Sidwell seeks Blues pay-off

25 June 2008 04:36
Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell would like face-to-face talks with new Blues boss Luiz Felipe Scolari before he completes his move to Aston Villa. The 25-year-old is expected to seal his switch to Villa Park in the near future, although one or two details remain to be ironed out to complete the deal. Sidwell's agent, Eric Walters, confirmed: "I understand Chelsea have not formally agreed yet, but there has been some sort of informal agreement. "Steve feels Villa are a very, very good club and would offer a very good future for him, but he has also again insisted that he is in no rush to leave Chelsea. "There is a new manager coming in and he would at least like to meet with him over the next couple of weeks to discuss his future in person. "There is also compensation. Steve has three years left of his contract and is entitled to some compensation if Chelsea agree to part with him. "He has reiterated he would be happy to stay at the club and fight for his place, but they are now suggesting they want him to go." Former England Under-21s international Sidwell made only 25 appearances for the Blues last season, having previously made his name with Reading.

Source: ESA