Evening Report: January 7

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New Chelsea star Demba Ba has said he is happy to work hard and wait for his chance if manager Rafael Benitez decides to pick Fernando Torres ahead of him.

The Senegalese striker scored a brace on his debut at the weekend and insisted he will accept being on the bench or playing alongside the Spanish star.

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic claims striker Robin van Persie should be used as an example to teach young players the art of centre-forward play.

The Serbia international claimed Van Persie’s touch, movement and finishing would be difficult to improve on.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been linked with a January transfer window bid for French midfielder Yann M’Vila.

The Rennes man is reportedly available for just £7million after falling out of favour at the Ligue 1 side – a huge drop from the £25million being requested in the summer.

New Tottenham Hotspur signing Lewis Holtby has revealed he would have signed a new deal with Schalke if the Spurs offer had not been so good.

The 22-year-old’s contract expires in the summer and he signed a pre-contract agreement to move to White Hart Lane on a free transfer once it does.

Manchester City star Yaya Toure has been admitted to an Abu Dhabi hospital after suffering from a cough and fever.

The Citizens midfielder was there to train with the Ivory Coast squad ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations campaign in South Africa, which begins next week.

And finally, Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas believes the Camp Nou squad has come back even stronger after their winter break.

The Spain international said a period away can sometimes affect a team’s rhythm, but insisted this had not happened to the Catalan side and felt there was nothing they could not achieve this season if they continue in the same vein.

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