Chelsea Players Concerned Ancelotti May Quit, Sun Says: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Ancelotti Exit?

Chelsea players are worried manager Carlo Ancelotti plans to quit at the end of the season because of his concerns about the club’s power structure and splits in the squad, the Sun said.

The newspaper said the team’s French-speaking players are allegedly blaming others for the club’s stuttering performance. The Blues are winless in the last five Premier League games and have slipped from first to fourth.

Chelsea last season won the F.A. Cup and Premier League under the Italian coach, who’s been in London for 18 months.

Dzeko to Go?

Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko has written to Manchester City to say he still wants to join the Premier League club, the Guardian said.

His German team blocked an earlier move by refusing to lower its 45 million-pound ($71 million) price tag for the Bosnian. City wants him to replace or team up with Carlos Tevez, the newspaper said.

Taylor Exit?

Newcastle’s Steven Taylor may leave the club in a 2 million-pound transfer to Everton, Aston Villa or Wolves, the Express said.

The defender’s contract runs out at the end of the season, and he may have played his last match for Newcastle. The team will have two suspended defenders available for this weekend’s match at Birmingham, the newspaper said.

Bayern Wants Baines

Everton has given Bayern Munich a “hands off” warning as the German club prepares a 10 million-pound bid for Leighton Baines, the Sun reported.

Everton coach David Moyes is “desperate” to keep the in- form left-back, who signed a new five-year deal at the end of last season, the paper said.

Sven’s Trials

Leicester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson may buy South Africa striker Bernard Parker, the Daily Mirror reported.

Parker, who made two appearances for South Africa at this year’s World Cup, is on trial at Leicester after he failed to make a mark at Dutch team FC Twente.

Former West Ham midfielder Danny Uchechi has joined Leicester on a trial basis, the paper said.

Allardyce’s Desert Dreams

Sam Allardyce, sacked by Blackburn Rovers’ new owners this week, will try his luck in Dubai, the Daily Mirror reported.

He’s booked a flight to Dubai to do television work and to put himself on the market for a job.

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