Chelsea are believed to be in pole position for unsettled Real Madrid midfielder Kaka. The Blues have been long-time admirers of the Brazilian, and tried to sign him before he moved to the Bernabeu. The 28-year-old has struggled to make an impact in his first season in La Liga however, and sources close to the player believe Stamford Bridge is his most likely destination.
According to the Daily Mail, Carlo Ancelotti does not intend to add to his squad in January unless forced to through player injuries, but it is thought a potential reunion with Kaka – whom he managed at AC Milan – would be too hard to resist. The Italian is generally credited with having turned Kaka into one of the world’s best players, but Milan themselves hope to bring the player back. Inter and Man City are also thought to be interested.
Didier Drogba believes that Chelsea’s biggest opponents in their chase for another Premier League title is none other than themselves. The Ivorian striker admitted that the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham could be capable of winning the title, but claimed that the Blues’ own mentality is far more important.
According to Goal.com, Drogba said: “It is Manchester United and Arsenal, everybody forgets Arsenal. Even though they were defeated here, they will be there and Tottenham is good as well. Really, to be honest, our most difficult opponent is us. If we lose points like last year we could be in trouble again. It is down to us to keep winning and keep increasing the gap.”
McEachran in U21 call-up.
Young Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran has been surprisingly called up to the England U-21 side for this month’s friendly with Germany. The 17-year old has been a star for the U-17s as the side won the European title in May, and U-21 coach Stuart Pearce is considering a rapid promotion for the player.
McEachran only signed professional terms with the Blues this summer, and despite not having made a first team start manager Carlo Ancelotti is thought to be an admirer of the youngster.