Breaking: Ferguson says Rooney will stay at United

No great surprise this – given that there are very few clubs who could afford him – but Sir Alex Ferguson has reiterated that Wayne Rooney will be an Man United player next season. Fergie told the BBC “He’ll be here next year.You can have my word on that.” The Man United manager added “There is no issue between myself …

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Chelsea fans – do you have any sympathy for United and Fergie?Thought not…

Simon Poulter of What Would David Bowie Do says what a lot of non United fans have been thinking all day. It would be dreadfully obvious for me to launch into badinage over Manchester United’s Champions League exit last night, but come on, there is surely nothing funnier than Sir Alex Ferguson in full-blown eruption, the hairdryer set to ‘Kill’. …

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AshleyChelsea fans – do you have any sympathy for United and Fergie?Thought not…

Jose Mourinho could be Chelsea manager this month if Man United win tonight

Some fantastic mischief making from The Daily Star which has today run the story that Chelsea’s favourite son, Jose Mourinho, will be back running the Blues this month if Man United knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League tonight. It is no secret that the ex-Blues man is unhappy at the Bernabeu and is angling for a return to …

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AshleyJose Mourinho could be Chelsea manager this month if Man United win tonight
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Why Chelsea need to bring back ‘The Special One’

Simon Poulter of What Would David Bowie Do has a cunning plan for Roman As every fan knows, the range of tunes on which football chants are based is limited. You have Go West, the paradoxically camp 70s disco anthem by the Village People which becomes repurposed as “Crap, and you know you are!”. There is the traditional hymn, Bread …

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If Chelsea lose to West Brom history tells us that Rafa will get the boot

Andre Villas-Boas was sacked following a defeat to West Brom, Roberto Di Matteo was sacked following a defeat to West Brom… so Rafael Benitez would do well to avoid an embarrassing result at home to the Baggies this weekend. Di Matteo based his Chelsea side around the creative trio of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata earlier this season, but …

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AshleyIf Chelsea lose to West Brom history tells us that Rafa will get the boot

Benitez has a go at Chelsea fans, says Abramovich made a mistake and confirms he is off at the end of the season

In an extraordinary post match interview after watching his team put Middlesbrough out of the FA Cup,Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has * Said that the clubs made a mistake by calling him an ‘interim manager’ * Attacked Chelsea fans who sing songs like ‘Rafa Out; saying that they need to back the team and if they don’t they will be …

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AshleyBenitez has a go at Chelsea fans, says Abramovich made a mistake and confirms he is off at the end of the season

Arsenal update: Goalkeeper gossip, Wilshere on Chelsea and why Wenger might drop Giroud

There’s lot of Arsenal news this morning with the papers dominated by recriminations over the defeat to Blackburn and previews of the game on Tuesday against Bayern Munich. Jack Wilshere has been talking eloquently about both subjects. On the Blackburn game Wilshere said “It’s obviously disappointing to go out of the FA Cup. We know what this trophy means in …

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AshleyArsenal update: Goalkeeper gossip, Wilshere on Chelsea and why Wenger might drop Giroud
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Why Chelsea have the best celebrity fans – but Arsenal get the Hollywood A List

Simon Poulter of the always excellent What Would David Bowie Do? on football’s oddest celebrity fans – not that Noel is odd… Good Evening…er….Molineux Shortly before referee Massimo Busacca got the final Group B match of the 2006 World Cup underway – pitching Sweden against Sven Goran Eriksson’s England – I suddenly became aware of having my photograph taken. Quite …

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Chelsea’s Frank Lampard – should he stay or should he go?

Simon Poulter of What Would David Bowie Do? ponders Frank’s future Plenty in life baffles me. Like, why it is that, at the slightest outbreak of anti-American snippiness, freshly-minted US flags are set alight in market squares througout the West-hating world. What efficient supply chain ensures this? Is it un-advertised inventory of the Mailboxes Etc. chain? Does every branch keep …

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AshleyChelsea’s Frank Lampard – should he stay or should he go?

Man City tracking Edinson Cavani – but likely to face stiff competition

Man City will be looking for a striker to replace Mario Balotelli in the summer transfer window and it seems that their number one target is Napoli’s extraordinary Edinson Cavani, a man who has scored 27 goals in 26 appearances this season. Blues coach Angelo Gregucci recently told a Naples radio station – which was also reported by the Manchester …

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AshleyMan City tracking Edinson Cavani – but likely to face stiff competition
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Asmir Begovic – Are Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United planning a surprise move?

Some really interesting gossip is coming out of The Potteries this morning. Firstly Stoke have apparently bid for Birmingham City keeper Jack Butland. Butland, who is also being tracked by Fulham among others, turned down a move to Chelsea yesterday because he wants to be a first choice keeper. Stoke obviously know this – so why are they bidding for …

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Opinion: Wake up Roman! Chelsea are becoming a Pantomime club

Simon Poulter edits What Would David Bowie Do and is more than a little unhappy with event at The Bridge I can’t verify this, but it is possible that the under-communicative oligarch Roman Abramovich is currently still enjoying the good life on St. Barts. For it is there that the Chelsea Football Club owner has been – and may well …

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AshleyOpinion: Wake up Roman! Chelsea are becoming a Pantomime club
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Ashley Cole in Real Madrid talks with PSG waiting in the wings

There’s a huge amount of speculation this morning about the next move of Chelsea’s England left back Ashley Cole. According to the Mail he has his heart set on a Spanish swansong. The paper is reporting that the 32 year old who will not be offered a new contract at Chelsea could be on his way to Real Madrid with …

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Breaking: French newspaper says Marouane Fellaini will be a Chelsea player by the weekend

Some bad news for United, Arsenal and, let’s not forget, Everton fans. French newspaper L’Equipe is reporting that the Blue’s talismanic midfielder Marouane Fellaini could be a Chelsea player by the end of the week. The report, which has also made the BBC sports news , is that that the 25-year old will sign a five-year deal with the club, …

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AshleyBreaking: French newspaper says Marouane Fellaini will be a Chelsea player by the weekend
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Pep Guardiola says he wants a job. But where will he be next season? Bayern? Chelsea?

Ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that his extended sabbatical in New York is going to come to an end soon and that he is looking for a new job. The 41 year old told the press conference ahead of today’s Ballon d’Or ceremony that he will be managing again. Guardiola said “Yes, I would like to come back [to …

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AshleyPep Guardiola says he wants a job. But where will he be next season? Bayern? Chelsea?
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Would Frank Lampard leave Chelsea for another Premiership club? Everton? Man United? Arsenal?

So it appears that Frank Lampard is on his way out of Chelsea. The departure of the 34 year old midfielder, who has been at the club for 11 years, has a whiff of ravens leaving the Tower of London about it. But his exit from the Blues was pretty much confirmed at the weekend with the player expected to …

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AshleyWould Frank Lampard leave Chelsea for another Premiership club? Everton? Man United? Arsenal?
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Is Daniel Sturridge the answer to Liverpool’s striking problems?

Our new Liverpool FC correspondent David Owens thinks Sturridge has a role to play, but there is still a lot more work to be done. There was a time “back in the day” when 15 players was all you needed in a season to win a First Division Championship – kids, ask your dads or check the internet, and you …

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Transfer update – Liverpool sign Sturridge which means Ba move to Chelsea back on

Big news in the last hour. Liverpool FC have confirmed that they have signed Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge. There is no news yet on the terms of the deal but Sturridge has said “I am humbled and happy to be here. Brendan Rodgers said he sees me here for a long time – and I also see myself here for …

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AshleyTransfer update – Liverpool sign Sturridge which means Ba move to Chelsea back on

Arsenal say no to Henry and Sneijder, but new signings on their way

In today’s least surprising news Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Thierry Henry won’t be returning for a third spell at the club. Arsenal have also ruled themselves out of the race to sign Dutch front man Wesley Sneijder, but Wenger insists that the club will make signings in the window. Henry has been training with the club in …

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BBC reports Chelsea offer for Demba Ba ‘not enough’

With Arsenal seemingly out of the race it seemed a dead cert that Newcastle striker Demba Ba would be on his way to Chelsea.  BBC Five Live however are reporting that it is still far from a done deal. Apparently Newcastle are saying that they haven’t received an offer large enough to trigger Ba’s get out clause – which is …

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AshleyBBC reports Chelsea offer for Demba Ba ‘not enough’