Chelsea are still keeping tabs on Brazilian wonderkid Neymar, despite him rejecting a move to west London in the summer, according to the Mail Online. The Blues’ chief scout, Piet de Visser, was at the South American under-20 Championship in Peru to take another look at the Santos striker. The Blues have been tracking him for three years now and had a £25m bid rebuffed last summer, with Neymar opting to renew his deal at Santos, now worth £40,000 a week. De Visser confirmed he was at the tournament and Neymar was a priority: “I watched some players but I came to follow Neymar more closely.”
Ancelotti defends axing Drogba.
Following last night’s stalemate at Craven Cottage, Carlo Ancelotti defended his decision to drop Didier Drogba, allowing Fernando Torres to play the central role. The Italian said his decision to leave the Ivorian out was more specifically about rotation rather than tactical. “I don’t know if Didier was happy, but every player knows every game is important. It doesn’t matter. We wanted to rotate to maintain his condition and to give everyone great motivation.”
Ancelotti also said Chelsea are still on track to finish in the much-coveted top four: “The most important thing is to finish in the top four.” He continued:“I think we will be able to do this if we play like we did. I’m an optimist and there’s good reason to have confidence.”
Chelsea let Eriksen leave.
Danish wonderkid Christian Eriksen was allowed to leave Chelsea when he was just 14, the Daily Star reports.
Eriksen, who recently impressed in England’s 2-1 win in Copenhagen, was taken to Stamford Bridge by fellow Dane Frank Arnesen when he was also wanted by AC Milan and Barcelona – but he was allowed to leave in order to join Ajax. A host of clubs are now chasing his signature, but he is happy to further his development at the Amsterdam Arena where he has three years still to run on his current contract.