CSKA Moscow striker Seydou Doumbia has revealed his dream of playing for champions Chelsea one day. The 22-year-old only moved to the Russian club in January, but has struggled to settle into life in the capital.
He is looking to secure a move away from the club as early as January, and had no hesitation in telling The Sun that Stamford Bridge would be his first choice.
He said: “Chelsea? have been my favourite team since I was a kid. It’s my dream to play in England – Moscow is too cold for me.”
Should the Blues hold an interest in the player, a bid of around £5m would be enough to secure his services, according to Sky Sports.
Ancelotti will stay.
Chelsea have been handed a double boost with the news that Carlo Ancelotti will not be quitting Stamford Bridge, and Frank Lampard proving his fitness in a closed friendly last night, according to The Press Association.
Ancelotti has been heavily linked with a move away from the west London club in recent weeks amid the champions’ worst run of results in a decade, but the 51-year-old stated his intent by declaring: “I’ll stay in London at least until 2012.”
Lampard meanwhile completed the full 60-minutes of last night’s friendly between a mix of first teamers and reserve players, and capped his comeback with a goal.
The news provides the club with a much-needed morale boost ahead of the top of the table clash with Man United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Ramires has told reporters that he is looking ahead as he continues to settle into life in England.
The £17m summer capture from Benfica has struggled to communicate with his club mates due to the language barrier, but insists his English is starting to improve and feels his best is yet to come on the pitch.
According to Sky Sports, Ramires expressed via an interpreter: “You don’t always understand what you are being told and it is hard for me to express myself, but I am enjoying the lessons and my English is getting better all the time.
“As for life in London, I am settling, I have my family here with me and I am happy, so things are going well and I look forward to fulfilling my contract with Chelsea.”