Liverpool look to Blues defender


Chelsea have a wealth of defenders at Stamford Bridge and Jose Mourinho may look to offload a few in the transfer window. Mourinho has frozen Ashley Cole out of the starting 11, preferring Cesar Azpilicueta on the left-hand side of defense. 

Today’s newspapers report that the Blues’ third-choice Ryan Bertrand could be on his way out the door. The likely destination is Merseyside, where both Liverpool and Everton are admirers of the 24-year-old.

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Benitez plans to raid former Premier League clubs

Napoli boss Rafael Benitez isn’t resting on his laurels following his side’s superb start to the Serie A season. The Spaniard is planning to raid two of his former clubs in the Premier League to bolster his squad, with Liverpool midfielder Lucas and Chelsea left-back Cesar Azpilicueta both on his radar. Click here for more of the UK’s best gossip in Thursday’s edition of Paper Chase.


Radio host eats rat after losing bet

Former Marseille defender Eric Di Meco might think twice before making his next bet.

Back in 2010, when right back Cesar Azpilicueta signed with Marseille from Osasuna, the club’s president at the time, Jean-Claude Dassier, declared Azpilicueta “the future right full back of the Spanish national team.”

Di Meco wasn’t impressed, and was confident enough in his assessment of the defender that he declared, “if that happens, I’ll eat a rat.”

Since then, Azpilicueta has moved to Chelsea and made his debut with the Spanish national team. He started against Uruguay, and played all 90 minutes in Spain’s 3-1 win back in February.

So, Di Meco kept his word, and ate a rat on live radio while the video cameras rolled. At least he had a glass of wine nearby to wash it down.

Via 101GG