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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is not tired of professional football: the Ivory Coast striker, aged 39, has joined the Phoenix Rising, team which play in the United Soccer League.

Not only Drogba will play for the side from Phoenix, Arizona, but he is also one of the co-owner of the club, joining the MLS expansion franchise ownership group.

Phoenix Rising actually hope to become an MLS franchise in three years. “To own a team and be a player at the same time is unusual but it’s going to be very exciting”. – Drogba said – “It’s a good transition because I want to carry on playing but I’m almost 40 and it’s important for me to prepare for my later career”.

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John Terry didn’t get much playing time during this season and, despite this, it’s understood he rejected some good offers from the US to remain at Chelsea and help the team to fight in the title race.

MLS sides like LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and Orlando City approached him in the past months but the Blues skipper rejected their offers to lead his team in the Premier League pursue.

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Lampard tells Soccer AM how he would love a Blues return

This past Christmas week on Soccer AM, FRANK LAMPARD answered some quick fire questions and  expressed his love to return to Stamford Bridge. The 38-year old all-time leading goal scorer has now finished his contract after two seasons abroad in America with Major League Soccer Team New York City FC.
Even if LAMPARD is not offered a deal, he intends to still be at Chelsea first as a fan with his ‘season ticket’ and then to be involved in any way he can. The midfielder indeed has got hopes to continue as a player but also emphasises that he wants to remain at the top of his game for his family. Chelsea currently with players of youthful energetic ages and high flying midfielders of different talents may consider a LAMPARD return. This similar to his previous return after going to title rivals Manchester City may be subject to some scrutiny especially as other players already fit and in the current team are struggling to get into manager Antonio Conte’s starting line-up this season.

LAMPARD, now FRANK LAMPARD OBE after receiving his honours medal last year from Prince William at Buckingham Palace for services to football is already a Chelsea legend and is loved by fans all over the world. Since leaving Stanford Bridge he (Lampard) has played darts live on television and has spoken about his possibility of getting into football coaching and football commentary.

The Ex-Chelsea midfielder has had a fantastic career with success as well as high progress in his international football appearances for England with 105 caps. After starting a career with West Ham, LAMPARD went on to Chelsea where he scored 211 goals in 13 seasons before leaving in 2014 to join New York City FC where he also had a loan spell with Manchester City returning to the Premier League. A true living legend of Chelsea like LAMPARD has said that if he has to continue playing football it would “have to be perfect” and understands that after the age of 30 “things are different”. LAMPARD has put himself out there for the club and only time will tell if he gets his dream return.

LAMPARD says: “I feel fit and I’m fresh in mind” which some Blues’ fans will pretty much be happy to still hear whilst Chelsea is top of the table going into the New Year. He additionally expresses his view on Chelsea winning the Premier League as possible only if Chelsea “do not suffer from injuries”. A Christmas online poll on Mirror Sport has revealed that 64% of Chelsea fans voted for LAMPARD to be re-signed. If this is the wish of the fans and it is granted, the career of Chelsea’s all-time top goal scorer could see him experience yet another return to make more history in the English premier League.

By: Samuel Georgewill
Supported By: Light Of The World FC

 

 

 

 

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Radamel Falcao told NBC’s ProSoccerTalk he would like to play in Major League Soccer after his Chelsea loan, even though his immediate future is in Europe.

The 30-year-old Colombia international striker said: “Some other Colombian players are playing in Major League Soccer and obviously the big stars like Andrea Pirlo, Kaka and Giovani dos Santos.”

“I never say no but in this moment I am thinking about Europe and my performances here, I think I have more years to fight in these leagues.”

Falcao added: “I follow the league. In England they are showing the games and I have some friends who play in there who I played with in River Plate or Porto like Higuain or Valeri.”

“Some other Colombian players are playing in Major League Soccer and obviously the big stars like Andrea Pirlo, Kaka or Giovani dos Santos. I think MLS could be bigger than now because they have everything they need to become an even stronger league and become even more competitive.”

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Chelsea legend Frankie Lampard spoke to the Mail on Sunday and revealed that he wondering if today’s the Blues got some real leaders in the dressing room:

I do worry about where the real personalities of the team are,” he claimed.

“To be a big team, you have to have big personalities.

“I don’t want to sound like I am harking back to the days of me and John (Terry) and Ashley Cole and Petr Cech and Didier Drogba but I do see a team now where John is the last mainstay of that identity.

“Maybe Chelsea are looking for a more beautiful way now. The club has been trying to push it down that route with the players they have recruited over the last four or five years.

“The problem is if you fall in the middle, somewhere between tough and beautiful. It’s nice football at times but it’s not that nice and it’s not really winning games. It’s not beautiful, beautiful stuff.

“They need to buy two or three big players. Because being 11th in the Premier League is ridiculous for Chelsea.”

Last season Lampard played for Manchester City prior to his move to current club New York City, so he gives his opinion also on Citizens’ next manager, Pep Guardiola:

They will be a huge force under Guardiola. I think, yes, Man City can push on in a massive way. He’s an innovator.

There are two geniuses: Jose Mourinho and him. What a great rivalry that will be if Jose goes to Old Trafford.”

Speaking about his future he said:

“I don’t know yet whether this will be my last year as a player – but whether it is or not, I don’t want to go out with a whimper.”

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Chelsea Legends Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba were reunited when New York City and Montreal Impact faced each other in a preseason friendly. Although neither player was involved New York City eventually won 1-0. The pair spent 8 seasons together and looked delighted to see each other as shown in a video on New York City’s twitter page.

New York City are managed by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira and also have Andrea Pirlo and David Villa in their squad. The MLS season kicks off on 6th March as Lampard’s side play Chicago Fire and Drogba’s play against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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Chelsea Legend and current Al-Arabi boss Gianfranco Zola believes that John Terry would be a great addition to the Qatari League. The pair played alongside each other during the early part of Terry’s career and Zola now wants to be reunited with his old team mate. The Al-Arabi boss also said that not only are his team interested in the defender, but the “whole league” is too.

“When we talk about John Terry, we are talking about a big player, big name and I believe a player of this stature is not of interest only for a team, but also for the whole league,” Zola said.

“I believe the Qatari league is a league that wants to grow bigger so I believe there might be interest not only from Al-Arabi but there might be interest from all the Qatari league.”

“He’s been linked not only to Qatar, he’s been linked also to the MLS, to China. It’s more difficult for any league if there is a league like China which has invested so much money. It will be more competition for Qatar, for leagues in Europe.”

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has ruled out trying to sign Chelsea captain John Terry, but has said that the defender still possesses huge quality. 

Terry announced last Sunday that he would be leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, having made his professional debut for the club in 1998.

It is believed that the former England captain will continue his career in the MLS, having stated that he will not represent another English side.

Wenger has also reiterated that he won’t be trying to sign the 34-year old, despite Terry being linked to several Premier League clubs:

No [he won’t sign] because he is at the end of his career and he has spent his career at Chelsea.

“If he wants to play longer, I am sure he will play for Chelsea.”

The Frenchman has also said that Terry is a leader of men on the pitch, and that it takes a certain talent to stay at the top for the length of time that he has:

“He was not only a great player, he certainly still is, but he was also a great coach on the pitch,” Wenger said.  

“I saw him here once at London Colney playing with the Under-21’s and the way he coached the team as a player was absolutely marvellous.

“He was a real leader and he had a great career as well, let’s not forget that. That’s never a coincidence. The guys who last such a long time have something special.”

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With Chelsea on the brink of signing American defender Matt Miazga from the MLS, an anonymous former team mate has said the player could really struggle in the Premier League.

“He is a really nice guy but pretty naive and he plays young.
“He looks big but he is soft, so hopefully he gets a little stronger and meaner otherwise he will be eaten alive in the Premier League. “He is a good kid so I am happy for him but he needs to be loaned out to get experience.”

Guus Hiddink gave his thoughts in a press conference this afternoon.

“Miazga is a promising player. We’re not rushing but he will be one of the squad members for the future. [He is a] young guy, stepping up to the national team. You can see what players are capable of in training so I think we will sign him permanently and he will stay with us for the rest of the season, not going on loan anywhere.”

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Chelsea are closing in on the signing of MLS star Matt Miazga.

Miazga, 20, who currently plays for MLS side New York Red Bulls, is due to fly to London before Saturday in order to complete his £3.5 million move to the Blues.

The 6ft 4in centre back is regarded as a promising young talent, having already made his debut for the U.S national team under former German international Jurgen Klinsmann.

This will come as some concern to Chelsea’s current centre back Gary Cahill, whose already finding it difficult to break into the first team under Guus Hiddink. With Chelsea captain John Terry and promising young Frenchman Kurt Zouma ahead of him in the pecking order.

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