Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay has pleaded with manager Pep Guardiola to ignore Chelsea’s offer to make him their manager.
PA Sport reports that Afellay hopes his manager will stay and build on the success they have achieved this season after winning the Spanish league title and the Champions League in Afellay’s first season. Guardiola is expected to receive an offer anytime soon from the Premier League side and Afellay hopes he will say no. The Dutchman said: ‘He signed a new contract, so we think he is going to stay. We hope he stays, because he is the best coach in the world.’ Afellay has nothing but praise for the former Barcelona player and now manager, who he says ‘was part of the reason I joined’.
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Malouda wants Hiddink.
Florent Malouda has backed the potential arrival of Guus Hiddink as Chelsea manager, Sky Sports News reports.
Hiddink managed Chelsea in a caretaker role in a four month spell, winning the FA Cup in 2009, and following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti, Hiddink is one of the names rumoured to be in line for the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge. The French winger said about Hiddink: ‘I have a lot of respect for him. He put the club back on the right way. It was short term. It was really quick, but it was really intense’. Malouda has also urged the Chelsea board to take their time over the decision and not rush into appointing a new manager, who could disrupt Malouda’s opinion on strength of the Chelsea squad.
Cole wins award.
After winning England player of the year in February, Chelsea left back Ashley Cole has finally won over the England fans who used to boo him. Cole himself admits he never expected the supporters’ award and is hoping to build more bridges with those who booed.
Despite his decorated international form, winning 88 caps and holding the record for caps at left-back, Cole was frequently booed, due to the controversies in his private life and some England performances. The left back is now happy with the way things are going with England and said: ‘I never thought I would win it. Every time I put on an England shirt, I try my hardest. I want to win. I think in voting me Player of the Year, the fans are starting to see that.’ Cole now turns his attention to the Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland on June 4th, where England will look to pick up a vital three points in their quest to make it to Poland/Ukraine for the Championships.