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JOSE MOURINHO MANAGER PARADE
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was relieved after the win against Maccabi Tel Aviv © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager José Mourinho seems very optimistic after winning again Premier League with the Blues.

The Portuguese coach looked very relaxed and comfortable today during the victory parade in Fulham, and when he addressed the fans from the team bus he seemed also really confident for the next season, as he said:

“Thank you for everything, for all your support. Book another place for the parade next season. I hope we can give you that.”

Mourinho hopes to bring more trophies to Stamford Bridge, and probably he will try to get that Champions League the he missed in his first spell to the club.

Of course, Jose knows that won’t be easy to repeat Premier League success, as English football is very competitive, as he declared to Chelsea TV:

“Next year will be more difficult, but because it’s difficult is one of the reasons why I came back to England. I will enjoy it again.” 

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VAN GINKEL MILAN
Van Ginkel impressed in the last games at AC Milan

AC Milan are hopig to renew Van Ginkel loan from Chelsea.

The Dutch midfielder hadn’t an easy year in Italy, with two injuries stopping him in the first part of season, but in the last two months he found continuity and he impressed in some of the last games, so that now the club are hoping to keep him for the next campaign, also to give him the chance to grow more.

Milan manager Inzaghi declared:

Unfortunately he is not our player,” he said speaking about him.

“But he has grown a lot. He has played seven or eight games in a row and we are starting to see a great player. He does really well in training.

“Chelsea have great midfielders and he is in need of playing. My will would be, if possible, to keep him because he can give us a big hand.”

Chelsea also consider a permanent move, but Mourinho want £ 8m to allow the player to definitely join the Italian side.

 

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FILIPE LUIS

According to Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport Inter joins Atletico Madrid in the race for Filipe Luis.

The full-back is not officially on the market and Chelsea manager José Mourinho revealed he would like to keep the same squad of this season, but Luis failed to impress in his first season at the Bridge, so it’s possible the club will let him go if the right offer will come.

His ex club Atletico Madrid would like to sign back and proposed to Chelsea a swap with Koke, a midfielder that Mourinho would like in his new squad very much.

Inter are trying to get back to Champions League next year, a competition they’ve missed in the last three seasons even though they won it five years ago, and are trying to build a competitive squad in order to improve the poor results of the last seasons.

Inter manager Roberto Mancini is ready to sign Yayà Touré from his former club Manchester City and it seems Filipe Luis could  be his next target.

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Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez just announced that Carlo Ancelotti is not the club manager anymore.

The ex Chelsea manager was sacked after a disappointing 2015, where the club lost La Liga in favour of Barcelona and was knocked out in the Champions League semifinal by Juventus with two very bad displays.

In 2014 Ancelotti won 4 titles: Champions League, Spain Cup, European SuperCup and World Club Challenge.

This was not enough to keep him on the bench of the most famous club in the world, that is always really demanding with every manager.

The main candidate to take Ancelotti’s place is another ex Chelsea manager: Rafa Benitez.

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Drogba and Fabregas lifting the trophies Chelsea won this season: the Premier League and Capital One Cup © Francesca Ceciarini

Our exclusive photo gallery from the Chelsea 2015 Champions Parade in Fulham.

Please note all pictures are © Francesca Ceciarini, every abuse will be prosecuted. 

 

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Our exclusive pics from today at the Bridge!

Please note alle the photos are © Francesca Ceciarini, every abuse will be prosecuted.

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Cech can leave Chelsea this summer

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech revealed he is still open to staying at Chelsea, after speaking to Sky Sports.

Cech played in the club’s last game of the season against Sunderland, but has apparently been trying to negotiate a move away from the club to secure more regular first team football.

When asked whether it was his last game at Stamford Bridge, Cech replied:

I don’t know.

“I still have a year on my contract and now that the season is over I will sit down and think about my decision, what I will want to do, and let’s see, but I haven’t made any decision and I will see how we go in the summer, and what I want to do and I will see my agent as well.

“I will look at the possibilities and then decide because I still enjoy playing at the highest level, and I love playing with the best players in the world and still being on the pitch.

“It hasn’t changed, so let’s see what will happen. “

Cech has been at Chelsea for 11 years and has won all four of the club’s Premier League titles, as well several FA and League Cups, the Champions League and th Europa League. But, the Czech knows that should he choose to leave the club, the decision won’t be taken lightly:

Life is about taking every challenge you can if you want to be successful.

“If this is the end, so be it, and I will take on another challenge, and hopefully it will be as incredible as the journey I made with this club.”

But, the 33-year old also acknowledged that several clubs were interested in acquiring his services:

As I said, we will see and discuss all the possibilities, and obviously we will make the decision which is best for everyone.”

It will be the hardest decision I have ever had to make but that’s football. Let’s hope for a bright future.”

However, no matter what happens, Cech said he very much enjoyed Chelsea’s title celebrations – the first time they have happened since 2010. He was also quick to praise striker Didier Drogba, who was playing his last game in a Chelsea shirt.

Of course it’s been an emotional day not least because of winning the league but also because Didier [Drogba] is making his farewell.

“He’s been a true gentleman of the club and I think he deserves all of this.”

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Although John Terry is delighted to be finally be celebrating their success, headmitted today that Chelsea’s title party is sad due to Didier Drogba’s second departure.

The veteran Ivorian announced before the 3-1 win over Sunderland that he is going to leave the Blues when his contract expires in the summer.

The captain said: “It has been five years since we won the title. It has been a long time and hurts when you see other teams lift it.”

“It is an unbelievable day – the whole squad have been top class from day one – but a sad one with Didier leaving today.”

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Drogba
Drogba in his last season at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba spoke of both his happiness and gratitude as the club celebrated their title success. 

Drogba has helped Chelsea win their fourth Premier League title but is now set to leave the club for a second time.

After faking an injury in the club’s 3-1 win over Sunderland earlier, and then raucously celebrating the title win, Drogba said afterwards:

I think you can’t do better than the Champions League final, but today is a special one because it’s the fourth league [title] in nine years, and at Chelsea it’s a great record.”

The 37-year old leaves Stamford Bridge after becoming one of the club’s best ever strikers. But Drogba was quick to devote the Premier League trophy to the club’s fans, with whom he is a firm favourite:

That’s their [the fans’] trophy, they are travelling with us every weekend, in and out, at home, away games, they are always there.

“They’re the best fans and this a way to say thank you to them for what they give to us.”

When asked why the Ivorian thought Chelsea won the title, he was quick to respond:

Number one Premier League team, from day one until today, that’s special.”

Many commented on Drogba’s substitution in the first half, in which the Chelsea players carried him off the field. It was later revealed to be planned, but the veteran striker said he knew little of it:

JT [John Terry] just decided to lift me up and, it’s an emotional moment.” 

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