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“What a goal from the Magician” wrote Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley just a few hours after Eden Hazard‘s masterpiece which ensured a capital win at Anfield and one more step in the Carabao Cup 2018/19.

“Win in a very difficult pitch, in a very special field” says Alvaro Morata, while captain Cesar Azpilicueta had more than a positive word for Chelsea fans: “Happy for the win and qualification in a difficult stadium! Now’s time to focus on Saturday! Thanks for your amazing support”.

Emerson Palmieri leveled up the score with 10 minutes left to go, before the Belgian star secured a massive victory with a stunning slalom goal to complete a massive comeback. Palmieri wrote on Instagram: “What a great night, what a moment!!! First goal,qualification and very happy to play my first 90min this season! Well done Blues!”

“It is all about team spirit” believes defender David Luiz, who scored an amazing free-kick with Chelsea at Anfield back in 2017, under Antonio Conte’s management.

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Gary Cahill reveals he may have to leave Chelsea in January as it will be “very difficult” for his current situation on the sidelines to stay at Stamford Bridge: he has yet to kick a ball this season after falling behind David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen in new boss Maurizio Sarri’s centre-back pecking order.

But, having been a regular for most of his Chelsea career and won it all since joining in January 2012, that understanding hasn’t made being out of favour any easier to take.

Cahill, who 32 now, said:

“I don’t want to jump the gun but as things stand at this time, probably, yes [I might have to leave in January].

“Whatever my future holds, in terms of the club, and the relationship I have with the club and the fans, it will have been a huge part of my footballing life. I’ve got maximum respect for everybody here.

“I realise that sometimes you have to make tough decisions and football doesn’t wait for people.

“Sometimes you have to make those decisions to keep going and progressing.

“First of all the team’s doing well which is the most important thing. Having been a big part of things for six years, seven years and played a huge part, not just a squad player, I’m definitely finding it difficult this year to deal with that situation.

“The most important thing here is the team, but I’ve got to look at my situation and my future as well.

“I came back a week before the season started against three defenders who’d been back plenty of time before me.

“Whether that would have changed anything, who knows? It was the latest I’ve ever been back.

“So to go under a new manager, learn a new way of defending and new ideas that he has I am sure he didn’t feel comfortable in putting me in and not knowing that a week before the games so I fully expected to miss the start of the season and we’ve not lost.

“So there’s no arguments from my point of view, hence why I’ve not seen him. When you’re winning games you have to sit tight and suck it up and deal with it. For me to do this all season is going to be very difficult.

“Everything gradually comes to an end or there’s a new challenge around the corner. I’ve been here for six years and won six titles.

“I wore the captain’s armband the majority of the season when we won the Premier League the year before last.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he would be “open” to the idea of John Terry returning to the club after the 37-year-old turned down a lucrative offer from Spartak Moscow earlier this week.

The Italian boss told journalists: “Last time I spoke to him he told me he wants to play for another season. That was about a week ago. I don’t know now the situation”.

“Chelsea is his home. I am open to the idea [of him returning], of course. For sure he would be a point of reference for me, for everybody I think”.

“I don’t know if there is a chance; he told me he wants to play. It’s up to him. If he wants to play for another season, it’s right he tries to play. If he wants to help us, I am really very happy”.

John Terry spent last campaign at Championship side Aston Villa, having left Chelsea in 2017, and is reportedly considering a staff role at Stamford Bridge.

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John Terry has turned down a move to Russian side Spartak Moscow for family reasons.

Last week Sky Sport Italia reported  that the former England and Chelsea captain was in talks over a one-year deal, with the option of an extra 12 months.

The former Blues skipper- who’s got two 12-year-old twins – underwent a medical in Rome last Friday but eventually decided he won’t move to Russia to stay closer to his family, who didn’t want to move to Moscow.

He wrote on Instagram: “After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season.

They are an ambitious club and I have been very impressed with their professionalism. But after assessing this move with my family, we’ve decided this is not the right move for ourselves at this time.”

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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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