Neymar Going Nowhere, Says Agent
Chelsea look set to be disappointed in their quest to sign Brazilian striker Neymar after the player’s agent said he doesn’t expect him to leave Santos this summer.
Chelsea had been linked with a renewed bid for the teenage striker – said to be around £23 million – but increased interest in Neymar could lead to the Brazilian club holding on to their prized asset in a bid to maximise their fee.
Neymar’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro told reporters in Brazil: “He will not leave. Of course he will arouse interest, that is natural because of his performances – but I guarantee you there is no proposal for him.”
Terry Would Welcome Hughes or Hiddink
Meanwhile, John Terry says he would welcome the opportunity to work with either Mark Hughes or Guus Hiddink if either is appointed Chelsea boss.
Hughes has been linked with the vacant manager’s position at Stamford Bridge after quitting as Fulham boss this week while Hiddink is still the bookies’ favourite despite being still the boss of the Turkish national side.
“Mark Hughes would have the qualities, I think he has shown that for sure, he is someone the club will hopefully be talking to,” said Terry ahead of England’s qualifier with Switzerland later today.
“I know Mark and his background staff. The understanding of the club and what it means to the supporters will come naturally to those guys.
“If he is linked in, it will be welcomed by the players.”
Likewise, on Hiddink Terry said he, too, would be welcome at Chelsea:
“He came in for a short space of time and we won the FA Cup under him.
“I have great memories of him, he is someone I have been in contact with since he left the club.
“The players completely respected him. He knows the players inside out as well. He would be welcomed back.
“If it is to be him, then great, or whoever it is, the players will naturally get on with it and work very hard under the new manager.”
Turkey’s chances of qualifying for Euro 2012 increased last night after a 1-1 draw with second-placed Belgium left them one point behind the Belgians but with a game in hand. The draw enhanced Turkey’s chances of making the play-offs in the autumn.
Hiddink is under contract with the Turks until after Euro 2012; however, The Guardian reports that Chelsea are set to open talks with the Turkish FA about releasing Hiddink from his contract and will offer a compensation package to the Turks.
The paper adds that the Blues are also looking to off-load as many as five senior players after a disappointing season.
Meanwhile, youth-team player Jacopo Sala has joined German side Hamburg, where former Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen has taken up a similar role. Defender Michael Mancienne moved to Hamburg earlier this week.