Shevchenko to leave Chelsea
ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO’S unsuccessful three-year spell with Chelsea is almost over after coach Carlo Ancelotti confir med yesterday that the striker will leave before English football’s transfer window closes next week.
The for mer European Player of the Year failed to make an impact in the Premier League despite costing a clubrecord £30-million when he joined from AC Milan. He has been linked with a return to Dynamo Kiev, where he started his career.
The 32-year-old Shevchenko spent last season on loan at Milan under Ancelotti, who is now with Chelsea, and is set to leave London before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.
Ancelotti said the Ukraine international was unhappy at not playing regularly, with successive Chelsea managers favouring Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou for the striking roles.
“Shevchenko will decide to return to go to play in another team,” Ancelotti said. “I spoke with Shevchenko and he would like to play with continuity.”
The Premier League’s ability to attract the world’s best players is under threat from rising taxes in Britain, says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
From next April, the income tax level on those ear ning £150,000 (R1.9 million) or more will rise from 40 to 50 percent, which will hit the pay packets of most top flight players.
“The great days will disappear,” Wenger said. “It’s simple, let’s say a man who earned £1m a year (takes home) £600,000 per year.
“But with 50 percent tax, if you want to keep him at the level of £600,000, you have to increase his wage by 20 per cent. Not every club can afford that.”
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho blamed the press yesterday for stirring up tensions following comments he made about Ramadan.
The Portuguese coach said Ghana’s Sulley Muntari had possibly lacked energy in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Bari because he was fasting for the holy month of Ramadan.
The statement angered an Italian Muslim leader and threats against Mourinho have been posted on websites.
“If something happens to me it will be your responsibility,” Mourinho told reporters ahead of today’s derby with AC Milan. “I know what I said. I said ‘you can’t criticise the decision of Muntari because it is a question of faith and religion’.”