Authors Posts by Francesca Ceciarini

Francesca Ceciarini


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Cristiano Ronaldo is a new Juventus player: the Portuguese ace left Real Madrid to move to the Italian side in a £ 99.2m deal.

CR7 spent nine successful years at the Santiago Bernabéu, winning 4 Champions League, 2 Spanish titles,  2 Copa del Rey, 2 UEFA Super Cups, 3 Fifa World Club Cup scoring 451 goals .

An unexpected move that add value to the Serie A and stop rumours about Ronaldo returning to Manchester United in this transfer window.

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Former Chelsea boss José Mourinho slams Belgium players for letting his ex star Eden Hazard in the World Cup in Russia:

“I think the Belgium players go home with a bad feeling, a feeling that ‘we could do more and better’ a feeling that probably Hazard out of it because he tried absolutely everything, but many other players kept hiding,” Mourinho told RT.

“They are much better than that, for big occasions, big players were not there in the big occasion.

“The majority of the players were not themselves, in big matches you have to be yourself or a bit better. The big match can make you a bit better, that extra adrenaline, that extra feeling of ‘how big I am’ can only make you better.

“If the big occasion makes you worse than you are then you regret and I think the majority of the Belgium players are having this feeling.”

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After confirming that Maurizio Sarri will become new Chelsea boss following the last legal details to be discussed on his deal, Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis claimed that Jorginho is heading to Stamford Bridge as well, revealing the Italian international rejected an offer from Man City to join the Blues:

Jorginho in the Sarri deal? These are separate matters”

“I accepted Manchester City offer for him two weeks ago, but I will have to apologize with them: if the player prefers to live in London rather than in Manchester I can understand him, then if Chelsea proposes him better wages I can understand him even more and I cannot do anything”

“But Jorginho at Chelsea is not linked to the Sarri deal”

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Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, now it’s almost official.

Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is speaking in this moment in a press conference and claimed the deal is about to be closed:

“Sarri is close to be new Chelsea manager, maybe it will be official tonight. My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything,” the Italian businessman claimed, as quoted by .

“Everything it’s upon him, let’s see what happens”

Jorginho in the deal? These are separate matters”

“I accepted Manchester City offer for him two weeks ago, but I will have to apologize with them: if the player prefers to live in London rather than in Manchester I can understand him, then if Chelsea proposes him better wages I can understand him even more and I cannot do anything”

“But Jorginho at Chelsea is not linked to the Sarri deal”


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Crystal Palace hope to sign Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan again next season.

Palace believe the Blues could allow the England international, who made his first World Cup start for the Three Lions in Sunday’s 6-1 win against Panama, to go out on loan for another year.

Loftus-Cheek played a key role in helping the Eagles avoid relegation last season and has made it clear he wants regular football next term.

Palace want the 22-year-old back but are likely to face competition after his impressive performances for England, with Everton and Newcastle interested.
But Loftus-Cheek enjoyed his time at Palace and they hope that will put them at the front of the queue to sign him.
However the midfielder, who grew-up as a footballer in Chelsea academy and made his first team debut under José Mourinho three years ago, said he will decide his future once his experience in the World Cup is over.

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Reports in Italy claim Maurizio Sarri has cancelled his trip to London scheduled for today, as Chelsea still have no deal with Napoli’s chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis on his release clause.

It was reported yesterday that the Partenopei had agreed to finally release the Coach from his contract, for a fee of around €5m.

That would have seen Sarri fly out to the U.K today to sign a two-year contract with an option for a third to be announced once Antonio Conte’s deal is resolved.

However, speaking on Radio CRC Premium Sport Naples based journalist Raffaele Auriemma expressed his doubts upon the deal.

According to him, Sarri has been advised by his lawyers not to fly to London today, because that could spark legal action from Napoli.

The issue is that while there may be a basic agreement on €5m, it is De Laurentiis who must receive offers from Chelsea, not the sporting director or anyone else.

It appears that hasn’t happened, so everything is on hold until the chairman gives the go-ahead.

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Chelsea FC are expected to make official new manager Maurizio Sarri‘s appointment today, or no later than tomorrow.

The new Stamford Bridge boss is close to sign for the Stamford Bridge club and he’s expected in London today.

According to the Daily Mail, Sarri, is likely to sign a two-year contract that will include the option of a third year and is said to be planning to sleep at the club’s Cobham training ground at first upon his arrival, where there is a house inside the complex.

Chelsea are believed to be paying around £4.5million to release the Italian coach from Napoli after a contractual dispute caused a delay and slowed down their transfer activity.

Sarri would like to bring Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly and Italy international Jorginho, both crucial players in his Napoli side, and in the last days also the name of Belgian striker Dries Mertens – also in Napoli squad and great friend with Blues star Eden Hazard- became hot in the list of the possible transfers from Napoli toward Stamford Bridge.

However,  Chelsea’s lack of Champions League football could cost them in contract talks with new signings bound to want large bonuses for getting them back into Europe’s elite competition.

Most players who are not at the World Cup are believed to be due back for pre-season on July 9 but have been waiting to find out who will be in charge.


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Nigeria has obtained their first win at Russia 2018 World Cup by beating Iceland 2-0 in Volgograd.

Now the African team are back in contention to qualify for last of 16, with a decisive match against Argentina ( who has got just 1 point) next week.

Nigeria won thanks to a brace by Leicester City forward Ahmed Musa.

Chelsea winger Victor Moses played all the the 90′ (as well as Blues’ loanee Kenneth Omeruo) and was one of the best performers of his team after providing the assist for Nigeria’s opener in the 49th minute.

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Speaking to Italian media Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis claimed he’s not sure his former manager Maurizio Sarri will join Chelsea.

The Azzurri were recently linked to PSG goalkeeper Aerola and De Laurentiis was spotted in Paris but admitted that his trip to France was not linked with the transfer market:

“I was there because I had to attend a meeting of ECA”, he said.

“We have targeted him and Meret but there are two more players that we want. We have paid the release clause of Fabian Ruiz and I will only sell Hamsik for € 35 million, not € 30 million.”

“We have received an offer of € 15 million from China but whoever goes to play there is a former player to me.”

Questioned about Sarri, who many media claimed he was very close to be appointed as next Stamford Bridge boss, De Laurentiis said:

“Sarri? Are you sure he will join Chelsea? Who knows, time will tell…”

The Italian coach had € 8m release clause until the end of May, a clause that is not effective at the moment but that will work again since the 1st of July.

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - JUNE 18: Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with team mates Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Belgium and Panama at Fisht Stadium on June 18, 2018 in Sochi, Russia

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has claimed that he stands by the comments made about Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku in the half-time of Belgium’s win over Panama at the World Cup, but he has downplayed the significance of his words.

The Blues player felt the need to speak to his teammate at half time of Group G match on Monday as the Red Devils were struggling to break down their opponents.

Hazard suggested that Lukaku had been “hiding up front” in the opening 45 minutes, before responding with two goals in the second half in what turned out to be comfortable 3-0 victory over the Central American team.

Asked to explain his comment, Hazard told Sky Sports News:

“As the captain, even if I am not the captain I can talk, on the pitch I try to give my best, if I can help players to be better I will.

“I just told Romelu if we want to win the game we need him, not just as a scorer to score goals, but we want him to be involved in the build-up. We just talked normally and we won the game in the end so it was fine.”

 Hazard and Lukaku are expected to start Belgium’s second group outing against Tunisia on Saturday afternoon.


Brazilian midfielder Jorginho joined Chelsea from SS Napoli some days ago and at Stamford Bridge he will work again with Maurizio Sarri. Speaking with website Football Italia Jorginho himself admitted the influence Sarri had on his...