Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that Chelsea would be interested in signing Wayne Rooney if he chooses to leave Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson refused to discuss the striker’s future yesterday but according to ESPN, the Blues boss confirmed that his club are keen on the 24-year-old. He declared: “We have to wait to see if Wayne Rooney really wants to leave Manchester United. If they really want to sell him and, also, if Rooney is on the market, not just Chelsea would be interested but a lot of other teams as well,” before admitting that he expected Manchester United to do all they can to keep hold of their prize asset: “Every top team has a fantastic player and they want to keep them. If someone asks for one of our top players there is no way – they would have to stay here.”
Torres to Blues link resurfaces.
Football365 reports that Chelsea are also keen on Fernando Torres. The Blues have long been admirers of the Liverpool striker and apparently had a £25m bid rejected in the summer. With the Anfield club sitting second bottom in the table and Torres in poor form so far this season, Chelsea believe they can lure him to Stamford Bridge in January. The Times reports that: “Ancelotti believes Torres could operate alongside Didier Drogba and ultimately develop into the Ivory Coast striker’s long-term replacement as Chelsea look to play a more expansive style.” However, it remains to be seen whether Liverpool’s new owners would be willing to let the club’s star asset leave so soon after their takeover.
Cole out for Spartak.
Ashley Cole and Michael Essien could sit out this evening’s clash with Spartak Moscow. Ramires has already been ruled out after sustaining an ankle injury in the goalless draw against Aston Villa and Jose Bosingwa will not be risked. The main concern for Carlo Ancelotti is the Russian side’s plastic pitch and he fears that it could be a problem for Cole who has an ongoing ankle problem. The manager revealed: “He [Cole] needs more days to recover. For a year, he has had a little problem with his ankle. After the game you maybe have to give him two days of recovery instead of one. I played for ten years with a problem with my knee. To play a lot of games in a season is a lot of stress for your body. It is the same for Essien. After training, we will take a decision. If he is comfortable on this pitch, he’ll play. If he is not comfortable, he will not.”
Zhirkov denies exit talk.
According to Givemefootball.com, Yuri Zhirkov has again rejected speculation that he is set to leave Chelsea and he has made a pledge to Blues fans that they will see the best of him. The £18m signing from CSKA Moscow has been limited to 27 appearances for the Londoners after suffering a knee injury but he is set to start against Spartak tonight.
The left-sided player admitted: “I’ve not lived up to my full potential because I haven’t played too many games in the first team but I’ll try to show more. I’m getting fitter game by game. My fitness is getting better and I’m feeling more confident.” Zhirkov, who was described by Ancelotti as a ‘very important player for us’, also reiterated his desire to remain at Stamford Bridge: “It is just rumours and speculation. I don’t want to leave Chelsea and if the manager doesn’t want to sell me, I will stay.”