Lampard to return to training

BY foxsports • July 26, 2013

Roma have signed veteran goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis from Napoli on a two-year contract.

The 36-year-old former Italy international spent four seasons with the Azzurri but, with Liverpool keeper Jose Reina arriving in Naples to spend a season on loan with the Serie A runners-up, De Sanctis makes Roma the seventh club of his career.

A statement on the capital club's official website also confirmed a payment of 500,000 euros for De Sanctis' services to Napoli, who are expected to confirm Reina as their new number one imminently.

After leaving Napoli's Dimaro training camp to fly to Rome's Fiumicino airport today, De Sanctis told La Repubblica Sport: "It's all agreed. I'm here to work hard and to have a great season."

The former Udinese and Sevilla keeper replaces Maarten Stekelenburg in the Giallorossi goal following the Dutchman's departure for Fulham last month.

The £50million man was not involved in his club's pre-season tour of Asia, having been excused due to his involvement in the Confederations Cup with Spain earlier in the summer, but he will return for next week's USA leg.

In Torres' absence, Romelu Lukaku, who was on loan at West Bromwich Albion last season, has been scoring goals, including two in Thursday's 8-1 thrashing of Indonesia All Stars, and impressing.

But having returned to Chelsea this summer, Mourinho wants Torres to rise to the challenge of competing for a place with Lukaku and Demba Ba.

"I think Torres should be happy, because we have competition in the team in every position and that is good for everybody," Mourinho told Chelsea's official website.

"Sometimes Torres has been the only striker and then Demba Ba came in January, and now we have three strikers and that is good for the team."

The veteran midfielder was not involved in Thursday's thrashing of Indonesia All Stars and had earlier in pre-season been struggling with an Achilles injury.

But Lampard, along with fellow absentees Andre Schurrle and Kevin de Bruyne, who has been given the all clear after scans on his knee problem having returned to England at the beginning of this week, will return to training.

The news is a boost for Chelsea as they flew back to London from their tour of the Far East shortly after the 8-1 win over the All Stars ahead of the USA leg of their pre-season.

"Lampard is okay to train Monday, so Monday he will join the group," Mourinho told Chelsea's official website.

"We protect every little situation and today we protected Schurrle, we sent De Bruyne home but Lampard preferred to stay and have treatment here with the group."

David Luiz, Oscar, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and John Obi Mikel, who were excused from the Asia tour following the Confederations Cup, will also rejoin Chelsea for their USA leg.

And Mourinho will also hope for more of the same from captain John Terry after he continued an excellent pre-season with a goal in the demolition of the All Stars.

"Terry played well and trained very well and never missed one minute of any training session, and that is very important, because we trained very hard for 15 days and some of the days for two sessions," said the Chelsea boss.

"Every 45 minutes he played, he played well and I am very happy with him."


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