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BABA RAHMAN

Chelsea full-back Baba Rahman says that he has struggled with life at Chelsea since joining in the summer but that former Chelsea favourite Michael Essien is helping him settle in at Stamford Bridge.

Baba joined from Augsberg in the summer but has failed to make the impact he would have wanted to since swapping the Bundesliga for the Premiership with just two league games under his belt.

He tells the London Evening Standard that he is being supported by compatriot and former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien .

He is quoted as saying:

Chelsea’s season has not been going well, but Michael told me to just keep playing my game and to try to improve each match.

“Michael knew I was coming to Chelsea in the summer. He has helped me a lot. He has been giving me advice since I joined, telling me to keep fighting and that I will be a success here.

“I have been in contact with him since the start of the season. It’s great to have someone like Michael taking an interest in me and I get a lot of tips from him.

“He is a big hero in Ghana. I like him a lot personally. He is one of the greatest players Ghana has ever produced.

“It was difficult when I came here. But I am trying to incorporate myself into the team.

“It’s difficult to get in the side, but when you have the chance you just have to perform.”

He also spoke his shock when Chelsea showed an interest in signing him:

“It was a surprise when Chelsea came in for me, but when the chance came I had to take it. 

“I couldn’t say no because I was getting a chance to play under one of the best managers in the world in Jose Mourinho. 

“For me, it was amazing and I was happy to work for a team like Chelsea. That’s why I accepted.

“Another reason is I know I can challenge for trophies here — which is a dream of every player.”

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Bayern Munich are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Willian, according to The Sun.

Willian has been by far Chelsea’s best player this season and has often shown up his teammates with both technical brilliance and work rate. He has scored a number superb goals- mainly from free-kicks- notably against Dynamo Kiev last Wednesday to give Chelsea a great chance to qualify from their Champions League group.

His good form has not gone unnoticed and Chelsea’s perilously poor form generally means other clubs from around Europe may seek to take advantage of the squad’s disquiet. The Blues are hoping the 27-year-old will sign a new contract to wade off any suitor.

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Wolfsburg and Brazil defender Dante has revealed he wants to play in the Premiership and would like the chance to play for Chelsea.

Dante won three Bundesliga titles and a Champions League at Bayern Munich before moving to Wolfsburg last summer. The 32-year-old made the claim in a question and answer session on FIFA’s official Twitter account.

The Brazil international said that his first ambition in football was to play for his country at the World Cup- which he duly did in 2014- and that hew also wanted to play for one of England’s biggest clubs and named Chelsea as his first choice.

“I always dreamed of playing in a World Cup for my country. I would like to play in a big club like Chelsea,” he is quoted as saying.

 

Dante has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past but his admission will no doubt please Jose Mourinho. Chelsea have been desperate at the back this season having failed to buy John Stones from Everton in the summer.

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Chelsea are in pole position to sign Marko Grujic and could beat Manchester United to the Red Star Belgrade midfielder with a £4 million bid. 

ChelseaNews24 reported last month that the Premiership champions were interested in Grujic and were planning on sending him out on loan to Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt.

Grujic has been compared to Nemanja Matic for his passing ability in the middle of the pitch as well as his height- he is 6″3 tall.

Manchester United have shown an interest but Chelsea are the favourites to land the 19-year-old. Grujic is one of the most highly rated young players in Europe and recently helped his native Serbia win the U20 World Cup.

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Bayern Munich captain Phillip Lahm has called for Guardiola to stay with the German giants amid talk he could be on his way to Premiership this summer.

Guardiola has one season left on his Bayern Munich contract and has so far not indicated he will sign another. The Spaniard, who has won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in his two full seasons in Germany so far, has been linked with a move to a number of English clubs including Chelsea.

Talk of the double Champions League winner coming to Stamford Bridge has intensified in recent weeks as the Blues continue suffer their worst start to a Premiership season in a generation and speculation around the future of Jose Mourinho gets louder. Rumours in the English press this morning suggest the Portuguese could lose his job should Chelsea fail to beat Liverpool on Saturday, and the Premiership champions have been linked with, as well as Guardiola, Diego Simeone, Carlo Ancelotti and Gus Hiddink.

It has long been believed that Guardiola wants his next job to be in England. He was being pursued by both Manchester clubs and Chelsea when he surprisingly took over at Bayern Munich in 2013. Lahm hopes he can be persuaded to resist England once again when his three year contract comes to an end this summer.

Speaking to reporters after Bayern’s 4-0 win over Koln on Saturday, the five time European champions’ 1000th Bundesliga win, Lahm said this:

“The team’s opinion is clear. We enjoy working together with our coach and he is an outstanding manager.

Everything else is not in our hands. The only thing I can say is that the team would like (Pep) Guardiola to stay.”

 

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Carlo Ancelotti claims he tried to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski for Chelsea in 2010 when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Writing a column for Goal.com,  Ancelotti, who win the Premiership title and FA Cup in his first season, therefore completing the club’s first ever Double, claims that he was tracking the Poland forward when he was Lech Poznan.

Instead, Lewandowski signed for Borussia Dortmund where in four years he became one of the most prolific strikers in Europe and inspired Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final. He left on a free transfer to Bayern Munich where his tremendous form has only improved.

Speaking to Goal.com, Ancelotti said this of the Pole:

“He’s a player that I have always followed, particularly in the first part of his career, when he was at Borussia Dortmund. Lewandowski was being followed by many clubs, not just me. But even when I was at Chelsea, I was tracking him.

“He has the characteristics to finish as top scorer and he has the team to support him. He has a team around him that scores so many.

“The battle for top scorer will be fought by the usual suspects: Messi, when he returns from injury, and Cristiano Ronaldo. But Lewandowski certainly has the quality to become the Champions League’s top scorer this season.

“Indeed, the only way you can stop him scoring at the moment is by taking away the supply line, but it’s not easy because Bayern play very offensive football and always have possession of the ball.”

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Chelsea target Andriy Yarmolneko could turn down all offers of football in England in order to play for Barcelona, according to reports in Spain. 

Yarmolenko is wanted by a number of Premiership clubs, of which Chelsea appear to be the biggest, but is apparently waiting to see if last season’s Champions League winners pursue their supposed in interest in him.

Jose Mourinho was in the crowd to see Yarmolenkon play in Ukraine’s 1-0 defeat to Spain on Monday night, but rumours differ over whether he was there to see the 25-year-old forward or Spain’s Isco who Chelsea have shown an interest in in recent transfer windows.

As well as Chelsea and Barcelona, Yarmolenko is reportedly wanted by Spurs, Everton and Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.

Dynamo Kiev are apparently willing to sell for 20 million Euros, and it is the Catalan giants that are in the best position to sign Yarmolenko and they would be able to do so in January following the end of their FIFA imposed transfer embargo.

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New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will attempt to sign Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, according to the Express.

Klopp was named Liverpool manager earlier this week and is reportedly already looking to the transfer market to improve his somewhat limited squad. The Pole is one of the best strikers in Europe and recently scored five goals in nine minutes against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

He worked with Klopp when the German was manager of Borussia Dortmund at a time when the club from the Ruhr genuinely threatened Bayern’s place as Germany’s premier club. He was pivotal to Dortmund’s run to the Champions League final in 2012/13 and famously scored four times against Real Madrid in the semi-final.

Lewandowski signed for Bayern in 2014 on a free transfer after his Dortmund contract ran out but rumours of him leaving the Allianz Arena have come about after his agent hinted his future lies elsewhere.

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JURGEN KLOPP MANAGER
New Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has described himself as the “Normal One” in his first press conference since becoming Liverpool manager.

The German has been unveiled as the five-time European Champions’ new boss after the Anfield club sacked ex-Chelsea reserve coach Brendan Rodgers last weekend.

In what could be described as a slight dig at Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, whose Real Madrid lost to Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling Champions League semi-final in 2013, the 48-year-old described himself as the Normal One. Jose Mourinho famously described himself as the Special One when he became Chelsea manager for the first time in 2004; it is a nickname that has stuck.

When asked to describe himself, Klopp said this:

“I don’t want to describe myself.

“I am a totally normal guy. I am the normal one maybe?

“I had a great opportunity to take Dortmund for seven years. And now I am here. I want to enjoy my work. People have told me a lot about the English press. It is up to you to show me they are all liars.”

His first Liverpool match will be against Spurs on the 17th October after the international break.

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According to the English media, former Borussia manager Jurgen Klopp will be announced tomorrow as a successor to Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. One of the German pundits has already called him a nicer version of Mourinho at Premier League.

Jan Aage Fjortoft is convinced that Liverpool made a great choice by choosing Klopp as their new manager. The German coach is known for its explosive nature but according to Fjortoft he has still  have much to learn from Mourinho in this issue.

Fjortoft told talkSPORT:

“Liverpool will love him. English football will love him. You will have a Mourinho type of guy, just a nice one!”

“What Liverpool will get from Klopp is an ambassador, a symbol,”

“A club like Liverpool need a manager who sells Liverpool, who is clear in his message”

“He is an amazing human being. He touches everybody, he hugs everybody, he has this passion around him.”

“He wouldn’t have gone to a club who he didn’t like – he is that kind of guy.”

“When he went to Dortmund he said he wanted to build up the club and he built them up, taking them all the way to the Champions League final.”

 

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