According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are interested in signing Sunderland’s Jordan Henderson. The Blues were alerted to the England Under-21 midfielder by scout Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson who is a former Black Cats youth team coach and they have been watching him since the start of the season.
The 20-year-old is also expected to receive a call up to Fabio Capello’s squad for friendly against France and current boss Steve Bruce was full of praise for his young star: “I think we’ve given him two contract extensions already and he can have 32 if he wants. It’s quite refreshing in this day and age to find a young kid who wants to train and play, and who thinks properly. From the moment I clapped eyes on him he jumped out like no other player here. He’s absolutely, completely devoted to football and I hope he stays that way. If he does he’s got the world at his feet and I don’t often say that about a young player. I’m very, very confident of that because of the way he is.”
Didier Drogba is the latest player to be ruled out of today’s clash with Aston Villa. The Chelsea striker, who has been suffering from a fever and is on antibiotics, could also miss the Champions League tie at Spartak Moscow.
Drogba is one of six of the Blues squad who will be out for the game and Carlo Ancelotti declared: “Drogba had a fever this week and was not able to train. He started today [Friday] but is not fit. He took antibiotics in the last days and needs to train next week, and I’ll know if he is available for the game in the Champions League,” before adding that he was happy with the players he now had at his disposal: “It is a test because without important players we have to show our quality. I always said that I am happy to have this squad with these kind of players. I am not concerned about this.”
Terry to play.
The Guardian reports that Carlo Ancelotti will call upon John Terry to play through the pain against Aston Villa. Despite declaring only a few weeks ago that he would not play his skipper unless he was 100 percent fit, the Chelsea boss has been forced to go back on his word after a spate of injuries.
The defender is still suffering from bruising on his back but Ancelotti defended his decision and revealed: “This is a different moment. He is not 100%, no. He had a problem with his back and tried to train, and it wasn’t perfect. I’ll ask him if he’s fit to play, but he is in my team at the moment. But Villa are dangerous from set pieces because they have good jumpers. Missing Alex and Drogba is a blow, so we have to find solutions.”
Kakuta future unclear.
Gael Kakuta looks set to start in the game against Villa but Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly warned him to not mess the club around as they seek to negotiate a new deal. The French youngster has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich when his deal expires in June 2011 and he is free to start talking to other clubs in January. According to talkSPORT , Ancelotti has revealed that he is not sure whether Kakuta will stay and he declared: “I’m not Kakuta, if I have to give an opinion about this I think Kakuta has to stay here and sign a new contract. But I’m not involved in this. He is an important player but nobody is indispensable.”