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STERLING
STERLING

Chelsea’s pursuit of Raheem Sterling appears to be over after the Liverpool claimed he is happy at Anfield.

The 20-year-old’s future has been the subject of fervent speculation recently after negotiations over a new contract were put on hold.

Sterling has been one of Liverpool’s most prolific performers since breaking into the first team three seasons ago, and formed one of the most fearsome attacks in world football with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge when Liverpool nearly won the league in 2014.

Sterling’s contract runs out in 2017 and it was widely reported that he was a target for many clubs in the next transfer window such as Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid after apparently turning down a new contract worth £100,000- a-week.

However, Sterling refutes that and insists his future is with Liverpool. BBC quotes him as saying: “Everyone’s dream growing up is seeing themselves in an away kit somewhere in a sunny country.

“But, in reality, I’m happy to be playing for Liverpool and trying to win trophies.”

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MOURINHO
MOURINHO © Francesca Ceciarini

Diego Costa revealed what kind of advice José Mourinho gave to his squad before facing this important last part of the season.

Chelsea are top of the Premier League table with 67 points and one match in hand, with very good chance to win the title since the gap with Man City, Arsenal and Man United, the closest contenders, is respectively 5,6 and 7 points.

Anyway, in football everything is possible and to be on the top from the beginning to the end of the championship is not easy, as pressure can play an important role, especially on young players like the ones Chelsea got.

So Mourinho felt he had to give some good advice to his boys to cope with all this pressure, and Diego Costa revealed what he said to them:

Our manager has won different leagues and knows how to manage a situation like this

Like the great manager he is, he has told us what we need to do now, which is just to stay calm

He’s right because everything depends on us now. We know that the Premier League is complicated

It’s not easy so we know we have to improve. We all need to dig in and give something extra because we have this title in our hands and we can’t let it slip away“.

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Petr Cech

Ex Chelsea player Carlo Cudicini gave his opinion about the situation that his former team-mate Petr Cech is going through in this campaign.

The Czech goalkeeper was relagated to Number Two after Mourinho decided to promote young prodigy Thibaut Courtois to the new Number One of the team, and Cech admitted is not ready to struggle for a place in the starting eleven for one more year, so he is now keen to leave Chelsea after eleven years.

Cudicini was the one that lived a similar situation when Cech joined the Blues from Rennes in 2004, and was relagated to Number Two after being the Number One for four years: he stayed five more years and knows Cech very well.

Many reports suggest that Arsenal are trying to sign the Czech goalkeeper for next season, and when asked about this possible deal Cudicini said:

“I agree. Arsenal have had a few problems with goalkeepers after [David] Seaman and [Jens] Lehmann.

“Szczesny is still struggling to impose himself as number one, so if a goalkeeper like Petr Cech is available in the summer, obviously he should be a big target for Arsenal”

“”Szczesny is still struggling to impose himself as number one, so if a goalkeeper like Petr Cech is available in the summer, obviously he should be a big target for Arsenal”.

 

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Arsenal are patiently waiting on Petr Cech to resolve his situation at Chelsea before they can make a move for the goalkeeper.

According to reports, the Blues are ready to accept offers of £10m or more, in order to part ways with their legendary goalkeeper.

At this points, it is difficult to imagine, Mourinho allowing Cech to move to London rival Arsenal, considering both managers dislike of one another.

Cech has only started four games for Chelsea this season, since losing his starting place to Thibaut Courtois. And he has already made it very clear that he doesn’t want to spend another season as a second choice keeper.

“I don’t know what the club’s idea will be. it looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo, but that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like that.” Cech said.

“There will always be speculation, I leave it for the summer. I will be important to sit down with the club, with the manager, to consider all the pros and cons. We will see what will work out the best.” He added.

With Cech future in doubt, Arsene Wenger is willing to wait and see what the keeper does in the summer before making a move.

At this moment, the gunners best hope of landing Cech, would be if the keeper decides to force through a transfer.

 

 

 

PAULO DYBALA
Paulo Dybala

Palermo have revealed they are ready to surrender Paulo Dybala to the highest bidder.

The 21-year old, who has an initial £30 million price tag, is rumoured to be a target for a host of clubs including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. But, reports in Italy suggest Juventus are leading the race to sign him.

The Argentine striker has scored 12 goals in 27 appearances for the Serie A side, as well as seven assists. With a lethal left foot, reviews in Italy have highlighted Dybala’s trickery, pace and instinctive finishing.

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini said in January that if he was to sell his star player, as well as his strike partner Franco Vazquez, it wouldn’t be until June. But it now looks that he won’t have much of a choice. However, Zamparini won’t let the youngster go cheap “Dybala is worth £40 million. But I won’t sell him until June. He’s the best striker in Serie A. Within two years, he’ll be better than Ronaldo Ibrahimovic and Messi.”

“It is clear that Paulo will leave. In fact, we’re looking for another striker, as we only have (Andrea) Belotti at the moment. Next year Palermo will have to play without Vazquez and Dybala, so I’d like to see more players come in.”

According to Palermo, Dybala has rejected all of Palermo’s proposals for a new contract. His current one runs out next year. However, with the youngster in such good form, it would be no surprise should he move elsewhere in the summer transfer window.

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Chelsea are preparing a bid for Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, according to recent reports.

The forward is a target for the Blues who are looking to replace their veteran striker Didier Drogba in the summer.

Jose Mourinho has already worked with Adebayor during his spell at Real Madrid. The Togo forward has built a reputation with many doubts about his strength at 31 years old, yet the Premier League leaders are ready to risk it if Drogba retires.

The deal could be enhance by the fact that London rivals Tottenham have no problem in letting Adebayor leave the club: currently he receives a wage of £100,000-a-week, something that Spurs find unnecessary and willing to get rid of: that’s why the money they may ask is considerably small.

The question is whether Adebayor is at Chelsea’s level or not.

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Chelsea are reportedly looking to replace Petr Cech with the Arsenal ‘keeper, Wojciech Szczesny , should the Czech, as is appears more likely every day, decide to leave Stamford Bridge.

Cech has been usurped as Chelsea’s No1 by Belgium international Thibaus Courtois after a decade of being one of the few guaranteed starters for the Blues. Cech has hinted recently that he may well leave Stamford Bridge in order to play first team football on a regular basis, something which only become less and less likely in the near future- Jose Mourinho appears to be building his latest Chelsea side with Courtois, who spent three successful years on loan at Atletico Madrid, the first choice goalkeeper, and with the current situation putting Chelsea on the verge of winning the Premier League title, it is difficult to see why it would change.

Szczesny, for his part, is unsatisfied with life at Arsenal and concerned over his position in the Polish national team after failing to play a game since the depths of winter away at Southampton, when he was fined £20,000 for smoking in the shower block after a defeat. Arsene Wenger is reported to be one of the many suitors for Petr Cech this summer, and Szczesny’s lack of first team football could lead to peculiar transfer exchange.

Petr Cech joined Chelsea in 2004 and has won numerous honours, the best of which being three Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2012.

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Khedira
Khedira has experienced struggles throughout this season.

Chelsea legend Roberto Di Matteo is now managing Schalke 04 and the German side seem to be very keen on the market as the Italian manager confirmed they are interested in signing one of the main Chelsea target for next season, Sami Khedira.

The German midfielder declared a bunch of days ago he will leave Real Madrid in the end of this campaign, and now the battle to sign him is open.

Khedira suffered several injuries in the last two season, including a knee-ligament one, but still remains a top midfielder, and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was the one who brought him to Real Madrid five years ago after he just arrived in the Spanish capital, so he knows the player very well and the respect is mutual.

Khedira is also chased by Arsenal and Man United, who have been keen on the player for more than one year.

However, many rumours in Germany are suggesting that Khedira will go back to his country next summer, and that his probable destination can be Schalke.

Their manager, Roberto Di Matteo, hasn’t denied an interest in him while speaking to Sport 1:

“For Khedira, the door is open. Any coach would want him, but he has plenty of choices so I think it’ll be very difficult to bring him here”.

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DYBALA
DYBALA

Paulo Dybala is the new Argentinian and Serie A prodigy.

Being just 21 he netted 12 goals in 27 games in this campaign leading a team like Palermo, that two years relegated to Serie B and then was immediately promoted again to the major Italian championship in the past season, to fight for a place in the European competitions next year.

Rumours were saying that Chelsea, but also Arsenal and Man United, would have been keen on signing him in the next market window, but today Maurizio Zamparini, Palermo chairman, fixed the price for his little super-star:

“We don’t want players in exchange, only cash” he claimed while being intreviewed by Italian broadcaster Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

The player is worth €40m, even though there have been offers from foreign teams of €35m. We need to look after Palermo’s budget and accounts”.

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Khedira
Khedira

Sami Khedira has confirmed that he will leave Real Madrid this summer, according to reports in Germany.

Khedira has been the subject of transfer speculation for months with his contract due to expire in June, meaning he can leave for free and join one of the many clubs that have been linked with him. The Germany international, 27, has been largely linked with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea competing with London rivals Arsenal for the World Cup winner’s signature, although there are rumours that he wishes to return to his native country- Bayern Munich being the most likely destination in that case.

He is quoted in German football magazine Kicker as saying:

“It’s nothing against Real, but I just want a new challenge and to keep improving myself.”

Chelsea are favourites to sign Khedira, with Arsenal supposedly put off by his wage demands, but, should he join the Blues, it is difficult to see where he would fit into the team, or indeed what his role might be other than to give stern competition to the impressive Nemanja Matic in midfield.

Khedira has spent five years at Real Madrid and was one of Jose Mourinho’s first signings for the Spanish giants when he became manager in 2010.

 

 

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