Sports FAQ
Home / Europe Football


PLUCKER2010-05-02 10:35:23 +0000 #1
Tuesday, September 19, 2000

I'll take Leboeuf off your hands, says Robson

Frank Leboeuf has been offered an escape from his ordeal at Chelsea after emerging as Bobby Robson's prime target to bolster an injury-hit Newcastle defence.

Soccernet can reveal that Newcastle have established contact with Stamford Bridge in an attempt to strike a deal for the £4million-rated centre back, valued as much for his attacking instincts as his defensive qualities.

The Newcastle manager is currently weighing up the financial implications of matching Leboeuf's £25,000-a-week wages, as well as Chelsea's asking price, but has made it clear that the 32-year-old is his top choice.

Robson's enquiry could prove very convenient for new Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri, who will doubtless be concerned at the level of animosity shown by the fans towards Leboeuf in the wake of Gianluca Vialli's sacking.

A month ago Leboeuf might have taken some persuading to swap the high life in London for the north-east but he is taking the rejection by the supporters badly. 'I have never been so depressed as I was after the game against St Gallen,' he said. 'I could not sleep on Thursday night, and that is no way to live your life. I wondered how I could carry on here.'

Another issue facing Ranieri will be how to neutralise the apparent discord between Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Christian Panucci.

The Dutch striker and the Italian defender have clashed on more than one occasion recently, although Hasselbaink, who phoned Panucci to apologise yesterday, attempted to downplay any ill-feeling when he said: 'It's passion and commitment spilling over. On the pitch you have to tell each other things.'

Panucci agreed: 'We have good relations. There's no problem.' Chelsea, meanwhile, are pushing ahead with attempts to sign Real Madrid midfielder Savio. Real are holding out for £9m for the Brazilian with a French passport.

[This message has been edited by PLUCKER (edited 19 September 2000).]

zOla2010-05-02 10:51:05 +0000 #2
good.. I hope he goes..
Di Motteo2010-05-02 11:22:05 +0000 #3
We've kept 3 clean sheets so far this season , and Frank has played ( started ) in all 3 . ( Man. U . , Newcastle , and St. Gallen )

I must say that I didn't see the St. Gallen game , but people I have spoken to , said that Leboeuf was superb .

Maybe he just didn't get on with Luca being his Boss , because they were apparently very close when they were both players !!



Other posts in this category