Football News – Liverpool face battle for Ramirez, Spurs keen on £6.5m Pabon & much more…
Chelsea have defied the odds and become Champions League winners for the first time in their history. Didier Drogba was the hero on the night scoring a bullet header to take the game into extra time and then rolling in the decisive penalty in the shoot-out. Roberto Di Matteo was incredibly emotional at the end of the game and it remains to be seen as to whether the Italian caretaker has done enough to secure the manager’s job permanently, in the eyes of Roman Abramovich. John Terry has called upon him to be appointed, but Di Matteo will just have to play the waiting game.
Elsewhere in the news Liverpool fans unhappy about Martinez potentially taking the reins at Anfield; Hodgson believes that Rooney’s suspension could prove a blessing, while Anzhi Makhachkala are set to offer Robin van Persie a staggering £300k a week to join this summer.
Roman Abramovich finally realises his dream and gets his hands on the very trophy he has been spending his millions for - Independent
Gary Neville believes the cliché ‘name is on the cup’ has never been more apt to describe Chelsea this season, having emerged victorious despite being beaten in football terms from Napoli, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the latter stages of the competition – Daily Mail
Brian Kidd sees similarities in Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson and believes they are both cut from the same cloth – Guardian
Roy Hodgson believes that Wayne Rooney missing the first two games maybe a blessing in disguise as it will keep him fresh for the rest of the tournament – Guardian
Chelsea appear to have stolen the march on Manchester in the pursuit of Eden Hazard – Daily Telegraph
Roy Keane believes that Manchester City need to retain their title if they want to be seen as a force in English football – Independent
Sam Allardyce has hailed the signing of Ricardo Vaz Te as his best ever at West Ham, as the Portuguese forward fired in the winner to take the Hammers back into the Premier League – Guardian
Liverpool fans have rounded on the decision makers at Anfield who have made Roberto Martinez the favourite for the job – Daily Mail
Spurs have entered the £6.5m chase for Colombian striker Dorlan Pabon – Mirror
Ole Gunner Solskjaer has turned down the opportunity to take over as Aston Villa manager following talks – Sun
Liverpool are set to face strong competition from Malaga for the signature of Bologna star Gaston Ramirez – Metro
The Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala are ready to tempt Robin van Persie with a three-year contract worth a staggering £45million – Mirror