Peruvian Claudio Pizarro to join Chelsea


Lima : Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro has joined Chelsea, with a contract tying him to the Premier League giant for the upcoming four seasons. The player himself confirmed the move on the website, owned by his agent Carlos Delgado.

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The Times had said earlier Friday Pizarro would earn over $5 million a year at Chelsea. The English team will not have to pay a transfer fee for the striker.

"I am very happy to join a club of Chelsea's standing, which we all know. It is sure to fight for every tournament that lies before it, and I like that, I have come (to Chelsea) to make my contribution," said Pizarro.

The Peruvian forward, 28, currently plays for Bayern Munich, although the German giant declined to extend his contract that expires at the end of the current season. He arrived at Bayern Munich in 2001 from Werder Bremen, and scored 100 goals in 229 official Bundesliga games.

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Real Sociedad president resigns

Madrid: Miguel Fuentes surprisingly resigned as president of Real Sociedad Friday night, throwing the troubled San Sebastian club into even more turmoil. Fuentes — a rare example of player-turned-president — claimed that he was quitting "for personal reasons," after only two years in the job.

Former vice-president Maria de la Pena has been given temporary charge of the club until a shareholders' meeting at the end of the season. De la Pena thus becomes only the first female president in Real Sociedad's history.