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Eden Hazard will meet former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah tomorrow as the Blues face Liverpool at Anfield, and the Belgian star has revealed he’s in touch with the Egyptian.

 “It’s always good to play against a friend. – he told Chelsea’s official website this morning – It is good to have friends in this world, because in football you can’t have a lot of friends”.

“When you are not playing in one club you need to go. All the players want to play. In this period, we had me, Willian, Oscar, Juan Mata also, so for him it was not easy, but he is a top player. We know the quality he has”.

Salah was sold to Serie A side Fiorentina as a part of the deal which led Juan Cuadrado to Stamford Bridge in February 2015: “You need a chance, I remember he took his chance at Fiorentina, – Hazard noted – And I am just happy for him”.

Chelsea signed Salah on a £12m move from Basel in January 2014, under the management of Jose Mourinho.

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Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho’s press conference ahead of Champions League game with Maccabi Tel Aviv:

Champions League is a new competition [for the new season], we must start well because after this game we go to Porto and then to Russia, tomorrow it’s important to win”

“When people is not getting the success you work it’s normal to be frustrated and not happy”

“It’s so simple to accept that the result are not good: that’s football, and every season you have some teams that don’t start well, you can connect that with football, injuries, bad luck, bad moments…our problem will be a problem if problems are real, but our real problem is just that we don’t have good results. In some cases you gotta go back many years to find good result, in our case you gotta go back just three months”

“Why some managers can be in a bad situation for 5-6 years and I’m the only manager [that cannot have a bad moment]…I am the champion manager, so…”

“I like my squad and I know the consequences of making a couple of changes in my team, if I give the chance to other players, then you will say I have a problem with the players I will leave out but I’ve not to be worried about that you write but just about my team. Yes, I will do a couple of changes, I will give a chance to people that are working really hard”

“We have to go game by game, in the Champions League we need to qualify because it’s important for the club status and also economically, and also for us as professionals because we feel we belong to Champions League not to Europa League”

“Every team that is in the Champions League is a team with conditions to get a result, it’s a matter of logic: if Basel is good enough to beat Chelsea and Maccabi Tel Aviv is good enough Basel, so Maccabi can be good enough to beat Chelsea. Football is not maths, but I respect Maccabi, I studied them, it’s a good team. We are prepared for Maccabi playing the normal way with 4-3 in the middle or coming with 5 defenders, that is a little bit different, but it’s always good, and we gotta be prepared to everything”

“When I arrived here I said that I was special and happy, yes…What am I today? Special and happy”

“Bad third seasons? I had no third seasons with Porto and Inter, in my previous spell at Chelsea in the third season I won a FA and a League Cup and reached Champions League semifinals, in my third season at Real Madrid I won the Supercup, lost the Cup final and reached Champions League semifinals. Click Google instead of asking stupid questions.

“It’s the first time I go through such a bad start, I don’t have anything to show, to anyone”

“It’s impressive what Maccabi did beating Basel, that reached a very good level in Europe in the past years: they kicked out Liverpool from the Europa League and two years ago they beat Chelsea, so it’s impressive what they did”

“We know what we are champions of England – as our fans sing every match- it’s not because we started SO bad, and I want to stress that, we started SO bad,  that somebody can steal what we are: nobody can do that, so we know what we are, champions of England”

“I’m not here after a defeat just waiting for the the next game: my work is to do many many things, that’s also speaking with the players, analysing the games…I’m not here to tell you everything I do, but of course we’re not happy”

“I don’t have theories, I have opinions, also with my assistants, and then there is an aspect that is very important in football that is confidence level, and when you don’t have it, it’s a strange feeling”

“I don’t like to speak about opponent players”

“Baba is selected, Falcao has a little problem.

“We don’t prioritise competitions. I would lie if I tell you that we are doing well in the Premier League because we think about the Champions League.

“I’m fine, not happy. The new short haircut is not for a particular reason, I’m just adapting to the situation, not the situation of losing”

“Falcao is not not in the squad, he got something in the tendon training, nothing important”

“I like people to communicate, you don’t need to scream to communicate, but if it happens some times between people that like each other very much I don’t think is a drama.

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Barcelona ace Ivan Rakitic won the treble last season with Blaugrana, scoring also a goal in the Berlin final against Juventus.

At 27, the Swiss-born Croatia international is considered among the best midfielders in the world, but few people know that when he was 16 he was approached by Chelsea but rejected the move to London.

Speaking to FourFourTwo he explained why:

I wanted to stay at home. I had a really special relationship with the president of Basel.

It was much better for me to do pre-season with the first team there and then work my way gradually to the top.

There was another guy in my situation, Jonas Elmer, who moved from Zurich to Chelsea at the age of 17.

“He ended up playing in the second division in Switzerland. Maybe that could have been me.”

When asked if moving to Premier League was a possibility, he added:

Of course, I like it very much. A lot of my friends are playing in the Premier League: it’s a different style of football and I always enjoy playing in Europe against English teams.

Maybe one day I can play there, too.

I like how every game is always intense and how everybody lives for football. You can have a game like Crystal Palace vs Stoke where both teams are strong, powerful, fully committed and the crowd are fully behind their team.”


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Inter Milan have overtaken Fiorentina in the race to sign out of favour Chelsea winger Mohammed Salah, according to reports in Italy. 

CheseaNews24  have reported numerous times in recent weeks that Salah’s Chelsea career is as good as over, and that a move to Serie A, where he has been on loan with Fiorentina since January after Chelsea signed Juan Cuadrado, is the most likely solution.

The Egypt international has made his mind up to move to Inter despite Fiorentina’s insistence that they wish to keep him. The Florence club could make his loan permanent for €16 million, and have first refusal on the former Basel player. Should they not take up that offer, he will be available for €20 million but ChelseaNews24 said at the beginning of this month that Inter are unwilling to pay such a high amount.

Salah’s agent will meet with Fiorentina’s president this week in order to try and persuade the Egyptian to stay in Florence.

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Fiorentina will extend Mohammed Salah’s loan for as long as possible before buying him outright, according to English newspaper, the Daily Star.

Salah was used as a makeweight in the transfer that saw Juan Cuadrado move from Florence to west London after he failed to hold down a starting place in the 12 months he spent at Stamford Bridge. The Egyptian signed from Swiss club Basel for £11.5 million in the January transfer window of 2014 after a few impressive performances against Chelsea in both the Europa League and the Champions League.

Salah’s form in the Serie A could not differ more to Cuadrado’s, who has largely watched on from the bench and thus far failed to score a goal. Salah has seen his reputation around European football grow significantly since joining Fiorentina, form that saw him score a brlliant hat-trick against Juventus recently and that led his manager to compare him to Lionel Messi.

“For now, we have benefited. We knew the superb characteristics of the player, but we did not expect him to have such an impact on Italian football,” Vicenzo Montella is quoted saying of his winger.

“Perhaps only Messi is faster than him with the ball at one’s feet. He’s doing well with La Viola, let’s hope that continues because it is just what we wanted when we wanted to send him to Florence.”

Fiorentina could keep Salah next season if they are willing to pay Chelsea £750,000. After that, they will have to pay the full £11.5 million that Chelsea originally spent on Salah if they wish to keep permanently.


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