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According to reports from ESPN, Chelsea are considering a swoop for West Ham’s impressive left-back Aaron Cresswell if they lose Filipe Luis this summer.

The Hammers defender only moved to Upton Park from Ipswich Town last year. Yet, his impressive form since stepping into the Premier League has won much praise from fans.

This is no surprise that this alerted the Blues, who according to rumours are possibly on their way to lose Luis in a few months’ time. The Brazilian, who only moved to Chelsea last summer, has struggled in his debut season at Stamford Bridge since joining from Atletico Madrid.

Cresswell, 25, is seen as an option by Jose Mourinho’s side, with his fine showings for East London side having convinced the club that he can play at even higher level.

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Kevin de Bruyne moved to Wolfsburg from Chelsea in January 2014

Some may say that Kevin De Bruyne was perhaps sold too quickly by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, a year and three months ago. Nevertheless, even what would seem a shocking counter-move such as Nemanja Matic’s transfer is possible in the transfer market.

Kevin De Bruyne’s agent, Patrick De Kosser, has announced that several clubs are interested in his client. And among them  he mentioned several English clubs: Manchester United and Arsenal… and Chelsea.

 

 

He spoke to a Belgian radio station, saying Kevin is fully concentrated on achieving the most with his current club. Furthermore Wolfsburg do not want to sell him and will offer him a new contract with better terms at the end of the current season.

“We will consider any offer we have now and seems to appear before the end of current season, but the situation is like this: Wolfsburg have decided not to allow his departure but the money, offered by any interested party, Chelsea, Manchester United or other, can make them, change their decision.”

“At this moment, Kevin wants to achieve all goals with his current club only and will think about changing the club in summer only.”

Yet, De Kosser added: “I think, a lot can happen in summer, this is football and everything may change.”

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Hazard has been a key man for the Blues this season
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has again been in good form this season, as Jose Mourinho’s men lead the charge for the Premier League title.
 
However, after speaking exclusively to Chelsea’s official website, he stated that he is not concerned about individual awards until Chelsea lift trophies. He said: “I want to win collective trophies first. I know if I win these with Chelsea then maybe I can get the PFA Player of the Year in England or the Ballon d’Or.”
“But when I see Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, I know I have to score more goals. These awards are not my objective, I just want to play; if I get the awards, it’s good for me, but it is not the first thing.”Hazard has been in excellent form this season, as well as providing a goal and an assist in Chelsea most recent win against Stoke. Since moving from LOSC Lille in 2012, the Belgian has 130 appearances for the Blues. In that time, he has scored 52 goals.

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JOSE MOURINHO
Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Interviewed by the Telegraph, Jose Mourinho claimed young footballers aren’t given the financial advice they need on contracts.

Apart from touching on a number of subjects – among which his Catholic faith and charity work to his favourite phone and car – he focused to reasons leading young players to be distracted from their game and even stumble into financial troubles when handed more money than they can handle.

Mourinho said: “They need to be lucky with the parents; they need to be lucky with the agents. They need education. I had a player once that came to me with a new car, and I told him, ‘Another one? Why? Do you have a house?’ No. ‘Do you have lots of money in the bank?’ No.”

The Chelsea boss went on in his tale adding: “He said, ‘This car, I didn’t buy it; my father got it for free in leasing and I signed the document’ I said, ‘Do you know what leasing is?’ He said, ‘It’s free!’ No! Sit here and I explain to you what is leasing. He didn’t know, because nobody had explained.”

“These guys, they’re 16, 17, 19, 20. They don’t know how to react, what to do. In Chelsea we have a fantastic department which we call Players Support and Welfare where they help the players with everything.”

“They have people in the bank to explain money. You want to buy a house? Let’s make sure you’re with the right person making the right deal.”

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Chelsea are considering to compete with Arsenal and Manchester United respectively in the pursuit of Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne this summer.

Evidence are provided by the fact the Premier League leaders scouted the pair in Saturday’s defeat at Everton.

Southampton, having already changed pretty much all its starting XI this summer getting something like more than £100m – and nevertheless succeeding in increasing their performance with new manager Koeman – will try to resist sales, but Schneiderlin has already made clear his desire to play in the Champions League next term.

as for Clyne, he will enter the final year of his contract at St Mary’s in July and initial talks over a new deal have offered no guarantees over his long-term future.

Competition to secure Schneiderlin, who has nine caps for France, will be fierce.

Ronald Koeman was intent upon building his team around the Frenchman, indicating it would take over £27m to pry him away.

Yet,  a recent dip appears to rule out a top-four finish for Southampton, and therefore doubts arise over Schneiderlin’s stay.

Tottenham and Arsenal were expected to lead the race for him, but Chelsea may now try to contrast London rivals.

 

Clyne has established himself as England’s first-choice right-back this season and he has attracted interest from Manchester United, who came close to securing the England full-back when he departed Crystal Palace in 2012.

He is only bounded until 2016 meaning Southampton may opt to consider a sale this summer rather than losing the player for free in a year’s time.

José Mourinho does not expect a summer of frantic business at Stamford Bridge, though a new £40m-a-season sponsorship deal with Yokohama Rubber would certainly enhance his requests for the duo.

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Manchester City defender and captain Vincent Kompany has insisted his side’s task at present time is to forget about honours and looking to improve their form again.

Mn City’s poor season took an important turn  at Selhurst Park: losing 2-1 they dropped from second to fourth place in the table.

This was City’s third defeat in a row: they are now nine points behind league leaders Chelsea – who also have a game in hand.

Kompany declared: “My only concern is we get back to our best form. I’ve learnt from past seasons that finishing a season strongly can have an impact on your next season.”

“It wasn’t even a bad game. We are demanding with ourselves because we have to win, but did they have a shot on goal except for set-pieces? I don’t know.”

“Palace are definitely a solid team. They know how to defend. They had a game plan so credit to them. But, for us, it wasn’t a bad game in comparison with other games that we have lost.”

“It’s our general form that we have to improve. This was not one of those that I felt we should have lost. It has a different feel to it than the result at Burnley. But a team like us needs result and that was not the result we hoped for.”

He showed happiness for getting a clash vs United at this time, though.

“A derby is a derby. It doesn’t matter what place you are in the league. If anything, it’s a good moment to go into a derby. I guess the momentum is a little bit with them at the moment, but it’s the perfect place for us to go and try to rectify what happened last night.”

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Eden Hazard won the Player of the Year Award last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Youssouf Mulumbu has voted for the PFA Player of the Year awards, choosing Harry Kane and Eden Hazard for the main prizes.

The West Brom midfielder chose the Tottenham striker for the top award, while Chelsea’s Hazard was his pick for the award reserved to the young player of the year.

The Baggies player posted an image of his voting slip to Twitter on Wednesday, asking opinions about his choice.

Here Mulumbu’s favourite XI:

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

Defenders: Nathaniel Clyne, John Terry, Jose Fonte, Cesar Azpilicueta

Midfielders: Yannick Bolasie, Alexis Sanchez, Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard

Strikers: Harry Kane, Diego Costa

In particular, Hazard was joined by Blues’ team-mates John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nemanja Matic and John Terry.

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FILIPE LUIS

Chelsea defender Filipe Luis has stated that the title race is not over yet.

“Is the title race over? No. It’s really difficult. We have nine games – really difficult games,” he said.

He then acknowledged the Premier League is one of the most difficult championships in the world.

“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 ended up talking about what Mourinho says to players to boost their motivation.

“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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Pogba stayed at Juventus last summer but hinted an exit soon

Chelsea are preparing a deal worth £74m for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, according to Football Express.

The former Manchester United midfielder has been linked with a summer exit from Juventus.

Although he has played a massive part in their three successive Serie A titles, if recent history is anything to go by, the tendency in Serie A is to sell important players abroad – Ibrahimovic, Pastore, Jovetic, Thiago Silva, Verratti and many more.

In particular, the French international has reportedly attracted the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona but it is now understood that Chelsea have emerged as front runners.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho is keen to pursue a summer move and is preparing a deal worth £74m – very close to the price Juventus fixed of £100m. Yet, part of the money would be covered by offering Brazilian midfield pair Oscar and Ramires in exchange for Pogba.

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In an interview with Channel 4’s Chatty Man, Frank Lampard spoke football, also touching the hot topic of gay footballers.

Lampard, 36, was asked about gay footballers on when openly gay host Alan Carr insisted some Premier League footballers must be gay, statistically.

Lampard replied: “We have had a couple come out afterwards. I think it is a fact they will be out there, they are in all lives and times, but we are at fault as a sport. It is that old syndrome where it is a man’s game and you can’t talk about that.”

According to the former Chelsea player, things have changed a lot in the recent years.

“I have to say the game is changing a lot, there are a lot of campaigns and I feel it in the dressing rooms. I would love it if someone came out and everyone treated it with respect. This silly thing that we are macho and we play football is very old hat.”

 

Lampard also spoke about his time at Chelsea.

“I had 13 years at Chelsea and I will always be a Chelsea boy because I played there and have so many memories.”

“They decided I was moving on and at 35 you are not going to fight that. If they want you to move on you move on. Then Manchester City came in for me. it was too good to turn down.”

“At 36 not many people get asked to play for the champions of England at the time for five months.”

“I have got such a great relationship with the Chelsea fans. It hasn’t broken it. I still have my main house in Chelsea and I go back to London a lot, I hope I won’t ever lose that, I don’t think I will.”

 

The midfielder, who is on-loan at Manchester City, also spoke about Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, his mentor: “He is brilliant. If you wanted to bottle a manager and get all the good bits in it, he has got them.”

“I say that because he helped me in my career a huge amount. When he came I didn’t have that self confidence, I was 25, and he brought that out of me. And he does that with all the players he works with.”

“He is very good at gauging a player and he knows if you need a b******ing he will give it to you individually or as a team on a day but if you need a little bit of love and niceness he does that as well.”

 

Frank also spoke about his recent trip to New York

About the fans: “They did chant a lot, they are very game and very keen. They have started a new club and you know what Americans are like, they are very positive and behind their team.”

“The game we watched was a funny game and they didn’t play particularly well but the fans were all behind them. If there was a shot from anywhere they get really excited.”

 

Lampard played 429 games for Chelsea in the Premier League, scoring 147 goals. But he also hinted he could go into TV work or management after he retires.

“I’m in the back end of my career, whether I stay in football, I don’t really know. I will maybe do my coaching badges, that is two years worth of work to maybe be a manager.”

“But I am not sure if I will go down that route or certain other routes, a bit of TV maybe, everyone is lining up to do it, that punditry thing. It looks easy but it is not that easy.”

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