Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Chelsea Boss said :

Scolari views Ángel Di María, Benfica's Argentina winger, as his best long-term prospect, but he has identified several other options amid fears that Di María, 20, would struggle to make an immediate impact in the Barclays Premier League, including Antonio Valencia, of Wigan Athletic, who has proved himself at this level and should be relatively easy to prise away from the JJB Stadium, albeit for a fee of about £15 million.

Benfica have accepted that Di María will leave sooner rather than later, although they are reluctant to sell him while they remain in contention for the Portuguese title.

Scolari received some good news yesterday when Terry, the captain, returned to training after missing the 2-1 win over Stoke. The centre half is expected to play in Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Ipswich Town at Stamford Bridge.

Didier Drogba is also likely to be recalled to face the Coca-Cola Championship club after he trained well again yesterday and suffered no ill effects from his troublesome right knee. The Ivory Coast striker has been omitted for Chelsea's past two matches but is determined to stay and fight for his place.

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