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Chelsea club captain John Terry could have had his final words today published in the match programme when they take on Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.

Terry takes time out to congratulate Leicester City on their title triumph and then talks emotionally about his time with Chelsea over the years and how much the supporting fans mean to him.

“I want to congratulate Leicester on their title, especially Claudio, as our former manager + Huthy & Schwarz, as ex-team-mates. From my point of view, as a Chelsea player, if anyone else was going to win it, I’d have wanted Leicester to win it.

“Leicester have been the best side this year, now we have to come back strong next season & perform a lot better than we have done. For a club like this, and a group of players of our ability, this season’s not been acceptable. We want to end on a positive note.

“I want to thank Guus ahead of his last game in charge – he has been unbelievable for me. He has helped me a lot this year. Not only as a manager but as a father-figure too. Guus’ door has always been open and you never forget that stuff as a player.

“What Guus achieved in his last spell here and what he has done for the players this time has been phenomenal. All the players, and I think the fans as well, love Guus to bits because he cares about Chelsea.

“I also want to thank the staff, both at Cobham and Stamford Bridge, for all their hard work and everything they do for us.

“Now the supporters. This season you have cheered us through difficult times and you will always be there. Players will come and go. Managers will come and go. The fans will always be there, from the age of 14 I have seen the love you have for this football club. I have been in the stands with you and I am very fortunate to be where I am now; on the pitch, captain of this great football club.

“From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of all the players, we thank you fans for everything, for backing us this season. And through the success we’ve had over the years. That’s where we want to get back to, together. We want to fight for titles again.

“We hope this year is just a blip that doesn’t reoccur soon. Come on the Chels!”

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Chelsea announced that there will be a special presentation for ex boss Claudio Ranieri ahead of the game with Leicester City today.

Ranieri spent four years at Chelsea, between 2000 and 2004, and this year reached a fantastic achievement winning the Premier League with the Foxes in his return to English football.

The club invited the fans to take seats early to see the presentation.

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Chelsea and Guus Hiddink revealed that Blues legend Frank Lampard spent a short time at Cobham some weeks ago.

The current New York City FC midfielder was in London and had to recover from a small injury, so he asked for help to his former club:

“In a recent period he was here when he had his injury,” says Hiddink.

“Modestly, he asked if he can be treated here by our physios and I said of course. It was a good sign that he was asking me: he’s a legend and I’m just here for a few months!

“He wanted to be here out of the hours that the other players are here, early morning or late afternoon, but I said: ‘No, you are one of this family’. He loved it, to come in the day, and he participated in a very modest, very good way in the team. If those players don’t have the affection with the club then they don’t come back even for treatment.”

Hiddink coached Lampard in his first spell at Chelsea in 2009 and according to him it was good having him at Cobham, also to create a special feeling for the new and youngest players of the squad:

“You can make them aware of who Lampard was at this club, but within a few meetings or whatever Lampard likes to do they can learn a lot. They must grow to independence in their own way as well, but they can accelerate their career by having a very good eye and ear on the career of those big guys.”

Finally, Hiddink reveals his feeling at the end of his second spell at the club:

‘”It’s too easy to say, but enjoy it,’ he added. ‘Being at a big club you have all the effort and the stress and the pressure, but deal with that and enjoy it and enjoy the Premier League, because this is one of the most beautiful leagues to work in.”

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MARIO GOTZE

The Sun reports that Chelsea have entered talks with Germany international, World Cup winner, and Bayern Munich player Mario Gotze.

The newspaper claims Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti tipped the Blues about Gotze’s availability and Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp also wants to sign the 23-year-old, whom he previously managed at Borussia Dortmund.

Despite Liverpool are said to be willing to meet the asking price, the Sun reports that also Chelsea have already held discussions with Gotze.

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Former Chelsea boss Josè Mourinho has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United but still no agreement has been reached to become their new manager, according to SkySports.

The Special One is expected to be close to replacing Louis van Gaal as manager at Old Trafford following reports in Italy suggested the deal was about to be done.

However, it is understood that no formal approach has been made and no agreement has been reached between Red Devils and Josè Mourinho.

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Current English champion Claudio Ranieri will be back tomorrow to Stamford Bridge with Leicester City, in the stadium where he started his Premier League adventure sixteen years ago and where he stayed four years, until José Mourinho came in his first spell in 2004.

The Italian manager admitted that it will be an emotional return for him:

“I don’t know how I will feel. I saw some of the Chelsea supporters with placards saying ‘Do it for Claudio’ and I would like to thank them all personally for that.

“I have been back to Stamford Bridge with Juventus in the Champions League, but this will be different.

“When I left Chelsea the players gave me a guard of honour. It was one of the greatest moments of my sporting life.

Speaking about his incredible triumph with the Foxes he said:

“It’s impossible for me to reflect on everything right now because it’s too fresh. I need time to put it all into perspective.

“But it just shows that if you believe in yourself, then sooner or later it will come to you.”

“It hasn’t changed my mind about me but maybe it has changed other people’s.

“I knew very well what I had achieved but it’s not important for me to be given credit or not.”

Ranieri also said that he is sorry John Terry is suspended, because he would have loved to see him on the pitch:

“That’s sad because he is like a son to me,” he said.

“I wanted him to be out there on the pitch.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic spoke about his experience at the Blues with the Daily Mirror and, most of all, he spoke about the upcoming season, with a new manager and new expectations:

Conte seems like a good man – he is one of the world’s best. He spoke in English. The chat we had was good English.“

“With the club and everything going forward it is a big summer. We need to recharge for next season.

“We have goalkeeper Marco Amelia at Chelsea, who knows Conte. He says he is a hard worker with discipline and structure.

Begovic also spoke about next year targets:

“The Champions League is very important. That’s one of the reasons I came here.

“I came here to help be part of a successful team and win trophies. That’s what I want to do and we will see.

“I’m not thinking about moving on. When the new manager comes, I hope decisions will be made and we can go from there.”

“What the options are and what will happen, I don’t know. My goal is to be playing at Chelsea and to help contribute.

“I’d love to stay, but sometimes the decision is out of your hands. It’s been a good first year, I reached a new level.

“I wanted to play for a really big club and have to cope with the expectation. You learn a lot right away.

“Christophe Lollichon was one of the reasons I wanted to come here from his reputation and what he has done before.

“I was very happy at Stoke and it would have been an easy option to stay there but I wanted the challenge

“Those things alone have made the decision I made to move to Chelsea worthwhile and worth taking on.“

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Guus Hiddink got a nice tribute for his time at Chelsea, both in first and second spell.

A video was shown during the Player of the Year award gala with images from the triumph in the FA Cup in 2009, and then images of his second spell in these last few months were running too.

After that, first team assistant Steve Holland walked up the stage with a set of golf clubs that the Dutch manager can use in his spare time, being a golf lover.

But the biggest surprise was a Chelsea Vespa, that the club gave to him since Guus is a motorbikes’ fan, owing also a Harley Davidson.

Hiddink seemed very pleased by the presents, but as he stated more times during the last weeks his farewell to Chelsea won’t be definitive, as he will continue to work with the club as an external advisor for the development of young players.

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Also Frank Lampard sent a message to his friend and ex team-mate John Terry, who might leave Chelsea at the end of this season.

The Blues all time top scorer said he was sorry not to present tonight, but he was stuck in the USA for duties with his new team New York City FC:

“John Terry is the greatest Premier League defender, beyond a doubt,” Lampard started.

“Thank you John for being able to play alongside you. We as Chelsea people want him to stay involved with the club.

“Thank you Chelsea fans for continuing to support the club and me. The club will be back and challenging again very soon,” he concluded.

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A well deserved prize for Willian that won the Player of the Year award.

The winger was one of the few players to always stand out on the pitch in this disappointing season for Chelsea, even at the first hard months.

He scored 11 goals, with 6- wonderful- free kicks.

The Brazilian said: “This season was to forget, but I guess I made a great campaign and I hope to bring more titles to the fans next year.”

 

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