Chelsea and Manchester United target Bastian Schweinsteiger looks set to give the brush-off to a move to the Premier League after reportedly asking friends about Real Madrid.
Two of his German team-mates, Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil both moved to Madrid after Jose Mourinho failed to capture the Bayern Munich star, though the Potuguese manager is thought to have told him: “Next year you are mine.”
According to The Daily Mail, despite Bayern’s hope that he will sign a contract extension at the club, Schweinsteiger feels it is time for a move abroad – but Spain would be his preferred choice over the Premier League, leaving the champions evidently needing to look elsewhere for attacking reinforcements.
Malouda: Drogba my only friend.
Florent Malouda has told Mirror Football of his dislike for football “entourages,” and cites Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba as his only friend in professional football.
Malouda is known to have donated considerable sums to charity as well as providing for his family back home in Guyana, but insisted it is difficult to integrate into professional football and as a result keeps one or two close friends in the game.
He said: “People say I am anti-social. But it is difficult to integrate into professional football. It is for that reason that I always say that I will work in football but not pro football. Everywhere there is money.”
The France midfielder also admitted to not paying much attention to owner Roman Abramovich’s dealings outside of the football club, saying: “Honestly, I don’t even know what his companies are called. I never asked the question. I would like to be in his place, I would like him explain to me how he has done it. And I say to him thank you, because he has really used his money well.”
Bruma loan exit.
The Blues are set to loan out Dutch defender Jeffrey Bruma in order to give the 19-year-old some playing time, but also to toughen him up for his promotion to the Chelsea first-team.
According to Mirror Football, despite Bruma being considered one of the Stamford Bridge outfit’s best discoveries in recent years, manager Carlo Ancelotti does not feel he is quite ready for regular Premier League action just yet.
A host of clubs in Bruma’s native Holland are thought to be interested in helping develop the youngster, though boss Carlo Ancelotti would rather find him a temporary home in the English top-flight in order to aid his acclimatisation to the league.