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Carlo Cudicini close to LA Galaxy move from Tottenham

Cudicini set for new challenge as veteran Spurs keeper edges closer to LA Galaxy switch

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UPDATED:

18:50 GMT, 31 December 2012

Goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini looks set for a fresh start in America after Tottenham announced they have reached an agreement to sell the goalkeeper to Major League Soccer outfit the LA Galaxy.

Cudicini moved to White Hart Lane in 2009 but has found his opportunities limited due to the presence of Heurelho Gomes and the arrivals of Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris.

Indeed, the Italian is perhaps now fourth choice in manager Andre Villas-Boas' plans so it is perhaps no surprise the north London club were looking to offload.

On his way: Carlo Cudicini looks set to join LA Galaxy

On his way: Carlo Cudicini looks set to join LA Galaxy

'We have reached agreement for the transfer of Carlo Cudicini to Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy,' said a short statement on Tottenham's official website.

'Carlo joined us from Chelsea in January 2009 and went on to make a total of 37 appearances. We wish Carlo all the best for the future.'

Cudicini began his professional career with AC Milan in 1992 and had a brief spell at Lazio before being plucked from obscurity in 2000 by Chelsea, who signed him from Italian minnows Castel di Sangro.

It was at Stamford Bridge where he excelled after ousting Mark Bosnich and Ed de Goey as Chelsea's regular goalkeeper.

He was part of the squads that claimed several domestic honours under Jose Mourinho although he found himself increasingly marginalised when the Blues signed Petr Cech in 2004.

Competition: Hugo Lloris (pictured) and Brad Friedel are ahead of Cudicini in the pecking order

Competition: Hugo Lloris (pictured) and Brad Friedel are ahead of Cudicini in the pecking order

In the footsteps: David Beckham left Real Madrid for LA Galaxy

In the footsteps: David Beckham left Real Madrid for LA Galaxy

After making 142 appearances for Chelsea in nine years, he made the switch to Tottenham but he once more struggled to claim a regular starting berth.

The 39-year-old could now link up with former Tottenham team-mate Robbie Keane in Los Angeles, who triumphed in the MLS Cup earlier this month with a 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo in the final in David Beckham's last match for the Galaxy.

Exodus: Robbie Keane is currently leading the line for the MLS side

Exodus: Robbie Keane is currently leading the line for the MLS side

Drug testers arrive unannounced to Chelsea"s training ground

Now even the drug testers are needling the Blues after impromptu visit to Cobham

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UPDATED:

23:10 GMT, 28 October 2012

The FA’s dope testers paid an impromptu visit to Chelsea’s Surrey training ground last week, disrupting preparations days before the visit of Manchester United.

They arrived unannounced, eating into the afternoon after selecting four players as they walked off the training pitches at Cobham to give samples.

Chelsea, who were still coming to terms with losing to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, were irritated but understood their responsibilities.

Visit: Drug testers arrived at Chelsea's Cobham training facility

Visit: Drug testers arrived at Chelsea's Cobham training facility

The attention of the anti-doping authorities comes with the territory, having won the Champions League in May. Last year, Spain’s drug-testing agency were virtually camped at Barcelona’s training ground after Pep Guardiola’s team scooped La Liga, the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.

Barca were given a clean bill of health and there is no suggestion Chelsea have anything to hide after a visit from UK Anti-Doping.

Chelsea have a zero-tolerance approach to drugs, as Adrian Mutu and Mark Bosnich discovered when they were sacked for violating the club’s anti-doping policy.

Chelsea have moved on since then, clean as a whistle as they changed the culture of the club by lifting League titles under Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti. Everywhere they look, Chelsea are being challenged, with United at the front of the queue of those wishing to knock them off their perch.

First defeat: Chelsea lost their unbeaten record to Manchester United

First defeat: Chelsea lost their unbeaten record to Manchester United

Chelsea have privileged status as champions of Europe. With Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar providing the ammunition, they have been catching the eye again, top of the table after seven wins and a draw.

But they were punished by United after finishing the game with nine men when Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres were sent off.

Chelsea are used to being tested and answered any questions emphatically when they won that thrilling shootout against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

Their players are programmed to churn out results after winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League in the Roman Abramovich era.

Up against it: Fernando Torres was the recipient of a bizarre second yellow card

Up against it: Fernando Torres was the recipient of a bizarre second yellow card

Those are the highs, the feeling of euphoria when they edge past their rivals at home and abroad. Then there are the lows, with accusations of cheating and diving adding another layer to this extraordinary fixture at Stamford Bridge.

In the space of a week Chelsea have suffered defeat in Donetsk and are now only a point clear of United in the Premier League.

This week the questions will be of a different nature as they prepare for a Capital One Cup tie against United on Wednesday.

Torres had a shocking night against Shakhtar and his dismissal does nothing to enhance Chelsea’s reputation.

After defeat against United, this team face some different tests.