Chelsea FC are in talks with Norwich City for the transfer of John Ruddy, Nicolas Anelka completes his move to West Brom, while Manchester United manager insists Wayne Rooney won’t be sold.
Chelsea closing in on John Ruddy
Reports suggest that Chelsea are closing in on Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy.
The London club are in need of a back-up option for Petr Cech, after releasing both Ross Turnbull and Hilario, while Thibaut Courtois has extended his loan spell at Atletico Madrid. Now Sky Sports are reporting that Chelsea are in negotiating with Norwich City for the transfer of 26-year-old goalkeeper John Ruddy.
Ruddy started his career at Cambridge United before signing for Everton in 2005. But he spent most of his Everton career on loan to League one and League two sides. In 2010 however, he moved to Norwich, who were in Championship back then and became their number one goalkeeper. His good performances for Norwich earned him a call-up for the national team. He was selected for the Euro 2012 by England manager Roy Hodgson, but a broken finger kept him out of the tournament. Later that year, he made his international debut in a friendly against Italy.
Ruddy missed most of the last season due to a thigh injury, which was later aggravated, but he was a crucial figure behind Norwich surviving relegation in the 2011-12 season, when he made 137 saves in 37 matches. He would be an impressive back-up option for Petr Cech if Chelsea manages to complete this transfer.
Nicolas Anelka signs for West Brom
The 34-year-old has passed his medical at Hawthorns and has signed a one year contract with the club with an option to extend it at the end. Anelka expressed his delight at completing his transfer and has indicated that he could possibly end his career in England with the Baggies.
“I think I will finish in England, I’m happy here. I also hope that it will be with this club, I think this is the right club for me. I’m 34 years old now and want to enjoy my football.
“I hope we will be successful this year and hopefully we will reach Europe. When I spoke with the head coach, he said he wants to do better than last year.
“I know the club and I know the head coach, which was very important for me.
“He knows how to use me on the pitch, which is important later on in your career. I know he likes to play football and that’s why I signed here. I also have friends in the changing room.” – The former Chelsea striker was quoted in press.
The Frenchman has been quite a traveller. West Brom became the 11thclub in his professional career, which started with PSG back in 1996. His longest spell at a single club came at Chelsea, where he spent four years before joining Shanghai Shenhua in China! He was accompanied him his team mate former Chelsea team mate Didier Drogba, but his short spell at the Asian club was an unhappy one. Anelka was also the part of manager Jean Tigana’s coaching staff. But the club was soon engulfed in controversy off the field and Anelka finally left all the chaos behind and joined Juventus in the January transfer window on a loan deal.
Although he made only three appearances for the Italian club, he ended up with another title in his kitty as Juve went on to win the Serie A. It means Anelka has now league titles with four different clubs in three different countries across Europe along with the Champions League he won with Real Madrid – an incredible feat.
Manchester United striker Wayne is not for sale, insists David Moyes
Manchester United manager David Moyes has declared that unsettled striker Wayne Rooney is ‘not for sale’.
In his first press conference as a Manchester United manager, David Moyes, as expected, faced a barrage of question regarding the future of Wayne Rooney at the club. The England international’s future at Old Trafford has been up for speculation ever since Sir Alex revealed that the 27-year-old has submitted a (verbal) transfer request. Rooney has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG this summer, but David Moyes insists that the striker won’t be sold.
“Wayne Rooney is not for sale. He’s a Manchester United player and will remain a Manchester United player.
“I’ve had several meetings with Wayne, he’s training brilliantly well, he’s come back in good shape and I really look forward to working with him.” – The Manchester United manager told the press.
When asked about whether they Rooney has stated his desire to stay at the club, Moyes replied –
“We’ve spoken several times and I’m saying: ‘whatever happened before is gone Wayne, we’re working together now.
“And I see a glint in his eye now. He looks happy, as if he is saying ‘I’m going to knuckle down and get myself right’. I can only say I’ve been impressed with how he’s done.
“I can tell you categorically Wayne Rooney is training fantastically well.
“We’re looking to see how we can get Wayne Rooney the goals to challenge the likes of Bobby Charlton and Denis Law.
“Not only that, this country’s got a World Cup to play in next year, hopefully. For everybody’s benefit we’re trying to get him in a state where everybody thinks ‘he’s much more like the Wayne Rooney we know’. I’m looking forward to making that happen.” – Moyes added.
Although Moyes didn’t state that Wayne Rooney has changed his mind, his statement showed that the club is clearly determined to hold on to their talismanic forward. Rooney’s future will essentially decide United’s activities in the transfer market this summer.