Chelsea Set to Challenge Arsenal by Offering Role to Petr Cech Following Retirement

?Chelsea are preparing to offer former goalkeeper Petr Cech a position at the club at the end of the season as part of their new technical setup.

The Arsenal keeper is set to retire from playing at the end of the campaign, and will be most fondly remembered for the 11 years spent at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2015, where he won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and the Champions League.

Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech hol

He became a ?Chelsea legend during his time at west London, and it’s something the club will be looking to utilise by offering ?Cech a position as part of their new technical setup, according to ?The Telegraph.

As claimed, it’s a move to appease fans of the Blues, who have fervently voiced their frustrations at times in what is Maurizio Sarri’s first season as manager of the club.

Maurizio Sarri,Eden Hazard

While it’s believed that Cech won’t become the club’s new technical director – a position that has yet to be filled following Michael Emenalo’s resignation in November 2017 – his proposed role would include elements of that position. 

Director Marina Granovskaia currently undertakes many of Emenalo’s duties, but is keen to redistribute some of her work, while the looming retirement of Cech is seen as a perfect opportunity to mend the relationship between fans and the boardroom – by offering him a position at the club.

The report means Cech is likely to have a decision on his hands this summer, with reports at the end of March suggesting ?Arsenal had offered the star a coaching role at the Emirates following retirement.

Despite struggles this season, Chelsea currently sit fourth in the ?Premier League, which would be good enough to qualify for next season’s Champions League, while their season could also end with silverware in the shape of the Europa League. 


EFL Release Statement Confirming Bolton ‘Must Complete’ Outstanding Championship Games

?The EFL have released a statement confirming that Bolton Wanderers must play their two remaining Sky Bet Championship fixtures.

Bolton’s scheduled game against Brentford this weekend has been postponed, with the club’s players refusing to play the remainder of their games after failing to receive their wages for March.

Callum Connolly

The financial difficulties the club have fallen into this season ?have been well documented, but the EFL are adamant the club will play their remaining two league games against Brentford and Nottingham Forest.

In a statement released by the ?EFL, they’ve said: “Following the decision to suspend the fixture between Bolton Wanderers and Brentford late on Friday evening, the EFL Board has determined that Bolton Wanderers must complete their two outstanding matches in the Sky Bet Championship.

“The club has been instructed to now make the appropriate arrangements for the rearrangement of Saturday’s game at the earliest opportunity.

“In issuing this directive, the Board is aware that a number of the Clubs’ Professional Players may not make themselves available but is satisfied that a team can be selected from the players they have registered and available to them.

“The EFL would have forced the Club to play this weekend’s fixture had the under-18 team not been involved in a game on Thursday and the potential player welfare issues this could have created for the Club in the longer term. This same issue will not reoccur as the Club is able to plan the players’ preparation and recovery time accordingly.

“We deeply regret having to make the decision to suspend Saturday’s game and apologise for the inconvenience this will cause for all those involved, particularly the supporters of both Bolton Wanderers and Brentford.

Bolton Wanderers v Ipswich Town - Sky Bet Championship

“As stated yesterday, as a result of Bolton Wanderers not meeting its fixture obligations as per EFL Regulations, the Club will now be charged with misconduct and be referred to an Independent Disciplinary Commission.

“Finally, the current ownership difficulties at the Club remain a significant concern for the EFL and we will look to work with both parties over the next week to bring all outstanding matters to a speedy conclusion. It should be recognised that the resolution is not in our hands but we will assist where possible, with the long term interests of Bolton Wanderers and its supporters, our priority.”

Gary O'Neil,James Collins

?Bolton’s relegation from the ?Championship has already been confirmed, with the Wanderers 23rd in the table, although instances such as this could have consequences next season.


Malcom Reveals He Recorded Lionel Messi Applauding Champions League Goal Against Inter

?Barcelona winger Malcom has admitted he recorded footage of Lionel Messi applauding his Champions League group stage goal against Inter earlier this season.

The 22-year-old has endured a difficult debut season at Camp Nou since his £36.5m move from Bordeaux in the summer, scoring four goals in 19 games across all competitions.

The first of his four goals this season came in the ?Champions League against ?Inter, as his finish beyond Samir Handanovic secured a 1-1 draw for La Blaugrana – becoming the first side to reach this season’s knockout stages in the process.

Lionel Messi,Malcom

It proved to be an emotional moment for the Brazilian, who revealed during an interview with ?Marca he’s recorded the moment ?Messi applauded his goal at San Siro.

Speaking about the Argentine, he said: “Messi is going to be considered the best after Pele. I didn’t think that before, but now that I’ve seen him closely, yes, I see how he works day by day and he is sensational.

“He never ceases to amaze me with the things he does. We know he can cut in from the left, but we don’t know when, and then waiting for that exact angle, that exact moment.

“During the game he is looking at the defence, it’s position and what he is going to do. It’s amazing. It is a unique feeling to play with him. I have the day that Messi applauded my Champions League goal recorded, I will never forget it.”

?Barc?elona remain on course to secure the treble this season, with the first of three potential trophies secured this campaign coming in the shape of a 26th ?La Liga title, which could be won this weekend. 

Following that is the first leg of their Champions League semi final against ?Liverpool. While Malcom has admitted that competition for places at the club is extremely high, he’s ready to ‘take advantage’ of any opportunity given to him by manager Ernesto Valdverde. 

Gerard Pique,Malcom,Luis Suarez

He added: “The coach knows when some players are tired and always makes changes. That is why whoever is on the bench has to be prepared because opportunities will come. I’m calm and will take advantage of those opportunities.”


Eric Bailly Set on Staying at Man Utd to Fight for First Team Spot Despite Interest From Lyon

?Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is determined to earn a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team next season and will snub transfer interest from abroad this summer.

The Ivory Coast international has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford over the last few weeks as he hasn’t started a match for them since the start of February, making just two substitute appearances in the league during that time.

Bailly hasn’t been part of a matchday squad with Manchester United for over a month, something which has seen him heavily linked with a move to Ligue 1 side Lyon – the same club that Memphis Depay left Old Trafford to join.


But the Manchester Evening News insist Bailly has no intention of leaving the club this summer, stressing that the centre back is ‘committed’ to breaking into Solskjaer’s side in time for the start of next season.

The regional newspaper have been told Bailly wants to play as many games as possible during the remainder of his contract, as well as get another taste for silverware after winning the League Cup and Europa League in 2017.

Eric Bailly

Bailly’s initial absence from Manchester United’s squad was due to a concussion which he suffered on international duty in March, but he is now back to full fitness and still hasn’t been selected by Solskjaer.

As well as attracting interest from Lyon, his time on the sidelines has seen Premier League rivals Arsenal linked with the defender as part of their defensive makeover at the end of the season.

Manager Unai Emery was impressed with Bailly during the Ivorian’s spell at Villarreal, but it’s believed Manchester United wouldn’t entertain the idea of selling to a direct rival in the league.


Arsenal Considering Surprise New Contract Offer for Injured Star Danny Welbeck

?Arsenal are set to launch a surprise contract offer to keep Danny Welbeck at the Emirates.

The striker’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the season and, with the 28-year-old having endured another nightmare campaign ravaged with injuries, the England international was widely expected to depart the Gunners in the summer.

However, Welbeck is making strong progress in his recovery from an ankle injury sustained in November which required surgery and, according to the ?Mirror, ?Arsenal’s hierarchy are discussing a potential new deal for the forward.

With Welbeck currently due to become a free agent in the summer, it is said that Premier League trio ?West Ham, ?Everton and ?Newcastle are among the clubs monitoring his situation with a view to a potential move for the striker in the summer.

The former ?Manchester United star’s future remains far from clear, even if Arsenal do opt to offer Welbeck a new contract, as the Gunners may propose a reduced basic wage with bonuses related to his playing time.

Danny Welbeck,Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Prior to his injury this term, suffered during a Europa League group stage clash against Sporting CP in November, Welbeck proved to be a valuable squad player, but largely had to settle for playing second-fiddle to Arsenal’s preferred options in attack.

With ?Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and ?Alexandre Lacazette firmly established as the Gunners’ main men up front, Welbeck would likely continue to serve only as back-up to the club’s two most expensive signings, should he opt to stay at the Emirates.

That could prove to be another decisive factor with regards to Welbeck’s future in north London, as it remains to be seen whether he would be prepared to settle for a bit-part role as he approaches the latter stages of his career.

Having already seen ?Aaron Ramsey seal a deal to join ?Juventus on a free transfer ahead of next season, Arsenal could be reluctant to see another big name depart for nothing in the summer,

Stephan Lichteiner,Rob Holding,Danny Welbeck,Aaron Ramsey

With Unai Emery set to be handed a limited transfer budget of around £40m this summer, the cost of signing a replacement for Welbeck could prove unfeasible, with other transfer targets on the agenda at the Emirates, meaning that keeping hold of their man could prove a wise decision.