All the headlines point to Chelsea, as the rumour mill moves from overdrive to absurd.
In a quiet week for Chelsea, news of an audacious move for Cristiano Ronaldo might just wake the fans from their slumber. The Express claims, not at all over dramatically, that if they were to appoint former boss Jose Mourinho in the summer, the Portugese man would “hold Roman Abramovich to ransom” by insisting on the purchase of his fellow countryman and a paltry £12 million a year.
There are however a few issues with this. Firstly, nobody holds Abramovich to ransom, not even Mourinho, who succumbed to the mad axe-wielding Russian just over four years ago. Secondly, it’s just plain ridiculous.
The sacking of AVB has led to a media frenzy, with giant names such as Pep Guardiola, Rafa Benitez, Fabio Capello and Mourinho being batted about at will by the country’s red tops. Chelsea’s followers will no doubt revel in the fact that their club can still attract such a clamour, having watched their side turn in to an utter laughing stock this term.
But the mere mention of Ronaldo’s name is even more laughable. With 38 goals in 37 appearances this season, the 27 year old would cost roughly £150 million to satisfy Madrid, and is unlikely to be excited by the prospect of Europa League football.
Meanwhile, in a story unlikely to leave Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard feeling any remorse whatsoever, The Mirror claims Andre Villas Boas reportedly left Chelsea’s training ground in tears on Sunday.
Whether they were tears of unbridled joy at an unprecedented £10 million pay-off is unconfirmed, but the former boss was consoled by around four first team players before his departure. The rest were probably in the dressing room plotting the downfall of the next unfortunate chap to walk through the revolving doors, as their plans for the first all 30+ side begin to take shape.
Though the image of John Terry gesticulating in front of a white board whilst Cole, Lampard, Didier Drogba and co all frantically take notes might seem silly, you can’t completely rule out the possibility can you?
But for those Chelsea fans who aren’t of the opinion that the sun shines out of every orifice of the their golden boys, and want the club to progress under the level-headed stewardship of a man who isn’t consumed by the intoxication of his own ego, then do not fear.
Roman Abramovich has indicated that he himself will sort out the mess at the club, and finish the rebuilding job AVB so feebly started. The Telegraph claim owner Abramovich told the players in a meeting at the training ground on Sunday, immediately after he personally fired Villas-Boas, that he also held them accountable. So there you have it, all’s well that ends well.
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