Brazilian sensation Neymar has ruled out a move to Chelsea and believes that his future lies in Spain with Real Madrid, according to talkSPORT.
The Santos striker played in Brazil’s 1-0 win over Ghana at Craven Cottage, not too far from Chelsea, and after the game, Neymar revealed that he thinks his future will be in Spain. Blues chairman Roman Abramovich is believed to have tabled two bids for the 19 year old, but has been unsuccessful in his approach of one of the brightest talents in football.
Neymar said: ‘Real Madrid and Barcelona have come calling for me. Both clubs want me. I can confirm it, but I have not reached an agreement with any of them. The interest from Spain’s big two means that my self-esteem is very high, because I am being followed by two big clubs like these’.
Former Blues manager Jose Mourinho is in charge at Madrid and will welcome the transfer of Neymar with open arms.
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McEachran set for loan exit.
Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran may be sent out on loan in the New Year, if Chelsea cannot guarantee him regular football, The Sun reports.
Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has high hopes for McEachran and had earlier in the summer stated that he did not intend to send the Englishman on loan. However, if the 18 year old does not get enough pitch-time for Chelsea until the re-opening of the transfer window, the Blues will send McEachran on loan to a fellow Premier League side.
Summer signing Romelu Lukaku will also join McEachran on loan, as the Blues look to give them top-flight experience. Lukaku has been left out of the Blues’ Champions League squad and the 18 year old would have moved on loan to Stoke, but the Premier League rules of a player joining two clubs in the same transfer window scuppered his chances of a move.
New Chelsea signing Juan Mata played a full game for Spain in their 6-0 thrashing of Liechenstein to seal qualification to Euro 2012, chelseafc.com reports.
The former Valencia man signed for the Blues this summer and Mata impressed for Spain. His Chelsea teammate Fernando Torres was unused in the game as Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque preferred to use forward Fernando Llorente.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard returned to the England starting line-up and played 73 minutes in the England side along with defenders John Terry and Ashley Cole. Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic helped Serbia to a 3-1 victory over the Faroe Islands and put them in second place in their qualifiying group behind the already qualified Italy.
Florent Malouda watched from the bench as France struggled to a 0-0 draw with Romania in Bucharest. New signing Romelu Lukaku came from the bench in the 63rd minute to help Belgium beat the USA 1-0 in a friendly.