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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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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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Didier Drogba will not be going to Juventus, according to their manager Antonio Conte

Drogba not going to Juve: Conte rejects a move for the Ivorian

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00:11 GMT, 17 December 2012

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has ruled out making an approach for former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in the transfer window.

A report in the Gazzetta dello Sport today suggested Juve had made 'significant progress' with an approach for the Shanghai Shenhua forward, who made an appearance at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, who could be tempted back to Europe after failing to settle in China.

Untrue: Juventus manager Antonio Conte (right) has rejected claims that he is lining up a bid for Didier Drogba in January

Untrue: Juventus manager Antonio Conte (right) has rejected claims that he is lining up a bid for Didier Drogba in January

Juventus' coach Antonio Conte blows a kiss to the crowd

The Serie A champions have also been linked with Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, but Conte insists Juventus are in no financial position to sign 'top players'.

Following today's 3-0 victory over Atalanta, he told the Corriere dello Sport: 'Speaking about the transfer market seems a bit disrespectful to my current players, who have showed great desire and dedication to my ideas over the last year.

'We are just fine keeping our feet on the ground. This is a difficult time given the current economic climate, not just for Juve but for all the other clubs.

Unsettled: Drogba (pictured) has failed to adjust to life in China and is seeking a move back to Europe. His appeal to FIFA for an emergency loan move back to Chelsea was rejected last month

Unsettled: Drogba (pictured) has failed to adjust to life in China and is seeking a move back to Europe. His appeal to FIFA for an emergency loan move back to Chelsea was rejected last month

Suited and booted: Didier Drogba made an appearance at the SPOTY awards

Suited and booted: Didier Drogba made an appearance at the SPOTY awards

'I won't be bringing in any top players because we don't have the means to support them.

'We have to make the most of what we have, we have to work hard and try to improve our current players into top players.

'Some have already got there and some will become great.'

Juventus will lead the Serie A table going into the new year as Conte looks to win a second Scudetto in just two years of stewardship in Turin, with the Bianconeri also through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Top: Juventus will be top of Serie A at Christmas, seven points clear of Inter Milan

Top: Juventus will be top of Serie A at Christmas, seven points clear of Inter Milan

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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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John Terry plays for first time after FA race verdict

Terry silences boo-boys as Chelsea captain plays for first time after FA race verdict

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14:39 GMT, 29 September 2012

John Terry was greeted by jeers as he took to the field in Saturday's match between Arsenal and Chelsea just two days after he was found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand by the FA.

But the Blues skipper had the last laugh as his side emerged 2-1 winners but not before Gunners fans had their say, giving him the usual jeers and insults.

Shhhh: John Terry helped Chelsea to a tight victory

Shhhh: John Terry helped Chelsea to a tight victory

Backed to the hilt: Chelsea fans supported Terry

Backed to the hilt: Chelsea fans supported Terry

'You know what you are,' sung the
Arsenal supporters, alluding to the guilty verdict from the FA in the
Anton Ferdinand race row case.

Chelsea fans responded by reminding the north Londoners of Terry's success both domestically and in Europe.

Big win: Terry celebrates with Fernando Torres

Big win: Terry celebrates with Fernando Torres

Here you go: Terry gives a fan his boots after the game

Here you go: Terry gives a fan his boots after the game

But the visitors backed their captain
loudly, singing 'John Terry has won the double,' as they mocked their
rivals for their lack of silverware in the last seven years.

The Emirates ended up with 'Champions of Europe, we know what we are' echoing around it as Chelsea secured their victory.

Blues fans also reserved some anger
for the Football Association, who slapped Terry with a four-game ban and
220,000 fine for 'misconduct'.

'F*** the FA, f*** the FA, one England captain, f*** the FA,' they chanted.

Terry is yet to decide whether he will appeal against the FA punishment for the Ferdinand incident.

Funnily enough, it was Terry who was partially culpable for Gervinho's goal.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cut the ball in from the right and both Terry and his defensive partner David Luiz just backed away, leaving the Ivorian all the time in the world to turn and slam home.

It cancelled out Fernando Torres' opener, scored after poor defending from Arsenal. Juan Mata netted the winner with a free-kick which snuck in at the far post after a nick off of Laurent Koscielny.

Terry finished off by taking off his boots and handing them to a young Chelsea fan in the crowd.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said after the game of Terry's performance: 'Very good. He showed his leadership today again and I was right to pick him.'

Shake on it: Terry with Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus

Shake on it: Terry with Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus

John Terry

John Terry

Shrug it off: Terry started for Chelsea despite the FA verdict

TERRY CLOCKWATCH

Pre-match: All Arsenal players appear to shake hands with Terry.

1 min: First touch is jeered by the Arsenal fans, who sing: 'John Terry, you know what you are.' Chelsea fans respond with: 'There's only one England captain.'

4: Clears Carl Jenkinson's cross.

15: Cuts out Aaron Ramsey's cross.

18: Arsenal fans scream for a foul as Terry halts Gervinho's run on the edge of the box but referee Martin Atkinson waves play on.

27: Calmly chests the ball back to Petr Cech.

42: GOAL – Fooled by the movement of Gervinho, allowing the striker to control Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross and equalise.

48: Close to getting on the end of Juan Mata's corner.

67: Gives the ball away after calmly bringing it out of defence.

72: Blocks Theo Walcott's shot.

76: Nods the ball back to Victor Moses, who inexplicably heads goalward from 20 yards.

78: Heads away Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross.

86: Clearance from Walcott's cross bounces back to Cech.

Post-match: Applauds the Chelsea fans and walks over to them, removes his boots and gives them to a young boy in the crowd. Crowd sings: 'There's only one England captain.'

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Yaya Toure says Manchester City must learn from Real Madrid defeat

We must learn from this, insists Toure after Man City snatch defeat from jaws of victory

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10:49 GMT, 19 September 2012

Manchester City star Yaya Toure has called for his team-mates to heed the lessons from Tuesday night's agonising defeat at the hands of Real Madrid.

City led 2-1 in the Bernabeu with just three minutes left on the clock, but late strikes from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo saw Roberto Mancini's side lose their opening Champions League group game.

Midfielder Toure praised Real for coming back to win, but backed City to 'grow' from the result.

Dejected: Toure called on City to learn from their defeat at the Bernabeu

Dejected: Toure called on City to learn from their defeat at the Bernabeu

Heartbreaker: Barry (right) reacts after the game

Heartbreaker: Barry (right) reacts after the game

'I have to admit that Madrid are a great team and they made this a very difficult game for us,' the 29-year-old Ivorian told uefa.com.

'We were always aware that they could respond as they were playing at home in front of their own fans. It’s not easy at all to come here and win.

'I think that we will continue to grow and learn after a night like this. It’s important that we continue working hard because the games coming up for us in this competition are going to be very important.'

Toure's fellow midfielder Gareth Barry revealed that the City dressing room was devastated after the game.

'It was probably a great spectacle to watch with five goals but in the dressing room afterwards we were all deflated, especially after having played such a good game,' he said.

'When we got the second goal we knew there wasn’t long left but we were playing in front of a big crowd and against a great team. Conceding two late goals will take us a while to get over.'

Barry added: 'It’s tough when you lose your first match but we have confidence in our squad. We will need a couple of big wins now which I am sure we are capable of.'

Kolo Toure in talks with Galatasaray

Toure edges towards City exit as Galatasaray set to swoop for out-of-favour defender

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08:32 GMT, 4 September 2012

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Kolo Toure is in talks to make a switch from Manchester City to Turkish side Galatasaray.

Roberto Mancini is ready to let the Ivorian leave the Etihad and has slapped a 3million price tag on the 31-year-old.

Toure has 12 months remaining on his current contract at City and could also leave on loan.

On his way Kolo Toure is in talks with a switch to Turkish side Galatasaray

On his way Kolo Toure is in talks with a switch to Turkish side Galatasaray

With the Turkish transfer window staying open until Wednesday evening, there is still plenty of time for the two clubs to thrash out an agreement.

A slight snag may come from the fact that Galatasaray's deadline for registering players for the Champions League was on Monday.

Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim said: 'We’re interested in Kolo and hope we can ask his former team-mate Emmanuel Eboue for help if we need it.'

The road out of the Etihad for Toura may have been paved by the arrival of 19-year-old Serbian defender Matija Nastisic from Fiorentina.

Toure would not be the first player the champions have ever sold to the Turkish side. Brazilian midfielder Elano left the Etihad in 2009 to join Galatasaray.

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Didier Drogba returns to Chelsea

Look who's back: Drogba returns to Chelsea amid Shanghai Shenhua crisis

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18:12 GMT, 28 August 2012

Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba returned to his old club on Tuesday amid mounting speculation the Ivorian could make a swift return to the Barclays Premier League.

Drogba's visit to Chelsea's Cobham training ground came after it emerged he and former Blues team-mate Nicolas Anelka could be sold by China's Shanghai Shenhua due to an escalating equity stake row among shareholders.

Chairman Zhu Jun, who holds a 28.5 per cent stake, would only pay his share of the club's daily costs if his demands for greater control were not met.

Look who's back: Drogba met up with his former team-mates sparking reports of a return to Chelsea

Look who's back: Drogba met up with his former team-mates sparking reports of a return to Chelsea

Look who's back: Drogba met up with his former team-mates sparking reports of a return to Chelsea

Zhu currently controls the club along with five state-owned enterprises after becoming a shareholder in 2007.

The agreement was that if he invested 15million over two years, his stake would increase to more than 70 per cent.

Local media say Zhu has ploughed more
than 60m into the club in the past five-and-a-half years, while the
state-owned companies had spent nothing. The transfer of shares stalled
in 2009 and again last year.

'It is annoying and has had a bad
effect on many of our tasks,' a club official said. 'The biggest problem
is that the operation and financing work of the club cannot be carried
out normally.

'The equity stakes issue has become the biggest bottleneck for the development of Shenhua.'

If unresolved, Zhu, who has been
signing all the cheques, could decide to cough up just 28.5 per cent of
the club's expenditure, potentially affecting player salaries.

Colombian
Giovanni Moreno missed the match against Shandong Luneng at the weekend
amid speculation Shenhua had fallen short on his transfer fee with
Argentina's Racing Club.


End of the road: Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba could be forced of China

End of the road: Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba could be forced of China

The futures of Drogba and Anelka could be in the balance if Shenhua fail to make their salary payments. Both earn close to 250,000 a week.

Despite investing heavily in big-name foreign players, Shenhua sit 10th in the 16-team Chinese Super League on 27 points from 23 matches. Leaders Guangzhou Evergrande are on 47 points.

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Cheick Tiote returns ten times better – Alan Pardew

Pardew warns Premier League Tiote has returned 'ten times better' than last summer

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15:03 GMT, 6 August 2012

Ready to rumble: Cheick Tiote has come back strong

Ready to rumble: Cheick Tiote has come back strong

Cheick Tiote is looking fomidable after the summer break according to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

The destructive Ivorian midfielder was superb last season and the Toon's opponents need to watch out as Pardew has confirmed Tiote means business from the start.

He played well as Newcastle drew 0-0 with Dutch side ADO Den Haag on Saturday.

‘Cheick looks ten times better than he did last year, and I absolutely mean that,' Pardew told the Shields Gazette.

‘He did not come back well last summer, if I am honest. However, he has summered well this time and is in great physical shape.

‘It is going to be a big season for Cheick. All my, what I would call big players, are important if we are to progress as a team, and Cheick fails into that category. He is in a good place.’

Tiote had been linked with a big money move away from Newcastle but the rumours died down after the player announced he was looking forward to tackling the Europa League with his current side.

Manchester United land in Shanghai

Ferdinand and Co receive heroes' welcome in Shanghai as they prepare to face the Drog

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19:40 GMT, 22 July 2012

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Manchester United have touched down in Shanghai as their globetrotting pre-season exploits continue.

Rio Ferdinand was a prominent figure at the airport in a red baseball cap which featured his Manchester United number on the front.

The defender referred to his self-styled #5 cap on Twitter earlier in July, saying 'Started making my own #5Caps as I won't be getting any more with England!'

Capped up: Rio Ferdinand looking dapper upon arrival in Shanghai

Capped up: Rio Ferdinand looking dapper upon arrival in Shanghai

He was obviously still smarting about his omission from
Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad, and indeed, the future does look bleak
for Ferdinand at international level.

But United legend Bryan Robson, on
tour with the side, paid tribute to the centre-back, who signed from
Leeds United ten years ago.

'He has had a great career with the club,' Robson told the club website. 'There’s no reason why he shouldn’t last a lot longer.

Swamped: Sir Alex Ferguson signs autographs for a horde of supporters

Swamped: Sir Alex Ferguson signs autographs for a horde of supporters

'Rio is a naturally fit lad with no
weight on him. He’s a good athlete. He’s been having a few problems with
his back but the boss is good in the way he can nurse Rio through that
side of it.

'As long as Rio has the desire to want
to keep going, there’s no reason why he can’t play quite a few more
years, especially being a centre-half.'

Next up for the Red Devils are Shanghai Shenhua, who boast old United enemy Didier Drogba in their armoury.

Please sign here: Javier Hernandez obliges the fans

Please sign here: Javier Hernandez obliges the fans

The Ivorian made an instant impact on his debut for the Chinese side, setting up his team's only goal in a 1-1 draw.

On Wednesday Shanghai will take on Sir
Alex Ferguson's team – and the classic Premier League match-up of
Ferdinand and Drogba – will take place in the Far East.

Getting ready: United players take to the training pitch

Getting ready: United players take to the training pitch

Old foe: Didier Drogba could shoot United down on Wednesday

Old foe: Didier Drogba could shoot United down on Wednesday