Didier Drogba has told the Chelsea faithful that he believes the Blues are well equipped to win the Champions League this season.
The 32-year-old striker has a runners’-up medal from the penalty shootout defeat to Manchester United in the final of the 2008 tournament, but the ultimate victory has as yet proved elusive to the Ivorian and his team-mates.
According to Sky Sports, Drogba told the club’s official magazine that his first wish is for everyone to be in good health, followed by European glory: “Then I want to see everybody at Chelsea celebrating the Champions League at Wembley.” He continued by stating he feels he is getting better with age, adding: “I started very late at the highest level, as I was 25 when I played one season for Marseille and then I came here. I feel I’m improving every season. Because I started late, I’m not tired or fed up with playing. I love what I’m doing.”
Kakuta wants exit.
Gael Kakuta could be set to quit Chelsea in the search for more regular first team opportunities, reports The Mail Online.
The France U-21 midfielder wants to play more games, and heading the queue of interested parties is thought to be Carlo Ancelotti’s former club AC Milan.
The 19-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season, and as a result he could prove a bargain bit of business though a four year contract is on the table for him at Stamford Bridge according to L’Equipe.
Despite his concerns about opportunities at Chelsea, however, is is thought Kakuta would seek assurances relating to playing time at any potential suitors. His transfer to Chelsea three years ago lead to an initial embargo on their signing of players after the deal was contested by former club Lens on the grounds he was “tapped up.” The club were cleared of any wrongdoing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in February of this year.
Blues want Lukaku.
Chelsea are preparing to do battle with rivals Manchester United not only on the trophy front, but head-to-head in a transfer battle too.
The player in question is considered one of the most coveted young players on the planet – Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku, who is likely to cost at least £17m, according to Sportingo.
The player’s father has already confirmed that the 17-year-old will leave the Belgian club at the end of the season once he has finished his education, with Arsenal also in the hunt. The champions were previously thought to be in pole position due to the player’s hero being none other than Didier Drogba and Lukaku being photographed wearing the club’s shirt. However, Real Madrid have also previously spoken to his representatives.
Anderlecht sporting director Herman van Holsbeeck said: “It’s not like clubs are calling us about Romelu on a daily basis. That’s also because there are only 15 clubs or so that have the financial resources to meet our demands. We will immediately turn down any offers in the region of €20m. We want to receive more money for Lukaku, way more. Romelu has already told us that he doesn’t want to leave in January. We’ll discuss his situation again in the summer of 2011.”