Cole Ready to Leave Chelsea After Contract Offer: Soccer Roundup

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

Cole’s Contract

Ashley Cole is ready to leave Chelsea after being offered only a one-year contract to stay at the club, the Sun reported.

The England left-back, 31, is in the final 12 months of his agreement and in January could join another team as a free agent, the Sun reported.

Malouda Banished

Chelsea winger Florent Malouda will see out the final year of his 80,000 pounds ($127,200) a week contract training with the under-21 squad after failing to secure a move to another team, the Daily Mirror reported.

Malouda, who was omitted from Chelsea’s roster for its Champions League defense, announced his exile on his Twitter account by posting a picture of the under-21 block at Chelsea’s training ground with the message: “This is where I’ll train for my last season with the Blues!!!” the Mirror added.

Spending Controls

Manchester United and Liverpool will today press the Premier League board to introduce financial controls that would force all 20 teams to break even each year or face sanctions, the Independent reported.

“Some clubs are spending way more than they can afford and get into trouble,” the newspaper cited Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan as saying. “The Premier League is so big and powerful and there is so much money around that the clubs try and chase it. Something has to be done, so we support these measures.”

Adebayor’s Fitness

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas put striker Emmanuel Adebayor on an intensive fitness regime to try to help end his team’s winless start to season, the Daily Mail reported.

The Togolese forward has made two substitute appearances for Spurs since his permanent signing from Manchester City last month because the club’s coaching staff don’t consider him fit enough to start, the newspaper added.

Bendtner’s Fatness

Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner, who signed for Juventus on a season-long loan from Arsenal last week, has been told that he’s carrying too much weight to play in Italy’s Serie A, the same newspaper reported.

Medical Center

Manchester United is trying to address the club’s recent injury problems by opening a 13 million-pound medical center at its training ground in November, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The facility, which will be supplied with equipment including CT and MRI scanners as part of a five-year agreement with Toshiba Corp., will aim to fast-track players back to fitness and ensure quicker injury diagnosis on site rather than rely on nearby hospitals, the newspaper said.

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