According to reports in Germany, Bayern Munich are considering selling Manchester City target David Alaba. Bayern will consider selling the fullback this summer according to various reports in the Bundesliga. The Austrian is seeking fresh challenges as he ages in his professional career. He has one year left on the deal with the German Champions and has refused to agree to an extension.
The Telegraph reported that Bayern are considering selling the defender rather than lose him for free next season. The long serving defender is considered one of the best in Europe and his versatility has seen him deployed in different positions. He has played in full back, center back, midfield and sometimes as winger for for the club in recent years. Former manager Pep Gurdiola described Alaba and Phillipe Lahm among the most versatile players he has ever coached.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has identified Ricardo Pereira as the ideal candidate for the right back position. Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta has been used as a makeshift left back leaving the right back position open. Frank Lampard is said to be a big fan of the Portuguese international.
Ricardo is a key
player in Brendan Rodgers impressive side, they are third on the table and they
are expected to go all out for European place finish at the end of the season.
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has said that he takes inspiration from former Blues players such as John Terry and Cesc Fabregas, who carried a winning mentality during their time at the club. The Frenchman has been a revelation since making the move to the Premier League four years ago and during this period, he has won the league title with both Leicester City and the Blues.
In a report covered by Goal.com, the France international was asked about his inspiration and he happened to give examples of former Blues players such as Terry and Fabregas, who have enjoyed plenty of success during their careers, he said: “Today, I’m at Chelsea and I watch football less than when I was young. But to answer the question, I think of players with whom I played, like John Terry or Cesc Fàbregas and who always wanted to win everything. They are the players who inspire me, like Pedro who has won everything and is always there to win titles.”
The early reign of Frank Lampard has been characterized by a learning curve for the fans as his young Blues have flattered to deceive so far. With five points so far in as many matches, there should be pressure on the former Derby manager.
However due to his status as a club legend and the summer transfer ban, it has been a hit free period for the former England star. Looking at the Blues set up there have been good performances from some players with the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount stepping up to the challenge.
Chelsea have endured a mixed season in Maurizio Sarri’s first year in chargeof the club. The Stamford Bridge outfit are known for their counterattacking football and back to wall approach. However, the appointment of Maurizio Sarri was meant to change all of that.
>He started well with his sarri-ball looking smooth as silk in the early stages of the season but it became obvious who the facilitator of the team was too many teams. Mark Jorginho and Chelsea stop playing became the aim of most teams after the defeat away to Tottenham in November.
Former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has emerged as a surprise target for Spanish giants FC Barcelona as they look to bolster their defense.
Barcelona lack depth in defense and are said to be considering a move for the former Serbian international as they seek to bolster their defensive options.
Serbian defender, Branislav Ivanovic has insisted he is fully focused on his duties at Zenit, but refused to rule out a potential move to Spanish giants, Barcelona.
Branislav Ivanovic has refused to rule out a move away from Russia next year, with Barcelona knocking on the door to acquire his services.
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has said that Jose Mourinho is still one of the best managers around despite the team making an average start to the Premier League. The Portuguese tactician had come under fire after the side lost back-to-back games versus Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur but the reply was perfect versus Burnley after they secured a comfortable 2-0 win.
Speaking after the game, Matic highlighted that the manager was very confident leading into the encounter and Marouane Fellaini was deployed to curb the long-ball threat from the opposition, he said: “He was very confident before the game he prepared the game in a very good way. We knew where they could cause us problems with the long balls, that is why [Marouane] Fellaini played close to our defence, to stop the long balls and I think this performance shows that how we need to play football and we still can compete for the title. Of course, he knows what he is doing [in press conferences] for sure. You probably know that also. It’s good for us also. He is one of the best managers in the world, you know what he won in his career so that shows you everything.”
Serbia have a tough job to make it past the group stage of the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. They have favourites Brazil in Group E, the likely team to top the group. For the runner-up, the shot is pretty much open as Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia could get the notch.
Serbia have a balance of experience and youth in their ranks. Former Chelsea man BranislavIvanovic, though a shadow of his former self, has a lot to offer in Russia. TheZenit St Petersburg star would be captaining the side as they feature in their 12th World Cup.