday, 11 August Chelsea v Birmingham, 15:00

Tuesday, 14 August Reading v Chelsea, 19:45

Saturday, 18 August Liverpool v Chelsea, 15:00

Saturday, 25 August Chelsea v Portsmouth, 15:00