LITESPORT 34 Tuesday, 11 August 2009 London Lite LAMPS HOPES...but will there still be room for him as Rom steps up Ribery raid? FRANK LAMPARD has urged Chelsea to tie Joe Cole to a new long-term contract -- but the England winger could be forced out of the club if Roman Abramovich lands Franck Ribery. Cole has just one year to run on his present deal, and there have been no fur- ther negotiations since he suffered a set- back in his rehabilitation from a knee injury which has sidelined him since January. Lampard, who came through the same WestHamproductionlineasCole,believes it is imperative the club maintains its strong English heartbeat. He said: It will be great if he follows all the others and signs a new contract. Its for Joe and the club to sort out, but he is part of the furniture now. It is very important for the club to keep the affiliation with the English players, the fans relatetous.Wehavebecome acoreof theclubandJoes a member of that. He has been at Chel- sea for a good few yearsandperformed very well. He is a great lad to have around. B u t o w n e r Abramovich appears to have other ideas as he con- tinues to chase the fan- tasywhichhasfrustratinglyeluded him lately. The likes of Robinho and Kaka have slipped through the oligarchs net in recent times, while AC Milan have in the last week batted off bids for Andrea Pirlo and Alexandre Pato. But in a desperate bid to reaffirm his reputation as the Premier Leagues top Sugar Daddy, Abramovich is reportedly set to fly to Germany in order to thrash out a mega-money deal bring Franck Ribery (right) to Stamford Bridge. The France international has been the subjectof intensespeculationallsummer long, and although the Germans have constantly maintained the player is not for sale, a 40m offer could prove too good to turn down. A senior Bayern source said: Uli was taken by surprise by the phone call but was very honest and courteous with Mr Abramovich. We are still resolved to keep Ribery but Hoeness agreed to meet with Abramovich in Germany to discuss any offer. Ribery, 26, has openly stated his prefer- ence for a move to Real Madrid but the Bundesliga giants are unwilling to sell to the Spaniards, who have been angling for Ribery to sign a Cristiano Ronaldo style pre-contract agreement. Were Chelsea to pull off the landmark capture of Ribery, Coles chances of regular first team football would be severely limited. It appears that coach Carlo Ancelotti is keen to play Russia international Yuri Zhirkov in an advanced role, while Florent Maloudas improved form at the end of last season has seen him rapidly climb the pecking order. All of this will be of huge concern to Cole, particularly with the World Cup round the corner,andwithSpursandhis old mentor Harry Redknapp showing an interest, his head might be turned. But Lampard is adamant his clubandinternationalcolleague will remain an essential part of Chelseas quest for honours this season. He said: He will be a big option for us, hes not your every day kind of player. Joe can provide something different and has pace and skill. He is that fantasy player that people are looking for. People forget how good he is because he has been out for a while. ClemencebelievesGreencansolvekeepercrisis ROBERT GREEN has been told by Ray Clemence that he can still become Englands first choice goalkeeper for next summers World Cup. Clemence, Englands goalkeeping coach, says he understands Greens frustration as he attempts to prove he is worthy of wearing the gloves in Fabio Capellos side. Clemence had to battle with Peter Shilton during his international career, and still managed to pick up 61 caps. Green is preparing for his fifth appearance for the Three Lions this week -- and in light of Ben Fosters withdrawal from the latest England squad, the West Ham man is expected to start in Amsterdam. And he has been told he must believe he can overtake David James to become Englands number one by the end of the season. I think he has taken the words Englands number six off his gloves by now, laughed Clemence. His situation is not unlike the one I was in myself, when Peter Shilton was first choice and I was behind him. I had that frustration of feeling I should be playing. He played in two games at the end of last season and even though he was not really tested against Kazakhstan or Andorra, that experience will be important. BY HARRY LANE Keeping the faith: Robert Green must believe he can be Englands No1 Inbrief Patricks not Gunner return PATRICK VIEIRA is to stay at Inter Milan, despite reports suggesting he could return to the Premier League, according to Sky Sports News. The France midfielder has been strongly linked with a switch back to England, with North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham keen. But it is understood the 33-year- old is to remain with the Serie A champions, ending speculation of a sensational return. Gabbidon set to skipper Wales AFTER almost two years out of the Wales squad through injury, Danny Gabbidon could find himself as captain in the wake of the Craig Bellamy fiasco. Bellamy failed to make the trip for the friendly with Montenegro, with Manchester City admitting they forgot to notify the FA of Wales the striker was injured. Gabbidon, who may inherit the armband, said: It is good to be back and be available for games. Butcher slams Fergusontiming BARRY FERGUSONS stinging attack on the SFA will not distract Scotland from their crucial World Cup qualifier in Norway tomorrow night, according to assistant boss Terry Butcher. Ferguson laid into the governing over their handling of the Boozegate scandal. Butcher said: Its not good timing when it comes two days before one of the most important matches Scotland will ever play. But the players will stay focused Drog sure hell learn new tricks DIDIER DROGBA has promised to improve after signing his new Chelsea contract. The Ivory Coast striker scored 14 goals in all competitions last season, but admits: I need to reduce the amount of mistakes, like losing the ball. You know there is always room to improve. I want to do it better. The more you play big games the more you learn. I think it is never too late to learn from them. Everton reject Lescott request EVERTON have turned down a formal transfer request from defender Joleon Lescott. The 26-year-old England international, currently with Fabio Capellos squad, has been the subject of two bids from Manchester City in recent weeks but manager David Moyes is determined not to sell. I have always said that we are not selling any players and that hasnt changed, said Moyes. 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