Authors Posts by Francesca Ceciarini

Francesca Ceciarini


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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard dreams to become Blues manager “one day”, this is what he revealed speaking to Sky Sports’ Soccer AM this morning:

“If I was good enough, if they wanted me and it was the right time,” he claimed.

“As a Chelsea man or not, the job is one of the pinnacles of football, they are one of the top clubs in the world now. And I’m a Chelsea man. I wouldn’t have to move house!

“It might be a different route for me and might take a while but the dream would be to manage Chelsea one day.

“I’m more back onto it but the problem is getting my badges now. And having time to do it when I’m still playing.

“As soon as I finish I would like to take it up and maybe be a manager. It’s hard as I only want the Chelsea job!”

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Chelsea second goalkeeper Asmir Begovic revealed what is the team target in this new season under Antonio Conte:

“The main goal is the top four and we can do it,” Begovic is quoted as saying by The Daily Mirror.

“Of course we want to win the title but getting back in the Champions league is crucial.”

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrating his first official goal with Chelsea against Scunthorpe © Francesca Ceciarini

Arsenal legend and now Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson claims England caretaker coach Gareth Southgate was wrong in not selecting two youngsters for the World Cup qualifier against Malta scheduled for tonight: Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Southampton winger Nathan Redmond.

“Redmond has done well at Southampton this season and every time he’s gone away with the under-21s he’s performed,” the former Arsenal, Villa and Portsmouth midfielder claimed.

“He’s turned up for every game but all of a sudden the senior squad comes and he’s not in it.

These lads might get disheartened,” he added.

The under-21s should be a stepping stone to the seniors. These players deserve a chance.

“Why isn’t Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the squad? It’s Malta. You can experiment. I reckon a lot of the under 21s thought they had a chance of getting in considering it was Gareth, their old boss.”



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Former Manchester City and Inter manager Roberto Mancini has been linked with England job after the FA invited him to Wembley to watch the World Cup qualifier against Malta tonight.

The Italian manager was sacked by Inter two months ago, on August 8, after misunderstanding with the directors and the new owners, the Chinese industry giant Suning, and a poor pre-season and was then replaced by ex Ajax coach Frank de Boer, so now he’s looking for a new job and he always stated that he would be honoured to be England coach, since he loves English football philosophy.

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After having a poor start of the season, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill admits he will try to corrects his errors to prove himself to the Blues and their new manager, Antonio Conte:

“The only people I have to prove myself to is the manager of the football club that I’m playing at and my teammates that I’m playing with,” the centre-back told the BBC.

“I made a few big errors and we all know that. I’m not stupid. I basically made my own mistakes out of nothing, so as ridiculously as bad as they were, they are also easy to correct.”

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Roma have announced midfielder Radja Nainggolan has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal keeping him at the club until 2020.

The Belgian midfielder, 28, was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer, being on the top of Antonio Conte‘s shortlist, but eventually he stayed put at the Giallorossi and was rewarded with a new contract.

We can read an entry about this in Roma’s annual financial results statement, via EPSN:

“During the financial period, the contract of Nainggolan, which was due to expire on June 30, 2018, has been extended. The new agreement has duration of five years, with an expiry of June 30, 2020.”

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Argentinian striker Mauro Icardi signs a new contract with Inter and the Nerazzurri put a shocking buy-out clause, valid only for non Italian clubs, in his new deal.

In fact, a foreign club who will like to sign Icardi in the future will have to pay a shocking € 110m/ £ 99m fee to the former José Mourinho side.

Icardi, that grew up as a player in Barcelona‘s academy and moved to the Milan club from Sampdoria in summer 2013, has already scored 58 goals in 114 appearances for the Nerazzurri: important numbers if we consider his age, just 23.

His efficiency on the pitch made him a target for many European top clubs, including Chelsea, but Inter new owners, the Chinese industrial giant Suning, claimed they have no intentions to sell the player….unless someone will pay the new buy-out clause.


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