Mikel commits to Chelsea

Thiago Ribeiro scored a hat-trick as Cagliari beat Serie A

rivals Pescara 4-2 in the fourth round of the Coppa Italia on

Wednesday evening.

The Brazilian’s early brace put the hosts in control and,

although Emmanuel Cascione halved the deficit with a 33rd-minute

penalty, Thiago Ribeiro completed his treble just after the hour

and then substitute Mauricio Pinilla added a fourth in the 77th

minute to seal matters.

Vladimir Weiss grabbed a second for the top flight’s bottom team

two minutes later, but they were well beaten.

Bony is reported to be on the radar of a string of clubs,

including Chelsea, Liverpool, AC Milan, Marseille and CSKA

Moscow.

Vitesse want to tie the 23-year-old down to a new contract and

will also ask the Ivory Coast star to skip the African Nations Cup

in January so that he might fire them into the Champions

League.

But his agent Francis Kacou insists neither of those things will

happen.

Kacou told Algemeen Dagblad: “Wilfried won’t sign a new and

improved deal, that’s for 100% sure. And his participation of the

Africa Cup won’t be called off, he definitely won’t do that.”

Kacou expects to have everything clear within two weeks and has

not ruled out the player staying at his current club, where he is

under contract until 2015.

He added: “I have just talked with Wilfried. He just repeated

that he wants to leave 100% for sure when a good club will come.

Won’t that club come then he will finish the season at

Vitesse.”

Injured Blues captain Terry used his programme notes for

Wednesday night’s Champions League game against Nordsjaelland to

demand more “fight and desire” from his team-mates, who have are on

a six-match winless run.

The 31-year-old declared he had never known it so bad, having

watched the European champions struggle horribly in his

absence.

“Let’s not beat around the bush,” Terry wrote. “No wins in six

games is simply not good enough and, since I have been here, I have

not experienced a run like this.

“We, as players, have to stand up and take responsibility –

stand up and stay together.

“We demand a lot of ourselves and we have to focus on

rediscovering the winning habit.”

Terry was particularly upset with Chelsea’s second-half

capitulation in Saturday’s Premier League defeat at West Ham.

“The game on Saturday was hard for me to watch,” he said. “We

need to be stronger than that and we know we can’t let that happen

again.

“Let’s show some fight and desire for our club and for the

shirt. Players will come and go, but what must always remain is the

spirit within this club; never give up and fight for every last

thing.”

The 25-year-old midfielder jas committed his future to the

European champions until 2017.

Mikel, who joined Chelsea in the summer of 2006 after

controversially pulling out of a move to Manchester United, told

the club’s official website: “Chelsea seems like my home now

because I have been here for over six years and I enjoy my time

here.

“I come into the training ground every day to work and I value

my time there. I am happy and want to keep going and win trophies

for this club.”

Mikel has endured a rollercoaster season and still faces

punishment from the Football Association for confronting Mark

Clattenburg in the referees’ room after Chelsea’s Premier League

defeat to Manchester United in October.

Nigeria international Mikel was furious after being told he had

been called a “monkey” by Clattenburg – something of which the

official was last month cleared.

Mikel was a key player in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph

last season and has also won one Premier League title, four FA Cups

and a League Cup.

However, he has not been universally appreciated among the

club’s fans, partly because of his lack of goals – he has scored

only two – and assists.

He added: “I have basically won everything with Chelsea and

those years have been really special for me, winning trophies with

big names like Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard who have

had very long Chelsea careers.

“Last season, to win the Champions League was even more special

and I hope these next five years will bring even more success and I

can win trophies with the new players we have here.

“Being 25, I think I am now hitting my peak but as a player you

want to improve every day and there is still room for that.

“I want to learn from the players and the manager and I just

want to keep going.”