Andre Villas-Boas is yet to decide whether to retain Daniel Sturridge in the first-team squad. Sturridge was loaned out to Bolton in January last year and finished the season with eight goals in 12 games but Villas-Boas told the Express: “This is one of the decisions we have to take, Daniel is a very, very interesting player with a tremendous future. The individual is highly regarded by myself.”
Sturridge has been rumoured with a loan back to the Reebok but Newcastle have also emerged as potential loan suitors while it is reported that Chelsea have rejected a bid of £6million from Stoke for the youngster.
The new contracts given to Josh McEachran and Ryan Bertrand indicate that Villas-Boas wants to retain the club’s young Englishmen.
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Courtois having medical.
Chelsea are set to complete their first buy of the season as RC Genk 19 year old goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is undergoing a medical at Stamford Bridge. According to new boss Andre Villas-Boas “At this moment he is having a medical but has not yet agreed personal terms.”
The fee for the goalkeeper is not yet known although Genk chairman has confirmed it is the largest bid the club will ever receive for a player, with their previous record standing at £4.5million from Ajax for Wesley Sonck in 2003.
Villas-Boas is yet to decide whether Courtois will be given an immediate loan placement or deputise for Petr Cech.
Torres wants new start.
Fernando Torres has declared he is looking towards a fresh start in his short Chelsea career. Torres managed just one goal in 18 games after his £50million move from Liverpool but is determined to right his form from last season.
The Spaniard told Goal.com: “It was a difficult four months for me last season but now I am settled and really happy. It’s a new start for me and I am feeling sharper and fitter.” Torres appeared to lack a yard of pace after his move to Chelsea and he has partly blamed it on the demands of summer international participation saying: “After five years without a break I could finally enjoy my holiday this summer so I am happier after a rest and some time with my family. Now I am feeling good and ready to start the new season.”
Torres has impressed in pre-season so far, scoring against Wycombe Wanderers and providing the assist for Tal Ben-Haim’s own goal against Portsmouth on Saturday.
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