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Chelsea do not play Norwich City until Sunday, October 6 so there is little pre-match news but there is more on former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's Blues-related retirement musings. Yesterday, the Old Trafford icon claimed that Roman Abramovich attempted to lure him to west London when he first took over at SW6 and, today, the Scotsman has explained that the speculation linking Wayne Rooney with a summer move to Stamford Bridge were true.
'He asked away,' he told PBS. 'He came in the day after we had won the title. And it was just that expectation thing again. Nothing happened that I would get upset about.'
Rooney was the subject of two official bids from Chelsea as Jose Mourinho looked to bolster his forward line. 'When the club refused to sell him to Chelsea,' Ferguson said, 'he realised his only job was Manchester United. And it's brought back his focus, his work ethic and his purpose, and he's playing well again.'
With recent form that is looking increasingly positive, punctuated by a 4-0 thrashing of Steaua Bucharest in the Romanian's own manor, Blues glovesman Petr Cech claims that the club have not only stabilised but have rediscovered their ruthlessness in front of goal.
'Can I see signs of the old Chelsea returning? I wouldn't want to compare because it's two different teams. But [the Steaua win] was a very good performance, ruthless in front of goal,' he reportedly told The Daily Express.
Meanwhile, Chelsea's high-profile loan stars have spoken out over their respective experiences. At Anfield, Victor Moses is delighted with the opportunity of first-team football and has his eye on assisting targets this season.
He told the club's official website: 'As long as I'm on the pitch, I just want to keep enjoying myself. The more games you play the more experience you get. I've played four games already and I want to create goals for my teammates and score myself.'
Fearless striker Romelu Lukaku at Everton is 'even hungrier', claims Toffees captain Phil Jagielka. He told The Mirror: 'He’s a real presence up front. Obviously he wasn’t quite getting the nod at Chelsea and that’s made him even hungrier than he was last season [at West Brom]. He’s a fantastic acquisition for us. He’s a great player and has probably taken us up to that next level.'
He added: 'He’s definitely a handful. I try to stay away from him in training, to be honest!'
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