According to reports from ESPN, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has stated that his squad is not in urgent need of another forward claiming, “I don’t think we need to. We have, at the moment, plenty of availability in terms of forwards. This is the reality at the moment of our squad. We need to find the right balance.”
Romelu Lukaku, the 18 year old Anderlecht and Belgium forward has been linked with Chelsea all summer, and in the past week a move seemed being close to completion but when questioned Villas-Boas stated, “It’s a player I know, obviously, and he had a magnificent season in Belgium, but I can’t comment on the speculation about him, Let’s wait and see if it becomes a reality or not.”
With the manager looking at his existing strikers in Malaysia there would appear to be little place for Lukaku. Chelsea may still move for him to ensure his signature, and then send him on loan, but he is unlikely to appear in a Chelsea shirt just yet.
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No Torres obsession.
Andre Villas-Boas insists he will not focus on the form of Fernando Torres reports Sky Sports. When questioned after yesterday’s 1-0 win over a Malaysian XI, the manager said, “I don’t want to turn Torres into an obsession like you people are trying to do,” in perhaps a thinly veiled criticism of the media.
With one goal in 18 appearances for the Blues last season and a £50million fee, every game appears to be studied in minute detail, even friendlies. However, the manager seems determined to keep the pressure off of the Spanish international stating:
“It doesn’t matter who scores. These are pre-season games and they don’t have the importance that some people think. The point of these games is to get a feel for your team and achieve your objectives in terms of fitness and training. To gain the confidence to find the back of the net, Torres needs training, tolerance and patience.”
Anelka wants to stay.
Chelsea’s Nicolas Anelka has told the Daily Telegraph of his desire to see out the remaining year of his contract.
The 32-year-old scored 16 goals last season in all competitions from 46 appearances in total, 38 starts, and had looked to build a good understanding with Didier Drogba. However his appearances had become more limited after the arrival of Fernando Torres from Liverpool in January. Accordingly it had been expected that Anelka may leave the club he joined in 2008.
Anelka seemingly rejected any speculation stating: “I never said I wanted to leave Chelsea. Even if there’s an offer from someone else, I don’t care because I am seeing out my contract at Chelsea, one more year. I said in the beginning when I signed that I wanted to stay until I finished my contract. I still have one more year and I’m happy.”
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