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LONDON---Brazil midfielder Ramires
left Chelsea yesterday as compatriot
Alexandre Pato arrived in London to
join with the Premier League cham-
After more than five years at Chelsea,
Ramires signed for Chinese Super
League club Jiangsu Suning. The transfer
fee, reported by China s official Xinhua
News Agency to be around 25 million
pounds ($36 million), is a record for
The 28-year-old Ramires will be
coached by former Chelsea defender
Chelsea is set to add Pato to its squad
until the end of the season. The forward
flew in from Brazil to complete an
expected loan move from Corinthians.
The former AC Milan player recently
refused an offer from a Chinese club
that wanted to pay him more than $1
million a month. He said he wanted to
go back to Europe.
"I am so happy. Chelsea is my new
home," the 26-year-old Pato said as he
arrived at Heathrow Airport. "Thanks
Chelsea for the support and thanks for
my fans ... I need to play.
"I don t know what to say because
I am so happy. I am very anxious. I want
to know my new friends, the new play-
ers, and the team. I really want to play
Chelsea, which is yet to comment on
Pato s deal, is struggling in 13th place
in the Premier League and is heavily
reliant on forward Diego Costa.
England winger Andros Townsend
moved to Newcastle for a reported fee
of 12 million pounds ($17 million) after
his career stalled at Tottenham.
Newcastle is revamping its midfield,
having already signed Jonjo Shelvey from
Swansea and Henri Saivet from Bordeaux
in the January transfer window.
Townsend has struggled to replicate
the form he produced in late 2013, when
he earned a call-up to the England team.
"Andros is a winger with an old-fash-
He can play on the right or the left,
is two-footed, quick, very direct and
loves taking on defenders and crossing
the ball," Newcastle head coach Steve
McClaren said. "He feels he has a lot
to prove and I can t wait to see him do
that in a Newcastle shirt."
Former England defender Ashley
Cole joined the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The Major League Soccer club says
the 35-year-old Cole s deal is subject to
getting a work permit. The terms of the
deal were not disclosed.
Cole began his professional career
with Arsenal in 1998, winning two Pre-
mier League titles. He then moved to
Chelsea, where he won the Champions
League in 2012. Cole later spent two
seasons with Roma in Serie A.
Cole made more than 107 appearances
for England, the most for a fullback in
the national team s history.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says
"Ashley is one of the world s most suc-
cessful defenders and has played at the
highest level of competition throughout
Midfielder Joe Allen rated his penal-
ty shoot-out winner against Stoke as
one of the highlights of his Liverpool
career "no matter what happens in
The Wales international, who has
less than 18 months remaining on his
contract, came off the bench to play
an influential role in the 6-5 spot-kick
drama which took the Reds to a record-
extending 11th League Cup final.
Allen admitted after the first leg of
the Capital One Cup semi-final earlier
this month he was effectively playing
for his future after limited pitch time
this season, but since then he has pro-
duced a number of pivotal perform-
ances, including scoring a last-minute
equaliser against Arsenal a fortnight
ago. But even the celebrations after
that strike were surpassed by the scenes
when Allen sent Jack Butland the wrong
way and tucked his penalty inside the
goalkeeper s left-hand post.
"It s right up there with the best
moments I ve had in a Liverpool shirt,
no matter what happens in the future,"
said the 25-year-old, who was the sub-
ject of an approach from his former
club Swansea last week. "I d be lying
if I said I wasn t slightly nervous walk-
ing up there but I think you get into
the zone, this is what we do day-in
"There was actually a little bit of
confusion about who was going to take
the seventh penalty. In the end we set-
tled on it being me. We practise them
but it is probably something we don t
do regularly enough. "A couple of days
ago we did. I just took one and put it
in the same corner and that probably
made my mind up and that is the rea-
son I went with that pen and thankfully
it came off. "The atmosphere was elec-
tric. It s moments like that which is
what football is all about.
"It s a big moment not only for me
but also for this group."
In an up-and-down season for Liv-
erpool, a trip to Wembley and the
chance to secure silverware for the first
time since they won this competition
for a record eighth time in 2012 rep-
resents a success. They were waiting
to learn whether their opponents would
be Merseyside neighbours Everton or
Champions League qualification
looks no closer than when Brendan
Rodgers was in charge before his sacking
in mid-October, but bringing home a
trophy would be an immediate return
for Jurgen Klopp, something his pred-
ecessor did not manage in three years
despite having a much better squad at
his disposal. "We made it slightly dif-
ficult for ourselves but we managed to
get through and that will give us con-
fidence," Allen added.
Chelsea for China
...Pato arrives in London
Allen rates penalty as career high
In this September 21, 2013 file photo, Chelsea's Ramires plays against Fulham during their English Premier
League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London. Brazil midfielder Ramires has left Chelsea as compatriot
Alexandre Pato arrived in London yesterday to join up with the Premier League champions. AP PHOTO
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