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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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UPDATED:

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.

Mark Clattenburg allegations: Arsene Wenger hits out at Chelsea

Wenger hits out at Chelsea for Clattenburg allegations and asks… where's your proof

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UPDATED:

14:10 GMT, 1 November 2012

Allegations: Clattenburg

Allegations: Clattenburg

Arsene Wenger has criticised Chelsea for making a public complaint about referee Mark Clattenburg and said the allegations have ‘little proof’.

Chelsea have formally accused the official of racially abusing John Obi Mikel during Sunday’s 3-2 defeat by Manchester United, but the Arsenal boss said he would prefer to see such matters dealt with internally. Clattenburg is also facing a police investigation after a formal complaint was made by the Society of Black Lawyers.

Wenger said: ‘I believe one of the best things in sport is it’s a battle when it is on. You can sort out the problems you had, especially in England, internally. If it comes to making the lawyers rich I’m not a fan of it.

‘One of the great things in sports as well is tolerance, forgiveness and explanation internally and I think it should stay like that. It can happen that a referee doesn't behave well, I do not say they are angels, but it is always better to sort it out in the room.’

‘I didn’t follow the whole (Chelsea) story completely (but) my opinion is just when I didn’t behave well I have an explanation with the referee at the end of the game or another day, rather than going public with little proof. I’m not in favour of making these things public.’

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In the spotlight: Chelsea have received widespread criticism for their treatment of Clattenburg

In the spotlight: Chelsea have received widespread criticism for their treatment of Clattenburg

Wenger, whose Arsenal side face United at Old Trafford on Saturday, admitted he has behaved inappropriately during high-profile matches but insisted disagreements should be resolved immediately after the game or at least kept behind closed doors.

Asked whether he had encountered such incidents with referees, the Arsenal boss said: ‘Yes. I must say, honestly, my complete deep feeling in that is that I, myself, was not always completely behaving very well in this situation because it’s always very heated but I am a deep supporter of doing that internally.

Straight talking: Wenger did not hold back

Straight talking: Wenger did not hold back

‘I think, for example, the last two nights (in the Capital One Cup) were great adverts of football and that’s absolutely fantastic.

‘We saw some quality games during the two nights. Maybe because the two teams do not want to play extra time and they do not want to go to penalties. The games were very specific.’

Speaking out: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

Speaking out: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce has questioned the need for police to be involved in the Clattenburg case, claiming it is 'sad for football'.

The West Ham manager said he had never heard a referee abuse a player during his career and believes the alleged incident at Stamford Bridge is 'very strange'.

Allardyce said: 'It's very difficult for me to comment because you don't know the extent of what's supposed to have been said. That's critical for me.

'The situation is very difficult for everyone to sort out and when you get the police involved as well it really worries me about where we are going in the game.

'I think if every incident is going to be ending up in police hands it's going to be very sad for the game of football I general.

'Over the last however many years as a manager I've never heard one referee give a bad comment to a player. I find it a very strange thing that has been reported. Only the authorities can decide whether it has or hasn't happened.'

Allardyce conceded he traded strong words with referees when he was a player but added: 'That was never a problem in our day. There would always be industrial language between the pair of us. The whole game was different then.'

VIDEO: Wenger urges restraint over Chelsea referee comment

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Stuart broad untroubled by Kevin Pietersen saga

Broad looking to concentrate on cricket as Pietersen saga follows England to Sri Lanka

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UPDATED:

12:23 GMT, 14 September 2012

Stuart Broad has travelled almost 6,000 miles in under 24 hours – but still cannot get away from questions about Kevin Pietersen.

The latter is absent, of course, from England's defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown after his summer of contract wrangles with his employers.

But the prodigal batsman, player-of-the-tournament when England won their first International Cricket Council trophy in this shortest format in the Caribbean two years ago, still looms large.

Looking dapper: Stuart Broad says the England team want to concentrate on their game

Looking dapper: Stuart Broad says the England team want to concentrate on their game

Here they come: Graeme Swann arrives in Colombo

Here they come: Steven Finn arrives in Colombo

Here they come: Steven Finn (right) and Graeme Swann (left) arrive in Colombo

Conjecture over Pietersen's presence or otherwise will become feverish again if, as expected, England press on with plans to name their Test squad next Tuesday to tour India.

It is a line of questioning, of course, captain Broad could do without as he tries to fine-tune England's preparations for a campaign they will begin in earnest next week.

Within hours of touching down in Colombo, and less than two days after leading his country to Twenty20 victory over South Africa at Edgbaston, he found himself answering familiar questions – in familiar vein.

'It's not something we need to focus on as players,' he said.

'It doesn't affect what we do on the field; whether you hit the ball for six, or nail your yorker or slower ball. That's what we're here to do.'

Big hitter: Jos Buttler (left) will be hoping to put in another stellar performance as he did against South Africa

Big hitter: Jos Buttler (left) will be hoping to put in another stellar performance as he did against South Africa

Focus: Broad wants to concentrate on cricket, not the Kevin Pietersen saga

Focus: Broad wants to concentrate on cricket, not the Kevin Pietersen saga

Pietersen, dropped from last month's Lord's Test over his disagreements with the England and Wales Cricket Board and the infamously 'provocative' texts he sent to South Africa players at Headingley, is still planning to fly to Sri Lanka himself as a broadcast pundit.

Broad, however, expects his side to take little notice.

'We need to stay very much within our 'bubble' as a team. We have a very big one-game mentality.

'We're going to focus on our warm-up game against Australia, play that, review it and move on; if we focus on those things and don't let outside influences disrupt us, we may have a really good opportunity.'

Aston Villa eye loophole in Paul Lambert row

Villa eye Lambert loophole after paying 14m to former bosses

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 1 June 2012

Aston Villa are attempting to avoid paying compensation for Norwich City manager Paul Lambert.

Villa believe they have a case due to
a clause in the Scot's contract, which states he is allowed to talk to
any other interested parties in the Premier League if the Norfolk club
are approached.

Dispute: Paul Lambert

Dispute: Paul Lambert

As he was denied that permission he resigned and, as such, Villa claim that Norwich were the first to breach the terms of the deal.

In their last set of accounts, Villa revealed they had spent 12million on payments to their former bosses, including monies to Martin O'Neill and Gerard Houllier, and to Birmingham to sign Alex McLeish.

However, that figure has since risen as it did not include the 2m paid to McLeish himself last month.

Norwich have been dealt another blow after captain Grant Holt reaffirmed his intention to leave Carrow Road.

Holt tweeted yesterday: 'Just to stop the rumour mill again. I have expressed to the board and the CEO that I want to leave. Due to disagreements.'

Wayne Rooney hits out at Sir Alex Ferguson after fine

Rooney hints at feud with Ferguson as he breaks his silence over being dropped

Wayne Rooney has broken his silence on his latest bust-up with Sir Alex Ferguson – and claimed he did not deserve to be punished.

Rooney was fined – along with Manchester United team-mates Jonny Evans and Darron Gibson – after turning up for training the worse for wear following a Boxing Day night out.

England striker Rooney was also dropped for United's 3-2 defeat by Blackburn at Old Trafford on New Year's Eve, after Fergie decided to get tough and make an example of his most high-profile player.

Brave face: Wayne Rooney has hit out at his manager after he was dropped and fined after the festive period

Brave face: Wayne Rooney has hit out at his manager after he was dropped and fined after the festive period

Rooney said disagreements between players and manager are inevitable, and claimed he had to accept his punishment – even though he did not agree with it.

'You can't always live in harmony,' said the 26-year-old. 'Football is made up of conflict, in all senses.

'The life in a dressing room, between players, between us and the coach, between us and loads of people, it's continuous confrontation and at times it's harsh.'

Asked if he was angry at Ferguson's decision to fine him a week's wages – around 200,000 – and drop him, Rooney added: 'Yes, but for reasons that I can't make public.

Dropped: Rooney was forced to watch his side from the stands as they lost to Blackburn shortly after Christmas

Dropped: Rooney was forced to watch his side from the stands as they lost to Blackburn shortly after Christmas

'I accepted it. But I was tense when I got back on the pitch [United lost 3-0 to Newcastle and Rooney was subbed] and I believe it showed.'

Rooney also defended himself against accusations from Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini that he helped get Vincent Kompany sent off in United's 3-2 FA Cup third round win last Sunday.

Mancini criticised Rooney for holding two fingers up to ref Chris Foy, to indicate Kompany's challenge on Nani was two-footed and therefore worthy of a straight red card, which the official produced.

But Rooney, speaking to Italian newspaper La Republica, said: 'It's a question of points of view. He claimed that I encouraged the referee to send off Kompany with a gesture.

'If it were like that, every player who makes that gesture after suffering a foul would direct the game in place of the referee and obviously it can't be like that.

'The fact it was a legitimate sending-off was confirmed by the four-match suspension and the rejection of the appeal.'