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Taison transfer news: Chelsea target joins Shakhtar Donetsk

Knockout blow for Chelsea as Taison joins Shakhtar after Blues fail to complete deal

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David Kent

PUBLISHED:

16:37 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:20 GMT, 11 January 2013

Chelsea have missed out on Brazilian target Taison to Shakhtar.

The attacking midfielder was given a deadline of January 10 to move to Chelsea or be forced to stay with Metalist. But Shakhtar used a clause in his contract to buy him for 12.5million from Metalist at the last minute.

The midfielder was on the brink of a move to Stamford Bridge at the beginning of the month after talks in London but has now joined the Ukrainian side on a five-year deal.

All smiles: Chelsea target Taison has joined Shakhtar Donetsk

All smiles: Chelsea target Taison has joined Shakhtar Donetsk

He even attended a Chelsea game and was convinced that Roman Abramovich would meet the 11m asking price.

But a Shakhtar club statement read: ‘On 10 January, presidents of FC Shakhtar and FC Metalist Rinat Akhmetov and Serhiy Kurchenko negotiated the transfer of a forward Barcellos Fred Taison from the Kharkiv club to the Donetsk team.

'The negotiations were complicated. The initial sum of 15million dollars, proposed by Shakhtar, was rejected by the Metalist president. We did not come to a compromise.

'Then, the Donetsk side took advantage of the clause in Taison’s contract, according to which he could leave his former club for 20m dollars.

'As a result, FC Shakhtar paid 20m dollars, and we got a player who really wanted to join our team. The Brazilian player's five-year contract started on 11 January.'

Upheaval: There are plenty of changes happening at Stamford Bridge

Upheaval: There are plenty of changes happening at Stamford Bridge

Steve Diamond fears for Sale Sharks

Diamond fears relegation could spell the end for Sharks after Redpath dismissal

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UPDATED:

23:21 GMT, 30 October 2012

Sale chief executive Steve Diamond fears his club could go into ‘oblivion’ if they are relegated next May.

Diamond took full command on Tuesday after confirming that Bryan Redpath had been removed as director of rugby following seven successive Aviva Premiership defeats.

Sale have offered the former Scotland scrum-half another coaching role but Diamond will be in charge of playing affairs alongside John Mitchell, the former coach of the All Blacks.

Warning: Steve Diamond fears for the future of Sale Sharks

Warning: Steve Diamond fears for the future of Sale Sharks

Diamond said: ‘The whole fabric of the club is in danger of going into oblivion. The club is 150 years old and we don’t want it going out of the Premiership. There are only 22 games and we’ve lost a third of those.’

Mitchell, who started his coaching career at the club in the late 1990s, was recruited as a consultant after Diamond sacked forwards coach Steve Scott following Sale’s home loss to newly promoted London Welsh in September.

Diamond said he was making further ‘changes’ not ‘dismissals’ in removing Redpath only four months after he joined from Gloucester.

‘All the talks are very positive at the moment,’ added Diamond. ‘I certainly want him involved and John Mitchell thinks he does a good job.’

Sakced: Bryan Redpath paid the price for a bad run of form

Sakced: Bryan Redpath paid the price for a bad run of form

The upheaval comes after Sale had started the season on a high following the recruitment of Danny Cipriani and Scotland lock Richie Gray and the move into a new stadium at Salford.

Diamond said: ‘The easiest thing is to blame the players, but we’re bigger than that and we’ve got to look to ourselves on the management side. ‘The club is massively important and we don’t want to see that damaged.

‘As chief executive I’ve got to take full responsibility and what you do in these positions is bring people in who are capable, with a proven track record of doing a good job.

‘John’s knowledge is extensive and he’s coached in a lot of environments, and brought a lot of things to the party already.

‘Motivation and direction, that’s what our players need. We want Bryan to be in the thick of it with John and me.’

Nathan Redmond puts Liverpool on alert as Birmingham contract talks stall

Liverpool target teenager Redmond as talks over new Birmingham deal stall

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UPDATED:

09:22 GMT, 19 October 2012


On alert: Liverpool are keen on Birmingham youngster Redmond

On alert: Liverpool are keen on Birmingham youngster Redmond

Nathan Redmond has put Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on red alert ahead of the January transfer window after talks over a new contract at Birmingham broke down.

The 18-year-old is increasingly frustrated by the Championship club's refusal to offer him his desired terms and is ready to walk out when the transfer window re-opens for business in the New Year.

Liverpool head the queue of Barclays Premier League side's interested in the England youth international, who has just 18 months remaining on his current deal – which is his first professional contract.

According to the Telegraph, Redmond was due to negotiate new terms last September but upheaval behind the scenes at St Andrews' appears to have proved prohibitive.

It is understood Anfield boss Rodgers will now keep tabs over Redmond's ongoing situation.

Manchester City and Tottenham are also admirers of the rapid winger while West Ham were linked with a move for him earlier this summer.

Redmond has made 12 appearances for Lee Clark's outfit so far this season and is the club's second youngest player behind Trevor Francis after making his debut in the League Cup two years ago.

Didier Drogba won"t return to Premier League

Drogba plays down return to Premier League despite Shanghai chaos

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08:57 GMT, 21 September 2012

Didier Drogba has no regrets about leaving Chelsea and has reiterated his desire to see out his two-and-a-half-year contract with Shanghai Shenhua.

Doubt has been cast over the future of Drogba and fellow former Blues forward Nicolas Anelka following reports of a power struggle at their new club.

Drogba, who ended his eight-year stint at Stamford Bridge in the summer to move to China, has been linked with a return to the Barclays Premier League, but insists he has no plans to leave Shanghai.

No regrets: Didier Drogba insists he is happy in China after his move from Chelsea

No regrets: Didier Drogba insists he is happy in China after his move from Chelsea

'I'm here. I just arrived, like, two months ago,' the Ivory Coast international told BBC Sport.

'I'm really happy here – I am. I am really happy here. So I have no reasons to leave. I don't want to leave. I want to stay here as long as I can, win some trophies with my team, and make our fans very happy.

'It's difficult at the moment but I know that there is hope, and I believe.'

Asked how long he saw himself staying with the Chinese Super League club, he replied: 'My contract. My contract is two and a half years and maybe more. Maybe more and I hope more because I'm really happy here.

Hitting the ground running: Drogba opened his account for his new club

Hitting the ground running: Drogba opened his account for his new club

'I miss the Premier League because it's the best league in the world but, really, I don't regret my choice.'

Drogba arrived in China soon after Sergio Batista had replaced Jean Tigana at the helm, but has played down the significance of the recent upheaval.

'It's what happens at a normal team, at a normal club, like it happened at Chelsea, like it happened at Manchester City, like everywhere,' said the 34-year-old, whose side lie ninth in the 16-team table with six games remaining.

Main man: Drogba insists he has no regrets about leaving the Premier League

Main man: Drogba insists he has no regrets about leaving the Premier League

'That's football, that's part of the game, you know. Like, the manager comes, if he doesn't get results, they change.

'It's the same thing. Football is universal. It's the same thing that happens everywhere in the world.'

It had been suggested the player was not being paid, given the reported financial issues at the club, but Drogba insisted that was not the case.

'Of course they are [paying me],' he said.

Belgian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton gambles on contract

Gambler Lewis! Hamilton stakes all his chips on waiting game at McLaren

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22:12 GMT, 31 August 2012

Lewis Hamilton claims he is no gambler but the poker face he adopts when discussing his McLaren future certainly resembles that of a Monte Carlo high-roller.

Hamilton split his summer break between relaxing at his Monaco home and keeping a vigil in England beside the bed of his aunt Diane, who sadly passed away after losing a battle with cancer.

Given such unfortunate family circumstances, coupled with the need to recharge his batteries for the second half of the Formula One season, Hamilton was happy to leave contract issues in the hands of his management company, XIX Entertainment.

Plenty to ponder: Lewis Hamilton has yet to sign a new deal with McLaren

Plenty to ponder: Lewis Hamilton has yet to sign a new deal with McLaren

But despite predictions from both sides that an extension to his 15-million-a-year contract would be thrashed out during the August lay-off, an agreement has yet to be reached.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, Hamilton opted to keep his employers in the dark as to his next move.

‘I don’t see myself anywhere at the moment,’ he claimed. ‘Nothing’s signed, nothing’s decided. There are still lots of factors to be taken into account.’ Hamilton even suggested McLaren’s opening gambit, when it comes, would be automatically rejected.

‘You never just sign a contract that’s given to you,’ he added. ‘Most of the time it’s s**t.’

Financial factors, of course, need to be considered but Hamilton is also fretting over whether McLaren are the team best placed to cope with the major regulations upheaval planned for 2014.

‘If the rules were to stay the same for the next five years it would make the decision a lot easier,’ reasoned Hamilton. ‘Some people move and some people stay where they are and go backwards. It is a 50/50 chance whatever way you look at it and I am not much of a gambler.’

Wet weather: Practice for Sunday's race was interrupted by the rain

Wet weather: Practice for Sunday's race was interrupted by the rain

With decision time fast approaching, however, he has to take a punt.
Ferrari could have a seat available should they decide to ditch Felipe Massa. But a reunion with Fernando Alonso is highly unlikely. The vastly improved Lotus team are an option if they can find the necessary financial backing to fund a move for Hamilton.

A switch to Mercedes is looking less and less attractive by the day, however, even if Michael Schumacher opts to retire for a second time, given the German car maker is rumoured to be planning to scale back its involvement in Formula One.

Schumacher is celebrating his 300th grand prix in Belgium this weekend. But his 51 races without a win, 49 of them with Mercedes, are likely to be a significant statistic for both him and Hamilton.

Schumacher has long since given up on making any impact on this season’s championship and, like Hamilton, is unlikely to make a decision on his future until October.

Unlike the German, Hamilton feels he is very much in the title hunt despite Ferrari’s Alonso having a 40-point advantage over his nearest challenger, Red Bull’s Mark Webber.

Belgian Grand Prix

With all but one of the nine remaining races back-to-back, starting with Spa and Monza, Hamilton has ample opportunity to inflict some double whammies on Alonso’s advantage should he manage to retain his imperious form of the last race in Hungary.

‘Recovery between back-to-back races will be more important,’ said Hamilton of the gruelling schedule.

‘It is all about commitment so I will put aside anything else that is distracting.

‘It’s all to play for. You just have to hope the team have done their job 100 per cent and continue to develop the car and I have to make sure I am prepared.’

Unfortunately, heavy rain over the Ardennes forests on Friday offered McLaren, and anybody else for that matter, precious little opportunity to test the upgrades they have been working on during the summer break.
Another gamble lies ahead, therefore.

'I am sure everyone has made a step forward this weekend,’ Hamilton added.

‘Some will be bigger than others and I just hope ours is good enough.’

Willian urges Shakhtar Donetsk to allow Tottenham move

Let me go! Willian urges Shakhtar to respect his wishes and let him join Tottenham

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 24 August 2012

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Willian has begged Shakhtar Donetsk not
to block his 20m move to Tottenham.

Spurs are hoping to seal Willian from Shakhtar Donetsk after Andre Villas-Boas was left severely lacking in attacking options, with Jermain Defoe his only established first-team striker for the opening game of the season.

And Willian, 24, was upset with his Ukrainian club when they rejected an offer from Chelsea earlier in the summer.

Wanted man: Tottenham are keen on signing the Shakhtar midfielder

Wanted man: Tottenham are keen on signing the Shakhtar midfielder

'I have a proposal, but it is complicated because the board. Here are many players in the same position, most Brazilian. They buy and do not let go,' said Willian.

'That's the problem. Everyone knows that I want out, I'm here for five years, won many titles, so I hope you respect my will.

'I do not regret coming here, but this situation has been happening, with Chelsea trying to get me in January and now Tottenham, we start to rethink.'

The Brazilian told Sportsmail last August he would love to play in London and that if he joined Tottenham his mission would be to secure a return to the Champions League, after the club reached the quarter-finals in 2011.

Willian compared himself to Luka Modric – which would make him the perfect replacement for the Croatian if his transfer to Real Madrid goes through – and spent the year having English lessons to make a transition to a Premier League club easier.

Upheaval: Adebayor has signed a permanent deal but Huddlestone has been shipped out on loan

Upheaval: Adebayor has signed a permanent deal but Huddlestone has been shipped out on loan

Upheaval: Adebayor has signed a permanent deal but Huddlestone has been shipped out on loan

He can play in behind a striker or as a winger – his main role for Shakhtar. He scored 19 goals in 129 games and won three league titles, four Ukrainian cups and one UEFA Cup at the club.

Meanwhile, Tottenham are tracking Malaga midfielder Isco, 20. Assistant coach Tim Sherwood saw him inspire the 2-0 win against Panathinaikos.

Spurs also remain keen on Caen striker M’Baye Niang, 17, valued at 6m.

London calling: Willian has been learning the lingo ahead of his desired move to the Premier League

London calling: Willian has been learning the lingo ahead of his desired move to the Premier League

Mersey Beat: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers can talk the talk… now he must deliver results

Rodgers can talk the talk… now he must deliver results

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23:27 GMT, 17 August 2012

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A humdrum friendly had just finished
with a satisfactory victory when Brendan Rodgers was asked to gauge how
his start as Liverpool manager had been received.

'I'm sure the majority of supporters
are still unsure about me,' he offered after Liverpool's facile 3-1
success over Bayer Leverkusen last Sunday.

'But I will fight for my life for this club and fight for my right to be here. It has been a terrific pre-season.'

Living the dream: Brendan Rodgers has enjoyed his first few weeks at Liverpool

Living the dream: Brendan Rodgers has enjoyed his first few weeks at Liverpool

At first glance, it may have seemed a slightly negative response. The Kop, after all, gained a reputation for embracing its managers, standing by them and offering unstinting support, so the fact they have yet to sing Rodgers' name has not gone unnoticed.

The past couple of seasons, however, have been unlike anything in the club's 120-year history. Rafa Benitez, an icon who brought the greatest prize in club football back to Anfield, was replaced by a man in Roy Hodgson who never appreciated the style and ethos to which Liverpool adhered.

When Hodgson was jettisoned after 192 harrowing days, in came Liverpool's greatest ever player and the No 1 idol.

Kenny Dalglish returned with many hoping he would create the halcyon period of the 1980s but instead, just 18 months into his contract, he too was deemed surplus to requirements.

Such upheaval in the dugout has triggered so many wildly different emotions, so perhaps it was inevitable that when Rodgers was appointed on June 1, many would have felt the need to stand back and take stock before offering their judgements vocally.

Do not confuse a lack of sound, though, for a lack of support. Rodgers, who was raised in Northern Ireland supporting the all-conquering Liverpool sides of the 1970s, could not have made a more impressive start to succeeding Dalglish in terms of how he has conducted himself.

Every time he speaks, there is deference for the past yet his ambition for the future bursts through; there is always an emotive, imaginative phrase in a press conference and his answers to inquisitors are laced with intelligence.

Yet – and he will know this better than anyone – talk is cheap. Rodgers is acutely aware that to fully win over his new audience, killer lines and educated rhetoric pale into insignificance. The only thing that matters is gaining positive results.

New man at the helm: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is looking forward to a big season

New man at the helm: Rodgers is looking forward to a big season

'I'm quite relaxed to be honest,' said Rodgers. 'I look forward to every day here. There's no doubt we have a tough start but, for me, my only concentration has been on West Brom, it's always just the next game for me. We're really focused on that.

'The supporters have been brilliant to me; I've been given a brilliant welcome here. As a manager and a coach, you have to earn respect. That's the greatest thing about these supporters – they won't just hand it out, you have to earn it. But that's what I have done all my life.

'I was never a big player. I never had the protection of that to get a job. Everything in life over the last 20 years I have had to earn and gain respect. Here it is no different. These are educated supporters, brilliant supporters, who I'm sure are wondering how it's all going to work out.

'People have said about them not chanting my name yet, but it's more important for them to sing the players' names. When they feel the time is right, they will. But I'll never be offended if they don't. As long as the players and the team get that support, I will continue to work that way.'

How the Liverpool story unfolds this season will make for fascinating viewing and there was a certain mischief from West Brom manager Steve Clarke, Dalglish's assistant last year, when he claimed on Thursday that Rodgers will be under pressure if he does not deliver a top four place in May.

Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool's owners, insist that is not the case but there certainly is pressure – from Rodgers himself.

'I will never shy away from the top four but it is easier said than done,' Rodgers pointed out. 'The big challenge is to keep improving. The changes here have been traumatic in the last few years but when the light shines on you, you have to be ready. It is a responsibility I gladly take.'

Jan Vertonghen completes Tottenham move

Jan is AVB's man as 'delighted' Tottenham complete 10m deal for Ajax star Vertonghen

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UPDATED:

10:48 GMT, 12 July 2012

Tottenham have finalised the signing of Jan Vertonghen from Ajax for 10million after the centre-half passed his medical.

The 25-year-old, who captained the Amsterdam club, agreed terms with Spurs at the weekend and has now completed the formalities.

Earning their Spurs: AVB is flanked by news signings Sigurdsson and Vertonghen (right)

Earning their Spurs: AVB is flanked by news signings Sigurdsson and Vertonghen (right)

Tottenham confirmed the news on their official Twitter feed, writing: 'We are delighted to announce that @Jan-Vertonghen has completed his transfer from Ajax after passing his medical.'

Spurs had been tracking the Belgium international for several months, with Vertonghen winning last season's Eredivisie player of the season award as Ajax won the league.

Vertonghen's move was briefly delayed, however, amid reported interest from Arsenal while the arrival of Andre Villas-Boas as manager in place of Harry Redknapp also created some upheaval.

Welcome to Spurs: Jan Vertonghen has completed his switch to north London

Welcome to Spurs: Jan Vertonghen has completed his switch to north London

Speaking after agreeing terms,
Vertonghen welcomed the chance to ply his trade at White Hart Lane –
regardless of who is in charge.

'I am very relieved,' he told Sky
Sports News. 'It went on for a long time, but I'm glad I'm a Tottenham
player right now and I'm looking forward to playing for the club.

'I am 25 years old now and I feel
ready to play in the Premier League. I heard that Harry Redknapp really
wanted me to play for Tottenham, but now it's Andre Villas-Boas. To me,
that doesn't matter.

'I just want to play for the club and I hope I can please the fans at the club.'

He follows Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson in signing for Tottenham since Villas-Boas arrived.

Euro 2012: Roy Hodgson can win it like Chelsea, says Frank Lampard

Roy can win it like Chelsea… and I only hope I can be a part of it, says Lampard

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21:41 GMT, 30 May 2012

After what just happened at Chelsea, following an extraordinary climax to an extraordinary season, Frank Lampard is inclined to believe that a late change in manager might not be such a bad thing for England.

There is upheaval. There is a sense that the man in charge has so much to do and so little time to do it.

As Lampard said, Roberto Di Matteo had precious little time to revive a team that had lost 3-1 in Naples and somehow mastermind a stunning victory in the second leg of that Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge.

All smiles: Lampard has likened the situation at England to Chelsea

All smiles: Lampard has likened the situation at England to Chelsea

In Lampard, however, indeed in every Chelsea player now with the England squad at their Hertfordshire base, you will not find a player who sees Roy Hodgson's sudden arrival as something that will necessarily hinder their chances of success at this summer's European Championship.

Lampard recognises the fact that Hodgson has been parachuted into the job. Just as he accepts that he was unveiled at Wembley '40 days and 40 nights' before England's opening group encounter with France on June 11 and it was only on Tuesday that he finally got his full squad together. But Lampard is optimistic.

'It's certainly possible to create something very quickly,' he said. 'There's no magic formula in football. You can have the right preparation and the surroundings for a tournament.

Silverware: Lampard celebrates with the Champions League trophy in Munich

Silverware: Lampard celebrates with the Champions League trophy in Munich

'But in my opinion man-management is of the utmost importance in top football these days. When you've got a very good squad of players, of course there's training and tactics and stuff which are important. But the man-management issue at Chelsea was the huge thing.

'Robbie took players aside and talked to them and made them feel confident. He brought the best out of them, and when you can do that you've got a chance. If England can do that as a group then I still think we've got a great chance.'

So has Hodgson got enough time to do that 'I certainly think so,' said Lampard. 'At Chelsea Robbie did it in a matter of weeks, to beat Napoli and all that. We've got very good players in the squad, so it's not so much a matter of time. The fact that expectations are lower because of that might work in our favour.'

Here for the ride: Lampard has been impressed by the new England boss

Here for the ride: Lampard has been impressed by the new England boss

Hodgson certainly seems to be doing the right things. There was the rousing speech on Tuesday; the personal visits to senior players before he named his squad. He has also been astute in making sure his captain and his finest player are happy, not least by telling Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney that they will be playing in the positions they consider their best. Central midfield for Gerrard, the No 10 role for Rooney.

But as Lampard said this week, Hodgson also impressed the Chelsea contingent by visiting their dressing room after that stunning Champions League final win in Munich.

'I wouldn't want to divulge details of the conversation,' said Lampard. 'But he came in the dressing room to say well done and that he was looking forward to seeing us next week.

'It was very much a “Well done and congratulations”, which we appreciated from the new England manager. But he didn't have to do that.'

Leading from the front: Lampard trains with the rest of the England squad on Wednesday

Leading from the front: Lampard trains with the rest of the England squad on Wednesday

Lampard would like to think the success the Chelsea players have enjoyed, and the manner in which it has been achieved – as underdogs against Barcelona and Bayern Munich – will have a positive effect on England in Poland and Ukraine.

'I hope so,' he said. 'We felt an amazing change in ourselves at Chelsea by tackling Barcelona in the way we did, and then by beating Bayern Munich. So hopefully we can carry that on in ourselves and influence players around us. I think we've got a group of big players who can play without that anxiety.'

Old-age debate: Lampard insists he can play with Gerrard

Old-age debate: Lampard insists he can play with Gerrard

Lampard will be anxious about his place at the Euros after picking up an injury yesterday, but he's happy to be part of the squad after a stop-start season.

He said: 'I wasn't playing regularly for Chelsea and if you're not playing then you wonder if you'll be out. I took nothing for granted and it just shows you how football can turn, not just for myself but a few in the squad who might have been out of the picture a few months ago.'

If he's fit and able, Lampard still believes he can play with Gerrard, despite the lack of balance they have so often suffered from as a partnership in the past.

'I think, yes,' he said. 'That's the headline straight away! I'm not going to say no and talk myself out of the team. The problem is, for it to be called a successful partnership England need to have a very good run in a big tournament.'

In Chelsea's Champions League run Lampard did display an ability to perform the deeper, more defensive role.

'I've enjoyed the workload, making blocks and tracking back as much as trying to get up and score,' he said.

'If I can find a way of mixing that, if I'm asked to contribute, that's good. 'But I wouldn't want to take away the idea that I can score goals because that's always what I've tried to do. With age and experience you have to change. Whether I'll become a big holding midfield player, I'm not so sure.'

But first there's the issue of today's all-important scan.