Chelsea news – Modric alternative sought, Cech vows to stop Utd, Unconvincing friendly start

Modric alternative sought.

According to ESPN soccer net, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed he will look elsewhere in case Tottenham maintain their stance on coveted playmaker, Luka Modric.

The Blues have been on a chase to sign the Croatian for the majority of this summer’s transfer window. And with time ticking down to the start of the new campaign in August, the manager is ready to look at other options.

The Blues are reportedly set to place a £30m bid as their final offer for Modric. Villas-Boas also confirmed the interest of the club in West Ham United’s Scott Parker.

When asked about the situation on Modric the manager said: “It is just a question of finding the solution. If it happens it happens, if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen.”

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Cech vows to stop Utd.

Chelsea’s Petr Cech has sent a message to Manchester United and other title rivals according to the Daily Star. The Czech goalkeeper is looking to help bring the title back to Stamford Bridge. “Last season was a great one for me personally, but unfortunately it was not a great one for the team,” said Cech.

Speaking on the new manager and keys to success, Petr was quick to point out to the importance of building good team spirit and morale, while forgetting about individual performances – an issue that would surely bring a smile to the face of the manager.

“If we’d had our normal consistent season, we’d have won the title easily. But you need to play as a unit and as a team,” said Chelsea’s No. 1.

Unconvincing friendly start.

Chelsea kicked off their pre-season with a 1-0 win against Portsmouth on Saturday at Fratton Park. According to the club’s Official Website, the manager Andre Villas-Boas was drawing positives from the performance but still noticed several areas of the game where his team can improve.

Chelsea went ahead courtesy of an own goal from former Chelsea player Tal Ben-Haim. The team that started the game was completely different from the one that finished it as the manager swapped his entire side during half time.

Daniel Sturridge, Fernando Torres and Florent Malouda made for an attacking trio in the first half before making way for Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou.

Despite not scoring the squad had plenty of chances and shots that tested the keeper, which is always a positive sign during pre-season according to the new manager.

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