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Jose Bosingwa Out For 3 Months

Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa will be out for around three months after undergoing surgery on his left knee this week, according to the club’s official website.

The 27-year-old has been out since mid-October with the problem and will now not return until the new year.

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A statement released on http://www.chelseafc.com read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm that Jose Bosingwa underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this week. His recovery time will be approximately three months.”

The Blues, who lead the Barclays Premier League by five points from Arsenal and Manchester United, were, however, buoyed by the news that England left-back Ashley Cole does not need to go under the knife following a shin injury.

“Meanwhile, Ashley Cole is suffering from an aggravation of a depressed fracture of the tibia, originally picked up against Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge,” the statement added.

“The injury will not require surgery.”

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Rafael Van Der Vaart Might Go To Chelsea

Chelsea have been offered Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart by Real Madrid, according to reports stemming from the English media today.

The Spanish giants are looking to recoup a portion of their vast expenditure over the summer months, and have already allowed Arjen Robben to move to Bayern Munich, while Wesley Sneijder vacated the Santiago Bernabeu to switch to Italian giants, Inter.

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Van der Vaart has been on the periphery of the first-team this season, and coach Manuel Pellegrini has previously stated that he would be willing to let the former Ajax playmaker leave the club should a suitable offer arise.

The Sunday Times states that the 26-year old is unhappy with his current role with Los Blancos, and given the fact that he has not made an appearance in the Champions League, he would be eligible for European football after Christmas should he move clubs in January. But Chelsea may not be the best option as the Blues have been slapped with a transfer ban by FIFA and barring a successful appeal, the Merengues may have to take their business elsewhere. 

The midfielder made the switch to Spain from German side Hamburg in the summer of 2008 but appears to be surplus to requirements under Florentino Perez’s revolution, and he has also stated his desire to play more first team football with the World Cup in South Africa looming on the horizon.

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Chelsea Demolish Blackburn

Four goals in 16 minutes put The Blues back on top of the Premier League, and put the pressure on Man Utd ahead of their trip to Anfield.
Frank Lampard bagged 2 goals to continue his return to form, and justify his preferred deeper midfield role, whilst Joe Cole made a sparkling return to the starting 11.
Cole nearly got Ancelotti’s side off to the perfect start inside the opening 30 seconds, finding himself unmarked 6 yards from goal, the England international could only head wide.
But this early attack was the sign of things to come, as Paul Robinson’s goal was peppered with efforts from distance.
The most notable of these chances was a crisp strike from Lampard that stayed gun-barrel straight and whistled past the post.
In the 20th minute the home side did make the break through and it all started from a rare Blackburn attack, with Chelsea hitting on the break.
The ball broke to Michael Ballack who then slipped in Nicolas Anelka down the left. The Frenchmen produced a perfectly weighted low cross for Didier Drogba to attack, but the Ivorian was beaten to it by Gael Givet, who turned it past his own keeper.
This could have opened the floodgates but to their credit Blackburn stuck to their task and like all sides under Sam Allardyce, where hard to break down.
A slick move across the penalty area involving Cole, Lampard and Anelka almost brought a second before halftime, but Robinson did well to block Anelka’s shot.
Drogba then hit a swerving 35 yarder that almost deceived the keeper, before Terry and Drogba again pulled fine saves out of the Robinson.
Throughout the first half Carlo Ancelotti had looked a frustrated man as his side wasted chances, and whatever he said during the interval clearly emphasised his annoyance, as Chelsea blew Rovers away in the second half.

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Lampard got the ball rolling in the 48th minute, when a lovely turn and cutback from Drogba down the left channel ran to the number 8, who coolly fired home from 12 yards.
It was 3-0 soon after as the shoot on sight policy saw Michael Essien reap the rewards, his curling 30-yard strike too good to keep out.
Juliano Belletti was forced off on the hour with a stomach problem, but Chelsea didn’t break stride.
Just 4 minutes later Chelsea had a 4th, Didier Drogba brought down by Ryan Nelsen after powering into the area. Lampard did the honours from the spot.
And 5 minutes later Chelsea had their fifth. Michael Ballack whipping in a corner and Drogba out muscled Nelson to head home.
Joe Cole then returned to his showboating best, with stepovers and a scissorkick cross to get the home fans on their feet.
Another encouraging sight was the first team debut of young Dutchmen Jeffrey Bruma, who got 23 minutes under his belt and looked comfortable alongside John Terry.
The skipper had the final word in the game, his great goal line clearance to deny Olsson made it a great night all round for The Blues.
So its 9 goals unanswered since the disappointment and Villa Park, and given that at this stage last year cracks started to appear in our title hopes, The Blues are well positioned going into November.
The return of Cole, as well as solid performances from fringe players like Belletti and Ferreria can only strengthen the chance of the Premier League trophy being back at the Bridge come May.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Carvalho (Bruma 67), Terry, Belletti (Ferreria 61), Essien, Lampard, J Cole (Sturridge 77), Ballack, Drogba, Anelka.
Subs not used: Hilario, Malouda, Deco, Kalou.
Blackburn: Robinson, Jacobsen (Salgado 60), Givet, Nelsen, Olsson, Emerton, Pedersen (Hoilett 69), Nzonzi, Andrews, Roberts (Kalinic 53), Diouf.
Subs not used: Brown, Jones, Reid, McCarthy.
Booked: Pedersen
Man of the Match: Joe Cole. At the top of the diamond, he sparkled. Great to see him back to his best.

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Liverpool AGAIN!! Plus Other Fixtures of the champions league.

Liverpool to face Chelsea in their 1st leg on the 15th of April

Chelsea has a bad record against Liverpool in the champion’s league. The Merseyside team has also beaten Chelsea once this season at Stamford Bridge devastatingly destroying their decorated home record.

The Reds and the blues will battle it out for a place in the semi-finals of the Champions Lrague

The Reds and the blues will battle it out for a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League

We all know Chelsea under Guus Hiddinks team is yet to be beaten and we can’t count out the blue champions just yet. Guus has more up his sleeve then anyone can think of. In this encounter I fancy Chelsea.

Other Fixtures of the Champions League:

Friday’s draw at UEFA headquarters also paired Liverpool and Chelsea, who have met three times in semi-finals in the last four years.

Liverpool prevailed in 2005 and 2007 but the Londoners finally overcame their bogey team in extra-time last season before losing to United in the final. Barcelona meet Bayern Munich while Villarreal will play Arsenal in the other last eight ties. Arsene Wenger’s team beat the Spaniards in the 2006 last four before losing to Barca in the final.

The quarter-final first legs will be played on April 7 or 8 with the return matches the following week. UEFA has said it will do all it can to avoid Liverpool playing on April 15-the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Rafa Benitez’s side, buoyed by the coach’s contract renewal and a 4-1 win at United in the Premier League, will be at home for the first leg.

United lost to eventual winners Porto in 2004 when Jose Mourinho was the coach of the Portuguese side.

Alex Ferguson got his own back on his old nemesis last week when United knocked out Mourinho’s Inter in the last 16.

In the draw for the semi-finals, United or Porto will play Villarreal or Arsenal and Barcelona or Bayern will meet Liverpool or Chelsea.

The semi-finals take place on April 28 and 29 and May 5 and 6.

The final will be played on Wednesday, May 27 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, where there will be no home interest after Inter, Juventus and AS Roma were all eliminated in the last 16.

 

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Chelsea Unstoppable at the Moment??? A few words hiddink has to say about chelsea’s chances!

Will chelsea go all the way or will they succumb to the pressure put on by manchester united??

Chelsea interim coach Guus Hiddink believes the squad’s adaptability could hold the key to success on three fronts this season.

Chelsea remain unbeaten since the Dutch coach agreed to take charge of the squad and they have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League and semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The Blues are also chasing Manchester United at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Hiddink’s side cut United’s lead to four points with a 1-0 success over Manchester City on Sunday but the Red Devils still have a game in hand.

However, following four straight league wins and victories over Coventry in the FA Cup and Juventus in the Champions League, Hiddink has been boosted by the squad’s versatility as they prepare for two tricky away games at Tottenham and Newcastle.

“I’ve seen what each of my players can do,” said Hiddink. “I knew some things about them before I arrived and now, from working with these players every day, I know much more about them.

We need the unstoppable chelsea back!! And the mourinho days .... Hiddink might just be the on to make the foundation of winning revitalised at chelsea.

We need the unstoppable chelsea back!! And the mourinho days .... Hiddink might just be the on to make the foundation of winning revitalised at chelsea.

“This is a squad that can challenge on all fronts until the end and that’s what we are aiming to do. In Coventry we played with three forwards – one striker and two wingers – and against Juventus we started with two strikers.

“In both games we scored twice and controlled them in spells. It shows me that this team can adapt to different ways of playing and we have the squad to change in this way if the situation needs it.

“We have also demonstrated an attitude to recover from setbacks. We came back twice against Juventus to win the tie on aggregate.

“With two more away games against Tottenham and Newcastle, it is not the easiest run of games for us and we’ll need to be at our best but we have shown that we can be versatile, both in our approach and in our systems of play.”

Meanwhile, captain John Terry has underlined the task facing the Blues if they are to stand any chance of catching Manchester United.

United need to slip up for Chelsea to have a realistic opportunity of winning the title and Terry is adamant that to get anywhere near that target, the Blues cannot afford any more mistakes of their own. United still have a game left with the gunners and hopefully for us chelsea fans , arsenal wont dissapoint. I believe the key loss to liverpool at old trafford could be a turning point in the title race and chelsea HAVE to make use of it , if they have any chance of winning the league title then a win in every game is a must.

“We still haven’t achieved anything this season,” said Terry. “In the league we simply can’t slip up. We’ve started a run with the new gaffer but it is only a start. We have to turn it into one of those unstoppable Chelsea runs and, if we do, who knows what we might go on to achieve.”

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin believes it is possible for Hiddink’s side to catch United especially with defender Ricardo Carvalho and midfielder Michael Essien fit once again.

Both started in the 1-0 win over Manchester City with Essien’s first-half goal – his second in as many games – earning Chelsea another vital three points the day after Manchester United had been mauled 4-1 by Liverpool at Old Trafford.

“Bringing the league trophy back to the Bridge is still a long shot, but not now beyond the bounds of possibility,” said Nevin. “Chelsea have to keep on winning for sure, but psychologically, if the Blues keep effortlessly powering past good teams the way they did on Sunday, then that will pile even more pressure on United.

“Losing four goals at home will not have done Sir Alex Ferguson’s men much good either, especially as Chelsea have looked so miserly, particularly since Guus Hiddink arrived. If ever shoulders were being looked over in Manchester, now is the time.”

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UEFA Champions League Preview. Arsenal , Chelsea , Barcelona , Manchester United , Liverpool Etc.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:

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Judging by results in the first knockout round, British sides’ recent dominance of the competition looks set to continue.
But could the draw throw up one or even two all-British quarter-finals encounters? Could holders Manchester United be given a chance to avenge their 4-1 Premier League drubbing at the hands of Liverpool last weekend?

Bayern Munich, Villarreal, Barcelona and Porto are the four non-British sides still in the reckoning

 

BAYERN MUNICH :

Bayern Munich boss Jurgen Klinsmann is confident of success in the Champions League after his side’s 12-1 aggregate victory over Sporting.

Having won the first leg 5-0 in Portugal, the Bundesliga side then more than doubled their lead in the home tie with a 7-1 win, despite having star players Franck Ribery and Luca Toni unavailable through injury.

And, while they are still yet to hit top form in the league, Klinsmann believes Bayern have now proved they can compete with the best in Europe.

“We played very well,” he said. “The boys enjoyed the match.

“We are happy to have recorded such a convincing victory in front of our home fans – it was a perfect Champions League night.

“Now we hope we will meet an attractive opponent in the quarter-finals.

“The players have already shown what they are capable of. At this stage of the tournament, there are no favorites. All games are 50-50.”

Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness, meanwhile, said he believes the victories will cause other clubs to sit up and take notice.

However, he admitted he would be loath to face Liverpool in the next round after their 5-0 aggregate win over Real Madrid.

“I certainly don’t want to play against Liverpool,” he said.

“I think they are very, very strong at the moment.

Liverpool has no chance of winning their league anymore and that enables them to concentrate on the Champions League.”

He added: “The important thing would be to play the first leg away. That would be a huge advantage.

“I would not like to have to play first at home to Manchester United and then go to Old Trafford.”

 

Bayern Munich – Miroslav Klose – A player to watch out for:

While the cat’s away the Miroslav Klose will profit. That seems to be the case in the absence of Luca Toni from the Bayern ranks, anyway. Italian hit man Toni seems to hog the headlines when he plays and scores, but Klose has shone of late with goals and assists and will look to enjoy himself again on Tuesday with his strike partner sitting this one out.

 

 

VILLAREAL:

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Villarreal have not reached the last eight of the European Cup by outmuscling the opposition. They are committed to tasteful, passing, clever football and in that regard they are probably the side with the closest DNA match to the squad who, it should not be quickly forgotten, are the most recent to have been crowned champions of Europe. That team are Spain, victors at Euro 2008, a championship as free of English involvement as the Champions League seems dominated by it.

 

Villarreal look well enough placed in La Liga to think they will be in the European Cup again next season, although their domestic form has undulated since they took brief, early-season residence at the top. In the group phase of the Champions League their Spain players showed signs of fatigue from their summer adventures and two goalless draws shared with Manchester United were no advertisement for the flair in both squads. But the more Villarreal frequent this competition, the less they look up at mightier institutions in awe. If the tournament does have a dark horse from outside the Premier League, it is ridden by the men from the one-horse town.

ARSENAL:

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Fabrfegas believes arsenal has what it takes to become Europe’s dchampions.

After more than three months out with medial knee ligament damagfe, Fabregas is set to return in time for the first leg of the last-eight matches on April 7 or 8.

The draw will be made on Friday, and Fabregas is confident of further progression whoever the opponent.

“We know it will be tough in the next round, but we also know we can beat any one of them,” Fabregas said. “Let’s see what the draw brings.Europe, and we are there on merit.

“We are in the quarter-finals, among the eight best teams in

“We deserve to be there, and it’s serious now. If you want to win this competition you have to beat the best players in the world and now is that time.”

The Gunners will find out who they face at the next stage of the competition on Friday, when Uefa make the draw for the ties at their headquarters in Nyon.

The Spaniard’s comeback will be a timely boost for his side, who reclaimed fourth spot in The Premier League from Aston Villa over the weekend and edged past Roma on penalties in the last 16 of the European competition to book their place in Friday’s draw

It’s still a big ask to win the Champions League, but Arsenal should certainly not be written off as genuine contenders for the trophy. A favorable draw next Friday could be enough to see the Gunners into the semi finals and once you get that far, anything can happen. In saying that, what are the odds of a trip to the Nou Camp and the return of a certain Mr. Henry taking place?

 

ARSENAL – BENDTNER – PLAYER TO WATCH OUT FOR:

Wenger defended the 20-year-old after the game and insists he has a great future at the Emirates.

“What is interesting with him is that his performance improves,” said Wenger.

“I’ve seen players miss chances before when they are young and then once they start to score they quickly get impressive.

“Just imagine if he had taken two of his chances (on Saturday], everyone would have said what a great game he had.

“He was not far away from taking two chances so let’s support him, be positive and encourage him.”

FC PORTO:

Porto looked strong in the group stages, topping a difficult quartet that included Arsenal, Dynamo Kiev and Fenerbahce.

Porto, on the other hand, is a well-balanced and well-organized team that can go toe-to-toe with anybody. They’ve been very impressive in the Portuguese league this season, and I think a lot of people are under-estimating them in this competition.

 

LIVERPOOL:

After the 4-0 Anfield mauling of Real Madrid, the Reds make themselves the team to beat in the quarter finals, with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres firing on all cylinders.

Liverpool are serious contenders lined up in the champions’ league quarterfinals. After thumping Manchester United at home and crushing real Madrid, with Liverpool scoring over 4 goals in both matches, It almost seems unfair to write them off .Beating the European champions Manchester United shows Liverpool are one of the hot favourites to win the champions league this season. I think Liverpool has what it takes to beat the likes of Chelsea (crushed their astounding home record this season), Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich and of course arsenal.

Liverpool – Gerrard and Torres – players to watch out for:

Gerrard accepts that he has been guilty of storming all over the pitch, attempting to single-handedly change the course of matches. “I have tried to improve that,” he said. “That was a criticism from Rafa (Benitez).

The clubs captain has truly been in sublime form this season and hes getting better. Scoring 2 goals against Real Madrid including a scorcher and converting a penalty against Manchester United last week at old Trafford. The teams steam engine is definitely one of the players to be looked on to.

Torres another gem of a player for liverpool has also been in top form this season despite getting injured numerous times but Rafa puts his trust into the striker and takes chances of playing him when hes not fully fit.This shows the importance of torres to liverpool.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez admits they need Fernando Torres to stay fit for any chance of winning the champions league this season.

“we have to keep Fernando on the pitch”, said Benitez, who confirmed his star striker did not have an injection to ease the pain in his fragile hamstrings for their victory at old trafford.

“he gives us more confidence and helps us to create more opportunities. It is the same with Steven Gerrard.

 

FC BARCELONA:

The Catalans are arguably the strongest side left in the competition and will be pitted against one of seven teams this Friday.

Even though the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool appear to be their closest rivals for the trophy.

Barcelona would relish a match against one of the four English clubs that have qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals along with the Primera Liga leaders, coach Pep Guardiola said.

“If you want to win the Champions League you have to play with the best in Europe,” the former Barca and Spain midfielder told a news conference after the Catalans overwhelmed Olympique Lyon 5-2 at the Nou Camp.

“So we’ll take the challenge. It would be nice to taste success against one of the English sides,” he added. “If we have to play one of them it will definitely be a good match.”

They are still in with a chance of winning a treble with the Champions League, Primera Liga and King’s Cup and have a six-point lead over second-placed Real Madrid in the Spanish league.

The 2006 winners reached the semi-finals of last season’s Champions League, losing to eventual winners Manchester United, and Guardiola said the quartet of United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool would all be formidable opponents in the last eight.

“It will be difficult for us but they have to come here to play so I’m sure it will be difficult for them too,” he said.

“Whoever our opponents are, we will study them closely and try to pinpoint their weaknesses. Whoever we are drawn against is welcome.”

Bayern Munich, Porto and Barca’s Spanish rivals Villarreal are also in the quarter-final draw on 20 March.

BARCELONA – MESSI , HENRY , ETO’O – PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:

Messi is just aged 20, which is absolutely astonishing. His raw pace, vision, passing, and close control make him an absolutely formidable opponent.

Henry is a talented individual capable of demonstrating extraordinary skills whilst lighting up every ground he deigns with his presence. A true superstar who has wowed audiences both domestically and internationally. Henry is in superb touch and defenders will have trouble stopping him.

Eto’o has also been in top form this season and he will definitely give barca an edge with an encounter with an english side.Eto’o has showed his qualities this season and showed every club what he is capable of.

 

MANCHESTER UNITED:

If any year will be the one for Man U, this is the one. Besides having the best player in the English league, Christiano Ronaldo, their defence is unbelievable. They have allowed so few goals and continue to pressure the opposition’s defence, giving their offence many chances to score. Man U’s front group of Rooney and Tevez are so quick and fluid together.

Manchester United look unstoppable at the moment despite their 4-1 loss to liverpool last week the English Giants look to be claiming the champions league again this season.

Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira is convinced Manchester United will win the Champions League again this season.

The ex-Arsenal star said: “They have shown they have what it takes to win it again.

“They have underlined how strong their hunger is for more success. In fact, they have what it takes to win every competition.

“I’ve been watching some of their league games on television and they have been winning game after game and that is not easy to do in the English game.

 

“In the last two seasons they have been difficult to catch.”

 

Vieira believes it is the Fergie factor that keeps them at the top.

 

The Frenchman added: “Somebody has to drive the team every day, every week, every year and he is the main man at the club, the one who gives the club the winning spirit.

 

“He’s been there for so long and has won every thing there is to win. Yet year after year he keeps winning games . . . and wanting to win more.”

 

MANCHESTER UNITED – RONALDO – PLAYER TO WATCH OUT FOR:

Paul Scholes says his Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world on current form.

“The amount of goals and the amount of assists he’s had has been frightening,” Scholes told Football Focus.

“I haven’t seen anybody take players on, score goals and make goals like he has in this first half of the season, so he rightfully deserves that tag.”

Ronaldo, truly a great player has been firing for the reds when they need him most. Ronaldo will be a key factor to uniteds success in the quarter finals.

 

CHELSEA:

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John Terry believes that Chelsea being on the receiving end of Guus Hiddink’s boot in recent weeks has been key to their revitalised form. Hiddink is far more demanding than Luiz Felipe Scolari, his predecessor, having introduced stricter disciplinary procedures, made the players work much harder in training and urged them to take greater personal responsibility for their performances. The Dutchman extended some leeway to his squad yesterday by giving them two days off, although several reported for duty anyway.

“Since the new manager has come in here we’ve played very well and got the right results,” Terry said. “He has changed a few things, given a few of us a kick up the backside which I think we needed.”

Chelsea’s changed attitude has enabled them to reach the Champions League quarter-finals and the FA Cup semi-finals, as well as re-emerge as genuine Barclays Premier League title contenders, four points behind Manchester United. Terry believes that Chelsea can push the champions all the way, just as they did last season when, after streaking ahead, United had to beat Wigan Athletic on the final day of the season to be sure of retaining their title.

“We’ve got to win our games and push them right to the end,” the Chelsea captain said. “We have shown our strength and character in the last month, and if we keep doing that we can apply some pressure to them. If they slip up, they know we’re coming up behind them.

In addition to the Hiddink effect another unquestionable factor in Chelsea’s revival has been the return from injury of Michael Essien, the dynamic Ghana midfield player. Essien has scored a crucial goal in each of the matches in which he has started since returning from knee ligament damage, a remarkable feat given that he had been out for six months.

Chelsea are one of the hot favourites to win the champions league this year.

 

CHELSEA – DROGBA –  PLAYER TO WATCH OUT FOR:

Didier is an experienced player, as a striker you need even more confidence than players in other positions – and the way you get it is with goals. Strikers want to score and when they do, they feel good.

“Didier looks more happy now because he is spending more time on the pitch. It’s great that he’s back fit again. You always need games to get yourself really back on form when you’ve been out for a while. He’s getting them now.

“Him being back on song can play a big part in the remainder of the season. For us the season is still very much alive.

“The change of manager has had a positive effect.

“We have to keep going n We have this momentum and we need to keep it going as long as we can.”

Drogba has been in sublime form after hiddinks arrival at Chelsea, and the Ivorian looks to continue his awesome form and take Chelsea to the champion’s league final.

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Juventus target Chelsea Winger.

Juventus are lining up an £11milion summer swoop for Chelsea forward Florent Malouda.

The France international has struggled to make an impact in his two seasons at Stamford Bridge after signing from Lyon for £13.5m.

Italian giants Juve, managed by former Blues boss Claudio Ranieri, are now reported to be considering offering Malouda a fresh start.

They are eyeing reinforcements after Czech Republic veteran Pavel Nedved announced he is retiring at the end of the season.

A Juve source told The Sun: ‘We have been looking at a number of options and Malouda is very high on this list. Let’s see what happens at the end of the season.’

Juventus Target Florent Malouda

Juventus Target Florent Malouda

Malouda, 28, has only started two games under new Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink and may welcome the chance to move to Italy

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