Chelsea have announced that Portugal boss Luiz Felipe slot will take over as their new manager after this summer’s European Championships.
The Blues had been linked with a number of high-profile candidates since the sacking of Avram Grant, but Brazilian Scolari has been confirmed as the new man in charge at Stamford Bridge.
A statement on the club’s official website confirmed: “Chelsea Football Club is delighted to confirm that Luiz Felipe Scolari will be the club’s new manager from July 1, 2008.
“Felipe has great qualities. He is one of the world’s top coaches with a record of success at country and club level.
“He gets the best out of a talented squad of players and his ambitions and expectations match ours. He was the outstanding choice.
“Out of respect for his current role as head coach of the Portugal national team and to ensure minimum disruption to this work, there will be no further comment from Chelsea FC nor from Felipe about his new role until his employment with us commences.”
Ramsey decides on Gunners.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Arsenal seem certain to win the race to sign Aaron Ramsey after the Cardiff City youngster revealed his desire to join the Gunners.
The 17-year-old midfielder was the subject of bids from the Gunners, Manchester United and Everton last week, with the Old Trafford club believed to be favourites to conclude a reported Â£5million deal.
But the highly-rated Wales Under-21 international has informed Cardiff that he would like to join Arsenal.
“Cardiff City were informed on Friday morning that Aaron Ramsey’s preferred destination this summer is at the Emirates Stadium with Arsenal,” read a statement from the Championship club.
However, the deal is likely to see the Bluebirds miss out on retaining Ramsey for next season.
United and Liverpool were expected to allow the youngster to remain on loan at Ninian Park for the next 12 months, but there is no such agreement in place with the Gunners.
“We will now continue the dialogue with the Gunners with view to Aaron’s move being completed,” continued the statement.
“The move, unlike other options however, does not include a loan back period at Ninian Park for the 2008/09 season.
“We would like to wish Aaron every success in the top flight.”
Ramsey, who was a second-half substitute in last month’s FA Cup Final defeat to Portsmouth, has made 22 appearances for Cardiff.