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Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are all targeting Malaga’s 16-year old striker Kuki, according to reports in the Daily Mail

The youngster, who plays for Spain but is Uruguayan by birth, is the son of former Uruguay international Jose Luis Zalazar (who is also his agents). His actual name is Jose Luis Zalazar Martinez.

Originally playing for Albachete, he joined Malaga’s youth set-up in 2012 aged just 14. His time at Malaga quickly caught the eye of former Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini, who managed the Spanish side before moving to Manchester City in 2013.

However, Kuki’s recent form has caught the eye of other top clubs. Last season, he played 27 times and scored 10 goals for Malaga’s Under-19 side. He also played in pre-season for the first team. Currently, Kuki is plying his trade in Malaga’s reserve side Athletico Malagueno – they play in the fourth tier of Spanish football.

As well as domestic football, Kuki has represented Spain at Under-15 and Under-17 level. The forward is known for being versatile, a clinical finisher and even a playmaker. Currently, the striker is on a three-year contract with an option for a two-year extension. He has £4.3 million release clause which will double when he makes his first team debut.

 

 

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The two will appear in court in May

Two Chelsea fans have been summoned to court following a racist incident at St. Pancras station in February.

The two fans, who have not been named, have been summoned to Westminster Magistrates Court after the two were accused of singing racist chants at St. Pancras International on February 18th, the day after Chelsea’s Champions League match against Paris Saint Germain.

The 21-year old male pair have been accused of racially aggravated harassment, and are the only two to have been called to court out of seven men spoken to by the British Transport Police. The other five received no further action.

This second incident follows an incident on the Paris Metro, which followed with the arrests of five men after they blocked a black man from boarding the train. Those five men were called to a preliminary hearing at Waltham Forest Magistrates’ Court in north-east London last Wednesday. The Metropolitan Police is looking to impose banning orders on all five men – the men have appealed against this.

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Filipe Luis has made 24 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this season

Chelsea defender Filipe Luis has ruled out a Chelsea exit during the summer.

The Brazilian full-back has had a tough time at the Blues since signing from Athletico Madrid for £15.8 million. Luis has made only seven appearances this season.

But despite Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho preferring Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta in recent games, Chelsea are only six points clear of second-place Manchester City with only nine games remaining. They play Stoke on Saturday, travelling to QPR soon after. However, they also come up against Arsenal and Manchester United.

29-year old Luis has said he is perfectly happy to see out his three-year contract at Stamford Bridge, and knows that the title is far from secure:

“We have a chance to win the Premier League. Everyone wants to be there to try to help the team to win the league. Is the title race over? No. It’s really difficult. We have nine games – really difficult games. The Premier League is never easy. We have to be better than ever because these games are coming up with a lot of pressure, but I think we’re prepared to cope with the hard situation we have. He (Mourinho) always says that to us – he has never said anything else. He always asked for everybody to be focused and concentrated in the games and to try to win every match we have.”

 

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Chelsea are likely to win the Premier League this season

Pictures of Chelsea’s 2015-16 home, away and third kits have been leaked, featuring some interesting changes from the mostly all-blue strip we have seen in recent seasons.

For the first time, Chelsea’s kit sponsor is Japanese tyre company, Yokohama Tyres. The company signed a record-breaking sponsorship deal with the Blues in February, with Chelsea’s current sponsorship deal with Samsung expiring in June. But, German kit brand Adidas are once again responsible for its production.

The new home kit features stylish red details around the sleeves and a collar, with darker blue pinstripes on the front. Blue shorts and socks complete the kit.

The white away kit features a white crew neck collar and, more noticeably, tricoloured sleeve cuffs which use red, blue and white.

The third away kit is all black, with a black crew neck collar and white sleeve cuffs.

An official release date for next season’s kit is yet to be released, but with such great changes reportedly being made, the official unveiling is bound to be an interesting one.

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Chelsea and Manchester City are chasing Valencia full-back Jose Luis Gaya. And AS claimed both clubs are willing to pay the £13 million clause for him..

 

Having played 27 league games this season, Gaya is a key player for Valencia, and the third-placed team in La Liga club are preparing together a second offer to renew his deal after the first was rejected.ì by the player’s entourage.

Gaya is a Spanish U21 international, but he was forced to leave the camp last week after suffering a hamstring injury. Yet, he is probably set to be fit for Valencia‘s derby against Villarreal at the Mestalla on Sunday.

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STERLING

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has ruled out the option of selling Sterling

The England international’s future is on doubt as he is currently stalling on signing a new deal and reports suggested Arsenal and Chelsea may be interested on him.

Sterling, 20, has reportedly turned down a new contract worth £180,000-per-week.

 

However, Rodgers has ruled out selling the winger – who may be tempted to leave in order to play Champions League.

“He’s got two and a half years left on his contract and he is not going anywhere. Liverpool is one of the super-powers.”

Rodgers added: “The owners have shown that if they don’t want to sell, they won’t sell. If any player ever left Raheem or any other, it would be on the terms of the club.”

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DYBALA

As it was predictable, reports regarding Paulo Dybala‘s future are multiplying.

The last voice claims the Argentinian is now going to refuse an offer from Juventus to join north London side Arsenal instead.

The Italian champions have been leading the race, with Dybala not read to leave the country, but now claims in Italy suggest that the striking sensation might have had a change of heart.

According to new reports, he will accept a switch to the Premier League and particularly for Arsene Wenger’s side, ahead of the other interested clubs from all over Europe – among those Chelsea as well: Jose Mourinho was also reportedly interested in La Joya and it remains to be seen whether Chelsea will top Arsenal’s offer or not.

The Gunners have made an offer of £30m to Palermo, hoping the amount would be sufficient enough to make a deal go through as soon as possible – Zamparini, Palermo’s volcanic president, asked for 42m euro.

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Felipe Anderson impressed at Lazio this season

Chelsea target Felipe Anderson is keen to remain to his current club, Lazio, in next season.

The Brazilian midfielder, 21, just renewed his contract with the Italian club until 2020 and his agent Stefano Castagna explained to GazzettaTV that his player likes very much the club and the project, so he’s got no reason to move shortly:

“He [Felipe Anderson] took up the Lazio cause when he arrived in Italy last year, the Biancocelesti made a big and important offer for him, even though they had to wait for a while for him to recover from an injury that kept him out for some time”

He’s a guy with the fundamental physical and technical characteristics needed for today’s football. He’s improved his defensive play and he’s still growing as a player

We renewed the contract with the capital side because the project here is very interesting

Mourinho was really interested in signing the player in next transfer window and even sent scouts to watch him recently but it seems the deal will be hard.

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According to report from Spanish newspaper AS, Chelsea and Man City will fight next summer to sign one of the new Spanish football sensations: José Luis Gaya.

The left fullback, now at Valencia, is just 19 but he’s already worth 13m  £ according to his buyout clause, that the clubs are keen to pay.

Gaya is a regular U21 Spain international and is impressing in this season, where he made 27 appearances in La Liga helping his team to reach the third place in the table, and Valencia would like to extend his contract, but he already refused their first offer because he knows some giants as Real Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City are interested in him.

The Merengues made official yesterday the signing of Danilo, a Brazilian left fullback, from FC Porto for 30m  £ so maybe they won’t need to challenge the two English top clubs on Gaya, who will probably play in the Premier League next year.

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Alvaro Arbeloa was one of the few players that did not turn his back to José Mourinho in his last year at Real Madrid.

Two years ago Arbeloa accused the Real Madrid dressing room of self-interest and zero commitment when Mourinho was in charge and in a recent interview to the TV Spanish program “El Chiringuito” he admitted he’s still a “Mourinhista” and that he’s still in contact with his former manager:

“I tried to explain on Onda Cero radio what it is like to be a ‘Mourinhista, that’s not to idolise Jose. It’s a way of saying things, of moving forward, and not be afraid of who you are. I try to be as much of a ‘Mourinhista’ as possible”

“Everyone has their own way of working and Mourinho believes in picking the players that are working best. He knows I am a fighter and he doesn’t need to motivate me

“I spoke to him last Friday. He’s happy and content in London because his family are happy and there isn’t the persecution he and his kid got here. Professionally he has a great team and is doing well“.

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