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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he “spoke about everything” with Eden Hazard, but refused to reveal if the Belgian star will be handed the club’s armband for the upcoming season.

Speaking at a press conference, the Italian boss said: “I don’t see this problem in this moment. I have spoken with him in the last two or three days, we have spoken about everything. The Hazard problem is not a problem”.

About Kante, Giroud, Batshuayi, Cahill and Eden Hazard: “They only returned the day before yesterday. It was better to give them 25 minutes. They have to work obviously, but I am very happy. I can work with all my players tomorrow, the next match will very important”.

When asked if Eden Hazard will be Chelsea captain next season, Sarri responded: “I want to speak with all the players, with my staff and club and at the end I will decide. Today is my first day with all the players. I have to decide when I know better every player”.

“I think that we have to work. But we started to work two days ago. I think potentially we can become in two three months a very good team”.

 

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Former Chelsea captain John Terry has confirmed he will leave Aston Villa following just one season at the club. The 37-year-old signed a one-year-deal last summer and “gave everything” to reach the promotion in the current campaign, as he wrote on Instagram tonight.

Terry made 35 appearances with the SkyBet Championship side before Saturday’s play-off final loss to Fulham. He said: “I will look back on my time here and think about how close we were to reaching our goal. I have given my everything this year both on and off the pitch”.

“I’m still hurting today that we never managed to get back to the Premier League, where this club 100% belongs. This club will always have a place in my heart”.

We wrote earlier last week that John Terry was expected to sign a new deal with Aston Villa despite failing to reach their main target of the season before something apparently went wrong.

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Former Chelsea captain and club’s legend John Terry wants to sign a new deal with Aston Villa despite failing to get promotion to Premier League after 1-0 loss against Fulham in play-off final at Wembley.

It is understood 37-year-old would have extended his contract automatically if the Villains reached a promotion.

Terry, who’s been pictured in tears after failing to get a well-deserved promotion, featured 20 times this season scoring once against Middlesbrough earlier in October.

 

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England manager Gareth Southgate revealed Chelsea captain Gary Cahill didn’t answer the phone when he called him and he has to find a different way to tell him he has been included in the list of 23 players who will take part to Russia 2018 World Cup.

He didn’t pick up at first”, Southgate told Metro“and then I left him a message saying, “Look, I don’t only call when it’s bad news” I had left him out of the squad in March and I had a little bet with myself that if I called he wouldn’t pick up”.

However, Southgate wanted to give Cahill the good news as he believes the Blues defender can be useful during England’s campaign in Russia this summer: “He looks happier in himself and happier in his game”, the England boss went on, “so that was nice to be able to be at least let him know that the reason for the call was a good one”. 

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Chelsea legend John Terry reveals his future plans: last year the former Blues skipper claimed he joined Aston Villa, who are playing the Championship, because he couldn’t sign with any another Premier League side that wasn’t Chelsea.

But now it seems he changed his mind and he opens his door to other Premier League clubs:

“I hope this isn’t the end. If we go up, I’m staying. And hopefully I can play for a few more years in the Premier League.’

“It’s only fair that if we go up, which is the belief within the group, that I stick around. It’s in my contract when I hit a certain number of matches.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it here and love the way I’ve been accepted. I had to perform to get the approval of the fans and the group, and it was a big call by the manager, too, to sign someone at 36 years of age and coming to the end of their career.’

“The job isn’t done yet. We’ve got a few more games to go. But hopefully I am here next season.”

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has claimed he’s tired of proving himself:  the English defender, 32, is hoping he can keep his place in manager Antonio Conte’s squad for the rest of the season and earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s World Cup, since he was not selected having for last March friendlies.

“I realise the manager has decisions to make. I realise I’m not getting any younger,” the Blues skipper said.

“I don’t feel like I need to prove anything. I’ve proven it before, time and time again. It gets tiring after a bit, if I’m honest. Maybe that’s just football, maybe that’s just the way my past has gone, I don’t know.”

“Everything is a possibility when you’re playing, hence why I am happy. I am back out there and let’s see what happens at the end of the season. We have gone into the final and the World Cup is coming, so let’s wait and see.”

 

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, believes it is very difficult for the Blues to qualify for the next Champions League, as Tottenham and Liverpool are very good teams and it’s unlikely they will drop a lot of points in their last Premier League‘s games.

I mean, I am not being negative by any stretch, but the games are running out and the teams in there are very good, so if they do let it up it’ll be very, very surprising,” Cahill said after the Fa Cup semifinal vs Southampton“(There is) that gap and the point difference, but the obvious thing is all we can do is win our games. We got a decent result at Burnley and we just need to keep winning.”

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After the draw at home against West Ham Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has surrendered in the pursue of a Champions League place for the next season:

“If you’re asking me if Tottenham are going to drop eight points plus, it is not going to happen,” the Blues skipper said after yesterday’s game.

“A good team is not going to let that kind of lead slip. We’ve done it before when we were top of the league, it doesn’t slip. If you’re a good side, which they are, it doesn’t slip.

“I will be very, very doubtful if that is the situation. The way that me and my teammates play, we don’t give up on anything, but we know that the season hasn’t gone to plan.

“The league is where it is at the minute and we have the FA Cup to rescue the season. The season is about trying to win the FA Cup.”

Cahill reckons what happened in yesterday’s derby against the Hammers, with Chicharito Hernandez equalising with less than 20 minutes to go and with Chelsea in control of the game, reflects what happened in the whole season:

“It sums up this season to be honest,” he told ChelseaTV.

“The amount of chances we had in the first half was incredible. We created them, we started the game really well, but we didn’t take them and obviously 1-0 is a dangerous scoreline against anyone in this League.

“Ruthless is the word. We should have been more ruthless as a team and kill the game off early on. I was just waiting for the second goal. It was all there apart from the end product and that was the frustration for the whole team.

“We’re not just digging out the forwards here. At 1-0 we needed to see the game out at the back. But it seems to be the trend of this season: a little break, ball gets squared back and goal. We got punished and lost three points.”

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Barcelona captain Andrés Iniesta commented the win over Chelsea at Camp Nou last night:

“It’s what we always talk about. Leo makes the difference in every game. It’s a blessing,” he told beIN SPORTS.

“I hope we can get closer to this Champions League. We’ve taken another step.”

Iniesta believes Ernesto Valverde‘s side are capable of winning the trophy for a sixth time this season.

“It’s always a motivation to win the Champions League but it’s always complicated. A bad game leaves you out,” he said.

“The challenge is to minimise the mistakes because I think we have the team and the form to win it.”

 

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has revealed that Ryan Mason’s retirement from football was “heartbreaking”.

The Blues captain was involved in a clash of heads with the former Hull City player in January 2017 that left Mason with a fractured skull.

The ex-midfielder was forced to retire earlier this week 13 months on from the injury for the consequences of it, news which Cahill was “devastated” to receive.

“I was devastated to hear that Ryan Mason has retired from professional football this week, I can’t even imagine what he’s feeling and going through, having to retire at such a young age, and when I heard the news it was heartbreaking,” the defender told Chelsea’s official programme in last night game issue.

“I’ve got a son and a beautiful fiancee around me, so these are the sort of things that mean more to you than football when things are put into perspective. Challenging for the ball in the air is such a common thing and you never expect consequences like this to come from it.

 “That is when football goes totally out of your thoughts and it becomes about making the best decision for your health. I want to spend my best wishes to Ryan and his family. The most important thing in life is your health, and I am sure he will now go on to be successful in whatever he chooses to do next.”

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