World Football Gossip Roundup: Ashley Cole, Robert Lewandowski, Nemanja Vidic
Two famous Premier League careers could be nearing the end, but another could be starting soon.
Ashley Cole appears to be on his way out of Chelsea after the latest news in his contract situation. Meanwhile, mega-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala could make a shocking move for another of the league's star defenders.
Along with those stories, this Monday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup has updates on Robert Lewandowski, Liverpool's stadium situation and the possibility of a Premier League winter break.
Keep reading for the details.
Premier League Considering Winter Break
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Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore says England's top flight is considering taking a yearly winter break (via Daily Telegraph).
Implementing such a break would depend on cooperation between the Premier League, the Football Association and the Football League.
To make space for the break, FA Cup replays could be eliminated.
Ashley Cole Set to Quit Chelsea?
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Defender Ashley Cole is set to quit Chelsea at the end of the season after he and the club failed to reach a deal for a new contract (via Daily Mail).
Cole, 31, declined to sign a one-year extension the club reportedly offered. He will be able to speak with potential new foreign clubs in January.
Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are thought to be interested.
Cole joined Chelsea from Arsenal in 2006.
Robert Lewandowski Not Ready for England Move
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Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski has said a move to the Premier League would be "interesting" but seemingly ruled out a January transfer (via Metro).
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson watched from the stands as Dortmund drew 1-1 with Manchester City recently in the UEFA Champions League. Lewandowski said that fact hasn't changed his mind.
"I didn't even know Sir Alex Ferguson was in the stands against City but it wouldn't influence me at all. I haven't got plans to change clubs," he said.
Chelsea are also thought to be interested.
Anzhi Makhachkala Target Nemanja Vidic?
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Rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala are being linked with a surprising move for Manchester United center-back Nemanja Vidic (via Daily Star).
Vidic, a 30-year-old Serbian international, joined United from Spartak Moscow in 2006. He serves as club captain but is currently recovering from a knee injury.
Anzhi would reportedly offer Vidic a contract worth £250,000 per week after taxes.
Liverpool Formally Announce Anfield Expansion Plans
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Liverpool have formally announced plans to redevelop Anfield rather than leave their historic home stadium and build in Stanley Park. The project is expected to cost £152 million (via Daily Telegraph).
The announcement was made on the two-year anniversary of Fenway Sports Group buying the club. Anfield has been the club's home stadium since 1892.
Building a new stadium reportedly would have cost about £300 million.