The Daily Football Diary: Shanghai Shenhua to Drogba: You ar estill ours
Despite being announced as a Galatasaray player a few days ago, Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua are exceedingly confused. The Ivorian striker signed a 2-1/2 year contract last July to play for Shenhua and yet has agreed an 18-month contract with the Turkish side.
According to the Chinese Super League team’s website, ‘Drogba is still a Shanghai Shenhua Football Club memeber as the contract between the two parties is still within its period of validity. The Shanghai Shenhua Football Club is ready to gather evidence and submit the findings to Fifa in order to protect its interests.’
The 34-year-old striker applied for permission to go out on-loan during the Chinese off-season but Fifa refused his request. Recently his fellow Shanghai player, Nicolas Anelka, joined Juventus on a short-term loan deal. This of course means that Anelka is still a Shenhua player, and as such is not violating his contract with the Chinese side.
Liam Brady to quit Arsenal
The 56-year-old Arsenal legend has been running the Gunners academy since 1996. He has overseen the development of such stars like Jack Wilshire and Kieran Gibbs. Brady’s contract runs out in May 2014, 2014 of course being the time Arsene Wenger’s contract runs out. Many believe this is not a coincidence, however Brady will remain involved with the club in some capacity, most likely a scout but he will no longer be over-seeing Arsenal’s much lauded youth academy.
Everton pull out of Leroy Fer deal
The Toffees have pulled out of an £8.6 million deal to take the young midfielder from FC Twente to Goodison Park after finding an overlying knee problem. Everton were willing to still sign the player, but in a restructured deal based on appearances and other insurance clauses however the Dutch club refused to play ball.
Fer, nicknamed ‘The Bouncer’ contracted the knee injury whilst on international duty in September, missing out on almost two months of the Eredivisie season. According to David Moyes (via the BBC), ‘It was frustrating because we are trying to add, we are trying to progress, unfortunately this one doesn’t look like it’s going to move on – we’ll look to see if there’s anything else we can do.’
David Moyes has been keen to sign a new central midfielder since the summer when he failed in his bid to bring in Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe from Club Brugge over the summer.
Christopher Samba to join Queens Park Rangers
Despite Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala manager, Guus Hiddink being extremely unhappy with the player, he confirmed Samba is on his way back to the Premier League. Samba joined the Dagestan giants 11 months ago on a £12 million deal from Blackburn Rovers but has seemingly left the club’s winter training camp without a word. According to Hiddink (via Sky Sports), ‘He left for England yesterday, it’s a shame to talk about this but he didn’t even say goodbye, he didn’t explain anything to us.’
Harry Redknapp the QPR manager will be pleased as he has been in desperate need of an experienced centre back since ex-New Zealand international Ryan Nelsen left to manage MLS side Toronto FC.
Phillipe Coutinho joins Liverpool
Following the home office granting Coutinho a work-permit, Coutinho has signed for the Red’s for an £8.5 million transfer fee. The 20-year-old follows the capture of Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge who has become an instant hit at Anfield following his goal-scoring run.
The Brazilian was part of the Under-20 World cup winning side and was bought by Inter Milan back in 2008 for 4 million Euros. Unfortunately the playmaker hasn’t made any real impact for the Nerazzurri and will be hoping for a turn in fortunes playing for Brendan Rodgers. In a quote from Liverpool FC’s website Coutinho had this to say, ‘Liverpool is a great club with great players. We’ve always heard about Liverpool’s history in Brazil. I know they believe in me and my football.’
Arsenal 2 – 2 Liverpool
Everton 2 – 1 West Brom
Norwich 1 – 1 Tottenham
Fulham 3 – 1 West Ham
Man Utd 2 – 1 Southampton
Reading 2 – 2 Chelsea
Copa del Rey:
Barcelona 1 – 1 Real Madrid