The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea target Marouane Fellaini has revealed that he wants to play in the Champions League and win trophies.
Fellaini has recently entered new contract talks with Everton, but the interest of Chelsea has now emerged again and the Blues could make their move for the midfielder. The father of the Belgian midfielder has even revealed that the West London side are following his son ‘intensively’. Fellaini is happy on Merseyside, but is keen to play in the Champions League.
23 year old Fellaini said: ‘One thing is for certain. I want to play in a team that wins the Champions League. Everton is a team of sub-top’. Everton have Fellaini under contract until 2013 and expect the Belgian to maintain his deal, but Chelsea’s interest and title ambitions may prove too much for Fellaini to resist.
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Pastore still available.
Chelsea target and Palermo playmaker Javier Pastore will not join Real Madrid, if he decides to leave the Rosanero, Sky Sport Italia reports.
The 22 year old Argentinian is being keenly touted by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and Palermo president Mauro Zamparani has put a £44 million valuation on Pastore. Pastore’s agent, Italian Ernesto Bronzetti, does not believe that Jose Mourinho is interested in signing Pastore.
Bronzetti said: ‘He never entered the Real Madrid orbit. That position, Real Madrid have world class players like Kaka and Mezut Ozil. Plus, today, there are not the conditions for a club to pay 50 million Euros for young players’.
Pastore himself has declared that he will decide his future after the Copa America tournament in July and he will speak with Zamparini and his agent to figure out what is the best decision.
Blues back for Villas-Boas.
Portuguese daily newspaper Jornal de Noticias Porto has reported that Chelsea are prepared to make Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas their new manager.
Villas-Boas was being touted as the new Inter Milan manager, but after the Nerazzuri’s admission that Villas-Boas would not be their manager, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is on red alert to appoint the Portuguese boss. Villas-Boas holds a 15 million Euros release clause and the talents of the young manager, who brought Porto the Europa League last season, seems to be worthy of the price tag that Abramovich will have to pay to attract his man.
Porto president Pinta da Costa has admitted that he is helpless to stop Villas-Boas moving to Stamford Bridge, a place where he worked as a coach for fellow compatriot and mentor Jose Mourinho, and da Costa will not stand in his way. Chelsea had targeted Turkey manager Guus Hiddink as their new manager, but the stubbornness of the Turkish Football Federation seems to have stopped any negotiations and Villas-Boas could be the new target for the Blues.
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