What’s Drogba Playing At?

Does anyone really know what’s going on with Didier Drogba these days?

After a close season of constant speculation, although nothing forthcoming on the offer front as far as we know, Drogba sat out the opening day of the season whilst continuing to recover from the knee injury that saw him get a prolonged rest during Chelsea’s pre-season. Scolari had suggested at the time it would be some 15 days before the Ivorian would be fit to return for Chelsea.

So, whilst it seemed a bit odd for Drogba to be named in the Ivory Coast squad a couple of days ago, you could only assume they were being optimistic. Or did  they know something the rest of us don’t? Because with the Ivory Coast due to play Guinea in Paris tonight, rumour has it Drogba is set to play. The flip side of that though is Chelsea TV telling us the recovering striker has returned to training although is not set for a return to playing until our meeting with Spurs.

So is it a case of wait and see?

 

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Real Madrid Not Playing Ball Over Robinho

Finally, it looks as if Chelsea will be able to put the Robinho saga to bed – albeit without their man.

Scolari has repeatedly stated his desire to sign the Brazilian playmaker and Mr Kenyon as per usual spouted his usual BS recently, trying to convince everyone his business acumen would see the player safely delivered to Stamford Bridge in the near future.

Strangely enough for Mr Kenyon though, his confidence that we’ll get a result seems to have been unfounded because despite rumoured ‘talks’ earlier in the close season, the player’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro now says the ‘door has been closed’ on the deal because Real Madrid are refusing to even discuss a possible deal.

The Brazilian’s advisor says “The dream of Chelsea is broken because Real Madrid will not even negotiate. It is impossible to advance any conversation. Next summer we will sort out the situation if people can show some sense.”

Real Madrid showing some sense? Now that I’d like to see.

Andriy Shevchenko Heading Back To AC Milan

Andriy Shevchenko didn’t feature in Scolari’s side for the opening game against Pompey, the striker’s position on the bench being taken up by 19 year old Franco Di Santo.

But then that’s hardly a surprise since the Ukrainian hasn’t particularly featured in any of the manager’s plans since he arrived from AC Milan in 2006. Having spent most of his time under Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant out of first team contention, he doesn’t seem to be part of the Chelsea picture as far as new boss Luiz Felipe Scolari’s concerned either.

A former world class player, Shevchenko’s never been able to recapture the form in the Premier League that he demonstrated during his seven years in Serie A. The sort of form which saw Shevchenko score 127 goals in 208 games for Milan has eluded him at Chelsea and the 32 year old has managed a mere 9 league goals in 47 games.

The Milan idol has been linked with a return to the rossoneri virtually since he stepped foot inside Stamford Bridge although more recently, Carlo Ancelotti had suggested any thoughts of Shevchenko were “in the past”.

However, the latest reports suggest Sheva could be set for a return to the Italian club on a one-year loan deal tomorrow. With Kaka out following a knee operation and both Ronaldinho and Pato at the Olympics, Milan are short on frontmen and it’s suggested Abramovich and Berlusconi met last Thursday to agree terms.

It is believed the ever-benevolent Chelsea will naturally help Milan financially, and despite being fleeced for Shevchenko in the first place, will pay a substantial amount of the player’s wages while he’s playing his football in another country. But whilst I’m not happy Chelsea have allowed themselves to be taken for mugs again where money’s concerned, at long last it’ll be nice to see the club do the decent thing where Shevchenko’s concerned.

Hopefully Andriy will be playing with a smile on his face again soon, albeit in Milan’s colours.