The 32-year-old had been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with his situation thought to mirror that of Frank Lampard – who is set to leave upon the expiry of his current deal at the end of the season.
However, following the Blues’ 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, Benitez claimed that the announcement of a new contract for Cole is imminent.
Now the club has an agreement with the player [we are] really pleased. The paperwork has to be done but the agreement is done,” he told reporters. (more…)
Despite snowy conditions in north London the game went ahead, and Dempsey netted in the 93rd minute to ruin United’s hopes of going seven points clear of Manchester City after Robin van Persie’s first-half header.
Parker feels Spurs can now build on this performance and work towards qualifying for the Champions League after they strengthened their grip on fourth place.
“We came here and really if there was ever a time we were planning on getting a result it was today,” he told Sky Sports.
The United boss even recalled how a Beck decision had cost the Red Devils in a key game against Chelsea back in 2010.
The Red Devils had led through Robin van Persie’s header but were pegged back by the American’s late strike, meaning their lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League has been cut to five points this weekend.
Sir Alex was furious with the performance of one of the referee’s assistants, Simon Beck, believing his side should have had a throw-in in the build-up to Dempsey’s goal and a penalty for a foul on Wayne Rooney in the second half.
The 27-year-old’s withdrawal was received with thunderous boos and jeers from the home supporters, but the Magpies boss insists he had little choice with the midfielder recently missing two months of action due to a similar problem.
And the 51-year-old manager suggested he needs to make new signings to boost the morale of the squad, who have slipped to just two points above the Premier League relegation zone.
“[Cabaye] said to me five minutes before he came off that he was injured, he was struggling with his groin,” he told reporters. “If one of the top players says that, you’re I’m not going to go against his wishes to come off. (more…)