Chelsea complete Willian signing

Chelsea have announced the signing of Anzhi forward Willian, who has completed his move to Stamford Bridge having been granted a work permit.

The Brazilian, who had been expected to join Tottenham, has signed a five-year contract at Jose Mourinho’s side.

A product of the Corinthians youth system, the 25-year-old moved to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in August 2007 before moving to Russia in January following some eye-catching performances in the Champions League.

“I’m very happy to be here, it’s been a dream of mine to come and play here,” he told the Blues’ official website upon completing his transfer to the Stamford Bridge outfit.

“Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world, and now I’m going to play for one of the best managers in the world, so I’m very happy and looking forward to it.”

Bale included in Wales squad for World Cup qualifiers

The Real Madrid target, who is yet to see any action this season for Tottenham, has been named by Chris Coleman in the national set-up for games against Macedonia and Serbia

Gareth Bale has been included in the Wales squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Serbia, despite Tottenham’s insistence that the winger is currently injured.

Bale is yet to play for Spurs this season as he waits to complete a world record €100 million move to Real Madrid.

The winger has not turned up to training this week as it is believed he wants a move to the Bernabeu to happen as quickly as possible.

The Welsh squad is a strong one that includes 11 players who play in the Premier League.

The full list is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey, Glyn Myhill, Owain Fon s.

Defenders: Ben Davies, Neal Eardley, Danny Gabbidon, Chris Gunter, Adam Matthews, Sam Ricketts, Neil Taylor, Ashley s.

Midfielders: Joe Allen, Jack Collison, Andrew Crofts, Andy King, Joe Ledley, Aaron Ramsey, Jonathan s, Gareth Bale.

Attackers: Craig Bellamy, Simon Church, Hal Robson-Kanu, Sam Vokes.

Transfer Talk: Bale finally heads to Spain, but is Eto'o bound for Inter or Chelsea?

Nat Coombs, Peter Staunton and former Chelsea captain Dennis Wise discuss the major talking points from the summer market

One of the longest running saga’s of the transfer window is coming to a close, as Real Madrid look finally set to get their man, Gareth Bale.

The Tottenham forward is set to complete his ‘dream’ move to Spain after the clubs agreed a world-record £86 million fee earlier this week.

Meanwhile in England, Chelsea’s pursuit of Wayne Rooney was spiced up a little further after their 0-0 draw away to Manchester United, with Jose Mourinho asking the striker to publically confirm his intentions – either to stay at Old Trafford, or move to London.

To discuss these stories and much more, Nat Coombs is joined by international football writer Peter Staunton, and former Chelsea captain, Dennis Wise.

Remember, to pose a question to next week’s panel, leave your comment below or Tweet us by using the hashtag #askgoal.

Mata is not for sale, insists Mourinho

The Chelsea playmaker was left on the bench for the 0-0 draw against Manchester United but the manager says the Spaniard was rested due to a pre-season knock

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has reiterated that Juan Mata is not for sale after Arsene Wenger admitted he is a fan of the Spaniard.

Mata was benched for the draw against Manchester United, once again sparking intense speculation that he could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge this summer.

Arsenal boss Wenger revealed he rates the former Valencia man highly after his side’s 2-0 Champions League qualifying victory over Fenerbahce on Tuesday.

But Mourinho insists he has no intention of parting with the man voted Chelsea’s Player of the Year last season.

“There is no chance Juan goes,” he told reporters.

“He had a very small pre-season after the Confederations Cup. And during that pre-season he was injured.

“He started training two days before we played the first league match.

“He played against Aston Villa and I decided to put him on the bench against United.”

Mata was in stunning form last season, scoring 18 goals and notching up 34 assists in all competitions. 

Bale fee not a problem for Uefa, says Platini

The Frenchman has no objections to the proposed €100 million deal provided Real Madrid can afford the installments – although he questioned whether the player is worth the sum

Uefa president Michel Platini has stressed that he has no problem with Real Madrid paying €100 million for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale.

The Santiago Bernabeu side are set to break the current world record transfer fee of €94m – set when Madrid signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009 – prompting significant debate over the size of the sum.

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino stated at the weekend that €100m for one player shows “a lack of respect for the world we live in”, but Platini insists it is not a problem provided Madrid have the means to pay the installments – although he questioned whether Bale is worth the sum.

“I don’t have any objections against such a fee as long as the buying club can afford to pay €100m,” Platini told L’Equipe.

“Nobody would have said anything about it if Madrid had decided to buy three players for €30m each.

“Whether Bale is worth €100m is an entirely different debate, though…”

The 24-year-old Bale failed to turn up to Tottenham training on Tuesday and is expected to finalise his move to Madrid imminently.