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Didier Drogba to make Galatasaray home debut in front of loudest fans in world

Better bring your earplugs, Didier! Gala fans named loudest in world as Drogba prepares to make home debut against Schalke

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12:59 GMT, 18 February 2013

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13:48 GMT, 18 February 2013

Didier Drogba can expect a thunderous reception when he makes his home debut for Galatasaray on Wednesday after the Turkish fans were named the loudest in the world.

Drogba, who scored five minutes into his first appearance for the club on Friday, is expected to feature in the Champions League last-16 clash against Schalke.

And the striker can expect the full backing of the home crowd at the Turk Telekon Arena who recorded a sound level of 131 decibels at a recent derby match – louder than standing 50m away from a military jet taking off.

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Main man: Didier Drogba celebrates scoring on his debut and will hope to do the same in front of his home fans

Main man: Didier Drogba celebrates scoring on his debut and will hope to do the same in front of his home fans

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Meanwhile, Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua will take their battle against Drogba's move to Galatasaray to football's governing body FIFA this week.

The Ivory Coast striker left the club in acrimonious circumstances last month, with Shanghai saying he had breached his contract.

'We now have evidence which we believe will give Shenhua a 99 per cent chance of winning a lawsuit at FIFA,' a lawyer acting for the club told the Sina web portal.

The anonymous source from 'Shenhua's legal team' said papers would be submitted to the sport's governing body on Wednesday.

The report said Shenhua will provide evidence that Drogba breached his contract and that Galatasaray had violated FIFA rules by luring a player away from his current club.

Star man: Drogba left Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to join Galatasaray

Star man: Drogba left Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to join Galatasaray

Chinese media previously reported Drogba had asked FIFA to nullify his contract after the club defaulted on payments following a shareholder dispute dating back to September. The striker signed an 18-month, 9million deal with the Istanbul side.

Drogba — a Champions League winner with Chelsea last season — had signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Shanghai in June last year on a reported salary of $200,000-a-week.

Drogba's exit from Shanghai followed that of former Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka, who joined Italian giants Juventus on loan.

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Didier Drogba signs for Galatasaray after snubbing Chelsea

Chelsea blow as Drogba signs 18-month deal at Turkish giants Galatasaray despite approach from his former club

By
Andy James

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18:22 GMT, 28 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:40 GMT, 28 January 2013

Didier Drogba has signed an 18-month deal with Galatasaray after turning down the chance of a sensational return to Chelsea.

The Ivorian has joined the Turkish outfit on loan from his Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

Roman Abramovich gave the go-ahead last week to offer Drogba a deal until the end of the season, with an option for a further year.

Done deal: Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who is with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations, has completed a loan move to Turkish club Galatasaray from Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua

Done deal: Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who is with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations, has completed a loan move to Turkish club Galatasaray from Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

Incredibly the talks were so far
advanced that Chelsea were convinced that the man who delivered the
European Cup last season was on the brink of signing before Thursday’s
transfer deadline.

He won three Premier League titles,
four FA Cups and his Chelsea career ended with that glorious finale
against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena in May last year.

Chelsea
offered him a year’s extension on reduced terms at the time, but
Drogba, 34, decided to quit after lifting the Champions League.

The Blues have been struggling without him this season and Fernando Torres, who scored yesterday, is still struggling for form.

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Champion: Didier Drogba sits on the pitch with the European Cup

Champion: Didier Drogba sits on the pitch with the European Cup

Drogba, whose family still live in
Surrey and whose children attend Chelsea’s academy, has been training
with his old team-mates ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations and they
initially began teasing him that he wanted to return.

Despite the temptation to relive the
glory years with his former team-mates, he will guarantee Champions
League football by signing for Galatasaray.

The
big-spending Turkish side, who recruited former Champions League winner
Wesley Sneijder last week, expect to announce the deal for Drogba this
week.

Galatasary face
Schalke in the European Cup next month and the lure of playing in the
competition he won last season proved too much.

More to follow….

Big spenders: Galatasaray also snapped up Dutchman Wesley Sneijder (right)

Big spenders: Galatasaray also snapped up Dutchman Wesley Sneijder (right)

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Australian Open 2013: Venus Williams wins first round

Venus powers through to continue fine form after recovering from illness

and improved her
ranking to No 24 by year's end.

Easy does it: Venus Williams cruised into the second round of the Australian Open with a comfortable win

Easy does it: Venus Williams cruised into the second round of the Australian Open with a comfortable win

Williams could meet Maria Sharapova in the third round at Melbourne Park and was pleased to have negotiated the first hurdle with the minimum of fuss.

The American said: 'It's nice to spend less time on court and not be in long sets.

'A win is a win no matter what it is, but it's nice when it's more routine.'

Good game: Williams shakes hands with Galina Voskoboeva and was watched by sister Serena (below)

Good game: Williams shakes hands with Galina Voskoboeva and was watched by sister Serena (below)

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There were also wins for in-form fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, sixth seed Li Na and home favourite Sam Stosur.

Radwanska, the winner of the warm-up events in Auckland and Sydney, looked in danger of dropping her first set of 2013 when Australian wild card Bojana Bobusic served for the opener at 5-4 but the Pole upped her level and rattled off the next nine games to go through 7-5 6-0.

Nervy moments: Agnieszka Radwanska overcame a sluggish start to beat Bojana Bobusic in straight sets

Nervy moments: Agnieszka Radwanska overcame a sluggish start to beat Bojana Bobusic in straight sets

Li, the runner-up here in 2011, eased past Kazakhstan's Sesil Karatantcheva 6-1 6-3 but Stosur was made to work harder by Chang Kai-Chen of Chinese Taipei.

Ninth seed Stosur has only managed to reach the fourth round of her home grand slam and had her nervy moments once again before securing a 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 triumph.

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West Ham and QPR lead chase as Anelka begins talks to cancel Shanghai Shenhua contract

West Ham and QPR lead chase as Anelka begins talks to cancel Shanghai Shenhua contract

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 17 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers and West Ham are waiting to speak to Nicola Anelka as he seeks to cancel his contract with Shanghai Shenhua.

The Chinese club confirmed today that negotiations are underway with the Frenchman keen to return to England.

Anelka, 33, joined Shanghai from Chelsea
in the last January transfer window but has struggled to settle despite
even enduring a spell as caretaker coach.

On the move Anelka's spell in China looks to be coming to a premature end

On the move Anelka's spell in China looks to be coming to a premature end

On the move Anelka's spell in China looks to be coming to a premature end

The talks to cancel his contract have encouraged QPR and West Ham but have also alerted other Premier League suitors who were initially wary that Shanghai would demand a fee for Anelka in January.

Reports are suggesting he is willing to give up the final year of his contract, reputedly worth around 7million, on the proviso that Shanghai grant him a free transfer.

Hammer time: West Ham and QPR are waiting tot speak to Anelka - who joined Shenhua in January, six months before Didier Drogba

Hammer time: West Ham and QPR are waiting tot speak to Anelka – who joined Shenhua in January, six months before Didier Drogba

Hammer time: West Ham and QPR are waiting tot speak to Anelka - who joined Shenhua in January, six months before Didier Drogba

Anelka was joined in the Far East by former team-mate Didier Drogba after the Ivorian decided to leave Stamford Bridge, however Shanghai could only finish ninth in the league.

Shanghai spokesman Ma Yue said: 'The discussion is between the club and himself, I don't know about the specific details. But so far we haven't got the final result.'

Cut your losses: Reports suggest Anelka is willing to forfeit the last year of his contract

Cut your losses: Reports suggest Anelka is willing to forfeit the last year of his contract

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John Terry pictured in his pants watching Chelsea on TV v Monterrey

Meanwhile… in Cobham: The stadium might be half empty but Terry's watching his team-mates on TV

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14:00 GMT, 13 December 2012

Even though there were only 36,648 fans in the 72,327 capacity Nissan Stadium in Yokohama to watch Chelsea's 3-1 Club World Cup semi-final triumph over Monterrey, skipper John Terry was watching on television.

As most of the Blues' players explored the delights of Japan in the past few days, life has been continuing as normal for two familiar faces.

Back at the club's training ground in Cobham, Terry continued his recuperation from a knee ligament injury and posted a picture of himself watching the game.

Support: John Terry backed his team-mates to beat Monterrey in the Club World Cup

Support: John Terry backed his team-mates to beat Monterrey in the Club World Cup

He has remained in the UK, alongside former club favourite Didier Drogba, who is back training with the club.

Terry had also posted an Instagram picture of
himself on an exercise bike in a deserted gym as he tries to get back to
full fitness to help with Chelsea's hectic schedule.

Lonely: John Terry posted this picture of himself in the gym at Chelsea's Cobham training ground as he continues he rehabilitation from injury while his teammates play in Japan

Lonely: John Terry posted this picture of himself in the gym at Chelsea's Cobham training ground as he continues he rehabilitation from injury while his teammates play in Japan

Old pals: Didier Drogba is also back in training with Terry and Chelsea as he prepares for the African Cup of Nations

Old pals: Didier Drogba is also back in training with Terry and Chelsea as he prepares for the African Cup of Nations

He also took a cosy snap of himself with Drogba, who left for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in the summer and who is back keeping his fitness levels up before representing Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations.

Terry is 6,000 miles away from the rest of his teammates, who are in Japan trying to cap their European Cup-winning year with more silverware.

Back in town: The Ivorian left Chelsea for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in the summer

Back in town: The Ivorian left Chelsea for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in the summer

The 31-year-old defender damaged knee ligaments in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool in November and is expected to be out for over a month.

In order to combat jetlag, manager Rafa Benitez took his players to a Yokohama bowling alley but admitted they were struggling to adapt their sleep patterns to the time difference.

They beat the Mexican side to advance to a final with Brazilian team Corinthians this Sunday.

Meanwhile... In Japan: Chelsea's squad on a walkabout in Yokohama before their Club World Cup semi-final with Monterrey

Meanwhile… In Japan: Chelsea's squad on a walkabout in Yokohama before their Club World Cup semi-final with Monterrey

Big in Japan: Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez meets fans as the team walk around Yokohama before the game

Big in Japan: Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez meets fans as the team walk around Yokohama before the game

Ready for the game: These two Chelsea fans were fully kitted out

Ready for the game: These two Chelsea fans were fully kitted out

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Didier Drogba back at Chelsea to train

Bet Torres is glad to see you… Chelsea legend Drogba back to train over the winter (and maybe give some goalscoring lessons)

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17:48 GMT, 5 December 2012

Didier Drogba has rejoined at Chelsea… but sadly for his adoring fans, it's only for some winter training.

He's not back to ease the pressure on the hapless Fernando Torres. Instead, he will simply train in the Chinese off-season.

The Shanghai Shenhua striker left Chelsea in the summer after providing a parting gift of the Champions League trophy.

Back but not in business: Didier Drogba has returned to Chelsea to train during the break between Chinese seasons

Back but not in business: Didier Drogba has returned to Chelsea to train during the break between Chinese seasons

Legend: Drogba is missed by the Stamford Bridge faithful, who parade this banner

Legend: Drogba is missed by the Stamford Bridge faithful, who parade this banner

Now, 200 days after that momentous triumph in Munich's Allianz Arena, he is back.

Wearing a training strip with Romelu Lukaku's No 18 on the front, Drogba is pictured with youngster Aziz Deen-Conteh.

Lukaku sees Drogba as his idol and the players are close – perhaps it is a hint to new boss Rafael Benitez to recall the Belgian powerhouse.

Tough times: Fernando Torres has struggled for goal - with and without Drogba

Tough times: Fernando Torres has struggled for goal – with and without Drogba

Backing: Drogba wore a training shirt with Romelu Lukaku's number

Backing: Drogba wore a training shirt with Romelu Lukaku's number

Whether Benitez had any say over Drogba's return to Chelsea is unknown – the pair certainly had their disagreements while the Spaniard was in charge of Liverpool.

He branded Drogba a diver and in return the Ivorian sent the Reds crashing out of the Champions League semi-final with a superb display.

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Frank Lampard wanted by Monaco

Monaco join queue for Lampard as Ranieri eyes reunion with Chelsea midfielder

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22:30 GMT, 26 November 2012

Monaco are the latest club to show interest in Chelsea’s Frank Lampard.

The England midfielder, 34, is set to leave Stamford Bridge in January or the summer and has offers from Chinese side Guizhou Renhe and LA Galaxy. Paris Saint- Germain are also interested.

But Monaco, backed by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, want Lampard to spearhead their revival after relegation last year.

Heading out: Frank Lampard (right) could join French side Monaco

Heading out: Frank Lampard (right) could join French side Monaco

Coached by Claudio Ranieri, who took Lampard to Chelsea from West Ham in 2001, they plan to re-establish themselves as the top club in France.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has confirmed he expects Lampard and Ashley Cole to leave. Cole, 31, is expected to join PSG on a three-year deal in the summer.

Paris calling Ashley Cole will also be allowed to leave Chelsea

Paris calling Ashley Cole will also be allowed to leave Chelsea

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Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu wanted by Espanyol and Valencia

Chelsea midfielder Romeu may be given a route back to Spain

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22:30 GMT, 12 November 2012

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 12 November 2012

Espanyol and Valencia want to take Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu back to Spain.

Romeu, 21, left Barcelona for Stamford Bridge 18 months ago but has struggled to command a regular place.

His agent Magico Diaz is understood to have held talks with Valencia at the weekend but they could be edged out by Espanyol. PSV Eindhoven are also interested.

Wanted: Chelsea midfielder Romeu could return back to Spain

Wanted: Chelsea midfielder Romeu could return back to Spain

Chelsea sporting director Michael Emenalo was in Holland at the weekend and took the opportunity to watch forward target Wilfried Bony in Vitesse Arnhem's 0-0 draw against FC Twente.

Scouts from Everton, Liverpool and Wigan were also at the game.

Chelsea are giving an extended trial to
Malmo 14-year-old Zacharias Faour while another young Swede, IFK
Gothenburg defender Hampus Dahlquist, 15, is set for trials with
Arsenal next week.

Struggle: Romeu has failed to command a regular place in the Chelsea side

Struggle: Romeu has failed to command a regular place in the Chelsea side

Meanwhile, Chinese side Guizhou Renhe say they have opened talks with Frank Lampard's representatives over a proposed move.

Renhe's deputy chairman Yang Xiayou said: 'Yes, we are in contact with Lampard but so far nothing has been settled.'

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Nicolas Anelka wanted by West Ham United

Anelka the comeback kid as West Ham line up bid for unsettled Shanghai striker

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08:57 GMT, 12 November 2012

Hammer time! Anelka could be heading back to England

Hammer time! Anelka could be heading back to England

West Ham are lining up an audacious bid to bring Nicolas Anelka back to the Barclays Premier League less than a year after he left to join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

The Hammers have already entered talks with the striker who is unhappy after failing to settle in at his new club.

Anelka, 33, played under boss Sam Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers and is keen to end his spell in China, despite the lucrative 250,000-a-week deal he signed in January.

The former Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea star is also in a pay-wrangle with Shenhua, according to reports in the Daily Star.

Anelka will be aware of Allardyce's excellent track-record in extending the careers of other senior players.

Jay-Jay Okocha, Ivan Campo, Youri Djorkaeff and Fernando Hierro all enjoyed successful spells in the twilight years of their playing days under Allardyce.

Sign him up (again): Allardyce signed Anelka for Bolton in 2006

Sign him up (again): Allardyce signed Anelka for Bolton in 2006

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Frank Lampard to join Chinese side Guizhou

Lampard has agreed deal to join Chinese side Guizhou, claims club owner

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UPDATED:

14:09 GMT, 10 November 2012

Frank Lampard will sensationally quit Chelsea in the January transfer window and join Chinese side Guizhou, according to reports.

The 34-year-old midfielder will be out of contract at Stamford Bridge next summer and has repeatedly been linked with a move away.

His club have told him he will only be offered 12-month extension but Lampard could be set to turn that down in favour of a lucrative move to China.

Exit Frank Lampard could be set for a January move to China

Exit Frank Lampard could be set for a January move to China

The club's owner is reported to have told China Central Television that the midfielder has
already agreed a deal.

He would be making a similar move to former team-mate Didier Drogba who joined Shanghai Shenhua when his Chelsea contract expired this summer.

Should Lampard make the switch, he will play alongside former Manchester City defender Sun Jihai and Bosnian striker Zlatan Muslimovic.

The former West Ham man's future, along with that of Ashley Cole, has been shrouded in uncertainty for some time.

The Blues are refusing to be drawn
into a bidding war for the England duo despite the prospect of them
leaving on free transfers in the summer.

Owner Roman Abramovich is following the lead of Arsenal by offering one-year deals to 30-something stars.

Lampard and Cole can enter into talks with clubs when the transfer window opens on January 1.

Doubts: Lampard's contract at Chelsea expires in the summer

Doubts: Lampard's contract at Chelsea expires in the summer

David Beckham's LA Galaxy are also interested in offering the former a two or three-year contract.

MLS commissioner Don Garber previously
insisted there would be no shortage of suitors were Lampard to make it
known he wanted to end his career in America.

Garber said: 'Frank Lampard's a great player. He has a great history with the sport.

'If he decides he wants to play in Major League Soccer, I'm sure any club would be happy to have him on their roster.'

Meanwhile, Paris St Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has spoken to Cole about a possible switch to the Ligue 1 big spenders, Le 10 sport has reported.

Heading to France Ashley Cole could join PSG in the January window

Heading to France Ashley Cole could join PSG in the January window

Reports suggest that PSG could be looking to bring in a replacement for former Inter Milan and Barcelona player Maxwell, who joined the club last year.

According to Le 10 sport, Ancelotti spoke to the England defender about the club's project and wanted to know Cole's thoughts about a possible transfer to France.

Robert Pires, who was a team-mate of Cole's at Arsenal, believes the possibility would interest the left-back, telling the paper: 'Paris could be interesting for him, at a sporting level and a financial level.

'I think he could say OK to Paris. The plans attract him, I know him well and I'm sure he is interested.'