Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Chelsea, Madrid and Zenit want Chiriches; Redknapp expects Remy exit

FC Steaua Bucuresti v Chelsea - UEFA Europa League Round of 16

FC Steaua Bucuresti defender Vlad Chiriches is reportedly attracting interest from Chelsea, Real Madrid and Zenit St Petersburg, Sky Sports understands.

Chiriches, who has previously been linked with Italian giants Internazionale Milano, is currently valued at €15 million.

The 23-year-old centre-back started his youth career at Ardealul Cluj before joining Portuguese Primeira Liga side S.L. Benfica in 2007.

After 12 months in Lisbon, Chiriches returned to Romania, signing a deal with lower league club FC Internațional Curtea de Argeș.

In 2009, Chiriches helped International earn promotion to Liga I. One year later, he joined CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu.

Finally, in 2012, the Romania international defender joined current club Steaua Bucuresti, his third club in four calendar years.

When asked about rumoured interest from Chelsea, Real Madrid and Zenit St Petersburg, Chiriches’ agent Victor Becali told tuttomercatoweb.com: “They are interested in him but other top European clubs are also following him, including those in Italy.

“It’s not been said that he will definitely leave Steaua, partly because they continue to ask for €15million.

“I believe we can handle the figures of the deal but first they need to find an agreement with Steaua. Then we will be ready to talk with other clubs.”

Chiriches scored three goals in 11 UEFA Europa League starts for Steaua, who were knocked out by Chelsea in the Round of 16, in 2012-13.

Redknapp expects Remy exit

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp expects France international Loic Remy to leave the club if they are relegated from the English Premier League this season, ESPN FC reports.

At the moment, QPR are 19th in the league table, level on points with bottom-of-the-table Reading.

Despite acquiring the likes of Andros Townsend, Christopher Samba, Jermaine Jenas and Loic Remy in January, QPR — and Reading — appear to be heading to the English Championship next season.

Remy, 26, has scored five goals in eight league appearances since joining QPR from Olympique de Marseille.

Regarding the chances of Remy staying at Loftus Road if the club are relegated, Redknapp said: “I would have thought it would be hard to hang on to Remy. He was someone we were chasing when I was at Spurs.

“Every goal he has scored here has been a fantastic goal. He has five goals in seven games. Over the season he would get you 20 goals in the Premier League. And a 20-goal-a-year man is going to be hard to hang on to.

“We have to make sure we stay up if we want to keep him. That’s the key, although I haven’t discussed it with him or the owners.”

Remy started and played all 90 minutes in the Hoops’ 2-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, with Darron Gibson (40′) and Victor Anichebe (56′) on target for the home side.


Shawn Etemadi



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