New Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has vowed to keep Andy Carroll at the club, despite interest from several top clubs.
Chelsea are thought to continue to hold an interest in the new England international after his impressive goalscoring exploits in Newcastle’s return season in the Premier League.
The Blues have struggled in the league this season and as a result an approach is thought tempting for boss Carlo Ancelotti, despite his previous claims that he is not looking to make any signings during the January transfer window.
But he is likely to face strong resistance from all at St. James’ Park should he decide to make an approach, and a budget-busting deal may be the only thing to tempt the Toon hierarchy into doing business.
Terry: We won’t give up.
Skipper John Terry has vowed to the club’s fans that no-one will give up in their efforts to pull the champions out of the slump in which they currently find themselves, and hopes that they can get their title defence back on track.
With the trip to Tottenham this weekend looming ominously, Terry feels resilience will prevail in the face of adversity, according to Sky Sports.
He said: “We won’t fold. No chance. I certainly won’t, the manager won’t and we have big characters like Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda,? who have been at the very top for the right reasons.
“They are world-class players and big characters. It is time for us all to stand up. These are tough games coming up but we have big players here. Hopefully they are prepared to rise to the challenge and put their necks on the line.”
Drogba: Spurs ideal game.
Didier Drogba feels White Hart Lane will be the ideal place for Chelsea to rediscover their confidence and form – because they will be going into the clash as underdogs.
The midweek defeat at Drogba’s former club Marseille compounded the misery at Stamford Bridge, as the club have now won only two of their last eight games in all competitions. The face a tough run of Spurs, Manchester United and Arsenal during the busy festive period.
According to Mirror Football, the Ivorian said: “It’s not getting any easier because we have Tottenham next. But not a lot of people expected us to lose to Marseille or expected Chelsea to have a difficult moment.
“Maybe everyone will expect us to lose on Sunday, but it could be different. I see Tottenham as genuine title rivals now. They are having a good season and there is no reason why they can’t challenge. Chelsea used to beat them regularly but things change, that’s life, but it is up to us to make it happen again.
“Obviously these three games are not coming at the right time for us, but maybe these matches will change the situation we’re in now if we win them. It’s not finished yet.”