Mourinho confirms bids for De Bruyne

The Belgium international, who has started just twice in the Premier League for Chelsea this season, has been targeted by Wolfsburg

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Chelsea have received two official bids for out-of-favour attacker Kevin De Bruyne.

Wolfsburg’s sporting director Klaus Allofs claimed on Friday that the Belgium international is keen on joining the Bundesliga club this month, while a host of other sides from the German top flight have been linked with the 22-year-old.

De Bruyne spent the last season on loan with Werder Bremen and it now looks likely that his future is away from Stamford Bridge.

“We’ve had two for De Bruyne which we are analysing,” Mourinho told reporters on Friday.

“We don’t need a direct replacement [if De Bruyne leaves]. It’s a position where we have options.”

De Bruyne has made just two Premier League starts for Chelsea this season and is yet to score a goal for the club.

Mourinho had previously suggested he would not sell De Bruyne, despite publicly criticising his efforts in September’s 2-0 Capital One Cup win over Swindon Town, although his stance appears to have softened.

He added: “We’ve had a few proposals for Kevin De Bruyne, we will keep analysing them. He’s a fantastic player with potential.”

Ronaldinho never considered leaving Atletico, insists agent

The former Ballon d’Or winner had appeared to be edging towards a return to Europe, with Besiktas particularly keen, but the ex-Barcelona star decided to remain in Belo Horizonte

Ronaldinho’s agent has claimed that the Brazil international never had any intention of quitting Atletico Mineiro.

The 33-year-old attacking midfielder looked set to leave the Copa Libertadores champions after allowing his contract to run down.

However, despite interest from Turkish outfit Besiktas, Ronaldinho signed a new deal with Atletico on Thursday, with his representative, and brother, Roberto Assis, insisting that leaving Belo Horizonte was never on the cards.

“It was invention of the journalists,” he told Radio Itatiaia. “We had a meeting [Atletico Mineiro] and it was all resolved.”

Prior to signing a contract extension, there had been speculation that Ronaldinho wanted one last crack at Europe.

Assis confirmed that an offer was made by Besiktas but denied any insinuations that Ronaldinho was ready to consider the deal, saying his brother retains a special affinity with the Atletico supporters.

“There is a fantastic relationship there,” he enthused. “He’s happy there.

“He met with a crowd that was extremely affectionate with him and his whole family. The player feels very comfortable.”

Ronaldinho, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, inspired Atletico to Copa Libertadores victory last year.

Chelsea boss Mourinho refuses to address Rooney speculation

The Portuguese did not elaborate on the Blues’ pursuit of the England international and believes the Red Devils will improve under David Moyes’ guidance

Jose Mourinho has refused to address speculation regarding a fresh approach from Chelsea for Wayne Rooney.

Goal exclusively revealed in December that the 28-year-old has refused to enter negotiations with United over an extension to his current contract, which expires in 2015.

Chelsea launched two bids for the England international during the summer transfer window, while several clubs abroad are also monitoring the forward.

“I don’t want to speak about it,” Mourinho told reporters. “We play Man United in a few days. I don’t think it’s nice to speak about a Man United player.

“You have to ask him [Rooney]. You have to ask the player. And Man United because Man United has a contract with the player that doesn’t end at the end of the season.”

United head into Saturday’s fixture against Swansea City off the back of three straight defeats, one of which resulted in an FA Cup third-round exit at the hands of the Swans.

The Premier League champions currently sit seventh in the table, 11 points behind leaders Arsenal, but Mourinho inists the club are in good hands with David Moyes.

“I don’t think they have a problem,” said Mourinho. “In this moment they are not top four in the Premier League, but they can be at the end of the season.

“A new manager, but a club with a fantastic culture of supporting the manager.

“I don’t feel any problem for David. He works. Better results will arrive and he will be for many years in the club and will reach good results.”

Wenger: Rosicky will extend Arsenal contract

The Czech Republic international’s current deal expires at the end of the season but the Gunners manager says the midfielder will still be at the Emirates next season

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Tomas Rosicky will stay at Arsenal beyond this summer despite his contract having just six months remaining.

The Czech is free to discuss a move elsewhere in the current winter transfer window, but has previously stated his desire to extend his near eight-year stint at the Emirates Stadium.

And Wenger has confirmed he wants Rosicky to remain at the club, and praised the former Borussia Dortmund man’s quality.

“Tomas will stay here at the end of the season,” the French coach told reporters on Friday. “He is a marvellous player and contributes well to the team.

“He is certainly a typical Arsenal player in the way that he is mobile, technically sound and team orientated. He is a fantastic footballer.”

Rosicky has made 20 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners so far this term, and will be in the squad for Monday night’s game at Aston Villa.

Manchester City sign wonderkid Iheanacho on pre-contract

The Under-17 World Cup star will complete full terms with the Premier League side when he turns 18 in October

Nigerian wonderkid Kelechi Iheanacho has signed a pre-contract with Manchester City and will arrive at the Etihad in October, his father has confirmed.

The Premier League outfit have resurrected the move for Iheanacho and agreed terms after a dispute between his parents and the club arose over bonus payments threatened to collapse a deal last month.

The teenager, who won the Golden Ball at the Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last autumn, is currently on holiday in Barcelona and will return to Nigeria before moving to Manchester when he turns 18 in 10 months’ time.

“He can’t sign but what he has done is sign a pre-contract with Manchester City pending his 18th birthday,” Iheanacho’s father James told brilafm.net at the Confederation of African Football’s gala award ceremony in Lagos.

Goal revealed last week that a £250,000 (€300,000) transfer fee has been agreed for Iheanacho, with a further £300,000 (€360,000) being paid to the Taye Academy in Owerri and £350,000 (€420,000) to the youngster’s father.

City have invested heavily in top youth talent over the last 12 months, with Swede Zacharias Faour, Norwegian goalkeeper Kjetil Haug, Real Madrid starlet Jose Pozo and Malaga’s Brahim Abdelkader all having joined the club.

Iheanacho’s 17-year-old compatriot, Chidi Nwakali, is also expected to sign imminently after arriving at the club for talks last week.

The influx of young talents at City comes ahead of the club opening their state-of-the-art Etihad Campus training facility in August, which will house City’s youth set-up alongside their Platt Lane complex in Fallowfield.