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Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois would be very enthusiastic to see his ex team-mate Didier Drogba part of Hiddink‘s coaching staff.

The negotiations with Drogba’s current club, MLS’ Montreal Impact, have proven difficult since Blues legend remains under contract with them.

But there is still a hope the Didier and Impact can find a solution, so he could be free to re-join Chelsea, but this time not a player:

“I had a very good relationship with him last year. He was great for the dressing room and our team,” Courtois said about Drogba.

“If he comes back as a coach it will be a great addition to all the team.”

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois explains how new manager Guus Hiddink changed the training routine at Cobham:

“Obviously training is a little bit different – the approach he has sometimes in how he wants to train.

“Maybe sometimes a bit more tactical, a bit less, different types of little games we play or shooting the ball to give confidence to the strikers.

“Sometimes he is more outside of the training, more observing and leaving the training more to [assistant first team coaches] Steve Holland and Eddie Newton.

He just steps in when he thinks he needs to explain something to the team. When he explains he explains it well. Every manager has his way of working.”

 

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Eden Hazard hasn’t shown any of the top form that led him to be voted the best player in the Premier League last year in this season and his bad performances are starting to upset Chelsea fans.

The Belgian failed to score a goal in the season so far, and we are already in January.

In the last month he suffered two minor injuries that ruled him out of some important games and didn’t help him to find again his top form.

Probably Hazard is also distracted by transfer market rumours, that want him day by day closer to Real Madrid.

The Belgian could join the Blancos in a swap with one of their stars: James Rodriguez has been in Chelsea’s radar for months, but now a new name is on Abramovich’s list: Isco.

The Spanish midfielder hadn’t much consideration from manager Rafa Benitez, that was sacked yesterday.

Everything is in Zinedine Zidane‘s hands: if the new Real Madrid manager will succeed in giving James and Isco both playing time and confidence, the swap will be hard to do.

Real Madrid are the richest club of the world, anyway, and every summer they try to sign a top player to revamp their stunning squad: in case the swap won’t be successful, the Blancos still got money.

And Hazard is valued around £80m. Not so bad for Chelsea, at all.

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Eden Hazard limped off the pitch after just 16′ last Sunday against Crystal Palace.

It was suspected to have a groin injury, but a MRI scan yesterday revealed that it’s nothing serious: it seems more a hip injury, similar to the one he suffered three weeks ago at Leicester, in the last game Mourinho was in charge at the Blues.

The Belgian is supposed to miss this Sunday’s FA clash against Scunthorpe, but he will be probably available next Wednesday when Chelsea will face WBA at Stamford Bridge for the Premier League.

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marquinhos

Chelsea and Manchester United are keen on PSG frustrated defender Marquinhos, reports from France say.

The Brazilian international started only 6 matches in this season so far, and sounded really disappointed when interviewed by Journal du Dimanche yesterday:

“Like everybody, I am always thinking about getting into the starting XI.

“But you have to respect the coach’s decision and that of the board.

“I will continue to work in order to get my place. But it is true that there will be a moment where I want more.

“We can not always be used to the bench.

“Six months remain for me to win trophies and to try to become a starter. After that, we will see what happens.”

Marquinhos moved to PSG from Roma in summer 2013 for £22m and his price-tag is set on £25m by the French club.

Chelsea have been desperately looking for a quality central defender to revamp their squad since last summer, the chance to sign Marquinhos can be a present from this January transfer window.

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alex texeira

Chelsea target Alex Texeira is being persuaded by two Blues stars for his move to Stamford Bridge.

The Shaktar Donetsk midfielder is close friend with both Willian and Oscar, and the two Brazilian midfielders are working to convince him to move to London according to the Telegraph.

Texeira already expressed the desire to become a Blues player a couple of months ago, when he claimed:

I’m glad to have received the proposal of Chelsea as they are a big club in Europe, but my manager will sort that.

“It’s my dream, I have spoken to many people who have the desire to play in the Premier League, because I think it’s the best World Championship, most competitive.

“For January, I believe it is very difficult because it is in the middle of the championship. Shakhtar has said they will not release me in January, only at the end of the season. But I’m with a clear head.”

Willian and Oscar are trying, anyway, to persuade him to transfer to London during this transfer window, as Chelsea need fresh energy and more talent to try to climb up the table and reach the four spot to qualify for Champions League.

 

He stated also that he would have loved to work with José Mourinho:

I hope he does not leave Chelsea now. I want to work with him and have great success at his side.”

His dream to work with the Portuguese coach has now gone, since Mourinho was sacked before Christmas.

But probably this will not be enough to stop him to wear a Chelsea shirt soon.

 

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Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho is not going back to his former club Real Madrid as it was rumoured in the last couple of weeks.

The Blancos just sacked another former Blues boss, Rafa Benitez, but the person who is going to take charge of them now is ex Ballon d’Or Zinedine Zidane.

Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez just announced it in a press conference at the Santiago Bernabéu: Zidane was also present.

The French coach was already assistant of Carlo Ancelotti when two years ago Real Madrid won La Decíma ( the 10th Champions League).

“He knows better than anyone what does it mean to be Real Madrid manager,” claimed Perez.

Zidane will be presented as the new Real Madrid manager tomorrow in Valdebebas, Real Madrid training ground.

 

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It will be official in a few minutes, when Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez will appear in a very crowded press room at the Santiago Bernabéu: Rafa Benitez is sacked.

The adventure in his home-town club lasted only 7 months for the ex Chelsea boss.

Benitez failed to bring back Real Madrid to dominate the Spanish football and league: the Chamartín club is third in the table with 37 points, only 4 behind the leaders – Atletico Madrid- and 2 behind the Champions of Europe, Barcelona.

It is believed that Benitez lost control of the dressing room and last night the team drew 2-2 against Gary Neville’s side, Valencia, at Estadio de Mestalla, losing the chance to reach Barcelona at the second place in the table.

A result that was fatal for Benitez’s job.

Now ex Real Madrid star Zinedine Zidane is ready to take over as a caretaker until June.

It seems unlikely that former Chelsea boss José Mourinho could go back to Real Madrid, where he was in charge from 2010 to 2013: the Portuguese coach didn’t have the best of the experiences in the Spanish capital, expecially in his last year there, and always expressed the wish to continue to manage in the Premier League after his Chelsea’s latest adventure.

In some minutes Perez will give us more details on this decision.

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BRANISLAV IVANOVIC

Both AC and Inter Milan are interested in Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, according to the Mirror.

The Serbian has been a shadow of his former self this season, as the Blues have suffered a torrid title defence.

The 31-year old has just six months left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, and has yet to be offered a new deal.

According to the Mirror, Ivanovic was in talks with Inter, which in turn prompted inter-city rivals AC Milan to register their interest in the player.

Although it is unclear as to whether Chelsea or Ivanovic are interested in a deal, Inter are believed to want to complete a deal in the January window before the full-back has more options in the summer.

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has said that a top four finish is still possible despite a disastrous first half of the season. 

The Blues sit 13 points and 10 places off fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, having won just six of their 20 games this season.

However, Hiddink’s side made the perfect start to 2016 with a comprehensive 0-3 win over London neighbours Crystal Palace, lifting them to 14th in the table.

Chelsea are unbeaten in three in the league under Hiddink, and the Dutchman still believes a top four is, albeit a test, still possible:

It’s difficult because this league has become so strong; everyone can win from everyone,” said the 69-year old.

It’s very difficult to get there. It’s possible but there’s a long way to go.”

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