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Former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown believes that Roy Hodgson should not recall Chelsea captain John Terry to the England squad.

Hodgson recently commented on Terry returning for the national side fuelling speculation ahead of Euro 2016. But Keown believes that would dent the confidence of the current squad.

Speaking to the Daily Mail Keown said “This group of players has helped Roy to qualify with an impeccable record and I wouldn’t think he’d be about to jettison any of them now.

“You have to trust in the players and protect their long-term development, especially John Stones.

“I think if Hodgson did go back to Terry it would be such a hit to their confidence because it would suggest he thinks they’re not good enough when they are the future of this team.”

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Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has praised on loan Chelsea defender Nathan Ake for making a “very good” first impression as a player. 

Ake, 21, has made 23 first team appearances at Watford and has become an integral member of the squad. Playing primarily at left-back but has also stood in at centre back when needed.

The Watford boss believes Ake will want to head back to Chelsea next season in order to stake a place for a first team slot next season.

Flores went on to say “Ake is young and he is making a very good impression as a player.

“Of course he wants to [go back] to try and show himself at Chelsea.

“It is natural he wants that but what happens in the next three months it is impossible to know that.”

 

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard got a feeling that Antonio Conte can be the right man to bring Chelsea back to a top level:

“I don’t know him too well but he’s got a great pedigree, a great recent record with Juventus,” Super Frank said to BT Sports.

I spoke with Andrea Pirlo about him and he has nothing but good words to say about him.

I think he’s hard working, he’ll have the players working hard. He has what fans and players like to see – that determination, that will to win.

“It’s a difficult job at Chelsea now considering what’s happened this year, so we’ll see. If it is him, I think he has the pedigree to do it, but the decision has not been made.

 

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink praised his captain, John Terry, claiming that being already a leader on the pitch and in the dressing room will help him to become a good manager.

“Of course he can be a good manager, but he needs time. Maybe he can be an assistant before…some players they think they can do it overnight, but I think the best thing is do practice and make experience. To be on the other side is different.

“I like to have players that are leaders, I like- as a manager- to have players that help you to do your game plan. He can be one of those players that help you in the game plan, that are tactically prepared.”

“In my younger career I had some of those players too, you could see also on the pitch, like Ronald Koeman and Quique Sanchez Flores, they were leaders and tactical leaders on the pitch, now they are good managers. Of course also these players need extra courses to become managers, but they got what they need.”

Hiddink spoke also about Terry’s contract, that has not been extended yet by the club:

“It’s not up to me in this moment, I think about his contract you should ask to the directors.”

“In every club there are legends, of course he is and he will be a leader, but for me it’s difficult to give a judgement.”

 

In the past days Chelsea’s captain was also rumoured to be back again to an international career with England, that he suspended in 2012, Hiddink spoke also about this:

“I think it’s a little bit over, I think there was no issue for either of them, John is doing to do his job for Chelsea and he decided four years ago to end his international career, whatever the reason can be. You should ask him if he is interested about that, we didn’t talk about it.”

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Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Aston Villa game at Villa Park

ASTON VILLA SITUATION – “Now I’m not surprised about their situation anymore, they have been struggling all season, yes, they are one of the biggest club in England so it’s kind of shocking to see them there.

“It’s a difficult situation, you cannot compare it to our situation, but in December – when I came in- we were very close to them, so we were in a similar situation, when you are in trouble it’s difficult to manager that. Fortunately I haven’t had that experience, but of course it will affect the confidence of the team and everyone.

“It’s very important to have consistency, stability in a club, if you are stable in your philosophy to buy and sell players, you can do well.

“I saw the last Villa game with the old manager, I saw that they were playing with a lot of ambition, they were looking very fresh. ”

TERRY/ENGLAND – “I think it’s a little bit over, I think there was no issue for either of them, John is doing to do his job for Chelsea and he decided four years ago to end his international career, whatever the reason can be. You should ask him if he is interested about that, we didn’t talk about it.”

TERRY’S CONTACT – “It’s not up to me in this moment, I think about his contract you should ask to the directors.”

“In every club there are legends, of course he is and he will be a leader, but for me it’s difficult to give a judgement. I like to have players that are leaders, I like- as a manager- to have players that help you to do your game plan. He can be one of those players that help you in the game plan, that are tactically prepared.

“In my younger career I had some of those players too, you could see also on the pitch, like Ronald Koeman and Quique Sanchez Flores, they were leaders and tactical leaders on the pitch, now they are good managers. Of course also these players need extra courses to become managers, but they got what they need.”

TERRY FUTURE CHELSEA MANAGER – “Of course, but he needs time. Maybe he can be an assistant before…some players they think they can do it overnight, but I think the best thing is do practice and make experience. To be on the other side is different.”

PATO – “He can be involved, we’ll see tomorrow. We have eight games coming up, we have not much to win anymore, but we can do some experiments.

“When I started we had just Diego Costa, that is one of the reasons why Pato came on loan, but meanwhile Bertrand Traore progressed very quickly and there was space for him. Then Loic Remy came back from a long time injury, but in these games there might be some options.”

HAZARD’S INJURY – “I have to talk to the medical staff today, but he’s not available for tomorrow. Eden is training on the pitch with physios, not with the group.”

DIEGO COSTA’S INJURY – “Diego is not injured anymore, he trained very well and with enthusiasm.”

CLASICO –Real Madrid v Barcelona is huge, all the country is involved, it’s also a political thing. I think also the death of Johan Cruyff will bring emotions, it will be a special clasico.

CRUYFF – “Cruyff was among the top three- four of all time players. I met him when I was in Spain, for professional reasons, but also privately. He renewed the way of playing and thinking football, what I liked very much is that he was very accessible for everyone. That’s why for me he was a very nice person, I liked him.”

COURTOIS – “I don’t know about what he recently said , he and his family like to be in London, in the club. I don’t know if something was mis-translated.”

“When I talk about an issue, it can be tricky, I think some times things can be mis-communicated.

AGBONLAHOR SUSPENDED – “I haven’t read of that, but if the new manager thinks this is the right thing to do…It’s dififuclt for me to comment facts I don’t know.”

CHELSEA REST OF THE SEASON – “Not having targets it’s difficult, not having the chance to enter Champions League is not good, but we have to have to joy and the pride to play for what it’s still a big club. I am trying to motivate them, but I see all of them are enthusiastic to play, they don’t play just by obligation but also by heart.

“I would like to be here to break my head to understand how to get players fresh every three days for Champions League and FA Cup games, so this situation is not preferable.”

BRAZILIANS PLAYERS – “Today the Brazilians, Oscar and Willian,  and Traore came back, we see if they are fit and fresh, but after a long journey we have to see if they can play tomorrow.”

 

 

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Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor was suspended by his club right before the game against Chelsea after some pictures of him apparently smoking shisha in Dubai last week emerged.

The English forward spent a little holiday in the UAE with Villa’s captain Micah Richards over Easter weekend, but some pictures where he seemed smoking shisha were published around the web and now the club is investigating on the fact and announced the player won’t feature until the investigation is over.

The striker justified himself saying he was just drinking water.

This means Agbonlahor will miss Chelsea at least match tomorrow. Not a great loss for Villans, since the striker has been having a terrible season.

Aston Villa official statement

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The pictures where Agbonlahor seemed to smoke shisha:

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Eccentric PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out-of-contract with the French Ligue 1 winners at the end of the season and is therefore able to discuss and negotiate contracts with other clubs.

There are several clubs said to be interested in signing the Swedish international, including Premier League teams Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.

However, the 34-year-old is said to be demanding a staggering, record breaking wage of £600,000 per week.

It’s quite obvious that even the richest clubs in the world would be slightly dubious paying so much to a player that is so far into his career. Despite Zlatan, in recent interviews, claiming he is ‘just warming up’.

 

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Chelsea club captain John Terry retired from international football in 2012 and began to concentrate on his club career with the Blues.

Recently, England fans have criticised the defence in the team. They believe that conceding 4 goals in 2 games is not good enough and will not give them any chance during the European Championship which is just over 10-weeks away.

England manager Roy Hodgson shared his thoughts on the international friendlies and on the defence itself.

“I thought [Chris] Smalling’s performance [against the Dutch], until he came off, was very good.

“And I think [John] Stones, who has not played many games recently, showed a lot of assurance and showed signs of the type of player he can be.

“Your point that we haven’t got the left-sided one is quite right but there is nothing I can do about that unless suddenly in the next five weeks some brilliant English left-sided centre-back appears on the scene and I don’t anticipate that.”

Roy Hodgson was then asked about the possibility of John Terry coming out of retirement to figure in the England set-up this summer.

“John Terry who, because he retired so long ago, doesn’t feature in my thinking very often but I can’t deny that is a valid point.

“He is a left-sided centre-half, although not a left-sided player. He’s a right-footer. He retired four years ago.”

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Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit is said to be interested in the job at Aston Villa after Remi Garde was dismissed earlier this week.

Aston Villa are almost certainly facing the drop into the Championship and the Aston Villa board and directors need to ensure their decision is a correct one, for the sake of the club and the fans.

Ruud Gullit hasn’t managed a club since 2011 and hasn’t managed in the Premier League since 1999. Gullit, however, is willing to consider the job if it is offered to him.

“If they come to me then I will really, really consider it.”

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Chelsea club captain John Terry is currently out injured after suffering damage to his hamstring back in February. Terry is looking to return to first-team action in the next few weeks. However, his team-mate Kurt Zouma looks be out for much longer after sustaining a painful looking injury to his knee.

Terry has been showing his support for Zouma after tweeting a picture together and the caption reading:

“@kurtzouma working hard to get back fit. Get well soon my friend.”

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