Saturday 08th March gossip column


Chelsea have told Didier Drogba they will not stand in his way if he wants to leave this summer - as long as he helps them win silverware this season. (Daily Express)

Tottenham are closing in on Carlos Kameni after the Cameroon keeper got the all-clear to leave Espanyol. (Daily Mirror)

Middlesbrough midfielder Fabio Rochemback wants to move back to his former club Sporting Lisbon. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United's hopes of luring Lyon striker Karim Benzema could be over after he looked set to agree an extension to his contract with the French club. (Daily Telegraph).

Chelsea could be poised to step in with a late offer for Benzema, 20, with Andriy Shevchenko likely to be off-loaded in the summer, possibly to former club AC Milan. (Daily Mirror)

Sir Alex Ferguson insists he will still be managing Manchester United at the age of 70. (Various)

Croatia boss Slaven Bilic reckons Arsenal striker Eduardo will make a full recovery from his broken leg. (The Sun)

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez insists he was right not to bring back former striker Michael Owen but sign Spaniard Fernando Torres instead. (Various)

Everton striker James Vaughan could miss the rest of the season after a knee operation on Monday. (The Sun)

West Brom midfielder Filipe Teixeira faces up to eight months on the sidelines with cruciate ligament damage. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson admits he will consider the Intertoto Cup route into Europe next season if his side fails to qualify through the Premier League. (Various)

Liverpool could soon be owned jointly by American Tom Hicks and the Dubai International Capital after they looked on the brink of an agreement. (Various)

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson wants to stay on as manager next season - even if they are relegated from the Premier League. (Times)

Former Leeds, Coventry and Middlesbrough striker Noel Whelan is a contender to become manager of East Stirling.

Michael Ballack reckons Chelsea's resurgence since their Carling Cup final defeat to Tottenham was down to skipper John Terry's insistence on a team-bonding paint-balling trip the following week. (Guardian)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can expect a nice bottle of red from Wigan boss Steve Bruce, who is still grateful for the Frenchman lending him three players key to him getting promoted with ex-club Birmingham last season.