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Chelsea have made contact with Arsenal legend Marc Overmars to bring him to Stamford Bridge for a role in the academy.

Overmars is currently the director of football at Ajax but Sport, a source close with Overmars‘ former club Barcelona, claim that the 43-year-old is ready to leave Holland and is considering a move back to London to assist behind the scenes with Chelsea.

Overmars has made a name for himself in Holland, bringing youngsters through the ranks at a good level and Chelsea bosses are looking to link him with technical director Michael Emenalo.

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ST GEORGE PARK TRAINING CENTRE
St. George's Park Training Centre

Chelsea have announced the Under-21s and Under-18s pre-season friendly schedule (all kick-offs local times):

UNDER-21S

v FC Nuremburg: Sunday 10 July at 2pm – 1.FC Schwarzenfeld, D-92521 Schwarzenfeld, Nabburger Str. 50.

v Charlton: Friday 15 July at 2pm – Cobham

Loan group v Bergerac: Saturday 16 July at 3.30pm – Cobham

v RC Lens: Friday 22 July (kick-off TBC) – Centre technique et sportif, 33 rue Arthur Lamendin, CS 70023 – 62210 Avion

v Reims: Sunday 24 July at 12.30pm – 53 route de la neuvillette 51450 Bétheny

v Vitesse: Saturday 30 July at 11am – Vitesse

v West Ham United: Friday 5 August at 1pm – Cobham

UNDER-18S

v Bayern Munich: Sunday 10 July at 2pm – BSG Taufkirchen, D-84412 Taufkirchen/Vils, Hipolting 1

v QPR: Saturday 16 July at 11am – Cobham

v MK Dons: Saturday 23 July at 11am – Cobham

v Vitesse: Sunday 31 July at 10.30am – Vitesse

v Watford: Wednesday 3 August at 12noon – Cobham

v Derby County: Saturday 6 August at 11.30am – Away

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England U21 won Toulon Tournament against France, beating the host 2-0 in the final with goals by two Chelsea youngsters: Lewis Baker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The duo impressed all over the entire competition: Baker was the top scorer with 4 goals while the midfielder was voted as the best player of the tournament.

Also Nathaniel Chalobah impressed and was included in the top 11 of the tournament.

A good news for next Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, that now knows he can count on these youngsters to build his next team.

Many future top players made an impact at Toulon all over the years: James Rodriguez,  Javier Mascherano, Thierry Henry, Rui Costa and Alan Shearer are among those.

Last England win in this tournament was in 1994, where the U21 national team was captained by Jamie Redknapp.

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We know that Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink love to give space to youngsters and he always stated that he will be an external advisor for the club in the next season to help them to develop some of the many talents that the Blues got in their academy.

Today the Dutch coach was asked if he was keen to let some of them debut against Leicester this Sunday, after Tammy Abraham played his first game with the first team against Liverpool on Wednesday night,  but he was cautious, stating the debut must be deserved:

“Youngsters must deserve the debut, it’s a huge step from the academy to the first team, they have to make a step, like Bertrand Traore did in the last months, he’s got a great mentality, he’s not afraid to come in, the other ones have to make the step as well.”

ChelseaNews24 asked to Hiddink which YOUNGSTERS he would advice to keep to develop with the FIRST TEAM and which ones to go on LOAN, he replied to us:

“I guess to make names is not fair because then you put pressure on them, but I guess that at the beginning of the season the new staff will select many of them to do the pre-season, and there you can see after a couple of weeks who deserves to stay and who have to go.

When academy players train with the first team, then they start to knock on the door, they must the experience to train as much as possible with the first team, and then it’s natural.”

 

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NEW SQUAD - “It’s up to the new management to do changes, yes or no”

JOHN TERRY- “Of course I spoke to the club about John’s situation, players and ex players are having a lot of influence in the culture of the club, I’m in favor of that, it’g good to have players in the club with big personality.

“I don’t if we can know more before this weekend match, but usually when things are clear, then they come out, the club will do it official as soon as it’s clear

“He’s been already 20-21 years in this club, it’s a huge period, you must cherish those legends for the future as well.”

DIEGO COSTA/ COURTOIS injured - “He will be out, hamstring, Courtois – that was ill for Anfield game- was again on the pitch, he was training, and I think he will be ok for the weekend

QUIQUE SANCHEZ FLORES – I was a little surprised [he was sacked by Watford] I worked a lot with him in Valencia and Madrid, when he was my player he was 23-24, he’s a good guy, a good professional, I don’t know why they took this decision

FRANK DE BOER - “I have known Frank for many years, he was my player in the national team at France 98, in the world cup in France, I like the job Philip Cocu did in PSV, they are champions, they started with youngsters, Cocu is similar to him, and I think they both have the ambition to step up to La Liga or Premier League

EURO 2016 - “A favourite? I don’t usually do predictions, but I might be a supporter of Belgium team now, I have also some English guys, so it’s difficult to pick, but I think Belgium might be a very good favorite.2

DIEGO COSTA INJURED/ EURO - “I think he can be available, he will have a good rest, but with a good traiming he can make it, I am not sure.

HIS FAREWELL ON SUNDAY - “It’s not a definitive farewell, but I will be back- as I said many times before- to help the club and advince them in the development of young players, so it’s not so dramatic.

HIS SECOND SPELL AT CHELSEA - “When they asked me, to be honest, I don’t know if say YES or NO, then I was very pleased to do it, and I am pleased of what I have done. The escape from relegation zone was good, I would have loved to go into the FA cup final, I would have loved to go at least two more rounds on in the UCL.”

DISAPPOINTING SEASON - “We must face the fact that for Chelsea standards this has been a season with disappointment, but we have to go on and be competitive in the next season.

“We were happy with the reaction when we were close to the relegation zone, then when we were mid table we had to set new targets, the Chelsea standard we put to it’s not achieved and we have to be critical of that.”

LEICESTER – “They were reacting very well, they didn’t implode, they could cope with the pressure and they deserved.”

NEXT PL SEASON - “There can be surprises, they can sign good players, there are no more 4-5 teams that compete every year for the title, and I think is good for football.”

YOUNGSTERS’ DEBUT – “Youngsters must deserve the debut, it’s a huge step from the academy to the first team, they have to make a step, like Traore did in the last months, he’s got a great mentality, he’s not afraid to come in, the other ones have to make the step as well

ChelseaNews24 asked to Hiddink which YOUNGSTERS he would advice to keep to develop with the FIRST TEAM and which ones to go on LOAN, he replied to us:

“I guess to make names is not fair because then you put pressure on them, but I guess that at the beginning of the season the new staff will select many of them to do the pre-season, and there you can see after a couople of weeks who deserves to stay and who have to go.

ACADEMY PLAYERS - When academy players train with the first team, then they start to knock on the door, they must the experience to train as much as possible with the first team, and then it’s natural

MIKEL DEFENDER - “Once we were out of the relegation zone we had to deal with injuries in the defense, so we had to reshuffle Mikel had a good half season, so he had to play as a defender, he wasn’t in favorite position, but he showed he could that as well.”

INJURIES – Ivanovic was on the pitch, but not fully fit, we have to see tomorrow

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrates his first goal with Chesea first team © Francesca Ceciarini

Asking to comment Chelsea technical director, Michael Emenalo, words on the players that came out of Tottenham academy, Guus Hiddink explained that the process to make it into the first team, especially in a big club, is not so easy as external people can imagine.

The “final step” is always the most difficult, especially if you are in a top team, that one of the reasons why Chelsea, that got a really good academy, didn’t bring many players into the first team in the past years:

“I don’t know exactly what Emenalo said, but it’s difficult to comment,” Hiddink said.

“At Spurs they have started a process to grow their own players twelve-thirteen years ago and Harry Kane came out of that, of course. At Chelsea the demands to be first team player is very high, you must have a very good recruitment department but it’s not easy in big clubs, it’s difficult to make the last step. Of Course Chelsea got good youngsters, they won many trophies, also around Europe, and that means that the average quality is ok, but you must ask yourself if among them  you got 2-3 players that in a couple of years can make it in the first team.

“The youngsters, like Tammy Abraham, often train with us and you can see them how they grow in a short time, how they improve also their resistance, yesterday we had three-four players of the ones that won the youth League that participated to the training, among them Kasey Palmer, he is often with us. For me they learn much more when they train with the first team that playing with not so challenging teams.”

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Guus Hiddink’s press conference ahead of the clash at Bournemouth:

INJURED PLAYERS-Kurt Zouma is working very hard, Remy is out, Terry is not still available to play, he will travel with the team this afternoon to Bournemouth. He travels because I like people to be involved in the team, he is very committed, he was very annoyed by his injury, and I want him to be the team.

JONH TERRY - “He’s under treatment, I hope he will step up next week. He has to step up at least Thursday, training with the group, to play against Spurs

It’s a long way to go for him to become a manager,  if you gather all the players you’re interested, yu always have a good view of the other side, but first of all I consider him as a player.

EDEN HAZARD - “He is available, he will travel, maybe not the whole game. This week he was training without complaining, he was training very alive, a good signal to participate.

UPCOMING GAMES - “We’re not in the middle of the focus, I said to the guys that they are still in a big club, in a dififcult season, and you have not to forget also our loyal supporters

“Players motivation? When we play games in training they are fully committed to win, so Chelsea will try to win all the remaining wins.”

NEW TOP CLUBS -Everyone is in favour to see Leicester being champions

“If you have a wise and smart [players] recruitment maybe you have good players for 1 million or a little more, then maybe the pass 3-4 years in the club their value is 20 million, of course the demand of a big club is very high, it’s not that easy, but sometimes you find what you call a white horse.

“In some club you don’t have very good players, good players not superstars, but they got also very strong team spirit that give you the appearance to be unbeatable.”

BOURNEMOUTH -It’s not easy to come from Championship and to keep them in the Premier League is even more difficult, they kept on doing well, that’s an example of a good English manager and what he can do. He’s a good example of how he can manage it.

“Leicester got a good management, probably a good transfer policy, when you can from the bottom to the Premier League it’s always respectful

EPISODES - “I watched to game Bournemouth won at Stamford Bridge, yes, it’s true, their winner was offside. But at the end of the season you got compensation in those episodes, like the equaliser Terry scored against Everton, it was offside too.

BAD SEASON - “I watched that game and I wondered how Chelsea, the champions, could lose like that. The club wasn’t used to situations like this, it’s a new negative experience. 

“Next seasons many teams will have the possibility to sign very good players, so it will be tougher for everyone.

SQUAD MOOD - “When results are not good during the season, of course there is a different mood, when we went out of the Champions League and Fa Cup of course something changed, automatically there was a little less “sparkle” to perform at the top. We have to go into the last games with a lot pride

EMENALO/ACADEMY - “I don’t know exactly what Emenalo said, but it’s difficult to comment…Harry Kane came from Spurs academy, of course. At Chelsea the demands to be first team player is very high, you must have a very good recruitment department but it’s not easy in big clubs, it’s difficult to make the last step. Of Course Chelsea got good youngsters, the average quality is ok, but you must ask yourself if among them  you got 2-3 players that in a couple of years can make it in the first team.

PATO and FALCAO“Pato and Falcao with Costa? I have to make my fair judgement and give them the opportunity they deserve in the games, in January we had many problems and only Diego Costa was available, then Traore came and did well, Pato came on loan and he took a while to play because there was competition.

CHELSEA TOP YOUNGSTERS - “The youngsters, like Tammy Abraham, often train with us and you can see them how they grow in a short time, how they improve also their resistance, yesterday we had three-four players of the ones that won the youth League that partecipated to the training, for me they learn much more when they train with the first team that playing with not so challenging teams.”

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrates his first goal with Chesea first team © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink spoke about Blues youngsters in an interview to the club official website.

The Dutch coach always stressed his interest and pleasure in growing new talents, a thing that he would like to help with also in the upcoming season, since Blues academy is one of the best in the world.

He claimed that in these last games his wish is to give the youngster more playing time to give them the experience they need to start next season, that will be really important for Chelsea after this disappointing campaign:

“It’s important to understand that he must get used to the intensity of the games,” said the manager about Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

“The last game against Villa, he had a cramp on 70 minutes but rather than substitute him, we let him go to have this experience. When there are more tight games in the score, when you’re 1-0 down, then we have the right, and I will do so, to change whoever it is”

“I said after the Aston Villa game that it was a good win, but we have to take into consideration that the opposition was, with all respect to a big club like Aston Villa, different to what you are normally confronted with in other games.

“I said we should see what we can do in bigger games and it was a bigger game [against Swansea] because of the importance of the game for Swansea. Then you can make a good judgement about any player who is playing and who came in.

“I hope [the young players] don’t get used to [losing]. They must get used to winning and try to be in a winning situation always. In the long run of a competition you have a defeat, but there must also be a reaction. You can almost see, in big games and after big games, how they react.”

Ola Aina, Kasey Palmer and Charlie Colkett were named on the bench for the first time against Swansea and Hiddink sai they can chances to make their debut with the first team in the six upcoming games, citing the case of Bertrand Traore as an example for them.”

Traore could have gone on loan in the winter and I talked to him and said it would be better to stay half a year and he wished to do that,” the Dutch manager explained.

“We made a programme with him and he responded very well and made good progress.

“First, in training you must make this progress because if the gap is too big I don’t want to put him in a big pond and he is drowning. He has to keep up to that level. These three guys you mention are the same – they are now participating as much as possible in our training sessions.”

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Chelsea are leading 3-0 at half time in the FA Youth Cup semifinal second leg against Blackburn at Stamford Bridge.

The U18 won 1-0 in the first leg away and now are leading 4-0 on aggregate.

Dujon Sterling scored the first goal at minute 13: a beautiful finish after a stunning pass by Mukhtar Ali.

Then followed the goal by Jacob Maddox at minute 30′ and Tammy Abraham at minute 35′.

A couple of minutes before half time another goal by Abraham was disallowed for offside.

 

CHELSEA – Baxter; Grant, Tomori, Clarke-Salter (c), Chalobah; Sammut, Ali; Sterling, Mount, Maddox; Abraham.

Subs: Colley, Wakefield, Cumming, Christie-Davies, Ugbo.

Coach: Joe Edwards

BLACKBURN - Fisher: Travis, Askew, Hardcastle, Platt, Wharton (c), Pemberton, Rankin-Cabtello, Mansell, Tomlinson, Howarth.

Subs: Grayson, Ascroft, Fawns, Magloire, Steer.

Coach: Billy Barr

 

Scorers: Sterling 13′, Maddox 30′,  Abraham 35′

Referee: Gavin Ward

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

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Manchester United and Chelsea Under 21 sides drew 1-1 tonight in U21 Premier League game at Old Trafford.

The goals were scored by Palmer for Chelsea at minute 17′ and bye Weir for Man United at minute 60.

Chelsea are still fifth in U21 Premier League Division One table with 27 points but got four games in hand, Man United are second with 38 points, 5 under Sunderland that is top of the table with 43, but with three games in hands.

MANCHESTER UNITED - Johnstone, Riley, Williams, Jones (Redmond 75), Borthwick-Jackson, McNair, Varela, Love, Young, A.Pereira (Rothwell 88), Weir (c)
Unused Subs: J.Pereira, El-Fitouri, McTominay

CHELSEA - Beeney, Dabo (c), Tomori, Clarke-Salter, Aina, Colkett, Quintero (Colley 65), Ali, Abraham, Palmer (Feruz 72), Mitchell
Unused subs: Baxter, Sammut

Scorers: Palmer ‘17, Weir 60′

Yellow Cards: Clarke-Salter, McNair, Riley, Love

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