The England international was optimistic about a league challenge with the Chelsea legend in the squad.
A selection of stories in the media involving Aston Villa in the last 24 hours…
West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic says 'one or two' of his young defenders will be sent out on loan this season after he landed key target Angelo Ogbonna.
Jordan Spieth’s preparation for this week’s 144th Open has raised a few eyebrows but Sir Nick Faldo has no doubt that the winner of this season’s two major championships knows what he is doing.
Dustin Johnson is aware as anyone that he really should have won his first major by now, if not much at Whistling Straits in 2010 or Royal St George’s in 2011 then certainly at Chambers Bay last month when a 12-foot putt would have been enough to secure the US Open.
The notion that Tom Watson would readily accept this, the 144th Open Championship, as his final appearance in the event is at odds with his character. Watson may be widely portrayed as a cuddly 65-year-old but he has always been one of his sport’s hardest characters.
Swansea City are to battle Aston Villa for Barnsley defender Mason Holgate.
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has explained that he was never looking for a move away from the club.
West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble feels the general fitness levels around the club are encouraging.