Chelsea favourite Ray Wilkins has departed the club with immediate effect. The former QPR boss is a popular figure in the Chelsea dressing room, but a meeting with new new Chief Executive Ron Gourlay during the reserve side’s 4-0 win over Bayern Munich resulted in Wilkins being told he is “no longer cost-effective,” and that the club have taken the opportunity to change the role, according to Mirror Football.
The Telegraph are reporting that Chelsea are reportedly considering promoting Michael Emenalo to replace the axed Wilkins.
Lampard set for return.
Frank Lampard looks set to make his return to the Chelsea first team in Sunday’s home clash with Sunderland. The England international has been absent for over two months due to hernia and tendon troubles, but the midfielder finally looks set to tie on his boots once again as the Blues’ bid to retain the Premier League title continues.
According to Times Live, manager Carlo Ancelotti said: “I think he’ll be okay for Sunday. He doesn’t have a problem, [and] is showing confidence. I hope he will be ready, not necessarily to play for 90 minutes but just to be involved.”
No Hulk move, yet.
According to his current club Porto, Hulk is not for sale – yet. The Brazilian international has long since been linked with a move to the Premier League, and both , Chelsea and Manchester City have targeted the powerful and in-form striker.
The player himself is thought to want to test himself at a higher level, and so a move to the English top flight could yet materialise sooner rather than later.
According to Sky Sports, Porto’s directors said in a collective statement: “No footballers will be leaving our club in January. If we receive any proposals, they will be studied at the end of the season. At the moment we need our key men in the race for the title and the Europa League.”