Reports surfaced in the media yesterday morning that Yaya Toure is "furious" with Manchester City and has "demanded" a new contract even though he has two years left to run on his current deal. The Sun has reported that Toure is even willing to "buy out his contract" at City and leave in the summer unless he is given a new deal by Saturday!
It's been a good festive period for Chelsea with some big wins that have kept us right in the hunt for the Premier League title. The only downside has been two injuries to Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard that will keep them out of the side for until the end of January!
On the plus side of things, the hectic period is over and Chelsea only have four games to play this month: Derby away on Sunday in the FA Cup, Hull away on Saturday 11th in the Premier League, Manchester United at home on 19th in the Premier League followed by West Ham at home on 29th Jan once again in the Premier League.
Sunderland vs Chelsea 3-4 2013 Highlights Altidore O'Shea Bardsley Lampard Hazard Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Sunderland vs Chelsea 3-4 2013 Highlights Altidore O'Shea Bardsley Lampard Hazard Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Sunderland vs Chelsea 2013 ( SAFC Chelsea VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Sunderland vs Chelsea 3-4 ( Altidore, O'Shea, Bardsley/ Lampard, Hazard*2, Bardsley OG) Stadium of Light, Sunderland- 4 December, [.
Frank Lampard has been a Chelsea player since 2001, and he has risen to the status of a legend during this period. Many would say that he has been Chelsea through and through, but there have been times when Lampard came close to leaving Chelsea. Perhaps, the rumours were extremely high during the summer of 2008 when the midfielder also lost his mother.
Chelsea vs Hull 2-0 Highlights 2013 Oscar Lampard free kick missed penalty Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Chelsea vs Hull 2-0 Highlights 2013 Oscar Lampard free kick missed penalty Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Chelsea vs Hull City 2013 ( CFC Hull VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Chelsea vs Hull 2-0 ( Oscar, Lampard) Stamford Bridge, London- 18 August, 2013- 16.
This coming season will be a very exciting one in English football, and should be a good one for Arsenal. Manchester United have a new manager for the first time in nearly three decades, Manchester City have a new manager and are expected to spend big to retake the crown from their rivals and Chelsea have seen the return of "The Special One" with money and ambition to match his name.
Super Frankie Lampard received a Special Recognition Award at the Annual Player of the Year awards last night and it's also worth mentioning that he was on the shortlist of four players for the main award of the evening.
Just days after Lampard broke Bobby Tambling's all time Chelsea goal record, Tambling himself presented Lampard with the award.
In the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season, only two sides managed to keep clean sheets across eight fixtures, once again highlighting the value for entertainment held in the English top flight.
With Arsenal, Manchester City and newly-crowned FA Cup champions Wigan Athletic still to feature in this week's meetings, the action doesn't look likely to stop there, either.
Frank Lampard is in REAL danger of missing out on Bobby Tambling's record at Chelsea with just three games to go in our season. I personally believe that he WILL start against Aston Villa tomorrow but it could be his last start in a Chelsea shirt unless we get his contract situation sorted out.
As the season draws to a close the loose ends are gradually being tied up. Manchester United were crowned champions for a record 20th time on Monday night and it looks increasingly likely that QPR, Reading and Wigan are the three sides likely to drop down into the Championship. However, there are a few loose ends that still need to be tied up and Frank Lampard's future is certainly one such loose end.
Frank Lampard as we know has scored 200 goals for Chelsea and is just two goals away from equalling Bobby Tambling's record. The problem is, Lampard hasn't featured much since scoring against West Ham playing in his favoured position back on 17th March.
Since then, he has been deployed by Rafa Benitez in a much deeper role and with a possible eight games remaining (including the Europa League final if we make it), we have to question whether or not he will get the chance to break that record.
Tomorrow at Wembley is the 35th semi-final Chelsea have been involved in ever since Roman Abramovich took over the club! Around 3pm, an hour before kick off tomorrow, Rafa Benitez could name Chelsea team to take part in the semi-final without John Terry and Frank Lampard for the first time when they have been fully fit and available.
Jose Mourinho is coming back to Chelsea and I am 90% certain of it for next season. After my blog posts and reports/quotes from Mourinho it's almost certain so make sure you check them out if you haven't done so already.
Now thinking about the way Mourinho works, he likes to employ someone connected with the club as part of his backroom staff such as Steve Clarke when he originally took over in 2004.
It looks as though Rio Ferdinand's controversial return to the English National Team will be delayed just a bit longer.
The Manchester United defender has pulled out of the England squad citing a need to stick to a pre-planned fitness program that limits the amount of playing time the 34-year-old defender puts on his aging body.
Chelsea vs West Ham 2-0 Highlights 2013 Lampard Hazard Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Chelsea vs West Ham 2-0 Highlights 2013 Lampard Hazard Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Chelsea vs West Ham 2013 ( Chelsea WHUFC VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Chelsea vs West Ham 2-0 ( Lampard, Hazard) Stamford Bridge, London- 17 March, 2013- 16.
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According to Caught Offside, Chelsea could make a £20m bid for Real Madrid's Brazilian playmaker Kaka. The former AC Milan has failed to secure a regular starting spot during his time in Spain, and with Madrid sure to bolster their squad in the summer, potential playing opportunity may get even smaller for him.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea really wanted to win this game, but looking at the situation on the Premier League table, it was perhaps even more important, again for both sides, not to lose. But Arsenal were at home and this game represented a great chance for Arsene Wenger to finally record a win against Jose [.
After a couple of slightly below par performances for Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey was back with a bang against Liverpool yesterday, proving that his scoring skills are here to stay. The Welshman has not been poor, but we have come to expect so much from him, that when his standards dropped back to that of a [.
The young Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere probably wishes that the English media and the world of Twitter would find something else to talk about at the minuted, because for the last week or so he has been embroiled in controversy, partly due to his own actions and partly due to misunderstanding and over-reaction.
Theo Walcott has been a bit of a frustration for Arsenal fans since he joined the club from Southampton as a fresh faced 17-year old back in 2006. For a long time it seemed as if he would never fully realise his potential and that went for his international career too.
It is easy to forget that Theo has just turned 24-years old, because he has been around for so long.
This time last year Arsenal had an almost identical February and March, within days knocked out of two cup competitions and sweating over a top 4 finish. Arsene Wenger responded by taking the pressure off his younger players and fielding as many experienced heads as possible.
Frank Lampard is one player who never fails to step up to the media when times are "difficult". Always there to give his opinion, there to calm things down and to give a focused perspective, he did the same yesterday in the pre match press conference ahead of our crunch game against Steaua Bucharest tonight.
John Terry is featured in the written press this morning speaking of Frank Lampard and has made a bold statement. He has called Lampard Chelsea's best ever and I just wonder what you all think and if you agree?
"You talk about the Zolas and the best players to have played at the club, but for me he is the best.
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Frank Lampard will win his 100th cap for England tonight as we take on the Ukraine and it's a fantastic achievement. Often criticised and even booed by England fans, Lampard continues to work hard at his game, ignore the crap being written about him and has proven time and time again he is a LEGEND.
You really get the impression that this season will be one that Frank Lampard will really, really enjoy. The pressure of expectation is still there but, he has now established himself as Chelsea's record goal scorer and in doing so, can relax, play and enjoy himself in his final year at the club.
A bit of what's going on in Butt's Brain this week during our international break for World Cup qualifiers and friendlies... Frank Lampard hits out at Rio Ferdinand's critics as he insists the defender is as patriotic as they come. ... Continue reading →