Swansea’s hat-trick hero Scott Sinclair has stated that quitting Chelsea for the South Wales side was the best decision he ever made, the Daily Star reports.
Swansea’s promotion to the Premiership is historic for the club, with the Swans becoming the first Welsh side in the top-flight for 28 years. The 22 year old winger spent five years at Stamford Bridge, but played just five league games and was loaned out six times.
He said: ‘Leaving Chelsea was the best decision I ever made. Today, I’m feeling a part of Swansea’s success because I’ve been involved all season.’ Sinclair scored 27 goals this season and has alerted attention from other Premier League sides, but the winger has stated his desire to remain at the Liberty Stadium. Sinclair also cited manager Brendan Rodgers as one of the reasons for his form.
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Blues target keen on move.
Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku has added to the speculation around his move by claiming he would love a move to England. The Daily Mail reports that the highly-rated 18-year-old has ruled out a move to Spain and has set his sights on moving to Chelsea.
Lukaku should feature for Belgium in their key Euro 2012 qualifier against Turkey next week and after that game, a decision is expected to be made over his future. Anderlecht had envisaged gaining £20m from the fee up front, but it is likely that Chelsea will pay a lesser fee up front and raise the rest in instalments paid throughout his career.
Speaking about the move, the Belgian striker said: ‘It is going to be one of the top two or three clubs in England, or else I stay at Anderlecht. I want to leave, because I want to play in the Champions League.’ Lukaku has accepted that if he moves to Stamford Bridge, he will spend time on the bench at the start of the move and realises that he will have to grab his chance.
The Belgian striker is set to sit his academic exams on the 6th June and has requested that his future be sorted out on the 5th June, so he would not have any more distractions.
Mancienne makes exit.
The Telegraph reports that Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne has signed a four year deal with German side Hamburg.
The 23-year-old, who spent half of the season on loan at fellow Premiership side Wolves, moves to the Imtech Arena to link up with former Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen, who is in charge of recruitment at Hamburg. Mancienne only made six senior appearances for Chelsea and will move to the Bundesliga once returning from England under 21s European Championships in Denmark.
Hamburg finished eighth in the league and Mancienne has outlined an ambition to get them back into European football. Mancienne said: ‘Hamburg are a big club with a lot of tradition and some fantastic fans. It would be great if I could play a part in helping Hamburg get back into Europe.’
Hamburg technical director Frank Arnesen has outlined the potential of the former Chelsea defender, stating he has followed his development for years.