Chelsea boss to sign ‘volatile’ midfielder

by Michael Somerville

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

France international Yann M’Vila will be the target of a renewed £16m transfer bid from Chelsea in January. The midfielder was expected to leave this summer but is now seeking a new challenge in England.

Boss Rafa Benitez is keen to stamp his authority on the West London club and is making the troubled Rennes midfielder his number one target. M’Vila, 22, has made 110 appearances for Ligue 1 club Rennes since 2009 and is thought to be keen to move to the Champions League winners in January. Arsene Wenger has ruled himself out of the running after expressing trepidation at signing a player with such a volatile attitude. This opens the door for Chelsea to sign the Frenchman. The defensive midfielder is out injured until the New Year after a knee injury suffered against PSG a month ago- but would be ready to come straight into the starting XI once the frantic January period begins.

Benitez is know to prefer the 4-3-2-1 formation and sees M’Vila as the missing piece in his midfield puzzle. Frank Lampard, who has not been offered a new contract, could be on his way out of the club in January. The interim manager has challenged Lampard to improve his performances for Chelsea and to earn a new contract with the club:
“All of us are professional, we try to do our best, and after see what happens. But the answer is for him (Lampard) to be even better on the pitch.”

M’Vila has been in trouble off the pitch when he was arrested for slapping a 17-year-old during a row outside his house and most notably was suspended by the France national team until 2014 for breaking curfew when visiting a Parisian nightclub before France’s vital Under 21 Euro 2013 play-off game against Norway. On the pitch, the tough-tackling midfielder was handed a one-match ban after refusing to shake the hand of coach Laurent Blanc and substitute Olivier Giroud when he was replaced against Spain during Euro 2012.

With Frank Lampard destined to leave for the MLS in January and John Obi Mikel to depart for the Africa Cup of Nations duty with Nigeria, Benitez can rise to the challenge of finding a place for M’Vila in his squad and improving Fernando Torres’ form. Otherwise, his squad will start to look very threadbare indeed.

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  • usman

    Chelsea must sign a midfielder

  • Prince

    Hey sorry boss i tink for now u should have known d capability of ur players coz i still dnt understand y u are going for midffider d team are okay like dat we only need very sharp striker to bail torres out of d cage. Pls boss

  • Agozie

    Good idèa

  • Steve

    The best part of this piece of fiction is how you fail to even hint at a source here.

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