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Cudicini In & Carson Sent Packing?

Cudicini In & Carson Sent Packing?

According to red top, The Sun, Villa are in the chase for Chelsea's Carlo Cudicini.

The 34-year-old Italian goalkeeper apparently has already told Chelsea that he wants to leave despite being under contract until the end of next season.

The Sun claim that his first choice would be a move to Villa with Manchester City also in the race.

The paper quotes a source 'close' to Cudicini as saying:

'There will be another meeting with Chelsea to decide what is best for the club and Carlo. There is interest from Aston Villa as well as Manchester City.'

They also state that in the last four seasons he has only made 23 premiership appearances following the arrival of Petr Cech.

Surely 3 or 4 seasons to late and he wouldn't come here as an understudy for someone else?

The paper say that O'Neill will look at Cudicini as he has decided against making Scott Carson's loan move permanent with a £9million fee wanted.

Talking about Carson, former keeper legend Ray Clemence says that Carson will overcome his problems and be a top keeper.

On the official site the former England keeper said: 'He is only 22 and, the younger you are, the more criticism hurts and he did take a lot for that game against Croatia when there were other people on the field that night who didn't play that well either. Unfortunately he has taken the brunt of it since and I've been at a couple of grounds to watch Villa where the fans haven't been the kindest to him. It is difficult at the moment for him but I know him, he is a strong character, he is young and he will bounce back and the ability will not leave him. I know that he will come back because he has great ability.'

Can't say I've noticed that much abuse, have you?

Oh, and whilst we are talking about keepers, Martin O'Neill has slammed reports that he is after Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday April 17 2008
Time: 9:36AM


Has Cech really been there 4 years? I dont think so!!! Think this is year 3. 4 years ago this week we beat them 3-2 in the league at Villa Park and Ranieri was still manager with Cudicini in goal, I believe he was in fact the keeper of the season that year. I say sign him for 2mil and offer Liverpool for 4mil for Carson. A total of 6mil would be good for a great keeper and a one for the future.
17/04/2008 09:44:00
Oh and thank god we are not after Jussi, I would rather have an unproven american keeper than that relegation battling pile of poo
17/04/2008 09:46:00
Whoops I missed a season out!!! Yes you are right. But still would like to see Cudicini here over Jussi and the american one who plays in that pants league with Becks and Angel.
17/04/2008 10:05:00
Quality goalie with top level experience.
17/04/2008 10:06:00
i don't know what to make of cudicini now. a few years back i thought he was one of the best keepers in the league, but it seems like he is quite happy picking up a fat pay cheque for doing nothing at chelsea. if i were him i would want to leave as soon as it became apparent that cech was one of the world's best keepers in order to fulfill ambitions in the game. however, i would love for us to sign him and have him prove me wrong.
17/04/2008 10:06:00
isnt he injury prone, he always seems to get injured every time he plays
17/04/2008 10:06:00
He has experience at the highest level that is more than can be said about Jussi, Guzan (who?) and Myhill. Of all the keepers who have been linked Robbo is the only one that has a CV that comes close to Carlo.
17/04/2008 10:09:00
we could do much worse than cudicini. it'll be him, Guzan or Boruc next season - maybe even 2 of the 3. but young jonahs' idea of 6mil for he and carson is a good one.
17/04/2008 10:15:00
Cheers Leftfoot. I think Villa should call Liverpools bluff and offer 4mil, 5mil tops for Carson and see what they say. £8-10mil is too much.
17/04/2008 10:17:00
cudicini was easily the best keeper in the prem before cech showed up, he'd still be quality and regarding his injuries, i dont think they'll be a problem, part of laursen staying fit has to be to do with our state of the art training facilities.
17/04/2008 10:49:00
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