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Wilkins praise for Drog.
After yesterday’s 2-0 win against Arsenal, Ray Wilkins praised Didier Drogba and dedicated the win to Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian has been absent because of the death of his father but he returned for the clash at Stamford Bridge and Wilkins declared: “You can see from the work ethic of the players how much they wanted to win it for him. We weren’t at our best but you can see the effort, and all in all I thought it was a fantastic performance.” Drogba continued his impressive record against Arsenal, scoring a neat opener to make it 13 goals in 11 starts against the Gunners, something which the assistant manager described as ‘phenomenal’: “Didier is a fantastic player, a world-class striker. If you give him an opportunity he will score. And it’s not just against Arsenal, he scores against everybody. Also he is the best forward I have ever seen for coming back and defending.” Brazilian defender Alex wrapped up the points for the Blues in the 85th minute with a thunderbolt 30-yard free-kick.
Blues in for Bale.
Caughtoffside.com reports that Chelsea are ready to make a bid for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale. The Welsh international has attracted lots of attention over the last week and there have been rumours of interest from Real Madrid, Wolfsburg and AC Milan. Carlo Ancelotti is looking to build for the future and Bale has matured into one of the best left sided players in Europe over the last year. Reports suggest that Chelsea could offer around £22m to secure his signature but considering his young age and the fact he signed a new four-year contract in May, this offer may not be enough to tempt Spurs into selling to their London rivals.
Begovic move back on.
In other transfer news, the Daily Mail reports that Chelsea have reignited their interest in Stoke’s Asmir Begovic. Carlo Ancelotti made a £4.5m bid for the shot-stopper in the summer which the Potters rejected but Ancelotti reportedly sees Begovic as a natural number two to Petr Cech and he is ready to return with an improved offer in January. This would include cash plus Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull who has failed to make an impression on the Blues boss. Begovic made his Stoke debut against Chelsea last season when Thomas Sorensen had to be taken off but he has yet to make a league appearance for the Potters in 2010/2011 campaign.
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