Will Drogba Still Be At Chelsea Next Season?

Didier DrogbaPlenty of transfer stories have done the rounds since the end of last season and none more so than that of Didier Drogba. After a poor season by the Ivorian’s previously high standard, during which he publicly expressed his desire to leave on as many occasions as he put the ball in the back of the net, the vertically challenged one looked a certainty to hand in a transfer request. And with his constant tantrums already pushing the Chelsea hierarchy to its limits, his behaviour and subsequent red card in the Champions League final looked to have ensured no-one would be begging the Ivory Coast international to stay. So, it was surely just a matter of which club he’d be going to?

AC Milan have been linked with a move for Drogba pretty much all along, but once former boss and apparent ‘father figure’ Mourinho took the reins at Inter, not many would have put their money on him going anywhere else. Pretty straightforward you would think? So why is he still at Chelsea? Well, no-one’s put in a bid for him for a start.

In fact, this week, AC Milan seem to have turned their full attention to Arsenal’s Emmanuel Adebayor because according to Galliani, Drogba “is not for sale”. It’s not clear where he got that impression from but you’d have to suspect it wasn’t from the player himself because Drogba’s reported to be ‘stunned’ by this announcement.

So, maybe he’ll just have to wait for Jose to put in a bid, although with Massimo Moratti clearly stating Inter won’t be buying any strikers this summer, that conclusion isn’t as foregone as it once looked either.

Of course, we’ve also been told he’s toyed with the idea of staying at Chelsea, although his attitude last season didn’t exactly indicate that that’s what he really wants and with Chelsea rumoured to have been looking around for replacements already, could it be the Ivorian’s burned all his Bridges?

Will Scolari Get Ronaldinho At Chelsea?

\"Ronaldinho Chelsea\"Whilst we await July 1st and the arrival of our new manager, most of the transfer speculation seems to have quietened down this week. However, one name, whether being connected or distanced from the club remains constant – Ronaldinho.

Amid the countless stories in the press of the player expressing a desire to come to the Premier League, and his agent suggesting otherwise, the latest gem to pop up is that Big Phil wants the Brazilian at Stamford Bridge next season. Not only that, but during recent chats on the phone, he’s established the midfielder, despite missing most of last season for Barcelona through injury and personal problems, will be fit to start the campaign.

According to recent press coverage, Scolari reckons he could get the £25million rated player for £15million, persuade him to accept £1million a year less than City offered him and still get the best out of him.

Presumably he turns water into wine as well?



Should Wenger Concentrate More On Arsenal?

Never one to keep his opinions to himself too long, Arsene Wenger seems to be immersing himself in all things Chelsea this week. Having given us the benefit of his thoughts on Ballack, he’s now moved on to our new manager.

Of Scolari, he says “I like him as a person. I like him as a coach and I think he has charisma. He will add something to the Premier League.” He goes on to inform us all what to expect next season too in terms of our game because according to Arsene, our system isn’t going to change. Phew! I bet Scolari’s relieved to hear that. In fact, the only change according to the font of all footballing knowledge, will be as a result of Scolari’s personality and the players he will buy.  And just to make sure we all know he likes the Brazilian, Wenger gushes “He is a quality man, a quality manager”.

So with such a glowing reference, you’d assume all in the garden was rosy. But this is Wenger we’re talking about here, surely there has to be a dig in there somewhere? Of course there is and it comes in the form of a dig at the club itself, with Wenger questioning the timing of the appointment. With the announcement coming midway through the group stages of Euro 2008 and Portugal going out to Germany in the quarter finals, the Frenchman suggests “it didn’t help Portugal.” But, whilst he’s right the timing was out of order, it’s his reasons for bringing it up in the press that made me laugh. Because as soon as he drags Spurs into it, going on about the effect the Jacques Santini situation had on France in Euro 2004, it just smacks of a bitter man with old wounds that have failed to heal.

Talking of which, he thought he might as well take a pop at England while he was at, so, comparing them to Euro 2008 finalists Germany – oh and these are the same finalists who only beat Portugal because of the Scolari situation remember – Wenger says “I think Germany’s mental strength comes from belief. Belief comes from history. The history backs them up in every tournament. They know they have done well in the past and go into tournaments with that kind of strength. England have to create more, to create that history.”

In fact, he sounds so concerned about our international side, maybe he’s considering some English players in his own side?