Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has stood by his decision to allow midfielder Frank Lampard to leave the club in the summer. The Chelsea legend departed Stamford Bridge after his 13 years that brought numerous trophies like the Premier League and the Champions League.
Lampard is regarded as one of most important players in the club’s history after also scoring more than 200 goals in all competitions – despite being a midfielder. The 36-year-old has continued his goal scoring form even at Manchester City, where he is set to spend the next six months on loan from New York City. (more…)
Harry Redknapp and Jermain Defoe have already worked together after Redknapp signed the English forward for Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspurs and it has now been revealed that Red knapp is interested in signing Defoe once again.
“He’s a player we’d be interested in but it depends on the expense of the deal. Nothing is anywhere near being concluded. We tried to get him before the deadline but I don’t think there’s been any movement on that one’’
“I’m a big fan of Jermain. I’ve signed him enough times. He’s a goal-scorer and a player you’d obviously like at your club if possible, but the figures would have to be right. I haven’t spoken to the chairman about it yet. We’ll see. I know what we need.” That was a statement released by the head coach of Queens Park Rangers, Harry Redknapp as he unveiled his interest in signing Jermain Defoe from the MLS side Toronto FC.
Jermain Defoe has not managed to attract the attention of England’s Roy Hodgson as Defoe was overlooked by Hodgson who did not include Defoe in his list of players for the 2014 World Cup but despite not playing an important role for England, Redknapp is confident that Defoe can add quality to his squad at Queens Park Rangers.
The President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Tim Leiweke stated that in order for any other club to sign Jermain Defoe, they will have to dig deep in their pockets and even if a proper offer is launched to sign the English forward, Leiweke and his team have already outlined a list of possible players to sign if Defoe does indeed leave Toronto FC.
“We know where we are going. If we have a DP (designated player) slot open, we already know who we’re going after. And I am 100 per cent convinced we’re going to be a better team on the pitch next year without a lot of changes’’ Tim Leiweke said.
Leading Portugal star Nani is in quite a doubtful position of late and very dicey about his potential return to Man U.
The leading winger has got his entire wage by Red Devils in full during his Lisbon stints and presently is confused about his future club in the next season. The Man U player admitted of using the Sporting loan spell to work up to his best possible form- however, he still cannot be sure whether at all he would be able to make place at Old Trafford.
The Portugal player signed up with a fresh 5-year deal with man U last year but he was returned to his 1st club according to the agreement- that had Argentine defender Rojo (Marcos) moving to Manchester United this August.
Louis Gaal, the new Man U boss, has cleared out some established first-teamers on his arrival, prior to smashing out great attacking talents such as Radamel Falco & Angel Maria.
After featuring in the match against Chelsea at Champions League a few days back, the Portugal player insisted that at present he is simply focused on improving post a tough spell with Red Devils.
“I do not know whether I would be able to go back or not”, said the Man U winger while approached on his fate in the upcoming season. “At this very moment, I simply wish to enjoy my game, I wish to play & I am looking forward to come up with my best possible form- let’s check out what the future holds for me. But at present, I’m wholeheartedly a Man U player and I am simply here to come up with my best.”
The leading winger has scored 2 times in his 1st 5 matches since his return to Sporting, post 7 years in Premier League.
Chelsea’s opening Premier League match of the season kicked off in a surprising fashion as they conceded an early goal when battling against the recently promoted team Burnley but it only took the team of Jose Mourinho a few more minutes before they could click into gear and blast 3 goals into the net of Burnley’s goalkeeper Tom Heaton.
From there on out Chelsea started dominating the match as they seemed to be more comfortable in the pitch and during the last few minutes of the game, Didier Drogba made his return to the Premier League as he entered the pitch at the at the 84th minute.
Even though the Ivorian forward failed on scoring or making any kind of significant impact in a match that was already secured by Chelsea, when Drogba entered the pitch he was received with ovation and applauses from fans in the stadium.
Ever since Didier Drogba left Stamford Bridge, the Brazilian midfielder Oscar was given the No. 11 jersey but now that Drogba has made his return to Chelsea the jersey was returned to the veteran forward meanwhile Oscar was given the No. 8 jersey which was previously worn by Frank Lampard.
Oscar told Chelsea’s official website: ‘’Didier is a Chelsea legend and a senior player. I am happy for him to take the 11 and for me to take the 8. Lamps is another legend at this club and I hope I will be as successful in the shirt as he was’’
Drogba later used the social media to express his gratitude towards Oscar for giving him the jersey he wore for the Premier League club some years ago.
Drogba said: ‘’I am very pleased to be able to return to the number 11 shirt and I am very grateful to Oscar for allowing me to make this change’’