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After the game against MK Dons on Sunday, John Terry has announced the club won’t be renewing his contract and is set to leave in the summer.

Terry, who came through the Blues academy has won the Premier League 4 times and the Champions League once. He will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.

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The Chelsea player ratings for their FA Cup 4th Round clash away at MK Dons.

Starting XI:

Courtois 6- Had very little to do throughout the game and had no chance with the goal after it took a huge deflection.

Baba Rahmen 7- Baba had a rare start for the Blues, and produced a very good display going forward, always looking to run in behind the Dons defence and should’ve had more of his crosses finished off.

Cahill 6- Like the rest of the back four Cahill didn’t have much to do defensively, but gave a solid performance on his return to the starting XI.

Terry (c) 6- Marshalled the defence well as always. Looking back to his best and an integral part of the team moving forward.

Ivanovic 7- A force going forward, but still looks susceptible at the back.

Matic 7- Broke up the very few MK Dons attacks well and was always looking to take the ball forward.

Fabregas 7- Was a big part in Chelsea keeping 68% possession and dictating the tempo, carried on from his great performance at the Emirates last week.

Loftus-Cheek 8- The 20 year-old put in a fantastic performance, getting stuck into challenges and provided a great assist for Oscar’s second goal.

Oscar 10- A brilliant first-half hat-trick from the Brazilian put Chelsea firmly in charge of the tie.

Hazard 8- Looked somewhat back to his best. Scoring for the first time in 29 matches from the penalty spot and setting up Bertrand Traore soon after.

Costa 6- Looked sharp, but couldn’t get in on the act. Taking one off of his team-mate Oscar when he looked certain to score. Solid performance from the Spaniard.

Subs:

Traore 7- Scored Chelsea’s fifth goal after a great run from deep. Looked sharp and showed signs of his potential.

Pedro 6- Looked lively when he came on, but had no real chances.

Willian 5- Chelsea had taken their foot off the gas by the time Willian came on, and he failed to make an impact.

Manager:

Guus Hiddink 9- Picked a strong team, showing his intent to win the FA Cup. And made substitutions at the right time, especially the introduction of young Bertrand Traore.

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Chelsea and MK Dons kicked off their 4th Round replay at Stadium MK this afternoon.

Chelsea started by far the brighter side with some excellent chances to take the lead. After fantastic build up play from Hazard, Oscar tees up Diego Costa to force a reaction stop from Martin at point-blank range. This was followed by more great build up play and forced countless saves from Martin. This continued until the 15th minute when Diego Costa intercepted a back pass to feed Oscar to slide the ball into an open net and make it 1-0 to the reigning Premier League Champions.

The Blues looked well on top and deserving of their lead with 20 year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek firing straight at Martin from close range. This was before a long range strike from Potter took a huge deflection from Matic to loop in over Courtois and make it 1-1.

Hazard broke free just a few minutes after the equaliser one-on-one with Martin only to see his shot saved onto the post. Soon after, Baba Rahmen quickly broke in behind the Dons defence to pass the ball across goal only for Costa to take it off of Oscars toes and poke the ball wide for what would’ve been a simple finish for the Brazilian.

With Chelsea well on top and finding huge gaps in the Dons midfield, Ruben Loftus-Cheek found space between the midfield and defence to play the ball in behind for Oscar to smash the ball across Martin’s goal for the Blues, to make it 2-1 just after the half hour mark. Just before half-time Oscar bursts down the left wing to cut inside on to his right foot and drove the ball into the net to complete a brilliant first half hat-trick and give Chelsea a well deserved 3-1 lead.

Within 10 minutes of the restart a Hazard makes a driving run down the left wing, only to be brought down with referee Jonathan Moss having no choice but to point to the spot. And Hazard duly stepped up to slot home his first goal in 29 matches for Chelsea. Soon after the hour mark Hazard was at it again, after a brilliant ball in behind the MK Dons defence, found the Belgian in space for him to pick out the recently introduced Bertand Traore to place the ball in to the back of the net and make it 5-1 to the Blues.

A great performance from the Blues as they continue their unbeaten run under Hiddink and cruise into the 5th Round of the FA Cup.

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Chelsea and MK Dons kicked off their 4th Round replay at Stadium MK this afternoon.

Chelsea started by far the brighter side with some excellent chances to take the lead. After fantastic build up play from Hazard, Oscar tees up Diego Costa to force a reaction stop from Martin at point-blank range. This was followed by more great build up play and forced countless saves from Martin. This continued until the 15th minute when Diego Costa intercepted a back pass to feed Oscar to slide the ball into an open net and make it 1-0 to the reigning Premier League Champions.

The Blues looked well on top and deserving of their lead with 20 year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek firing straight at Martin from close range. This was before a long range strike from Potter took a huge deflection from Matic to loop in over Courtois and make it 1-1.

Hazard broke free just a few minutes after the equaliser one-on-one with Martin only to see his shot saved onto the post. Soon after, Baba Rahmen quickly broke in behind the Dons defence to pass the ball across goal only for Costa to take it off of Oscars toes and poke the ball wide for what would’ve been a simple finish for the Brazilian.

With Chelsea well on top and finding huge gaps in the Dons midfield, Ruben Loftus-Cheek found space between the midfield and defence to play the ball in behind for Oscar to smash the ball across Martin’s goal for the Blues, to make it 2-1 just after the half hour mark. Just before half-time Oscar bursts down the left wing to cut inside on to his right foot and drove the ball into the net to complete a brilliant first half hat-trick and give Chelsea a well deserved 3-1 lead.

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

MK DONS – Martin; Spence, McFadzean, Walsh, Lewington (c); Potter, Forster-Caskey; Carruthers, Hall, Murphy; Bowditch.

Subs: Cropper, Hodson, Kay, Williams, Powell, Church, Maynard.

Manager: Karl Robinson

 

CHELSEA – Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill Terry (c), Baba; Matic, Fabregas; Oscar, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Mikel, Pedro, Willian, Traore

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Venue: Stadium MK

Kick Off: 4 pm GMT

 

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VARDY
Jamie Vardy is having an impressing season with Leicester © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea are still really keen on Jamie Vardy: according to the Daily Mail the Blues are still targeting the English striker and ready to place a £39m bid to Leicester for him.

Vardy already scored 16 goal in the season so far for the side managed by former Blues coach Claudio Ranieri.

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The expected line-ups for today’s FA Cup match against MK Dons.

The latest team news:

– Chelsea strikers Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy are out for injury

Diego Costa is fit despite picking up a slight knee injury against Arsenal last Sunday.

Eden Hazard could make his first start in four weeks.

– MK Dons striker Nicky Maynard (hamstring) is a major doubt.

– Matthew Upson (hamstring), Ben Reeves (thigh) and Carl Baker (ankle) are all confirmed absentees.

– George Baldock has returned following his loan spell at Oxford, but is cup-tied.

 

MK DONS – Martin, Spence, Kay, Walsh, Lewington, Potter, Forster-Caskey, Carruthers, Williams, Murphy, Church.

CHELSEA – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill, Baba; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas; Pedro, Hazard, Willian: Diego Costa.

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Spanish paper AS revealed that Chelsea rejected a €45m offer for Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid.

Rojiblancos‘ manager Diego Pablo Simeone was really keen on getting back the striker that has struggled during this campaign in the Premier League – even if with Guus Hiddink he’s keeping a good scoring rate- but the Blues didn’t accept to negotiate, even when Atletico tried to put Jackson Martinez in the deal.

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Norwich City have won the race to sign Patrick Bamford.

Last years Championship player of the year has been overlooked at Stamford Bridge and the 22-year-old has spent a lot of his time out on loan to the likes of Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough.

Norwich City boss Alex Neil speaks very highly of the young striker and is pleased to have an opportunity to work with him during his loan that keeps him with The Canaries until the end of the season.

“Patrick is a player who excelled last season and we are pleased to have the opportunity to bring him in.

“He’s a young forward determined to make his way in the game, and adds competition for us at the top end of the pitch.”

Bamford is also pleased about the transfer.

“I’m really happy to be here, and the sooner I’m able to get involved the better.

“That’s what I want to do personally, but it’s also about helping Norwich to get the points required to stay in the league.”

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According to skybet, Robin Van Persie is going to stay with Fenerbache until at least the end of the season.

The Dutch strikers odds are 2/5 to remain in Turkey, 2/1 to join Chelsea and a massive 20/1 to join Tottenham Hotspur.

With only 2 days left of the transfer window and nothing set in stone in terms of negotiation, Van Persie’s foreseeable future is to remain with the Turkish Super Lig leaders.

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