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Frank Lampard announced his retirement from football on Instagram today.

The 38-year-old wanted to share his feelings and admitted he’ll be forever grateful to Chelsea: “The largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club which has given me so many great memories”.

“I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together”.

“It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there”.

Then Lampard added: “All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I’m eternally grateful for everything and to everyone”.

“Chelsea fans gave myself and my teammates such incredible support”.

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Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football this morning.

The 38-year-old star wrote on his Instagram account: “After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer”.

“Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life”.


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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that striker Moussa Dembele travelled to London on Deadline Day to receive treatment on an injured knee despite Chelsea interest in him.

“We had to make sure the physio didn’t lose sight of him down there, – Rodgers is quoted to have said - Ironically the hospital he was in was in Chelsea, believe it or not. So I said to Tim, be like Franco Baresi and just stay tight to him”.

Dembele was rumoured to be on the verge of signing for Chelsea following a reported £40m bid.

“But he was happy to come back. He is loving it here. He got some fluid out of his knee, he has had a good reaction to it, so we will see how he is for the weekend”.

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Gary Cahill is back to his top form this year © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill insisted that the Blues ‘played well until the end’ against Liverpool last time out.

“We dug in and it’s a hard place to go, physically it was a tough test for us but we played well until the end – the England international told the club’s official website – When you get a penalty it’s a great opportunity, but never mind”.

Diego’s scored so many important goals for us this season so it’s no problem. We showed a lot of character and on reflection a draw isn’t the worst result for us”.

“It was a great start for us, we’re disappointed with their goal but I thought we controlled the game reasonably well”.

“Obviously they were always going to be a threat. They had a lot of attacks in the second half and we had to defend well”.

About the whole team, Cahill added: “I feel confident in my team-mates and the way we’re working. I feel confident going out onto the pitch with these boys but we know how difficult it is to win this league. We’ve done it before and we’ve failed before, so there will be no complacency”.

“Seeing the other results, it’s not a bad point for us and it was a fantastic save from the penalty, otherwise we would have gone home with all three”.

Chelsea are set to face Arsenal at Stamford Bridge next week and Cahill believes Antonio Conte can beat Arsène Wenger.

“We keep going because we want to win the league, it’s as simple as that, – he ended - This is a very big week for us”.

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Zenit St Petersburg have confirmed the signing of defender Branislav Ivanovic from Chelsea.

The 32-year-old star has put the pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal to join the Russian Premier League Side.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke after his side’s home draw against Chelsea and criticized striker Diego Costa following the penalty he got at Anfield. 

He said: “If I had played against Costa, I could never be friends, that’s how it is, but when you have him in your team, it’s much more fun. He is a warrior,” 

“What Conte is doing with Chelsea is outstanding but Chelsea without Costa this season? He is not the nicest guy on the pitch but I saw no real big incident and until someone tells me something…If someone tells me it was a dive, maybe I will be angry tomorrow but that would be the wrong decision what, number 27, but it doesn’t make it better”.

Then Klopp added: “It was a foul before in my opinion on Lovren, that’s what I was a little angry about,” 

“No one can beat us, was what I said [to Swarbrick]. Obviously that’s not true but it felt for us like this in that moment. I was absolutely the wrong person to say it. I said sorry – I was a bit excited. He said, ‘no problem. I like your passion’.”

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Chelsea defender David Luiz remarked on the Blues’ performance against Liverpool at Anfield last night, when the Brazilian star scored with a stunning free-kick on his 100th Premier League appearance.

“It’s never easy to play here and to win points here, – Luiz told the club’s official website – We had the opportunity to win the game and we were unlucky we didn’t win. But the other team also played very well in possession, they have amazing players”.

“This is the atmosphere that when you are a footballer you need to be happy you have the opportunity to play this kind of game. It’s always very nice to come here and play football”.

“In the end, if you look at everything, I think it was a good result and a good point. It gives us confidence before Arsenal”.

About his goal: “Sometimes you need to try the surprise. I saw he was not in position so I tried to surprise him”.

“Sometimes in the game you need to feel the game and see the opportunity. I was happy because I did well”.

Liverpool midifielder Georginio Wijnaldum found the net in the second half, while Diego Costa missed a late penalty.

.”This is the Premier League, that’s why it’s amazing. It’s never easy to win points in the Premier League. Every single match is so difficult. The season is long so we must keep working hard and use our ability”.

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Chelsea vice captain Branislav Ivanovic

Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic officially moves to Zenit St Petersburg on January 2017 transfer window deadline day.

The Serbian defender, who scored in his last Stamford Bridge appearance last Saturday, posted a selfie of himself with a Zenit training t-shirt, probably after undergoing a medical.

Here is the snap:

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed Chelsea defender David Luiz as a ‘world-class’ player after the Brazilian star scored last night at Anfield.

The Reds’ boss praised Luiz, who scored from a free-kick: “That was world-class from David Luiz we have to say that, - he told BT Sport – You have to say we have to be prepared but he was surprised”,

“Even if he was prepared it would have been difficult to save it because it was hit well and right in the corner”,

“Two seconds before he scored David Luiz was stood next to me talking to Conte and drinking water on the touch-line!”

David Luiz made his 100th appearance with Chelsea last night.

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte regrets missing the chance to get three points at Anfield, but the Blues manager is happy anyway since his team maintained a huge gap on the chasers after both Tottenham and Arsenal dropped points tonight, with a draw and a defeat:

“I think at the end of the match we could have won. It was a very tough game, both games tried to play with intensity. I’m pleased. We saw a different game to when we played Liverpool and lost at home,” Conte told BT Sport after the game with Liverpool.

“It’s a pity Diego Costa missed the penalty because he played very well. We had different chances to score goals, but we must be happy with the result and the performance because it is not easy to play away at Liverpool.

“The best thing is to see ourselves, not the others. We stay top of the table and that is a great achievement but it is important to focus on ourselves.

“There are 15 games remaining and 45 points. It’s important to draw against a really good team and now we must focus on playing Arsenal next week.”

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